By continuing to navigate on this website, you agree to the use of cookies that will propose contents and services that correspond to your areas of interest. Learn more and manage your settings

ViaRhôna, roaming along the Rhône river

Find my cycling route

No stage matches your requirements

Which bike should you choose?

You need a good-quality bike in a good state of repair to enjoy ViaRhôna’s greenways and cycle tracks. The type of bike you need depends on the type of usage to which you’ll subject your bike.

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.

Electric bikes

  • 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.