Bring the bike you are used to riding (the one you trained on). However, consider the following:

  • Road and hybrid-style bicycles are preferred over mountain bikes, because of tire size and effort required to operate.
  • Be sure your equipment is in top mechanical condition prior to the ride.

Here are the other things you will want to bring:

  • A parent (if you are under the age of 16)
  • Release Form signed by parent (if you are under the age of 16)
  • Helmet (required)
  • Bike mirror (required)
  • “Mr. Blinky” tail light (required)
  • Rain gear (required)
  • Map holder (weather proof)
  • Bicycle riding shorts (not required but strongly suggested for comfort)
  • Sunglasses
  • Bicycling gloves and shoes
  • Spare tubes (2)
  • Tire changing tools and pump (make sure the pump fits your tire valves)
  • Tube patch kit
  • Water bottles (2)
  • Chain repair kits
  • Windbreaker
  • Bible
  • Clothes and toiletries (will be carried in the support vehicle)
  • Disposable gloves (several pairs)
  • Small tool kit that fits individual bikes
  • Bike lock
  • Trained legs

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.

Charles Schulz