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Cycling vacation: the ten best tips for beginners

Big wanderlust, a small budget and a bike suitable for touring? Then nothing stands in the way of an active holiday by bike. A good alternative for summer vacation, especially in uncertain Corona times. The most important tips.

Tip 1: choose a route

Anyone who deals with the subject of bike travel for the first time will be surprised how many possibilities there are. Strictly speaking, the whole world is open to you, because there are great bike trails everywhere. Many restrictions still apply in Corona times, but those who plan in advance can start faster when travel is possible again. Therefore should advance crucial questions be clarified: where should it go? Mountainous or flat? Cities or wilderness? Individual trip or package deal from a bike tour provider? Alone or in a group?

Each option has advantages and disadvantages, but the general rule is: At the premiere of the cycling holiday, the goal should not be set too high in order not to overwhelm yourself or any fellow cyclists. Incidentally, fellow cyclists do not mean children. For cycling holidays or tours with the youngsters, special rules apply, which are not taken into account here.

Recommended for the beginning is a route in home regions on well-developed and not too steep routes or long-distance cycle paths. The choice is huge. For example, the Altmühltal, Danube or Elbe-Baltic Sea cycle paths or sections of them would be a nice option. It is best to check them in advance Route profiles the preferred route in relevant books, maps or apps.

A lot of information and a large selection of cycle paths can be found on the Komoot *, Outdooractive * or Eurovelo * website, for example. The so-called border tours * from the Baltic Sea to the Czech border, offered by various ADAC regional clubs, are also attractive.

Tip 2: get a bike app

There are now numerous apps for bike tours. Most of them are Navigation aids. You should use the latest maps, be usable without an internet connection and have a great one Route planning deliver. It is best to download the desired map material for the region in which the tour is to take place onto the memory of the smartphone and call it up if necessary.

In addition to the indication of the gradients and the altitude to be overcome, many satnavs have a 3D viewwhich is very helpful when assessing a route. Despite all its advantages, Google Maps is less suitable for a bike tour because the tracking is too imprecise and often leads the cyclist on motorways. Very popular with cycling holidaymakers are among others. the apps from Komoot or Outdooractive (see above).

ADAC bicycle tournament: Mobile and safe by bike

The ADAC bicycle tournament is nationwide free practical driving training for children. The bicycle tournament can be requested by schools or organizers of private and public events directly from the traffic departments of the ADAC regional clubs.

Here you will find all information about the ADAC bicycle tournament and contact options for your regional club.

Tip 3: plan your time budget and kilometers per day

To preparation On a cycling holiday, it is advisable to cycle at least three times a week for 20 to 60 minutes at a time for a few weeks. If you get out of breath at the beginning, you will notice after a short time that your fitness increases.

How many kilometers you can do well depends on the route (altitude profile), the weather (heat, rain, wind), your own fitness, your body weight and also the bike and luggage. Completely Untrained are possibly already served with 20 to 30 kilometers a day, with 50 kilometers normal athletes are good at it. If the terrain is consistently flat, it can sometimes be 70 or even 100 kilometers a day - not to mention the distance that can be covered with an e-bike. But also with one conventional bike 15 kilometers per hour are usually easy to manage on flat terrain.

For the premiere tour you can choose to do it in the morning or in the afternoon two hours each to cycle and take a longer one in addition to smaller breaks. This can be used wonderfully for sightseeing, a stop or a nap in a meadow, but also to stretch and stretch the body.

Basically, when planning a Day's stage Always keep an eye on the entire route and the stages of the following days. It is advisable not only for beginners to plan at least one day of rest in advance.

Tip 4: check-up for the bike

Before starting your bike, you should definitely have a technical check. The most important components for the road safety of your bike are:

  • Brakes

  • circuit

  • lighting

  • Chain

The chain, in particular, is extremely stressed on a longer tour and should be cleaned and oiled regularly.

