Whenever you want to explore a landscape, city or even a country you want to get all you can from the experience. You want to see the landmarks, enjoy the scenery and learn all you can about the area and its culture and history. Cycling tours can allow you to experience the surrounding area in all its glory in the comfort of a group setting and with the excitement of riding a bicycle.
Cycling tours can cover many different types of land from cities to mountains and can last from hours to days depending on what type of tour your set out on. If you do participate in overnight tours you may either be escorted to a nearby hotel that has been reserved for you and your party or you may enjoy the great outdoors and camp outside depending on the type of tour that is scheduled.
Cycling tours are a great way to experience new areas as you can go at a steady pace, take breaks to take in the scenery and relax and they allow you to explore the area on your own for a bit and really appreciate the sights.
Before embarking on a cycling tour you should make sure you are fully prepared. The cycling tour company may assist you in anything you may need for your trip, but there are some key things you need to prepare and find out before putting your feet to the pedals and go out on the tour.
First off, know exactly what you need to take with you such as food, water, helmets and more. Even if the company will provide these things for you it may be a good idea for you to pack extra, especially if you're planning on going on a tour that involves camping.
Secondly, make sure your bike is a good fit for your body type. Tours can last a very long time, which means you'll be sitting on that bicycle for quite some time. If you're not comfortable on the bicycle it could cause back and leg pain that could make the rest of your trip miserable. Many bikes can be adjusted to fit the rider more comfortably and you may try different bikes if the bicycle just doesn't seem to work for you no matter what it is adjusted to.
Finally, know where you are going beforehand and keep a map on hand in case you get separated from the group. It would be rather difficult to get separated from a professional cycling tour guide, but accidents do happen and you don't want to get lost in unfamiliar territory. Make sure you stay with the group. If you need a rest, try to inform the guide.
When you finally embark on your tour the only things you need to worry about are staying with your group, making sure you don't over-exert yourself and enjoying the scenery. There are many sights that you wouldn't be able to see outside of cycling tours or hiking so you should take the time to appreciate the world around you and wonders made by man and nature on your cycling tour.
Question by chewbaccawokka341: Biking from Pennsylvania to California?
I plan on taking this trip by myself, mostly because I’m going for myself and because there is no one else I could go with, and I’ve been planning to do this for about a year and a half but there are still some things I’m curious about.
I’m looking to spend about $ 1,200 max for a bike with panniers to carry my stuff. Does this sound reasonable? Also, what are the best ways to eat and the safest ways to sleep? And, most embarrassingly, what do I need to wear/what kind of seat should I be sitting on to avoid rashes and other discomforts?
In terms of clothing, I’m not too crazy about cycling clothes; i.e., those skin-tight skimpy bike shorts. I’ll wear shorts, and if I wear pants they’re usually slim. Is it possible to cycle long distances without looking like I’m from the Tour de France, is what I’m trying to ask.
Haha, yeah, I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know that much about bike riding. Basically, I haven’t been “planning” it for one and a half years – I’ve just been thinking about it, while reading a little about it from other people’s experiences and other basic stuff about touring.
I already know how long it could take (don’t need to elaborate on this), and I AM a beginner, so of course I won’t know things most experienced people know – for example, the proper clothing, how not to get attacked by bears, or whatever you guys are mentioning.
I would still like some helpful comments about clothes. And, if I do manage to get a hang of things and come to grips with putting on some skimpy biker shorts, and reach the Rockies, what would be the best way to get through that area?
One more thing I’d like to know is how much money you experienced professionals have spent riding cross-country? I mean, in just one trip.
Answer by mar m
Buy a good old Schwinn or Japanese bike. Hopefully you have some stopover points/friends along the way. What happens if you bust a wheel or a cable? Anyone to rely on?
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