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Real road bike adventures

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These two wheels can take you anywhere. Yes — really. With enough time and a little training, your bike will take you over distances that few non-riders will be able to comprehend. It’ll take you up to otherworldly elevations that seem impossible to people who’ve never experienced it them themselves. And it’ll bring you back down to sea level at speeds nobody but you will believe. In that sense, your road bike is quite the miracle machine. With it, you can always experience new adventures at home and abroad.

There are a few road cycling classics that are famous for very good reasons and, as such, are really worth a trip. The roads, the climbs, the views and descents — they are so impressive they will blow your mind. But of course it's really beautiful elsewhere, too. No matter what you're looking for, we've put together some ideas for real road cycling adventures for you here. We wish you lots of fun, little wind and look forward to your photos and tips.

There are a few road cycling classics that are famous for very good reasons and, as such, are really worth a trip. The roads, the climbs, the views and descents — they are so impressive they will blow your mind.

Adventures for you and your road bike

Choose from our ready-to-go Collections with handpicked Tours and lots of handy information, created by passionate people like you.

The right season

The best time for your trip depends on your priorities. The warmer it is, the more pleasant it is during the day—especially in the mornings and evenings. Unfortunately, though, the roads tend to get busier the warmer it gets and you’ll always find more action on the road in summer than in spring or autumn. One thing is also clear: in winter, it is not always advisable to embark on a long cycling tour—something your feet and fingers are thankful for. No matter when you go, just make sure you take more water with you when it's warm and more food when it's cool as the cold weather also consumes more calories.

Packing List

During the ride:

Helmet, cycling shorts, jersey, socks, cycling shoes, buff, rain jacket

On the bike:

Spare Outfit

Spare jersey, spare cycling shorts, 1 pair of socks (or wash everything every night)

During The Day

3 water bottles, sunscreen, first aid kit, energy bars and gels, cell phone, charging cable, power bank, cash, credit card, passport

In The Evening

Sandals/slippers, comfy pants, T-shirt, long fleece or puffy, toothbrush and paste

Tools & Spare Parts

Multi tool, pump, 2 spare tubes, patch kit, duct tape & zip ties, brake pads, chain lube, spare derailler hanger, shift/brake cables

Before you start

Before you hit the road, quickly check whether your bike is in good condition and you have what you need for the big climb.

Bike

  • Brakes work and aren’t run-down
  • Gearshift is clean and runs smoothly
  • Quick releases & screws are drawn
  • Tires & tubes are intact
  • Two bottle mounts on the frame

Equipment

  • Arm and leg warmes, wind vest, warm hat, rain jacket, overshoes, gloves
  • Multitool, tire lever, pump
  • Two drinking bottles, 1 to 2 energy bars and one gel (just in case)
  • Phone

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