Showing posts with label Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tips. Show all posts

Nov 18, 2000

Top 9 tips for your first cycling tour

As a  bicycle lover, I love to share some tips for newbies who like to join this interesting experience in Hue or anywher else . If you plan to explore my little Hue, the ancient captial of Viet Nam, by cycling and still don’t know how to make the most of it, then come and join with the team from  at “Hue cycling and rentals”.

Tip 1: “I can do it”
Belief in yourself is the first and foremost thing that will allow you to enjoy your bike to the fullest. If you truly want to do it and have determined attitude, then cycling for long distance is less of an issue.

Tip 2 : Travel light
You don’t to a fashion show so trust me, you don’t need to wear your trendy clothes or an extra pair of casual shoes. You should prepare two sets of cycling shoes and minimal useful-only gear. If you have something that has a double use, throw out the other thing. Lighter is better

Tip 3: Find a partner
“the more the merrier” or sometimes all you need is a company. It would be much easier for your trip if you go with more experienced cyclers, their advice is precious for a cycling trip to be on track. You may not avoid some time that you are in pain or tired or even want to stop, it's much better to tell your company how you are than keep going forward, then you can end up being sick or even giving it up

Tip 4: If you can, get a proper set up on your bike.
You should choose a proper bike that fits your body size. This is to make sure that you will be able to ride with your whole body both strongly and comfortably. If you plan to cycle in Hue you can go to “Hue cycling and rental” to get a top quality touring bike, it holds the advantages of being much stronger and better balancing the extra weight you’re carrying –making riding a loaded bike more manageable.

Tip 5: Train before you travel.
You would do a favor for your stamina and fitness if can practice riding in all conditions: on unsurfaced roads, sand and rocky gravel. Try riding along the white line on the side of the road, maintaining your balance as long as possible. Ride in the rain, wind, bright sun and twilight. Train yourself to adapt to every situation. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail”

Tip 6: Set out with a positive attitude every day – this is huge
Smile if you can talk out loud to yourself positive reinforcement goes a long way. If you're feeling and acting positively, the day will feel shorter, easier and better. It will be easier for your companions too. Think Dory from Finding Nemo: “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…”

Tip 7: Learning how to use your gears will mean you can set off in the right one
Please remember “The higher slope, the lighter your gear ”. There is no reason to be a hero and try to reach the top first. There will be another to climb and then another… Spinning your legs faster in a lighter gear is better for your knees and muscles than slowly grinding in a harder gear. There would be lots of things and places to come, so please take care of your knees.

Tip 8: Make realistic goals:
Break up the day into manageable parts, use meals or tourist attractions along the way as designated rest stops. Give yourself enough time – Allow yourself all the time in the day, there's no hurry. If you are riding to a schedule, try to leave by a relatively early time in the morning instead of pushing on into the night.

Tip 9: Act like a cyclist.
A cyclist normally needs 3 things– clothing, nutrition and body care. Firstly, Wear proper cycling gear – padded lycra shorts 'knicks', lightweight top and breathable socks, all of which you can find “Hue cycling and rentals” – you'll sweat less and feel more comfortable on the bike. Secondly, keep your thirst quenched and your hunger satisfied – drink more water than you think you need – once you've had a good swig, drink that much again. Eat healthy energy-rich snacks such as bananas and scroggin throughout the day. Finally, Stretch after every ride – active stretching is the best but any stretching you do will contribute to tomorrow's ride being more manageable and enjoyable.

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Nov 8, 2000

Top 5 Cycling Tour in Hue

“Hue indulges my two biggest passions, namely Culture and Cycling

As a culture person who can’t live a day without cycling, I find myself blessed when living in Hue, a town never short of alluring things. The reason why I think so is because Hue’s not too large compared to other metropolitan cities; and it’s also rich in stunning natural spots and cultural values inherited from Nguyen Dynasty- the last monarchy in Viet Nam. Thus, Hue indulges my two biggest passions, namely Culture and Cycling. Furthermore, cycling is also the best way to explore my hometown thanks to its laid-back yet active characteristic.
I have just found my passion for cycling recently and am so lucky to know some friends  from “Hue cycling and rental”team who invariably share the same interest and join short trips with me. They always come up with ideas to make cycling way more excited than ever before.
Here are the top 5 cycling tours I enjoy and love to show to all big fans of cycling coming to Hue.

