Top Gadgets a Cyclist needs to have Tons of Fun

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Do you love cycling? Well, there’s a way you can love it more, even if that’s hard to believe. If you get some top gadgets that are, for good reason, all the craze now, you can raise your fun level incrementally. Don’t know what to choose? Read on.

Front light

Cycling in the dark is a great experience. And it’s amazing because at night everything looks different, the streets are quieter, and the world gets an eerie look. Or you might just be getting late off work, and you still want to ride your bike home. So a front light can be great for fun, but also practical for those awesome night rides.

Camera

With the best helmet cam you can find, you’ll be guaranteed lots of fun. Now you won’t have to stop every five minutes to take amazing outdoor photos. Besides, it will prove a great entertainment even when you get home and you look at everything you caught on tape. And there’s nothing better than original snapshots that actually capture true bits of life.

Smart lock

How can you enjoy yourself if you’re always worried that someone might steal your bike? Well, a smart lock takes care of that issue. And we’re not talking about an ordinary chain that can easily be cut, without you even knowing it.

But if someone tries to break it, it will immediately start a very powerful alarm, while you’ll be sent a message. And even if the thief gets away with it, there’s a built-in geolocator that will tell you the exact position. This feature can also be amazing if you don’t remember where you parked your bike before a fun night out.

Smart pedal

Everything is smart these days, so why not the pedals too? These babies come with their own GPS, so once you get moving, the GPS will begin recording your journey. That’s great if you want to use cycling for fitness, particularly because you’ll get a better idea of your speed and elevation.

You can also get an app to use along with this kind of thing, which is amazing because you can control it remotely, without bringing your phone along. And don’t forget that this pedal is so smart, it doesn’t even need a battery to work, as it can generate its own energy.

Turn signal gloves

If this isn’t the mother of all bike gadgets, we don’t know what is. Speaking of safe fun, you’ll need to use the turn signals so you can let other cyclists and drivers know where you’re headed, right? So there’s no easier way than using gloves which can light up with an easy touch. That’s perfect for those night joy rides, but can even be used during the day.

Portable generator

That’s not for charging your bike, but instead, it uses the kinetic energy produced by cycling to charge your other gadgets. This is very useful when you’re going on prolonged cycling trips, and you still want to pack light enough so you won’t be destabilized by a heavy backpack. So instead of carrying a phone charger with you, you can easily get a bike charger that’s placed on the rear hub so it can charge with energy directly from the wheel.

Boombox speakers

If you love listening to music while you’re cycling, but you’re still afraid of some accident that might happen, you should get a speaker. There are box-shaped speakers that look like a water bottle, which can easily be hanged to your backpack. The best of them are waterproof and resistant to impacts, and since they can be confused with a water bottle, no one will know where the cool music stems from.

Hammerhead navigation

If you don’t want to lose time using a map or a GPS, and if that Siri-like voice really annoys you, then a smart navigation system is all you need to get you to your dream destination. This device is easy to use, it goes right on your handlebar and uses a phone app to tell you where to go. Don’t forget the awesome LED that helps with poor light too.

Friction drive

How can you get through awful, rocky terrain if you don’t have a mountain bike? If you still want to use your own in lieu of that, you need a friction drive that can easily be set up to your back wheel. That helps you with those mountain roads that combine forest trails with paved paths. Basically, you’ll be getting a rubber cover for your wheel, which you can also use if you want to show off at home with cool moves.

Bike trailer

This isn’t a gadget per se, but it’s amazing for those cycling trips that last for days at a time. And since it’s impractical to put all your stuff into a backpack, then you might use this sort of trailer. The best models on the market don’t weigh much, they’re water-resistant and scratch-proof, so you can easily use them in different terrains. Will it slow down your game? Sure, but it will be totally worth it to bring a piece of home comfort.

