Some tips to help you prepare for your bike trip:

There are many different ways to travel, but some things can make your adventure much more enjoyable. Look at the condition of your bike and your legs, a little fine-tuning may be necessary, even if the trail is relatively flat.

For your bike

- For a multi-day bike tour, choose a well-equipped all-terrain bike: comfortable seat, lights, luggage rack and at least 21 speeds.

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In Saint-Florent-le-Vieil

- Make sure that it is in good condition or have it checked at a bike shop. Adjust it to your size and properly inflate the tires.
- Don't forget a handlebar bag for your Topo-guide.
- With children, a trailer or a "third wheel" is more fun and much more comfortable than a child seat.
- Choose bags over backpacks, which are tiring in the long run.
- Carry a small repair kit: material for a flat tire and 2 puncture repairs kits per bike, multi-purpose tool, pump and connector for your valves.
- Don't forget your bike lock for stops in town.

If you want to rent a bike, you will find all the bike hire places in our sports and relaxation section.

 

For you

- Rain coat, if possible made from a breathable fabric suitable for hiking; a fleece jacket for the evening.
- Sunglasses and sunblock, cycling gloves and shoes, bike shorts are recommended for long trips.
- Bring drinks and energy bars to avoid sudden fatigue.
- For supplies, you will find plenty of things to buy in most villages and can even treat yourself to a restaurant.
- Don't overestimate what you or your children can do. Start with short trips.
- Plan your itinerary.
To help you, there are various Topo-guide books available on the Loire à Vélo: "La Loire à Vélo - De Nevers à l'Atlantique" (Editions Ouest France), "L'intégrale de La Loire à vélo de Nevers à la mer" (Chamina edition) or 6 maps for crossing France by bike from the Atlantic Ocean to the Rhine River edited by Huber Verlag. These different Topo-guides are available for purchase in the Loire reception offices of Une Autre Loire.
- Abide by the Highway Code, which cyclists are required to follow.
- Choose your itinerary: 1 day, a weekend, 1 week, 2 months, ... (The route is part of the EuroVelo 6 which goes all the way to the Black Sea...)
- Then find out if you want to do one or several loops around the Loire à Vélo trail or different tours.
- From there, you can then choose your accommodation. The route is very popular, therefore, remember to book in advance. Too often, we find late afternoon cyclists looking for a place to stay because everything is full. You will be required to continue riding and change your original itinerary.
Transportation may also be required depending on your itinerary. You can plan to take your car, but don’t forget the train. Regional trains (TER or Interloire) are now equipped with free areas for bikes to make your return trip easier.

 

Getting on the train with a bike?

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Here are some basic rules to follow before boarding:
- Do not disrupt the flow of traffic aboard trains or create particular risks for the passengers.
- Specific areas (bike racks) must be used when available.
- You can take your bike as long as there are spaces available. If there is no more room, the train staff may not allow you to board the train.
- Remember to get ready to get off the train in order to make it easier for other passengers.
- You are responsible for your bike (transport, maintenance, monitoring) throughout the entire trip.
- Some equipment (trailers, delivery tricycles, etc.), bikes (recumbent bikes) are too big to transport and therefore not allowed on the train, unless they are taken apart and fit into a bag no bigger than 90 x 120 x 60cm.

(Source: document published by the SNCF and the Région Pays de la Loire, "Dear fellow cyclists, some bikes are better off staying in the station.")