How to Overcome the Unforeseen
While it’s often the unpredictable moments on a ride that make bike travel so exhilarating, there's no reason to get caught in a storm you didn’t know was coming. “Preparedness is key,” said National Road Race Champion Matthew Busche, who can be found training on his own along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. “You have to be 100-percent self-reliant. For starters, know how to fix a flat.” Indeed, without a support van, you must be able to not only replace a tube, but also anticipate inclement weather, current road conditions, and whether there will be cell service. Before you head out for a ride, make sure to let someone know where you’re going and always keep a form of contact info on you, be it a Road ID bracelet or a card with an emergency number.