Getting Ready for a Long Distance Ride

Getting Ready for a Long Distance Ride

Cycling is not only a great way to get in some much needed exercise it also gives you the chance to explore your community and check out the sites around you.  Today long distance bike rides and tours are more popular than ever.  You can combine camping and days of riding in some cases.  Getting out on the open road on your bicycle is a great way to clear the clutter and refresh mind, body and soul.  While the trip may sound like lots of fun, and it is, you also need to be prepared otherwise you can end up sore and miserable.  Getting ready for a long distance ride isn’t hard, here are some tips to get you on your way.

Have a well-defined route

Whether you are planning on a road trip for a couple of days or taking your mountain bike on the trails for the day, you still need to know your route.  You need to find a route that is challenging yet safe.  Always tell someone your route and when you should be back if you plan on going alone.

Wear the right clothes and shoes

Pedaling for miles is going to leave you sweaty and dirty and you probably won’t have the chance to change your clothes along the route.  Wear something that will wick away the sweat and keep you cool.  You might also want to invest in a good pair of padded shorts, bicycle seats are anything but comfortable.  Wear a helmet, no matter where you plan on cycling, it will protect you if you are in an accident.  Get the right shoes, in most cases a good pair of sneakers will work but cycling shoes that clip into the pedals are better.  Carrying a change of clothes isn’t a bad idea either.  Here is what to pack for a long distance ride.

Bring some snacks and water

Cycling burns a ton of calories which is why it is so healthy.  You are going to need to stop and have a snack along the way and water is an absolute must. You can pack along some trail mix or some protein bars.  Avoid anything that will give you a sugar crash, so no soda or energy drinks.

Bring an emergency kit

Before you put your feet in the pedals, make sure that your bike is tuned up and ready for the trip.  You should also know how to change a tire in the event you get a flat.  Always have an emergency kit that has patches and a tire pump.  Bring along a modified first aid kit too, with some antiseptic and some bandages.  You never know when you could end up wiping out.

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