This summer, let’s go cycling: the green trend of cycling travel

The pandemic has put ecological issues back at the center of discussions and in particular our travel habits. It is therefore logical that the trend of cycle tourism is exploding. Shall we get started?

The right alternative for traveling galore? Get in the saddle! An ecological alternative to polluting trips by plane or car, some are ready to travel thousands of kilometers across Europe and beyond, with their hands on the handlebars. Like journalist and Instagram content creator Laurianne Melierre, who has been cycling around France with her friend Marion on and off for three years. Together, they created the FreeTheCycle Instagram account, to share their adventures on the road. And show everyone that there is no need to be super sporty, super trained or even to go super far to have fun on a bike.

In a recent story, Laurianne explains that “traveling by bike can be a day like it can be a year”. Cycling is an activity open to as many people as possible, thanks to which everyone can follow their route according to their profile and their desires, including small budgets. Want to get started this summer? Here are our tips for setting off on an adventure, one pedal stroke at a time. Because if there is nothing simpler than traveling with your bicycle, it cannot be improvised.

Cycle touring, instructions for use

Go on an adventure without asking any questions, do you like it? With your feet on the pedals and helmet on your head, you’re ready to roll to destinations you tended to ignore before the pandemic. However, setting off on a bicycle on a whim takes a little bit of preparation. First of all, be aware that traveling alone or with others requires a different organization. If you’d rather go solo, FreeTheCycle offers these tips.

1. Prepare for the adventure. First, you must favor the cycle routes (lanes reserved for bicycles and appropriately signposted), anticipate your nights by booking accommodation on your way, and look at some activities in the area that would be of interest to you.

2. Test yourself before you go. In addition, Marion and Laurianne recommend testing 2 or 3 nights, if you are traveling alone for the first time.

3. Find the right place to sleep. Safety question, if you go solo, avoid the tent in the middle of nature, you never know, it is better to plan your night in a youth hostel or a campsite. You will be more sheltered from danger and it will be more comfortable. On the other hand, if you are traveling with others, sleeping under the stars or in a tent can be a fun and economical option. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to camp or bivouac anywhere. To help you avoid a fine of 1,500 euros, here are the conditions according to article R-111-32 of the town planning code: “Camping is freely practiced, outside the influence of roads and public thoroughfares, under the conditions set by this sub-section, with the agreement of the person who has the use of the land, subject, where applicable, to the opposition of the owner”.

4. What about eating, then? It is recommended to buy products with little packaging, to reduce your waste and not have to struggle to find trash cans on the way. Bread and a piece of cheese or a tin of sardines, it’s perfect because it doesn’t mind the heat. Also, take some fruit. A good idea: take Tupperware with you. It is often possible to ask in the lodging or the hotel which lodges you if they cannot prepare you friction for the midday. A tabbouleh, a pasta salad, a ratatouille … this allows you to vary the pleasures day after day. Regarding meat, dry sausage is very easy to store in the open air. Don’t forget the snacks either. Besides fruits, dried fruits, and cereal bars. Will give you an energy boost for a long time.

Where to go? Our cycling tourism destination ideas

If you live in the North and want to go to the South, you will still have to plan a short train ride, unless you want to make a trip of several days. It is therefore important to plan your route and to plan a good organization to know where to sleep and where to go to avoid the tile.

The Loire à Vélo is one of the most popular places for cycle tourism. Everything is perfectly organized (signage, dedicated lane, accommodation, repair, and rental shops, etc.). Yet other (less frequented) destinations are waiting for you, such as the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel or the wonders of the Camargue. To find an unusual and less frequented destination, we advise you to use the francevelotourisme site or the book Slow Vélo by Bérangère Florin and Eugénie Triebel. For example, the two authors offer you an escape from Strasbourg to Colmar on the route of the vineyards of the region. Everything is detailed there, the length of the stay, the number of kilometers per stage, a practical sheet, and their logbook. Ideal for all cycle touring enthusiasts looking for something new.

