Bicycling is an adventure as well as a good exercise that will make and keep you fit when you are on summer vacations. In this case gaining weight is not your case. You will not be tempted with tasty food. Instead, you will have enough exercises, fresh air and beautiful views.
But first decide whether bicycling is for you and your friends or your family? What type of elements do you most enjoy or would you most enjoy? In other words, is yours a family of land-loving bikers? This question ultimately decides whether this type of adventure vacation suits for your family or your friends with whom you gonna spend your vacations. If you have a family that loves to hike and to bike then consider a bicycling trip for summer vacations. Mountain biking is great for nature lovers. But mountain biking is not for beginners. If it is you first biking trip it is better to choose simpler trails and no to go to far.
These recommendations may help you have a nice memorable adventure and be on a safe side.
1. Choose your route with special care. Evaluate abilities and wishes of all the people who are going with you.
2. Check your gear before the trip. When buying necessary stuff, consult outfitters. Do not forget about protective means. But do not be overpacked. Be self-sufficient at all times, keep your equipment in good repair, and carry necessary supplies for changes in weather or other conditions. A well-executed trip is a satisfaction to you and not a burden to others.
3. Pack a first aid kit, insect repellents, sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15, and sun protection hats.
4. Check your bikes. Make sure they are well equipped and adjusted. Check tire inflation pressure.
5. Ride in groups. Take extra care with inexperienced riders.
6. Go a little slower when taking curves.
7. Wait for larger gaps if you want to cross the traffic.
8. Respect trail and road closures - ask if uncertain; avoid trespassing on private land; obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Federal and state Wilderness areas are closed to cycling.
9. Be sensitive to the dirt beneath you. Recognize different types of soils and trail construction; practice low-impact cycling. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage. When the trailbed is soft, consider other riding options. This also means staying on existing trails and not creating new ones.
10. Don't ride for long periods without a break for food or drink, especially in the heat of summer. It's easy to get tired and lose concentration if you set yourself a too high goal for the day. Stop regularly and take advantage, relax and enjoy your journey! Use washcloth. It is refreshing to wipe hot sweaty faces and hands with something cool.
11. Following Velocio's rules: eat before you're hungry, drink before you're thirsty, cover up before you're cold, and rest before you are sleepy. More miles, a higher average speed, and a happier trip will be the result.