- Tip of the Week: Professional Bike Fit
- Passing Slower Groups
- Club Clothing
Tip of the Week: Professional Bike Fit
This weeks tip of the week concerns the value of a professional bike fit. Most of this comes from my own personal experience.
For many years, I rode a mountain bike that was purchased and never actually properly fit for me. This was my only bike so, when I started finding myself doing more road riding, I was also starting to do longer and longer rides. I also used the mountain bike on my VR trainer in the winter.
I found that my back and shoulders really started bothering me. I went to the doctor who sent me to physio and, being a cyclist himself, recommended I take the bike in for a proper fit.
I won't say it was night and day after the fitting, as I also learned that I needed to strengthen my core as well as being in properly fit. However, it did make a difference and I knew that I wasn't putting strain on parts that didn't need to be strained.
Since the first fitting, I have gone back for fitting adjustments now and then.
It's important to listen to your body and to get a proper fitting. Aches and pains on the bike are inevitable but they don't have to be damaging.
Passing Slower Groups
An incident happened this past week with a couple of the 407/Appleby groups. One of the faster groups was passing a slower group. From what I was told, there were no warnings to let the slower group know that passing was going to happen. What's worse, I've been told that there was some attitude shown towards the slower riders.
This is unacceptable and inconsistent with the etiquette we try to instill. We're all trying to enjoy ourselves out there. We want to encourage more people to cycle. If you are a faster group approaching a slower group and it's not safe to pass, slow down and pass when it's safe to do so.
Usual spiel. Blah blah blah. Club clothing available.
That's it for this week.
- Tip of the Week: Bicycle Control
- Niagara Falls Special Ride
- Sunday Rides Next Weekend
- Club Clothing
Tip of the Week: Bicycle Control
This week's tip of the week concerns bicycle control.
It's important to have good control of your bike at all times - no weaving, being able to maintain a straight line while riding, being able to avoid road imperfections with a small bunny hop if necessary, etc.
This all boils down to predictability. Our bikes don't have brake lights and the majority of us don't have mirrors to see what's behind us (although, a mirror is a good thing to invest in). We need to be predictable out there for our fellow riders and to the motorists with which we share the road. Proper bike control is the first line of defense and something that should be practiced in an area with no traffic.
Please see the Group Ride Guidelines and Etiquette page on our website for more information: http://www.oakvillecc.com/index.php/member-resources/group-ride-etiquette
Niagara Falls Special Ride
There is one more week until the Niagara Falls special ride.
You should have seen some notes from Pieter and Jeremy over the last week. Pieter will be leading the ride out of Oakville (~220 km) and Jeremy will be leading the ride out of Hamilton (~160 km). If you'd like to join either of those groups, please e-mail Pieter or Jeremy directly to let them know you're interested. In order to join the Hamilton ride it is recommended that you are a strong G4 and up rider, while anyone considering Oakville should be a very strong G5 rider.
There are still two spots left in group 2 on the GO Train.
Those of you that have signed up for the GO Train will get more details in the coming days on where we meet, when, etc.
Sunday Rides Next Weekend
Jeremy and I are still hammering out the details for next Sunday's rides out of Halton Region Centre. Right now Recreational and groups 1 to 3 are a go. Several group 4 members have indicated their interest in joining the Hamilton ride, including the scheduled ride leader.
We'll get things sorted over the coming days and let you know what's going on with group 4 for next Sunday.
I have distributed the majority of club clothing to its rightful owners.
For the remainder, I will be reaching out to you directly to see when we can arrange a time for you to get your clothing.
That's it for this week.