What to Pack


Helmet

You must wear a hard bike helmet at all times on the ride when you are pedaling.


No helmet/no ride/no exceptions.


Really.


Oh yeah, and while we’re being mean, no earphones or cell phones while you’re pedaling either. If you break these rules, we will kick you off the ride and everyone will laugh at you when you’re not looking.  No refunds.


Water Bottles

Bring TWO water bottles with you or you will dehydrate and die. Have a nice day!


Warm Clothes?  Summer Clothes?

We’re riding in October at the foot of the mountains.  Hard to tell you now if it will be hot summer weather or brisk fall weather, BUT... we have a really cool solution!  If you want to wear that extra jacket in the morning, you can drop it off at the first rest stop if you wish and we will transport it free back to the start/finish line for you.  Nice!


Gear

EVERYONE should have these items with them at all times during the ride:


A cell phone (if possible)

A small tire patch kit

TWO inner tubes that fit your bike

A small tire pump


AND...


Nowadays 99% of all bikes come with quick-release wheels (you flip open a little lever to remove the wheel).  If your bike does NOT have quick-release wheels that’s fine, but that means that you should ALSO be carrying a small wrench that fits your wheels.  That’s so the wheel can be removed in case you get a flat.  If you’re not sure which type of wheels you have just ask your friendly bike shop crew.


Even if you don’t know how to use this gear you should still be carrying it.  If you get a flat (and ALL bicycles get flats...) we can get you back on the road in 10 minutes if you are carrying this stuff.  It can be 45 minutes or longer (MUCH longer) if you aren’t carrying this stuff.


Locks

Highly unnecessary. We always see someone pedaling with a 20-pound chain on their bike. This doesn't mean that you should leave your bike unattended; it does mean that you can usually get a trustworthy friend to watch your bike for you while you duck in somewhere for two minutes.


Luggage

Bring a gym bag or backpack to morning check-in, and we'll watch it for you while you pedal.


Things to pack in your bag:


A towel (there are free hot showers at the finish line)

Your favorite shampoo and soap

A change of clothes


Things to NOT pack in your bag:

Your house keys

Eyeglasses

Asthma inhaler

Methadone

All of your money


What if your bike breaks down and you decide to bail? Your vital stuff could be in your luggage far from where you are.)


Camera

Don’t forget about the Bike the River Valley photo contest.  Any picture that you take on ride day, Sunday October 18th from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. qualifies.  The first prize is a $100 gift certificate to the local bike shop of your choice.  The judging will be highly subjective and probably unfair.

To enter the contest, just email your photos to photos@biketherivervalley.com after the event. Send as many as you want, but please don’t just forward the entire contents of your camera (including photos of your cousin’s wedding).  


Don’t forget to include your name and contact info so we can reach you if you win.


Deadline for submitting photos: October 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.


Note from the Evil Marketing Department: any photos you submit become the property of the Bike the River Valley ride.  We reserve the right to use them to promote our rides, and to reprint them on a dreadful series of tacky and poorly made coffee mugs, commemorative plates, keychains, T-shirts, etc. which we will make millions off of.  Wah-ha-ha-ha!


Money

Bring some, for snacks and emergencies.