If you are looking for a new and interesting way to travel, cycle touring could be perfect for you. In all parts of the world, more tour operators are offering travellers the chance to see their country from a bike.

This is a great way to travel. You get the chance to get off the beaten track and experience something different.

There are all kinds of bike tours available. Everything from gentle meanders from village to village in Austria to long, and challenging, rides through the Rift Valley in Tanzania.

Here we share some tips to help you find the right tour for you, and get ready for your trip.

Book the right tour

The first step is always to book the best cycling holiday for you. If you are fit and cycle a lot, a challenge could be exactly what you want. Whereas for someone who is just an occasional rider a gentle weekend tour is probably, best.

Prepare your body for the trip

Before you go, it makes sense to ride more than you normally would. You want to sure that you can keep up with the group and do not want to end up feeling too sore and stiff, at the end of the day.

In all likelihood, you are going to be riding further, or for longer, than you are used to.  Therefore, the best approach is to ride a bit further in your day-to-day life. Your aim is to get to the point of being able to cover the same distance you will have to complete on the longest day of your tour. That way you can be sure that you will actually enjoy your cycle trip.

Take the right equipment

If you are going on a bike tour, it makes sense to take some of your own equipment. Many tour operators provide safety equipment. Often it is there, as promised. However, sometimes the promised safety kit never materialises. You really do not want to end up riding, in a remote location, without a proper cycling helmet, so taking your own is a wise precaution.

Also, consider taking other essentials like a simple puncture repair kit and a water bottle. You can easily order everything you need from online bike stores like Radial Cycles. They sell good quality equipment that will not let you down.

You also need the right clothing. Take note of the apparel advice given to you by your tour firm. Dressing in layers is best. That way you can take off and stow what you do not need.

It is important to protect yourself from the elements. Packing sun cream, a good hat, sunglasses and waterproofs are essential.

Get your paperwork in order

If you need visas, keep a copy on your person and a spare set in your pack. Be sure to put the originals in a zip lock plastic bag, so they will not get wet or damp. Also, take photos and keep them on your phone. That way, if you lose something, you will have the reference numbers to get copies sent on, so that you can continue your journey.

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