"Hue indulges my two biggest passions, namely Culture and Cycling"

1. Hue biking-fishing and cooking class

         This is the very  first and also my favorite tour that I went on with them. I was surprised at new fascinating things when partook a full-day tour to ancient Thanh Toan village, about 8 kilometers away from Hue. I got away from the crowded city center and rode to the beautiful countryside through routes, which are known by locals and pass by velvet rice paddies, temples, and pagodas. Then, it reminded of my childhood when i  shopped at a village market and tried my luck to catch fish with a net or trap on a small boat of local fishmen. Last but not least, as a food lover, I found it like heaven when joining cooking class and learned how to cook VietNamese traditional dishes. Just the thought of those specialities makes my mouth water. 

Joining cooking class and learned how to cook VietNamese traditional dishes. 

2. Hue cycling and Boat Ride

         I still remember the weird yet interesting experience when setting off  the tour on a Hue traditional Dragon boat. This will give you a chance to enjoy the poetic scene surrounding the iconic Perfume river while feeling cool breezes and lead you to one of the oldest pagodas in Viet Nam, the Heavenly Lady pagoda. Additionally, Riding to Hue Citadel  and digging into some daily activities of locals in ancient Thanh Toan village would satisfy history and culrure lovers.

The tour on a Hue traditional Dragon boat.

3. Riding To Meet Hue Artisans

         If you are interested in Arts, particularly in traditional Arts, this tour defenitely suits  you. You will first observe the colorful,vibrant atmosphere the Dong Ba market, a long-standing local market, and catch of glimspse of  Bao Vinh ancient town where there are hundred-year-old houses bringing the sense of nostalgia before meeting the local artisans at Thanh Tien and Tien Non Village. These villages are renown for their handicrafts, traditional paper paintings and paper-made flowers, passed down from generation to generation. Plus, talking and learn how to make them with local artisans help you gain deeper insights about VietNam culture. I believe that all traditional products made by you would be precious presents for your loved ones.

Talking and learn how to make them with local artisans 

4. “Trúc Chỉ”- Bamboo Making paper tour

         You will start the tour by cycling around the citadel and stop at Truc Chi gardern. Truc chi’ is a new form of art in Hue which pays significantly tribute to the revival of Hue traditional craft villages. Truc Chi is proud to bring a traditional technique back to live in contemporate context. Truc Chi art allows artists leave their imprints on bamboo pulp-based products such as lamps, purses, umbrellas, conical hats or decorative paintings. If memories serve me right, I found it challenging for a clumsy person like me to learn how to make a product here. However, it is worth a try because I had first-hand experiences under the thorough guidance and and a lot of interesting stories behind this special Art. Then, the tour continue by visiting a peaceful countryside in the afternoon.

Truc Chi gardern

5.Hue Heritage Cycling

 I highly recomend this tour for those who want to a longer-distance ride, about more than 20 kilometers. Apart from going to Thanh Toan village to see daily local activities and Hue citadel, you will go further to Khai Dinh Tomb, built from 1920-3. Tomb of Khai Dinh Emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty is a blend of Western and Eastern architecture. Another interesting point in this tour is you will get on a dragon boat to get back to the city center after the last stop, the Heavenly Lady pagoda.

Thanh Toan village 

All in all, “Hue cycling and rental” is such a professional team with a lot of exclusive, innovative ideas for a cycling tour. Another thing that thrills me is that I can stop anytime and anywhere at will to capture moments of life or have a chat with locals that I run into.  Even though I have been living in Hue for long time , I am always supprised at the off-the-beaten-tracks, extraordinary activities they provide in the tour. I am 100 % sure that they won’t disappoint you if you are are looking for the best and most distinctive cycling tour in town, “the more the merrier” , let’s make friends and have fun together.

