When packing for a trip, everyone has one or two items that they hate to travel without. For us, that item is a little unusual: Our bicycles. While it obviously won’t fit snugly within a travel bag, a bicycle can make almost any trip healthier and more enjoyable.
Here are a few tips you can follow to make your next trip a bike-centric one.
Tips For Traveling With Your Bike
- Call ahead and ask about amenities. Here’s some great news: Hotel proprietors are becoming savvier about the needs of cyclists. It’s becoming more common to see secure storage options with locks and alarms. Look for cycling-friendly lodging options and don’t feel shy about picking their brains to learn more about local amenities.
- Study the local terrain. Before heading to your destination, take some time to get the lay of the land, cyclist style. Read up on local trails, paths and roads. Check out Google Maps, Strava Heat Maps and the many wonderful online resources that compile the best local rides in any city or town. If you’re going to spend more than a day or two, it might make sense to connect with local cycling groups. After all, who knows the best trails better than local roadies? Local bike shops are another fantastic resource.
- Don’t forgot to bring ancillary items.Bike and helmet are one thing, but don’t rush and forget to bring all the other cycling accessories you’ll need to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride.
- Pack your bike safely.Depending on your needs, you might be better off with a cardboard box, a carry bag or a full-on bicycle case. Make sure the physical dimensions are appropriate, and choose the option that’s best for you. Packing materials such as insulation/bubble wrap can help protect your bike from dings and scratches.
Now that you’ve prepared to travel safely with your favorite bike, it’s time to hit the open road. We hope you have an outstanding ride the next time you’re traveling.