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4K Rider Packing List The following list contains information about different items alumni have found helpful while participating in the 4K -‐ some are required (helmet!!!), while others are optional and completely up to you. Next to each item you will find stars, the number of star indicates the following information: **** (4 stars) = Required, all riders in order to participate must have this item *** (3 stars) = Highly recommended and beneficial to have ** (2 stars) = Recommend * (1 star) = Personal preference, some find its nice to have, optional Also just as a reminder, the 4K for Cancer has a partnership with Race Pace Bicycles who has put together multiple packages and organized discounts for all 4K riders. Participants should contact Nicole (Nicole@ulmanfund.org) or Stephen (Stephen@ulmanfund.org) for discount codes. 4K/Ulman Cycling Jerseys **** The 4K for Cancer and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults requires all 4K participants to choose to wear a jersey while riding (we do allow riders to ride shirtless or in just their sports bra if they wish) wear one of the jerseys we supply them with. Each rider will be supplied with 3 jerseys: 1 training Jersey, 1 Ulman Cancer Fund Jersey and 1 team specific Jersey, which the team will design together. Riders will also have the opportunity to order extras of the team Jersey if they choose, as well as have the opportunity to earn extra jerseys through our fundraising incentive program. By having riders wear the 4K and Ulman logo we are spreading more awareness about the organization and its mission. Cycling Shoes *** We highly encourage participants to invest in a pair of cycling shoes. The reason being that they allow riders to be 60% more efficient when pedaling. Also compared to sneakers and typical athletic shoes, cycling shoes are designed to have stiffer soles that allow for a more efficient energy transfer when you pedal. These stiffer soles will protect your feet while riding by offering more support. Riders who choose to wear sneakers may find themselves experiencing pain in their feet after a few weeks of riding and will find they need more than one pair of shoes, while a single pair of cycling shoes will last for the entire duration of the trip When picking which cycling shoes you are going to use its important to get a pair that fits you correctly since you will be wearing them everyday for multiple hours a day. Cycling shoes are meant to fit pretty snuggly so your feet wont slip around inside while pedaling. Wear socks you plan on riding in when going to get fit. There are many styles, brands, and types – make sure you find one that works and that matches with the pedals you get. For those looking for a recommendation: We recommend mountain biking shoes-‐ this will allow you to walk around easier when you get off your bike at water stops since the cleats are recessed. Road shoes don’t have recessed cleats, so after a while you will have to replace the cleat portion of the shoe, or you will have to walk around on your heels all the time/ take them off at water stops to avoid ruining them. Two brands that come highly recommended by alumni are Shimano or bontrager -‐ they have a fit guarantee. Race pace would also be happy to help out anyone who needs recommendations or help figuring out their shoe size. They have tons of options and will also work with you to make sure you leave the store with everything you need. http://racepacebicycles.com/sitesearch.cfm?search=cycling+shoes&goSiteSearch.x =0&goSiteSearch.y=0 Pedals *** If you decide to get cycling shoes, then specialized pedals are a must! Just make sure whatever pedals you get match up with the cleats that are on your shoes. They make two kinds, one where you can clip in on both sides (dual-‐sided pedals) and one where the clip is only on one side and the other side is flat for regular shoes. The pro to having the clip on both sides is you never have to look down to make sure your lined up on the correct side, while with the others the pro is that after 4K you have pedals that will allow you to wear any kind of shoe when you use your bike. It’s your call. Just like with shoes there are many kinds of pedals. Beginners tend to find a dual-‐ sided pedal that has a wider pedal platform so that they have something to stand on if they are not able to clip in right away. We recommend the when purchasing your pedals you have your bike and shoes with you, this way Race Pace or where ever you purchase them from can install them for you and have you practice clipping in and out prior to leaving the store. This way you’re also guaranteed to have pedals that work with your cleats. Those looking for a recommendation, try SPD pedals. SPDs are the most commonly used pedal/ cleat combination. For those looking to use their cycling shoes in spin classes prior to 4K to train