Foldable helmet

Yes, you can actually get one of those. That’s not technically for having fun on your bike, but more likely when you get off your bike. Say you want to go on a sightseeing tour and pedal your way along magnificent views, but you still want to stop once in a while to visit a museum or drink a cup of coffee. Now, carrying your helmet might really be uncomfortable, so folding it up in a tight little pack and stuffing it in your backpack is a dream come true.

Chalktrail

Do you love asphalt painting as much as you love cycling? There is a way to combine these two, and that’s by using a Chalktrail. This device is mounted on the rear end of your bike, leaving colorful trails on the sidewalk, so you can actually paint with your bike, which is amazing for kids and grown-ups too.

With so many awesome gadgets to choose from, we’re curious what you’ll pick. Do you already have one of these? Leave us a comment below.

 

How to Pack for a Hiking Trip with Your Bike

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Need an expert’s advice on what to pack for a hiking trip with your bike? Well, you’re on the right page. Apart from the bike and the helmet which you can’t leave home without, there are quite a few items that should be on your list too.

Gear storage

You’ll need quite a few bags to ensure that all the weight you’re carrying is evenly distributed and that it doesn’t destabilize your bike. The first thing you should consider is a hydration pack because you need to stay hydrated on the trail, so you can add to your miles without getting a headache.

Besides this, you’ll also need a very light backpack, with padded straps that can be worn for prolonged periods of time. Make sure you get a water-resistant item that can also withstand possible scratches from all the tree branches on your way.

You can also get other types of bags, like a saddle bag for bigger equipment, and a handlebar bag for the gear you really need to have at hand. A trunk bag can also be of use if you’re carrying a tent with you. And if you’re cycling across paved forested paths, a trailer can become your best friend, though it might slow you down a bit.

The actual gear

Now that you’re prepared with the optimal gear storage, you need the actual equipment too. Since you’ll be on your bike most of the time, you need ultra-light hiking gear, even if you’re dealing with a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad. And yes, there are such items which, despite their low weight, they’re still insulating, waterproof and scratch-resistant.

Make sure you get compact items too, not just light ones. You need to make sure you can set them up and take them down pretty fast since you’ll mostly be on the move.

Clothes

Apart from that, you should consider the right clothes for both hiking and biking. Even if you’ll be cycling, you might also like to take some short hikes around the camp. The first thing to start with is a moisture-wicking first layer, consisting of a top and underwear that don’t absorb moisture.

You can think of merino wool for that because it’s a bacteria-killing, odor-proofing and insulating material, which keeps your body temperature constant, unlike cotton. You should also look at padded tights that offer insulation combined with breathability.

Make sure you get water-resistant and padded gloves, so your hands don’t have to absorb the shock of the rugged terrain. A pair of bike shoes is essential, but you should take some ankle-supporting sports shoes too for those side-hikes. Don’t forget moisture-wicking cycling shoes as well as a skullcap to protect your head from the sun.

Personal protection

If it’s raining, you’ll need rainwear that’s also windproof, and an insulating second layer possibly made from fleece or wool, depending on the temperature. If it’s really cold and windy, you’ll need both arm and leg warmers, and a visibility vest is a real life-saver for foggy weather, especially if you’re cycling somewhere near a hunting ground.

Sunglasses are great for keeping your eyes safe from the strong sun, but they can also be great for rocky terrain, where small pebbles can get in your eyes. Don’t forget sunscreen against the dangerous UV rays and lip balm to keep your lips from cracking because of the wind.

Of course, a First Aid Kit is a must, but make sure you have it complete and up to date. Stash your medical info card inside it, in case of an actual accident. Add some insect repellant to make sure you’re safe from bugs too.

Accessories

In terms of accessories, the first things you need are the lights. So make sure your headlight and taillight are working well, but you can likewise get a helmet light with strobe mode in case you get lost. Don’t forget your mirrors and taillights, so there are some cool-looking cycling gloves with included turn lights on the market.

