Proper equipment preparation ensures that your bicycle and other equipment measures up to the terrain of Ride The Rockies. You will encounter several high alpine 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 or not your bike is suitable for the challenges of the ride, have it checked out by a qualified bike shop.
We highly recommend a tune-up for your bicycle prior to Ride The Rockies to make sure everything is working properly for the start of the Tour. All registered Ride The Rockies participants will receive a $10 coupon to our participating bike shops that can be applied towards this service. Plan to have your bike tuned a few weeks prior to the event to allow for any post-service adjustments. Also, we recommend scheduling your tune-up well in advance as March-June is a busy season for bike shops and turnaround times will likely be longer than usual.
In preparation for your week long cycling adventure, we highly recommend that you have a bike fit done by a qualified fitter, especially if you are experiencing any 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 adjustment to maximize your cycling comfort and performance. If you are in the Denver area, contact our preferred bike fitter Morgan Murri for a consultation. [email protected]
Helmets are required for all participants in RTR . A helmet is a cyclists best safety net to avoid life threatening injuries in the case of a crash. When choosing what helmet is best for you, there a few considerations we recommend taking into account. First, make sure you find a good fit. A proper and effective helmet fit is necessary for your helmet to protect you. Helmets should be snug around your head, but not painfully tight. You should not be able to shake the helmet off of your head even without the buckles secured. There are many different types of helmets on the market, we recommend purchasing a road bike helmet for the Tour. Road bike helmets are aerodynamic, lighter weight, and provide adequate ventilation on hot days. An additional technology that adds another level of protection to helmets is MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System). MIPS is scientifically proven to reduce rotational motion by absorbing and redirecting rotational energies and forces transferred to the brain from angled impacts to the head.
SHIPPING AND FLYING WITH YOUR BIKE
If you are considering shipping or flying with your bike, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind. If you are flying, it is a good idea to check with your airline to see their packing requirements and restrictions. When it comes to packing your bike, you want to make sure this is done in a safe and secure manner to ensure your bike is in the same working condition when it arrives in Colorado as when it left your home. We recommend watching this video from the Global Cycling Network to see how to properly package your bike in a cardboard bike box. If you do not feel comfortable packing your bike on your own, most qualified bike shops can offer you this service.
Alternatively, consider using our partner Bike Flights, it is a bicycle shipping service. For more information check out BikeFlights.com
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT CONSIDERATIONS
Any changes to your bicycle or new equipment purchases should be done well in advance of Ride The Rockies to ensure you are comfortable with any changes to your current setup. Ride the Rockies is not the place to “test” gear for the first time.
**Please see our Packing List page for our full list of recommended equipment to bring with you to Ride The Rockies.