Take care to ensure that your bicycle and your equipment measures up to the terrain of Ride The Rockies. You will likely encounter several multi-mile passes with grades averaging 6-7%. A well-tuned, lightweight multi-speed bicycle is essential to climbing the mountain passes riders will encounter during the Tour. If you are uncertain whether your bike will make the grade, have it checked out by a qualified bike shop.
We highly recommend a tune-up for your bicycle prior to Ride The Rockies. All accepted Ride The Rockies participants receive a $10 coupon to our participating bike shops in their Rider Manual, sent to registered riders in March. Plan to have your bike tuned a few weeks prior to the event to allow for any post-service adjustments. Schedule your tune-up well in advance as March-June is high season for bike shops and turnaround times will likely be longer than usual.
In preparation for your weeklong cycling adventure, we highly recommend that you have a bike fit done by a qualified fitter, especially if you are experiencing consistent discomfort during your training rides. Our knees, backs, necks, shoulders and extremities will suffer greatly with a poor cycling position. Trained experts in cycling analysis can help you with form and adjustments to maximize your cycling comfort.
Often done by appointment only, these consultations could last anywhere from one to three hours. Expect to invest between $150-$300 for a session, plus any parts needed to enhance your experience. During your session, a fitter will do a thorough analysis of the relationship between your bike and your body. By matching you to appropriate pedals, handlebars and saddles, carefully placed to match your goals and limitations, the bike fitter will minimize your risk of injury and enhance your ability to put power to the pedals comfortably. Look for a fitter that has a certification from SICI- (SEROTTA FIT), Specialized’s BG system, Trek fit or RETUL. Strive to have your fit done at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the Tour.
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT CONSIDERATIONS:
- Any changes to your bicycle or new equipment purchases should be done well in advance of Ride The Rockies.
- Try out new cycling clothing (especially shorts) a few weeks prior to the Tour so you know they work for you.
- Bring a helmet that has never been crashed and is less than five years old.
- Comfortable, well-fit cycling shoes are strongly recommended for both training and the Tour. A little room to wiggle your toes in your cycling shoes is vastly preferable to ones that clamp down on your feet.
- Bring toe covers, arm warmers, knee warmers, insulated gloves and a windproof water resistant jacket at a minimum so you can smile and pedal through our chilly Colorado mountain mornings.
- Bring along a saddle bag which can hold, at a minimum, a spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, a multi tool with 4,5,6mm allen wrench fittings.
- Complete your safety check 1 week prior to RTR
- Check your pedal cleats for wear and replace them before you arrive.
- Consider purchasing cleat covers for the Tour as you will walk in your cycling shoes frequently during RTR.
- Check your tires. It’s a great idea to begin Ride The Rockies with fresh new tires with some degree of puncture resistance, such as the Continental Grand Prix 4-Season tire or the Specialized Armadillo elite. Both of these tires offer great performance and better puncture and cut resistance then a full bore race tire.
- Check your brake pads. While there will be several mechanics on tour to help you out in a pinch, it’s better to show up with a dialed in bike to maximize safety and enjoyment.