Survivor Guide: Bicycle Touring

Bicycle touring is a great way to get fit and have a leisurely look at some new surroundings. It is also suitable for all the family to join in because most tour operators offer itineraries to suit all levels of fitness.

Check your fitness levels first

It is important not to overestimate your personal skills at cycling though, because you can actually end up with quite severe aches and pains, at the very least and if you over-exert yourself, you can end up with some quite long-standing health problems. If you are not sure about how fit you really are, try some cycling in the gym first, or choose a level below what you think is your true one. That way, you will enjoy your entire holiday without any stiffness or risk of injury.

Keep your eyes peeled

Not everyone will be thoughtful companions on the road, so you must make sure that you look out for other people’s road or cycle path etiquette as well as your own. Space is often limited on specialised cycle paths and although overtaking is not forbidden, it should certainly be done with care. Keep your eyes peeled for hazards such as barbed wire fences and nettle filled ditches – the countryside isn’t always a very safe place to be. On roads, keep extra vigilance if you have children with you and if you get tired up a hill, then dismount. Tiredness makes you wobble and car drivers can only be expected to second guess you to a certain extent, so you could get accidentally clipped by a wing mirror or worse.

If you are hurt whilst bicycle touring

You may be entitled to compensation if you are injured in an accident, when bicycle touring, that wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline who will be able to advise you on whether or not you qualify for a claim and whether you may be successful. If you are advised to proceed, our advisers on our 24/7 helpline can help you to make a 100 per cent no win no fee* claim.

There are a few points to bear in mind before contacting us:

  • The accident must have happened within the last three years.
  • The accident required you to see medical assistance – records will be needed to progress your claim.
  • The accident was not your fault. A ‘no fault’ accident (where neither party is deemed to be to blame) will not result in a successful claim.
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