Riding longer distances offers some challenges and rewards.  Here are some assumptions and ideas for how to have a successful ride.

Assumptions for All Riders

We assume that you:

  • can be flexible when it comes to routes.
    • Routes could change the day of the ride if there was a recent storm or major changes to road or trail conditions.
  • have recently ridden your bike at least 75% of the distance you plan to ride.
    • When you ride this distance you discover the condition of your bike, your body and your gear.
  • know basic biking rules, like ride on the right, pass on the left, use a bell or sound to alert people when you are advancing from behind.
  • are able to be aware of path hazards and of others on the path.
  • will bring a good water supply and a “just-in-case” snack.
    • Water bottles or bladders, like Camelbaks, are a must. Avoid dehydration or becoming peckish as it is difficult to recover while riding.
  • know road biking rules, like no more than 2 abreast
  • understand that road budgets are limited, therefore county roads can seem rough, have potholes and gravel/road hazards may exist if you choose to ride on road routes
    • This is why trails, like the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail, are so important.  We need safer and smoother options for recreational and commuter rides.
  • know that wind and hills can build character or be a blessing.