Now that the good weather is upon us, now is the time to give your bike a good clean and safety check. Many of you will have already done that but for those of you who have not - check the chain, does it need replacing the same goes for cables and outers. And if you brakes are not working very well maybe it is time for a new set of pads. After a good clean you can then check out your bikepacking kit , do you want to add any more items or did you discover you were carrying stuff you did not even use the previous year. The castle to castle is now only a few months away so if you have the time do a couple of overnight trips or if you are too busy like me a few long distance rides instead fully loaded with everything you will carry on the Castle to Castle. This Thursday I an off on a long ride and will be checking how long it takes to ride from Niigata city to the start line at Shibata castle and a new section of the course . Below is my route for my 1st training ride of the year. If you would like to submit photos of your training rides for the brevet get in touch with us and we will post them here on Japan by Bike !