You will not want to miss the LiveOnBike performances on the bike ride between our venues. To truly experience a social ride, you have to take in a LiveOnBike performance! A LiveOnBike performance is an amplified music performance that takes place on a mobile stage in front of a large group of riders.
1. Your Bike:
Pump air in the tires, put oil on the chains, tuck in your pants leg so you don’t get a stain.
2. Check your Quick Releases:
Learn how to use them properly, they are essential for bike safety. Many people get this wrong, so watch this video to see how to use a quick release.
3. Check it all over:
• Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly
• Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them
• Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride
• Helmet, gloves, comfortable layered clothing, footwear, bandana (makes helmets more comfortable and absorbs sweat), hair tie for long hair.
• Empower yourself not to need help: a patch kit, mini-pump, a knowledge of tube patching and/or a spare tube. Patching a tire is a skill that comes with practice, but worth the effort. Then when a cute somebody is broken down you can help them out!
• Lip balm, sunscreen
• Lights (front and rear) should be in working order with fresh batteries.
• First Aid Kit – This is the type of item that is often neglected. My rule is = “Its better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.”
Bring WATER or your favorite beverage in a reusable container.
Snacks to share, an energy bar, Cliff bar, fresh fruit is always good, vegetables, nuts, trail mix, goodies of your choice.
A great way to record and share your experiences! Shoot pics of riders, bikes, and the places your go! At the end of the event, be sure to add them to the Rock the Bike Flickr Group or on our Facebook Page!
We want these rides to be safe and law-abiding so that our festival keeps a positive reputation in the community. We will have experienced route marshals identified by patches and armbands, who will help keep our group together and safe.
Please follow these simple rules.
- Some of the bikes in our group ride will be carrying live performers. These bikes generally require more concentration to ride safely. Please give these performance vehicles extra space so that their riders can maintain focus on safely guiding them through our route.
- Look for Route Marshals who will be identified by BMF patches.
- Do not ride in the oncoming lane of traffic!
- When we are on a multi-lane street such as Oak, stay to the right, keeping one lane open to allow cars to pass.
- How we handle stop signs: We roll through stop signs unless route marshals say to stop for safety or pedestrians. This reduces the amount of time our group spends in intersections and minimizes the delays we may cause to other road users.
- How we handle red lights and major intersections: We approach red lights and major intersections slowly, gathering our group and waiting for a green light. We try then to ride through as a single group. If the light turns red halfway through, we try to continue moving our group through the intersection unless it is unsafe to do so. Please defer to route marshals!
- Be careful of car doors opening if you are riding close to parked cars.
- Please ride predictably and in control.
- Try to stay with the main group, it’s safer and more fun for everyone.
- HAVE FUN! SING! REJOICE! SAY “YEAH!”