I classify cycle routes and their degree of difficulty according to the infrastructure available for it to take place.
Bike tours can be done alone, in groups, with support or without support.
Cycling with only one cyclist and without support is what I consider more challenging in terms of safety and difficulty in solving contingencies.
Group cycling tends to be safer and if you count on support it is the best of them as well as safety and contingency solutions.
When choosing flask shops to participate in a cycle route the cyclist must define what type of trip he wishes to do, that is, with more or less risks.
For those who want to participate in a cycle route without the least worry and with greater security, I recommend that you opt for cycle routes organized by companies specialized in the segment. As there are many companies providing this type of service, before venturing to close the packages, consult friends and take references not to fall into a mess.
For cyclists who have more experience group travel without support is a good option. I will focus my tips on this type of cycling, as it is the type of cycling that I participated most.
Increase Your Chance Of Success.
Be Aware Of The Following:
1-Leadership: It is important that the group has a leader, whether the group chooses or comes naturally. As a rule, who organizes the trip ends up being the leader too.
2-Security: Security permeates several aspects, the main ones being:
The. Your bike should be checked, tires, brakes and gears.
- Need to have adequate tools for changing and repairing the tire and camera, a pump to fill the camera, have a spare camera, tool for repairing current, a power link is always very useful (it is a special chain link Used to facilitate installation and removal of the bicycle chain).A hook-and-loop is also an item I recommend, because if the breaker breaks your trip will be compromised. The hook is the part that secures the rear gearbox to the frame, allowing it to move freely to drive the chain in the gear changes.
- Choosing a good luggage rack for your bike is important.Check the quality according to the weight you should bear. If you are going to use a shoulder bag, it should be structured so that it does not wobble on the back and must have straps to hold in the chest and also in the line of hip height, these handles will give more stability to the backpack and consequently to your pedal.
- You are responsible for your own safety, so even if the terrain is propitious do not be tempted to practice high speeds and/or riskier maneuvers.Cycling is to enjoy the landscape, the friends, the ride. The name already says, it’s walking and not competition.
and. Group Awareness: Fundamental to your safety and the group’s own keeping a maximum distance where it is possible to have vision from your partner’s front or back.Never leave the group, for this the maximum distance must be established and respected.Caution: if a member is left behind for more than 1 minute, one or two members of the group must return on the route for possible support, especially those who have tools and experience in the event of an accident.
- Know details and obtain relevant information regarding the trails to be covered.Fundamental to do early mapping.It is important for safety that everyone is aware of the difficulties of the trails, have the map updated or equipment such as GPS to ensure that the group does not get lost. Make sure that tracks that existed 10 years ago still exist.Cycle touring is not exploratory pedal.
3- First aid items and some others: Hydrogen peroxide, bandage, dressing, sunscreen, repellent and Hypoglossus (rashes can occur on long trips.)
4- Your luggage: Be economical with your luggage taking just the necessary. The longer the trip, the worse the Time vs. Weight effect. The longer the course, the greater the feeling of weight.
The. As for the clothes, take what is strictly necessary, your clothes to pedal if possible one, wash the night to use the next day, take a change of clothes to use when you reach the destination after the pedal. For cold or light rain a windbreaker with hood and long sleeves, combined with cuff is a great option to protect yourself from the cold, a “second skin” is also a good option. Do not take anything that makes volume. Take clothes that are easy to pack, dry quickly, made of dryfit or other material.
- I recommend that you put your clothes in zip lock plastic bags or packaging that comes with bedding, this type of packaging is great as well as very practical.Plastic is important to protect your clothing from water. If it rains during the ride your suitcase will get wet and the plastic will keep your clothes from getting wet.
- I recommend carrying a towel with high absorption.They are excellent, lightweight and do not take up space. 5-Trails: When defining the bike path, be aware of the Distance X difficulty Difficulty of the trail. The ideal is that the longer the course, the less exhausting it is. Long long courses with difficult trails increase the chances of “lows and withdrawals from members of the group”, as well as accidents and equipment breakdowns.
5-Level of experience and physical preparation of the group members: Ideally, all members of the group have similar levels of physical fitness for the path defined for cycling. If this is not possible, it is important to remember that the speed and time to walk the trail will be established by the lesser members. No one should be left behind or be forced to make a physical effort greater than his ability.
