Planning a biking tour always excites us. It is fun to look at the map and think about the adventures that lie ahead. But, planning a bike tour for more than a day may intimidate you. You may have number of questions like how do I choose a place, make the bicycle ready and be safe on unknown roads.
There are no written rules when it comes to planning for adventure cycling tours, but we can share our suggestions,
Deciding on the Right Place:
Deciding on the right place is the most important thing in any adventure tour. It is not necessary that you need to decide on places where the professionals & experts prefer to go. You can start from the places around where you live and then expand your boundary to other places. Conducting a mini research and creating an ‘adventure cycling map’ near your living place would be a great start. It will train yourself for a longer adventure bike touring.
Once you have had enough experience with these cycling adventures, you can plan for the longer cycling adventures. Get inspired by the way people have done adventure cycling tours, but not the places they have been to. Choosing a place is completely based on one’s likes and interests. Decide destinations where you have always wanted to visit. Go for a biking tour to a place where you always believe that visiting there would give you memorable experiences.
Announcing your Tour Plan to the World:
It is one of the most important and wisest thing you do while planning for an adventure tour like this. Announce it personally to your family members. Announce it to your friends, colleagues, fans & followers through facebook, twitter and whatsapp.
The greatest advantage and the boost of announcing it to the world is that now you cannot back out now from the plan. And you have created an expectation now. You need to plan well, work hard and prepare well for the adventure.
Choosing the Right Method & Schedule:
For any adventure tours, it is always important to learn the different methods involved in it and which ones suits for you. There are 3 main types of bicycle tours,
- Guided Bicycle Tour
- The Self-guided Bicycle Tour
- The Self-supported Bicycle Tour
Do daily practices, check your stamina, learn how healthy you are and then plan how far you can & you should travel in a day to finish your tour. You can set smaller targets within a day.
Know the weather conditions of the place well and schedule your tour.
Preparing Your Bike:
The most important gear of the adventure biking tour is making your bicycle ready for your travel. If you don’t have one purchase a bicycle, which is built specifically for the kind of touring you have planned for. It is not necessarily a new bike, even a well maintained solid second hand bike is sufficient. Important factors that you need to consider before you choose your brands and models,
- Total Distance & Duration
- Other Transportation
- Comfort & Fit for your body
Different Types of Touring Bikes that you can choose based on above mentioned factors,
- Medium/Long Distance Touring Bikes
- Light Touring Bikes
- Trekking Bikes
- Dual Suspension Touring Bikes
- Cargo Touring Bikes
- Recumbent Touring Bikes
- Folding Touring Bikes
- Tandem Touring Bikes
Make your bike ready a couple of weeks before your tour. Learn self-maintenance and make sure that you have your maintenance tool kit ready with you. Your tool set should have a Multi Tool, a Pump, 2 Spare Tubes, a Patch kit & tire levelers, a Spoke Wrench, a Pedal spanner, a small bottle of lube, Tyre levers, Zip ties and Duct tape.
Preparing Yourself for the Tour:
Preparing yourself for the tour is equally important for the adventure touring. You should practice daily. Make sure you are fit and you have the stamina to achieve your daily targets.
Plan the number of panniers and trailers you need to carry your gears and food. Packing your panniers may look difficult for the first timers. Few tips that everyone need to consider for any type of panniers,
- Categorize and Organize your Gears
- Most Used and Important Things on Top
- Bulky Items outside the Panniers
- Keep Sensitive and Important things Safe
- Balance the Weight of Panniers
Safe & Happy Riding:
Biking Tour always takes place in the road. Every day we need to meet different kind of people. We may need to interact with people who are strangers. Though we meet people who are friendly, we are still vulnerable. So, safety is always a concern when it comes to Adventure Tours.
Another vital thing, most people miss out or ignore is ‘Bike Touring Insurance’. Insuring your bicycle tour is complicated and different from normal travel insurance. But, still there are few companies provide Insurance for Bike Tourists.
Do not miss out even a small experience during the tour. Daily share it with your family members, friends, colleagues, fans & followers via your website/blog. Make your trip a memorable one. Get new friends to accompany you for your next Adventure Biking Tour.