In this excellent article from Cycling Tips they get advice from ‘Paul’, an airport baggage handler who also travels with his bike. If you are someone who ever considers putting your bike on a plane its a MUST read.
Now lets be clear, I love how efficiently my hydration pack carries everything I need for a days riding. Up to 3 litres of water, clothing to deal with the days temperature fluctuations or precipitation and a selection of spares to allow me (and riding buddies) to finish rides despite unexpected mechanicals along with a first aid kit.
Riding ‘sans pack’ feels great, like going commando. Free-er, cooler, looser, lighter.
I HATE pushing a bike just because I haven’t got the stuff to mend a puncture trailside.
So I’ve been looking at different options for carrying what I need on the bike rather than on me. Just the very basic bits and bobs needed for riding 1 to 2 hour local rides or uplift days at Thredbo for example.
But there is another side to Strava that we find incredibly useful for #seekingnewtrails and planning rides. In this first post of our new Apptastic series looking at the software we use regularly I’ll explain how we use it.
On this website we have decided to use a similar grading system to that used in the UK by Forest Enterprise. Its slightly different to the IMBA grades used in Australia where they have only one grade (Blue) covering both the moderate (Blue) and difficult (Red) that we prefer. We feel it gives a better indication for people relatively new to the sport.
As with all grading systems its VERY subjective and is only an indication. Ride within your limits and ride what you can see. (This is good advice but we would be lying if we said we always follow it!!)
While very very rare snakebite is a real possibility out on Australia’s trails whether on bike or on foot. The continents venomous snakes are internationally renowed and as a potentially very serious injury its worth knowing both how to prevent and how to deal with a bite.