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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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.
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.
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 awhile 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 gramm on long distances. Take our word: Most of the time, you will need less clothes than you think while you’re packing when you are still in the middle of civilization ;)
Bike-friendly accomodation in Germany: www.bettundbike.de
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