What to bring on a long day of biking.

 

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Summer in Victoria has hit early.  This means beautiful sunny days with sun from 5:00am until 9:00pm.  Cheers have been heard from cyclists about getting on the road and having full day adventures.  The only question is: what do you bring on a bike ride?

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Essentials

You should be carrying a flat tire repair kit (our shop provides a new tube and levers), pump, map, water, snacks, and of course a helmet (which CycleTreks also provides).  Also your favorite brand of sun screen.

 

How much water should I bring?

Due to the heat of the summer, you should try to drink one water bottle (around 500mL) of water per hour you are on a bike. If you are sweating a lot a way to prevent dehydration is to put electrolytes in your water bottle.  Solutions like Nuun tablets, or Gatorade work well.

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However, don’t think you have to pack a handful of water bottles on a trip.  Bring two for a long ride and you can fill up at water stations along the cycling only trails in Victoria—The Galloping Goose and Lochside Trail—or at any café/restaurants along your way.  All Victorians are more than happy to fill up cyclist’s water bottles free of charge.

 

What snacks should I bring?

Snacks like granola bars, trail mixes, and bananas are excellent.  Try one serving every hour of your bike ride.  Brands like Cliff Bars, Luna Bars are great and commonly used by cyclists.  Candy is also great to bring as it provides sugar to keep you going.  Who can argue with a reason to eat more candy?

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However, don’t think you have to pack a handful of water bottles on a trip.  Bring two for a long ride and you can fill up at water stations along the cycling only trails in Victoria—The Galloping Goose and Lochside Trail—or at any café/restaurants along your way.  All Victorians are more than happy to fill up cyclist’s water bottles free of charge.