WHAT TO ALWAYS HAVE IN YOUR LUGGAGE
Checklist for biking on vacation
1. choose the right route:
If you inform yourself in advance about the route to be ridden, you can better prepare for it. However, in order to choose a suitable route in terms of difficulty, gradient and slope, you should either already know the terrain or seek advice from trained guides in the Region Seefeld. They are happy to put together tours for bikers that are fun for everyone. With enough sleep, warm-up or stretching exercises and plenty of fluids in the luggage, the best conditions are created for a varied bike day.
2. take enough water & food with you:
Choosing the appropriate route goes hand in hand with packing food and drinks. The amount of food should be adjusted depending on the route, weather forecast and effort. Especially along tours with little shade in summer temperatures, it is important to take enough water and to take breaks from time to time.
3. choose a suitable bike:
To make biking along the chosen route really fun, a suitable bike is essential. In addition to the frame size, other factors such as riding ability, weight and purpose are crucial. So it makes a difference whether you want to ride your bike on trails at the Katzenkopf Leutasch bike park, for example, or on the roads of the Region Seefeld, a mix of forest trails and road sections, or prefer to rely on electric assistance for longer tours to cross the Karwendel or circumnavigate the Zugspitz. Thanks to excellent advice and many rental shops in the region, you can rent everything from a gravel bike, to a fully, to an e-bike individually. With the e-bike you should make sure that the battery is fully charged before the tour!
4. do not forget sun protection:
Sweat and wind often make you forget that the sun nevertheless has a strong effect on the skin. In order to prevent unpleasant, painful sunburn, it is advisable to apply sufficient sunscreen before the tour and to carry it in your luggage. In the summer months, when the sun's rays are at their strongest, special attention should be paid to this protection.
5. get good advice:
While renting a suitable bike in one of the rental shops in the region, you will anyway be well advised by the staff and guides and prepared for a tour. Useful tips and tricks as well as interesting facts about riding in the terrain help to be best prepared for a day tour.
6. pay attention to the weather conditions:
Especially in the summer months, weather conditions in the Alps are not completely predictable. Moreover, thunderstorms and heavy rainfall can form within a very short period of time. Therefore, it is essential to pay attention to weather forecasts and conditions in order to be able to react quickly in a given case. If you know what the weather conditions will be on the planned day of the tour, you can optimally prepare for it by clothing, sun protection and food.
7. be realistic about yourself:
It's been a while since the last bike tour or your experience with e-bikes is not particularly advanced? In such cases, it is absolutely recommended to pay attention to the condition of your own body. Although the motivation before the first bike tour is particularly high, the distance covered should be within the limits of what is possible. Particularly long distances should rather be avoided at the beginning, so that you can first gain enough experience for it. In addition, a bike tour is much more fun if you can achieve your goals.
8. don't forget suitable clothing and protectors:
In addition to sun protection, body protection is also very important. Knee and elbow pads in the bike park, as well as a helmet for safety in case of a fall, make sure you feel safe from start to finish. Protection of the body should be the first priority for every rider.
9. pack a fully equipped first aid kit:
Whether it's a crash or just a few minor abrasions, basic equipment for biking routes of all kinds includes a first aid kit. Contained therein wound plasters, blister plasters, sterile bandages as well as a rescue blanket provide the necessary care in an emergency and are available inexpensively in almost every sports store. Thus, you are always equipped and can provide first aid in case of emergency. If it is an emergency, contact the Alpine emergency number 140 or the EU emergency number 112.
10. plan enough time to enjoy the experience:
If you spend a whole day doing sports and make your thighs burn, be sure to allow enough time to enjoy yourself. Once you've reached the end of your tour, there's nothing better than relaxing at a hut stop or in the alpine meadows and listening to the sounds of nature.