Ready to ride?
Ready to ride?
You know the scenario. The full membership of the Sunday morning chaingang is waiting at the end of the driveway, and you’re still in the garage, frantically pulling on shoes, overshoes and gloves, conducting a last minute check of tyre pressures, thrusting bottles into cages, and twisting your Garmin into place ready to…
Wait. No Garmin. No energy gels, either. And your wallet’s in the living room. The air turns blue. Walking back through the house with your cycling shoes on is more than your life is worth. You collapse into an old deck chair and begin to wrestle with overshoes, resigned to the certainty of a long and potentially fruitless chase back on. By the time you arrive at the cafe, they’ll be leaving.
So how to avoid the crushing feeling of being left behind through your own sheer disorganisation? Starting your preparations earlier will help, but those extra 10 minutes might be monopolised by a significant other with plans for your day, post-ride. A list is the answer, but what to include?
Over the following pages we’ll consider the essential items to include on your ‘ready to ride’ checklist. Without them you’ll be tired, hungry, stranded, lost, or worse. They’re light, easily carried, and will enhance your riding pleasure by at least as much as a carbon wheelset…and cost significantly less than £2,000. Read on our for “ready to ride” essentials, and add your own in the RCUK Forum.