More and more people practice bicycle touring to travel around the world. This is a booming reality that cannot be questioned. In this regard, much has been written on the subject, but this time we propose you a synthesis with the most important aspects that you should not forget before starting your trip.
Before you start any trip you should check and review your mean of transport, that is a key point because there are several aspects of your bicycle that are fundamental in order to perform a safety activity. You should also take a look to the current condition of the wheels of your bike, the brakes and lights. Do not forget to carry basic bike replacements with you in case any incident occurs. From TwoNav we strongly recommend you to at least learn the basic mechanic issues regarding your bike. This knowledge will help you if unexpected problems come up.
In order to have a good experience, prepare your trip in advance, seek information from the itinerary that you are about to perform and read the experiences of other cyclists. Thus, you will avoid surprises, save money and focus your efforts in the trip itself. It becomes essential to know in detail the itinerary that you are about to perform as well as know the places to visit and have the appropriate cartography that you will use in your GPS device.
Currently, if you download Land (a software application developed by TwoNav) you will have the opportunity to create and prepare your itineraries in Roadbook format. A Roadbook includes information such as diagrams, GPS coordinates, written instructions, iconography in digital format.
Remember that when entering or leaving a country, you may need to present certain documentation to local public bodies, prepare your papers in advance.
Take with you only what you really need…
You should be very strict with all the stuff that you may charge on our bike. Before leave home, determine what you need for your trip, take only what you really needed. Experts say that shoulders should not resist more than 15/18 kilos. You should also keep in mind that during your trip you may not be able to buy certain products, so we strongly recommend you to bring with you versatile garments ready to help you in any situation. Finally, evaluate the climatic conditions of each and every location where you will travel.
Get trained in order to keep fit
Another important aspect is to take into account your own physical condition so that you can evaluate your possibilities. In this sense, you must be realistic in order to schedule the stages of your trip. It is also important to get trained during the year, that is essencial to gradually prepare the demanding itineraries: a proper diet is important especially in the weeks leading up to your departure.