You’ll need a resistant lock too, even if the camping spot seems safe. You can even get a smart lock that lets you know when someone tries to steal your bike, while it emits a deafening alarm too.

But your bike isn’t the only thing you need to secure. The water bottles you carry should also be kept safe, or otherwise, you might end up with no potable water for the road. That’s why water bottle cages are essential for rugged terrain. Don’t forget some paracord or straps – you never know when you’re going to need these for a rough ascent or descent.

Repair tools

The essential repair tools start with a patch kit that’s compact and lightweight enough to carry. This should include a spare tube or several of those, a pump to inflate your wheels and tire levers so you don’t have to improvise a support while you’re working on your bike.

A multi-tool doesn’t hurt either, but make sure it’s specifically designed for cycling and that it has an Allen wrench included there too. If you want to be more prepared than that, you might also need a couple of wrenches and a general multi-tool.

You should also consider a pressure gauge if you have the room, and duct tape is a definite must. You can think of a spare brake cable too, that can be pretty important for rough terrain, but there are plenty of other spare items to take if you have the room, like spokes, tire, cleats and other components.

Miscellaneous

Don’t forget cleaning supplies and toiletries like soap, toilet paper, a quick-dry towel, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Some of these might be accessible at different camping spots though.

Of course, you’ll also need a camera to capture the beautiful landscapes, your phone, and GPS with the maps of your trail. Don’t forget to get enough money and an ID.

All that gear is bound to make your trip more fun and also safer, so we hope we helped with a comprehensive checklist. So now, it’s your turn: where are you going? What will you be taking? Leave a comment below.

 

How to Document Your Cycling Stunts With a Drone

How to Document Your Cycling Stunts With a Drone

So, you love cycling and all that is related to bicycles, stunts, downhill maybe? Do you love those jaw dropping stunts in the half pipe, or the trick course? Would you like to get a chance to make awesome videos of your stunts and downhill rides? You can actually do that quite easily if you have the right drone with the right camera.

Of course, finding the right drone/camera combo can be quite difficult, especially since there are literally thousands of different camera drones on the market. Not to mention that you need to know how to set up the camera to get the best possible footage, and to really know how to fly the drone to get that perfect shot angle. But, that’s why we decided to create this article to help you out and so that you can have Pro Cycling Stunts Videos to create Buzz on your social media profiles.

In this article, we will first talk about how to find the right drone model, then offer you a few pointers on how to find the perfect angles and how to fly your bird to get the best out of your stunt videos.

Choosing the Right Drone Model and the Camera if Necessary

As we mentioned above, you need to choose the drone that will be able to keep up with your action, but also have a camera that can record high-quality resolution videos. Unfortunately, there are too many models available on the market and most of them come with low res cameras, even though the advertisement tells you FULL HD video.

But, not all is lost, especially since you have us as advisors. The brand you should keep an eye on is definitely DJI, but other brands such as Yuneec, Autel Robotics, AirDog, and a few more. The models that would be ideal for your videos are Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic, Spark (all DJI), Typhoon (from Yuneec, all series), Xstar Premium (Autel Robotics), and AirDog from AirDog, but this model comes without a camera so you will definitely need to buy one additionally.

All of the mentioned models come with advanced features that you will need for your stunt recording, such as follow me, circle around, point of interest, and are unbelievably stable thanks to their high-tech systems and gimbals. And, they come with cameras that can record minimum 1080p and up to 4K resolution videos. You can find out much more about each model and many more if you visit MyDroneLab, a site specialized in drone reviews and everything related to this interesting hobby.

And speaking of cameras, if you get the AirDog, or some other model that doesn’t include a camera, the obvious choice would be the GoPro Hero 4,5, or the latest 6th generation, but they cost a small fortune. Therefore, if you want to save some $200 of your budget but still have pretty much the same 4K resolution, we recommend checking out the Xiaomi 4K, or the 4K Mini. They both offer on pair video quality as the Hero cameras, but cost less, way less.

