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Whether you’re new to biking or getting back in the rhythm, it's vital to cover all your bases to have a smooth ride. Depending on the terrain and length of your ride, preparation could make or break your experience. Preparation isn't just the helmet you wear or the route you take. It's also the amount of water you bring, what you eat before your ride, and making sure your tires are inflated to the right pressure. Make the most of your bike rides and maximize your workout with our bike-ready checklist!
It's easy to underestimate how much time your bike ride will take you. It doesn't matter if it's an easy ride or a multi-mile trek. If you're unprepared, it could ruin your ride or leave you dehydrated and feeling unwell. Bike ride preparation is crucial, even if you think your route isn't particularly challenging or it won't take long. Make it easy to get outside without worrying if you have everything you need with a solid checklist.
Every biker knows that water is essential! Always bring more than you think you'll need. When you're exercising, your body needs to replenish fluids for recovery. You'll need more water when it's hot outside and if the route you're taking is long and challenging.
If you're going mountain biking, water is important for altitude changes. Our rule of thumb is to shoot for 16 to 32 ounces per hour. You'll need closer to 32 ounces if it's hot outside, you take on a tough route, or you're pushing yourself. If you need help hydrating, consider bringing fluids with electrolytes (like Gatorade).
Snacks and light meals are great for long bike rides that require a lot of energy. If you're going for a moderate or high-intensity ride that lasts more than an hour, we recommend eating beforehand. Prioritize eating between 30-60 grams of carbohydrates for energy during your ride and minimize the fat and protein with this meal.
For bike rides between one to three hours, bring snacks that are quick and easy to eat while you ride. You'll want to have some carbs, protein, and fat in these snacks. Try bananas, protein bars, or trail mix. Think about bringing sandwiches (like PB&Js) and nutrition bars on three-hour or high-intensity rides. You'll hear a lot about energy gels or chews. We recommend saving those for the last third of your ride when your energy is at its lowest.
Of course, food and snack intake depend on the type of ride and intensity. Listen to your body and eat what gives you energy and helps you with your ride. We recommend bringing a few snacks anyway, just in case.
If you need to drive to get to your route, pack your backpack or other items, but not your bike. When you get to your destination, load your bike while it's still on the bike rack. It's much easier to get set up and make sure you have everything you need while it's in one place, instead of relying on your kickstand. Trust us, we've been there (and we've dropped our stuff everywhere, too).
Right now, hydration backpacks are pretty popular. We recommend hydration backpacks because it keeps your water in one place while still giving you enough space for your other biking essentials. Most bikers like the convenience of a hydration pack because they don't have to stop to get water from their bag. The backpacks (without the bladder) are lightweight and durable so they won't weigh you down during your ride.
If a hydration backpack is too heavy for you, consider a lightweight drawstring bag. You could consider a daypack, but those are geared towards hikers or long-distance bikers. They also tend to be heavy without your stuff inside. We recommend taking whatever backpack is most comfortable for you during your ride that will fit your essentials.
Helmets are arguably the most vital aspect of your bike ride. Under no circumstances should you go without your helmet. You'll need the appropriate helmet depending on the route and terrain you're riding. For casual riding on even terrain, opt for a recreational bike helmet. These helmets offer all-around protection. Go for a mountain biking helmet if you're mountain biking or on uneven terrain. These helmets have more support for the back of your head. Consider a helmet to be non-negotiable!
It’s important to make sure your tires have the right amount of pressure before going on your ride. The correct tire pressure depends on the electric bike you have. On the side of your tire, it tells you how much to inflate your tire. This helps prevent flats and accidents.
The equipment you bring for bike rides shouldn't vary too much, but you should always appropriately plan for the length and terrain. There are lots of other factors, like attire, footwear, and eye protection to consider for your ride. What do you pack for your bike rides? Whether you need some biking essentials or a new bike, stop in Electric Wheels today to check out our selection!
Electric Wheels of Colorado is your trusted source for electric bikes (e-bikes) accessories, parts, and service. We carry only high-quality brands that we trust the supplier, have a path for service and warranties, and have passed our quality checks. Come visit us for a test ride today! Electric Wheels’ mission is “More Miles, More Smiles.” The owners, Todd and Lori Logan hope that Electric Wheels brings to customers a new healthy experience and a new way to enjoy life. Leading to a new way to be grateful for the opportunities to get out and move, breathe fresh air, and SMILE!