Your safety is very important to us! Please take the time to review these essential safety and training tips to ensure you are ride ready.

Training Tips

One of the benefits of your ride with Wheels is the opportunity to train, get in shape, and take advantage of this amazing sport. Here are some basic training tips to get you started:

Train often!

Try to ride a few times a week rather than one long ride each week.

Stay hydrated!

Always carry at least one, if not two, full water bottles with you when you set out for a training ride.

Energy boost!

Be sure to bring some healthy snacks with you.

Eat well!

Choose meals and snacks that have a good balance of protein and carbohydrates to help your muscles recover faster leaving you less sore the next day.

Don’t forget to stretch!

Use basic stretches after every ride to increase flexibility and help avoid injury.

Safety

  • Wheels is a ride, not a race!
  • Always wear your helmet on a ride.
  • Know and obey all traffic signals, signs, markings, laws, and regulations.
  • Always be in control and ride predictably.
  • Try to ride in a straight line, and avoid excessive weaving back and forth.
  • Use hand signals and call out to indicate that you are going to turn or are about to stop and make your intentions known to those around you.
  • When stopping, pull to the right edge of the road. Move completely off the road to rest or make repairs.
  • Cycle with traffic, not against it. When moving from one lane to another, always give way to traffic.
  • Keep to the right of the road and leave other riders plenty of room to pass on your left.
  • Always stop at stop signs and look right, left, then right again before entering the road.
  • Always make left turns from the appropriate left-turn lane.
  • Ride single file when cycling with a group. Do not ride side by side.
  • Always be on the lookout for a person in the driver’s seat of any parked car you may pass. Parked drivers are notorious for swinging their doors open suddenly or pulling out into traffic without checking for bicyclists.

Proper Gear

To ensure your safety and enjoyment of your ride with Wheels here is a list of proper cycling gear that we recommend for the ride.

Helmet

—Helmets are an essential part of your cycling gear offering crucial protection to keep you safe from head injuries and they are required to participate in our ride. Make sure you have a proper fit. Buy the right size, and adjust it properly.

Cycling Clothing

– Dress in layers to pull away sweat, insulate, and protect you from the elements. Wearing layers also makes it easy to remove and add items to regulate your temperature while cycling. Technical synthetic fibers – lightweight polyesters, nylons, and stretch fabrics – move with you and dry quickly.

Shorts and Tights

—These help to reduce chafing and can provide extra comfort during your ride.

Jersey

—Cycling jerseys are usually made with moisture absorbing materials that draw sweat away and help keep you drier and more comfortable. They are designed with rear pockets for carrying snacks, your wallet and other important items.

Jacket

— Depending on your need you have basically 2 options: lightweight windshells and waterproof-breathable jackets.

Gloves

—Bike gloves have padded palms to absorb road vibrations when riding and to prevent road rash in the event of a crash. Short-finger cycling gloves absorb perspiration for a safer grip, protect against raw spots and blisters.

Shoes and socks

—Dedicated cycling shoes, either for road riding or mountain biking, are the best choice. Plenty of casual riders simply wear running shoes, but their softness makes them less suitable for longer distances. Socks are important for comfort and sweat absorption.

Sunglasses

— Although this isn’t an essential piece of riding gear, it will make your experience more enjoyable.