How to Start With a Drone

You didn’t expect to start making awesome videos the same day you buy the drone, didn’t you? You need to keep in mind that flying a drone, and we mean safely flying and being able to create high-quality videos, takes plenty of practice and airtime.

Okay, you could start recording right away on your first day, but then you wouldn’t be able to get the most out of your drone and the camera, plus, you would risk crashing the drone and wasting a serious amount of cash. Therefore, practice, practice, practice, and after a week or two, when you really know all the tricks with your drone and its features, you can start recording your or your friends bicycle tricks.

Once You Get Familiar With the Drone

After you have some decent airtime under your props, and after you are completely comfortable with all the settings and your flying skills, it‘s time to start making those awesome videos that got you into this topic in the first place.

Downhill Videos

This is a video category that demands having a drone that can follow you and keep you in the center of the frame at all times. Luckily, the models we recommended all have that mode, and you can even place the remote in your backpack and film yourself during the downhill run.

But, there are a few things you should know before taking off with the drone and going down that hill:

Make sure the battery will last the entire ride

This means that the full flight time of your drone has to be at least a minute or two longer than the ride lasts. So, make sure you know how long your drone can stay in the air, make sure you know how long it will take you to finish the ride, so that you have time to stop and get ready to wait for the drone to land or to grab it as it lands to avoid flipping on the landing (drones are not famous for knowing how to land safely on their own so catching it for its landing gear just before it lands is the safest way).

Make sure you have all the settings set properly

By this, we mean to check if on your path, there are some tall trees or any other tall obstacles, and that your flight height is set to fly over those obstacles. Also, if you plan on using the circle around mode, make sure that the radius isn’t too big so that the drone can hit something along the way.

The best way to make sure the path is clear or that you will cover all the possible obstacles and keep your drone safe, is to go down the path, check all the possible dangers, and make sure you set the parameters properly before taking off.

Best modes and angles for downhill videos

Most people make mistakes and when shooting such videos, they set the drone to follow them from behind and from high altitude. Two things are wrong in this situation, first, if you set the drone to follow you from behind, as it accelerates, the front props are bound to enter your frame and ruin your shot. Second, if the drone is too high, then you lose all the small details and mid track tricks you might do, thus the video looks too ordinary and not that interesting.

To avoid this and make your videos jaw dropping, set the Follow Me mode to be in frontal mode, meaning that the drone will fly backwards and film you frontal. This way, the props will go away from the camera, and you don’t have to worry about them ruining your video. Also, set the height of the flight to some 5 to 10 meters, so that the drone is close to the action. But, remember to check for obstacles before the flight.

Obstacle course or skate park

This is much easier as you won’t be moving at high speeds and you have time to try many different angles. If you plan on recording your friends tricks, we suggest using the course lock mode. This means that the drone will follow an imaginary line, while you can fly sideways, or turn in the yaw axis without changing the course. This gives you the freedom to focus on camera work and not so much on piloting.

Another useful thing is the Point of Interest mode. In this mode, the camera is pointed at the selected object or subject, no matter what you do with the drone. This can be useful if you want to record your own tricks, as the drone can simply hover in one place, but keep the camera on you. This looks especially effective when you are doing flips, or 360 spins, as you can set the drone just by the side of the jumping ramp, and literally fly just a few inches way from the drone as it shoots.

But, be careful to set the height right so that you don’t end up hitting it.

If you are doing a ride with multiple obstacles and ramps, then the Follow Me mode would be the best choice, but, in this case, set the mode to follow you sideways, for the maximum effect.

Have fun and fly and ride safe!

 

Author Bio:

Jack is a true drone passionate and he focused his education on this amazing field. Thus, he graduated the Drone/UAV Pilot Training Certificate program and now he’s a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. His main purpose right now is to find and develop new features and help others discover the wonderful experience of flying a drone. For this, he is the main editor and content creator at MyDroneLab Blog where you can find everything you want to know about drones.

