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Bicycle touring

The bicycle touring or cycling tourism with panniers is, as its name suggests, the way to realize tourism mounted on a bicycle; it is a leisure activity that combines physical activity and tourism.

The cycling tourist can realize his routes through natural settings or asphalt tracks, this is why trekking or mountain bikes the ideal mean of transportation to realize them are. The spaces of touristic or landscape interest are the aim of these routes, added to the main aim of every cyclist, that is the pleasure of sports practice on bicycle.

In the TransCAM we atempt to travel tracks with good ground, but trying to avoid roads as far as possible. Said stages are designed with a legth and difficulty making them accessible to riders with a minimum of preparation.

There are plenty of ways to think of bicycle touring, almost as many as people who practice it: there are those who prefer to go it alone or in company, sleeping outdoor, in accommodations or in a mixed form, using only roads or preferably tracks, the one who uses his holidays to make his route or the one who decides to take the panniers and travel the world, another who has his way described to detail or which begins pedaling making way, etc.

From the proyect of TransCAM, we pretend to give the opportune information and services so that all persons can develop their cycling tourism in the Region of Madrid the best way possible.


  1. Ride on allowed paths: travel along paths and open public tracks, respected sign of no entry and respect private property, do not ignore enclosures and fences of private farms, do not ride field through, do not open new paths, do not skid or drag the wheel on paths and trialeras, as you pull of the natural layer of the soil and you will damage it irreversibly, do not enter fast in curves without visibility.
  2. Do not leave traces of your passage: do not dispose of package of foods, used cameras nor waste, pick up if possible the waste that we find.
  3. Always give way to other users: always give way to other road users, specially pedestrian and riders, say hello to other road users, always forward left by slowing down and keeping at least one meter away.
  4. Respect fauna and flora: respect animals, nature is their enviroment and we are invading it. Beware of the horses as they are very scary, if you find herds, stop completely, attend the indications of the pastor and be specially careful with dogs that save the herd, they can be very aggressive if they believe that we attack the flock.
  5. Plan your route: even if you don't know what way you are going to go exactly, let somebody know where you advance, mostly if you are alone, so that aid can be send always if necessary.
  6. Always use helmet: even going a ride you can suffer an accident.
  7. Do not use headphones: you will be more open to sounds of nature, comments that mey make your companions and potential hazards.
  8. Close gates and fences: always close all gates and fences that you find on your way and tenuous, prevent livestock to escape.
  9. Make yourself visible on road: use reflective vest and lights so that other users of the road see you clearly.
  10. Pedal leisurely: enjoy of what surrounds you, talk to the people on the way, help who may need your help. You'll enjoy more and make better use of the journey.


For a bicycle touring trip we propose a list of luggage to carry (of course you must take into account the time of year in which you go to make the route and the place where you travel). As routes are made you have to adjust the luggage to your own needs. The packing list is avaible as checklist in the Downloads section.

    Bicycle equipment
    • Panniers and waterproofs
    • Handlebar bag and raincoat
    • Waterproof rack bag
    • Luggage organizer bags
    • Lights (front light, rear light, headlamp)
    • Security features (helmet, reflective vest)
    • Jerrycans and/or Camelbak
    • Bungee cord and/or rope
    • Elastic net
    • Route maps
    • Paper and pencil
    • Speedometer
    • Compass and/or GPS

  • Bicycle clothing
    • 2 short cullote
    • 1 long cullote or leggings
    • 2 short maillot
    • 1 thermal shirt
    • 1 windbreaker
    • 1 softshell vest
    • 2 pair of socks
    • Gloves
    • Bicycle shoes

  • Street clothing
    • 1 shorts and/or swimsuit
    • 1 formal short
    • 2 long pants
    • 2 tees
    • 1 thermal shirt
    • 3 sets of underwear
    • 2 pairs of socks
    • 1 pair of hot socks
    • 1 softshell vest
    • 1 raincoat
    • Shoes

  • Coats
    • Raincoat and rain pants
    • Helmet raincover
    • Feather jacket
    • Fleece
    • Hat or scarf
    • Overshoes
    • Neck gaiter
    • Long gloves

  • Hygiene
    • Quick-drying towel
    • Natural soap (for clothes and grooming)
    • Gel and shampoo (if you do not want to use the natural soap)
    • Hair comb
    • Deodorant
    • Shower slippers
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Toilet paper
    • Nail scissors
    • Compresses / tampax / panty liners
    • Razor

  • Overnight stay elements
    • Tent
    • Tent floor saver
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sleeping bag inlet
    • Camping mattress
    • Pillow (inflatable or case to be filled up)
    • Pyjamas

  • Kitchen utensils
    • Stove and gas cartridge or fuel bottle
    • Pan
    • Coffee pot
    • Wooden spoon
    • Plate
    • Aluminum cup
    • Cutlery
    • Knife and can opener or utility knife
    • Cutting board
    • Lighter or flint striker
    • Energy food (nuts, energy bars, sugar pills, etc.)
    • Dishcloth
    • Salt, oil, sugar, coffee, soluble chocolate, condiments, etc.
    • Cleaning kit (sponge and soap)
    • Cleaning cloth
    • Water bag

  • First-aid kit
    • Analgesic-antipyretic
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Antihistamine
    • Antibiotic
    • Antiseptic
    • Antidiarrheal
    • Antiemetic
    • Normal gauze and gauze for burns
    • Sticking plaster
    • Band
    • Strips
    • Adhesive suturing stitch
    • Saline solution
    • Little scissors
    • Tweezers
    • Needle
    • Thermometer
    • Sunscreen
    • Aftersun
    • Antistings
    • Survival blanket
    • Disposable gloves
    • Scalpel blade
    • Dressing for chafings and blisters
    • Water purifing tablets
    • Instructions of use of the first-aid kit

  • Tools and spares
    • Patch Kit (tire levers, patches, sandpaper, glue)
    • Air pump
    • 2 spare tubes
    • Tyre
    • Pump suspensions
    • Allen keys (2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 mm)
    • Screwdrivers (slotted and Phillips)
    • Spanners (8-9, 10-11, 14-15)
    • Spoke wrench
    • Chain tool and links or chain connector
    • Plier
    • Cable tie
    • Lubricant oil
    • Brake cable
    • Brake pads
    • Gear cable
    • Wheel spokes
    • Biketrailer axle mount
    • Piece of old bike camera
    • Replacement screws
    • 3in1 lubricant
    • Old toothbrush
    • Wire
    • American slide tape
    • Rag

  • Several
    • Documentation
    • Money
    • Handy and mobile charger
    • Camera and charger
    • Tripod
    • Power strip
    • Solar charger
    • Power Bank
    • Spare batteries
    • Sunglasses
    • Padlock and keys
    • Own needs (medication, ear plugs, elbow pad, knee, etc.)
    • Rope and clothes pins
    • Backpack
    • Folding chair
    • Books
    • Games

    Other examples of packing lists for bicycle touring can be seen here: