Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Our FIRST Night Ride of the season is this Saturday! - 5 Tips for getting ready
Night Rides on the Towpath Trail have been popular events throughout the cycling season for going on 19 years, and have been featured in several news outlets, from local publications such as the Akron Beacon-Journal and Cleveland Plain Dealer, to national magazines such as Bicycling and Bicycle Retailer and Industy News.
Our first ride of the 2013 season is THIS Saturday, April 27. The ride begins at 8:00pm from the Peninsula store.
Never ridden on a Night Ride before? These 5 Tips will help you get started, or provide some reminders to prepare for a new season of Night Rides even if you're a weathered veteran!
1. Make sure your bicycle is in good working order
safety check to make sure your brakes and shifting are working properly.
2. Have a helmet and headlight
Helmets are mandatory on all Century Cycles Night Rides. Every rider must also have their own headlight. Any headlight will do; you don't need anything fancy. A camping-style headlamp is okay, as long as it can be adjusted to fit over or under your helmet. Even a flashlight duct-taped to your helmet or handlebar will work.
The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail is unlit, and can be pitch dark after sundown. Although riding at night with the proper equipment is safe and fun, you may also want to check out our Night Ride on the Towpath Trail Safety Tips.
3. Dress for the weather, wear layers for flexibility, and bring water
4. Check the weather forecast, and make your own informed decision whether or not to ride
5. Arrive early enough to have plenty of time to get ready to ride
You'll need time to find a place to park. Parking at the Century Cycles lot is very limited; use on-street parking or the Lock 29 Trailhead parking lot if necessary. Then, you'll need time to change into your riding clothes, unload your bike, and do a last-minute double-check of your bike tires, brakes, etc. If you need any accessories or mechanical help, the store is usually open until the ride starts, but please be reasonable--we won't have the time for major repairs, and we don't want to delay the start of the ride for the dozens of other participants. Most importantly, arriving early gives you plenty of time to introduce yourself, socialize with the other riders, and HAVE FUN. That's what it's all about!
Remember, a Night Ride on the Towpath Trail is meant to be a casual, fun ride; it's not a race. Some Type-A groups of people end up making it a race on their own, but you can ignore them! We'll announce the turn-around point before the start of the ride. If you are in the middle of the ride and feel like you are running out of steam, feel free to turn back at any point on your own; you'll probably pass other like-minded souls!
See www.centurycycles.com/for/NightRides for the complete ride schedule, as well as more articles, photos, and videos from past rides!