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The Camino de Santiago on two wheels: how to transport your bicycle

El Camino de Santiago sobre dos ruedas: cómo transportar la bicicleta

El Camino de Santiago sobre dos ruedas: cómo transportar la bicicleta

Regardless of the route you choose to make the Camino de Santiago, you should know that ahead of you a long journey awaits you until you reach the Plaza del Obradoiro. Previously you have to prepare the luggage, analyze the itinerary and above all check the condition of the bicycle if you decide to do the Camino on two wheels.

This option is becoming more frequent among pilgrims. They represent 12% of the total, compared to 87% who do it on foot. However, sometimes they encounter many problems due to the difficulties involved in transporting the bicycle to the point of departure. Something similar happens when you return, when it is time to return home.

The most daring can dare with the North or French Way, with routes that reach 815 and 775 kilometers respectively. For those with less training, in addition to shortening the journey can also opt for the English Way or the Portuguese, with 155 and 119 kilometers.

How to transport my bicycle to the starting point?

When you have your bike ready, it will be time to hire the courier service. In the Sendiroo shipping comparator you will find a wide range of carriers to send your bike, among which are Correos Express, Zeleris, Seur, UPS or ASM. The option you choose will take care of the collection at your home and will make the delivery at the point of departure, which are usually hotels or hostels.

For this you will have to disassemble certain elements such as the saddle, handlebars and wheels, wrapping each piece with bubble wrap so that they do not suffer damage during the transfer and insert it with the box in a box according to the size of the bicycle. The standard dimensions that are usually used in the field of messaging are 140 centimeters long, 100 wide and 20 wide, weighing about 30 kilos.

But besides getting rid of carrying the bike, you can also do the same with your belongings. In your backpack you can not miss the raincoat, the canteen, the flip flops, the walking stick and pilgrim shell, sunscreen, first aid kit, soap bars, ID card and pilgrim's credential, without the load not exceeding 10% of our weight. In the case of cyclists, they will use some saddlebags for their luggage, and they can also use an economic courier service to send their luggage with Genei.

Consejos si vas a hacer el Camino en bicicleta

Consejos si vas a hacer el Camino en bicicleta

Tips if you are going to do the Camino by bicycle

No one is free to suffer a breakdown or a puncture during the Jacobean route, so to avoid situations that delay your journey will be necessary to go properly equipped.

Do not forget to include spare patches and air chambers, multi-purpose tools, air pump, brake shoes and greasing and cleaning products among your belongings.

To meet the deadline of the stages and enjoy the Camino it is necessary to plan the itinerary, with daily days of 30-40 kilometers, taking advantage of the first hours of the day to pedal and enjoy the milder temperatures of the day.

How much will I pay to send my bicycle by express transport?

To have your bike at the time of starting the Camino de Santiago, it is necessary to be a bit foresighted and hire the courier service a few days in advance. Whether you plan to cover the Camino del Norte, leaving from Irún or Primitivo, which departs from Oviedo, the price of the bicycle will be around 21 euros, with a delivery time of 48/72 working hours.

These rates are valid for national services, also having facilities those who are going to send their bikes from abroad, where the price would start from 40 euros.
And once the Camino is finished, you can select the urgent transport of the bicycle from the Obradoiro square itself to your home, using your mobile or tablet.

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