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Sep 21, 2000

Tips for Road Cycling in the Rain

Don't let a little wet weather stop you enjoying your ride! Our Top Tips for Road Cycling in the Rain will help keep you steady and safe.

Don’t let the rain stop you riding your road bike. Whether you are riding in a sportive, a club ride, or just out and about, these top tips for road cycling in the rain will make sure you stay safe, comfortable and in control.

1. Pop on some mudguards
This isn’t just for your benefit, though of course mudguards will stop water flying up your front and back, splashing your face, and soaking you from the get go. Mudguards, particularly on the rear, will also mean you don’t give the person riding behind you a face full of water.
You can get a set of easy to attach (and remove) mudguards such as SKS Race Blades from most bike shops.

2. Slip on some glasses
A pair of glasses with a clear or yellow lens will protect your eyes from flying water, mud, road grit and all the other bits of debris that can be thrown up by bike wheels. Yellow or orange lenses will increase contrast if the light levels are low, which will help you make out lump and bumps in the road more easily.

3. Avoid potholes and puddles
Potholes are bad news for cyclists, and road cyclists in particular. They can cause you to go off course, or in a worse case scenario damage your wheels or make you crash. In the rain, they become trickier still, not just because the reduced grip but because you won’t be able to see if it’s a shallow puddle or gaping chasm of doom. Stay clear!

4. Drop your tyre pressure
By dropping the pressure in your tyres a little, say about 15 – 20 psi from your normal levels, you can get a lot more grip on the road. The downside to this is you will be that much slower, but this can be a worthwhile compromise if the weather conditions are bad.
You could also think about going for wider tyres, so on a road bike this might mean popping on a 28c width tyre rather than a 23c width.

5. Watch out for slippery patches
Rain can make roads treacherous, particularly if it’s been dry for a period of time before hand. Try to avoid puddles, painted lines, and the tell-tale rainbow of oil slicks, and you should be fine. If you can’t avoid them, try and avoid applying the brakes or turning when you are on them.

6. Control your speed and avoid hard braking
Wet weather means you’ll have to be more considered in how you ride and how you control your speed. Sudden hard braking is best avoided as you are more likely to loose your grip on the road and skid. Make sure you look up and ahead, anticipate where you might need to stop or slow down, and make moves to do it slowly and well in advance. Apply your brakes smoothly and slowly, decelerating gradually.

7. Take care when cornering
Corners are another obstacle you’ll need to take care with. As before, look up and anticipate the corner, and reduce your speed before the corner so you are not applying the brakes going into or around the corner.
The widest line around the corner is best as it’s the straightest, so go into the corner wide, cut close to the inside, then exit wide. This might not be possible if there are lots of other people on the road at that point at the same time.
While going around the corner, drop your outside foot to the lowest point and shift your weight over this a little more, as this will increase your grip on the road.

8. Ride consistently and predictably
This is something you can do for other riders on the road. It’s really important, if you are riding in a big group, to ride consistently and predictably, which means not suddenly slowing down, turning, cutting across riders, etc. These actions not only affect you, they might mean riders around you have to brake suddenly which increases the likelihood of someone skidding or crashing.

9. Make sure you have the right kit
A good waterproof jacket will make all the difference to your riding experience in the wet, particularly if you are out for several hours. Waterproof shoe covers, tights, over trousers and gloves are all also good options to go for if you want to be completely protected from the elements.

10. Try and enjoy it!
Okay, so it’s not bright and sunny, but think about how much more refreshing it is to ride in the wet than in the blasting, searing heat! If you are feeling a bit miserable, give yourself a treat or snack, and try and stay positive – it will result in a far more enjoyable ride.
And just think, you’ll totally deserve that tasty meal, hot bath and snuggly bed when you finish.

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