The words “bike tour” might evoke images of multi-day cross-country trips on heavy steel touring bikes loaded down with panniers. But a bike tour can be anything from a spontaneous single-day adventure right outside your own front door to a carefully planned overnighter. No matter the season, taking off on a bicycle for the day is an inexpensive way to get out and have some fun. Exploring by bike without getting too far from home not only gives you access to areas you may not see otherwise but also lets you test your gear and boost your comfort level on the road. As your confidence and experience grow, you might start thinking about doing multiple day trips from a base camp at a destination away from home or eventually ramping up to an overnight stay—under a roof or under the stars. (If you’re not familiar with the area, find a local cycling group or bike shop, both of which are good sources to tap into for suggested routes or even places to avoid.)
Taking off on a bike for the day is an inexpensive way to get out and have some fun.
Few things can spoil a good ride faster than unhappy “contact points”—the bits of your body that come into contact with your bike (hands, feet, and nether regions). While problems with any contact point can jeopardize your ride, hand issues like weakness, tingling, and numbness can also be dangerous. Hands, after all, operate the brakes. “Hand numbness is pretty common with cyclists, especially if they tend to ride with their hands in the same position for extended periods of time,” says Glenn Kasin, DC, a chiropractic physician at Wellness in Motion in Boston. “It results from the excessive compression, irritation, or stress on the nerves.”
A technique called nerve flossing could help solve your hand problems on the bike.