Advice for new riders

Banana Slugs “words of wisdom” for first-time riders

  • Knowing how to use your bike is more important than having the “right” bike.
  • Go on lots of training rides.
  • Practice riding in a group.
  • Make sure your training involves hills – lots of hills.
  • Know how to use your gears and when to use your breaks.
  • Eat before a training ride.
  • Spend time in the saddle; practice being on a bike for four or five hours.
  • Trails are good for conditioning, but you need to spend time training on the road because you need to know how to safely ride on a road.
  • Learn how to signal people on the road. Make sure to experience what it's going to be like to ride and be restricted to a shoulder.
  • Practice communicating with your team. Know what symbols you are going to use to communicate with each other when you can't hear the cars passing by, or the wind blowing in your ears.
  • Always have Chamois Butt'r.
  • Wear sunscreen even if you don’t think you need it.
  • Having the right equipment is essential. Part of that is the clothing. I mean cycling clothing looks dorky. but it's for a purpose, right? We have those padded shorts for a reason. 
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
  • Never lose your sense of humor, it helps get you through the tough parts.