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How to Make a Summer Road Bike Tour Work For You

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Some people are lucky enough to live in a location where they can enjoy the luxury of cycling all year, but for those who are not fortunate enough to have that option, there are other options. Cycling in the summer provides many benefits including escaping the heat and humidity of summer days, shorter days which makes it easier to fit in more riding time, and the enjoyment of beautiful weather. Read on to find out how you can make your summer cycling experience enjoyable!

Making A Summer Road Bike Tour Work For You

Save money

Fuel and food costs will be much lower than during the winter months when temperatures drop below freezing or snowfalls. You won’t need as much gear either since most clothing layers work well in warm conditions. If you live near a lake or river, swimming is an inexpensive way to cool off.

Know the weather

What to pack for each season depends largely upon where you ride. For example, if you are going to ride through rainstorms, bring waterproof outerwear that fits snugly over other clothes so water doesn’t get inside them. In hot climates, wear light-coloured shirts and pants with long sleeves and shorts. Bring sunscreen and sunglasses. A hat can protect your head from sunburns and keep bugs out of your hair. Wear gloves to prevent blisters on hands and fingers. Carry extra socks and underwear because they tend to dry quickly after washing. If you plan to go into a cold climate, be sure to dress in layers; this will help regulate body temperature as well as provide protection against windchill.

Plan your route

How much time, distance, when to go? Consider how far you think you can cycle each day and roughly how long this will take you. You may want to consider taking the train or bus for part of your trip if it is more convenient than cycling. Be aware that some cities have bike lanes but not all do. Some roads are better suited to cyclists while others are designed for cars only. Check out our cycling holidays where we have selected the best possible routes for you.

Tighten up your bike

Gear that you should bring with you on a bicycle tour includes a helmet (for safety), water bottle/hydration pack, map, compass, lights, spare inner tubes, tyre levers, pump, first aid kit, food and drink, sun cream, insect repellent, sunglasses, gloves, hat, rain jacket, waterproofs, warm clothes in case of bad weather, money belt, mobile phone charger, camera, towel, toiletries etc. If you plan to cycle at night then make sure you carry extra batteries as they will be needed when riding after dark.

Preparing for a Good Time

What to do while on the road? Make sure you have enough time to stop and enjoy yourself. You can always find something interesting along your route so don’t worry about being bored! It is also important that you are well prepared before setting off by packing all necessary items such as clothing, maps, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, bike repair tools, tire pumps, etc. The more organized you are in advance of your trip, the less likely it is that you’ll get lost or stranded somewhere.

In conclusion, I have to say that a bike tour is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the culture of Europe. We would recommend it to everyone who are interested in trying something new and want to explore the world without any limitations.

About the author

I have worked for Hooked on Cycling & Walking since 2007 and love to travel and explore. I like to get outdoors and take my two young boys with me and hiking/cycling is enjoyed by all of us.

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