See the main tips for those who want to travel just by pedaling
The cycling consists simply of using the bicycle to make trips. It’s a great adventure option for those who love to ride bikes and get to know new places. However, you need to take a lot of care before you go down the road with the skinny. Check out the main tips!
The Ideal Bicycle
To do the cycling, you need to have a traveling bicycle, which has some differences from the conventional. The most recommended model is mountain bike, because it has better performance in various terrain types. Moreover, the best routes in Brazil for cycling are land roads, so the model is the best to be used in the country.
Still, it is necessary to make adjustments to the skinny. Fbio Eduardo Silva is director of the club do cycling do Brasil, who gathers supporters of practice throughout the country, and comments: “When we travel by bicycle, we must privilege the comfort, since the goal is not only to reach a certain point but be in a great mood to continue Pedaling the next day. The bicycle has to be adjusted according to the size of the person in the most comfortable way possible.
It is important to also pay attention to the bicycle parts. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they should be top-of-the-line. However, attention must be paid to the number of marches to have the best conditions to pedal with the bicycle loaded, especially by climbing and irregular terrain. In case of doubts, it is always good to consult a specialist.
See also: how to pedal properly
The Necessary Equipment
For bicycle trips, you need to have a list of accessories and equipment. Some are mandatory by the Brazilian Transit Code (CTB), while others serve to assist the cyclist. See some:
Saddlebags: are specific lateral pouches for bicycle with rear or front trunk, used to save most of the luggage. It is always advisable to use two-one on each side, distributing weight and facilitating equilibrium.
Baggage Carrier: Also known as “Croup”, is a metallic bracket that allows to attach the luggage to the bike. It is usually fixed in the rear, but has front version for trips requiring camping material. When there is a lot of cargo, it is important to distribute the weight between the rear and front, so that the bicycle is more stable. Travel backpacks are not recommended.
Guiding Pouch: Trapped to the handlebar itself, it is helpful to accommodate items that you need to always have within reach of the hands, such as photographic machine, wallet and sunscreen. It is very practical because it can be taken with you when there is a need to park.
Rearview Mirror: It is one of the obligatory items by CTB. It is very important, because it allows the cyclist to have a vision of what is behind you, without having to turn the body.
Signaling and reflective lights: the lights, powered by batteries or batteries, must be in the rear and front of the bike. The reflectors go in other areas, including the pedals – the so-called “cat Eyes”. When purchasing saddlebags, make sure they have reflective. The lights and reflectors are obligatory by the CTB.
Doorbell: Also a mandatory item by CTB. Notify the pedestrians and vehicles of their presence or approximation, if necessary, as in the case of slow transit.
Fenders: Protect the rear and front wheels and prevent sand and clay from reaching the current. It’s important that they be a little wider than the tires. They are primarily on rainy days or on very rugged terrains, full of stones.
Rest: Also known as “foot”, it serves as a bicycle support when you need to park. It can be fixed in the rear or center of the bicycle.
Caramanholas or Bottles: fixed by means of brackets on the bicycle frame (you can take more than one), they keep the always good and useful water, essential in hydration.
Gauntlets and Horns: The gauntlets, made of rubberized material, cover the end of the handlebar and serve as a hand support. The horns or bar-ends are those supports on the tip of the handlebar that allow the cyclist to change the position of the hands whenever he feels need.
For each type of travel, baggage will be varied according to the schedule. “On longer trips, for example, sometimes you need to bring camping equipment, and that, of course, weighs more,” commented Paul of Tarsus Martins, one of the creators of Grupo Sampa bikers. In addition to the duration of the trip, you must consider the traveler’s profile. Some like less baggage and more freedom while others are more careful.
For travel with lodging, the recommended weight of baggage is between 5kg and 10kg. In the case of autonomous travel in which we need to camp, more equipment is required and the weight of baggage increases. In this situation, it is recommended between 20kg and 35kg, without counting water and food. Take care of the baggage carrier: Make sure the manual if the equipment holds everything you need to take.
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