Bikes & Equipment
Most of us ride Road Bikes or Touring Bikes but Hybrid, Racer, Mountain Bike or Electric Assist and anything else with wheels and a seat that doesn’t need an petrol engine are all acceptable (within reason!). Some rides may involve short off-road sections and this will be mentioned on the Rides List as containing some “Rough Stuff”. Longer rides will probably involve some hilly stretches, so a good selection of gears is always handy.
Your bike needs to be in a mechanically sound condition. Please don’t arrive with a bike that’s falling apart. If the Ride Leader feels your bike is not “up to it”, you may be turned away.
You should always carry a basic toolkit, this could include:
- A spare inner tube
- A good pump (with correct adaptor)
- A puncture repair kit
- A multi-tool
- Tyre levers
Other things to consider:
- A waterproof jacket
- A wind proof if riding in the spring or autumn
- Lights in the shorter days of the year
- Possibly a map or GPS device (Your phone will help)
- A mobile phone
- Money or a cash card (you will need it to buy cake)
- Some form of emergency contact information (I.C.E.) and medical needs (if any) is always handy
- A full water bottle (or two on hot days)
- It is also a good idea to bring a snack of some kind in case you “bonk”!