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Monday, May 04, 2009

Advice from the Bike Rebbe for the MMBC

1. If you wake up and it's raining, turn off your alarm, fluff up your pillow, and go back to sleep. There's another ride just down the pike.

2. Keep your tires at the proper psi, and bring a mini-pump and CO2 cartridges. Take at least two tubes and, if you're riding anywhere in New York City, take four. LEARN HOW TO CHANGE A FLAT!

3. Put your phone in a plastic baggie with a good seal (unless you have a waterproof pocket in your jersey) whether or not it's raining; sweat can just as easily ruin your phone. Same thing for a camera.

4. If you're bald(ing) wear a shmata on your head. Besides soaking up sweat, it will prevent you from getting a nasty sunburn (Helmets have holes, y'know).

5. If you're dumb enough to ride in the rain, get a rain slicker. They are pretty effective and will keep you reasonably warm.

6. Get a riding vest; good for early morning rides where it's cold for the first few minutes of your ride. They can easily be rolled and put in your jersey pocket. Same thing with sleeves and leggings.

7. Powerade, not water, in your bottles. Always ride with two bottles if you are on a long ride (particularly if it's not a supported ride). NEVER let yourself run out of water of powerade. (Go into a deli if that's the best you can do).

8. Eat well the night before a ride. Don't eat within three hours of the ride; it doesn't help.

9. Eat within a half hour/hour after your ride. Even a chocolate milk is a good recovery drink if you have nothing else. You have burned a lot of calories; you need to replenish.

10. Take a couple of Cliff Bars or Mojo Bars (or whatever you favor). Helps prevent bonking. You never know what awaits you at rest stops. Good to have something of your own.

11. Bring Advil. For SO many reasons.

12. Body Glide and/or Chamois Butt'r for the tush. V'hamayvin Yavin.

13. Suntan lotion. All over, but NOT on your forehead. Duh.

14. Wear a Road ID bracelet or anklet. Very important. Crashes can happen to anyone.

15. Bring some money. You never know when you need to go to Costco to buy some pants.

16. Bring a change of clothes for the car for after the ride. The faster you get out of your sweaty bike kit the better.

17. Wear sunglasses if it's sunny. (I know, very profound. But very important).

18. More important than anything...Have fun and ride safely.



  • At 5:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The MMFW'ers thank you for all of this wonderful of advice!! And those costco pants are awesome!!!

  • At 7:39 PM, Anonymous mmfw'er said…

    NOW you tell us all this????

  • At 8:59 AM, Blogger MoChassid said…

    I've ben telling you for months that the Bike New York ride stunk. And, in no uncertain terms did I tell you to skip it because of the rain.

  • At 8:47 PM, Blogger rescue37 said…

    Do you recomend the wrist or ankle road id tag?

  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger Jacob Da Jew said…

    Great great list!

    I just bought the wrist ID in yellow.

    Going for a bike ride to Queens now.


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