So you are planning your first cross-country trip. While this experience will probably be one of the most exhilarating moments of your life, if you don’t prepare properly, it can be equally as disastrous. When venturing out so far away from home, you have to take the proper precautions to make sure that everything is smooth sailing.
Here a few ways to prepare yourself before cycling across the coast.
Choose a Suitable Bike
While your current bike may make for a secure ride across the town, making your way to the other side of the country is an entirely different ball game. Aside from the longer distance, you have to prepare for any rocky roads or turbulence that you may experience along the way. To properly arrange for a safe trip, you have to make sure that your bike is strong enough to take on the challenge. When examining the condition of your bike, you should be thinking in terms of durability, strength, and resilience. Check reviews, speak to available customer service agents and test out as many bikes as possible before making your final decision. Whether you already own a bike to make the trip with or are purchasing a new one, you should still do an adequate assessment before setting off. Be sure that your wheels, rims, and brakes are fully intact and working correctly. Give attention to any wobbling or instabilities. Every day you need to check your tires as they should be fully aired and free of any cracks. The chain should also be lubricated to ensure a smooth ride. Lastly, make sure that your seat is comfortable. Most bikes designed for cycling are equipped with a unisex saddle. If you are shopping for a new one, look for one made with gel padding. If you this is not possible, you can purchase additional padding at a sporting good store.
Pack Your Medications
It is imperative that you remember to bring along any medicine that you may need. Even if you are unsure as to whether you will use the contents or not, include a small first aid kit as a preventative measure. Those prone to allergic reactions should travel with an epi-pen. For those who have diabetes, an insulin pen can be a safer alternative to carrying breakable glass vials. If you have any prescription medications on hand, be sure to bring the proper documentation that legally permits you to carry them. Also, if you need a prescription refill, be sure to call around to make sure that there are pharmacies in route so that you will not have to go without your medication for a prolonged period of time.
Bring Camping Equipment
If you plan on pitching a tent at any point, you will need to bring the proper equipment. Include any sleeping material as well as items to maintain your personal hygiene. Only bring the essentials. Being that you are traveling on a bike, you will want to carry a light load.
As you probably already know, cycling is very physically demanding. You will definitely grow a bit tired along the way. Fortunately, after traveling for so many miles, your body begins to adjust to the constant movement, and the ride becomes less strenuous. Either way, you want to take breaks to give your body time to rest and stretch your muscles to avoid injury. Be sure to stay hydrated and make sure you’re getting the right amount of nutrients you need.
While cycling is both exciting and invigorating, you may find yourself getting a little bored after touring for so long. Incorporate some form of entertainment to keep you focused. An ebook or a personalized playlist may help hold your attention along the ride. Remember to always travel cautiously. Take notice of your surroundings and keep your eyes on the road at all times. Avoid eerie looking areas and keep a charged mobile device to call for help if needed. Have a safe trip!
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