Tip 5: Important accessories for the bike

Apart from the fact that your bike should be suitable and roadworthy for you, it is important to get one now at the latest Bicycle helmet to acquire. Here you will find information about what you should look out for with a bicycle helmet. It is also very helpful to get to know your bike properly in advance. There is a bike shop in almost every small town where you can go on a tour in the case of a Glitch can ask for help. But it is better to be able to fix a tire or change an inner tube yourself. Therefore, inter alia the following items with you in your luggage:

  • Repair kit, bicycle tube, air pump

  • Small bicycle tool (multitool or similar), screwdriver, Allen key

  • Chain oil and extra chain (for very long tours)

  • Navi (maps, bicycle satnav, satnav app on smartphone) plus bracket or handlebar bag

  • Bicycle lock

  • Light, bell

  • Holder for drinking bottle

Tip 6: This belongs in the pannier

Unless you have a cycling holiday with Baggage handling plans, everything has to be transported by yourself. This leads to more weight and as a result, under certain circumstances, less driving pleasure. The be-all and end-all of a cycling holiday is: Save weight. This means carefully considering what is dispensable or indispensable.

A backpack is not recommended for a multi-day tour, as it will
Back muscles stress and cause painful tension. The best thing to do is to get hold of them in specialist shops waterproof bike bags with little weight. When packing, it makes sense to Rainwear to be placed on top if the weather changes spontaneously. You should have this with you:

  • Functional clothing, it dries quickly and keeps the (driving) wind off

  • Change of clothes (not too much, wash more often), sleepwear and swimwear

  • Comfortable sports shoes, possibly bathing shoes

  • Rainwear with cycling overshoes (gaiters) and rain pants

  • Medicines, emergency kit, sunscreen

  • Torch or headlamp

  • Money, ID, insurance card, possibly train ticket, hotel voucher

Tip 7: Arrival at the start of your cycling holiday

If your cycling adventure doesn't start right on your doorstep, you need to think about how to get to the starting point of your tour. The most sustainable way of doing this is by train. It should be noted that the ICE is only limited Take away options for bikes. In Intercity and Eurocity trains this can be done without any problems, provided you have a bike map and a reservation for your bike. You can book a bike ticket and a normal ticket in one go. Here you can find more information about transporting bicycles with Deutsche Bahn *, including transporting e-bikes.

If you don't want to take the train, but rather your own car, you can find out here how to transport your bike safely.

Tip 8: plan your overnight stay

Unless you are traveling individually and no Package deal With luggage transport and accommodation booked, you should find a suitable one beforehand Sleeping accommodation To take care of. Along the busy long-distance cycle paths, there are countless pensions and inns that have specially adapted to the cycling clientele. The Service offer mostly includes storage facilities, bike tools and repair service, drying room for wet clothes, charging facilities for pedelecs etc. You can find accommodation for your cycling holiday at Bett + Bike *, for example.

Of course, you can also make your vacation more adventurous by clicking on Campsites stay overnight or in countries where the so-called Everyone's right applies even in the great outdoors. Keep in mind, however, that in this case you will have more luggage to carry. You can find information on everyone's rights, among other things. at Bergzeit *, to campsites at Pincamp *.

Tip 9: drink enough

Cyclists often underestimate that Fluid requirements her body. Too little water over a long distance can lead to concentration problems and Muscle spasms to lead. It is best to drink a few sips at least every 30 minutes, even if you are not yet feeling thirsty. Every now and then on isotonic sports drink or a fruit spritzer quickly supplies the body with energy.

Tip 10: Enjoy spontaneity

With all planning and preparation: Be ready for spontaneous decisions every day. It's not just the weather that can thwart your plans unexpectedly. There are days when they are Legs heavy or there is a lack of desire to cycle through the planned stage to the end. Do one more often unplanned stop, put your feet up and release the Dangle your soul. Then your first cycling holiday will certainly not be the last.

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