Charity rides are a great way to get out and meet new people, get some exercise in, and raise money for worthy causes. Maybe you’re riding 25-40 miles in the scenic suburbs. Maybe you’re gearing up for your first triathlon. Maybe you’re looking at a multi-day ride doing anywhere from 150-300+ miles! Whatever big event you have coming up, preparing in advance can improve your experience and help you get the most out of your ride. Here are 4 things you may want to do before you hit the starting line.
No matter how long your ride is, it is important to train before the event. You will enjoy the ride much more and you’ll get better results. A lot of charity rides offer training rides and programs for you. Check your event’s website for training info. If you just need to log some miles on your bike, check out some of our ERIK’S Group Rides. We have rides for all styles and levels of riding. Training can also help you identify any issues your bike may have so you can get them fixed ahead of time.
2. Get Your Bike Serviced
Even before training for the event, it is important that you get your bike serviced. Nothing is worse than getting 10 miles into an 80-mile charity ride only to find out that your bike doesn’t shift out of the hardest gear or that your brakes are rubbing on the wheel. Get your bike into the shop before you start training to make sure everything is working properly. Visit our service page for more information on repair services.
3. Get Your Bike Fit
Getting your bike fit properly is probably one of the most important things you can do to prepare for events and races. It helps you get more comfortable and more efficient on the bike. A fit can benefit anyone from a casual rider to a racer.
It is important to know the difference between fit and sizing.
- Bike sizing determines what size bike you should be on.
- Bike fitting is with a trained Fit Technician. The process takes into account your riding style, physical attributes, strengths, weaknesses, aches and injuries to make the bike fit you, instead of you trying to fit the bike.
You can read more on the topic here: Sizing Versus Fit. A bike fit will make a world of difference however you are planning to use your bike this summer. It will help you enjoy the ride more and go further.
4. Gather Essential Gear
It is important that you be prepared for the ride. While most events will have mechanics present to assist with any mechanical issues, they’re most likely only located at the start area and some rest stops. Have the necessary items to do a quick fix that will get you to the next rest stop where a mechanic can assist you further if need be. Make a list of everything you need a week in advance to make sure you have everything.
Not sure what you need? Check out our blog post 8 Items You Need on a Charity Ride.
It is also a good idea to practice changing a flat tire at home before it happens out on the course. There are plenty of videos online to help with the process, so spend some time one evening practicing!
Charity events and races are supposed to be fun and enjoyable, and planning ahead can make event day less stressful so that you can finish with a smile on your face.
For all your event preparations stop into any of our ERIK’S locations and we will gladly help set you up for your next big ride.