Not all bicycles are created equal nor are they suitable for all conditions. Having a reliable and relatively trouble free bicycle will result in a positive experience. Use of department store bicycles is discouraged as they generally lack components such as quick release wheels and seat adjustment, and in the case of mountain bikes, may have heavy and forks and frames do not last under trail use conditions.
It is strongly recommended to seek out the advice from the inventory of Niagara’s many independent bicycle stores. Support your local bike shops and Club sponsors.
For those riders interested in club clothing, there are a few pairs of old stock shorts and bibs that may fit some of the youth riders – and prices have been discounted. If you are interested, please contact Rick Clift to arrange a time to check out what is available.
Important items to bring on each ride includes water (bottles or hydration packs), food (gels, electrolyte replacement), spare tube, tire levers, portable pump or CO2 system, eye protection, clothing suitable for variable weather and riding conditions and a multi-tool. Also consider sunscreen and insect repellent when they may be required.
For youth riders who are interested in trying clipless pedals (SPDs) for mountain bike riding, there are shoes available to borrow courtesy of some Club members, you supply the pedals and cleats. Five pairs of shoes are currently available in EURO sizes 36 (Canadian 5), 37 (Canadian 5.5), 38 (Canadian 6) and two pairs of 39 (Canadian 6.5). Shoes should remain within the Youth Programme – when you are finished with them, pass them along to another rider. Contact Finlay Buchanan if you are interested.