My Bike PrepPosted: September 6, 2010
Hello, I am here! It’s been busy around these parts with the holiday weekend and figuring out some life issues.
Today I finally was able to get back on my bike! I don’t think I had been for a ride since Jen and I took our crazy 40mile ride to Mount Vernon about a month ago! Lets just say my legs could totally feel the climbs!
So, in honor of getting back in the bike I thought I would go through a few things I do to make sure I have a good safe ride (these do not prevent you from getting stunk in your toe clips however – I did loosen them today!)
First – always remember helmet and eye protection!
You don’t want a cracked skull and a bug in the eye could lead to this! You never know when a bee will be flying by.
Second – make sure you have hydration for your ride.
Cage and H2O bottle, you don’t need the most expensive ones unless you are riding the Tour de France, the lowest end ones work just fine!
I always carry and extra tube, my multi-purpose tool, 1 goo pack for emergency calories, my car key and my cell phone. I also have a portable pump attacked to my bike for flats.
Also make sure you tire can rotate freely without rubbing against your break pads. My front wheel tends to get stuck when I transport it, so making sure it can move freely before I even get going is really important. If I didn’t do this I would be working against extra resistance and wear down one of my break pads.
Now you are ready for a great ride!
Garmy went out with me today and I found out that I had been going 14.73 miles when map my run told me I was going 12.5…good thing to know. Thanks MB!