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How To Prepare Mentally, Physically, And Emotionally For A Bike Trip




Bike trips can be a lot of fun; whether you’re going alone or with a group of friends, it’s a great way to stay active and have a good time simultaneously. However, they require quite a bit of preparation, especially if you’re going to be gone for several days. Not only do you need to think about getting your body ready, it’s also important to make sure you’re in the right frame of mind and are emotionally prepared for a big trip, especially if you’ve never taken one before.


It’s a good idea to make a list of all the things you’ll need to pack and take care of before the trip; getting organized will help you have peace of mind while you’re away so you can just focus on having fun and staying safe.


Here are a few of the best ways to get started.


Get organized


Long bike trips require a lot of planning; whether you’re going camping so you can hit the trails or participating in a marathon, it’s important to have everything you need in order to be successful and prevent injury. Make a packing list, which will need to include different things depending on what type of trip it is. For instance, if you’re going to be gone for several days on a camping trip, you’ll want a strong light for your bike, a knife, a length of rope, a whistle that can be blown in case of emergency, a compass, a map, a tire repair kit, and enough water and snacks to get you through the trip. For a marathon, you’ll likely just need to prepare with a water bottle, sunglasses, sunblock, and the right type of clothing. Make sure all your gear is in good working order and nothing needs to be replaced. Prep your bike, as well, and make sure the tires are in good shape.


Start training


No matter what type of bike trip you’re taking, train up for it well ahead of time so that your body will be ready. That means thinking about how far the trip will be and what the weather and terrain will be like, because you’ll want to replicate those things as much as possible while you’re training.


Prepare your home


Taking a long trip means leaving your house behind, and that can be scary, especially if you’re going to be out of town. Let your neighbors know where you’ll be and how long you’ll be away. You might also think about asking a good friend to come and stay in your home while you’re gone; they can accept packages, water plants, help with pets, and keep your house from staying empty, which might be a potential target for thieves.


You might also think about placing motion-sensor lights and/or surveillance cameras around your property. These days, you can buy a system that sends a live feed to your smartphone or other device, which means you can keep an eye on things even from afar. Read this handy guide the folks over at Redfin put together for more tips on how to keep your home safe.


Plan your route


It’s imperative to do a bit of research before you take off, so look up the route you want to take online and plan it out. If physical maps will be a better fit due to location and wi-fi unavailability, bring two copies: one to keep on you and one for your backpack, or you can give one to another member of your group. Having a backup is always a good idea, especially if you’re going to be in the wilderness or in an unfamiliar place.


Remember to pack smart; overpacking means you’ll have a lot more to carry around, which will weigh you down. Keep communication open with your group so that everyone is on the same page; this will ensure that everyone involved will stay safe and have a good time.


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