If you’re dusting off your bike and heading out to enjoy the nice weather and to get in some good cross-training, you should make sure your bike and gear are up to the challenge. First, ensure first that your bike is in good working order. Take it for a spin, and if you hear any funny noises, have trouble shifting or braking, or experience any other problems, ride it right over to a bike shop to get fixed. Also, make sure that you have a bike bag/pouch with you to carry necessaries – it can be an underseat bag, or one that goes on the top tube (also called a “bento bag”) or anything else that works for you. In you bag, on your bike, or on your person, you should have:
- A spare tube
- Pump or CO2 cartridge inflation system (or both, in case you run out of cartridges)
- repair kit (patch, glue)
- cell phone
- money/credit card and ID
- training food (sports gel, bloks, orsome kind of easily-digested pick-me-up food)
You should also make sure that you have at least one water bottle on your bike, if not two or more. In extremely hot weather, take two bottles and freeze one so that you will have something cold later in your ride.