Five tips for your first cycling club run

You first club run needn't be a daunting experience - here's why

Make sure your bike is in good working condition.

Mechanicals happen and one of the good things about a club run is that you’ll probably have experienced – and willing – hands to call upon, but nor do you want to hold the group up at the roadside, in the cold and wet, with an avoidable issue. It’s also courteous to fit mudguards in winter. While you might not mind a wet backside, the rider behind you won’t want a face full of dirty water.

Carry the essentials in your jersey pocket or a saddlepack

As with any ride, make sure you carry the essentials, including a couple of inner tubes – puncture-resistant training tyres will held fend off flats and limit time at the roadside – as well as tyre levers, a mini pump, a multi-tool and money for the cafe stop.

Dress for the conditions (it always pays to take a spare layer, whether that’s a lightweight rain jacket or gilet, given the changeable British climate) and make sure you have another food and liquid to see you through the ride – and bung an ’emergency’ energy gel in your saddlepack or jersey pocket to get you home if your legs start to fade.

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