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Frequently asked questions A to Z

A to Z with answers to frequently asked questions. Please contact us about how we can improve the information, or if you are wondering something. You reach us via email info@swedenbybike.com or phone 08-640 96 56.

RIGHT OF COMMON
Swedish public law gives everyone, Swedish citizens and foreign visitors, a unique opportunity to move freely in nature. Warmly welcome to enjoy the scents, birdsong, flowering meadows and the quiet tranquility of the forest! But you must be careful and consider both nature and wildlife as well as landowners and other visitors. read more here.

Luggage transport
When you cycle between different places, it can help to get help with transporting your luggage. If you book a bicycle package that includes overnight stays, good food and suggested trips, there is often the opportunity to have your luggage transported between different overnight places. Here you will find more information about our bike packages. 

CAR-FREE CYCLING
There are many different bike paths and routes to choose from, and some of them are completely car-free, such as beautiful Klarälvsbanan in Värmland. The national cycle paths Kattegat trail, southeast trail and The south coast trail has a special certification that certifies that the trail is of high quality, is road-safe and that there is a wide range of experiences and services along the trail. Another alternative, of course, is to ride a mountain bike, where cycling is 100 % car-free and the nature experience fantastic as you make your way along winding paths in the forest. read more about Bergslagen Cycling which has millions of signposted MTB tracks that fit from beginner to elite.

BIKING FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION
For those who are out cycling, it makes it easier to stay overnight in a bicycle-friendly accommodation. our bike-friendly accommodations are bed and breakfasts, hostels, guest houses and hotels that find it extra fun when it comes to guests who ride bikes. They are close to bike paths and interesting destinations around the country, and offer special service for you as a cyclist;

- Ability to borrow tools for easier repairs
- Laundry and drying facilities for clothes
- Safe bicycle storage

Cycling package 
There are many benefits to booking a ready-made bike package that includes overnight stay, good food and suggested tours. At Sweden by Bike you will find a large selection of nice bike packages. When you book your bicycle package via us, you will receive accident insurance throughout the trip, and for bicycle packages with overnight stays, an optional bicycle map from Norstedt's publisher. You as a customer always pay the lowest price guaranteed. Here you will find our selected bike packages. 

We have divided bike packages into different categories. You can clearly see what is included in the basic price, but also have the opportunity to make different options. You may want to rent a bike (unless included in the basic price) or stay an extra night? You will receive a response within 24 hours and can then choose to confirm your booking.

DISTANCE
Many people feel it is a long way to cycle several miles, but with a bike you will get quite far in one day without having to be particularly well-trained. With an electric bicycle it becomes even easier because you get some extra help on the slopes. Of course, it is good if you have a certain basic fitness, but for most people it is quite easy to cycle between 30-60 km per day. If you cycle at a leisurely pace, you can expect a distance of 15 km to take about an hour, and for many things go faster than that. Stop in at a cozy café, enjoy a packed lunch or take a dip in a swimming lake on the way. Here you will find a distance meter for maps.

electric bike
Cycling with an electric bike makes it possible to cycle a little longer, because you get extra help, not least in the uphill slopes. Access to recharge the battery in the evening is of course important, and to be able to store your bike safely during the night. read more about bike-friendly accommodations with special service for you as a cyclist. An increasing number of bicycle rental companies also offer electric bicycles for rent, including in connection with the national cycle paths (read more about National cycle tourism routes a little further down the page) and at established bicycle destinations around Sweden.

INSURANCE
As an extra care, you are covered by supplementary accident insurance during your cycling trip. The insurance is provided by Folksam and applies when you have booked a complete bicycle package through our web service. The insurance covers Nordic citizens and citizens residing within the EU, and in order for the insurance to apply, it is important that everyone in the company is named at the time of booking. Here you will find more information about conditions and compensation levels.

GLASSES
Wearing cycling glasses makes your cycling trip more enjoyable, as they protect your eyes from the sun, wind, rain, insects and gravel. There are several different models and price ranges to choose from, but it can be good to buy a pair that has good ventilation and does not immerse again when exerted. If you choose bicycle glasses with interchangeable lenses, you can easily switch to different colored glasses in different weather conditions. When you buy bicycle glasses they should sit well, and then it is good if you can adjust the bridge of the nose and the skulls to fit your face shape. Then you can also adjust the height of the glasses and the distance from the face to increase comfort and prevent the glasses from slipping off.  We like the bike glasses from Rudy Project, which you can find in our webshop.

GPX FILES
As a support for navigating and finding the right you can sometimes access a GPX file. Simply put, one can say that a GPX file contains digital map information. You must have an application that allows you to read it on your mobile phone. There are several different, we can tell about the free version of a simple app called BikeGPX. It is easy to use, and even one of the above users will figure out quite quickly how to do it. Once you have the app and have downloaded the GPX file to your mobile, you will receive a map that you can make more clear or go into details. 

