Trying things out for the first time is always tricky, there’s no doubt about that. So if you’re new to biking and you’re just not sure what it is you’re supposed to even prepare for that first ride, fear not for we have come up with a list of items to help you along the way! We’ve categorized the items into three simple parts to help you remember better.
Now, to start off, you’re going to need to have the essentials—the most important items that any cyclist should have on, or prepared for when the time comes.
- Helmet – Safety always comes first. Always keep this on in case of any accidents to, of course, protect your head.
- Gloves – Yes, you read right, you need gloves. Use a pair whenever you go on your rides, it allows for a better grip on the handlebars and protects your hands from callouses and blisters.
- Sunglasses – Protect your eyes not only from the dirt and dust out there, but from the UV radiation as well. Keep your eyes safe rather than risk going blind, right?
- Rubber shoes/cycling shoes – If you’re only just getting into cycling, it’s alright to start off with your normal rubber shoes, however the more you get into the sport, you may find that cycling shoes may be a better fit as they are designed to be comfortable and snug on the bike pedal.
For your health, there are a few things necessary to help you survive the rough workout.
- Water bottle or hydration pack – The main purpose of this is to keep you from dehydrating after biking under the sweltering heat of the sun. Keep as accessible as you can while you ride so you can refresh when necessary.
- Snacks – Proper nutrition is crucial for your body to maintain energy, so keep those carbohydrates around. Pack things easy to eat like trail mix, energy bars, or peanut butter sandwiches.
- First aid kit – You’ll never know when you’ll get injured. It’s always best to be prepared! Add wet wipes to the kit in case you get dirt or grease on your body.
- Sunblock – It can get pretty hot out. To avoid burns, apply sunblock before going out for a ride. It doesn’t hurt to pack a small tube of sunblock as well if the trip is long.
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