6-Moisturizing and feeding: Carry fluids and adequate food such as isotonic, water, dried fruit, gel, enough for the day’s journey. Light and rich foods in proteins and carbohydrates are the most indicated. Refill your food and liquids at stopping places.
Do not count on luck, and there will not always be water sources available on the course.If there is, stop and enjoy to refuel, even if only to complete.
Hydration is key, losing 5% of your body’s fluid may represent a 70% drop in your performance. Dehydrated banana is an excellent choice as it helps to replenish potassium avoiding possible cramps.
7-Planning: As experienced as the group is, planning is very important to the success of the trip. The type of planning for a cycle route is operational, as the focus should be on the activities and everything needed to make the trip happen with minimal impact due to unforeseen events. Planning and organizing your trip in as much detail as possible will never be too much, as unforeseen events happen and if you prepare for the worst scenario you will certainly be prepared if you have any unpleasant events.
8-Where to stay: In the planning, search the internet for some addresses of inns and hotels in the cities where they want to stop, get a referral with friends. Be sure to do this when you arrive at the super tired destination after pedaling the day, at this time no one will be willing to find a hostel or a good value for money. Make sure you also get the right information about the place according to your destination, to avoid miscommunication from compromising your ride.
9- Respect: Respect schedules, pace of the trip, and everything that was planned and agreed between the group is fundamental. The consensus must prevail and above your will is at the group’s will. Respect, solidarity and fellowship should be the focus of the group. So think while leaving group to focus only on your personal issues.
10-Transport of bicycles: If the return of the bicycle or even part of the trip is necessary to transport the bicycle by bus or plane, make sure in advance with the companies the possibility and the costs involved to transport your bicycle, some airlines Others do not, some bus companies allow transportation and others do not, even if transport legislation exists.
11-Document the trip: Do not forget the camera and camcorder. Check your equipment before the trip, if batteries are charged, if the memories will have enough space. Nothing more frustrating than running out of images of your adventures.
The goal of cycling is fun, it is to enjoy with friends the pleasure of pedaling and reach the destination with your own physical effort. Remember that your group is not a mere sum of people, unlike it is a unity of people, friends, with common goals, so make your participation something pleasurable for the group, be gentle, because the way you treat People determine who you are!
Sentence of the book the Power of Kindness – Rosana Braga.
Tips For Women
1-Avoid traveling during your menstrual period. In addition to the possible state of TPM, there is the discomfort of not having toilets available for your personal hygiene. The cycle routes are long, the places are more wild. So stay tuned to your personal calendar.
2-Skin Care. Protect yourself to the fullest, wear sunscreen until the weather is cloudy.Use sunscreen on all exposed parts of your body. On the face pass a sunscreen factor 100. The sun ages a lot, so never stop using the protector and it is advisable to pass it every 2 hours. Wash your face well after the pedal and moisturize.
3-Use the helmet that has less frontal flap that is there will always be a shadow on the face.
4-Wear glasses for safety reasons, but the glasses also help protect the area around the eyes.
5-When it comes to hair the ideal is to hold it if it is long. Wear braid or braid logo fasteners, this will prevent your hair from becoming embarrassed and will also protect you a little more from dust and sun. The bandana or scarf as well as protecting the eyes from the sweat that runs from the forehead helps protect the top of the hair. The sun, plus sweat and dust form a trio that can damage your hair in no time. There are several types of sunscreen specific to the hair, hand them. Monthly hydration is strongly recommended.
6-For nails, use clear enamels, because the reds when they disembowel will give a bad aspect. Remember that in cycling there will not always be time for nail care. Leave your nails neatly trimmed with clear enamel and use the sunscreen on your hands as well.Carry a small nail file in your luggage, there’s nothing more uncomfortable than a chipped nail.
7-Your luggage for cycling must contain the minimum necessary, remember that the weight of the luggage can make your trip unfeasible or make it very difficult. It is sold in pharmacies and supermarkets special kits for travel, with glasses and pots where you will put the exact portion of shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer for every day of the cycle.In addition to these items carry only the nail file, the sunscreen, a lipstick and mascara.Forget about the rest of the cosmetics that you are accustomed to using if your trip is unsupported, as there is no space in the luggage that you will carry with you on the bike.
8-The legs are the first to suffer scratches, beats, etc. To prevent your leg from getting purple spots or to soften them, use specific ointments or gel for this purpose. It is sold in pharmacies.
9-Speaking of your legs, do the hair removal a few days before the bike ride so that your legs are perfect until the end of the adventure.
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