Sound advice on planning out your bike trip, so that you can start off under the best possible conditions…
What equipment should I use ?
- If possible, use a hybrid bicycle for multi-day tours (with a comfortable seat, lighting, baggage carrier and at least 21 speeds).
- Check your bike’s condition or have a bicycle mechanic service it before you leave. Adjust it to your height and inflate your tyres.
- Bring a handlebar pack for your guide book.
- Take some repair essentials: puncture repair materials, two inner tubes per bicycle, a multifunction tool, and a pump with a joint fitted to your valves.
- Remember to bring a bike lock stops in urban areas.
Tip : For kids, using a bike trailer or a tagalong can be more fun and more comfortable than a child seat.
For your comfort
- Wear the right size of helmet.
- Opt for handlebar packs rather than rucksacks, which can be wearing after a time.
- Take raingear (made of breathable fibres) with you, plus a fleece for the evening.
- Bring beverages and energy bars to ward off tiredness.
Tip : Sunglasses and sunscreen, plus cycling gloves, shoes and shorts are all recommended for longer tours.
For your security
- Prepare your tour in advance.
- Do not overestimate your or your children’s capacities. Begin with short stages.
- Follow the national Highway Code, with which cyclists are required to comply.
- Be careful on the road, particularly at intersections and on bridges.
- On greenways, give pedestrians right of way and use your bell to make your presence known.
- At night, wear a fluorescent vest with reflective bands and make sure you have effective lighting.
Liability : As a reminder, you ride your bicycle at your own risk and are responsible for any accidents that may happen to you or to a third party if your behaviour is not aligned with the national Highway Code, current traffic conditions and the hazards that can normally be expected in a natural setting. You absolutely must obtain civil liability insurance covering your tour.
Be respectful of other trail users and foster a friendly atmosphere !