Planning a cycling holiday in France

Advice for vegetarians cycling in France

Cycling in France hasn’t always been easy for vegetarians – we have these tips to help make it a bit easier.

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Guide to Cycle Camping in France

Cycling in France? Emma Philpott has this guide to cycle camping in France to get you started

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Ferries to France - A Guide for Cyclists

Ferries offer an affordable and flexible way of getting you and your bicycle to France. Here's our overview

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Charity Bike Rides: Taking the Plunge

A charity bike ride can be a big commitment. Here are a few things to consider before deciding to take the plunge

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Bike hire by region

Bike rental by region of France. See our listings of bike hire shops across the country.

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Cycling in France: Get Started

Thinking about a cycling holiday in France? Laura Stone has this guide to cycling in France to get you started

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Public Bike Rental in France

Public bike rental in France includes Paris Velib, plus public bike share in Lyon, Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Nantes, Nice and Toulouse

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How to choose a cycling tour of France

There are dozens of guided cycle tours and self-guided cycling holidays in France – here's how to choose the best one for you

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Taking bikes on French Trains - A Guide for Cyclists

Trains reach all corners of France – here is our guide to taking your bicycle with you on your cycling holiday of France.

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Bike rental in France: Bike hire delivery services

Bike hire delivery services that will bring your wheels to you

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Using Trainline for booking bikes on French trains

The Trainline ticket booking service that makes it easier to make bicycle reservations online for train travel in France.

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Wild camping in France - A Guide for Cyclists

Wild camping can be a budget-friendly way of seeing France. Free camp your way around France with this advice from John Traynor

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How to organise a family cycling holiday in France

Cycling with kids? Here's some super advice to help you organise (and survive) a family cycling holiday in France.

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Cycling with a GPS

If you're yet to make the jump to using a GPS for cycling, then perhaps we can help you decide.

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Bike carriers and car racks for cycling in France

What you need to know about hiring or buying a car rack for your bikes while cycling in France.

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School holidays and public holidays in France

Mark these public holiday and school holiday dates in your cycling diary so you don't get caught out by closed shops and fully booked accommodation.

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Road rules for cycling in France

Here are the road rules (read: laws) for cycling in France, according to the French Highway Code.

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Accueil Vélo explained

You may see the 'Accueil Vélo' label as you're researching your French cycling holiday – here's what it means.

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How to take your bike on Eurostar

Here's a step-by-step guide to getting your bike to France by Eurostar.

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Shipping bikes to France

If you need to ship a bike to or from France, here are a few affordable options.

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Cycle Insurance

Here’s our guide to choosing the right insurance policy for your French cycling holiday – for you and your bike

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The Ultimate Guide to Sportives in France

Nearly every weekend of the cycling season there's a sportive held somewhere in France. Britta Sorensen has this guide to getting in on the action.

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Choosing a Bike Route for Cycling in France

You want to take a cycling holiday in France but you're not sure where to go. Laura Stone has this guide to choosing a bike route in France

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Bike shops, and cycle camping and clothing stores we like

Here are a few links to bike and accessory shops, as well as some camping, clothing and book stores that we've used

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Accommodation for Cycling in France

Overview of accommodation for cyclists across France. By Lynette Eyb

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Cycling in France dictionary - French cycling terms

Are you going cycling in France without any French? Then take our French cycling dictionary with you to help you get by

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Packing Checklist for a Cycle Tour of France

Not sure what to pack for your cycle tour? Stephen Fox, author of Cycle Touring in France, has this checklist of things he always takes

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Medical certificate for cycling in France

You may need a medical certificate for all cycling competitions, sportives and even some local leisure rides in France. Here's a template you can use.

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Choosing a Bike for Cycle Touring in France

Stephen Fox, author of Cycle Touring in France, has this advice to help you choose the right bike for your French cycling holiday

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Flights to France - A Guide for Cyclists

Dozens of airlines fly to France from destinations across the world. Here are your options if you're cycling in France

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Trains to France - A Guide for Cyclists

Here's our guide to getting you and your bike to France by train for your cycling holiday.

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Magazines about cycling and France that we like

Here are a few links to some magazines about cycling and France that we like

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Travelling by Flixbus with your bike

If you can't get a French train to take the strain, then Flixbus is one option to get you and your bike where you need to be at an affordable price.

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Car hire in France

Needing to hire a car for your cycling holiday in France? Here are some links to get you started

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How to make a bike reservation for French trains online

Here's how to book a bike onto a French train using the OUI.sncf online reservation system.

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Essential items for cycle touring

Adventure cyclist and author Stephen Lord explains why he never leaves home without the following three items

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Getting to France - A Guide for Cyclists

One of the great things about a cycling holiday in France is that it’s an easy destination to get to from wherever you are in the world

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Taking Bikes on Planes to France - A Guide for Cyclists

Flying with your bike need not be a nightmare – here's some advice on how to get your bike to France by plane

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Driving in France - A Guide for Cyclists

Driving in France is a convenient way of covering long distances and also gives you the capacity to take bikes with you

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Buying bikes in France

Thinking about buying a bike in France to cut down on bike hire costs? Here are some options for buying new or secondhand bicycles.

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Free Accommodation in France for Cyclists

Staying with locals can mean free accommodation in France,and also put you in touch with local communities, says Emma Philpott

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Map of véloroutes and voies vertes in France

Oh the excitement! IGN has a new map showing all designated véloroutes and voies vertes for cycling in France. Here's how to get a copy.

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French Gastronomy: Eating on the Road in France

France and food go to together like, er, like France and cycling – Emma Philpott's here to whet your appetite

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How to Fix a Puncture

Knowing how to fix a puncture can make life on the road much more enjoyable and stress-free. Lawrie Jones has this how-to guide.

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Electric Bike Touring in France

Richard Peace has done several tours of France on electric bikes – he has this advice for anyone who needs a little bit more oomph

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How to Climb Mountains by Bike

Adventure cyclist Stephen Lord has this advice to help make cycling uphill that little bit easier

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Canal Boats and Bikes

With so many towpaths in France, bikes can complement boats as they make their way through the countryside, says David Jefferson

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Buses to France - A Guide for Cyclists

Buses are a relatively cheap way of getting to France, but they aren't without obstacles if you want to take your bike with you

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Choosing a Bike Trailer for Cycling in France

Round-the-world cyclist Tom Allen has this guide to choosing the right trailer for your cycle tour of France

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Downhill Mountain Biking in France

France is home to some of the world's best downhill mountain biking – Amie Marsh has this overview of how to get involved

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Cycling in Wet Weather

Don't let rain spoil your French cycling holiday – Emma Philpott has this advice for cycling in wet weather

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