Ok, some may want to have an idea of what kind of gear that they might need to bring with them in order to make this a safe and comfortable trip.  Since Dayton is the first step, I think the basics for a independant, distance ride could boil down to the following:

  • a tuned-up Bicycle
  • a bike pump that fits your specific tire needs
  • 2 inner tubes (specific to your bike) -a hint to save space is to put them in a zip-lock bag with a touch of baby powder -to help save space and help slide on faster in case of a flat.
  • 2 water bottles (I want to stress that everyone has different personal hydration needs and should adjust this accordingly – there are plenty of places to stop and towns we will pass through, so riders should budget to travel at least 20 miles without means of resupply, as refill options could be that far apart)
  • ANSI or SNELL approved helmet. (I admit that I didn’t even own a helmet until I started doing the Tri-State-Trek, but the fact is safety is a priority and its a good idea!)
  • 1 pair of cycling shorts (this will make the ride so much more comfortable and will make a difference in the long haul)
  • 1 pair of cycling socks and 1 pair of running socks (to change into for the walk and after the ride)
  • cycling gloves (they will help)
  • Raingear (optional and a personal choice)
  • sunglasses and sunscreen (some might even want lip balm)
  • a snack (cliff bar, apple, banana, etc… plan like with water to go at least 20 miles without resupply)
  • a change of clothes for doing the walk or for the pizza carb up at Ha Ha’s Pizza (this is a personal call as we also will have a lift back to Columbus and a volunteer’s car and our fellow riders to consider)
  • *special note* clip in riders will have to consider how they want to do the walk and this may require a change of shoes.  Since the walk is much of the point, please think about the best choice for such a transistion. 

There will be other riders who will also desire to haul more or less gear.  The list is just a suggestion of some of the basics.  I want this ride to be accessable to everyone and I realize some riders may not have the tons of riding gear lying around to choose from.

On the home page I have a couple of local stores that I think deserve some patronage, though you always have to go with where YOU are most comfortable.  Just make sure that if your going to a local shop that they are knowledgable and eager to help you make good choices as this might be the first longer trip some have made.  Others will need even more gear later if they want to go the 125 miles to the Cincinnatti defeat walk on Oct. 5th.  Please also mention what you are planning to do,  to the bike shop, as they might be able to serve you better and make suggestions based on your experience.  Mentioning the ride will also get the word out to other cyclists that this event is going on and I can provide flyers if you want to see if the shop is willing to post them.

I will personally carry a small 1st aid kit, tire irons, a couple of rags, rubber gloves, waterproof bags, tire patches, and a bike multi-tool, and an adjustable bike pump.  I am commited to making this a fun and safe ride and will have the ability to carry gear for some of the riders in my saddle bags, in order to lighten their loads.  Until I know how many riders are definitely going, I won’t really know how much extra gear we might need to bring or how much I will personally be able to haul.  I will mention that less experienced riders are my top priority to support and I will make arrangements with riders about what will be carried before the ride to ensure plenty of time to plan and overall fairness of what gets hauled. 

Some riders may already be thinking that they are dreaming up more gear than they feel they can adequately carry.  There will be a couple of participiants who will be providing vehical support and will be driving down to the walk and will help get us back to Columbus from Ha Ha’s Pizza at the finish.  If you feel that you would like some gear to come down, please contact me in advance and I will speak to the drivers and see what each can resonably carry, just so long as all of us and our bikes can make it back 1st.  Riders who might have a loved one or a friend who would like to show support but who doesn’t want to ride can contact me and we can coordinate additional transportation as our ranks of cyclists grow. 

Its a good idea to get a good night’s sleep the night before and give yourself enough
time in the morning to eat a good breakfast.
Your eating and drinking habits before, during and after your rides will be critical to your success!
Eat a good meal before you go out on your ride, and bring snacks with you to munch on as you ride!
You want to be drinking at least 16oz. of water and at least 8 oz. of sports drink for every hour your on
the bike. A good rule of thumb to remember while you’re riding: eat when you’re not hungry and drink
when you’re not thirsty. If you wait until you’re hungry to eat your body won’t have the energy needed
to digest the food. If you wait until you’re thirsty to drink you’ll already be dehydrated.

Always Remember:
1) BE SAFE! – Wear a properly fitted bike helmet. Never wear headphones. Obey all traffic
signals and rules of the road. Carry a cell phone, ID, and cash.
2) Always Consider Your Reason for Riding – Think about why you are riding this Trek and remember it. Let it motivate you. It will! There will be days when you don’t want to get out of bed and ride, and at these times remember your reason for riding and let it carry you. 

The Idea behind ALS Warrior is simple.  We are here to fight for those who struggle to face this disease and to show strength and support to the families and loved one’s that are also fighting.  We are fortunate to be able to offer our strength and our energy and it is our honor to ride for those that suffer from ALS.

3) Remember to Stay Hydrated – Drink plenty of water and plenty of sports drinks! Water by itself is dangerous, and
sports drink by itself will not properly hydrate you. When you’re on your bike you should drink at least 1-
16oz. bottle of water every hour, and 1-8oz. bottle of sports drink every hour. Don’t wait until you’re
thirsty to start drinking because then it is too late. Drink early and drink often. Drink when you’re not
4) Eat – If you’re riding you should be eating. If you’ve signed up for this event to get back into shape and
lose weight that’s fantastic; many people use these organized rides as a way to motivate themselves and
set achievable goals. But don’t use your time on the bike as your dieting time. If you don’t keep your
body well fed, you won’t have the energy to ride anywhere. Eat early and eat often. Eat when you’re not
5) Have Fun – You’re doing something great for your community, for humankind and for yourself.
Remember that and have a great time!

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