How To Pack Right For A Cycling Trip
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How To Pack Right For A Cycling Trip

  • Highlights

  • Get cycle insurance when you buy a cycle from Bajaj Finserv

  • Get additional personal accident cover of Rs.2 lakh with the cycle insurance policy

  • Wear the right clothing to ensure you’re comfortable during the trip

  • Carry basic tools, camping supplies and a first-aid kit

Pedalling away at a stationary bike is no fun. Instead, a cycling trip is a great way to get rid of the monotony of a sedentary lifestyle while getting your adrenaline pumping. But, a cycle trip shouldn’t be a thoughtless exercise. You must take precautions to ensure you remain safe at all costs.

For example, ensure you buy cycle insurance. If you buy your cycle with financial aid from Bajaj Finserv, for instance, you can purchase this as an add-on. You are protected for a year in case of an accident, if there is a fire or you have been burgled. The policy also comes with a personal accident cover of Rs.2 lakh, which even covers acts of terrorism. Now that your cycle insurance is taken care of, here are a few other essentials you should keep in mind.

Wear comfortable clothing

When you’re cycling for long hours, comfort is key. You don’t want uncomfortable clothing to distract you, so pick short-sleeved shirts that don’t hinder arm movements. Also, make sure you carry the right clothes for the right weather. Carry rain gear and waterproof shoes if you are travelling in the monsoon and wear cycling gloves to protect your hands from chafing.

Check your cycle before your leave

Even if you are riding a new cycle, it is your primary source of movement. If it breaks down, getting help will be a cumbersome process. Make sure an expert gives your cycle a once-over before you take it on the road. Check the air in the tyres, the brakes and bike chain and replace any old, rusty parts.

Tools and spare parts

In the off chance that your cycle breaks down, make sure you are carrying the proper tools with you. Some basic tools you must carry include a spoke wrench, brake cable, extra nuts and bolts, a screwdriver and a rag. Don’t forget to carry a small lock for your bike too.

Camping equipment

If you are cycling through areas where hotels are scarce, you may have to camp overnight. So, carry the appropriate equipment. A sleeping bag is a must, along with a lightweight tent, a small stove to heat food, recyclable cutlery and a small pot to cook in.

Travel essentials

On a cycling trip, remember to carry a water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses and an insect repellent. Also, pack flashlight or headlamp that will provide visibility when the road is dark, and a first-aid kit that will help you tackle minor injuries with ease.

Travelling light, but smart is an art you must master before taking a cycling trip. If you consider these tips before you head out of the door, and you’re sure to have a good time.

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