If you’re new to cycling, preparation is key to having a fun, safe and comfortable bike ride.
Right now your routine probably goes something like this:
- You get home from work or wake up first thing in the morning
- You shuffle through your dresser to find your spandex
- You pull apart hangers, look in the dirty clothes, and check the dryer for your favorite shirt
- Your headphones are not in the usual spot
- You forgot that your water bottle is in the car
- Your phone is almost dead
- Your keys and wallet are nowhere in sight
- Your bike is buried behind the trash can and several other miscellaneous items
Do you see where we’re going with this?
By the time you take off, you are stressed-out and have wasted 20 minutes just getting ready!
Follow these easy steps to not only save you time but to keep you from pulling your hair out.
- Two cold water bottles, full and in the fridge, get separate bottles just for biking
- Clothes are clean, all in one spot, ready for you to change into
- Headphones are charged and sitting in a designated spot. Preferably next to your clothes
- Pre-ride snack stocked and in the pantry or with your clothes
- Your phone is charged
- You need to bring your drivers license, a credit card for emergencies, your keys and put them your saddle bag during the ride
- Your bike tool should already be in your saddlebag
- Pack your “during the ride” snack – if necessary
- Your bike should be easily accessible
- Your air pump should be near your bike
- Your helmet should be close to your bike
- You should be stretched out, loose
Follow these simple strategies and you’ve set yourself up for a successful, fun and safe bike ride!