You aren’t alone.
It may seem like there’s so much to do before going on a bike tour but you really just need to remember a few key things so that you don’t end up sunburnt, broken down, and bleeding from the leg.
Always remember that it’s always better to be safe than sorry, and you never know what kinds of animals may be lurking at night in the woods you passed during the daytime. Bringing full water bottles is kind of an unwritten law – there’s no need to run the risk of getting overheated or worse, dehydrated.
When going on a bike tour, you can’t count on there being a store for you to pick a drink up. On some bike tours, you can go for miles without seeing a single business, so beware! Put ice in your bottle too, so that way even if you run out, the ice will melt and will give you a bit more water.
Kits such as patch kits and first-aid kits are also necessary. Patch kits generally cost no more than five dollars and will be put to very good use. As far as first-aid kits go, they should cost no more than twenty dollars.
You won’t need a 700 piece first-aid kit for a bike tour, but you can’t just go with a few band-aids and expect to be completely prepared for everything life will toss at you.
Flashlights and headlamps are great assets for overnight bike tours and should cost no more than fifteen dollars for both of them. An extra pump and other tools are greatly recommended.
Maps and sun protection items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, and such will keep you on track and allow you to get tan instead of burnt and lost.
Be sure to bring all of your medications with you in a plastic container or little baggie that can be sealed shut. Any toiletries that you may need – including toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, Aloe Vera, etc., should be wrapped in a plastic bag to prevent any spillage.
Bug spray will prove to be very useful depending on where your bike tour takes you.
In order to be completely prepared for all sorts of weather conditions, you should wear layered clothes. Make sure you bring clothes you can wear after your bike ride. Extra bike shorts – one padded, one not – will help you stay clean and dry throughout the entire tour.
Be sure to bring a small amount of laundry detergent or soap so that you can wash your clothes. Lightweight windbreakers or rain jackets are great for the unpredictable ways of good old Mother Nature.
If you’re going overnight, equipment for camping is required. Things such as a tent, a sleeping bag, a pillow, a plate set fit for camping, and other cooking tools will be useful.
When going on bike tours, always make sure to bring food that won’t go bad if it isn’t refrigerated.
Cold cuts and hot dogs are okay as long as they’re kept in a cooler, but having things like granola bars and peanut butter are most definitely the way to go.
Duct Tape, tire levers and patch kit, spare tube and tire. Allen wrenches, a chain tool, small vice-grips, zip ties, chain lube, air pump.
Consider bringing a shower cap to put over the saddle every night to keep off both dew and rain.
You don’t want to start your cycling day by hopping on a wet saddle!
Most of all – have fun!