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Tour Tips

The information you'll need for smooth cycling and touring

What to bring

We’re happy to provide some suggestions on gear and clothing to bring with you.

Travel insurance

We strongly recommend travel insurance for your bike tour. Everyone’s needs are different, but we suggest the following coverages:

  • Trip cancellation and interruption
  • Travel delay
  • Baggage delay
  • Financial default
  • Emergency evacuation

Depending on your health insurance coverage when you’re traveling, you may also want to look at:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance

In order to receive the most comprehensive coverage, please note that many insurance carriers require that you purchase the policy within 7–14 days of your first trip payment. We purchase our personal travel insurance through TravelGuard. But please feel free to shop around. Yonder lets you compare multiple companies’ policies and prices.

Our friends at Yonder have also put together a helpful “Travel Insurance 101” guide.

“Cancel for Any Reason” (CFAR) Coverage
For the greatest peace of mind, you may wish to purchase “cancellation for any reason” coverage.

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Safe Riding Tips

The League of American Bicyclists offers these and additional “smart cycling tips”:

  1. Most jurisdictions consider bicycles to be vehicles, and cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists.
  2. Ride in a straight line and be predictable.
  3. Signal and call out turns or if you’re slowing or stopping.
  4. Unless road conditions and local laws allow it, ride single file.
  5. Go with the traffic flow. Ride on the right in the same direction as cars.
  6. Call out warnings alerting others to obstructions, vehicles or if you’re passing another cyclist.
  7. It’s not a race. If cars are backing up behind you, pull off when it’s safe to do so and let cars pass.
  8. Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  9. Ride with both hands on the handlebars except when signaling a turn or stop.
  10. Stop and look left-right-left for traffic before entering a street.
  11. Stay alert – use your eyes to look for things that could make you fall, like potholes, cracks, pebbles, or wet leaves. 
  12. Stay alert – use your ears to listen for traffic. Don’t wear earphones while riding. 
  13. Watch for parked cars and cars pulling out or into parking spaces or driveways. 
  14. Check your equipment. Make sure your bike tires are properly inflated and that the brakes work.
  15. Don’t forget your bicycle helmet. Wear it flat on your head and buckled!
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