Gone A-Cycling — How to Plan a Cycling Trip


It’s easy to get a little bored riding the same routes and roads all the time. Sure you can mix things up every now and again and set yourself personal best targets, but sometimes the only option is to go on a cycling road trip.

However, the logistics of planning and preparing for a pedal-powered expedition are complicated. You need to find a destination and a way of transporting all your equipment. Once you’ve taken care of all that, though, the fun and satisfaction of hitting the open road and racking up the miles cannot be beaten.

Planning Ahead

Unless you’ve got a utilitarian 4×4 or spacious SUV, you’re going to need some vehicle accessories to transport all that gear. In an ideal world, you’d have a vehicle like a Nissan Pathfinder with enough room for multiple bikes and all your friends.

If you don’t have the good fortune to have such a vehicle, you’re going to require a few alternative transport solutions. Thankfully, you can get all kinds of bike racks and roof top cargo carriers — a testament to the popularity of the pursuit — to fit any vehicle. You may even want to hire a bigger car or trailer to tow along. Just make sure that you secure all bikes and equipment that are fitted to the exterior of your vehicle firmly. Oh, and stick to the local rules of the road!

Choosing a Destination

From steep hills to rough and rugged terrain, the choice of cycling destination is up to you. Mountain bikers should have a great deal of specialist parks and courses at their disposal, while road cycling enthusiasts can go online and research popular routes nearby.

If you’re looking further afield or considering a trip abroad, think about the characteristics of each destination. These will include local attractions, culture, language, amenities, climate, terrain and scenery. Road trips in the summer are obviously more appealing due to the lack of wind or rain, but staying hydrated is of the utmost importance.

Getting Onto the Road

Fit your bike with a rear rack and panniers that hang down either side of the frame. These are great for carrying repair tools, food supplies, maps and spare clothing for all weather conditions. If you’re mountain biking, a backpack might be more appropriate.

Bear in mind that all this equipment will probably slow you down and could also affect your projected itinerary. With a clear day ahead of you, though, plenty of time to rest and recuperate, and an inspired mind (and body), though, anything will seem possible.

The aforementioned tips and advice will help you embark upon an exhilarating cycling road trip. Okay, so you’ll have to spend a few hours planning and making sure you have everything you need for the trip, but once you’ve taken care of it, it’s all behind you and it’s just the road ahead of you. Are you ready to roll?

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