Top 5 European Countries to do on a Bike This Fall

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Biking is exciting regardless of where you’re doing it, but have you ever thought about going on a trip through Europe? Having a different venue to bike it offers a lot of challenge, new terrain and excitement of discovering trails. You can also enjoy the new scenery and vegetation! In this article, we are going to show you the top 5 European countries in which to bike!

Sweden

The Kinnekulle Trail System is a 5 star rated area that is known for Kinnekulle, which is one of the tallest hills in the western part of Sweden. Over 300 meters above sea level, you will have amazing views of the surrounding area and of the largest lake in the country, Lake Vanem.

Besides the views, the biking here is awesome and has the longest downhill trails in the area. While many of the tracks here are great, you will find some with flatter areas on this advanced single track.

Orange Trail in Gatene is also located within the Kinnekulle Trail System and is a 45 km intermediate single track with an elevation of 265 meters. This trail goes all around Kinnekulle, and will take you through farms and all the way up to the top of the mountain and down the opposite side.

Once you get farther along the track, you will see a double track, as well as dirt roads, some paved areas and more. There are a ton of terrains from one side to the other that you will experience.

Austria

Take along your best ultralight backpack because there is a lot of mountain biking to do here! Head to Hinterglemm for Bike Circus Saalbach Hinterglemm, which is the best place for mountain biking in all of Austria. There are hundreds of miles of trails, from cross country to downhill and freeride.

In the Austrian Alps, this is an entire valley with trails of all difficulty levels and many obstacles. If you prefer downhill biking, check out the famous Hacklberg Trail that has many jumps, single trails that will test your limits.

Visit Bikepark Leogang, located in Leogang, Austria. Great for bikers of all ages and skill levels, you can enjoy nature and hit the various trails. The trails are marked and tell you what the difficulty level will be. You can hit up the Flying Gangster Trail or either Hang Man Trails. Bikepark Leogang is home to Europe’s largest bike park for beginners called Riders Playground, which is 10,000 meters squared and has a free ride course.

France

If you want an assortment of terrain and trail types, then Peisey and Les Arcs in Bourg St. Maurice, France, has you covered! With fire roads, single tracks, downhill areas, you will have an adrenaline filled time here! Between trails, take the awesome lift system that gives you a full view of nature, as well as the various villages below.

Haute Route in Chamonix is another great place to bike. This expert trail is over 100 miles long and takes you from this region in France to Zermatt, Switzerland. This is an alpine trek and you will be on a single track. Experts say that you need to take your time and have good weather here, as well as the skills, to make it through Haute Route!

Spain

Morcat Trail is located in Ainsa, Spain, and starts out near an ancient village that has torn down buildings. This trail was used for centuries as a transportation road to go from the village to the valley and back. This is a technical single track that is very steep but tons of fun. It offers lots to see in terms of foliage and scenic views, and takes you downhill.

Camino De Santiago is a trail that is in Santiago De Compostela that is 966 km long and is great for beginners. You will find that most of this trail is a double track that has a lot of gravel, but, as you go along you’ll discover more terrain. The countryside is amazing and stunning, and there are lots of places where you can rest, get a drink or food, and take in the beauty around you.

While you will find this trail has a lot of hills at the start and finish, the middle section is a bit flat. Everything is marked, and easy to access.

Norway

Hafjell Bike Park boasts many trails and has quickly become a haven for all types of cycling enthusiasts. The MTB portion of the park is exhilarating and you can find many heart-pounding downhill trails. The Buldreloypa trail is a bit rocky and has jumps and wall rides and is located in a forest area. Moe’Town Trail is smooth and has many pump sections, rollers, berms and more! It is known as a fun trail that you won’t forget!

