Originally Posted by Be Ready
How far do you all usually go?
The only thing that makes me remotely reluctant is that we are so new to biking, we have not learned how to maintain our bikes.
Hey, can I expect to learn how to use the lastest technology such as those tiny cansisters of oxygen? Also, can I expect to learn what to carry in my road kit in case of emergency.
I ask these questions because eventually, I would like to take some longer rides -say 35-50 miles.
The Sat. co-op rides vary weekly depending on the participants and weather (5 - 25 mi).
Loaner bikes are available and no-one is left behind.
We sometimes stop for breakfast or a snack if the group desires.
There are plenty of riders that are happy to help with maintenance issues.
The little cannisters carry CO2 (the same gas in soda dispensers) and are used for quickly inflating tires.
If you have one we can demonstrate how to use it but many of us just carry pumps on our bikes.
The most important thing to carry IMO is a phone.
Other than that a spare tube, pump, tire levers, patches, cement, and maybe a couple small wrenches or a multi-tool should get you out of any trouble you find yourself in.
The co-op sponsors several longer rides during the year and "NorthCoast Sports" magazine lists rides sponsored by other cycling organizations. (you can pick up a copy at the OCBC on Sat.)
See you on Sat.