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SWISS TOURER

1 1/2 Day WORKSHOP

Duration: 3 x 4 hours

1. Help choosing the right equipment (before you leave home*)

 

√ Choose quality equipment specific to touring (it may give you better value for your money)

√ Tools that are essential to take on your trip

 

2. Bike and equipment how to;

 

√ Re-assemble your bike after it has been packed for transport

√ Adjust and personalize the set up of your bike to maximize efficiency and comfort (no sore bums,                 wrists, neck and knees)

√ Repair a puncture, change a tyre, adjust the brakes, replace your chain or a spoke and much more

√ Maintain and service your bike and other equipment along the journey

 

3. First Aid

 

√ Intervene appropriately in the case of an accident

√ Secure the accident location

√ How to treat common cycling injuries

√ Emergency contact numbers

 

4. Riding a touring bike, health and safety - 

 

√ How to ENJOY riding a loaded bike (on the flat its like a train; once launched you go forever!)

√ How to climb (a lot easier than you think) and descend with a loaded bike

√ Ride for various weather extremes.

√ Avoid muscle strains and injury

√ Ride safely in a large city and understand the local road rules

 

5. Nutrition how to; 

 

√ Eat the right food types/quantities required for touring 

√ Stay hydrated

√ Loose a few kilos on your way

 

6. Navigation how to; 

 

√ Use your smart phone or map effectively to find cycle-paths or quiet roads.

√ Plan your trip and build an achievable itinerary

√ Locate roads with little traffic

 

7. What are the potential risk and how to deal with them

 

Please note: Hazards can happen; abroad as much as at home. It is important to be aware of such risks and to act in a way to prevent them occuring so if something happens out of the blue its always good to know the best way to deal with a problem before it occurs.

 

√ Inform about the most common risks (scams, corruption, prostitution, theft, accident, etc)

√ How to prevent & avoid hazards

√ How to behave in a tricky situation

√ What not to do

√ Emergency phone numbers (hospital, embassy, etc)

√ Theft of wallet, credit card or passport; what to do, who to call

 

8. Ride along

 

√ 15-40km group ride to simulate a true cycle touring day (dependent on fitness level and conditions)