Tips for summer MTB cycling in the days of Covid-19
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Tips for summer MTB cycling in the days of Covid-19

At this time of constraint due to the measures that almost all the nations of the world took during the coronavirus crisis, we can’t wait to be able to jump back on our beloved bikes and return to the mountain places we love so much.

The bicycle proves to be the true anti-covid vehicle par excellence because it allows you to carry out your activity in complete safety and away from crowded places.

The weather

Before leaving for any excursion it is very important to know the weather forecast in order to organize your clothing in consideration of this variable that has an important influence on performance.

What to bring with you

The basic things to take with you during a mountain bike tour are of course the Helmet to be able to train safely, water (at least 500 ml), a windproof jacket in case you return in the evening and a backpack where you can put everything you need in case you are not using it.

In a moment of physical exertion it is also important to provide energy to our body, so an energy bar can always compensate for a drop in energy.

Documents and money must of course always be carried with you.

Clothes

During the summer period there are generally conditions of temperatures above 20°C. However, these conditions can change depending on the wind, the route and the weather. It is therefore a good idea to prepare yourself by dressing in layers, removing or adding clothing depending on the occasion.

A short-sleeved T-shirt, a long-sleeved or sleeved shirt and a lightweight windproof jacket are essential.

Multipurpose kit

Those who travel many kilometres a year on the road or on dirt roads know how easy it is to run into inconvenience during training. A puncture, chain break, fork break. A kit of tools that can solve the above problems must be brought with you during the excursion. To repair the punctures you can opt for a fast inflate and repair can, an inner tube, tyre lifter, pump or compressed air canister. To break the chain, you will need to take a chainsaw and a false knit with you. The fork is an element which, even if only a small percentage, is subject to breakage, therefore, depending on the route to be beaten, it could be a lifesaver to carry a spare fork.

Survival and rescue kit

The danger is always just around the corner and cyclists are well aware of this, so be prepared for difficult situations by bringing disinfectant wipes, plasters, an isothermal towel that could keep us warm in case of injury or prolonged rest.

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