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Going On a Long-Distance Bike Trip? These 3 Tips Will Help

There are roughly 9 million bike trips taken every day in the United States. Whether you’re going across the country or just riding for a few miles to a cool place near your home, preparing for your bike trip is perhaps even more important than the trip itself. If you are unprepared for a bike trip involving any long-distance ride, there are so many things that can go wrong and ruin your trip.

If you know how to properly prepare, however, you should be ready to have a blast on your bike trip. Here are a few things to remember when preparing for a long-distance bike trip.

Plan Every Detail

If you just wing it, no matter how far you’re traveling, you’re going to end up running into some kind of problem. Make sure to plan out exactly how far you’re going to travel, how long it should take, what stops you plan on making along the way, and what you should do in the event of an emergency. In addition to these important planning aspects, you should also plan ahead of time of what items you’ll need to bring including food and water supply, medical necessities, and other essential items.

Make Sure You Have All the Right Bike Equipment

If you don’t have the necessary equipment for a long trip, you’re not going to have a very successful ride. Visiting a bike equipment store can help ensure that you getting high quality bike equipment for your upcoming trip. Whether you need hybrid bikes, safety equipment, or want to check out bike rentals, head to a trusted bike store and make sure you get all the necessary items for your long-distance bike trip.

Don’t Just Go Right Into It

If you haven’t been consistently riding for the last few months or so, a few weeks at the very least, you should wait a little bit before you embark on your long-distance bike trip. You will need to be in exceptional shape and you’ll get burnt out very fast if you haven’t been riding lately. Take some time to increase your biking distance over the next few weeks to give yourself plenty of time to train for your big trip.

As long as you are an experienced rider, know what equipment you’ll need, and plan out every detail, you should have a very successful long-distance bike trip. Be careful and enjoy the ride!

Peter Lieberman

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29 Mar, 2017

Blog,  Cycling

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