The BASICS

Night Riding

Even in summer, it can get cold when we get into the country. So wear layers and take a waterproof top and gloves.

Check your bike.


Take particular notice of your gears and brakes and replace any frayed cables or worn brake blocks.


If you have Di2 gears ensure your batteries are fully charged. (I'm looking at you, Michael.....)


Check your tyres and remove any flints, grit and glass that may be embedded in them. If you have any larger cuts or splits then replace the tyres. Here's a link to a very short YouTube video showing you the best way to check your tyres for little bits of stone that will be gradually pushed through the tyre and give you a puncture. It's better to follow The Jurek Method and spend 10 minutes deflating the tyres and then squeezing them so any bits of flint and small cuts can be easily seen - do this in the dry and light rather than at 3am in pitch dark and a howling rainstorm with 70 others standing around waiting for you - please!
This is a good example of a split in a tyre that you'd see only if you deflated it and squeezed the tyre - this is big enough for the inner to poke through and go bang at exactly the wrong time. 
Here is a tiny hole with a tiny piece of flint in - again, using the Jurek Method you will see this before a thousand rotations of the tyre push the flint further into the rubber until it forces a hole in the inner tube - probably about 4am on a cold night. 
And this is the cheap and tatty screwdriver I use to dig out the small stones - this particular one came in a Christmas cracker from my sister-in-law. I filed the point a bit to make it a bit sharper. It is in my FNRttC toolkit in case we need to dig out a small flint - it's easier using something like this if you're wearing gloves on a cold night. (The string is to help find it in the toolkit.)
Here are a few more examples of flints stuck in the tyre:

Hope this helps - get your chums to do this and let us hope you won't get cold waiting for them........


Moving on......

Check your chain, and if it's got a twisted link, replace it.


Make sure none of your spokes are loose or broken.


If in any doubt have your bike checked by a professional.


Is your bike suitable for a FNRttC? Read this.



Things to bring


A couple of spare inner tubes, tyre levers and a pump. Don't expect others to donate their own inner tubes.

A lightweight lock.


Lights - some of you like one rear light and spare batteries but it is better to have two rear lights and if/when the batteries die in the ;ight you have on, simply turn on the other light. Having to stop, get off the bike, get out the spare batteries, take off the light and remove the cover, then replace the batteries and rebuild the light blah blah blah. Just try to have two lights with one on and the other as a spare. All lights break eventually so you'll have to buy a second one sooner or later........ 


Some of the route will be on dark lanes, so you will need a good front light.


You will be riding in a large group and riders behind you will be dazzled if your rear lights are not set up correctly. Make sure they are not pointing upwards, preferably these should be angled downwards.
Make sure you have new or fully charged batteries.

Wondering which lights might be suitable for a FNRttC? Check out what members of The Fridays use.

LASTLY and CRUCIALLY.....

DON'T DRIVE HOME.



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