Best Cycling Tours

Best Cycling Tours

There is nothing stopping you from combining your two favorite hobbies, cycling and traveling.  Seeing the world this way is fabulous, you can enjoy the scenery around you while traveling from one destination to another.  You can set your own itinerary or take one of the many organized tours.  If you are looking for an exotic destination to ride there is no shortage of them  let’s look at some of the best cycling tours around the globe. 

Cycle Tanzania

This trip is almost indescribable it is so beautiful.  Most people come to Tanzania for the safaris but that isn’t the only way to see the country.  On this adventure you will bike down the Great Rift Valley escarpments and pass through farm villages and experiencing the local culture.  There are lions and predators nearby and you will be off the beaten path where cars don’t travel.  If you really want to experience Africa then this is the way to do it. This is a two week trip so you are going to need to be an experienced rider before you try this.

The French Alps

This 8 day trip will take you from the Jura Mountains to the French Alps as cross some of the same terrain that is part of the famed Tour de France.  There are some STEEP hills here so this is not for the inexperienced rider.  This is a trip where you find out just what you are made of as you tackle the 21 hairpins turns of the Alpe d’Huez and try to climb the hills of Croix de Fer and Col d’Izoard.  After you finish your ride take the time to enjoy the French countryside and the amazing food.  Here is what you can expect on this trip.

Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley

Head to Peru and try this 8 day tour that starts off in Lima taking you through beautiful views of the Pacific coastline on your way to Machu Picchu.  There are an incredible number of archaeological sites where you can see Inca ruins.  You can pass through the amazing countryside of the Sacred Valley where you will find reminders of lost civilizations.  This is an absolutely stunning trip that every rider needs to add to their list of must-see places.

The Panama Canal

This is definitely another trip to add to your bucket list, riding along the 48 mile stretch of engineering excellence.  The canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans with three different sets of locks.  You can make your first stop at Miraflores and grab some lunch and then check out the Soberania National Park.  There is plenty to see and this is an easy and short ride suitable for beginners. 

How to Avoid Biking Injuries

How to Avoid Biking Injuries

Cycling is a great way to get around and it is one of the best exercises that you can do, but it can also be dangerous.  The number of accidents involving bicycles rivals that of cars in number.  If you are looking to start cycling to improve your health then you need to know how to avoid biking injuries and keep yourself safe while you are out on your bike. You can avoid most injuries with some common sense and the right gear.  Let’s look at how you can keep safe and injury free.

The Right Gear

Before you put one foot on a pedal you need to have the proper equipment.  Start with what you are wearing, you need breathable fabrics that lets air flow through to keep you from overheating.  You need something that stretches and lets you move freely so you can pedal easily.  If you are cycling after dark then make sure you are wearing bright clothing that can be seen.  Don’t spend a fortune on cycling gear just make sure it is comfortable and visible. The next thing you need are pads and helmets.  Pads may be optional but a helmet is not.  It will protect you if you crash or get hit by a car, get a good fitting helmet. 

The Bike

You need to have a bike that fits your frame, not too big or too small.  A bike that is too big will make you stretch too far and a bike that is too small is just uncomfortable to ride.  Both can irritate your knees and make riding uncomfortable.  Get a bike for your size and make sure the seat is in the right position.  Here is a look at getting the right size bike. 

Adjusting the Seat

Having the seat at the right height is important, when you are pedaling your leg will be extended with a slight bend in your knees.  Having your seat set properly will make cycling easier on both your back and knees allowing you to pedal properly without pain.  How the seat is tilted and the position of the handlebars needs to be adjusted to you.  The right tilt to the seat can alleviate pain in your back and the handle bars should be roughly an inch lower than the seat.  Your arms need to be bent slightly as you lean over the bike so tension doesn’t build up in the muscles causing you pain. 

Rules of the Road

Lastly you should know the rules of the road for cycling and always be aware of the traffic around you.  Cars are not as courteous as the could be and the onus will be on you to keep yourself safe in traffic.