Spring is here, and the time for touring has begun. Before you and your bike head out for a few days of adventure, however, consider these tips to ensure a good time:
Meals. Try to schedule your meals around the time that everyone does not. This will save you time waiting in line for some grub after a long, hard day on the road. Plan accordingly, and make sure you don’t find yourself starving at the same time as everyone else.
An extra key. A spare key could be the difference between a slight inconvenience and a massive problem. Storing a spare somewhere on your bike is the best option. If you keep it on your person, it can easily get lost or stolen along with your other personal items.
Weather radio. No touring rider should be without a weather radio. These little wonders can save you from being stuck inside the storm of the century. The investment is small, around $20, and it will protect you from all kinds of possible disaster.
Stay hydrated. Feeling thirsty is the first sign of dehydration, so listen to your body and stop for a drink. This is especially important in hot, dry climates. Try using a backpack hydration system that allows you to sip while you ride.
Organize. Nothing is more annoying that arriving at your destination only to rifle through your collection of papers trying to find that hotel confirmation. Instead, invest in a little organization before you leave home. Arrange documents by day; put them each in separate envelopes, and label them accordingly.
Earplugs. Riders need to be careful about hearing damage, especially when riding long distances. Be sure you have quality earplugs to protect yourself. Purchasing the same kind construction workers use is best, since these keep ears protected from the noise of heavy machinery. Remember to bring a spare pair as well.
Bungee cords. These always seem to come in handy. Rarely does a rider think he should have traveled with fewer bungee cords. Adding a couple extra to your supply can save you hassle down the road.
Money. Store some spare cash somewhere on your bike. In a world where plastic is king, this is often overlooked and can have rather unpleasant consequences when cards are lost, stolen, or simply unaccepted. If you have to tap into your emergency cash supply while on the road, be sure to replenish it at the next stop.
Gear. Investing in quality gear can save you from uncomfortable situations as well as possible injury. Make sure your gear resists a range of weather conditions and is durable enough to keep you protected in case of an accident.
GPS. It may be tempting to brave the open road with only a paper map in hand, but numerous wrong turns and constantly pulling over to glance at the map can get old quickly. Traveling with a GPS can help you focus on adventure rather than directions.
Being properly prepared for any circumstance can ensure the most enjoyment on the open road. If you are injured, however, Ohio Injury Law can help. Contact us for a free consultation.