Saturday Forty Lite
Forty Miles at a lighter pace
This is a transitional ride above Tweeners and below the Fast Forty/DB Rides. This ride will average 17.5mph to 18.5mph and follow a static 40 mph route similar to the Fast Forty routes. Note: the route is subject to change based on construction and conflicting rally routes. The ride will introduce the concept of a routing paceline but it will not be required that all riders participate. Pacelining on the ride will be limited to certain areas on the ride. Please read and be prepared to follow all PBA ride rules. Please have your bike in good mechanical condition (ABC Quick Check - passed by you) before we start the ride to limit the chance of mechanical delays and crashes caused by mechanical failures that can affect the safety and enjoyment everyone on the ride.
“A” is for air
- Inflate tires to the rated pressure as indicated on the sidewall of the tire. A bicycle pump is recommended.
- Use a pressure gauge to ensure proper tire pressure. (Bicycle tires need to be re-inflated more often than car tires, and properly inflated tires reduce the chance of flats.)
- Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall; replace tire if worn.
“B” is for brakes
- Rotate wheels to check that nothing is rubbing.
- Inspect brake pads for wear; replace is there is less than 1/4" of pad left.
- Check adjustment on brake pads; make sure they do not rub tire or dive into spokes.
- Check adjustment of brake levers. When applied, there should be least 1" between each lever and the handlebar.
“C” is for cranks, chain, and cassette
- Chain should be clean, lubricated, and quiet — not chattering, squeaking, or squealing!
- Use a lubricant that’s specifically designed for bicycles.
- If your chain skips while riding, you might need a new chain, a new cassette, and/or an adjustment.
- Make sure that your crank bolts are tight.
“Quick” is for quick releases
- Wheels need to be tight in the frame, with the hub’s quick-release lever fully engaged at 90° angle.
- Your hub quick release should point back to ensure that nothing catches on it.
- Inspect brake quick releases to ensure that they are engaged.
“Check” is for check it over
- Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them.
- Check to make sure that your helmet is snug and level on your head, with straps snugly adjusted.
- Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly.
- Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few miles of the ride.
Source: League of American Bicyclists (LAB)