Knowing and using good cornering techniques can be the difference in experiencing a thrilling downhill or frightful descent. Some factors in cornering include anticipating the corner, observing road conditions, speed, weight shift, body position and posture, pedaling, shifting, and braking. Riding consistent is also key and this means taking corners in the same manner when riding with others.
To avoid getting stranded on a ride, there are some basic tools to carry. The number of tools to carry depends on factors such as distance, riding conditions, number of cyclists, etc.
SPARE TUBE(S) & PATCH KIT: A flat tire is the most common issue that cyclists face, so having a spare tube or two and/or a patch kit could solve a blow out or a puncture.
Having two or three tire levers undoubtedly will help you remove the tire from the wheel. The number of levers can depend on your rim depth and hand strength.
BIKE PUMP, CO2 CARTRIDGE, & ADAPTOR:
A micro hand pump and/or CO2 cartridge with adaptor don’t take up much space. You will be glad you have these on hand if a tire is low or flat. Check out various types of adaptors as some you can control air flow. A koozy is recommended for the CO2 cartridge as it becomes quite cold.
Packing a multi-tool can solve many repairs. Some features to include are:
• a variety of hex/Allen wrenches
• a chain tool
• a Phillips screwdriver
• a flathead screwdriver
Having these tools on hand could prevent some riding mishaps.
Finding healthful, nutritious, and simple recipes for cycling can be challenging, but to get started, see bicycling.com and susanstable.com. From there, you could explore allrecipes.com, epicurious.com, or other generic recipe sites. Knowing some basic nutrition and your fitness goals is helpful in choosing recipes. Endurance riding requires different fueling than does sprinting. Also, understanding your personal health needs contributes to selecting various ingredients in recipes (e.g. lactose intolerant, gluten-free, diabetes, etc.). Although many commercially-produced products offer convenience, ease-of-use, and long shelf life, they may not measure up to homemade nutrition bars, snacks, or meals that are easy to make and store.
There is so much nutrition, food, and cooking advice that it is hard to know what or who to follow. Several trusted sources for cyclists, specifically, are bicycling.com and cyclingweekly.com. These articles discuss general nutrition along with pre-, during, and post-riding nutrition recommendations. Also addressed are carbs, protein, fat, glucose, sodium, vitamins, minerals, caffeine, and more. Other cyclist food concerns are covered: amount, frequency, and type of food to be eaten. If you are interested in clean eating, paleo foods, vegan, or other types of food philosophies, they are all briefly covered on these sites.