- Check tyre pressures before each ride.
- Check tyres for damage and wear after each ride (replace if necessary), being miles from home with an unrepairable flat doesn’t make for an enjoyable ride for you or other riders.
- Check brake blocks regularly, remove any grit as it will damage your rims and replace pads when worn.
- Get even slightly buckled wheels looked at by a bike mechanic or they will quickly deteriorate.
- Saddles are designed to be horizontal, poorly adjusted saddles are bad news on a long ride.
- Please do not use tri-bars on club rides.
- Ideally, for wet rides, bikes should be fitted with mudguards to prevent spraying other riders with dirty, gritty water.
What you should bring with you:
- Spare cash and a bank card with you for emergencies.
- A spare tube (two preferably), tyre levers, puncture repair kit, pump (a mini pump is fine) and suitable size allen keys.
- Drink – either water or energy drink, dehydration can really affect your performance on a ride.
- Snack – many riders take an energy bar/ small snacks (oat cakes, malt loaf, banana etc.) in their back pocket.
- Carry a compact rain jacket in your back pocket just in case. If you are riding when wet, this can increase wind chill and will sap your energy.
What you should wear:
- Helmets are mandatory.
- Clothing specific to road cycling will be the most comfortable. The club has its own specific kit available from the Kit Shop
- For winter riding you will need a good wind and water-proof jacket. In cold weather, you may want to use long cycling tights, 3/4 length tights, or leg warmers (whichever you prefer to keep your knees warm).
- It is advised to always wear something on your hands, be they winter gloves or mitts. This will protect your hands from gravel if you come off your bike.
Turbo Sessions: What you should bring with you:
- Cycling kit: Shorts and vest/t-shirt are usually a good plan as it will get hot. Don’t forget the shoes you ride in.
- An old towel that will soak up any sweat and stop your bike from corroding. Please be prepared to use the towel at the end of the session to wipe the floor beneath and around your bike.
- Nutrition/hydration: Please take responsibility for your own energy and hydration levels. You are likely to sweat a lot, so bring a drink along as you would do on a ride.