5 Top Tips for Bike Rides this Summer
Are you ready to hit the road?
With summer fast approaching, your customers may be planning some bike trips out of town, and beyond. But do they have everything you need to hit the road?
Here's our guide on how to best prepare for summer cycling adventures, plus some Wild + Wolf products that all bike riders will fall in love with!
1. Plan your route
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?
2. Roll on the snacks
...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:
- For a 20 mile bike ride, you should be ok with just a bottle of water - as long as you've eaten a good breakfast before heading off. In warmer weather, consider adding an electrolyte tablet to your water. This will replace any lost salts through sweat and stop you dehydrating. (Looking for a water bottle? We recommend our Ted Baker Gunmetal Hexagonal Lid Water Bottle).
- For a 50 mile bike road or more, consider bringing a mixture of carbohydrates, protein and fatty foods. Some good carbohydrates to consider are sweet potato, porridge & rice.When selecting your protein, look for lean meats such as chicken or turkey, or lentils/chickpeas. Nuts, seeds and oily fish are all good for your fat intake.
3. Think comfort
It's so important to consider the right clothes when cycling - particularly in the summer heat.
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!
4. Be prepared
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.
5. Discover something new
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?