Recently I’ve been riding by myself more. This is unusual for me. It’s not that I’m really afraid to ride alone, it’s just that I’m a little out of my element. I’ve gone on long backpacking trips alone, and I feel confident. I mean, I know what to do if a tent stake breaks, or if I get off trail a bit. But the risk of mechanical error seems so much greater on bikes sometimes, and the higher travel speed seems to leave me more open for injury, so I used to opt to cycle with a buddy. Hopefully, a buddy who was good a fixing flats and dealing with mechanical mishaps. But as I’ve grown as a rider I’ve started to get out on long rides alone and I find I really enjoy it. I can push myself in ways I wouldn’t feel comfortable with friends around, and, alternately, I can really relax when I feel like it.
Of course, it’s necessary to carry a few things if you’re planning on being out by yourself. It’s a good idea to have a cell phone with you. Carry at the minimum, a spare tube, pump and multi-tool. Bring water, snacks, and a few dollars for an emergency. Do any of you savvy ride-aloners have more thoughts?
Photo by Josh Tack