Even if the trip by bike is one of the most flexible ways of travelling, a little preparation is still necessary for the big tour. So much in advance: You don’t have to have taken part in the Tour de France to explore Europe by bike.
Of course, your bike is your most important companion on a bike tour. It doesn’t always have to be a professional bike, even on longer tours lasting a few days. There are many well-developed cycle paths in Germany and its neighboring countries. The gradients are also mostly manageable and can often be easily mastered with your home city or trekking bike.
It is important that the bike is roadworthy. So that lighting, brakes and gears work perfectly. Especially before longer tours, it is advisable to have everything checked again in a bicycle workshop. Completely new bikes should also be broken in extensively before you go on a big tour.
If the tour is going to last several weeks, a touring bike is a good idea. These bikes are designed to carry a lot of luggage and withstand high loads. But they often cost several thousand euros. However, such bikes can also be hired.
Anyone who, like almost half of all cycle tourists, is on the road with electric support should consider charging options on the way. If the engine fails, an e-bike can be so heavy that the daily workload is no longer manageable. The bikes can often be charged at bicycle shops or cafés. If in doubt, a spare battery is advisable.
In the digital age, the guided cycle tourism of the past. A good 90 percent of all cycle tours are planned on your own these days. With apps like komoot – a kind of social network for cycling and hiking routes – this is also child’s play.