GUIDE
Cycling with an experienced bike guide often enhances the experience. Ahead of the 2020 season, we will be presenting a special guide pool with good bicycle guides for those who want to hire a bicycle guide for a large or small group trip. 

LIVESTOCK
For those of you who want to bring your family's best friend on your cycling holiday, we have developed a special category of bike packages called Animal Friends. This means that there are special rooms available for those who want to bring the dog. It is important to say that you want to bring the dog with you when booking, and you usually pay a small price supplement. Here you will find bike packages for Animal lovers. 

RENT A BIKE
It is always possible to rent a bike when you book a bike package via Sweden by Bike. Sometimes there is also access to children's bikes, electric bikes and bike carts. The price and range of bicycles vary, and you get all the information about this from the tour operator in connection with your booking.

MAPS
It is a great advantage if you have access to a good bike map when planning your cycling trip. The map gives you a good overview of different road choices, you get information about the ground is gravel or asphalt and tips on bike-friendly accommodations along the way. We have chosen to collaborate with Norstedt's publishing company that publishes the Bicycle Map, a high-quality map series that currently covers Götaland, large parts of Svealand and the area around Siljan. You can find the Bicycle Map in our online store. 

CLOTHES
The choice of clothes, of course, depends on what season you spend on your bike ride and how long you plan to be away. An approved bicycle helmet (preferably called Mips helmet), a windproof jacket and a pair of padded bicycle pants are a good foundation regardless. It is also wise to bring a nice sweater as a change when you stop by and take a break.

For autumn and winter cycling it is nice with a thin windproof cap under the helmet, galongalos / shoe covers that keep wet and cool away and a pair of warm gloves. During the darker seasons of the year, it is also important to have good reflections so that you are properly visible. 

LAWS AND REGULATIONS
There are some things that are important to keep in mind for you as a cyclist, such as what equipment requirements apply to your bike and what traffic rules apply. As always, it is important to show consideration, and to respect the Swedish right of public accessWe will be back soon with more information.

NATIONAL CYCLING TOURISM
National cycling tourism routes have undergone a special certification that certifies that the trail is of high quality, is road-safe and that there is a wide range of experiences and services along the trail. There are currently three cycle routes in Sweden that achieve this certification; it is Kattegat trail walking 390 km along the coast between Gothenburg-Helsingborg and in 2018 was named this year's cycle route in Europe (cycle route no. 1), southeast trail which is 270 km long and stretches between Växjö-Simrishamn on Österlen (cycle route no. 2) and The south coast trail which runs 260 km between Simrishamn-Helsingborg and was inaugurated in June 2019 (cycle route no. 3). This means that there are 900 km of continuous cycle paths of high quality in southern Sweden to experience during all seasons of the year.

PACKING
When you go on a cycling holiday, you need to think through your packing and plan what to bring with you on the trip. Clothes for different types of weather, some changes and depending on the season and the duration of the tour. Depending on whether you choose to stay in a tent or at a comfortable hotel, bed & breakfast or hostel, you need to bring different things with you.

Avoid cycling around with a heavy backpack, pack it as lightly as you can. It is also important to distribute the gasket evenly in the front / back and on the left / right side, it will be easier.

PUNCTURE
Getting puncture is not fun, but it is not very difficult to fix yourself. You should bring some simple things with you on the bike ride. We will be back soon with more information. 

PLANNING THE BIKE TRAVEL
When you cycle in Sweden you often share the road with cars. Planning is important in order to be able to choose a route where the traffic is not as intense or where there are plenty of bike lanes. A little further up in the text you can read about "Car-free cycling".  Here you will find bike-friendly accommodations with special service for you as a cyclist. We will be back soon with more information.

GIFT VOUCHER
A bike holiday is a nice gift and memorable experience, but sometimes it can be difficult to know what to choose. Then it might be good to buy a gift card that can be used as part payment for all bicycle packages and bicycle-friendly accommodations at Sweden by Bike. You can find the gift card in our online store. 

RAIN AND BAD WEATHER
It's not fun with rain, but even though the weather is a bit varied, your cycling holiday will be a great experience depending on how you plan your trip and how you choose to stay overnight. After a day's cycling in the light drizzle, you really enjoy a good dinner in the good friends' team in front of the fireplace at a cozy bed and breakfast, or end the evening in a wood-fired sauna or hot tub under a beautiful starry sky. Then you sleep well, preferably in a bed with smooth, newly-laid sheets ... Here you will find ready-made bicycle packages and bike-friendly accommodations with special service for you as a cyclist.

TRANSPORT OF BIKES
You can take your bicycle on the regional trains in most counties, and on many regional buses as far as location is concerned. You can also take the bike on a commuter train, with some restrictions and only during a certain part of the day when there is low traffic. Lund Nature Conservation Association has made a detailed inventory of the possibilities of taking the bike on a train. Here you will find more information.