Good cycling practices

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  • Bonnes pratiques à vélo
  • Bonnes pratiques à vélo
  • Bonnes pratiques à vélo

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.

Lastly...

Be respectful of other trail users and foster a friendly atmosphere !

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