Bikes July 28, 2019 If cycling is a part of your workout routine, you may have a pre-ride routine that includes pumping your tires filling your water bottles and packing a couple of energy bars or having a bite to eat. But it’s not a bad idea to get into a habit of doing a quick safety check to make sure your bike is in good condition as well. Related: The Best Road Bikes 2019 for the Money Reviews Bikes, although pretty simple, can be finicky machines to maintain. Minor wear and tear can add up and over time it could cause mechanical failure. To avoid having a breakdown out in the middle of nowhere (or somewhere you’d rather not be) take a minute to run through a quick pre-ride checklist and make sure you have what you need for a safe and enjoyable ride. These are a few of the items you should consider taking on a long bike ride. Related: Best Winter Cycling Gloves in 2019 Reviews Most emergency gear will fit easily in a special bag that attaches under your bicycle seat. These bags are sold at bike shops and come in a variety of sizes and styles. Safety and Emergency Repair Checklist Properly fitting helmet Giro Savant Road Bike Helmet Sunglasses or other eye protection Oakley Men’s Jawbreaker Shield Sunglasses Pump (consider a pump frame that attaches to the bike) Pro Bike Tool Mini Bike Pump Patch kit or spare tube RocRide 16-PC Inner Tube Patch Bicycle Repair Kit Toolkit for basic repairs, including wrenches that fit your bicycle Bikehand Bike Bicycle Repair Tools Tool Kit Set Rain gear VXAR Rain Shoe Cover Waterproof Overshoe BTR High Visibility Universal/Bicycle Waterproof Helmet Cover Stansport Commercial Rainsuit Your driver’s license or other ID, plus an emergency contact person and medical information First aid kit Coleman Camping First Aid Kit an All Purpose, 205-Pieces Reflectors and flashing rear safety light Related: The Best Commuter Bike Lights: LED Front Lights for Safer Cycling Cycle Torch Shark 500 USB Rechargeable Bike Light – Headlight & Tail Light Set- Fits All Bicycles, Hybrid, Road, MTB Brightly-colored clothing to improve visibilityA few dollars for emergencies Make sure you know how to repair a flat tire and practice at home before you need to do it on the road. Most bike shops offer classes on basic bike repair. Biking Comfort and Clothing Checklist Padded gloves to reduce pressure and “road shock,” which can cause numb or tingling fingers HTZPLOO Bike Gloves Bicycle Gloves Bike shoes with firm soles make pedaling more efficient. Related: The Best Lightweight Road Cycling Shoes Reviews Giro Empire Acc Road Cycling Shoes Bike shorts with a padded lining eliminate seams and make cycling more comfortable. sponeed Men’s Cycling Shorts Padded Bicycle Riding Pants Bike Biking Clothes Cycle Wear Tights Anatomic bike seat. Bicycle seats (saddles) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. To find the best one for you, try several types. Most Comfortable Bike Seat Jacket to block wind and rain. Beyove Women’s Lightweight Rain Jacket Active Outdoor Waterproof Packable Hooded Raincoat Arm warmers, leg warmers, extra clothing as appropriateClothing that wicks moisture will keep you dry and comfortable.Sunscreen Australian Gold Spray Gel Sunscreen, Moisture Max, Infused with Aloe Vera, Broad Spectrum, Water Resistant lip balm with sun protection SPF 30 Mango Lip Balm – Lip Protection- Paraben Free Sunscreen Protection Lip Care Many cyclists use clipless pedals that allow cycling shoes to lock into place. A simple twist of the foot releases the shoe from the pedal. Clipless pedals allow cyclists to pull up as well as push down on the pedals and create a much more efficient pedal stroke and faster speeds. Other Essentials Checklist Map or cue sheet or good directions Garmin Edge 820 Bike GPS – International Version Energy foods, snacks or extra cash Nuun Performance Hydration: Blueberry Strawberry, Individual Pouch Adequate water and water bottle cage or hydration pack SKRATCH LABS Sport Hydration Drink Mix, Lemon Lime (15.5 oz, 20 servings) – Natural Electrolyte Powder Developed for Athletes and Sports Performance, Gluten Pre-Ride Safety Inspection Before each ride, perform a safety check of your bicycle. This only needs to take a minute or two but will help prevent avoidable accidents. Check the tires for proper inflation (marked on the side of the tire). Check the tire treads for excessive wear or other damage, such as embedded glass or other objects.Check the brakes. Spin the wheels to check for rubbing and then apply the brakes to ensure they stop the bike smoothly and evenly. Check the brake pads for excessive wear.Check the cables and housing to make sure there is no fraying or splitting.Check the wheel quick-release levers to ensure they are secure.Check for any loose parts or other mechanical problems.Do a slow-speed ride and inspect bicycle, brakes, and shifting before you leave your driveway. Following these guidelines will go a long way to enjoying your bike rides and will often help you prevent unexpected incidents or a long walk home.