3. 6. 2016
Cycling in Czech Republic is trend that is getting more and more popular each year. If you are sportsmen enjoying the speed you can use all the opportunities the country offers - biking trails on and off road trails, or do you just want to see something new? Enjoy the view from your bike, Czech Republic offers beautiful landscape. There is a bike-friendly atmosphere that surrounds the country. Maybe u just want to get into shape? Well bike is perfect opportunity... Do u live in a city? How about saving some time plus environment? Bike is usually faster than a car and more comfortable than public transportation. Most of the cities and towns support cyclists and trying to make their journey as pleasant as possible.
See places that you haven’t seen yet. There are plenty ideas for cycle tours all around Czech Republic. Recommended by Czech tourism: Routes for the laid-back and art-lovers
Since the middle of May 2013 there has been a cycle route from Hradec Králové to Kuks. This part of the extended Labe Trail is 26 km long and a paradise for those who like flat land, going on family excursions or want to visit nearby monuments during their stay. Amongst the many sights in the region are the architectural treasures of Hradec Králové and the Baroque chateau chapel of the Epiphany in Smiřice, not to mention Heřmanice, the birthplace of Albrecht von Wallenstein. The jewel in the crown is the Baroque Kuks complex, which include a hospital, chateau, Church of the Holy Trinity, collection of statues portraying the Virtues and Vices by M. B. Braun and the nearby Betlém Forest Park.
For a similarly undemanding excursion, take the cycle route along the Baťa Canal or the 37 km route along the Vltava from České Budějovice to Týn nad Vltavou. Along the way you can stop off and relax in villages built in the rural Baroque style, visit golf courses and go to the Neo-Gothic Hluboká Chateau.
You can also take the Bečva cycle route, which leads from the Valašsko region to Central Moravia and it is four times longer than the Vltava route. The final, 141 km stretch in particular, leading from Hustopeče nad Bečvou to Tovačov, offers cyclists undemanding terrain without major elevations. Along the route you can visit the Zbrašov aragonite caves in Teplice nad Bečvou and peer into the deepest chasm in the Czech Republic.
Are you from Prague? At present time there are more than 330 km of cycle routs and over 120 km of cycle paths through Prague. The best way to orientate on those trails is to use the official city bike map that is being updated on regular basis.
As we know Prague is full of opportunities. Do you want to go cycling and don’t owe a bike? Try any from Prague´s bike rental shops: http://www.expats.cz/prague/directory/bike-rental/ Most of bike rentals offer also guided tours around Prague. Once you well in love with cycling and you decide to buy your own bike, see any of Prague bike shops or try an e-shop http://www.vseprokolo.cz with English speaking staff.
Have you tried the cycle route leading from Domažlice via Havlovice to the Babylon pond and on via Česká Kubice to the border crossing at Folmava? Families with children can make their way back from Folmava by train, while more proficient cyclists can extend the trail via Pasečnice, past the Salka cave or carry on across the border to the small Bavarian town of Furth im Wald and the nearby Dragon Lake. Travel along this route is also made easier by so-called cyclobuses, which take cyclists and their bikes to their chosen destination. Buses run from Domažlice over the Čerchov peak to Waldmünchen and Furth im Wald at the weekend and on public holidays from the first Saturday in June till the end of September.
Cyclists can also look forward to new routes along the border in the Aš region in West Bohemia a new route leading from Doubrava via the small Saxon spa town of Bad Elster. The neighbouring Adorf will be ready by the end of the year.
As well as the Jizerské and Rychlebské single tracks, aimed at mountain-bike enthusiasts and fans of technical cycling along narrow paths, there’s also the Bike Park in Kouty nad Desnou. A chairlift takes you to the starting-point at Medvědí hora (Bear Mountain) – and then it’s up to you whether you take one of the routes of varying difficulty or continue along the paved forest roads and mountainsides of the Jeseníky Mountains. A true challenge for long-distance cyclists is the upper reservoir of the Dlouhé Stráně hydroelectric power station at an altitude of 1,350 m. Proficient cyclists will manage the 800 m elevation without the help of a chairlift! The reward for everyone who reaches the top is an 11 km long descent past the lower power station reservoir and back to Kouty nad Desnou.
See more tips for trips on this website: http://www.greenways.cz/Uvod.aspx?lang=en-US There are the most beautiful Czech cycling roads.
Obligatory cycling equipment in the Czech Republic: mudguards, bike reflectors (in front of your bike, on the back of your car, in the wheels and in the pedals), bell. During reduced visibility cyclists are obliged to have proper lightning installed on the bike – in front white light and on the back red flashing light. Children under the age of 18 are obliged to wear a proper helmet. There is zero tolerance of alcohol while riding a bike. Everyone must carry some type of ID at all times.
There are plenty bike types on the market, how to choose the right one? Well, first of all, every professional bike shop should be having and expert team to help you out with the choice. Each one of us is an individual with own needs. Still there are some well-known advices for choosing right bike.
First of all try to decide if you are planning to use your bike for transportation, or if you want the bike for your free time.
As a transportation there is a wide offer of City bikes suitable for city traffic. If planning to use bike half in the city and half touring in nature, ideal is a cross bike. Do you want to take on little bit more difficult off-road terrain? But MTB bike. There are 2 top selling types of MTB bikes: 29” and 27,5”. The size depends on your height. If your height is less than 180 cm, better use 27,5” MTB bike, if you are above 180 cm we recommend to get 29” MTB bike. Are you planning to enjoy the road? Don’t want to suffer as Tour de France racer? Check out the Road bike offer. In case you are an adrenalin fan and plan to enjoy the ride on though mountain roads, choose a full suspension bike model. Don’t want to sweat out much? Never mind! There is a full scale of electric bicycle models suitable for city as well as mountains.
Finally got your bike and plan to hit on the road? Remember to choose the right equipment. Usually sold in the bike shops and installed to your new bike without charging any price if coming from the same shop.
Most important and recommended is to have a proper lock. Suitable lighting and reflective elements are very important for your safety. Don’t want to go riding when raining outside? Mudguards might be huge help to stay clean. Carriers, bags and baskets are also great help when travelling. Bell installed to your bike will definitely find a usage, especially when travelling in the city. There is a much more, these days you can choose from huge scale of products, depending on your preferences. Do you want colour? Latest model? Best materials? There is everything on the market, just choose.
Its important to have the right bike equipment, but remember yourself as well. Helmet for your safety and comfortable and stylish shoes and clothing will be needed too.
This article was written with help from friendly and helpful team at vseprokolo.cz
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