Rolling gently through the countryside on sleepy cycle ways; along rivers and past lakes, you’ll need a moment to take it all in—alongside a lungful of that fresh, clean air. You stop where you want and pick up the pedalling when you just can’t wait to feel the tickle of the breeze on your skin. This is what long weekends are for: Extended rides on your favorite two-wheeler, and after mini-getaways like this, you always feel as though you were away for more than just a few days: Relaxed, focused and completely revitalized. And the best part? Where you go doesn’t matter—as the kilometers roll on, the landscape changes and you always discover something new. To get you started, we’ve prepared some inspiration anyway.
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How To Stow Your Stuff
Bike Bags Or Backpack?
If you are planning to ride with a backpack, try it out beforehand on long rides. Even the lightest backpack can lead to pain and tension after a while. Bike bags aren’t cheap, but they will be your friends for years.
Classic Panniers Or Frame Packs?
This decision mainly depends on whether you want/can put a rack on your bike and how much stuff you want to bring. The advantage of frame packs is that they don’t need screws or other measures – you simply strap them to your frame. However, they carry less volume than classic panniers, which are attached to a rack.
Front Or Back Rack?
This depends on your personal taste. Classically they are attached to the back of your bike, however, this makes the riding experience more cumbersome. Having a front rack will make your bike more agile, but it takes a while to get used to the steering behaviour. Of course, you can use front and back racks to bring more equipment, but be aware that you will feel every gram on long distances. Take our word: Most of the time, you will need fewer clothes than you think while you’re packing when you are still in the middle of civilization.
Where to sleep?
Bike-friendly accomodation in Germany: www.cycling-friendly.com
Less luggage, showers and toilets, plan from home
Costs money, inflexible destination, less wilderness
#Campvibes but still showers and toilets, plan from home
Costs money, inflexible destination, often doubtful aesthetics, you are not alone
Clothes For Riding
- Pants that let you sit in the saddle for many kilometers
- Underwear without seams (alternative: cycling pants)
- Shirt or jersey
- Rain jacket
- Sun protection for your head (e.g. helmet)
- Shoes to ride in
Clothes For The Evening
- Comfy pants
- Sweatshirt or fleece
- Comfy light shoes
- Patch kit
- Mosquito repellent
- Containers for at least 1,5l of water
- Snacks for the road