OT - Tone-up Tuesday
It's a Tubby Tuesday for me. Insomnia has me tightly in its grasp and I'm struggling to maintain my focus and energy.
Who likes cycling? It's Spring and everything is coming alive (well, it some parts of the country...). Cruise the neighborhood or local nature trail and check out Mother Nature awakening from her Winter sleep.
If you plan to bike and camp or simply take a picnic, make sure your bike can handle the load. Did you know that bikes have a weight limit? The maximum weight capacity for a 20-inch bike is 150 pounds. For a 24 or 26-inch bike, the max is 250 pounds. Some have a higher weight capacity, so check out the limits for your particular bike. A couple of brands that carry bikes for the bigger rider are Cannondale and Trek.
Additional equipment to have:
- a helmet
At some point, you're going to fall. You're tired, a car cuts you off, a dog runs in front of you, you hit loose gravel...
- water bottle and bottle cage
Your body is an engine and engines need lube. Stay hydrated!
- basic tools including pump and spare tube, chain oil
You're 37 miles into your ride through the countryside and you get a flat. Do you really wanna push your bike aaaall the way back to your car?
Gloves soak up sweat and allow you to maintain a safe grip on the handlebars. Padded palms provide extra comfort and cushion your hands from the bike's vibrations. (I had some fancy tape on my handlebars that caused my hands to blister!)
- Don't forget your bike lock!