Our Ramble Rides are short, social and meant for anyone. Curious about how to get started? This post is here to help get you rolling and ready for the Farm to Fork Fondo! Have a friend who you think would love to ride? Share this post with them to help get them started.
1. GET A WORKING BIKE
The number one reason that people don't ride is that they don't have a working bike. That rusty machine in your basement or barn with no air in its tires probably can ride again. Take a trip to your local neighborhood bike shop to get your old steed tuned up or to talk to an expert about finding a bike that's right for you. While you're there, pick up a water bottle and holder. They're usually very inexpensive and allow you to bring some water with you on your ride so you can stay hydrated.
2. GET A GOOD HELMET
Every bicyclist should wear a well-fitting helmet. We require one on the Farm to Fork Fondo Ramble Ride. A helmet should fit squarely and snugly on the top of the head in a level position and should not be able to slide back and forth or rock from side to side. Don't forget to fasten that chin strap.
Start off with a short spin. Getting out the door is usually the hardest part, but then you'll feel the wind in your hair and get a smile on your face! Here are some tips:
- Find a friend and agree to ride for 20 minutes together.
- Pick an easy route that you usually drive and ride your bike instead. Ride to the store, around the block or across town.
- Register for the Farm to Fork Fondo Ramble Ride to give yourself a goal.
Do I need spandex bike shorts? No, a comfortable pair of shorts that won't get in the way of your seat will work just fine. If you start doing longer mileage, special bike shorts with padding and less material to get bunched up will be more comfortable, but you don't need them to get started.
What about that uncomfortable seat? Everyone from beginners to the pros have complaints about bike seats. If you find yours uncomfortable, that's okay. Breaking your butt in to your bike takes a week or two of consistent riding. After that, if your seat is still a pain in the butt, consider going to a bike shop. There are all sorts of shapes and sizes available. More padding is not necessarily better and the matter is very personal, so it may take some trial and error, but there is a saddle for you!
What are those fancy shoes that cyclists wear and do i need them? When you first getting going, a pair of sneakers and some flat pedals is the way to go and doesn't require any learning curve. Experienced cyclists wear shoes with clips that attach to their pedals to get more power out of their pedal stroke. The fancy shoes are not required - sneakers are just fine for the casual rider.
How do I know how far I've gone or fast I'm going? An easy way to know how far you've ridden is to measure a loop in advance. For more accurate or real time information, a little bicycle computer can give you this info while you're riding. Keep in mind your smart phone can do it too with the Ride With GPS App. It's a great way to track your rides and share them with your friends.
Any other questions? Just ask us at firstname.lastname@example.org!