These are the essentials to keep you self supported and going the distance, no matter if you are camping, staying at a cabin, hotel or at friends house.
Dress for the season and dress in layers. In the spring and fall the outside temps may be great to wear a T-shirt but when biking the wind can make your chest, hands, and fingers cold. Bring a pair of gloves and a sweater/windbreaker if need be. If a little rain is in the forecast bring a rain jacket. Don’t be afraid of the rain!!! Some the best views is when a storm is on the horizon. If weather gets intense there are usually shelters along the way to sit it out for the moment. This is also a great time to break at a dinner or a pub as well.
What to Wear/Bring for a Typical Weekend Bike Adventure:
- One shirt and shorts to bike in
- One wind breaker/rain jacket
- Two pairs of socks
- Two pairs of under garments
- Swimwear for FUN
- One extra sweater even if it's hot outside, the evenings get cool or a storm could blow in.
- One Pairing of clean comfortable sleep wear: Aka a clean fresh/dry shirt & shorts to sleep in (switch to sweater and sweatpants for colder temps)
Other Stuff To Bring
You might want to bring, a photo device, pain killers, comfortable cushion bike gloves, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm, and information to share.
• Panniers or Basket/Crate or Shoulder bag?
If you do not have a back rack or basket to carry your essential and personal items, then make sure the book-bag/backpack/shoulder-bag you bring fits you comfortably for long durations and the straps are adjustable. We highly suggest to purchase a back rack if you do not have one already. A bike back rack will improve this trip and any future riding you do on your own. A bike rack will also keep the weight off your shoulders. See our Bike Set-up article to learn more about carrying your gear on your bike
• Keep it light and keep it tight!
Secure your belongings and keep highly used items accessible when packing. Light weight usually makes for a more enjoyable ride; So don’t bring your living room furniture on the ride. And Avoid dangling straps, they can get entangled in the wheels and cause an accident; Be smart and protect your safety.
Author: Andrew St. Paul
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