The Basics in Eating on a Bike Trip

» Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Travel Adventuring | 0 comments

When you’re planning to take a bike trip, it’s important to plan ahead. First, you’ll plan where to visit. If you’re looking for a beautiful ride on Oregon trails, you have to visit The Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway, which includes six covered bridges listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The trail is a fun ride through scenic surroundings and includes downtown Cottage Grove, also listed on the National Registry of Historic Districts.

Before you head out, you’ll need to make sure you have adequate hydration and nutrition. There are a few important things to consider, like the length of your trip, the best types of food and beverages to bring, and how often you need to drink or eat.

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For any rides over an hour, you should carry water, energy or sports drinks, and small snacks on your bike. For longer rides, you could pack energy bars or gels, sandwiches, low-fat cookies, and fruit. To maintain your energy, pack carbohydrate and protein snacks. Peanut butter sandwiches, bananas, dates, raisins make tasty choices. Water is the best choice for keeping your body hydrated. It’s also the best thing to drink with your carb-rich foods. Sports drinks provide high carbs and can help replenish your body’s electrolytes. It’s best to drink these on an empty stomach, ideally in between the times you eat the carb-loaded foods.

If you’re going to eat without stopping, plan snacks that are easy to grab and eat while still staying safe on your bike. You wouldn’t want to grab a muffin or something similar that becomes mush in your bag, or something that crumbles when you try and eat it. The same idea applies to any prepared food. Don’t buy sandwiches that you have to cut open or unwrap from a well-packed plastic wrap. For easy access, cut sandwiches or energy bars in smaller pieces and repackage in a rolled-up, plastic baggie.

In addition to the types of foods you should eat, it’s vital to eat at regular times during your bike trip. It’s important to drink water in the first 30 minutes and then every 15 minutes thereafter. Alternate water times with your carb snacks or sports drinks.

At the trip’s end, it’s important to eat a meal. Downtown Cottage Grove offers many restaurant choices. End your bike ride with a stop at Buster’s Main Street, which serves their famed “Knee Deep” burgers, fish and chips, chicken strips, salads, soups, and more.

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