Luggage and equipment: leave nothing to chance

When it comes to luggage, the keyword is sharing. The more you share hygiene products, the lighter you will travel. “The most important thing to pack is the weight/volume/utility ratio”, we can read on FreeTheCycle. It will be very easy knowing that, to wash your clothes, you will undoubtedly find laundromats in case of real need. Do not hesitate to take some laundry capsules with you. Alternatively, according to the count, you can choose to hand wash most of your stuff using natural multi-purpose soap, again access to water in cemeteries is straightforward. Also, opt for merino T-shirts. This wool, very light and breathable, retains very little odor. We can therefore wear the same garment several days in a row before having to wash it. To reduce dirty laundry, separate clothes made for pedaling and those for the evening. And remember that you are going on an adventure. Reduce the exchange as much as possible.

What equipment to bring for a cycling adventure?

A rule already: try to borrow or rent before thinking of buying.

Here is a list of the basic equipment for cycling touring:

– A pair of gloves (or mittens to protect the palms of your hands)

– Well-breathable clothing suitable for cycling in hot conditions

– A reflective garment (vest yellow safety jacket ) – A jacket with hood and made with a waterproof and breathable membrane. If it starts to rain, you can quickly get very cold.

– A helmet (light and breathable if possible)

– Sunglasses (both to protect yourself from the sun and to avoid getting debris or an insect in the eye)

– Front and rear lights: 200 lumens or more for the main lamp

– A bicycle pump (mandatory)

– An inner tube repair kit (patch, glue, and tire iron) and especially learn how to do it before leaving!

– Two air chambers (it’s safer)

– A survival blanket (in case of injury, bad weather …)

– A mobile phone with a charger and an external 10,000 mAh battery

– A water reserve of 2 liters

– A first aid kit

– Saddlebags to take it all (especially not to have everything on your back, it’s hell)

So when do you plan to ride?

Visibility of children in traffic

In the darker months of the year, children must be visible in traffic. Rain or fog creates additional dangers on the roads. With these tips, your children are safe on the move in autumn and winter.

Reflective material increases visibility in the dark;

A safety vest must meet standard EN ISO 20471 or EN 1150;

The school satchel must meet the DIN 58124 standard.

Children are particularly at risk in the autumn and winter months: in bad weather and the dark, they are often barely visible to drivers – especially not if they are not wearing light-colored, reflective materials. A dark-clad pedestrian can only be recognized by a driver from a distance of around 25 meters in poor visibility. For comparison: the stopping distance of a car in an emergency braking from 50 km / h is about 28 meters – too long to come to a stop in time in an emergency in front of a road user at risk.

However, if a pedestrian wears clothing with reflective materials,

visibility improves up to 140 meters.

When buying reflective material, pay attention to the norm

If you are out and about in the dark, you should wear shoes and jackets with integrated reflective material. A safety vest is worn over clothing also

significantly increases visibility. The material must meet the EN ISO 20471 or EN 1150 standards. There are also reflectors for sewing and gluing. When buying a school satchel, parents should make sure that it complies with the DIN 58124 standard.

If you cycle to work or school, you should also check the lights on the bike and attach the required reflectors. You can find more information about roadworthy bicycles here.

Mutual consideration

Drivers can also help improve road safety by adapting their driving style to the visibility and driving more slowly. Visibility can also be significantly improved with clean windscreens and headlights as well as functional wiper blades.

Tips from the ADAC Foundation for a safe journey to school

In addition to reflectors on clothing, school bags, and bicycles,

groups of joggers, for example, are a good way for schoolchildren to get to school safely. A group of up to 12 children, accompanied by one or two adults, walk to school together in the morning.

Best Coat For Large Size Dogs: The Best Choices For All Budgets

What’s the main thing that confuses you the most? It’s a buying process, isn’t it?

