A quick search online (or even on our blog!) will provide you with a huge variety of locations around the world that are perfect for cyclists.
Whether you’re looking to cycle in a city that loves green transportation or prefer to go off-road and explore the trails on two wheels, heading to a new country and seeing the sights is always going to be a big adventure. And while that’s exciting, there’s also the practical side of things to consider – such as how you’re going to transport the bike itself.
Here’s what you need to remember when you want to go travel the world with your bike.
First up, how are you going to get there?
Consider how you’ll be traveling by your bike, as this will determine how you’re going to transport it. This may be private or public transportation and the type of vehicle will be a factor.
Traveling by Car
If the country you’re visiting is within a possible driving distance (perhaps over a few days), this is one option to consider. The benefit of this is that you can easily put your bike (or bikes) in the boot of your car and know they’re safe there until you take them out. You’ll also get to be comfortable in your seats without having to carry them between locations.
Traveling by Plane
Traveling by plane has the most restrictions that you’ll need to be mindful of when traveling. Each airline has its own rules, so it’s important to double check with them before turning up to the airport.
In many cases nowadays, you will need to put your bike in a designated ‘bike bag’ to be checked in to the hold. This may also incur an extra fee.
When you get off the plane and collect your baggage, you’ll also need to plan how to get from the airport to your hotel or campsite with the bike. If you’re not riding it there, it will need to be able to fit within your chosen transportation.
Traveling by Train
It is possible to take your bike with you via train, however, space is usually limited. Although there are baggage holds, these might not be large enough for your bike and you may end up standing in the carriage entryway with your bike for the entire journey if you don’t want to leave it unattended.
Some larger trains provide designated space for bikes, however, you may need to book this in advance so please check with your provider at your time of booking. As with planes, you may need to transport your bike in a cycle bag.
Traveling by Bike
If it’s possible to bike to your desired location, why not consider it? You won’t need to worry about how to transport your bike, as you’ll be riding it along the way. Although it may take longer to get to your finishing point, you’ll get to enjoy the sights along the way. This is, of course, our favorite method of transportation – and we suspect it’s yours too! Why not plan the trip of a lifetime and see the world from two wheels?
Once you’ve decided how you’ll be traveling, plan what you’ll need to take.
There’s more to traveling by your bike than simply taking it with you. You’ll need to pack some other essentials for your journey. You’ll need:
- A bike bag if you’re traveling via plane.
- A portable bicycle pump and tyre fix in case of a flat tire.
- A small set of tools (or a multi-purpose tool) for fixing, adding or removing bike parts. This is especially essential if you need to dismantle your bike at any point during your journey, for example, to save space.
- Other DIY essentials such as tape, cable ties or loctite.
- A lock, in case you need to leave your bike anywhere.
- A few extra nuts, bolts, grips and spokes for your bike, as well as more specific spare parts such as cables or brake pads.
- Cycling safety essentials such as your helmet and protective pads.
And of course, your personal items such as clothing, toiletries and a first aid kit! Remember to pack light, so that you’ll have less load to carry as you ride.
What type of bike should I take?
As long as you take note of the advice and guidelines above, you should be fine to take your usual bike regardless of its size. However, it’s understandable that you might want to simplify things a bit and ensure an easier journey.
If that’s the case, a fold-up bike may be an option – just be sure that it’s suitable for your intended journey and terrain.
If you don’t own a bike but like the idea of a full-size, fully customised bike to accompany you on your travels, consider a bamboo bicycle from Bamboobee. We offer a variety for any purpose – including a mountain bike for the trails, so you’re sure to find what you need here on our site.
Have you ever planned a long distance trip with your bike? If not, we hope you’ll give it a try sometime in the future and we hope our advice will be helpful when you do. After all, there are so many incredible places in the world that every cyclist should see!