How to Train for a Bike Trip

Companies around the world offer bike tours of varying lengths, from a simple weekend trip to a journey covering hundreds or thousands of miles across several months. Even if you're not taking one of these trips, you may want to create your own trip and venture off on your own journey. Underestimating a ride can lead to frustration and possible injury. The more time you spend properly training and conditioning for a ride, the more you will actually enjoy yourself during the event. Be realistic in setting goals, and allow for plenty of time during the training process to build muscles, stamina and endurance. Before you even think about leaving, train for your bike trip by practicing your ride and learning more about the area.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Have a fit done by a bicycle shop, which checks the fit of your bike against your own body. This is especially important if you've never done it before or if you're using a new bike, as it reduces the chances of injuring yourself. Also have the bike looked over for any problems, to prevent damage to the bike.
Step 2
Ride for 5 to 10 miles at a time by yourself and slowly build up the amount of time you spend on your bike. When you first start out, you may only ride a few miles before stopping for the day, but as you keep working on it, you'll slowly increase the amount of miles you ride each day.
Step 3
Join bike groups in your area and take part in the group rides. This helps get your body accustomed to spending more time on a bike and also helps you cover more ground and different types of terrain, such as those you'll experience on your bike trip.
Step 4
Learn more about the area where your bike trip takes place, especially the terrain. Investigate if the area is primarily flat or has a large number of hills, and if it has trails. Once you know the type of terrain you'll face, look for similar types of terrain in your area and practice riding those paths, which helps you see how you'll fare on the trip.
Step 5
Compare your ride times each day to see how much you accomplished and use that to determine your bike trip. If you ride 20 miles a day, planning a bike trip that covers 100 miles in four days may not be possible. Keep your own limitations in mind when it comes to riding and remember that the maximum you do during training is likely the maximum you'll do on your trip.

Tips & Warnings

Practice riding with the same amount of gear you'll carry on your trip, which helps your body train for the exact weight you'll carry on the trip. Take rest stops if you feel tired or thirsty, to reduce the risk of injury.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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