//13 cycling tips from our followers

13 cycle tips from all over the world!

A little while ago we asked our followers for their best cycle tips. Wow! We got so many tips. Thank you, guys! Some of our followers are on a world bike trip, easily doing 80 km a day (or even more). Others do multi day cycle tours during their holiday (like us). Some share their love for cycling with their kids and others are making a living out of it by helping cyclist to get the most out of their cycle adventure. That gives you a variety of tips to choose from! Enjoy!

Tip 1: De Fietsjournalist

Drink, drink, drink! Don’t save on water or energy drinks during long bike rides. Keep drinking and fill up your water bottle on the way. I drink a bottle every hour and even that is too less according to some guidelines. Insufficient hydration means a lack of performance. So, if you get thirsty, it’s already too late…

De Fietsjournalist
Bram de Vrind, Netherlands
Bike journalist, reporting from cycling spots all over the globe.

Tip 2: Thorsten Broenner

I can recommend the App OsmAnd to navigate. You can download the maps. On them you’ll find accommodations, campsites, supermarkets, restaurants, sights and much more. To support a paper card, the app is very good and works offline. The free app is available for all countries. If you want you can also navigate and record your tour as a GPS.

Thorsten Broenner
Germany
Traveling around the world by bicycle. Spent 280.000 km in the saddle.

Tip 3: Ludanomad

Plan your trip wisely according to weakest member of your team, otherwise it’s going to be a pain for everyone. Take lots of water with you. Share the equal amount on both sides of your backpacks to keep your balance. And don’t forget to take energetic snackbars!

Ludanomad
Luda, Czech Republic
Cycling and taking pictures around Grenoble.

Tip 4: Eurovelo Couple

Don’t overplan. Yes, having a route planned is sensible, but allow yourself to take in the sights. Get a little lost and expect the unexpected. And make sure your bike is setup correctly for you. Amy had had some horrific sores when we first started touring. We setup the bike for her and all is perfect now!

Eurovelo Couple
Dan & Amy, United Kingdom
A tale of Two Escape Artists

Tip 5: Buzzy in the burbs

It’s natural to think that a smaller bike is easier for kids to ride, when in fact it can give them less leg power and smaller wheels don’t roll over bumps as easily. Check the size of your child’s bike every couple of months to check they have the right size. This is a tip that applies to adults as well, while we probably won’t grow out of our bike size easily, do check you’re riding the right bike frame size. It really does make such a difference to your cycling experience!

Buzzy in the burbs
Charmaine, New Zealand
Exploring & adventuring. Inspiring fun & adventure from the ‘burbs’ to the great outdoors.

Tip 6: Cyclolenti

Never make plans to much in advance, so every day you’re free to decide what you feel to do and where to go. It is so nice to have time to accept an invitation, to decide suddenly to have a break in front of a beautiful landscape or just to go back home if you feel to. And, to change your plan as you get advice from other cyclists.

Cyclolenti
Marco & Tiphaine, Italy
Bike travellers around the World since 2014.

Tip 7: Trailjourneys

Cycling is about the people and the places you visit along the way and not just about the destination. Cycling gives you such a unique perspective to really make the most of your experience wherever you might be travelling to. Make sure you take the time to appreciate the beauty that is around you rather than focusing just on getting to your final end point.

Trailjourneys
Team Trailjourneys, New Zealand
Cycle trail specialists operating in Central Otago, New Zealand.

Tip 8: Pedaling Circles

Bring coffee and a coffee press! Oh, one other thing, never leave home without paracord. It can get you out of a multitude of tricky situations.

Pedaling Circles
Gearóid Donnchú, Ireland
Primary school teacher who likes to travel during the holidays and experience a place by bicycle.

Tip 9: Cycle Coach Janet Stark

Ride local for your training. It is so easy to get hung up on travelling long distances to find great places to ride when you are training. Be imaginative, go and explore from your front door. You might be surprised by the gems you find.

Cycle Coach
Janet Stark
Janet, New Zealand
Getting you on your bike and loving it. Cycle Coaching & Guiding Services available to all cyclist.

Tip 10: Colinobikes

Try to get fit for your (long distance) bike ride. Ride your bike to work, do long distance rides on the weekend; ride as much as possible. Your intensive training should begin three to six months before departure. During that period try to grow accustomed to rides of 40 to 60 miles in length. It is keen to do back-to-back long distance rides, since bike touring usually entails riding 60, 80 or even 100 miles a day, and all back-to-back.

Colinobikes
Colin OLaughlin, United States
Riding, writing and data stuff

Tip 11: Bikes Philosophy

Have a good physical preparation and study the territory. It’s so important to know what kind of wheel or bike you need. And don’t neglect safety; choose the best equipment you can carry with you.

Bikes Philosophy
Bruno and Arthur, Italy
We’re gonna travel the world by cycling to spread love, respect and culture of bike all over!

Tip 12: Mindful Cycling Nederland

One of our biggest enemies are our thoughts and how to keep up with our busy lives; family, friends, work, social media, sports. Going for a quick bike ride to clear your head, doesn’t work. It’s going to be a hasty ride. Try to shut down all your thoughts before you get on your bike. When you cycle, try to think why you ever started cycling! Feel the sensation of cycling; the smell of the air, the sounds around you. What do you see? Feel the spinning of the wheels. What does your body do? When you focus on your senses, you’ve got less thoughts and more inner peace.

Mindful Cycling Nederland
Marieke, Netherlands
Combination of mindfulness, breathing technics, road cycling and mountain-biking

Tip 13: Cycling in New Zealand

Spend a few extra dollars (or euros) on good cycling clothes, like bike shorts and tops. When you bike, you get sweaty, we do! If you wear cotton you stay wet and get cold. Your muscles won’t like it!
And wear layers! We always do a warm start, which means taking of layers during our bike ride, so you’re muscles stay warm and biking will be easier.

Cycling in New Zealand
Peter & Sophie, Netherlands
Cycling the beautiful New Zealand Cycle Trails

2017-08-18T10:38:57+00:00 August 14th, 2017|

2 Comments

  1. arthur Wednesday July 26th, 2017 at 10:14 AM - Reply

    Great article, a must read for people who want to take a long trip for the first time and even for the veteran 🙂

    • nzcyclists Wednesday July 26th, 2017 at 01:18 PM - Reply

      Hi Arthur!

      Thanks! Yep, hopefully everybody benefits, even veterans!

      Cheers!

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