1. Check your bike before you set off
Check that there’s enough air in the tyres and that they aren’t worn. Make sure the chain is clean and oiled and that the brakes work properly.
2. The right clothes and a good helmet
The weather can change quickly in Sweden so it’s possible you could experience several different weather conditions in one day, depending on where you are and what time of year it is. Taking a spare wind/rainproof jacket is a good idea. If you’re intending to cycle longer stretches for several days, a pair of cycling shorts and shoes which will make riding more comfortable could be a good investment. Wearing a helmet is a given!
3. If you get a puncture
Changing a tyre if you get a puncture isn’t difficult if you are prepared. Make sure you have a spare tube, the right tools and a pump in your saddle bag so you’re not left waiting at the side of the road for help.
4. Pack just enough
Don’t take more than you need. If you’re going to be cycling for several days you can get good bags that can be attached to bikes, but don’t overfill them as whatever you put in will make the bike heavier to ride. Do take swimming gear and a towel though, you’ll be bound to pass somewhere lovely for a dip.
Plan your route in advance, take plenty of time, cycle together and have fun! Make sure you have plenty of refreshment stops along the way, there are lots of lovely cafes and picnic areas in West Sweden.