Trysil Bike Arena is the largest winter sports place in Norway. It has new biking facilities and already has over 100 km of single tracks that are in the mountain and forest. Great for families, you can experience a wide range of trails in this park.

 

There is a great Flow Trail here as well as a skills course an pump track. You can find items to balance on, jump off of, and many banked curves. The Mountain Circuit offers trails for all skill levels and has many high mountain trails and some harsh terrain, too. If you take the route around the mountain, you will find it family-friendly, and a good fit for all!

Conclusion

Now that you are aware of not only the best European countries in which to bike, you know specific areas in which you can do so. From beginner to advanced, your skill level can be accommodated with various trails and terrains. Not only are you getting a heart-pounding experience, but you can do so within the beautiful mountains and landscapes that Europe has to offer. Happy travels!

5 of the World’s Most Epic Bike Rides in the Southern Hemisphere

Epic Bike Rides in the Southern Hemisphere

Biking can be a great way to connect with nature and even discover a new city. Still, many of those who enjoy cycling also like to try out various types of trails in all season. From muddy trails in the spring rain to snowing trails in the winter, biking can be a great way to explore and stay healthy. In this article, we are going to show you 5 of the most epic rides you can take in the southern hemisphere, so you can hit up one of these places while on vacation to challenge yourself!

New Zealand

New Zealand is already known as a place where extreme sports thrives. In New Zealand, you can choose either the North or South Islands for mountain biking. On the South Island, you can head to Queenstown for one of the best locations in which to bike in the entire country.

If you head to the Queenstown Bike Park at Ben Lomon Recreational Reserve, you will find some of the best trails out there. Here, you can find many specialist outlets for biking that will inform you about the trails and various bikes.

You can head to cities near Wellington for some awesome trails to bike. You will have your choices of many, including heading to Auckland for the Woodhill Bike Park, or Napier at the Pan Pac Eskdale Mountain Bike Park. You won’t be disappointed!

Australia

If you have an Enduro bike, then head to Australia for the competitions and events they have for Enduro racing, such as the annual Cross-Country Marathon National Series, which is only held in Australia. This race spans 4 states and 2 territories, at nearly 600 km long!

If you don’t want to compete, you can head to Stromlo Forest Park for some great trails by yourself or with friends. This 5-stars rated park boasts a network of trails that are perfect for beginners or those who are advanced. You can find this bike park in Canberra and you can explore every bit of it!

Sparrow Hill, also in Canberra, is another great park that has many trails to explore. This is an intermediate skill area that has single tracks about 32 km long. The Hillside Dams area of this park is great for those that like a different terrain as it has many rocky areas and winding paths with lots of shrubberies.

Bolivia

If you are an avid mountain biker and you have heard of biking in Bolivia, then you may have heard of Death Road. Located in La Cumbre, an hour from La Paz, Death Road is known as the world’s most dangerous road. You will start out in an area in the Andes that is located over 15,000 feet above sea level. You will see Huayna Potosi, which is the highest peak, and it’s snowcapped.

You will start on Death Road on a 40-mile trek that will decrease your altitude by nearly 12,000 feet. You will be riding through rain, on a mountain where the road is very narrow and only fits 2-way traffic. Safety is a concern, but with a guide, you will be lead safely.

Most of this trail is downhill, and you will pass through villages and see various animals like llamas. You will pass by cliffs, rock overhangs and a ton of beautiful vegetation. Luckily, there are places to stop and rest and get something cool to drink. Just before your biking ends, you will pass by a beautiful, cooling waterfall. Just past that is the end, where you can relax at a wildlife refuge!

Argentina

Argentina is known for its beautiful landscapes and scenery, which you will get a lot of if you go mountain biking here. In San Juan, you will find Tres Marias, an advanced single track that starts at the bottom of the mountain and goes east or west, depending on where you want to go. The trails range in terrain and you will enjoy getting to the top of Tres Marias!

