Cycling around the world can be an incredible experience. You get to see new things, experience new cultures and meet so many friendly people along the way! However, a tour can greatly benefit from a bit of organization and planning beforehand and in fact, can make all the difference between a good experience and a great one. Here’s what you need to know before you take that trip around the world.
If you’re on a budget and you intend on sticking to it, most often you’ll find yourself camping outdoors and settling in more rural areas. Make an appointment with the doctor and tell him where you intend on going to, he’ll advise you on what vaccination and injections are recommended. Please don’t skimp on this step or think yourself above nature because you don’t want to come back from that great tour with an infection.
If you’re going to a country where their primary language isn’t English, you’ll need to look up a few basic phrases beforehand. Think of words you might need to say in an emergency, like ‘help’ or words for basic needs like ‘water’ or ‘toilet’. Each addition to your vocabulary will go a long way and thank heavens for the Internet for making this step easier.
Invest in a quality cycle and gear so that you can make the best of your experience. After all, what’s the point if you sign yourself up for those exquisite piemonte cycling tours with a cheap bike that won’t last you long? You’re here for a good time and making the right investment will guarantee that.
It’s worth mentioning that accidents can happen to anyone and anywhere so you need to be prepared in case of one. You’ll probably have to attend a few maintenance classes if you don’t know how to fix a punctured tire or if you have to deal with broken spokes or snapped chains. Speaking of which, always carry a maintenance kit with all the necessary spare parts- you never know when it’ll come in handy. All the greatest cyclists are bound to tell you more than their fair share of stories where their cycles broke down.
Your body will be easily dehydrated during the tour so make sure you always carry a bottle of water on you. Get your hands on a map and mark out where you’ll be able to find some along the way. And in case of emergencies, where you have to drink water off-road, it’s essential for any cyclist to carry water purification tablets. Remember, always carry more supplies rather than less- always.
You’ll most probably depend on your phone to map out your route so don’t forget to buy a portable charger and have it fully charged the day before you set off. There are also plenty of tracking devices you can install on your phone that will enable you to send emergency SOS’ when lost. It’s best that you have this on hand just in case.
These are basic tidbits of information any cyclist needs to know before blazing that trail.