With the nicer temperatures and snow-free pavement finally showing up, more and more people are looking to take their exercise routine outdoors. Biking is a great way to get in better shape, offering a cardio workout and improved leg strength all at once! This past weekend, I took to the trails and found it to be just what I needed to shake up my routine. When you get out there on the road or trail, there are a couple things you should take into account.
Which bike is right for you?
Determining which type of bike is right for you can be a bit intimidating. Recumbent bikes, mountain bikes, road bikes, and hybrid bikes are just some of the options available on the market. So what bike is best?
It really depends on the terrain you spend the majority of your time riding. If you plan to spend any time on off-road or gravel trails, a road bike is not the best option for you. These bikes have small-diameter tires and are meant for the pavement. So get yourself a mountain bike if you’re riding on rugged trails.
A hybrid is typically the best option for most individuals as it allows you to travel safely on and off pavement. This bike style has a medium-diameter tire with smoother treads in the center and a deeper tread on the edges that gives you a bit more traction.
You don’t need to get all the bells and whistles to head out and ride. However, there are a few essential accessories I wouldn’t go without.
- A high-quality, well-fitting helmet
- Front and rear lights, especially if you plan on riding at dawn or dusk
- Small under-the-seat bag (to help store items in points 4 & 5)
- Personal identification, so that if an accident occurs, the response teams can get ahold of your family
- Cell phone to help deal with flat tires, broken chains, bent rims, bad weather; in the case of an emergency, a cell phone can connect you with help fast
In Part II, I’ll discuss how to optimize your workout time while on a bike. Do you have any essential gear that I missed? Comment below!