Improving rider safety is a key focus of the Club. The ExxonMobil Cycling Club has developed tools to assist you in becoming aware of the many issues that will improve your skills as a rider. If you are a novice rider, or have participated in numerous long-distance rides, please take the time to review all of the available information. You never know what you might learn.
Group Riding Skills Class
The ExxonMobil Cycling Club is a strong supporter of safe cycling. All of our members must take a hands-on skill class their first year and at least every three years thereafter.
We are fortunate that our Club's very own League of American Bicyclists League Certified Instructors (LCI) are once again organizing Group Riding Skills classes. We strongly encourage you to sign up early for one of these training sessions. Class fee is $15 for club members attending sessions hosted by Energy Riders Training Series participating teams.
The following ExxonMobil Cycling Club hosted sessions have been established. Register for the session on the Eventbrite Link and submit payment via Paypal as instructed in the registration confirmation. Team member rate is $15.
Sat. Oct 22, 2016 1:00 - 4PM Bike Barn, 629 S Mason Road, Katy TX
Tues. Nov 1, 2016 11:30 - 1:00 EMHC Classroom, 4:30 - 6PM Parking Lot Drills at Northgate Crossing Elementary
Sat. Jan 28, 2017 1:45 - 5:00 EMHC Classroom and Parking Garage
Sat. Feb 11, 2017 8:45 - Noon EMHC Classroom and Parking Garage
Sat. Feb 25, 2017 1:00 - 3:30 Refresher Class available only to Club members who have previously completed Group Riding Skills training and are due for renewal.
Have you viewed the Safety Zone on the MS Society web site? This site is a great source of information to help you train, go over safety checks you need to do each time you get on your bike, nutrition and hydration information.
The MS 150 Safety Committee has designed an online Safe Cycling Survey for all MS 150 riders to take. Completion of this quiz of our Team members is a qualifying factor in the MS 150 Safety Award. Thus, the expectation is all of our MS150 team members will complete this quiz. At your earliest convenience, please review check out the Safety Zone and complete the Safety Quiz.
We encourage all riders to visit the MS 150 Safety Page today to increase your safe cycling knowledge.
Cycling Equipment Safety
The National MS Society and the ExxonMobil Cycling Club want you to complete every ride safely. Please visit the official National MS Society's safety article about equipment safety which includes helpful information like the ABC Quick Check below. Cycling Equipment Safety
Helmets are required for all of our events! Here is a quick video about the importance of helmets and how to properly fit them to your head. While this video features children it is important to remember that the reasons for wearing a helmet apply to all of us.
ABC Quick Check
A is for air
• Check your wheels for worn tires, loose spokes, warped rims, and proper tire inflation.
B is for brakes
• Check brakes for function, cable tightness, worn pads, frayed cables, and alignment of the pads with the rims.
C is for cranks, chain, and cassette
• Check your pedals and cranks for tightness.
• Check for chain looseness and bad links; clean regularly. Lubricate with bicycle chain lube.
• Check the derailleur for worn cogs and adjustment. Check that your gears change smoothly.
Quick is for quick releases
• Check to ensure that the wheels are clamped securely in the drop-outs before each ride.
• Check your helmet for cracks and make sure it fits properly.
• Check your shoes for tight cleats and straps/buckles.
Cycling Weather Safety
With a little planning you can dress for success. This handy FREEZO-GUIDE comes to you from teammate John Hefti!
• Below 60 (deg. F): Arm warmers / t-shirt below the jersey (some people use newspaper...it works!)
• 50-55 (F): All the above plus leg warmers.
• 45-50 (F): Cycling jacket (that blocks wind) and full finger gloves. (+ all the above)
• < 46 (F): Break out the neoprene booties or foot warmers (a must to keep your feet warm), plus ear warmer headbands. (+ all the above)
• 35-40 (F): Long underwear, balaclava (head and face), full finger wind proof gloves + all the above + SUN. (Consider Spin Class if clouds persist)
• < 35 (F) Spin Class for sure! (or if it is sunny it will usually get warmer, have a coffee in the meantime)
You may not think about Training and Conditioning when you think about Safety. But, in order to complete a two-day tour like the MS 150, you have to be in pretty good shape. Even people who cycle regularly may not be able to complete a ride of this magnitude. It takes training and preparation to get ready.
If you are wondering how to get ready for the ride, the MS 150 group has a recommended training plan in the Rider Resources section of its website.
If you want a more detailed plan, there are several on the web that will help you get ready for a Century, or 100 mile, ride. Since that is basically what the first day of the MS 150 is, add some longer Sunday rides, and you will be getting ready!
All experienced riders know that training and conditioning is more than just accruing miles on the bike saddle. You have to treat your body right to get to the finish line. Hydration is very important to successful riding. Most exercise experts recommend a minimum of 16 ounces of water per hour of riding. You also need to get nutrition regularly during a ride.