or post 4K, these are what you want to get. Fingerless gel gloves * It you want gloves these are the kind to get, they will prevent your hands from getting sore and protect your hands if you fall. Not everyone chooses to wear gloves, and many who wear gloves will stop wearing them once they get a funky tan line one week into the trip. AT LEAST 3 pairs of cycling shorts *** Cycling shorts differ from street shorts in that they are spandex (thus provide added stretch for full freedom of movement) and have padding that helps reduce friction and makes for a more comfortable ride. The legs are typically a longer cut to prevent saddle chafing. The length of the shorts, style, and amount of padding is completely up to each rider’s preference. Make sure you are purchasing cycling shorts and not triathlon shorts, there is a significant difference in the amount of padding used as triathlons generally include a shorter riding difference than what 4K riders do daily. We recommend that rider bring at least 3 pairs of cycling shorts. There will be times when its going to be hard to do laundry-‐ if you ride with nasty shorts, you will get an infection. Brands that are good are Pearl Izumi, Bontrager, Castelli, and Louis Garnueau. The price of the shorts is based off the brand and the amount of padding they offer-‐ if you get very cheap shorts, you will be sore after a few hours of riding. Also FYI, don’t put your shorts in the dryer -‐ it will wear them out and they will become see through quickly. We prefer rider’s stick with black, or royal blue shorts just to keep with the 4K colors and branding. Helmet **** If you have a helmet that is more than 3 years old, does not fit you properly or it has a crack in it, you need to replace it and cannot use it on the 4k. Everyone participating in the 4K is required to wear a bicycle helmet when riding. These helmets also must be worn properly and fit each rider correctly, see photo below. Directors on each team will not allow anyone to ride without a helmet and if you crash and hit your head at any point on the trip causing it to crack, you will be required to replace it. As well as, if someone crashes and hits there head they will be required to ride in the van the remainder of that riding day, as well as possibly the next day (this is up to the Directors). Riders will also be encouraged to go to the hospital and be checked for a concussion. As far as type of helmet is concerned, all riders must wear a cycling helmet. There are two basic styles, both of which are permitted on the 4K: road and mountain. The difference is road bike helmets are low weight, have generous ventilation and are aerodynamically designed for road racing. While mountain bike helmets are designed to ventilate well at low speeds and are often distinguished by their visors and enhanced rear-‐head coverage. Style is completely up to the rider, but rule of thumb is to get something you like and is comfortable. Think about the clothing in your closet, chances are there are things you don’t wear cause you hate the way it fits or looks -‐ you have no choice, you have to wear a helmet, so get something you like. Note: A 65-‐dollar helmet has to pass the same safety regulations that a 250-‐dollar helmet has to pass; you don’t have to get one that’s expensive. The cost is usually determined by the weight of the helmet and how much ventilation there is. Soft shell cycling jacket * Several alumni have said that a cycling jacket, a soft windbreaker, or some sort of extra layer is nice to have, especially when climbing the Rockies. The top two things to consider when selecting a cycling jacket is… will it keep you warm? And will it keep you dry? If you get one that answers yes to both those questions then congratulations, you wont need a lightweight rain jacket as this will cover as both. Through fundraising, participants can also earn a 4K for Cancer cycling jacket. All participants who raise 5,500 dollars will receive a branded lightweight water resistant cycling jacket. Please see the fundraising guide for more information about our fundraising incentives. Lightweight Rain jacket * I promise you it will rain at least once on your trip. If its hot out, you might not mind a little rain and it might be really refreshing. However if it’s windy, cloudy or your climbing a mountain a rain jacket is nice to have. If your cycling jacket is not water resistant or water proof, you may want to consider a rain jacket of sorts. Frame pump ** Unless you are extremely lucky you will get at least one flat and will need this. Please learn how to fit a flat prior to departure, local bike shops often have free classes to learn how to change a tire and fix flats. We will also have Race Pace representatives at training day to help anyone who is still unsure or has concerns about fixing flats. Brands alumni recommend are topeak or lyzene. Leg and/or arm warmers * If you are