If you choose to take a biking tour, you can go around Buenos Aires, specifically the districts of San Telmo and La Boca. This tour will take you to various landmarks around Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo. You explore many of the popular areas as well.

Chile

Head to Santiago, Chile, and bike at Cancha Carrerra! This is a difficult circuit for advanced bikers as it has many types of terrain. It is touted as one of the best downhill trails in Santiago. In many areas, there are rocky areas and rock gardens and many curves. As you continue, you will encounter gaps, jumps, zigzags and sharp turns.

Once you get to the end, you will pass through the forest, where you will continue to zigzag and enter rocky territory. Take your GPS with you as it is easy to miss a turn, and there are several roads that go in other directions!

Enjoy the beautiful views this circuit has to offer. You can see the fog that enters into the mountains, and on clear days you can see for miles and miles!

El Huinganal is also in Santiago and is an advanced single track that is nearly 1,000 feet in elevation. You will start off around Establo el Huingal, where you will pass by horses! On this trail you will cross 3 creeks and enjoy a flat area to bike on that has some rocky parts to it.

Conclusion

Are you ready to plan a trip yet? Hitting up these trails and the many others in the southern hemisphere will excite you and test your limits. Going mountain biking is not only a great way to stay in shape, but to explore nature and different areas. With these trails, you will surely enjoy yourself and maybe learn a thing or two! See you on the trails!

Cycling in Europe: The Best Routes to Try According To Your Level of Experience

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Cycling in Europe has a lot to offer: wonderful vistas, friendly people, and a rich cultural background. You can experience the Old Continent in a new way, traveling by your bike, on different routes. That’s why we found the best trails for you, regardless whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advanced cyclist.

Brittany to Normandy

This is a great route if you’re intermediate to biking because of the medium elevation gain during this 8-day long journey. But it’s totally worth it, considering you’ll see some of the most beautiful beaches in France. Not to mention the historical charge, given the pit stops of this route. So this 8 day tour starts in Saint-Malo, where you can visit the walled city. The second day ends in Cancale, but on the road there, you’ll see the coast, plenty of fisherman villages, as well as oyster farms. Over the next few days, you can visit Roman-age towns, spend the night in beach hotels, learn more about the Battle of Normandy and about medieval history in general. The coastline is stunning and you’ll breathe in a lot of fresh air.

Paris to Moscow

This is a longer route that lasts for approximately 45 days during which you’ll travel more than 2700 miles, but you’ll get to experience a lot of different countries along the way. This is an advanced journey, during which you’ll travel through the places where Napoleon went in 1812, during his Russian Campaign.  It’s a good idea to take the best hydration bladder you can find, considering you’ll be on the move so much. You’ll travel through Germany with its deep forests, through the medieval villages of Poland, and the rolling vineyards of Lithuania and Latvia. These last two countries, along with Estonia have an Eastern culture that’s visible throughout their streets, buildings, and monasteries. The end point is Moscow, where you can rest your weary legs.

The Danube river tour

This is another one of the most popular rides, and it’s definitely for beginners. That’s because you’ll have little to no elevation gain, and you’ll be cycling on paved paths, following the Danube. So there won’t be any rocky terrain or traveling through forests, but you’ll get to travel through four different countries. You’ll start in Germany with its Alemannic history and Bavarian monasteries. After that, you’ll travel through Austria, where you can marvel at its impressive vineyards. Slovakia is a country with lots of memories from the two World Wars, as well as from the Ancient times. And lastly, you’ll get to Budapest, Hungary, with its green villages. The whole journey will take you about 13 days, and you’ll travel about 500 miles total.

The Alps to the Adriatic

This is definitely an epic journey, and it’s more appropriate for advanced cyclists. You’ll pedal through various heritage sites and alpine cities, but you’ll start in Venice. After cycling through the long green plains in Venice, you’ll bask your eyes in the crystal clear water of the Adriatic sea. You’ll travel through hills and beaches, through plateaus and baroque cities. You’ll see various cities in the countries of Italy and Austria, as well as other highlights in the course of this 27 days route. The 1155 miles total are a long way to go, but you’ll be traveling an average of 52 miles each day.

