Indeed you’re basically turning pedals and making your heart pump a bit faster and getting a bit sweaty. Nothing like propelling yourself and bike and kit along a potentially bumpy holey road that might be going up or down with wind, rain, sun coming at you not to mention other road users, stopping and starting at junctions etcI agree about not taking too much notice of gym results.
Riding a simulator is not the same as riding a real bicycle, not least because you are indoors.
You might be surprised at how quickly and how far your spirits fall if you are faced with a headwind, a climb, adverse weather, or even all three.
Equally, there will be times when you have a fine day, a tailwind, and a downhill gradient when you will think you can ride for ever.
Route finding, booking places to stay, and looking after you and the kit are all part of the fun, but are also a mental challenge, adding to tiredness.
In other words, the only way to train for riding a bicycle is to ride a bicycle.
I believe balance also comes into it - core strength used to balance a real bicycle is more fatiguing than being slumped like a sack of spuds on a fixed exercise bike.Indeed you’re basically turning pedals and making your heart pump a bit faster and getting a bit sweaty. Nothing like propelling yourself and bike and kit along a potentially bumpy holey road that might be going up or down with wind, rain, sun coming at you not to mention other road users, stopping and starting at junctions etc
Yes a handlebar mounted GPS navigation device. You will get a hundred different opinions on this. The two best known makes are Garmin and Wahoo. I've used a Garmin 810 for many years and ditched it 15 months ago in favour of a Wahoo Elemnt. In my opinion the Wahoo is a significantly superior device, mine has yet to fail me. My Garmin on the other hand frequently crashed, lost the route etc.About GPS, do you mean one of those you keep on the handlebar or one of those sportswatches with built-in GPS?
Personally I think you'll need a rack with either a large bag or panniers. For 3-4 days I have a rack mounted bag with side pockets which roll out to form small "panniers."Oh yes, I already know I'll be travelling super light. Just a handlebar bag with the bare essentials. I will be eating out and sleeping in bnb's so for 3 days all I think I'm going to need to pack is:
- 2 pairs of socks
- 2 pairs of bike shorts
- 2/3 tshirts
- waterproof/windproof jacket
- puncture repair kit with a couple of spare inner tubes
- I don't know.....plasters? :/
Actually, what would you add to the list?
Or just cycle in normal shoes which can be worn (some sort of overshoes good if rain anticipated)If you haven't yet got cycling shoes I would suggest SPD pedals and shoes. These are much easier to walk in and can be worn in the evening negating the need to carry street shoes.
Get some small vacuum bags to pack clothes in. You lay the clothing flat in the bag, roll it up very tightly to expel air and create a vacuum which self seals. Clothes are bulky and this reduces bulk by two-thirds.