Which bike should you choose?
A bike for a day’s outing
For a day’s cycling, any kind of bike should do, as long as it is in a good state of repair.
Before setting out, make sure you have checked your bike, in particular verifying:
- the brakes
- the wheels and the tyre pressure
- the transmission, noting that chains and derailleurs are properly in place and well greased
- that the lights function properly
A bike for an outing over several days
- For a longer cycling trip, having a suitable, good-quality bike will make your journey much more comfortable.
- A hybrid bike (in French vélo tout chemin, or VTC) is very adaptable, functioning well on both tarmacked surfaces and rougher tracks.
- If embarking on a long cycling journey, maybe lasting a few weeks, consider a trekking bike.
Use panniers to transport your luggage.
Panniers can be fixed to the front or the back of a bike.
- Consider a further pannier you can fix to the handlebars, to keep maps, guides and useful small items.
- Use a good-quality bicycle lock when leaving your bike for a pause or to visit a sight.
- A basic repair kit is a must, with a puncture kit, a pump, an inner tube repair kit and a multi-purpose spanner.
- An electric bike is a good option, especially if new to cycling or if you haven’t been cycling in some time.
- The electric battery affixed to the bike allows you to pedal along at a gentle rate and helps ease the strain on harder stretches.
- Electric bikes are becoming more popular and several bike-hire companies associated with ViaRhôna now rent them out.