Prepping For A Charity Ride Made Easy

It’s that time of year again for enjoying the weather on your bike and challenging yourself. Whether you choose to do a charity ride or do a century that you mapped out yourself, you’ll need an array of specific items to keep you on the road as long as possible.

Your area may sponsor several charity rides throughout the spring and summer seasons to raise money and awareness for various medical conditions, social issues, or diseases. These rides are a great way to give back while having fun and seeing your hard work pay off. You can also use this as an opportunity to meet other avid cyclists in your area and coordinate regular group rides.

1-3 weeks before your big ride, begin gathering the items you’ll need for the day of the fundraiser and start brainstorming the things you’ll need to do to prepare for it (i.e. charge your cycling computer, inflate your tires, check your derailleur).

Or, you can check out (and print) these lists we’ve put together for you.

This is a list of the items to gather and bring with you for the big ride. Except for the floor pump and sunblock, you should carry all of these things with you while you ride – just in case.

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Items To Bring To A Charity Ride Check List 
    Ο  Helmet
    Ο  Patch Kit
    Ο  2 Tubes
    Ο  Mini Pump/CO2 Cartridge
    Ο  Multi-tool
    Ο  Emergency Lights (Headlight and Tail Light)
    Ο  Emergency Items: Cash, ID, Phone, Insurance Card
    Ο  At least 2 full bottles of water
    Ο  Food/Nutrition
    Ο  Cycling Shoes
    Ο  Cycling Gloves
    Ο  Sunglasses
    Ο  Sunblock
    Ο  Floor Pump (Only for when you arrive)
    Ο  First Aid Kit
    Ο  Change-In-Weather Gear (i.e. rain jacket, warm jacket, vest)
    Ο  A Wedge To Carry Extra Items (i.e. food, first aid, IDs, Cards)

Items To Bring To A Charity Ride Check List (Printable .pdf)

This is a list of all of the things you should do the night before to ensure that the day-of the charity ride goes smoothly.

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Things To Do Before A Charity Ride Check List
    Ο The Evening Before
    Ο  Charge Cycling Computer
    Ο  Charge Di2/EPS/eTap batteries (if applicable)
    Ο  Change Power Meter Battery If It’s Older Than 3 Months
    Ο  Inflate Tires
    Ο  Lube Chain
    Ο  Test Brakes And Derailleurs
    Ο  Fill Up Water Bottles (don’t add mix until morning of)
    Ο  Lay Out Your Kit, Sunscreen, And Chamois Cream
    Ο  Pack Your “Event Bag” with Shoes, Helmet, Sunglasses, Vest, Flat Kit, Food, ID/Cards/Phone Baggy And Garmin
    Ο  Put “After Bag” Next To Your Bike With Wet Ones, Towel, Street Clothes, Packet Of Recovery Mix, Sugary Drink, And Some Savory Food
    Ο The Morning Of (In This Order)
    Ο  Add Hydration Mix To Bottles and Put The Bottles In The “Event Bag”
    Ο  Do A Thumb Check On Tires To Make Sure They Didn’t Lose Pressure Over Night
    Ο  Double Check You Packed Your Garmin, Bottles, Food, Shoes, etc.
    Ο  Eat A Carb-Focused Breakfast At Least 45 Minutes Before Leaving
    Ο  Drink 500ml Of An Electrolyte Drink With Breakfast
    Ο  Use The Bathroom Before Leaving And At The Site… just in case
    Ο  Leave With Enough Time To Ensure You’re On The Starting Line 15mins Before The Event (this leaves time to correct any packing or prepping errors)

Things To Do Before A Charity Ride Check List (printable .pdf)

Choosing Your Endurance Bike

The technology and research that goes in to creating Endurance Bikes is incredible and has come a long way in the past few years. Whether you’re in the market for your first Endurance Road Bike or you’ve been thinking about upgrading your current one, we know that navigating the market for “the one” can be difficult.

Identifying Great Endurance Bikes:

  • A taller headtube
  • Wider tires
  • A longer wheelbase
  • Thin, compliant seatstays
  • Disc brakes
  • High modulous carbon frame (The C5’s are worth the price!)
  • Endurance geometry

Our personal favorite for endurance riding is the Fuji Gran Fondo 2.4 LE. This road bike has everything from high-modulous carbon for eliminating road chatter, to all-weather disc brakes, to a smooth Shimano 105 drivetrain and more. The Fuji Gran Fondo 2.4 LE is built for withstanding long rides (even centuries), while keeping you comfortable mile after mile.

For more info these are great reads:

Ways To Stay Cool And Have Fun

How To Be Prepared For On-The-Road Emergencies

A Guide To Long Distance Cycling

Beginners Guide To Road Bike Racing

How do you prepare for a charity ride or century?

4 thoughts on “Prepping For A Charity Ride Made Easy

    1. Almost any energy gel is sufficient as long as you consume them at regular intervals. Most recommend about every 45 minutes. I usually use them after every hour of riding along with regular water. Energy blocks/gummies are good to but sometimes stick to your gloves when eating and riding. Eat bananas to keep from cramping.
      Don’t eat large quantities of food at the rest stops during a century ride. The digestion process diverts energy to your stomach instead of your legs and you will feel sluggish. Eat small easily digested food portions during the ride and then feast after.

  1. then why last year I was looking my first road bike for long rides like CNC coastal ride and mountains to the coast ride, you sold me a Ridley Fenix. That bike is not a endurance bike,now I have to go through the process of finding the right bike for my needs. Salesman spent 3 minutes selecting my bike! Went to a bike specialty shop rather than a sports store like REI for better service, I clearly did not get it!

    1. Hi Leslie,

      We’re sorry if you feel you didn’t get the right bike for you– however the Ridley Fenix is actually an excellent endurance bike. In fact it’s one of the most popular bikes in our home office, exactly because it’s such a great bike over long distances (we even profiled our coworker Brian’s Fenix SL in the blog last year).
      The road bike market is undergoing a huge technological upheaval right now. During the last year so much new technology has entered the market at the consumer level, that it’s radically changed a lot of categories– endurance bikes included. Even just a year ago disc brakes on road bikes were still not really a thing, whereas this year they’re everywhere.

      The important thing though is whether your bike is right for you and the kind of riding you’re doing on it. If it’s comfortable, fits well, has the right gearing and tires, and you have fun when you ride it, then that’s really all that matters.

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