- Eat and drink well in the days before the NYC Century Bike Tour.
- Get out and ride! Or run, swim or skate -- anything to get in shape. See T.A.'s BikeNYC.org for a list of other NYC-area bike rides and events.
- Consider investing in a pair of padded bike shorts. Not into lycra? Look for new styles that aren't form-fitting. Even the toughest behinds get tired after hours in the saddle.
- Stretch, stretch, stretch, at every rest stop and every chance you get! Your body will thank you in the morning.
- The Five Borough Bike Club is hosting a ride series specifically geared toward training riders to complete the full 100-mile option in the NYC Century Bike Tour! Check out their training ride schedule for more information.
- Helmet (Required by New York State law for children under 14, strongly encouraged for everyone)
- Water bottles filled with water
- Appropriate clothing: be prepared for rain and/or intense sun
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Extra tire tube (check for the size on your tire)
- Pump, tire levers and patch kit (and an adjustable wrench if your wheels are not quick release)
- NYC bike and subway maps
- Money: although we provide snacks and water, you may want to buy a full lunch or stop at any of the Bikes & Bites participating eateries
- It's a good idea to bring a fully-charged cell phone and a MetroCard, too
Your Bike / ABC Quick Check
Treat your bike to a full tune-up before the NYC Century Bike Tour. Nothing is worse than discovering something wrong with your bike after you start the ride. Visit one of the many NYC-area bike shops that support T.A. advocacy. If you join T.A. when you register for the NYC Century Bike Tour, your membership card will get you a discount at any shop on our list! A bike shop can also help you make sure that your bike fits -- small adjustments from seats to brakes can do wonders for your riding style.
While you’re at the shop, make sure that your tires are fully inflated. For long distance rides, it's important to not go by "feel." Get a gauge and check the tire for the recommended PSI.
Refer to these ABC's to ensure your bike is ready to ride: