Are you are often on your bike and a shorter ride turns into a longer one? This happens to me often. I just love being out there riding. Biking to and from work may be the main reason you peddle your bike. Hopefully, you also enjoy recreational bike rides it also and exploring new places as well.
Downtown or in a busier city, with all the activity, lights and places to stop and get a coffee or water, offers excitement around every turn. But when you need a little more room to breathe an adventure beyond city limits is waiting for you! There is so much to see out there and let me tell you it is amazing!
Before you take off on this wonderful adventure there are a few items I’d like you to think about bringing with you that will help you and offer you comfort. Carrying these items will give you the means to keep you and your bike going.
Water & Food
I recommend bringing an extra water bottle or two when going for longer rides. Please try not to forget to drink water. It is so important to keep your body hydrated. I installed an extra water bottle cage on my frame. I also picked up some extra tall water bottles for these longer biking adventures. I also add an electrolyte powder for flavor and for the benefit of the electrolytes too.
Food might not be too big of concern pending how far your adventure is taking you or you may want to pack a meal and have a picnic on your journey (read more about biking picnic). I think it is a good idea just to throw a couple of quality bars and some nuts into your saddlebag then they are there if you need them. Always good to have if you are feeling low on energy, a granola bar or nuts will help give you the energy boost. Just remember to drink water with your snack.
Ladies ~ All this water and we are out in the county on an adventure, grab some toilet paper before you leave home. I like to use travel Kleenex tissues. Then it stays nice and clean in the package.
Your Identification & And Some Money
Everyone should always carry personal identification this is just a given. Especially in case of the worst possible scenario happens. Carrying ID can help the police or hospital staff verify your identity if you’re involved in an accident. Also, if you have any medical conditions I urge you to carry a means to communicate them to anyone who may need to come to your aid.
It is nice to have some cash and your debit/ATM card can get you out of all sorts of problems. There could be a situation where you can no longer ride your bike, you’ll be thankful that you can pay for an Uber or public transit to get you home. And you never know what you may find for sale on those country roads.
The best country roads/bike trail system in my opinion that I have ridden on it is the Root River Bike Trail in Lanesboro Minnesota. Bringing cash and having saddlebags on your bike is a must if you like fresh jam, honey, bread and so much more. Check it out here
Should You Take Your Cell Phone With?
I know this may be a bit controversial as some of us ride our bikes for that sense of freedom and having a cell phone with is really not “unplugging”. But it is really good to have with you in case you get lost or hurt. Your phone can get you out of all sorts of difficulties.
You can even use your phone to store emergency contacts and medical information. You are able to set your phone so this medical information is available without it having to be unlocked. Learn how to set up your iPhone here.
Plus you never know what you might see out there during your ride! Your phone is an awesome way to take pictures you never want to forget or the proof of an accident you wish never happened.
Basic Repair And Maintenance Kit, For The Bike And Yourself
Getting a flat tire while you’re on your bike is a concern. You never know where or when it’s going to happen and you may end up having to call for help or be stuck walking your bike home. Carrying a bike tire puncture kit on your bike or in your bag can help get you to fix your flat and get you back on your adventure.
The basic supplies you should have in your kit include a spare inner tube, tire levers, patch kit, mini-pump, and a folding multi-tool. Even if you’re unsure how to patch a flat tire or make the necessary adjustments having the tools could mean a good passerby can help you out.
Also having a small first aid kit with in the event of a wipeout is very nice to have!
If you would like to learn more about how to make repairs to your bike please check out this DIY video tutorial series completely on bike repair here. I have it and have learned an incredible amount on how to repair and maintain my bike.
Pack your bike safety kit and fill your water bottles, your adventure awaits you!! I am so excited for you to go to your “out of town” bike riding adventure!!