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Organising your cycling trip

Here are some tips to help you make the right choices and organise your journey by bike.

Step 1: Prepare your trip using information from the website

Via this site, you will be able to find information and select the itinerary or route you wish to follow in keeping with your preferences and your ability level.

The interactive maps and links to our partners’ websites give details of the type of route (distance, difficulty), tourist sites, accommodation, restaurants, train stations, bike hire and repair services available within the vicinity of your cycling trip.

Opinions and feedback from other internet users may also give you additional information.

Remember that the “Accueil Vélo” logo displayed by numerous service providers in Franche-Comté guarantees you a warm welcome and services relevant to cycle tourists.

You can also obtain weather information before leaving and consult available train connections.
 

Step 2: The right equipment and guide

If you are planning a cycling trip lasting several days, consider a well-equipped hybrid bike and have it serviced before you leave.

For a family cycling trip, consider a bicycle trailer or “tagalong”, which are more comfortable systems than a child seat on the back of the bike.

Travelling by bicycle is certainly quite inexpensive, but it is nonetheless important to invest in good equipment which is likely to make your journey easier: Handlebar bag, touring bag (rucksacks are not recommended for long distances by bike), repair equipment (tube, bicycle pump, combination tool) and lock.

Bear in mind that along cycle routes you will be required to take secondary roads and you will need to be visible to cars, so it is important to wear a reflective jacket and check that your front and rear lights are working.

Once en route, the cycling trip guide remains the best means of finding your way and having all necessary information to hand.

You can also equip yourself with a bike GPS system to guide your journey. 

Safe cycling tips

Go downhill gently . You should stop at night, as it is in the dark that cycling tourists have the most accidents – Wearing a helmet is strongly advised -

Do not pedal all day long: don’t forget the ‘tourism’ part of cycle-tourism! Take your time and take things easy, even if it means shortening your journey.