Are you a nature-lover? Would you like to combine the large range of landscapes you will find on your way while traveling by bike? For the smaller campsites as well as for the larger ones, this section will be perfect for you! It is time to saddle up and travel the roads of Europe. Wherever you are, you will find a HomeCamper host.
Veteran or amateur cyclist, seasoned cyclist traveller, mountain biker and hiker, cycling is your passion and as soon as the weather is fine you will be criss-crossing the roads of France in the campsites by bike.
Close to your road, there is surely a HomeCamper host ready to welcome you for your bike camping holidays. Better still, it can be a great base to discover a region where everything is planned to make it easier for you to practice your favourite leisure activity: information point for cycle tourism, closed garage for bikes and mountain bikes, washing point... Our "cyclo campsites" are just waiting for your stopover visit during your cycling trip.
Along the famous EuroVelo routes (Loire à Vélo, ViaRhôna…) you will be welcomed in private gardens or in unsual glamping accommodation (hut, yurt and lodge) with all the comfort to just relax and take your time. Cyclists looking for relaxing walks or athletes in seach of adventure will find their happinness, over the 21,000km's of cycling routes that count the French hexagon.
Unlike other types of travel, cycling requires both physical and mental preparation. Although you don't need to train intensively, there are certain conditions and steps that should not be overlooked.
If you are a geat cyclist and want to travel around the world, it is quite possible to make your dream come true. However, such a trip requires a great deal of preparation and effort, which is not always so easy. The least you can do is to set yourself a goal to achieve according to your ability and possibilities.
First of all, set the distance to be covered and the level of difficulty in a reasonable way. And secondly, remember that cycling should be an activity that should be fun. You can start with a short two-hour cruise before gradually increasing the duration of your outings.
Besides, it is also necessary to know how to keep a good pedalling rhythm. For example, use a small gear ratio with a rhythm of around 80 pedal rotations per minute. This will allow you to maintain a certain regularity of driving during the ride. Alternatively, you can also use bike gears that will help you evaluate your progress and performance. The most important thing is to keep your own rhythm without being influenced by the speed of other cyclists. That's how you'll improve your endurance.
Since cycling is an activity that combines travel and sport, it is always necessary to warm up well. So prepare your body before every ride. And once on the road, ride slowly before gradually increasing your efforts. This way your muscles will be able to adapt to the exercise and your requirements. This will also help you to keep a good heart and breathing rhythm.
Apart from your bike, it is important to bring different kits and accessories depending on the duration of the trip. You can opt for saddlebags or a trailer at your own convenience. Both alternatives have advantages and disadvantages. If you choose a trailer, all your accessories will be within easy reach so easy to access. Plus, motorists will be able to spot you easily. The trailer is especially convenient for a family trip. But if you choose to take along panniers, they'll take up less space and therefore be much lighter. Just try to distribute the saddlebags evenly between the front and back of the bike. That's why it's so important to have quality luggage racks. Otherwise, you should also have a small handlebar bag in which you will put the utensils that you will need to use quite often. Avoid large backpacks that will only make you heavier.
As far as the repair kit is concerned, it depends on your itinerary and your level of mechanical knowledge. However, it is always necessary to have one or two spare inner tubes, a hand pump, two tire levers, a rasp and glue. Also carry a multi-tool such as a screwdriver or Allen wrench that is compatible with your bike. Otherwise, pliers may also be useful. And if you're going to ride long distances, carry a rear brake and derailleur cable as well as screws and bolts. In short, choose your kits according to the condition of your bicycle and any problems that may arise along the way.
Don't forget to bring maps to prepare your itinerary. It is even better to photocopy them so that you can fold and unfold them as you wish. You will also be able to highlight your route and note down some comments given by the locals. It is also possible to bring a plastic folder that you can hang on your handlebars therefore you always have the map in front of you.
Otherwise, another indispensable accessory for all bike trips would be a bottle holder. This will allow you to hydrate yourself from time to time. In fact, most modern bikes already have diagonal tube attachments.
On the clothing side, choose your clothes according to the seasons, but remember to bring comfortable, light and waterproof clothing. For shoes, ideally wear sneakers, and don't forget waterproof shoe covers to avoid walking around with wet feet.
And finally, bring a small medicine box, your tent, a duvet and an inflatable mattress as well as your stove.
With HomeCamper, explore Europe while cycling.