someone who gets cold easily, you may want to consider arm and/or leg warmers -‐ especially when climbing giant mountains when the temperature drops/ These provide a little extra warmth while taking up minimal space in a jersey pocket or seat pouch. Sun sleeves * Both vans will carry sun block, and participants will be required to wear sun block during the trip, directors will enforce this. This is a program that supports young adults battling cancer, and spreads awareness about cancer -‐ we do not want our participants to get skin cancer as a result of spending the summer unprotected or to experience sun burn on a daily basis. For individuals who hate sun block, who have a history of skin cancer in their family, or who burn easily we recommend you consider wearing a lightweight long sleeve shirt under your jersey to protect your arms or to get sun sleeves. These will help you avoid sunburn and over exposure to the sun. Puncture resistant liners for your tires ** Tire liners are typically a thing strip of plastic that fits between the tire and the tube to reduce the chance of puncture flats from thorns, glass or other sharp objects. 1-2 Water bottle cage/ Hydration backpack*** Please learn how to remove a bottle while riding prior to the trip. Note: Look into insulated water bottles; it will keep the water colder longer. Cell phone cover ** Even if you are incredibly responsible and have never dropped your phone before, there is a very good chance that you will drop it at some point on the 4K while on or off your bike. Also if you are someone who uses your phone a lot or someone who knows they will be using their phone a lot to take picture, use strava, or blog we would highly recommend you look into a second battery or something that will allow you to recharge your phone while on the road. Note: Water resistant cases are good to have, as it will protect your phone from sun block, rain and sweat. Saddles* Think about trying out different saddles. Most people change their saddles out before the trip, and those who don’t more often than not end up changing them on the trip. Girls-‐ A brand that many alum recommend is Terry, specifically the butterfly saddle and the liberator as they are made specifically for females. Guys-‐ Try looking for a saddle that has a channel or cut in it for relief. One brand recommended is top saddles. Find a local bike shop; have them install your saddle for you. Most have a 30-‐day comfort guarantee, so ride it during that time and see how it feels. The stock saddles on most bikes aren’t great or meant for long distance riding. If you feel any discomfort or pain while riding on the stock seat -‐ change it! Multi-tool ** Used to adjust and tighten various parts of your bike, as well as to install water bottle cages and frame pump. Very useful to have. Tire Levers ** Tire levers are used for removing the tires from the rim, often used when changing the inner tube when riders get a flat. Plastic levers are more prone to breaking, while metal ones damage the tubes and/ or tires more easily. We would recommend getting a couple plastic ones, in the event you lose one or break them. Seat Pouch* These go right under your saddle and are perfect for carrying spare tubes in case of flats, tire levers, a granola bar in case you get hangry, and a multi-‐tool in case you ever need to adjust something on your bike. Chamois Butt’r (or other products like it) * Some Alumni would argue this deserves three stars but it’s completely up to you -‐ some people go the entire summer without using it once, and others used it everyday multiple times a day. When you start training and preparing for the 4K, pay attention to how you feel in the saddle-‐ if you find yourself experiencing a lot of discomfort or a lot of chafing, then you may want to look into it. These products are designed to help prevent uncomfortable rubbing and chafing that many cyclists experience while riding. http://chamoisbuttr.com/ Tires ** We recommend that riders who have done extensive training, or who have obtained numerous flats while training replace their tires before the start of the trip. Each rider will be given one extra set of tires prior to send off. After that any tires purchased is on the rider and will not be covered by the 4K. Most riders will end up replacing their tires at least once more throughout the trip. Replacing your tires or swapping out for a higher quality tire can mean the difference in the number of flats you get on the trip and how much money you waste on spare tubes. Costs of tires vary depending on brand, thread count, type of tread, etc. For those looking for a recommendation, many of our alumni suggest Gatorskins, which run about 50 per tire give or take. Riders will not be permitted to store their extra tires loose in the van; all extra gear must fit in their dufflebag or backpack.
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