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There's a lot to think about when preparing for a long bike ride, especially when you normally just ride around the block. The first thing to check is that your bike is in good condition and maintenance. You do not want something to go wrong when you are far from home. Having a routine fix-up session and being competent with basic bike maintenance can go a long way. You may also want to bring a patch kit and a bike bump: The most common problem is that you will get a flat tire. If you have a patch kit (or a spare inner tube), you can fix or change the tube on the road without causing yourself too much inconvenience.

It's also important to eat and drink right before ride as well as during your ride. Do not forget to eat beforehand: You will need the calories for energy. It's also a good idea to bring at least one full water bottle. Any good ride will cause you to sweat a lot, and not replacing this lost water is dangerous. Most bikes have one or two water bottle cages on the inside of the frame. Other people prefer a CamelBak or other hydration backup where you can carry a large amount of water on your back which is easily drinkable through a tube. It's also a good idea to plan your route ahead of time. With the easy availability of sites like Google Maps, there's no excuse for biking into an area where you may get lost. You may also want to keep in touch: This can mean bringing your phone in order to call and text with friends, but it can also be valuable if you need to call for assistance. With the proper preparation, you can be assured of having a great ride!

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Source by Jim Tonkins