Make sure your bike is in good running condition.
If you are not a frequent rider, take your bike to the shop for a tune up. Make sure the seat and handlebars are at the correct height. There will be mechanics at every rest stop and roving mechanics on the road to assist you. But you must do your part—please arrive with your bicycle ready to ride.
Bring a spare inner tube. We can’t stress this enough (and some of us carry two tubes).
Flat tires are the most common bicycle breakdown. While we sweep as much of the route as we can, some glass and debris should be anticipated.
Bring a water bottle; you will need it all day long.
Except for our morning coffee station, disposable cups and containers are not available at Tour dem Parks, Hon!
Again, bring a water bottle & spare inner tube.
Bring your helmet!
Every rider must wear a helmet.
Prepare your body.
Your bike is tuned up, ya got your helmet and water bottle… now focus on yourself. Tour dem Parks, Hon! offers 4 routes to accommodate a wide range of riding abilities, and it offers motivation to improve your cycling skills and to get yourself in better shape. The more you prepare, the more comfortable you will be on the tour, and the more likely you will be to cycle on your own. (Ain’t that part of the plan?) If you haven’t cycled or exercised in a while, you should start slowly and maybe consult a personal trainer or physician as part of your training.
Get in shape:
- Take a ride several evenings every week until the tour.
- Make a date with your bicycle every weekend. You can take your bike on the Metro, Light Rail and all MTA buses.
- Check www.meetup.com -- there are groups in Baltimore that meet for bicycle rides.
- Cycling is becoming part of Baltimore’s transportation system—take this opportunity to join the fun.
Check out our links for the Description of Rides, Schedule of Events and others for more detailed information.