The 2017 riding season is off and running. The weekly rides have all started, and the 2017 organized ride schedules are set. You can access information on most of these rides from the Community link near the top of this page. Temperatures are an important consideration when cycling.
Remember to dress for the weather. I use leg warmers or tights below 63 degrees or so. The fluid that lubricates your knees needs the warmth to work correctly.
Remember to drink before you get thirsty even in cooler weather it is important to stay hydrated.
Plan ahead, many of the popular rides can fill up. Pick out a couple of nice rides along with the Assenmacher 100 and put them on your schedule. Set a realistic schedule and goals that are achievable.
Sign up for an early season ride and put the 2017 Assenmacher 100 on your schedule. That can help motivate you and train your way to fitness while imagining tail winds and sunny summer days
Keep your your bicycle in shape. Be prepared for the unexpected. Check your tires regularly for wear and damage. Keep them inflated to the correct pressure for the type of riding you are doing. Make sure that you have a spare tube, pump, and you know how to use them. Always carry your cell phone! Keep Riding! Matt Assenmacher
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Check Chain Wear - If you ride a lot, you should inspect your chain every six months or so to see if it should be replaced. Check chain wear by leaning your bike against a wall and pushing on a pedal to load the chain. Then, pick any chain pin on the top of the chain and measure to any pin 12 inches away. Because the links are exactly an inch long when new, you should be able to measure exactly 12 inches between two pins. If the measurement is 12 1/8 inches, or longer, it's time to replace the chain. Keep in mind, that when you replace the chain, you may also need to replace the cassette because they wear at approximately the same rate.
Cycling Glossary - Word of the Day
The first and most famous triathlon. Held in Kona, Hawaii in October each year, it's comprised of a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike race and 26.2-mile run. Competitors have 17 hours to finish the race.