Going cycling for a long ride

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A while back I’ve shared my list for getting ready to cycle long-distance on the Facebook group called Solitary Cycling.

The comments were a mixed bag. From people who enjoyed my list and thanked me, to people who had no idea what long-distance cycling meant and thought I should “just ride” and improvise if something happens.

The reason I made this list is because I don’t want to improvise. When I go for a ride, I don’t have the luxury to be stuck in some place for hours. I have a family and some responsibilities and I need to get back home, more or less within the time I allotted.

So here is the list:

  • Charge Di2
  • Charge front light
  • Charge rear light
  • Charge HR monitor
  • Charge bike computer
  • Charge phone
  • Put some oil on the chain
  • Check tires and tire pressure
  • Check brake pads – change them if necessary
  • Check saddle bag content
    • 2 x CO2
    • 2 x spare tubes
    • 2 x tire levers
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • 4 x gels
    • 2 x energy bars
    • 2 x electrolyte
    • 4 x zip ties
    • First aid kit
    • Park took Multitool
  • Fill up water bottles with isotonic and hypotonic
  • Build the route on Komoot
  • Upload the route on the bike computer
  • Dress up
    • Butter up with Chamois cream
    • Bib
    • Jersey
    • Wind fleece
    • Rain fleece
    • Boots covers (optional)
    • Gloves
    • Helmet
    • Beanie if it’s cold
    • Glasses
    • Check that cleats are tight
    • Boots

By Marc Olivier Meunier

Marc has spent the past few years putting oil on the fire of a hyper growth ad tech company. At he was in charge of scaling the support and its culture. At Eficode he is now leading an engineering team and running operations. He leads by example and puts a lot of emphasis on diversity and inclusion, constantly working to create a safe environment. A warm leader with a passion for memorable experiences and innovation.
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