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BIKING TRAILS IN YOUR AREA

Riding your bike can be one of the greatest workouts for your entire body. It can help you tone your legs and thighs and strengthen your core. It is a great cardiovascular workout but also quite fun and challenging. Furthermore, when you explore the various biking trails in your area, you are also able to switch up your routine and your workout. See the sights, stop for a picnic in the woods all the while getting into shape and improving your fitness. When moving into a new rental property, take the time to find out where the nearest biking trails are in your area and take advantage of this excellent way to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer.

Biking trails are designed for people of all ages and riding levels. Many large home rental towns will offer several biking trails from beginner to advanced. It is up to you to find them. Check online to see if there is a link to the various biking trails in your area on your local council website. If not, then ask at your local library or visit the bookstore to see if they sell biking trail guides or maps.

Off Road Biking Trails

Many biking trails are off road. Some are flat while others are bumpy and involve moguls, jumps and other obstacles to overcome. Others are more leisurely and may involve a strenuous hill or two but nothing that will cause you to fall off.

Many biking trails will be labeled with their level from beginner to advanced and should also include how long the trail is. Some will be color coded. Green is generally the easiest while black is usually reserved for the hardest tracks. When you are riding a trail for the first time, it is a good idea to do your research and know what you are getting into. You could be looking at a long walk back if you wanted an easy ride with your toddler and ended up on a BMX track made for professionals.

Biking Trail Safety

When setting off on any biking trail make sure you pack the appropriate items for a bike ride including plenty of water and a snack. Wear the appropriate gear including a reflector if riding at night as well as a helmet. Let someone know where you are going and bring a cell phone or a buddy with you in case something does happen. You may take a tumble and end up with a broken leg. You may be bitten by an animal and not know what to do. Having a cell phone on you can ensure that help is only a phone call away.

Depending on where you live and where you are biking, you also need to be aware of the other hazards on the trail. This includes traffic and cars if you are riding on a road. Bikers are generally considered ‘vehicles’ and thus if there is not a bike lane in place, you will need to share the road with the cars. Ride with traffic rather than against it and follow the road signs put in place for cars.

If you are riding the trails then you need to be aware of other bikers as well as animals. Bears, coyotes, cougars, snakes and deer can all inhabit trails in some parts of the United States. Prepare yourself by taking a first aid course, packing bear spray or a bell and knowing what to do if you do come across these animals. Put safety first and prepare accordingly when exploring biking trails in your area.

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