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Are you ready to hit the road?
With summer fast approaching, you may be planning some bike trips out of town, and beyond. But do you really have everything you need to hit the road?
Here are our suggestions on how to best prepare for your cycling adventures this summer...
When you're heading out on your bike, the last thing you want to do is constantly stop and check Google Maps. So before you set out, take a little time to map out your route. Consider both yourself and your bike. What terrains/roads do you feel comfortable with, and which are best avoided?
We recommend checking out this journey planner from Cycling UK for bike rides across the UK. On top of advising the best route, it gives you useful information on journey time, distance, calories lost, quietness, and the amount of C02 avoided.
...or don't. Depending on how long your bike ride is, make sure to have enough fuel to get you there and back.
According to Cycling UK:
Read more cycling dietary advice & information here.
It's so important to consider the right clothes when cycling - particularly in the summer heat.
For those longer journeys, Cycling UK recommends wearing the simple, comfortable combination of padded shorts and a jersey. For accessories, consider getting a lightweight, waterproof jacket, and perhaps arm and leg warmers to fend off the morning chill. Don't forget to pack a good pair of sunglasses and plenty of sun cream, too!
To protect against chafing and other forms of discomfort on the road, we recommend our Easy Rider Cyclist's Kit by Gentlemen's Hardware. The combination of Chamois Cream, 3-in-one Wash and Lip Salve should help keep you comfortable on those longer trips!
Bikes do sometimes need some love and attention - so be prepared to be your own bike mechanic! Look into having a good bike tool kit to use from home, as well as a repair kit for the road for those quick repairs.
For a complete tool kit, check out our Gentlemen's Hardware Bicycle Tool Kit. For handy puncture repairs on the road, our Gentlemen's Hardware Bicycle Repair Kit should have you back on your bike in no time.
If you feel like you've already seen and done most of the routes in your area, check out some of the national cycle routes the UK has to offer. From the Camel Trail in Cornwall to the Cuckoo Trail in Sussex, there are plenty of amazing cycling routes to discover. You can find a list of 10 great cycling routes here. There's plenty to choose from, so hopefully you'll find a route that's not too far from you. And why not write up a bucket list for the summers to come?