How to Plan a Bike Ride

How to Plan a Bike Ride

Whether you have a weekend or a month to spare, a bikepacking trip along singletrack trails or on remote forest roads can satisfy your thirst for adventure. Before you pack up and leave, it can be well worth the time and effort to make a solid plan. Making the most of your time on the trail will help you have a memorable experience.

How to Plan a Bike Ride

  • Narrow your options: Consider factors such as time, distance, region, and weather to help you narrow down where you want to go.
  • Design a route: You can find riding trails and roads using maps, guidebooks, websites, and word of mouth. Think about where you will sleep each night and how you will get food and water.
  • Create a GPS track: You can draw your route on a map using an online application once you've identified the roads and/or trails you wish to ride. Put the route on your smartphone or GPS device.
  • Go ride: Enjoy yourself! If you get home, think about what worked and what didn't, so you can plan an even better adventure next time.

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