What is the best scale for cycling maps?

The ideal scale for cycling is between 1:100,000 and 1:150,000 but, as with walking maps, the presentation of the terrain (100kms across the Dutch countryside is not quite the same as 100kms in the French Alps!) and of the cycling routes are of paramount importance. Maps with more detailed scales will cover smaller areas and include information not necessarily required for cycling; maps with less detailed scales and covering larger areas may be fine, depending on their cartography and detail.

There are now also an increasing number of maps or map/guides covering long-distance cycling routes, including along the Danube, the Rhine and many other river trails, particularly in central Europe. And as with walking maps, waterproof and tear-resistant maps will better withstand the rigours of frequent refolding.

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