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Cycle tourism, namely, bicycle tourism, is gaining popularity among adventure and outdoor enthusiasts. Accessible to sportspeople of all levels, this activity offers a variety of options for alternative travel while fully enjoying the summer. Here are some tips to help you plan your road cycling holiday!
Be aware of your limits when planning your cycling trip. Setting big goals can be motivating but starting small is likely to be more enjoyable for you. You will be able to increase the level of difficulty as you improve your endurance.
To avoid ending up in dire straits, good planning is essential - especially during a pandemic. As several places or businesses still limit access to visitors, try to plan your essential stops - meals, accommodations, etc. - and make reservations ahead of time.
If your bike has not been used for a long time, have it examined by a bicycle repair specialist to make sure that all essential parts (brakes, chain, tires, etc.) are in good condition.
Different types of bike trips are at your fingertips:
To find a trail or route that inspires you, consider checking websites or tourist offices of the region, city or municipality you would like to visit. These sites often offer suggested routes and maps of designated trails or streets that you can take.
Ontario By Bike is an essential website to discover the multiple cycling networks in Ontario. Among other things, you will find interactive maps, getaway suggestions, accommodation options and various tips for exploring the trails in the province behind the pedals of your two-wheeler.
For day-to-day use, Google maps is an essential tool for discovering cycle networks. This application will be able to suggest itineraries that include safe routes, such as paved shoulders, designated roadways or cycle paths.
If you want to better track your routes and your goals, Strava - a tracker application for cycling and running – can help you save routes, browse itineraries submitted by other users and track your performance, among other things.
Besides a bicycle, you must at least bring the following accessories to ensure your safety and comfort throughout your trip:
Adopting a good posture on a bike and ensuring that it is the right size for you is essential, especially if you plan to go on longer rides. For example, a small detail like a seat being too low could cause numbness and pain in the back and knees.
To avoid injury, pay attention to the following: