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Two Things You Need on a Long Distance Bicycle Tour

In 2016, I was riding from Lubbock, Texas to Pensacola, Florida. It was a long and challenging ride, but I was having a great time. One day, I was about 10 miles into an 80-mile day when I broke a spoke. I was in a very secluded area, and I didn't see another cyclist or car for hours. But I was prepared. I had the gear I needed and the knowledge to fix my spoke. Without it, my ride would have ended on day 2. This experience taught me two important things that are essential for any long distance cyclist: basic bicycle repair knowledge and a positive attitude. Basic Bicycle Repair Knowledge Even if you are a seasoned cyclist, you are bound to encounter some mechanical problems on a long distance tour. You may be far away from home and bike shops, so it is important to be able to fix basic problems yourself. Here are a few things you should know how to do: Change a tire Fix a broken chain Adjust your brakes and gears True your wheels Replace a cable Replace a broken spoke You c

Your First Multi-Day Bicycle Tour: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

Riding a multi-day bicycle tour can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also raise a lot of questions for those who are doing it for the first time. Whether you're riding solo or with a group, here are some answers to commonly asked questions about multi-day tours on a bicycle: How do I pack for a multi-day bicycle tour? Packing for a multi-day tour requires a bit of planning and strategy. You'll want to pack lightweight, durable, and versatile clothing that can be layered for changing weather conditions. Bring along essential tools, bike repair supplies, and extra tubes in case of flat tires. Don't forget to pack toiletries, sunscreen, and insect repellent. I make a list days before the tour and I have a place to lay everything out and check it off the list. I am not going to give you my list because everyone has different needs but I will tell you this, the weight you are going to be carrying on your bike will be more than you probably are used to.

Senior Cycling Vacations

As people age, they often seek out new experiences and opportunities to maintain their physical and mental well-being. Cycling is one activity that is gaining popularity among seniors because it offers a low-impact exercise that can improve cardiovascular health, muscle strength, and balance. Senior cycling vacations are becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. In this blog post, we will explore why senior cycling vacations are an excellent choice for seniors looking to stay active and have fun. Benefits of Cycling for Seniors Cycling is an excellent low-impact exercise that is ideal for seniors who may have joint issues or other health concerns. Here are some of the benefits of cycling for seniors: Improved cardiovascular health: Cycling is a great way to improve cardiovascular health, which is especially important for seniors. Regular cycling can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems. Cycling is an aerobic exercise that gets the heart

Tips for Cycling as an Older Adult from a 50-Year Cyclist

As someone who has been cycling for over 50 years, I have gained firsthand experience of the numerous physical and mental benefits that it can offer. Cycling improves cardiovascular health and reducing stress and anxiety. Cycling is an excellent form of exercise that can help older adults stay active and healthy. However, I also understand that cycling can be a challenging activity, particularly as we age. It may require some extra support and guidance to continue cycling and pursue our goals. That's why I'm here to offer my expertise and support to those who may be facing challenges in cycling. As an experienced cyclist, I know the importance of setting realistic goals and finding a supportive community that can help you stay motivated and inspired. Additionally, addressing physical limitations, such as joint pain and reduced flexibility, is crucial for safe and comfortable cycling. I have faced such challenges myself and have found that physical therapy and other strateg