Ideas for your cycle ride

Tips og tricks

Just cycling off is fine, but some good advice for your journey can never be a bad thing! Here are some tips and tricks from an organisation that really knows what it is talking about - the Danish Cyclists' Federation.

Align your expectations

Align your expectations

It is a good idea to agree in advance on what sort of trip you want.

Some cyclists may want to ride at a leisurely pace, stop here and there to take photographs or look at flowers while others prefer to clock up the kilometres on their bicycle app.

Have a chat about it before you set off. Base your journey on the fact that on average adults cycle at approx. 15 km/h and children at 8 km/h.

Get your bike ready to go

Spend five minutes checking your bicycle

Even though you may only be out on a short trip, it is important that your bicycle is right for you.

Ensure that the saddle is set at the correct height. When one pedal is completely depressed, your leg should be almost completely extended (the knee should be slightly bent).

The chain should be well lubricated, and the tyres fully inflated. Cycling with 'soft' tyres is far too much effort!

Remember to bring sunscreen

Remember to bring sunscreen - lots of sunscreen!

When you are cycling, the wind chill factor will cool down your skin and you will often underestimate the protection you need from the sun's rays. So make sure you apply lots and often

Well-equipped

Well-equipped

Cycling can be done in any type of clothing, but if you are going to be cycling for more than a few hours, thinking about what you will be wearing is a good idea.

A pair of shoes with rigid soles. Otherwise the front of your foot will soon start to ache. Avoid jeans or other trousers with a seam (of eight layers of fabric!) in just the spot where you will be exerting most pressure on the saddle.

A change of top or an additional top for when you take a break. You may quickly feel cold when you get off your bicycle in a sweaty top.

There is no end to the accessories you can bring along. So don't. It is just an outing. A rucksack with water, biscuits, sunscreen and a mobile telephone is plenty.

Take breaks

Take breaks

The wheels are spinning, the sun is shining and you are on your way. It is tempting just to keep cycling, but stopping at regular intervals is a good idea.

That way you avoid sudden fatigue and aching muscles.

A good rule of thumb is a stop once every hour, e.g. on the hour or every half hour. So that everyone knows when the next break is. But do not let that stop you from taking more breaks if you need them!

Forget everything about 'the big chainwheel'

Forget everything about 'the big chainwheel'

Go easy on your knees and muscles: Cycle in a lower gear. Cyclists and long-distance cyclists cycle with many pedal rotations per minute (RPM).

'Many' means somewhere between 60 and 100 RPM, i.e. one pedal rotation should be under a second. Everyday cyclists usually have slow RPMs, but this is too tiring when you are on a longer journey.

Cycle in a lower gear!

Be adventurous

Grab your handlebars, grab your chance

A bicycle allows you to go almost anywhere. Grass, sand, mud - it does not matter. Don't feel limited by the cycle path.

Take detours whenever you feel like it: down winding tracks, along forest paths.

Who knows - maybe you will discover that idyllic spot, a shortcut or the best place to pick mushrooms?

Look for churches

Look for churches

Church towers are easy to spot in the landscape and show you where villages are located.

Churchyards usually have a water tap where you will be able to fill up your water bottle with fresh water. You may also be lucky enough to find toilet facilities in the church or churchyard.

Churchyards are a also fantastic place to find out about the history of the local area. Take time to read the gravestones and think about the life people have had in the area.

Say hello and be friendly

Say hello and be friendly

On international routes, greeting other cyclists is good etiquette, but this also makes sense on any minor Danish route.

On a bicycle, you meet other summer visitors as well as locals on equal terms.

Stop and have a chat. You may hear a great story to take home with you.

Children sing and cycle

Children sing and cycle

If your children do not like cycling, leave them at home. But if they do, don't destroy their joy of cycling by making trips too long, too strenuous or too boring.

Accept that children think a cow in a field is a really good reason to stop and have a break. They cycle to spend time together and share experiences.

Tell stories. Sing. Bring along chalk colours and draw drawings for other cyclists on the cycle path. Play cycling games

And always remember to have fun and stay safe.

Mindfulness on cycle paths

Mindfulness on cycle paths

The bicycle is a means of transport. The journey is the most important.

Cycle at a pace that gives you the ability to enjoy the scenery around you.

Your senses work differently when there is no engine noise or air conditioning system in the background. They register sweet briar and linden trees. Cowpats and slurry tanks.

Birdsong and the croaking of frogs. That it is cold at the top of the hill, but warm at the bottom. That light has a very different colour deep in the forest.

Feel the world