Modern multi-speed bikes, made of the light materials, make bicycle riding more pleasant and bring about the possibility of taking long rides for many people who enjoy this activity. Even the long tours through the countryside are something many often practice.
Before taking a long-distance riding of this kind, a person should make sure that their legs are developed and are able to keep up with the pressure, and that they are in a good level of physical fitness. The common difficulty that most of the riders experience is the pain in the buttock which results from sitting on a bicycle seat over a long period of time.
However, a person should gradually make progress to long distance rides, starting out with short rides, not longer than 20 minutes in duration, tripling the duration every three days. Bikers should always stay focused on two factors: speed and distance. Therefore, the training will be most effective if the person is try riding faster on the days when they cannot take longer rides, but whenever the rider can afford a long ride, they should try to take it easier on the speed and focus on distance.
On average, the rider should be able to ride about 15 miles per hour. If the person manages to do three rides a week of a minimum 20 miles, they will take around an hour and 20 minutes per day.
On the days the person practices shorter rides, they should try focusing at a faster pace while covering 10-12 miles. One's physical fitness will benefit from this type of training and it will improve the endurance.
Mileage should gradually rise over a period of a couple of weeks. Then the rider will be able to try one significantly longer ride one day each week. The person will be ready to ride further once they reach the average level of 200 miles per week. The goal for the first much longer ride should be set to 50 miles at least.
If the person plans to tour a mountainous terrain, which involves climbing on a bicycle, they must be sure to do some practice on hilly roads. The same goes for luggage - if the person plans on carrying luggage on the tour, they should practice with additional weight.
Bicycle touring is a fun way of seeing new places and getting into good shape as well. Remember not to get discouraged if the others seem to better or faster than you. The idea of bicycle traveling prioritizes pleasure and endurance over the actual skill and speed.