Biking Trip Essentials to Improve the Ride!


Be Prepared For Your Next Outdoor Adventure!

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Outdoor Mountain Bikesmedia by JC

I am sure there are many items you can bring on a bike trip, and the list can be altered based on who you have accompanying you. If my young kids are on the journey, we pack a little heavier, expanding our essential list. For the sake of this article, we will keep this list to the bare minimum as these I consider must-have items.

Starting with safety, my first most important item is my helmet. Now that I am in the electric bike game, I am hitting speeds my previous non-electric bike has never achieved. It is just a matter of time before I end up on someone’s windshield! I settled upon this item from Smart4U with built-in brake light.
Smart4U Commuter Helmetmedia by JC

As mentioned before, depending on who is on this little “bike ride” depends on what I bring. In most cases, this backpack cooler is worth its weight in gold (or beverages, as it were). It allows me to bring food and drinks internally, extras like keys, a wallet, and possibly a portable speaker. I invested in this offering from Lifetouch (No longer available).
Lifetouch Cooler Backpackmedia by JC

I can vouch there are a million good backpack coolers for purchase. Find one that is comfortable and well padded in the strap area, as it will make for a much more enjoyable ride.

For the category of just in case, it is best to have a set of tools and a bike pump. If you are like me, you might like something automatic/battery-powered. This pump has come in handy numerous times, including the slow leak in my car’s tire. You set the desired tire pressure, and the unit will not exceed this. The internal battery will ensure enough juice for multiple jobs.
Battery Powered Pumpmedia by JC

No trip would be complete without recording this on my fitness tracker, my apple watch. I have touted this little sensation in previous articles.

I Love My Apple Watch- But Do I Fully Utilize It?
Too many possibilities!

With my watch comes the need to bring my phone with me as my guide and an additional heads-up display. We needed a few bike phone holders to hold the phone securely. The elastic bands fasten the phone in place without moving.
Phone Holdermedia by JC

Naturally, any good bike trip involves many “tunes”! If you want to entertain a group, you can do no wrong with the JBL Flip 5 speakers. Available in a plethora of colors, they are very portable and competent, as I have described in this article:

I Put My Small JBL FLIP 5 Through Its Paces!
It was tested, and it came through with flying colors!

If you aren’t looking to share your music with the outside world yet still wish to hear the outside world without getting yourself creamed by oncoming traffic, this is the way. Purchase a pair of bone conduction headphones from Shokz.

Open Ear (Bone-Conduction) Headphones- "My Experience"
There is a need to hear the outside world- sometimes!

These are items I bring on most of my bike trips. I am interested in seeing if there are other items out there people might deem essential, and I may expand this list. It is important to get out there and utilize this beautiful weather while we still have it!

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