Making Sure You Have the Right Gear to Train
Since it’s your most important piece of gear on this adventure, you need to feel comfortable with your choice of bicycle. Empire State Riders have competed 500+ miles on all types of bicycles – hybrids, fitness, mountain, and road. Your best choice will tend toward road-style bicycles, with narrow tires and lighter weight frames.
Regardless of your cycling experience, bring your bicycle to your favorite local bike shop and get their advice on riding it 500+ miles. They will discuss fit, gear, accessories, or your next bicycle if you’re so inclined! A bike shop safety check and tune up before training will reveal any safety concerns well before your ride.
It’s important to ride your bicycle on several training rides prior to the Empire State Ride, so it will be equally important to have your bicycle re-checked before the adventure begins.