Weird But Essential Tips For Globetrotting Cyclists

Weird But Essential Tips For Globetrotting Cyclists


(upbeat music) – Whether you’re off to
find some winter sun, or taking yourself away for a multi-month, epic adventure around the entire globe, there are some notable tips. Pieces of advice, laws, that
your going to need to remember. Now some are stranger than others. But equally as important. (wind rushing) If you’re on an epic cycling
adventure with multiple legs you can avoid a massive amount of hassle and logistical nightmare
of taking your bike box or bag with you when you fly. All you need to do is
find a local bike shop, or even somewhere that
does recycle packaging, and you can use a cardboard
box to pack your bike in. Making sure it’s nice
and secure and padded. That way your bike will be
just fine when you travel. Try to use some bubble wrap or pipe lagging around the frame. Get something in between
the forks and rear triangle like a piece of plastic piping. Anything, really. Once you’ve reached your destination all you need to do is find
somewhere to recycle your box. Or even find another cyclist
hunting for some cardboard. Then rebuild your bike
and your back on your way. (dramatic music) Wonton and furious cycling,
as called in the UK, can be punishable by law. Now this came in in the 1861, and the wording hasn’t been
changed or even updated. Because to be honest, it
describes it pretty well. Yeah you can be stopped
and fined a hefty amount. You can even be given a prison sentence if you cause any bodily harm by careless or dangerous riding. (upbeat electronic music) – Most places in the world
have limited public access. So you can’t go and pitch your tent wherever you feel like it. However a lot of European
countries permit the use of public land access for all. The likes of, and Switzerland all
benefit from some version of the freedom to roam. Also known as every man’s right. The right to roam and the
right of public access to the wilderness. They permit all the users
of the land to roam freely, as long as they act responsibly. So take care of the land they’re on. So what this means for cyclists, allowing for some exclusions, is that you can ride anywhere. And more importantly camp anywhere too. Fantastic news for bike
packers and tourists. As you won’t be hunting for the designated camp site or hotel. Leave no trace of where you stay. Take your litter with you. And take care of the environment. And we’ll all continue to be able to benefit from this freedom. Remember though to check
the rules and regulations and the laws of where you are. ‘Cause let’s be honest, we don’t want to be in breach of the law. (upbeat electronic music) If you end up running out of
water in a remote location or even down some country English lanes and you can’t find a cafe or
pub to top your bottle up with a good tip is to find a local church. Churches are notorious for
having taps in the yard or even in the garden to
kind of waters there flowers. So it’s a good tip to pop in
there to fill up your bottle. But if you are in the outback,
in a proper remote location, it’s always good to take some
water purification tablets. That way you can fill up
at a lake, at a stream, or even a river. (intense electronic music) Some countries enforce strict
speed limits for cyclists. Just like cars. In Connecticut you can’t
ride above 65 miles per hour. A speed that terrifies even the seasoned professional cyclist. But here in the UK, Richmond Park, very popular place for cycling, you can’t ride above 20 miles per hour. Hampstead Heath, you can’t
ride above 8 miles per hour. Wherever you ride though, make sure you stick to a safe
speed you’re comfortable with. (calm electronic music) General awareness and common sense go a long way when it comes
to being safe and respectful around wildlife. Don’t approach animals when on your bike. Because you might antagonize them, or even worse, spook them. With this in mind, don’t
go creeping around quietly. Because you might just scare
something you’d rather not. So just keep to normal conversation, just so they’re aware of your presence. Riding in many parts of North America, if you’re out of the city, it’s a good idea to bring some bear spray and keep it close to hand. Nothing replaces good
preparation and knowledge of the area you’re riding through. So brush up by reading
about where you are. Better still, talk to the locals. They might have some advice
on places best to avoid or recent sightings of wildlife. And remember to check for
any countries special needs. For example, malaria. Malaria is prevalent in Africa,
Central and South America, and even in the middle east. But if you do your research you’ll be absolutely fine. (upbeat electronic music) No matter where you are in the world, it’s a really good idea to
keep your food away from camp. Now obviously is you’re staying inside this doesn’t really apply. But if your bike packing
and camping, take note. Wrap up any food you have
in something airtight, like a roll top bag or a container, and hang it in a nearby tree. It might be bears in Canada, but even smaller animals will
try and get into your tent in the middle of the night
to finish off that curry you made for dinner. Now this goes for anything smelly, so like aerosols, deodorant,
or even anti-bac gel. Pop it in your air locked sealed bag and you shouldn’t be
bothered through the night. (upbeat electronic music) Bells are compulsory in
New South Wales, Australia. It’s a fineable offense to not have a bell mounted
to your handle bars. (ringing) In fact, Australia and
it’s neighbor New Zealand are also the only two
countries in the world to make it a regularly
enforced legal requirement to wear a helmet. So it’s vital you check before you travel to avoid a situation with
the local authorities that we’d all rather avoid. (asian music) In Japan it’s absolutely free to travel with your bike on the train. As long as it’s stored in something called a raincoat bag. Now the only difficult thing is it’s got to fit in certain measurements. Your bike has to be 2 meters in length once packed away in the bag. If you’re traveling on
the high speed Shinkansen, I hope that’s the way you do pronounce it, then the length, height, and
width, must total 250 cm. Oh yeah, and weigh 25 kilograms. Now it is recommended to book yourself on the Shinkansen train. Now there isn’t any dedicated
places to put your bike so you might have to find a place at the end of the carriage way. Or even behind the seats. Now there are on popular cycle routes places where you put your bike on a dedicated train for bicycles, where you don’t need a raincoat bag. So make sure you do as
much research as possible when visiting Japan. Just so you can take advantage of being able to take your bike. A couple other tips when riding in Japan. Don’t use your bell, because it’s actually considered rude. (ringing)
Don’t ride on the pavements, because it’s actually
considered an offense and you could be fined. Though, the locals do do it because they’re trying to
get away from the traffic. Speaking of traffic, you might find that motorists
tend to pass quite close. This isn’t the same as
the UK, for example. They’re actually being cautious and assuming your a good rider who will perform
predictable and confidently. If you find this uncomfortable though then it might be worth riding
a bit more into the road. (upbeat electronic music) In Spain the law says that
anyone over the age of 16 has to wear a helmet if they’re outside or riding in urban areas. Now the exemptions are
if you’re riding uphill, if it’s really really hot, or if you’re a professional cyclist. So not all laws are created equal. (upbeat electronic music) Now this might be a really obvious one, but talk to your fellow
riders when out and about. You’re sure to not only make good friends but gain some valuable
insights into your route. They may know a scenic diversion, some trouble passing and local clime, or simply have so advice for the area. So don’t be afraid, don’t be shy. Go up and chat see some fellow riders when
your traveling on your bike. Now that’s the end of this video. I hope you guys have enjoyed it. If you’ve got any tips or
tricks for riders traveling then make sure you pop them in
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