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Understanding Recreational Programs

When it comes to enjoying your free time, I have never been an expert. I have always found it hard to keep up with different ways to enjoy my time away from work, but about a year ago I realized that there were a lot of resources close to home that I could take advantage of. It was incredible to see how much my local recreation center offered, along with how many motor sports businesses were in close proximity to my home. This blog is all about understanding recreational programs, signing up for the best ones, and saving a lot of time and money along the way.


Surviving Your First Bike Tour

Going on a bike tour for the first time can be a lot of fun, but it's easy to overdo it or underprepare. If you want to really enjoy your first trip, follow the tour company's instructions for preparation as closely as you can, and address these three issues as well. They'll help you adjust what you need to take so that your trip doesn't put too much physical strain on you.

Test Your Storage

Depending on the length of the trip, you'll need several different storage packs with you. You won't want a backpack because the weight can tire you out prematurely, but a front pack, rear rack, water bottle holder, and side panniers -- bags that hang off the sides of the rear rack -- usually work for short to moderate trips. Anything longer or more intense than that often requires a bike trailer.

The problem with the storage is twofold. One is that you might pack too much, making your bike very heavy and harder to move. The other is that the storage, particularly the trailer, can throw off the bike's balance and center of gravity.

Always test-ride your bike with the storage packed. Change the type of storage if necessary; for example, a bike trailer that connects very high up on the bike might be awkward, but one with a lower connection might work fine.

Skivvy Rolls and Other Efficient Packing

Pack as efficiently as possible. Use skivvy roll packing techniques to keep clothing together so items don't pop out when you try to remove something, and squeeze out as much excess air as possible. The more compact your packing, the neater everything will be, too.

Plan Your Food Carefully

Please, please, plan your food carefully. Look at what restaurants and grocery stores might be along your chosen route if the tour takes you through towns; pack healthy foods for trips that are in the wilderness. Don't rely on junk food to give you energy because it can weigh you down. Some trail mix, sure, but that fast food at the end of the day isn't going to do you much good other than provide calories.

Talk to the people leading the bike tour to get a sense of whether your planned packing is in line with what you really need. The tour guides should also be able to give you more tips for packing appropriately. You can also contact companies like Bootdoctors.