Easter is arguably the best weekend of the year. Every year. Because no matter if it occurs in early or late spring, one thing is certain: The sun will shine a little longer every day, filling the world with a type of delicate spring warmth through its soft light—and injecting some new, unspoilt strength into every living thing. The best part: Those four days of freedom are just around the corner. Four days of going with the flow, four days full of new places, four days to let your thoughts wander. With the right plan, this will feel like a whole week. And that, in turn, is not even difficult at all; good plans are our specialty, fortunately. So you won't have to search long, simply choose one of our three- or four-day trips. A quick spring check for your bike, seven things packed and off you go.
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When the sun starts to shine after its long winter break, the great outdoors is able to breath again. And to inject that spring feeling into every cell in your body, there’s nothing better than a bike ride. With anticipation and sunshine in your head, however, you can quickly forget that such a spring breeze is not always just warm. To prevent you from getting too cold and wishing you were back in the warmth of your home, here are a few tips for cycling in the transitional period:
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If your bike has been standing untouched for a while, chances are high that your tires need a bit of air. How hard or soft you want them is of course a matter of taste. In principle, the more inflated the tire, the more you’ll feel the bumps through the saddle and the handlebars. At the same time, however, tougher tires lead to less resistance, meaning you need to apply less force. Tires that are too flat are prone to puncturing more easily. To determine the perfect pressure for your wheels, check their sire. For touring and city bikes, however, a pressure of 40 to 60 psi is usually suitable; just follow the instructions on the sidewall.
Whether your bike has braved the outdoors through the winter or has been hibernating in the garage, it's time to give your chain some oil. If you don't have a special stand, turn the bike upside down so that it rests on the saddle and handlebars. Then, take an old cotton cloth and wrap it around a point of the chain while using your other hand to turn the pedals. This is how you remove dirt from your chain. Then, simply put a small drip of oil on the inside of the chain and rotate it so that the chain makes one full rotation; the oil will be evenly distributed via the centrifugal force generated. Following that, shift through all of your gears once while turning the pedals for a few more rotations. Finally, pick up the cloth for the last time, wrap it once more around the chain and rotate the pedals a couple of times to remove any excess grease and to prevent dirt from accumulating on the chain.
Surely they'll work, won't they? To make sure is to be safe—so don’t go anywhere without doing so. To check the quality of your brakes, hop on your bike and do a few laps around the block. Do a couple of brake checks while riding—and if you sense that your brakes are no longer direct and firm (but rather slow and gentle), it is time to do something about it. Modern brakes are relatively easy to service, just turn the barrel adjuster at the brake lever or cable. If that doesn’t work try manually tightening the brake cable with an allen key. Older brakes can be a little trickier and may require some research (YouTube is a hot tip). In case of doubt, just head to your local bike shop. While it’s still cold before the big spring rush, they’ll be happy to have something to do!
For more details, check out British Cycling’s tips and guidelines here.
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 ;)
No matter where your journey will take you, these are some basic supplies you should always have with you: