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The cycling essentials for a 70km bike ride
Looks like the weekend’s perfect temperature is here to stay for a few more days!
This year, you have decided to end the season on a high note by planning a 70 km trip, nothing less. The excitement kicks in and you hurry to get ready for your ride.
To make the most of it, it is essential to pay attention to the following three elements:
First of all, it is strongly recommended that you bring a puncture repair kit to avoid making a distress call to your loved ones or hitchhiking by the side of the road. Inside this kit, you must absolutely find the three following tools:
1. An inner tube to replace the broken one.
2. Pumps are also essential. There are two options available to you: a mechanical pump such as the Specialized Air Tool Switch Sport pump or a pump using CO2 cartridges such as the Air Tool VTT Mini CO2. Ah, you will also need good arm muscles.
3. Parktool type hex wrenches can become your best friend, especially early in the season, as they allow you to complete the final adjustments to your position for optimal results. Oh and also, don't forget to keep smiling. It seems that it makes you pedal faster!
Subsequently, choosing the adequate type of route and the itinerary is particularly important. Would you rather climb mountains worthy of a pro rider, break a time record, or enjoy the fresh air while pedaling? Once this choice has been made, it is now time to determine your itinerary. To plan your route, you may use a software such as Strava which allows you to see the positive elevation gain. If, like us, you still don't know where North or South is and your Scouting lessons weren't successful, it is possible to record the trip in your Garmin cyclometer, for example. This way, you will avoid unnecessary prolongation of your 70 km bike ride.
Finally, with the excitement of the last outings of the season, we sometimes forget an important cycling component: warming up. Indeed, this is essential to avoid injuries. We encourage you to choose a gear that allows you to maintain good flexibility while increasing the effort gradually. Try to pedal as much as possible with low resistance for about 15 to 30 minutes depending on how your legs feel. If your level of fatigue is high, it is very important that you warm up.
You now have the essential tools to make the most of your 70 km fall ride, enjoy!