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Five Pieces of Equipment to Have For This Road Biking Season 6

Posted on April 02, 2016 by Brooke Chaplan

Road BikingEnsuring your road biking checklist is complete and well thought out could mean a more enjoyable bike trek, if not a life-saver. As road biking season heats up, remember to find the right equipment and keep these items in mind. Here are just a few essentials you’ll want to consider packing for your next ride.

WATER
Experienced riders pack up to a gallon of water, but you’ll need a way to refill when you run out. Plastic bottles are durable, easy to carry, and many include built-in filters that remove sediment from untreated water, ensuring an endless supply. Try to plan a course that puts you near parks with drinking fountains or gas stations that offer free water. You can also get a lot of water on your rides by making use of camelbaks.

CALORIES
Your body needs calories to stay active, and since cycling burns them at a faster rate, stockpiling as many calorie rich foods as you can might be a good idea. Fruit is a great source of energy because your body stores them for longer periods of time and essentially burns them slower, allowing them to power your body longer. Nuts are easy to carry and an excellent source of carbs and protein. Be sure to have some form of electrolytes on hand for your journey as well. This could be in powder form for drinks or as part of your snacks. Read the rest of this entry →

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