Cycling offers us unique emotions and the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and a company of friends with us.
If walking in the park or in the city no longer fascinates you, it means that you are ready for a longer walk outside the city.
But before you ride your saddle on your first bike adventure, make sure you're ready for it! We recommend that you consider the following 5 aspects:
1. Technical condition of the bicycle
Make sure your bike is in good working order, so as not to have any surprises during the ride. You can do the technical check yourself, or, more simply, you can go to a specialized service.
Check the brakes: the braking system is very important for the safety of any cyclist. Don't go for a lap (actually, not even for a simple walk) if your brakes aren't working
Check the bike's transmission system: it allows you to change gears on sheets and sprockets for an easy approach to the route
Check the chain: an unguarded chain will make pedaling difficult and make ugly sounds
Check the tires: make sure the tires are well inflated and show no signs of breaking (not cracked). It is advisable to swell at the pressure (PSI) inscribed on their edge.
2. Physical training
We know that you are super excited about the idea of your first bike adventure outside the city, but you have to be realistic and plan a tour whose distance can be covered easily and without any physical problems. If the weather forecast announces strong winds, then the number of kilometers may be even lower than you originally planned.
3. 2-wheel "survival" skills
Because once you're on tour you're kind of on your own, you might want to know a few things you might need at some point:
Make sure you know how to make a feather! You can find countless tutorials on youtube that teach you how to fix a breakdown, so it shouldn't be very difficult
Try to be aware of the rules and traffic signs
4. What to take with you in your luggage
There are certain things that any cyclist must have with him (especially on a lap):
Exchange room: read the instructions on the tire and buy a room that fits it
Pump and levers: without them you can't fix a breakdown, no matter how much goodwill you have, so don't forget them at home
Multi-Tool: ie tools needed to make small repairs (screws are capricious, you do not know when one loosens)
Water and some food: the feeling of hunger you feel while cycling is more aggressive than usual. Make sure you are well hydrated and nourished.
Map: if you do not have a smartphone connected to the internet, then it is advisable to have a printed version of the route
5. Mandatory equipment
Helmet: we know that you look extremely good without a helmet and that it will damage your cutter, but you have to wear it!
Gloves: it is not mandatory to wear them but the gel inside will protect your palms against numbness
Trousers with base: the base is that piece of sponge placed in the groin area. These pants will save you from the terrible pain you will have after prolonged sitting in the saddle :)
Reflective elements and lights: it can be very difficult to catch yourself on the bike at night, especially if you encounter unforeseen events, so be careful and put them in your luggage
Waterproof equipment: not absolutely necessary, but it can save you from crackling in case it rains
Identity card and money.