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Every time we plan a bicycle tour, before packing the bike and fill the bags there is a time frame in which we think of everything that we must do before leaving. The steps seem to be too many and sometimes we believe of being overwhelmed. But after all the only thing that goes really made it a great breath with which to relax and concentrate on what is really needed. Ok, you made your breath? Perfect! we can now go and think about what you will actually do for starting serene and enjoy the ride! Yes, I know, I started writing diecendo that we will then leave, but we assume that you are about to do so.
Lake Iseo, also known as Sebino, is one of the Lombardy basins. Divided between the province of Bergamo and that of Brescia, it is still unknown to mass tourism and this is also the reason why is excellently appropriate for practicing cycle-tourism. The tour of Lake Iseo can start by any villages on its banks, but for convenience we will start it from Riva di Solto, on the Bergamo bank, where you can park your car and enjoy an ice-cream on your way back to celebrate the venture.
The tour of Lake Iseo runs through the whole circumnavigation of the Lombardy lake in 66 km of cycle paths and mixed secondary roads that during sunny weekends and high tourist season can be averagely busy.
I don’t know if you have ever experienced a travel by bicycle in a foreign country and, to reach it, you had to embark your faithful companion on a plane. Now this situation has happened to me several times, but it has always been the most irksome task to complete during our cycling travels. After many attempts I think I've reached a good "technique" so to be able to complete the packaging and manage to transport my bicycle on a airplane without spending my travel being obsessed with the idea of seeing my vehicle destroyed once arrived at the airport.
With this article we try to fill a gap which hits a wrong note on a web-site about bicycle tourism! So far I haven’t found the “courage” to deal with this subject, especially because I am aware of its sensitivity and subjectivity. The question, however, is among the most frequent among cycling travelers and hereafter I will try to answer to it: how to choose the right touring bike?
The evolution of transports, the revolution of rubber and the resulting abandon of the railway lines, over the years has led to a transformation: some abandoned railways have been rehabilitated becoming paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Also in Italy this small change has had important results in the development and diffusion of cycling tourism: where there is a secure path for bicycles the curious and the travelers arrive and induced tourism grows... 
How does it feel like to travel 3,200 km by bicycle through the Andes starting from Nazca, the town made famous by the lines traced on the ground in pre-Inca times, and reaching Salta, also known with the nickname “la Linda” (the beautiful)?
It feels like the sweet taste of a steaming coca mate at 4,000 meters, it feels like the intense flavor of the dirty, sandy and stony roads of Bolivia, it feels like the harsh taste of the traits of the Andean campesinos, ageless and with sunburned skin, it feels like a taste that leaves you breathless, like the climbs to reach the plateau and the passes that almost arrive at an altitude of 5,000 meters.
Yashar is a cyclist from Azerbaijan. He is traveling across Asia, Europe and Africa to reach Capetown, in South Africa. Cheerful, adventurous and curious Yashar is waiting for to leave Nairobi after an "accident" in Sudan...
The choice of bike for exploring the surrounding areas of Venice gives us the opportunity to really get to know its magic, its unique landscapes and the Venetian hospitality, offering a very wide range of itineraries, tours and accommodation. Here is what we believe is one of the most striking.
Nothing of what we wear in everydays' life is suitable to go mountain biking: from head to toe. Indeed, there is a specific mtb clothing evolved over the years to ensure comfort and safety. Each part of our body is stressed differently and requires special attentions, ranging from protection to agility: so much that it would be more appropriate to speak of equipment instead of clothing.
Choosing a tour MTB is not a simple thing: it requires time, patience and moments of introspection. A poorly through-out or rushed choice could make you miss this important and involving activity, and maybe discover to have wasted a lot of money. The first question that any good dealer will ask you is: “do you know yourself?” a question about your inclination, your cycling ability. Also evaluate the proportions of your passion: if it is something slowly maturing or if it is only a temporary infatuation. After this brief examination of conscience, let's clear up any commonplace: the saying “cheapest is dearest” in this case is not accurate. We take for granted that we are looking for a vehicle to be used, not a object to be shown.
I have to start by saying the saddle position, both on a mountain bike and on a road bike, is a serious matter that should be carefully considered especially by those who spend many hours in the saddle of their bikes. So there are many specialists who – through appropriate bio-mechanical analysis – can evaluate the best posture and also design a perfect bicycle fitted to your needs. Having said this, there are a lot of cyclists who maybe have just approached the mountain biking or who runs just a few hundred kilometers a year and then are not going to spend exorbitant sums to adjust their position in the saddle.
This brief article is addressed to this kind of passionate cyclist and tries to sum up briefly the steps to better adjust your seat in the saddle and avoid some boring consequences such as backaches, stiff neck, muscle pain every time you saddle up.
Magic sunset on the Dolomites from Vallandro hut, with Cristallo group first and Tre Cime of Lavaredo on the background
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