Prepare Yourself For The Day

Your Bicycle

Check your bicycle thoroughly before the event. Anything rattling or rubbing needs attention. Key aspects to check are:

  • Tyres: the possibility of a punctured tyre can be reduced by first ensuring that the tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. The recommended tyre pressure can usually be found on the sidewall of the tyre. Also, check the tyres for wear and replace if the tread is worn or there are signs of cracking in the sidewall. It is a good idea to carry a spare inner tube with you on the cycle ride just in case a puncture should happen. It is much easier and quicker to replace an inner tube that repair a puncture.
  • Brakes: check your brakes and adjust to ensure that they are effective on application. If the brake pads are worn replace them.
  • Wheels: make sure that the wheels sit tightly in the bicycle’s frame and spin freely. Also check the spokes to ensure all are tight. Any broken spokes should be replaced.
  • Gear & Chain: test before the event to make sure the gear and chain are working smoothly. To reduce the possibility of gear or chain failure, avoid gear changes whilst standing on the pedals.

If you are not ‘mechanically minded’ then it may be a good idea to have your bicycle checked over by a professional. Your local bicycle shop should be able to help. We work with Cycle Tech UK, you can find more information about them on their website.

You

This is a family friendly & community charity cycle ride, not a race. Nonetheless your safety and well-being comes first, so please review the following:

  • All riders MUST wear a safety helmet, so do remember to bring your helmet with you. Cycle Tech UK will have a stand at Oaklands College on the day of the event and will have a selection of cycle safety helmets available to purchase if required.
  • If you are not a regular cyclist then try to do some practice runs in advance of the event, gradually building up on speed and distance.
  • Check the weather forecast a day or two in advance of the event and wear suitable clothing for the likely conditions. Layers of clothing will keep you warm and if you get too hot these can be peeled away.
  • It is a good idea to wear cycling gloves, even in warm weather. They can prevent your hands chaffing and ensure that you retain a good grip on the handlebars.
  • Eat a good breakfast on the day of the event. Also carry with you nutritional snacks to eat ‘en route’.
  • Water is available at all Check Points, but it is good to drink a small bottle of liquid each hour so do carry one with you.

Charities We Support

Organised by the Rotary Clubs of St Albans Charity Cycle Ride. Charity Number 1169651.

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