Cyclists love their gadgets and can bore for Britain about GoPros, GPS, cleats and cogs. But they all have their place on a responsible tourism holiday. Especially the GoPro, the favourite gadget known to many cyclists. It’s a question of sensitivity. People are living their normal lives in the mountain villages of coastal hamlets that you are cycling through. The chances are they don’t want to be snapped or zoomed in on as they sell food at the market, work in the fields, or just ride their own bike to work. And yet, learning to let our lens cap be is one of the hardest things we battle with on our travels. The temptation is always to take photographs straight away or just sneak a crafty bit of GoPro footage from your helmet. Take your time to get to know people, always ask their permission to take photos, and check in advance with your guide whether it is appropriate to ask in the first place. And remember how you would feel if someone cycled into your home on a quiet Sunday afternoon, taking pictures and selfies by the second.
The GPS, however, is an interesting gadget for a responsible cyclist. Although you might not want to have satellite guidance for all your explorations, they are great for finding local shops, restaurants or bars along the way, and these are businesses that are often totally dependent on local business. A group of cyclists pulling into a small village tavern at lunchtime can be like Christmas for some small businesses. So, a GPS can really pay off for some people.