Ride Like a Girl is an initiative to get more women/girls into mountain biking and let them experience the joy it can bring. Everyone is welcome to join us on the FIRST Thursday of the month March through August. We generally meet at Mad Dog Cycles in Orem at 5:30 pm, but see postings for more details.

04 March 2011

Empowering

I love the way it feels when I know how to fix something myself. In fact, I can recall being at the first Park City Point 2 Point. It was early morning and everyone was jittery. A guy (who shall remain nameless) was looking for Chris because he (the guy) was having some issues with his front brakes. I was not sure where Chris was, so I asked him what he needed. He quickly explained the situation and it was something I knew how to do. So I did it for him. He was able to race and his brake did not cause him any problems. I felt empowered by this situation--unfortunately it did not help my race any. :)
I understand that not everyone can or wants to be a master mechanic, but I really feel it is important to know the basics. We all know how to put gas in our cars, check tire pressure, window washer fluid, etc. We should also know the basics about our bikes. In the least, we should have the tools so when we do ask or are happened upon "a knight in shining armor" (or a guy on a killer bike) that we don't make them sacrifice anything in helping us out other than a little time.

Items to bring with you:
  • Spare tube
  • Tools (that work for your bike) including a chain breaker
  • Pump and/or CO2
  • Patch kit (tube and/or tire)
  • Water/food 

Things to check periodically (i.e. before each ride)
  • Tire pressure and/or sealant
  • Chain (it may need lubing)
  • Tap the brake
  • Spin the wheels

1 comment:

KC said...

And make sure you check your patch kit every so often. The one time I needed mine the glue had dried out. :-(

Kendra