When October draws in, there’s no mistaking it – summer is over and fall is in full swing. Although you might miss the long, lazy days of summer spent blissfully by the beach or pool, the season still offers a wealth of opportunities to get outside and enjoy everything your parks have to offer.
And during the fall, nothing is more fun than biking. Whether you are just learning to ride or are an avid cyclist, you can enjoy yourself, get some exercise and view the wonders of the outdoors in one fell swoop. Here are a couple of tips to help you fully enjoy the biking experience.
- Pack for bad weather. Fall weather can be erratic – clear days can become cloudy quickly, and you don’t want to be caught in a t-shirt in the middle of a forest if it rains. Similarly, warm clothes are essential; try layering your gear so you can remove it bit by bit as you warm up, or cover up if temperatures start to dip.
- If you’re a hard-core biker, make sure you have the appropriate insurance. This includes health insurance and any cancellation covers you might require. Chances are, your trip will go ahead without a hitch, but it’s important that you are prepared should you be injured.
- Take a puncture repair kit – and learn how to use it! Even the most experienced bikers sometimes suffer from flat tires, so make sure you have the appropriate repair equipment before you set out into the wilderness. It is also imperative that you check the health of your bike before you embark on your trip to make sure everything is working as it should – i.e. your brakes.
- Get your gloves out. The chilly wind can make your hands feel cold and chapped, so invest in some biking gloves; you’ll enjoy the experience so much more.
Don’t stay inside this fall; make the most of the cooler weather and enjoy the nation’s parks without all the summer tourists by grabbing your bike and helmet and going for a ride.