Cycling Essentials: It’s not just about the bike

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wlw_straight copy.jpg Posted by: We Love Wipes Team on Aug 5 2014
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We’re in the middle of summer and this is the time of year when I like to get the most out of my bike.

When out doing a coast to coast run in the beautiful scenic countryside in the United Kingdom (100-150 mile depending on the route) or in areas where there are no shops around for a while, wipes are a complete saviour for unexpected situations. I also like cycling for a few hours on the cycling routes all around the outskirts of the city where I live. These little excursions can be anything from 2-10 miles plus depending on the time you have. Since my puncture repair kit for my bike is fairly roomy, I always pack a few types of wipes in there before setting off.

Greasy Chains - I often find if I change gears erratically when adjusting incline I have a problem with my chain coming off and it’s usually all the grease building up overtime. I find it really easy to use some special bike cleaning wipes to clean the greasy chain, once it’s done it will easily shift through the gears again. Although cleaning and replacing the chain makes my hands extremely dirty and greasy, some cleaning wipes with, for example alcohol works wonders in getting rid of every last bit.

Hot Spots - Cycling on a hot day or after a long ride will cause you to sweat in places that can get very uncomfortable; your bike seat and handle bars in particular will get fairly clammy and moist overtime but a quick wipe over will fix this problem.

Tyres - After a lengthy ride, the tyres start to obviously look a little worse for wear with mud, stones and even animal waste stuck in between the grooves. This is where wipes come in handy for giving the tyres a quick clean up. While you’re at it, it’s a good time to check your tyres for any excessive wear, embedded sharps or tears.

First Aid - Of course, accidents can happen anytime and when you’re cycling near other vehicles, as a cyclist, you are pretty vulnerable. So having a first aid kit with antiseptic wipes is pretty crucial to carry with you at all times. This is stored in with the repair kit. Hopefully, no major accidents will occur but having the basics of a first aid kit puts my mind at ease if anything were to happen.

 

There are many types of wipes for different purposes and it’s important to make sure you select the right wipe for the right job, they’ve saved me a few times when out on the open road in the middle of nowhere! Certain wipes especially antibacterial or alcohol based wipes come in smaller packs so there’s no excuse for not being able to carry them. You also never know where you need to share them when you’re out and about so it’s good to make sure you’ve got plenty with you.

Remember to always wear safety gear too - your helmet, knee pads, arm pads and wrist guards all make a difference if you were ever in an unfortunate incident. Happy and safe cycling to you all and make the best of the sunny weather! 

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I go bike rideing, we live in the country and its great for all round health, never thought to carry wet wipes before.
Sat August 13 2016
I am always out on my bike and i love it. feels like freedom to me. awesome article!
Thu August 11 2016
thank you for some insightful info - can wait to get out on the bike!
Tue August 9 2016
Great Article :)
Tue August 9 2016
Smashing
Tue June 7 2016
Biking is akin to flying-you feel so happy with the wind in your hair
Tue June 7 2016
Good info.
Tue June 7 2016
Looks wonderful!
Tue June 7 2016
We cycle with the kids so we aren't going for the miles but for the fresh air, exercise and fun! We all wear helmets and stay together, making sure there is a grown up in front and a grown up in back.
Mon June 6 2016
awesome
Mon June 6 2016
That us awesome!
Sun May 29 2016
The hubby and I are keen cyclists and travel by bike to work, so we're getting at least 20 miles between us each way
Sun May 29 2016
Nice article
Sun May 29 2016
cycling is so much fun for the whole family
Sun May 29 2016