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5 Handy Apps for Bicycle Touring in Europe

Mount Kofel bicycling tour

Mount Kofel bicycling tour

Exploring European cities and countryside on two wheels is an experience for the bucket list. From touring around some of Europe’s most bike-friendly cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen to Austria and Croatia biking tours, here are some of the best apps to help you plan, navigate, and enjoy cycling your way across Europe.

1. Bike Doctor
Highlights: Bike Doctor is bicycle maintenance and repair app to help you keep your bike in top condition while on the road. It features detailed and easy-to-follow instructions to help you fix whatever part of your bike needs repairing at any given time.
Get it from: App Store, Google Play

2. Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner
Highlights: Bike Hub Cycle Journey Planner helps you plan your rides or tours in the UK. You can use this app to find the fastest or the quieter bicycling routes.
Get it from: App Store, Google Play

3. CampingCard ACSI Campsites
Highlights: This app gives you access to the ACSI database for the thousands of campgrounds across Europe.
Get it from: App Store, Google Play

4. Galileo Offline Maps
Highlights: You can download maps, explore places to go for your cycling tours offline, check directions, and more using this app. This app also features a search tool to look for attractions and other points of interest near your location.
Get it from: App Store, Google Play

5. WarmShowers
Highlights: Warmshowers.org members can find nearby hosts who are part of a community of bicycling tourists who provide support each other.
Get it from: App Store

5 of the Best Cities in Europe to Explore on a Bicycle

Europe is home to some of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Many cities have extensive networks of bike paths and lanes as well as bike-sharing schemes that make it easier for everyone to get around on two wheels. With so many places to choose from, here are some of the best cities to visit and explore on a bicycle.

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam
Why go: Amsterdam is famous for its bike culture. It is also renowned for being one of the bike-friendliest cities in the world. A visit to the city would be incomplete without experiencing a bike ride at least once. Bicycling is deeply-rooted in Amsterdam that there are more than 800,000 bicycles in the city. And with its numerous bike paths, it is a great place to go sightseeing on a bike to see the city’s many attractions like its beautiful canals, impressive architecture, museums, waterways, and so much more.

Bruges, Belgium
Bruges
Why go: With its medieval sights and vibe, Bruges is an enchanting place begging to be explored. Thankfully, the city is highly suited for bike rides that allow you to tour around and see more of its many attractions. Beyond the heart of the city are picturesque countryside and quaint villages that you can easily reach on two wheels.

Copenhagen, Denmark
Gammeltorv Copenhagen Denmark
Why go: To say that Copenhagen is a bike-friendly city would seem like an understatement when you see how bicycling is deeply embedded into the city’s culture. Bicycles outnumber cars and residents get around mostly on their bikes. The city’s cycling paths and lanes stretch to about 350 kilometers making it an idyllic place to discover and enjoy by bike.

Paris, France
Paris
Why go: While not as bike-friendly by Copenhagen or Amsterdam standards, Paris is still one of the European cities where you will love to pedal around to see more of its sights. The City of Light has many streets well-suited for biking. You can either go on a self-guided biking tour or join the bike tours many local tour operators offer. From the heart of the city to the countryside, Paris will charm you with its many amazing sights.

Munich, Germany
Englischer Garten Munich
Why go: Munich is one of the most bike-friendly cities in Germany. Its over 200 kilometers of bike paths make it easier and safer for locals and tourists alike to travel around. You can rent a ride suited for a bike tour around the city or a biking adventure at the countryside or more mountainous terrains.

Do’s and Dont’s of Biking in the Countryside

cycling in Provence

cycling in Provence

Cycling in the countryside can be a wonderful adventure or a nightmarish experience. While you cannot predict everything that happens in a bike ride, you can at least take care of the things you can control to ensure that you will have a pleasant and memorable biking adventure in the beautiful countryside.

DO

  • Choose a route appropriate for your biking skill and level of fitness. Pick an easy route if you are a novice or beginner or have not been on a long bike ride for some time.
  • Use an appropriate bike ride noting the type of route and terrain.
  • Conduct a maintenance and safety check before setting out. Make sure that the bicycle is well-maintained and have all the necessary safety equipment.
  • Bring at least the basic repair tools and first aid kit.
  • Check the weather and anticipate sudden changes by bringing a waterproof jacket or appropriate rain gear.
  • Make sure that the bike lights are working.
  • Stay on the bike path or trail and be aware of the traffic not matter how little of it you may find in the countryside.
  • If on a self-guided biking tour, inform a family member or friend about your plans. Provide a detailed itinerary and the time you are expected back.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and other protective gear.
  • Use sunscreen, sunglasses and helmet or hat.
  • Hydrate.
  • Smile and chat with locals and other riders.
  • Lend a hand to other cyclists who may need help repairing a broken bike part.
  • Lock your bike if you have to leave it for a while to eat or other reasons.
  • Be friendly but keep your guard up. Be wary of scams.
  • Cruise along at your own pace. Enjoy the scenery and the feel of pedaling on roads and paths surrounded by the stunning beauty of the countryside.

DON’T

  • Don’t leave any trash along the way
  • Don’t ride on trails not marked or designated for biking.
  • Don’t disturb animals or wildlife you may encounter in forest or woodland trails.
  • Don’t ride drunk