A Tour of Switzerland

Get you movin’

I figure there’s nothing more motivating than watching someone doing what you’re about to do. So, check out this short Youtube video about a cycling tour in Switzerland. Then we’ll start getting into the nitty, gritty of it all:

That video gets me so excited!

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Start collecting your gear


Bike gear 101

There are so many different ways to approach this topic. I think the easiest is to keep it simple and truly focus on the gear you need to pack with you on trip. I don’t want to get into details about specific bike parts and how to fix them if they break. I figure you can do one of two things:

  1. go to your local bike store and have them show you how to fix parts that might break while riding (like changing a flat, broken spokes, snapped chain)
  2. you can look it up in Google, watch and practice yourself

I simply want this post to be about what you need to take with you rather than how to fix the actual problem you’re having. I’m not an expert enough to do that, so I’d rather leave you to find a person that can help you.

This is my list of things that I take on a bike tour:
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What to wear part 2



Shoes and Sandals

Whatever your preference of footwear, you will inevitably have to trade your cycling shoes for something more comfortable to walk around in. Given that I’ll be cycling in the summer, sandals will do me just fine. They give my feet a chance to breathe and to expand. I simply love them. They also are super easy to pack which makes them great for traveling. Only part I don’t like is on the plane when my feet get cold. It’s either wear my cycling shoes (which is dangerous on any highly polished surface) or wear socks with my sandals. Since I will likely never see the people at the airport again, I opt for the socks and sandals look. At least my feet are warm and I don’t have to worry about slipping and falling on my butt and risking bruising it. I’ll be sitting in the saddle long enough without a big old bruise on it. Anyway, you need to decide what kind of footwear you’ll bring for the time you’ll be off your bike. Just make sure that they’re comfortable and already broken in. You don’t want a new pair of shoes or sandals that end up giving you a blister. Ouch!
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What to wear



This guy is rockin’ the gear

You gotta love the spandex associated with bicycling. It take a lot of guts to put this stuff on for the first time. If you’ve been riding for a while, you’ll have your preferences of gear down pat. For everyone else who is starting out, the first time you try on a full spandex outfit, it can be rather daunting. Don’t worry about it. We’ve all be self-conscious in our riding gear. You quickly forget about it once you’re on the bike and having to pay attention to traffic and road conditions. After all, cycling clothing is meant to help keep you cool when you’re riding by wicking away moisture from your skin. It dries quickly, doesn’t wrinkle and pack easily. It is often lightweight (except for some of the winter gear) and bright so you’ll be more visible when you’re in traffic. Let’s have a quick look at the different types of clothing options for riding. Remember, this is only a guide. You might have other choices for clothing. That’s cool.
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What to pack–Food



Glorious food

Oh I love food. Part of a great trip for me is often around the different types of foods I can try. I’m adventurous and love trying new foods. Switzerland is known for its chocolate and that is one food that I’m always happy to try!

If your trip is going to include eating at restaurants, you will still need to pack food with you. Here are a couple of reasons why:

a) you may get hungry in between meals and depending on the route you’re cycling, there may not be many options to stop for food.

b) your hunger may change from day to day depending on how hard you rode the day before. You may find you are hungrier than you would normally be.

c) the food that you’re eating isn’t really to your liking. Let’s say you had a meal you really didn’t enjoy and so you didn’t eat much of it. The following day you will likely be hungrier.

d) it may take you longer to get to your destination than you anticipate and in the meantime you are hungry. If your day of riding takes longer than you planned, sometimes restaurants are closed by the time you reach your goal location for the day. There is nothing worse than after a long day in the saddle to then have to go all over looking for a place to buy food when you’re hungry and tired. Read More

What to pack for your trip

I want to make sure that you have everything you need for your cycling tour of Switzerland. At the same time, knowing how quickly your gear can add up in terms of weight means you have to be very judicious in choosing the right gear for your trip. The key to packing well for a trip like this is to balance between what you need and the weight it will add. Remember, you will be taking your gear with you and any added weight means more work for you to haul that weight around during your trip.

Quick discussion that will impact what you choose to bring

Before I get into the details about what you should pack, here are some things to consider about the trip which will impact your decision for choosing what to pack.
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Packing your bike like a pro

Before I get into a discussion of which routes are best to cycle in Switzerland, I realized that most of you, like myself, will be traveling with your own bike. I have my bike set up to my preferences and it took months to get it to the point where it feels great to ride on for hours. If you’re like me, you’ll want to keep your bike setup almost exactly as you have it at home. And there’s good reason for this. If you’re going to be on your bike for hours at a time, you don’t want to be stopping and making major adjustments. Ask anyone who has rode their bike for a long distance, sometimes even a minor adjustment can take away pain and discomfort. Major adjustments might cause you pain and if you’re riding for a day or many days in a row, you can’t and don’t want to be in pain.

I found this great video on how to pack your bike like a pro. It covers all the essentials and will help you to make sure that your bike needs only minor adjustments.
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Welcome to my blog

Hey fellow travelers! Welcome to my website devoted to cycling and my love of gardens. Weird combination, right? Not really. Some public gardens are beautiful to cycle through and I wanted to combine my love of cycling with a tour of gardens in a gorgeous country like Switzerland. I just wanted to welcome you all and let you know that I’m excited to be writing this website.

First of all, let me tell you the reasons why I am building this site and how it can be of use to you:

  1. I am personally going to be cycling these routes myself. Any suggestions I give will be from my personal experience. I want to give my honest assessment of the routes, places to sleep, restaurants and places to eat as well as any sites to see while you are traveling. I want to make this as interesting for you so when you plan your trip, you will already feel like you’ve been there because you’ll be familiar with these places.
  2. I want to share my love of cycling with people. I want this site to be the place where my fellow road riders get excited about traveling to Switzerland. I will be taking some advanced roads (hello mountains!). I want to tell you about things to bring with you and perhaps things to leave behind. I will be taking all my gear with me, so traveling with less gear is important.
  3. I hope to inspire people who aren’t that into cycling to pick it up and try it. Not all of my tours will be for the expert cyclist. I remember first starting out and only being about to go 10 kilometers before I was tired. I will post some information for those of you who want to try a cycling tour but may not have that much experience. Good for you for even considering doing this!  :-)
  4. I want you to avoid some of the challenges I’ll have by cycling in a foreign country. I hope I don’t have many of these but I just might. This will be the place where I’ll tell you all about it so that perhaps you won’t make the same mistake.

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