Preparing for a Trip

When preparing for a cycling trip there are many thing to consider including your cycle and the clothing you’ll wear whilst cycling. More details are issued to cyclists prior to going on a trip.

Your Cycle

Please ensure that your cycle is road-worthy and in good condition, in particular please check that your brakes are in excellent working order. Check the brake blocks/pads and replace if looking badly worn.

Also, there should be plenty of life left in your tyres. If you need to replace them then we strongly advise fitting puncture resistant tyres.

You will need to carry some spares on you cycle eg, at least two inner tubes, a puncture repair kit, basic tools and a pump.

Cycle Security

Please bring a strong lock for use whenever your bike is left unattended. There will be a reasonably secure place to store bikes overnight at the hotels. Nevertheless, it is advisable to lock your bike overnight and not to leave anything valuable on it.

Please bring a spare key for your padlock. If it’s a combination lock then please have a system for remembering the number. If you want to lock your bike to another bike then please get the permission of the owner of that bike first.

Lights and Bell

We don’t normally cycle at night although on some trips where we use overnight ferries you may need lights at the ferry ports. However, during the day, in misty conditions (it has been known on these trips) or heavy rain then it’s advisable to use your lights, especially the rear light.

A bell on your bike is essential as we often ride along cycle/footpaths where there will be pedestrians.

Cycle Clothing

For safety, bright clothing is preferable to dark clothing so that you can easily be seen by other road users.

Please allow for all possible weather conditions and bring appropriate clothing.

It’s recommended that you wear a properly fitting good quality cycle helmet for our trips.

Water

You must carry water on your bike whilst cycling so that you don’t dehydrate. It’s amazing how much you can drink during a ride, especially in hot weather. Two water bottles on your cycle is recommended.

Sun Protection

You don’t want to get sunburnt whilst cycling so you should wear appropriate clothing. Also, carry suitable sunscreen and apply when necessary.

Maps

Although detailed route instructions are issued before most cycling trips we always advise that individuals also carry a detailed map(s) of the area where we’ll be cycling. This helps cyclists find their bearings should they find themselves off-route or in case they have to deviate because a road has been temporarily closed. We normally recommend IGN Regional Touring maps when cycling in France for example.

Mobile Phones

We recommend that cyclists have their mobile phones with them whilst cycling in case of an emergency or when a cyclist is lost.

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