Cycling abroad: The need to know for road safety
Cycling abroad has become one of the most popular activities in the past few years, whether it’s cycling for a charity, while away on holiday or just for relaxation.
There are many benefits of cycling abroad. It is great for your health and in turn for the environment, but cycling is also one of the best ways to see the world, experience new cultures and find unique terrains. So why not embark on this journey?
Before you set off, make sure you follow these top tips for cycling abroad
Top tips for cycling abroad:
1. Be aware of traffic
In and around busy cities can be dangerous for cyclists. Look out for cars on the wrong side of the road as well as their speed as many countries abroad will have faster national speed limits on their roads. Do some homework on the roads before you go.
2. Prepare for the hot weather
It takes a human body 10 days to acclimatize to heat, so cycling in the 40-degree heat can get a bit much for most people coming from the UK. Make sure to wear suitable clothing to protect your body from the sun. You can get special sunscreen for athletes. With the warm weather it is important to stay hydrated and take slow releasing carbs at all times so make sure you take plenty of water and snacks such as bananas. Keep the food intake simple.
3. Bike hire Vs bringing your bike
Consider renting a bike at the destination. Each place will have its own standards for their bikes. For example, helmet standards in the UK are different than those in Italy. Even down to the lighting of the bike, each destination has its own requirement. Save yourself the hassle and rent one at the destination.
If you do want to take your bike abroad, make sure you do your research as different airlines have different policies when it comes to taking your bike on a plane. Majority charge per bike per one-way along with a weight allowance. There are also specifications for the packaging of your bike thereafter, as you would not want any damage.
4. Get the right travel insurance
As with any trip, travel insurance is important for you and your bike. A British Cycling membership will cover most things, but make sure to look into the finer details of your policy to ensure medical cover. Not all companies will cover you, for example mountain biking is deemed dangerous, therefore you may need to take out a separate cover. This ensures the best cover for your bike in case anything happens to it.
5. Bike fully serviced
Before you set off with your bike from home or the shop hire, make sure the bike has been fully serviced and checked. Taking a puncture repair kit, a mini pump and first aid kit on your travels will keep you prepared for anything on your bike ride.
Stay safe! Read up on local laws before you go, and obey them once you're out there, but enjoy the experience.