Cycling with friends is great, you can keep fit, socialise and have a laugh at the same time. However, there are some days that you might feel like getting out and enjoying your own company. We think cycling alone can be lots of fun and if you’ve never tried it now might be the time! In this blog post, we’ll explore 4 of the top reasons why you’ll love cycling solo.
2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year for us all. The majority of you will have spent more time than usual in your houses and encountered worries that you’ve never had before! With this in mind, it’s fair to say that you might feel like you need some time away to clear your head. A bike ride is your answer!
Cycling alone takes away the distractions that socialising brings and lets you clear your mind ahead of or after a busy day. It’ll give you time to reflect on or think through your worries, away from the distractions that day-to-day life brings.
If you work from a screen or spend a few too many hours on your phone, your brain will welcome the breakaway. Indulge in the great outdoors and spend some time on a digital detox. Your mind will thank you for it!
Cycling alone puts you in control of your journey. How fast or slow you cycle no longer matters as you aren’t forced to keep up with the group or slow down when others have fallen behind.
We all have days where our body just doesn’t want to put in its best effort. When you’re cycling alone, these days don’t matter! You won’t feel the need to keep up with the group and, if you need to take a break to catch some breath or have a drink, you won’t be slowing anybody down.
Alternatively, if you’re an experienced cyclist but your friends are less practised, there’s a good chance you’ll often feel like you’re holding yourself back. On those days that you want to push yourself, cycling alone allows you to go a little faster if you’re feeling up to it.
As you’ll naturally be less distracted, riding alone helps you appreciate the environment around you. Whether you’re cycling in a forest, mountain-side, along the beach or just around your local neighbourhood, take the opportunity to look up and enjoy the views!
As well as this, being in control of your bike ride means you decide your journey and can go wherever you desire. If you’ve had your eye on a particular route for a while, cycling alone means the course is in your hands!
Adulthood shouldn’t mean you can’t have a bit of exciting exploration in your life. There’s something about riding alone that just screams adventure!
Taking a solo cycling trip could be the adventure you’ve been waiting for as you escape to new areas or challenge yourself to trickier tracks and terrain.
Before you set out for any trip, you should ensure you’ve got everything you need. This is even more crucial when you’re cycling alone, as you can’t rely on somebody else!
Don’t forget the basics like your phone (with enough charge), money, a snack and some water. If you’re setting out on a long trip, you’ll want to bring plenty of food to keep you going.
We’d also recommend taking some basic first aid supplies in the event of an injury. Finally, it’s worth packing a puncture repair kit as you never know when one might strike!
Although cycling alone is great escapism, don’t forget to let a friend or family member know where you’re off to. You could even share your location on your mobile phone with someone so that in the event of an emergency, they’re able to help!
When you’re cycling alone, it can be tempting to push yourself beyond your ability. Any cyclist should always be mindful of their capabilities and experience but this is especially true when you’re cycling on your own.
There’s no rush when it comes to cycling alone, take things at a pace that is comfortable for you! You don’t need to conquer a mountain on your first trip alone, so perhaps stick to an area that you know well. You can slowly build up to those trickier tracks as you become a more confident solo cyclist.