From Biker Street we give you 7 tips to fully enjoy your bike tour in Buenos Aires.
The city has developed a lot of bike paths in recent years, which makes it a “bike friendly” city.
When you visit Buenos Aires, we recommend you touring by bicycle, and here are some suggestions to make your trip more comfortable:
1) Explore before hiring your bike tour
It is important that you explore on social networks like Facebook, Tripadvisor, Google Maps, etc. Pay attention on the reviews left by those people who have already taken a bike tour with the company you are going to hire.
Verify they have at least 10 reviews and they seem “real”, not reviews left by their friends …
In case you find they have bad reviews, read carefully if it was due to a casual event, such as a flat tired or if it is directly because the bikes are in poor conditions.
There may also be bad experiences with the guides. So it’s important you check the social networks and then choose, knowing more with whom you’re going to do your bike tour.
2) Bring comfortable clothes
It is essential that you feel comfortable with your clothes when you are doing a bike tour.
It’s advisable to wear sport clothes and sport shoes, since they are the ones that best suit the activity. If possible, light-colored clothing, otherwise the heat will affect you in summer.
Check the forecast for that day, since both suffering heat or cold, will make you feel uncomfortable with the clothes you are wearing. You must also be prepared in case rain is announced with some jacket impermeable.
3) Do not bring large photo cameras
We recommend you take a bike tour with a camera that you can store in your pocket.
Although Buenos Aires is not a particularly dangerous city, but in some areas it is not a good idea if you are showing a large camera that can attract the attention of some ill-intentioned person.
Another reason is that you will not feel comfortable to pedal with a very large camera, better if you use your cell phone, or a small camera.
4) Stay hydrated
It is important you drink liquid before, during and after your bike tour.
Especially in summer time when temperatures in the city exceed 30 C° degrees, it is more than necessary to consume a lot of liquid.
An important fact to keep in mind is that the water network in the city is potable. So, you can take water, without fears, from the tap.
5) Do not bring heavy backpacks
The fewer things you bring to make the bike tour better, because you’ll have to carry it around the entire bike tour.
Keep in mind that at least the bike tours last between 3 and 4 hours. During all that time you’ll have to carry your backpack on your back. Surely, it will bring you some trouble later, if it’s heavy.
Usually bicycles have a basket in front, to put things. Try your backpack is small and light enough to transport it there.
6) Use sunscreen
Buenos Aires is located in the southern hemisphere, where the ozone layer is more damaged, which allows the sun’s rays to pass without being filtered and cause skin injuries.
The use of sunscreen especially in summer is practically mandatory to avoid skin lesions.
Consider that you will be exposed to the sun’s rays during the whole bike tour. Bring with you the sunscreen, since with perspiration it will be necessary to apply on several occasions.
7) Take advantage of the stops where there are bathrooms
Usually only a few opportunities to go to the bathroom are presented on bike tours.
We recommend that you make use of the bathroom before starting your bike tour, and take advantage of each of the opportunities that arise to go to the bathroom. If in that moment you do not want to do your needs, take the opportunity, because maybe the next one is presented in a couple of hours.
In Buenos Aires there are many public baths, which are free. In general, many bars and restaurants allow the use of their bathrooms, even if you are’nt a customer.
Of course, it’s better that you are’nt speculating with it, there are very few things more unpleasant than holding in pee!