GET READY TO GO ON A WONDERFUL BIKE-RIDE
When you plan to go out for a walk or to train, on your bike, the first thing you should consider is whether your bike is in the right conditions to undertake your trip or training. Then, check what you are going to wear and a few more details that we are going to tell you so that you can have a happy and comfortable journey.
If you are a beginner in this discipline, you must keep in mind that the bicycle adapts to your body size, the type of discipline and your needs, this can make the difference between enjoying the trip or having your trip become something annoying or worse, something painful.
The bicycle must be set up so that you do not suffer any accidents or break downs. If you don't have the necessary knowledge or tools, the best place to take your bike is where they give you a specialized service. Make sure the bike has proper braking that the chain is clean and in good condition that the shell and hose are not worn down that the shifts work well that the height of the saddle is correct, and that you feel comfortable on it.
Once you’ve finished checking the bike, the next step is your preparation. The outfit must be adequate to improve your performance and avoid hurting yourself. Professional cyclists wear padded pants called culotte or baggies, which have a coated piece in the area of contact with the saddle, if you don’t have this garment, you can use comfy pants or shorts that will not only allow you to move your knees, easily, but also the correct circulation of blood through your body.
The maillot is a tight jersey or top, which prevents air from coming through the sleeves or neck, allowing normal body transpiration. Some have pockets to store your id, the cell phone and the kit to fix tires. The gloves, which help you protect and grip the handlebar, are usually padded and vary between fingers covered or not. The shoes are designed primarily to make pedaling more efficient, through the support of the foot pedal. However, if you don't have one of these, you can use normal or comfortable tennis shoes that do not generate friction with the pedal.
On the road you will constantly find particles that may affect your eyes, limiting your vision, generating discomfort and putting your stability on the bike at risk. Therefore, it is advisable to wear glasses that will protect you from the sun and the wind. The last and most important element of your clothing is the helmet, you should never ride a bike without wearing one, it is important that it allows ventilation and that is the correct size.
Once the bicycle and clothing are ready, now you must prepare your travel equipment. The first thing to pack is the hydration including water, isotonic drinks and even panela water, among others; then, the food, you can take from a banana or guava paste to an energizing bar or a multivitamin gel.
It is also equally important to pack the emergency kit that must include at least one cycling multi-tool, tire-repair equipment (patches, sandpaper, glue), air pump, bandages and any medication you may need.
You must also carry the documentation, which can be your id or passport and your health card. Also, the phone number of a family member or friend who can be called in case of emergency, and some cash in case of an unforeseen event. If you are going to walk at night, keep in mind the necessary safety conditions, such as rear and front lights, a reflector and clothing that stands out or shines.
Finally, before getting on your bike it’s necessary to check your knowledge about the bicycle’s functioning such as changing gears, the braking system, repairing and changing a tire; first aid, emergency care numbers, the route, the weather and anything else you consider necessary to reduce or avoid risks on the road.
Now: Have a safe a trip!