5 Closely-Guarded Secrets to You Should Bike in Autumn
Autumn is such a beautiful time of the year. The weather is cooler, but not cold, and the scenery has changed colors from green to beautiful golds and oranges. There are many reasons why cycling in autumn is awesome, but here are my top 5!
1. Great Exercise For Your Mind and Body
Cycling in autumn is great exercise for your body, in fact, since you are able to ride longer and farther your body is able to gain more endurance and get a great workout. Your body can gain muscle, lose weight, and get fit!
It’s wonderful for your mind too! Exercising daily helps fight against depression and can help if you suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Just 30 minutes a day can keep your blues at bay!
This is a great thing you can do by yourself or with family or friends. This is an activity that you can get your family involved in and have a lot of fun exploring together and bonding together.
With family and friends, you really create an experience that can really bond you together on another level.
2. Less Crowding On Trails
This time of year means less people on trails. Since it gets darker earlier and is cooler, less people are out on the trails. This frees up space to enjoy your ride and the scenery more.
Less people allows for you to explore more on the trails and maybe enjoy parts of the trails that you haven’t been able to since last autumn. This is a time to enjoy yourself in solitary wonderment of the autumn season.
Try to go on new trails, or the less-traveled trails you tend to avoid. During this time of year, the less-traveled trails can result in you seeing such wonderful scenery and wild animals.
During this time, be sure to watch for overgrown brush on the trails and remember to ride safely.
3. New Gear For Rides
Since this time of year often includes rainy days and cooler days, you are able to purchase new gear and clothing. Had your eye on a lightweight jacket, but it just wasn’t the appropriate weather? Buy it! It’s perfect for the cool weather of autumn!
Switching from cycling shorts to pants is a fun adventure! What colors do you want to wear this fall? What style? So many options await you as you pick out your autumn wardrobe to better fit your autumn temperature and weather.
This is also a great time to check out the new autumn wear offered by multiple cycling companies. Rapha, Rei, and Catella are a few of the companies that offer great gear for your autumn cycling!
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4. New Wild Fruits And Nuts
You can add some nutrition on your ride with the new autumn fruits available in your area. Lots of wild fruits grow all over, so why not give them a try! Just be sure you know your identification of berries and don’t taste anything that you are not 100% sure of.
Some of the wonderful new fruits to try include: autumn berries, wild grapes, wild mushrooms, fennel seeds, autumn-olives, buffalo berries, and crab apples. Make sure to research your wild forage before consuming anything.
Make sure you do avoid the more dangerous ones such as: yew, bittersweet, black bryony, ivy berries, deadly nightshade, and black nightshade.
You don’t want to risk your life and safety by eating berries that are poisonous or berries you can’t fully identify. Also do not consume Hawthorn if you have cardiac or circulatory disorders.
5. New Places To Visit
Autumn is the perfect time for you to plan a bicycle trip to discover a new place! With the weather and temperature becoming more mild and tolerable, this time is ideal to go on a trip to a new destination to bike.
Planning a bicycle trip is a lot of work, but well worth the end results. First you should choose a location that is beautiful in autumn, where the colors change and the scenery is different from the rest of the year.
Remember to go to a location where the autumn will really impact you and leave you with a great memory.
Plan a trip that makes you excited and somewhere where you have wanted to visit. This will provide you with the determination and dedication needed to get to your destination.
Whether you go to another country, or stay in your own, you’ll need to make a list of things you’ll need to pack or take with you. Remember clothing that is appropriate for the weather and temperature of the destination of your choosing.
Remember water containers, currency, your passport and identification, medications, and any extras that may be necessary to your trip. Always remember to check your travel plans ahead of time to make sure you don’t miss your flight or your itinerary.