Mountains and valleys on 2 wheels
Of all the sports in Switzerland, cycling and mountain biking definitely come high on the list. And rightly so, as these sports are fun for people of all ages and the range of excellent tours on our doorstep is huge. With just a leap onto the saddle, the adventure begins.
The key to biking: good balance
From his experience, Daniel Schefer, managing director of the Swiss Bike School says that bikers won’t get far without a good biking technique. In the video, he demonstrates the key basics of a safe technique and tells us how crucial good balance is.
It's advisable to do an M-check before taking your bike out on a trip. A loose screw or a bent rim – nothing is more annoying than a mishap on the tour. Precisely to prevent this, it’s worth quickly checking certain parts of your bicycle. The bike expert shows us what’s important.
Biking with children
Technique is important for young bikers too. To ensure that children get off to a good start when biking, there are a few exercises that can also be done with them at home in the garden. The important thing is that everyone has fun! In the video, Daniel Schefer tells us what gear children need to be supplied with.
Facing bumps and overcoming fear
Have you had it too? A mental block when biking? You’re coming up to a bumpy patch, hesitate for a second and are then forced to dismount. Of course, a certain amount of caution protects us from accidents. On the other hand, fear often creates a mental block, even when the route is do-able. To learn mental strategies to cope with this fear and find out what to do when approaching tough sections, our editor tried her luck on a course.
Bikers on hiking trails?
It’s not always clear on which paths and trails you are allowed to bike and it can also differ from canton to canton. Simple rules and mutual respect are a good start.
For 30 years, our editor Roland Hügi has been exploring Switzerland on two wheels. For us, he has put together a selection of his favourite routes throughout the whole country. From the Jura to Engadin, he unveils places of particular beauty.
Adventures with an e-bike? Of course!
E-bikes aren't only good for getting to work without working up a sweat. With their help, you can also manage longer routes and discover even more places. But be warned: the extra horsepower equates to greater danger. Our editor shows us what we particularly need to know to prevent accidents and gives tips for added safety on an e-bike.