Who doesn’t love picnics?
When I heard picnics were trending this summer I got so excited! I just love spreading a picnic blanket out and having, well any meal outside with friends, family or by myself for some quiet time. Last summer as I rode through the parks I noticed hammocks were extremely popular. I love my hammock so I understand this trend and wanting to “hang out” in the park on a beautiful day. But they don’t make a great place for a meal. So welcome the return of the wonderful pass time of picnics!
How About A Biking Picnic?
Plan a bicycle picnic for your family or friends. It is a very romantic date as well. Imagine your dates surprise when you tell them this is the plan for a beautiful day and you have a lovely meal ready to go. No worries about the hassles of planning a bicycle picnic, it is easier than you think. Just like packing lunch for work really. I will be writing about some helpful tips to get you started and also give you some ideas.
Where Are You Headed?
There are so many great ideas for the perfect picnic spot! It would be best if you had a place with a great view and bike trails to ride with your friends or family. The fun part is this, you can plan quick stops at different spots to enjoy the view while eating some of the food. Download a route planning app to your phone or look it up on your desktop. Komoot is a great route planner and not just for bike rides. They offer hiking also well.
What’s a picnic without food?
The quantity of food you pack for the picnic will depend on the number of people who are coming along. You can use carrier baskets or panniers & rack trunks for bicycles to get the food to your chosen picnic site. The best picks for food include:
- Pre-cut fruits and vegetables with dip
- Fried chicken
- Cheese, meat and crackers
- Drinks, However, I will advise you to avoid alcohol because you will be riding a bicycle.
- If your dog is with bring a water cup for them and something for them to eat too 🙂
Foods can be packed in reusable plastic bags which are airtight and secure. These packs are lightweight and occupy less space in your food basket or carrier bags. They also make great garbage bags to bring waste home if there are no trash cans in the area and they will help prevent ants from finding your picnic food. Don’;t forget the paper plates, napkins and silverware if needed. Wet wipes or a wash cloth that has been wet down and a squirt of soap added in a baggie is great for washing hands before and after eating.
Don’t forget the picnic blanket
You can get simple straps that hold your folded picnic blanket securely beneath the bicycle seat or to your backpack. They also offer these awesome waterproof picnic blankets that even come with a bag. Find them on Amazon. I love the colors! If you don’t fancy sitting on the ground, plan your picnic where you know there and picnic tables available or at least a place to sit and relax.
Handy tools and Spares
Always pack a few essential handy tools for unforeseen events. I recommend having an air pump to inflate a tire if it gets deflated while you or a member of your group is riding along the bike trail. The Vibrelli Mini Bike Pump that comes with a glueless puncture repair kit is great and it offers 120 PSI. It is the #1 best seller on Amazon in bike frame-mounted pumps. A quality bike specific multi-tool can be a day saver. The Crankbrothers M19 Bicycle Multi-Tool which is #1 Best Seller in Bike Multi-function Tools. To learn how to use this multi-tool and make any necessary repair to your bike I highly recommend the DIY Bike Repair Tutorial. Dave will guide you step by step on over 200 repairs and guided maintenance for your bike. For more information click here. A First-Aid Kit is always a good thing to have on hand as well as some bug spray and sunblock.
I hope you get out and enjoy a picnic this Spring or Summer! Let us if you did and you are willing please share with us about it.
All my best! Nicole