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SWISS TOURER

2 Day WORKSHOP

Duration: 4 x 4 hours, max 6 participants

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

 

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

√ Tools that are essential to take on your trip

√ Help choosing a suitable airline to either save time or money

 

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, a spoke and much more

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

√ Preform makeshift repairs in remote areas – until able to visit a bike mechanic

√ Set-up & calibrate cycle computer or other equipment

 

3. First Aid

 

√ Intervene appropriately in the case of an accident

√ Secure the accident location

√ How to treat common cycling injuries

√ Use of first aid apps on cell phone or tablet

√ Emergency contact numbers, useful apps

 

4. Training and physical condition 

 

√ Improve confidence in your physical abilities (if necessary)

√ Plan your journeys in order to improve your fitness 

√ Organise training sessions - basic fitness, peak effort, recovery, etc

√ How to enjoy effort and to handle physical hardship

 

5. Riding a touring bike, health and safety

 

√ Store your bike and gear securely to avoid theft 

√ How to ENJOY riding a loaded bike (once launched you go forever!)

√ How to climb (a lot easier 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

 

6. Nutrition how to;

 

√ Eat the right food types/quantities required for touring and good health 

√ Stay hydrated

√ Prevent and deal with hypoglycemia 

√ Loose a few kilos along the way

 

7. Navigation how to; 

 

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

√ Plan your trip and build an achievable itinerary

√ Locate roads with little traffic

 

7. Cultural awareness, local tips a cost saving ideas how to; 

 

√ Overcome the language barrier, rather than pay 5 times the price for a place just because they speak English

√ Identify any relevant cultural awareness's unique to the region

√ Find accommodation according to your budget

√ Find food appropriate to cycling in local shops or restaurants (instead of a 1 months fast food diet)

√ Utilize cycle touring networks and organizations along the way

√ Share any other tips we have gathered along our travels that will help make yours more enjoyable

√ Save money and time 

 

9. What are the potential risks 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.

 

√ Information 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 a wallet, credit card or passport; what to do, who to call

 

10. Camping

 

√ Find a good location when free camping

√ Avoid hazards (Weather, Animals, Diseases, Erosion on slopes, etc)

√ Legal allowances to free camp 

√ Equipment (space saving and light)

 

11. Ride Along

 

√ 20-50km group ride over the 3 days to simulate a true cycle touring day  (dependent on fitness level and conditions)