Eliminate Unforced Errors with Checklists: Driving to Ride

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cycling pelotonHey, fellow riders! We’ve all been there, haven’t we?

You’re all psyched up for a ride, only to have it ruined by avoidable mistakes.

But guess what? About 99% of those ruined rides are unforced errors that we can prevent!

That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive checklist to help you stay on top of your game and make every ride a thrilling success.

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a newbie hitting the road, this list is your ticket to confidently conquering the cycling world when driving first.

So grab your gear, clip in, and let’s dive into the must-haves that’ll transform your cycling experience from unpredictable to unforgettable!

Checklist for Cyclists Driving to Ride with Their Bike

Remember, not all rides start from home!

Review the weather forecast and pack appropriate clothing layers, including rain gear or warmer attire if needed.

Have your destination saved to your maps application or GPS device. Double-check the address, route, and estimated travel time to ensure a smooth journey.

Confirm the availability of parking at your destination. Research if there are any specific instructions or designated areas for cyclists to park their vehicles safely.

Check that your car has enough gas for the entire journey. Fill up if necessary to avoid running out of fuel along the way (or, worse yet, on the way home).

Securely attach your bike to the car rack or inside the vehicle (if applicable). Double-check that it is fastened tightly to ensure a safe journey.

 Gather and pack all necessary cycling gear, including helmet, gloves, shoes, sunglasses, and any other accessories you typically use.

Ensure that your bike’s batteries (if applicable, for electric bikes or devices) are fully charged. This ensures you have optimal power and performance throughout your ride.

Check the air pressure in your bike tires and inflate them to the recommended level before you leave.

Pack a spare tube, tire levers, a mini-pump / CO2 inflator, and a basic tool kit for any ride emergencies.

Don’t forget your nutrition! Pack enough energy bars, gels, water bottles, electrolyte drinks, or other preferred snacks to fuel your ride.

Set a “return time” with the important people in your life. Let someone know when you expect to be back from your ride to ensure your safety and provide peace of mind.

Bring a change of clothes and a trash bag for afterward. Having clean clothes to change into and a bag to store your dirty cycling gear helps keep your car organized and prevents any unpleasant odors.

Have a backup workout option! I always bring my running gear just in case the ride goes south.

Verify that all essential personal items, such as your ID, phone, wallet, and keys, are securely stored in your car (and that you have the key with you!) before starting.


By following this comprehensive checklist, you’ll be well-prepared for cycling fun, no matter where your four-wheels take you.

Enjoy the ride and share it with us on Instragam @teamendurancenation

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