If you haven’t hit your first group ride of the season just yet, read these tips to be sure you’re ready to rock and roll.
Be punctual! If you’re riding there, map it out and leave the house with plenty of time for a mishap like a wrong turn or a flat tire. If you’re driving, plan to get there at least 10 minutes before the posted roll-out time.
Don’t forget your flat kit! It should include an extra tube of the right size, tire levers, and some sort of inflation device (pump or CO2 cartridge and adapter). Even if you’re running Gatorskins and you’re SURE you won’t flat, you will or somebody else might and you’ll be able to save the day.
Look up the route beforehand, if possible. Having a general idea of where you’re going and how far it’ll be will help you know how much water/food you’re going to need to bring, where possible pitstops might be, or how to find your way back to your car if you get dropped.
Put on a brave face- if you’re the new kid on the block, don’t be afraid to make friends! Practice your conversation starters on your cat before you show up. Things like “nice saddlebag” and “wow I get such a great draft behind you” are sure to break the ice.
Bring cash for that inevitable coffee stop.
Look at the weather for the start and the end of the ride. Adjust your tire pressure/attire/lenses accordingly.
When you feel ready to roll in a steady paceline and sprint for city limit signs, the City Hub Cyclery weekly group rides are your chance. Kit up and be at City Hub for a 40 mile cruise Sundays at 9am*!
We want YOU to ride with us!
*Or Monday at 6pm, as Sundays sometimes conflict with the local race schedule.