Okay, pre-biking checks. I've discovered two pre-checks which would be a good idea to do:
1. Got Water? I have a couple of water bottles for the bike frame, and I either:
A. Take off with the water bottles empty ... but in the water bottle cages. Or ...
B. I have the proper planning to grab the bottles, fill them with cold water and put them in the freezer just prior to hitting the road ... and hit the road with the water bottles still in the freezer.
2. Check the brake cables ... and brake caliper opener thingie (that you open to remove front wheel). I've always favored my rear brake, which explains why I've made two 15 mile rides with the front brake caliper thingie wide open ... meaning no front brakes while zipping down hills at 20 MPH.
What else are good pre-biking checks when going out for a 2 hour ride from your house? And would there be different pre-biking checks you would do based on the temperature (100+ degree heat index this week), the season (Michigan winters), and metropark-MUP rides versus road rides?