Carrying Gear On Your Bike
Like the title says carrying gear on your bike, not your back. Wearing a back pack or messenger bag while riding is great for short trips that are under 2 hours but when it comes to all day riding/long distance the back pack will start to wear you down. It will put unnecessary strain on your shoulders and make for a really sweaty back. I've seen people do it, heck we even tried it. Our message is this: do yourself and your body a favor and put the gear on the bike and really up' the enjoyment of your riding experience.
Sometimes its not about the destination.
Sometimes its about the things you do and see along the way~
Who can do Bike Camping
What's Great about bike camping is that anyone can do it. Trips can range from long to short. You can camp, cabin or hotel and the pace is not a race. You can even do a portion of your trip on the train or have the train as an optional back up plan. You are also not limited to the type of gear you have.
The trip distance, type of bike and the places you want to visit, are really all up to you. But if you want to see the State Parks of the Lower Lake Michigan Basin Area and go on an all-day weekend bike adventure, you are going to have to travel farther. Most bike overnights from Chicago are around 50 to 75 miles in one day.
But Holy smokes! 50 miles! I’ve never ridden more than 10 miles and definitely have never done an overnight ride. OK. Let’s break this down a bit. Here are Six Tips to travel farther so you can visit some very cool places and gain an awesome story to tell. State Parks, Breweries, Adventures... here we come!
Tip #1 -Pace Yourself and Ride Steady
Young teenagers usually ride their bike around 10 miles per hour when they're cruising the neighborhood with their friends, by going a little faster than that, 12 mph, which is about the average speed for an average bicyclist, you'll be surprised at how far you can actually go.
Do the Talk Test, if you can't hold a conversation in complete sentences while riding then you're probably riding too fast. Relax, enjoy the ride and pedal forward.
Riding your bike to over 4 Illinois State Parks from Chicago
Looking to ride your bicycle from Chicago to a campground or hotel for a weekend? You have plenty of options. There are over 4 state parks within bicycling distance from downtown Chicago! And it's safe and easy. Plus there is always an option to take the train back if need be! Check out our Chicago bicycle camping guide to help you find your path.
#1. Eat breakfast-
This should be common sense but some people skip this crucial meal because they running late or Don't think they have the time. But I'll tell you this, you will spend more time out on the trail wishing you had eaten than the time it would have taken to grab a quick full rounded Fuel up. Our suggestion Carbs and a lot of them.
#2. Don't wait until your hungry-
Always eat before you are hungry. This will make the trip more pleasurable....
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