Cycling in the countryside can be a wonderful adventure or a nightmarish experience. While you cannot predict everything that happens in a bike ride, you can at least take care of the things you can control to ensure that you will have a pleasant and memorable biking adventure in the beautiful countryside.
- Choose a route appropriate for your biking skill and level of fitness. Pick an easy route if you are a novice or beginner or have not been on a long bike ride for some time.
- Use an appropriate bike ride noting the type of route and terrain.
- Conduct a maintenance and safety check before setting out. Make sure that the bicycle is well-maintained and have all the necessary safety equipment.
- Bring at least the basic repair tools and first aid kit.
- Check the weather and anticipate sudden changes by bringing a waterproof jacket or appropriate rain gear.
- Make sure that the bike lights are working.
- Stay on the bike path or trail and be aware of the traffic not matter how little of it you may find in the countryside.
- If on a self-guided biking tour, inform a family member or friend about your plans. Provide a detailed itinerary and the time you are expected back.
- Wear appropriate clothing and other protective gear.
- Use sunscreen, sunglasses and helmet or hat.
- Smile and chat with locals and other riders.
- Lend a hand to other cyclists who may need help repairing a broken bike part.
- Lock your bike if you have to leave it for a while to eat or other reasons.
- Be friendly but keep your guard up. Be wary of scams.
- Cruise along at your own pace. Enjoy the scenery and the feel of pedaling on roads and paths surrounded by the stunning beauty of the countryside.
- Don’t leave any trash along the way
- Don’t ride on trails not marked or designated for biking.
- Don’t disturb animals or wildlife you may encounter in forest or woodland trails.
- Don’t ride drunk