Always. No matter what. Period.
3. Carry basic tools
At a minimum always carry a spare tube, tire levers, an inflation device, and a small multitool.
4. Bring fuel
Your car needs gas. You need food and drink.
5. Be prepared
If there’s even a remote chance of foul weather, make sure you have the right clothes.
6. Lather up
Skin cancer is not a joke. Wear sunscreen.
7. Bring ID
If something bad does happen, help the first responders by identifying yourself.
8. Pack your phone
Say what you will about smartphones, but they are great for calling for help or navigating when you get lost.
9. Be seen
Even just a basic tail light will help drivers spot you. If you know you’ll be out past dark, outfit your bike accordingly.
10. Have a plan
Know where you are going and how you are getting there.
This story adapted from “Bicycling Complete Book of Road Cycling Skills,” and originally appeared on Rodale Wellness.