1. Wash your bike.
It’s starting to get warmer in most of the country and that means getting out on the bike is becoming more enticing. Grab a kit like Muc-Off’s Black Ultimate Bicycling Cleaning Kit and get your bike ready for the spring shredding season.
2. Air out your musty sleeping bags.
It’s probably been a few months since you’ve taken your sleeping bags out of storage. Now is your chance to get them out in the sunshine and kill that smell. If the good ol’ sun doesn’t get rid of the smell, try using something like Nikwax’s Down Wash Direct to get you ready for backpacking season.
3. Mull over those maps.
Now is your chance to hang out by the fire and bust out those maps you bought and haven’t had the time to use. Learn how to use a compass, figure out what topo lines are and pick your favorite spot to visit when the snow melts.
4. Learn to wheelie.
Now is the time to get a little better on the bike when no one’s watching. Do you have a grassy backyard you don’t mind taking a tumble in? Doing a manual or wheelie is an invaluable skill to take to the mountains once this all clears up.
6. Taste Test
You just bought some of those freeze dried bags of food for backpacking and don’t know what it will actually taste like. Open up a bag of Beef Stroganoff and really see what those food scientists are up to these days. I have a feeling you will be pleasantly surprised.
8. Try Yoga
I know what you’re thinking, yoga is for… yoga people. Well times are changing and yoga is being used by professional mountain bikers, trail runners and skiers. Get a mat or find a nice piece of grass and get your fitness on.
9. Sharpen Your Knives
Whether it be in your home kitchen or out on the trail, cutting your grub with a dull knife is never a great experience. Get yourself a nice little kit and revel in the sound of the blade dragging across the stone.