Brothers on Bikes (BoB CC) is a national cycling club with a national reach. It is geared towards bringing together brothers from all faiths and beliefs to come together and enjoy a common love of cycling.
Brothers on Bikes Cycling Club is a friendly national club offering cycle sport for all.
We formed in 2015 and have quickly attracted more than 300 members offering a wide range of rides, including weekly club rides, training rides and several club and open events.
We use an internet forum as a virtual clubhouse to organise ourselves as this allows all members to help shape our club.
Our focus is road cycling, but there is also growing participation for mountain biking and duathlons. If there is another kind of cycling you want, members can get on our forum and set it up.
Riding with a cycling club for the first time can seem daunting at first, but we want to reassure prospective members that we offer advice and support in a great environment. We will teach you on things to carry with you, how to ride in group formations and what are those hand signals? and of course the importance of coffee & cake stops when riding..
Brothers on Bikes Cycling Club is affiliated to British Cycling and has teams in South East England, West and East Midlands, and Northern England.
Sunday club Rides
Midweek / training Rides
BoB National Spring
Nottingham - Sun 25th March 2018
Sunday 25th March 2018
More details to follow..
Fuel When Riding
Everyone (regardless of shape or size) has about 90 minutes worth of stored “fuel” to produce energy for a work out / cycle. This last ride took roughly 120 minutes.. Meaning many of us would have started to run out of fuel leaving us feeling tired, sore and a little lack lustered when pedaling especially on any inclines. To combat this it is advisable to eat a small quantity of food regularly (every 30 minutes or so). You can get some fancy energy bars / gels / other if you already know what you’re doing. If you’re looking for something simple, a good medjool (or other kind) of date or a banana is absolutely fine.
Our bodies are ~60% water. Without it.. We don’t function properly. At all. Your muscles lose power / flexibility resulting is lack of “energy”. As we dehydrate through exercise our brains actually hurt (head ache) because they’re dehydrated. Drinking little and often (small sips every 10 – 15 mins) will help main a good level of fluid in the body. Caution though is to not over hydrate / drink too much as this will actually not be helpful (not least for having to visit the bathroom en route..).
We also lose “salts” / electrolytes when we sweat which are incredibly important for muscle function. When we don’t have enough our muscles can “seize” up otherwise known as “cramp”. Foods like bananas can be help but they don’t actually provide all the electrolytes our bodies expel during a long ride. Some other options are to place electrolyte tablets into your water bottle before we start riding. If you google “high5 electrolytes” you’ll find a good range of stores that sell them for roughly £4.
Proper tire pressure lets your bike roll quickly, ride smoothly, and fend off flats. Narrow tires need more air pressure than wide ones:
Road tires typically require 80 to 130 psi (pounds per square inch);
Mountain tires, 30 to 50 psi;
Hybrid tires, 50 to 70 psi.
Looking after your chain is important for two reasons: it’ll last longer.. and it’ll run smoother. This means all the effort you’re putting through the pedals moves you forward rather than the rusty chain stripping the energy before it even reaches the road.
How often to oil your chain depends on how often you ride and what kind of conditions you ride in.
The more the chain is in the wet (or you’ve washed the bike) the more regularly you should lube the chain.
When lubing the chain – you need only lube the actual chain – not the gears (cassette or derailleur) as this will only attract dirt and reduce the life. Just a little for the full length of the chain itself.
Wet or dry lube?
This really depends on how much rain / wet your bike is going to see. For wetter seasons (autumn & winter) wet lube is generally a better option. This will generally disperse and be less affected by the water (rain / road spray).
During spring and summer riders generally opt for a lighter dry lube as it is less likely to attract dirt during the dustier months even with repeated application.
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WD40 is definitely not lubricant for chains. If anything it’ll actually decrease the life of your chain rather than improve it through some lubrication. If you chain is super rusty and you’re looking to “kick start” its rehab, you’d be better to use something like GT85, clean the chain as much as you can – and then apply some wet / dry lube.
Clothing & Tools
Light layers are better than bigger thicker ones.
If you have a couple of thinner layers they’ll create air locks between them ultimately keeping you warmer.
Layers also means you’re able to remove and carry them when you get too hot (because you’re smashin’ it up the hills 🙂 ).
Cycling helmets are mandatory on BoB rides.
Whilst we can absolutely put our trust in Allah / God / other car drivers to take care of us, we also need to do our part to remain safe.
Please please please wear your helmets at all times on the bike.
On all rides you should bring,
- Two spare inner tubes.
- Tyre levers.
- Multi tool.
It is always handy to have cash/change to hand in an emergency. With the rides that include coffee/tea stops, cards are not always accepted.