BICYCLE CHARACTERISTICS TO BE CONSIDERED
It is essential that the bike is light and has reliable components. These should be mid/high range, ensuring greater reliability and better performance during heavy use.
Aluminium. They are physically as strong as steel, but lighter, which makes the bike more manageable. On the other hand, they are very rigid, which gives the cyclist bigger pedalling.
BICYCLE PREPARATION FOR THIS LONG DISTANCE PATH
It is recommended that the bicycle be thoroughly serviced in preparation for the Via Algarviana. Pay special attention to materials that wear, as they may be at the end of their life:
CYCLIST EQUIPMENT, GUIDANCE AND OTHER CARE
Do not neglect personal equipment. Wearing cycling shorts with excellent foam (foam density varies according to the athlete's weight and daily use) is an essential to avoid friction and reduce pressure from contact with the saddle. Choose quality shorts, with good seams (preferably not too visible so as not to scratch), good ventilation and flexibility, adaptability and wear resistance.
For your safety and protection, wearing a helmet is mandatory. Always choose a certified helmet suitable for the sport. If the material shows some wear, it should be replaced with one in good condition.
If you don't have a GPS, it is essential to have at least a odometer. Effort and water management, at each stage, becomes much easier.
If attaching accessories to the bicycle, they should be as central as possible. Avoid the side saddlebags (both at the front and at the back), which unbalance the bike in technical downhill and trial areas. You can divide the load between a central saddlebag and a small backpack (don't put too much weight on the backpack, so as not to cause fatigue/stress on your shoulders).
In terms of hydration, nutrition and wellbeing we advise:
Now that you have your checklist prepared, get to know the stages of the Via Algarviana that you will ride.
Enjoy your ride!