You have made it through another Minnesota Winter and it is finally sunny out again. TIME FOR A BIKE RIDE! (finally one that doesn't include 7 layers plus goggles)
But there are a few things you should take with you to make your first summer ride a bit more fun.
It is easy to forget, but helps you go the extra mile. A water bottle is great for hot days, but also washing your hands after you fixed a flat.
There is nothing like bonking during a long ride. What is “bonking”? It is when you hit the wall, it's more than being tired, it is your body telling you it literally does not have the energy to make it up that hill. So bring some fuel! Granola, energy bars, heck, a whole picnic!
Even if you don’t get a flat or break a chain, it is always good to be prepared so you can help someone else in need. Cycling is a community. Be safe.