Buying a new Large Size Dog Coat is not that easy. It takes a lot of effort and going through different variations to achieve the end goal. If you are currently looking forward to expert advice on buying the best Plus Size Dog Coat allow us to help you with the most preferable options.

Our team of experts has extracted the highest rated 2021 Large Dog Coat available on the market.

Don’t risk your hard-earned money, think twice before investing, and make the decision wisely. Our readers are very valuable to us, we fully understand our readers need and that is why should send a lot of time just for researching, reviewing and comparing different Coats For Large Size Dogs.

Features

STYLISH DOG COAT – Unique design keeps your dog fashionable and comfortable, perfect for walking, running, hunting, or hiking during the cold months.

WATERPROOF & WINDPROOF – Waterproof and windproof outer fabric and super warm fleece lining for extra softness and comfort, keep your dogs warm in the cold winter/snow. With adjustable belly band, for a better fit of the body to stay warm.

EASY TO PUT ON AND OFF – Features hook-and-loop straps on the chest and neck for easy wearing and adjustment, enough room for the dog to grow, no need to force the dog to lift his legs.

REFLECTIVE & VERSATILE – The reflective stripe on the sides provides extra visibility for night walks, outdoors, or while traveling. With a leash hole at the back, the collar can be used inside the jacket. Machine washable.

Consult the prices

Pricing is the major aspect that everyone should take into consideration when finalizing their final Large Size Dog Coat product. Not all of the Plus Size Dog Coats available on the market come with the same price tag, nor are all of them presented with the same features.

It is also best to determine the range of Large Size Dog Coats available in the market before going out for the final purchase. Once you’re done with it, be sure to check out and compare the products that most closely match your set of preferences.

It is always advisable for you to check your budget first before going ahead with the purchase. If the budget allows, be sure to check out a product that still provides you with the most premium and advanced features.

But if budget matters a lot to you, be sure to go with the cheapest option that matches your preferences well.

Are you going away for a long weekend? Check how to prepare your car!

The Vehicle Inspection Station in Dzierżążno presents a guide on how to prepare a car for a long weekend trip!

First of all – the validity of the registration inspection and insurance.

Open the registration certificate of your car and check when its technical inspection is valid. If their validity has expired or is due to expire during the planned vacation, be sure to visit the nearest vehicle inspection station before departure. Are you wondering which Vehicle Inspection Station in the Kartuzy area to inspect? Choose the one that has been best rated by customers – it is located in Dzierżążno, by the provincial road, at 10A Kartuska Street. On-site, our experts will check, among other things: the effectiveness of the brakes, the condition of the steering system and suspension, the effectiveness of lighting, and the condition of the tires.

You don’t have to make an appointment with us – just come!

You can also pay by card without any problems.   Although the days have been getting longer recently, it is still worth remembering about the correct setting of the lights – at our stations, you can do it completely for free!

What should you check yourself before leaving?

Oil Level  Checking and topping up the oil level is an absolute minimum that you need to do before going on a long trip. It does not matter whether the car is brand new or slightly older – the oil level must always be correct.

By the way, it is worth taking a look at the levels of other operating fluids – washer fluid, brake fluid, and cooling fluid.

Necessary equipment  The warning triangle and the fire extinguisher are mandatory equipment for a car in Poland. It is also always worth equipping the car with a decent first aid kit, reflective vests, a towing rope, and jumper cables.

Travel comfort Check wipers and windows. Make sure the feathers are not chipped and cracked. If so, the wipers must be replaced. Dirty windshields or headlights reduce the comfort and safety of travel – do you want to wash your car? We invite you to one of our car washes!

Lighting  Check the efficiency of the headlamps and, if necessary, replace the bulbs with stronger ones. It is also necessary to correctly set the lights so as not to dazzle other traffic users.

Ventilation Contamination of the ventilation ducts reduces their patency and results in inefficient operation of air vents and air conditioning. It is a good idea to vacuum the sewers and outlets inside the car, clean and dry the pollen filters. It is also worth thinking about cleaning the air conditioning system.