The Moselle to Mozart

This amazing tour covers a part of Germany and Austria, but the route will take you to the border with Luxembourg as well. You’ll see various historic cities, and pedal on the shore of different rivers, the most renowned ones being the Rhine and the impetuous Danube. Other impressive vistas are offered courtesy of deep forests, green valleys, and quaint villages. Bask your eyes at the poetic vineyards along the way, and enjoy the magnificent old river beds, timbered houses, churches, and castles. The medieval villages and towns, filled with monasteries and ancient castles will lead you to Vienna, where you can go for a nice stroll or a guided tour of the city. This 16 days journey mostly runs on even terrain, so you won’t have to strain yourself too much. However, you’ll be pedaling an average of 60 miles daily, and that’s what makes it an intermediate tour.

What will it be?

With so many choices at your disposal, it’s not easy to pick one. All these tours have a lot to offer in terms of sceneries and history, but they all challenge you differently. So in the end, your choice depends on your skill level and time frame. Don’t be shy and tell us what you picked. And if you have other, better tour suggestions, we’re happy to hear them! The comments are right below.

Media

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Below is some of the media coverage from the France to China cycle tour in 2014 and our Canada cycle trip in 2016.

The France to China cycle tour, was an unplanned, very last minute cycle tour. All this media coverage was obtained while we were on tour, in countries where we had little internet access and sometimes censor issues to deal with. During this cycle tour we were fundraising and raising awareness for two charities. Wateraid and the global sanitation crisis, and St Rocco’s cancer hospice.

During our other cycle trips we plan to promote sustainable and eco-friendly tourism and making eco discoveries, which we plan on sharing on our Cycle Trekkers website.

The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, Canada  

Herald media

The Wanneroo Times, Perth, Australia

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The Forum, Saskatchewan, Canada

The Forum

Perth Now  (The Sunday Times), Perth, Australia

Perth now media

Global Citizen, USA

global citizen media

Wateraid.org, Australia                                                                                 

 wateraid media

The Advocate, Australia

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Verge Magazine, Global

verge media

Cycle Traveller, Global

Cycle traveller media

Community News (Wanneroo Times), Perth, Australia

Community News

Mindarie Senior College Newsletter, Perth, Australia

Mindarie Senior College media

We also post regular blog updates and sometimes guest posts for other sites. Get in touch at info@cycletrekkers.com if you’re interested in having us write a guest post or interview for your site or paper.

Watch this space for future coverage on our world cycle tour.

Sponsors

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We’ll happily consider sponsors and/or partnerships with companies that share the same values as us.

Why sponsor us?

  • Reviews and feedback on gear (approved by the company, before posting online).*
  • We will test your gear to the extremes. Snow storms, hail, sun exposure, humidity – you name it, we’ll be experiencing it. It’s a great opportunity to test out new gear and get some constructive feedback. Check out some of our gear reviews here.
  • Long term exposure on our site (our cycle trip is a 5+ years trip).
  • Exposure on our social media sites (facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube – just to name a few).
  • Local, as well as global exposure (this can include media photos to use for company advertising purposes). Check out some of the media we’ve already received.
  • Your gear and company name, displayed and exposed around the world.
  • Personal video from our cycle tour, mentioning your gear/company.*
  • Personal email updates and photos from the cycle tour.*

*negotiable

Get in touch at info@cycletrekkers.com to find out what else we can offer in return for your sponsorship.

We are also looking for eco friendly businesses along our cycle route, which are willing to share some tips and secrets on running an eco-business. If you own, or you know of a green business that would like to help out, please get in touch. In return for your/their help, we will provide exposure on our site and through social media. Examples of the type of “exposure articles” we can write, can be found here and here.