Cycling: how to plan long activities

Hai intenzione di trascorrere un’estate diversa dal solito? Scoprire nuovi itinerari e le meraviglie che questo splendido Paese ti offre? Allora non puoi non valutare un bel BICYCLE JOURNEY!

Combining health, well-being, sense of exploration and all the others benefits of cycling e farlo con le persone a te care, beh, cosa c’è di meglio? Prima di partire in quarta, individuare il percorso e catapultarsi all’avventura, però, è bene fare un passo indietro. È bene dedicarsi minuziosamente e attentamente alla planning and the management of such long activities.

Planning a cycling trip: choosing a bike

It all starts with the choice of bicycle. How do you expect to ride kilometre after kilometre on a conventional bike? In this regard, our advice is to rely on our new and revolutionary iO INBICY. The multifunctional bike par excellence, which you can transform in 10 seconds to suit your needs.

Let us give you an example: you can equip your bicycle in family' mode and accompany your child in complete safety (you can transport up to 3 children) thanks to the multifunctional, but at the same time use it for very long journeys of pleasure and discovery. Not to mention the work mode. In short, everything you need is just a click away!

Questa bicicletta è all’avanguardia e al passo coi tempi ed è di produzione italiana. Se, però, hai intenzione di “accontentarti” o sei curioso di scoprirne altre, puoi tranquillamente consultare la nostra assistenza gratuita. One of our expert is at your disposal and will be able to tell you which bicycle is ideal for a journey and cover long distances.

Viaggio in bicicletta - iO InBicy Power
iO InBicy Power

Occhio all’alimentazione

Travelling long distances must necessarily presuppose a nutrition down to the smallest detail. Everything is very variable, as it depends on food preferences, food availability and places travelled, but there are rules to follow.

The calorie consumption of a cycling trip amounts to approx. 500 calorie all’ora. It goes without saying, therefore, that by cycling for 8-10 hours, you will lose approximately 4500-5000 calories per day. An enormity and that is why it is essential to follow some feeding rules during cycling. Here are what they are:

  • Base your diet above all on carbohydratesas these are the body's favourite macronutrients for sustaining long lasting efforts. When you get the chance, stop and eat a plate of pasta and take some sandwiches with you.
  • Another important macronutrient is proteins. In molti fanno l’errore di associare le proteine solo a chi fa sport di potenza ma non è così. Proprio perché agiscono sui gruppi muscolari, è fondamentale acquisirne: la muscolatura viene messa a dura prova durante la’attività e le proteine rappresentano anche un prezioso aiuto per il recupero post pedalata.
  • Also the fats fanno la loro parte. Va specificato che già i grassi presenti nel tuo corpo, in “riserva” come si suol dire, svolgono un importante lavoro all’apporto e aiuto energetico, ma assumerne altri potrà aiutarti ulteriormente a favorire processi energetici.
  • Mineral salts e supplementsespecially with specific vitamins, are aspects that should not be underestimated.
  • Secondo te può mai mancare l’water during a cycling trip? Dehydration makes the blood more viscous, so it is thicker to pump and the heart is subjected to extra work. This is why it is essential to hydrate during a cycling trip.

We limit ourselves to giving you some indicative advice, obviously for a specific diet our invitation is to consult professionals and nutritionists in order to have an ad hoc chart and precise nutritional values.

Viaggio in bicicletta - Yuba Kombi E6
Yuba Kombi E6

Clothing

Per quanto riguarda l’abbigliamento, abbinare comodità alla qualità e traspirabilità deve essere il segreto. Ti diamo i nostri consigli in merito:

  • First of all, it may seem trite to say but it is not, the helmet. Among the rules for cycling non è presente nel Codice della Strada ma, indossarlo è essenziale per salvaguardare la tua vita e non solo.
  • A sports underwear breathable, so as to absorb sweat and avoid irritation. Above, the choice is free and depends very much on the season.
  • Consider some padded shortsequipped with a specific pad to ensure breathability and comfort.
  • Among shoes, the choice is wide, but the most recommended are those with a cleat insert so that your feet can grip the pedals well for hours on end. The best are trekking shoes as even when walking the cleat remains hidden in the sole and does not bother you.
Viaggio in bicicletta - Yuba Spicy Curry AT
Yuba Spicy Curry AT

Choice of route and weather

Only after having honed the previous useful and indispensable tasks for a bike trip do we move on to the choice of route. To do this, we recommend specific platforms, such as komoot.co.uk, dove potrai creare il tuo percorso in base alla tua volontà: scegliere il tipo di strada, salite, discese, zona pianeggiante o montuosa e farlo in ogni regione d’Italia.

If you are curious to discover specific Italian cities, start there and then branch out in detail with all the options that these platforms make available to you.

Planning the route will also allow you to understand what the weather will be like at the various points you will be cycling, and consequently understand what clothing to bring with you.

Useful advice: per aiutarti a non perdere tempo e far andare tutto alla grande, ti invitiamo a pianificare anche i punti di ristoro, dove prendere l’acqua e segnarsi eventuali negozi di biciclette in caso di ipotetici guasti (fai pure tutti gli scongiuri del caso).

Viaggio in bicicletta - Yuba Spicy Curry AT
Yuba Spicy Curry AT

Free assistance from Donno Bikes

We of Donno Bikeswe have in our catalogue many models of bicycles that guarantee maximum safety, comply with the Highway Code and are suitable for all your daily needs. All with convenient payment!

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