Deep thoughts on cycling and some advice for 5 Boro Bike Tour riders
Along with 33,000 or so other people, I’m in the final stages of getting ready to ride the 40-mile 5 Boro Bike Tour in New York City this weekend. If you are unfamiliar with this event, check it out: http://www.bikenewyork.org/rides/fbbt/index.html.
As I doublechecked my saddle bag in preparation for the ride I’ve waited my whole life to do, I got to thinking about what cycling means to me, and likely, always will:
Cycling is all about the fun. I’ve been selling, building, maintaining, and marketing the cycling lifestyle now for close to 16 years and I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many times I have uttered that exact line before. Cycling is all about the fun. Remember that feeling of freedom, the sense of adventure, and the calling to explore what’s round that next bend you got when you were a kid and finally able to pedal past your current boundaries. I fully believe that this is why we return to cycling so passionately as adults, and why many of us this time of year get psyched to get out on the two wheels. Not only are we able to reduce carbon emissions, lose weight, and shed some of the day-to-day burdens of the 9 to 5 working world; we are able to have fun doing it!
And as far as I’m concerned, nothing is going to be more fun than the 5 Boro Bike Tour. While I’m a first time rider in this epic event, I’m no stranger to long rides so I thought I’d share some of the things I plan to bring with me for other 5 Boro riders who are having last minute jitters. On my bike I always make sure to have two water bottles, not that I always use both bottles, but it’s always good to have too much water than not enough. Some people also choose to use a hydration pack. Personally, I find hydration packs uncomfortable on longer rides, but that’s just me–big, burly me. I also bring along a well-stocked saddle bag with a whole bunch of stuff to keep me safe and ensure I can get back home if I have a mechanical issue like a flat tire.
- Saddle bag
- Hand pump
- Knog lights
- Spare tube
- CO2 pump
- Patch kit
If you’re going to bring along all the stuff I’m bringing, it’s important to know how to use it. If you’re not sure, just stop by any of the 65 Eastern Mountain Sports stores in the northeast, especially those with bike departments which offer clinics on basic bike maintenance and repair. I hope this little tidbit of information helps you get out there more and enjoy a great season of cycling. Whether you’re heading to the 5 Boro Bike Tour or a 15-minute cruise around your neighborhood, be sure to remember, it’s all about having fun!