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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
the comments section bellow. If you enjoyed this video, and as always, give this video a big thumbs up. And if you’re hungry
for an adventure video, I would, well, definitely
recommend this one. Go check it out. Proper adventure that.

35 comments on “Weird But Essential Tips For Globetrotting Cyclists

  1. 8:35. Cows are wildlife? Seriously?! I once had a herd of cattle follow me along a trail (while on foot) in the Burren. The gate was open. We were puzzled what to do but eventually decided to herd them back into their field and close the gate.

  2. In Austria you are NOT allowed to camp wherever you want, with some exceptions in the alps, but generally it's forbidden!

  3. About carrying "Bear Spray". I did this on my tour ride a few years ago going through the Pacific Northwest (Washington State, Idaho and Montana) and EVERYWHERE I went, people got a chuckle out of it because I was "the only road cyclist" they'd ever seen who had a can on them. I DID see a bear, but it had better things to do than bother me.

    Also, in the USA, Amtrak trains allow you to roll your bike on most trains without packing it in a box. Not all routes / stops, but a lot of them so it's an option if you're doing a US route.

  4. Thanks, James. Well presented. I'm pleased to see expedition methodology i.e. water purification and bear bags making onto my favorite channel. At FAC, we use those concepts all the time.

  5. Sheep dogs in Eastern Europe (Moldova, Romania, Ukraine) and other parts of the world are not lovable looking collies rounding up the sheep into pens in the UK. They are fierce guard dogs and it is frightening being chased by a pack seemingly intent on doing you real damage. Bear spray, a dog dazer electronic horn and even an expandable monopod may be useful. Knowing they are territorial helps, once you are outside their patch they stop the chase.

  6. The long hiker/biker paths here in the states have one-night campsites.
    I'm planning Pittsburgh to D.C. later this year. Totally super feeling worried about bears, and it seems like the YT algorithm knows it. Thanks for the scary a$$ thumbnail!

    I'm thinking of taking air horns, and possibly a rig to attach one to trip-wires.

  7. 4:35 blooming heck, our regular vegan viewers should have been warned – especially after a sweet animal friendly segment.

  8. Water at a cemetery… yup used that one a couple of times, in Wales and once on way across France. Will be riding the TCR this year so no doubt many of these tips will come in useful, I like the idea of water purification tablets in fact that had already crossed my mind. Small, light and easy to pack.

  9. Here in America in the state of New Jersey they will completely ignore the laws that enable a cyclist to utilize the full lane to protect our lives (title 39:4-14). Our State Supreme Court has even weighed in on the matter when a man wanted to sue the state of New Jersey because his wife hit a massive pothole on the shoulder of the road and she unfortunately succumbed to her injuries and did not survive. And that state Supreme Court ruling (Polzo v County of Essex) the Supreme Court Justices ruled that the state of New Jersey cannot be held liable for every imperfection in the road and therefore it is up to the cyclist to utilize the road in the fashion that best facilitates their own personal safety.

    If the onus falls upon the cyclist to make our own decisions then the police cannot ticket us for utilizing Lane control when there are no shoulders (which our state supreme court stated that we're not supposed to be using anyway) and if the width of the lane of travel is too narrow to accommodate both motor vehicle and cyclist then the cyclist has the right to take the lane. NEW JERSEY POLICE IGNORE ALL OF THIS AND HAVE WRITTEN ME THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN TICKETS WHICH I REFUSE TO PAY ANYMORE OF AND MY DRIVERS LICENSE IS NOW AND FOREVER INDEFINITELY ILLEGALLY SUSPENDED!

  10. How about a work travel video? I travel all the time for business for work and I have a slew of products I have to have when renting cars, packing my bike for airports and avoiding US baggage fees as well as planning for bad weather when you cant ride out side. Products like ORUCASE, Feedback sports omnium, Sea sucker tallon.

  11. Flying/train with a bike… what to do with the bag if you’re not hiring a car on arrival? A cardboard box is fine, but finding a box for the return leg near impossible… bury the box in a flowerbed?

  12. Cycling in Japan is the most terrifying thing. I'm Japanese but I live in England and I'm almost too scared to ride in Tokyo… (Elbow hit a few times by cars!)

  13. In Germany you will need to be able to read German. The highway code is only available in German and no other language. This affects car drivers as well, so if you get killed in Germany by a car driver who cannot read German then clearly they would not have been able to read the highway code.

    Also you will be required to have a bell on your bike as reflectors on your pedals and reflectors on your wheels. There are other legal requirements for your bike, they are written in German.

    Good luck finding clip-less pedals with reflectors on.

  14. I still find it astonishing, that in the health and safety obsessed UK, cyclist are not required by law to wear a helmet.

  15. Great tips for Japan especially for the train. Carrying some coins for the vending machines. Hot drinks in cold weather!

  16. you probably wouldn't get fined for not wearing your helmet in New Zealand but drivers arent exactly cyclist friendly so if on the road youd be better off with it on

  17. Some more tips from NSW Australia. Riding on the footpath is illegal if you are over 16 unless it is a signposted shared path or cycleway. Speed limits that apply to cars equally apply to bicycles, and it is perfectly legal to overtake a car on the left side in a single lane unless it is displaying a left indicator.

  18. Take in the scenery, after all, the experience is less about miles covered and more about experiences to be had. Tours are not races, make sure your journey is enjoyable!!

  19. Where would I ride…

    Start in Colorado traveling north through the ski resorts, up into Yellowstone National park, to Glacier National Park in Montana, across to Seattle, down the West coast through Portland Oregon, Creater Lake National Park, South Lake Tahoe, Redwood National Park, Yosemite National Park and ending in San Diego.

    My dream ride!!!!!

  20. There is a permission restriction for timberland roads in Austria. You are not allowed to cycle on timberland roads if this is not permitted. Poor Austria….

  21. In Hong Kong you must have a bell on your bike and ride on the cycle lane when there is one present. However, the cycle lanes are often poorly surfaced and always filled with grids, thick white markings, stray dogs, litter bins, joggers, people in wheelchairs, people pushing trolleys filled with cardboard, walkers, apparently deaf/blind and daft pedestrians staring at mobile phones, road signs, buggies with babies, parked vehicles and numerous other hazards. They are also routinely dug up for drainage repairs or cable installations. Riding in HK is a pain in the arse…

  22. In Japan, if you're out in the countryside, usually drivers just overtake you using 100% of the oncoming lane, treating you as a full-sized vehicle. Not the case with urban area, but still, really generous in certain cases.

  23. Nice Video, but I think you got gave a wrong tip for Austria.
    It is not legal to ride an forest roads unless it's there is some sign that says it is. Also you are not allowed to camp in the woods and forests unless you have the permission of the owner. Obivously not every stretch of road and every arcre of forest will be checked daily, but we have a lot of hunters who are not happy to see people breaking the law. Some of them have even police-like potions if they see you doing one of the above.
    It's absolutely not like Scottland or Scandinavia. The only similarity is the freedom to roam the land during dayligt by foot.
    Keep that in mind please!

  24. For a trip that starts in one location and finishes another, post your bike box to yourself “post restante” at the destination.

  25. I am genuinely shocked that there is no dedicated cycle storage on the Shikensen. I thought Japan was always supposed to be held up as having a "perfect" rail system? In the UK few trains don't have at least some kind of cycle storage area, and people here to think we always second best……

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