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