What to bring on your RBC ride
To avoid the disappointment of having to abandon the ride before you've even begun, you should come with a properly tuned bicycle with tires inflated properly. You must wear a helmet on all RBC rides. All riders should carry a spare tube, a patch kit, tire levers, a pump or cartridges; a multi-tool is helpful. You can get them all at your favorite bike shop.
Inspect your bike and its components regularly for anything that looks like it could use attention. While you can't anticipate everything that might happen, prevention's still the best medicine; nothing is worse than having to walk your bike home.
A-level and B-level riders are expected to be mostly self-sufficient, able to repair flat tires and make mechanical fixes and adjustments to derailleurs and brakes while out on the road.
C-level and D-level riders can count on assistance from ride leaders if needed to repair or change flats.
Bring these things and you'll be prepared to ride:
- Helmet and Bike
- 1 or 2 filled water bottles (figure 1/hour of ride time)
- Cell Phone (make sure you've entered ICE telephone numbers)
- Emergency Money
- Spare Tire Tube
- Inflation device (pump or CO2)
- Tire Levers
- Patch Kit
- Snack or energy bar
- Light jacket or extra layer
Day of the ride
- Print cue sheet if one's available for the ride
- Have a good breakfast
- Inspect your bike, inflate your tires
- Apply sunscreen
- Arrive 15 minutes early; rides leave promptly at stated start times
If you've never ridden with us before or you're new to cycling and don't know your rider level, the Rockland Lake All-levels rides are a great place to start. The ride leader can help assess where you're at and direct you to a suitable ride for your next outing with RBC.