Hey, a lot of us like to ride alone, but if you’re just getting started on your new adventure bike, it’s an excellent idea to ride with a companion, preferably a big one with a strong back, and if he’s an experienced rider, even better. (Avoid large companions who ride worse than you and haven’t exercised in years, or you might wind up bailing them out.) Other worthy companions include a decent roll of tools and a tow strap.

If you insist on going it alone, good luck and don’t leave pavement without a SPOT tracker or similar device.