Last several weeks, we talked about why so important to prepare a bicycle first aid kit and how to get out of helpless after having bike crash.
This week, we’re going to think about what need to prepare for bike road trip?
It sounds like we should have something handy cycling checklist? Partly right, we need something quick and actionable to have better cycling life.
First of first, do you know how many cyclists in the world? I had quickly checked from my Google friend: 2003 bike production had climbed to over 100 million per year compared with 42 million cars.
If you’re in particular cycling club or cycling community, you realized that numbers of people join in your clubs every month or every year. People are tending to the healthy life and sport must be a good choice that keeps healthy and gets to know the bunch of friends who have the same hobby.
What need to prepare for bike road trip basically depends on the number of people riding out together. Be sure that ourselves enjoy the cycling and also can help other cycling friends when it’s necessary.
We’ve taken the liberty of putting together a checklist for your convenience. NEVER leave the house without consulting this first, and confirming that you have each item by ticking it off.
The purpose of this checking list could make your cycling road trip easy, fun and safe.
1. ESSENTIALS (OF COURSE)
- Bike light
This is what you usually prepared, right? Let’s break down a little bit to have fully prepared.
2. MUST-HAVE GEAR
There are some things that should go unsaid, but with the busy lives, we lead, forgetting even the most important of items is common. Don’t embark on your next trip without:
3. Water, Energy Drinks& Energy-Rich snacks
Be sure you have enough calories in the whole riding.
According to cycling weekly, A good way to estimate your additional calorie need is to multiply the distance travel in miles by 40-50 calories. Therefore, if you’ve been out for a 30-mile ride you can estimate an extra calorie need of between 1,200-1,500 calories erring towards the bottom end of this if you’re a slower or lighter rider and toward the top end if you’re faster or heavier.
Make sure you drink enough to perform at your best or you want to get a drink like this? haha
4. Cleaning Wipes/Napkin
It becomes the hobby that everything when we go out, also prepare several pieces to clean wipes or napkin in the pocket, just in case need to clean skin in the outdoor.
Yes, you love cycling, I can tell that how much you truly love cycling from your sunburn on your skin, like this or that:
save your skin this summer, starting from sunscreen.
Ho says that the most important thing is to always wear sunscreen, with at least SPF 30 or above (we like Mayron’s Sun Stuff SPF 30 for your arm, face, and neck. Sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are the most effective for blocking and reflecting UV rays.
6. Lip Balm with an SPF factor
Prepare it if you think it’s necessary
7. Eye Protection ( Sunglasses or Clear Lenses)
Wear sunglasses protect your eyes from sun, crud and flying bugs, Glasses designed for cycling usually cover more of your face than fashion eyewear for better protection and use tougher lenses.
Get yourself a comfortable sunglasses, besides being a fashion accessory, cycling sunglasses shield your eyes from bright sunlight and harmful UV rays, and also offer protection from the wind, rain, dust, grit, and bugs that can impair your vision. Both faction and function for your happy ride.
Both faction and function for your happy ride.
8. Packable waterproof Jacket
Waterproof cycling jackets are designed to give you protection from the elements, while the modern fabrics help you avoid that sticky boil-in-the-bag feeling.
While many are available in bright colors to keep you visible, commuters may prefer black versions, which almost look like a normal piece of clothing.
9. Bike repaired tool kit
10. Information of family doctor / emergency contact card
11. Bicycle First aid kit ( should be easy to carry)
Learn from your cycling experience
Cycling checklist can be much more from your cycling experience. For me, bicycle first aid kit should be necessary too. Here is my story:
I had my headphones plugged in, siting sat hunched forward on my bicycle, ready to take a hard left at the bottom of a hill with the wind whipping in my face and a big grin on my face, adrenaline searing through my veins due to that familiar thrill that a lot of cycling enthusiasts know and love well.
I clenched onto my handlebars, adjusted my weight, began to turn…I fall down from the bike.
I didn’t realize I was getting serious about cycling until I took that serious spill.
The whole love of cycling just came naturally. So, naturally, like a lot of us do, I overlooked some of the more important elements, safety especially, before engaging in a sport that many take for granted in terms of its hazards and risks.
It wasn’t until I took that curve and slipped that the realities of physics came knocking at my door.
Not so much of the spill but more because of my lack of preparedness in anticipating one. Lying on the ground with a motorist passing by asking if I was okay, I realized that I had lacked the proper equipment to treat myself for my injuries.
I mean, cycling is no joke, when you think about it. You already have a myriad of things to worry about.
You can be prepared and careful but sometimes stuff just happens.
On top of that, sometimes you’re biking at incredibly high-speed rates. Sometimes the terrain is unpredictable. Who knows when that pothole or jagged piece of earth will sneak up on you as your zipping down a road at almost the same speed of a car? It seems like statistics will eventually catch up with you.
Not only from myself, other cycling friends happen often, here is what I saw from our Instagram community.
From cycling experience we had, we understand what need to prepare for every cycling fun.
Bicycle first aid kit pretty much speaks for itself. Antiseptic Towelette to clean the would and dust. Different bandages for medium and serious bleeding injury. This thing has EVERYTHING that most first aid kits have and more, all of it catered towards the exact type of injuries that cyclists commonly experience when they have an accident.
This thing has EVERYTHING that most first aid kits have and more, all of it catered towards the exact type of injuries that cyclists commonly experience when they have an accident.
From your cycling experience, you can add the necessary item to your bike bag or move the unnecessary item so that can reduce the weight of the bike. Most importantly, it needs to carry easily along with your bike.
Again, What need to prepare for bike road trip?
1) 2003 bike production had climbed to over 100 million per year, the number of bike accident happen everywhere. We need to fully prepared to enjoy cycling fun.
2)Besides the essentials we need to have, such as your lovely bike, helmet, and bike light, for the road trip, also should consider:
- Water, Energy Drinks & Energy-rich snacks
- Cleaning Wipes/ Napkin
- Lip Balm with an SPF factor
- Eye Protection (Sunglasses or Clear Lenses)
- Packable waterproof Jacket
- Bike repaired tool kit
- Information of family doctor/emergency contact card
- Bicycle First aid kit(should be easy to carry )
3) Learn from your experience
Cycling checklist can be much more from your cycling experience. For me, bicycle first aid kit should be necessary too. Something can move out of the list for your short distance trip, something can add with your specific cycling situations. We got another fully detail safe ridding checklist from our website, if you interested in, welcome to free download.
First Aid Kits for Cyclers is so important. We’re moving with regular traffic. We’re more exposed. We move at high speeds. We risk busting our heads open from this kick-ass obsession of ours! So – we need to be prepared.
Now, since I’m sure you’re done hearing me drone on, I think I’m going to hop on my bike for a few. Maybe I’ll see you out there! See you next week.