Make sure you have all the equipment you need
To cycle along with peace of mind, opt either for a hybrid bike (vélo tout chemin or VTC in French) or an electric bike (VAE in French). A hybrid bike, with its sturdy tyres, is the best choice for tackling towpaths, sandy tracks and country lanes. Trendy gravel bikes are also suitable. A back mudguard can prove useful too.
If less used to cycling, choose an electric bike (vélo à assistance électrique or VAE in French) making it much easier to tackle stages with steep portions. A light handlebar bag or pannier can be a useful addition. When on a longer roaming cycling trip, avoid carrying too much luggage, focusing on the essentials, enough to fit into two large waterproof panniers. As far as possible, distribute the weight more towards the front – it’s better to push a weight than to pull it! You’ll notice the difference on climbs in particular!
You don’t have your own equipment or you don’t want to be encumbered by luggage?
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