While most of us know what it takes to ride a bike up and down the street it’s hard to evaluate the things you might need and encounter when you ride a little bit past the end of your block. So for all of you who are just starting to pedal your way into a new you; here are 10 tips that will help prepare for the troubles of the long road.
Spare Tube, Patches, Levers, and Hand Pump
In my opinion, this is one of the most important things to get in the habit of doing when riding a bike. You don’t want the fun to stop because of unforeseen flat on any ride and you don’t definitely don’t want to be the unprepared rider when riding with others. So do yourself a favor, go to your local bike shop, and buy yourself one of these.
I can’t describe the importance water has on any fitness goal and biking in general. While any physical activity benefits from drinking water, it is cycling’s long hours and outdoors nature that demand an excess of water. Nothing is worse than riding on a dry mouth with nothing to drink. Always stay hydrated and make sure to drink at least one of these for every hour of riding.
Whether you use it to track your miles via Strava or as a way to let a friend know where you’re stranded, having a cellphone with you at all times while you ride is important. Never leave home without it, you don’t want to be stuck being the poor guy (or gal) that has to take the biker’s “walk of shame”.
Identification and Insurance Cards
While you should always be cautious and follow the law while riding a bike, it’s not a bad idea to prepare for the worst case situation. In the case of an unfortunate cycling event (a wipeout or crash) let authorities identify you by always carrying your ID and insurance cards. What I did, was photocopy both of them onto a piece of paper and stuck that in my cycling bag. That way I don’t run the risk of losing either while out on the road.
Cycling is not only a sport but also an adventure. Having a camera with you everywhere you ride helps you capture and share that adventure.
Cash and Debit/Credit Card
This is important for a lot of reasons. For instance, if you’re stranded in the middle of nowhere with no family or friends around, carrying a little cash can help you catch a bus or pay for a taxi. You can also use this little extra money to stop and grab a bite eat at a restaurant you’ve never gone to before.
Cycling is an endurance based sport. You compete against yourself to pedal forward into the nether, and that kind of effort is demanding. So make sure that you stay fueled on your long rides. What I do is eat around 200 calories after my first hour of cycling, then 100 calories every 30 minutes after that.
Safety is number one priority. Make sure that you protect your brain, remember that’s your money maker. I won’t say much on this today, but I’ll do an entry later explaining why wearing a helmet while riding is the most important thing you can do.
Thank you for reading guys. Until next time, ride safely.
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