Cycling for a Cause

Finding a reason to cycle in the fresh breeze of the day is easy to find. There are races to get ready for, practice sessions and of course simply because you want to ride under the sun. Another way to hit the roads is in support of a good cause. Similar to walkathons, cycling has entered the scene with enthusiasm. Gathering riders for events has proven to be simple with most eager to participate. There is a common respect within the cycling world that often goes unacknowledged by onlookers. Truthfully, whether you view it as a trend, sport or hobby, cyclists continually raise the bar for their communities.

With a few different paths to an array of causes, it is easy for cyclists to get involved in three basic types of events. Getting into the mix of one or all three will lend extra time doing what you love with the bonus of additional practice  along the way.

Raising Awareness

The world around us holds several causes of concern. Cycling for awareness gains the attention of others creating an opening for understanding. Busy lives can generate a blind eye to our surroundings. This lessens the responsibility we feel as we assume someone else will fix the problem. Raising awareness for the earth, oceans and our ecosystem is the perfect platform for cycling. Promoting less emissions in the air while conveying the importance of the matter is a dynamic duo for the event. Cyclists are able to raise awareness on any topic needed. Domestic violence, animal welfare or continuing dynamics that effect our future are all popular options to ride for.

Raising Awareness

Raising Awareness


On top of raising awareness, organizations have incorporated cycling events to generate funds for a particular cause. The collected charity dollars are used for aid, research and development and obtaining necessities for a specific group or need. Local businesses, companies or sponsors allocate charity dollars for days or miles of the cycling event. This pushes cyclists to exceed expectation often participating in 2 or more days of riding. There are many worthwhile causes and charities to choose from. You can ride for both personal and philanthropical reasons resulting in generous benefits for your charity.

Taking a Stand

In the protesting days of the 60s and 70s, you may recall sit ins from the varying groups involved. Cyclists have conformed from sitting to making a stand on their bicycles. The modern climate is reaching across the political boundaries for a broadened sense of equality, justice and rights. Some events will have a focus of women only or a group-based support of cyclists. Making a statement for lifestyle topics, protest of unfair practices or an impacting current scenario has been seen as the center of certain cycling endeavors. Cycling is an adventure, especially when it is for a good cause. Making a statement as you cycle offers a broadened view of your journey. You can get involved by participating in an event or generating your own. Every step or pedal push in the right direction is a leap of hope for today, tomorrow and the future we choose to create.

What’s In Your Cycling Tool Kit?

Cycling adventures can include a day out or a race to the finish. In either scenario, the parade can quickly get rained on if there is a breakdown along the way. Much like cars, Bikes experience technical difficulties resulting in loss of time or being stranded where you stand. Being prepared for mishaps or unforeseen circumstances can save the day and a few Bike shop dollars down the road. Most Bicycle patch-ups are easy to do on your own unless they require skilled repairs. You typically will not have to tote the whole toolbox for minor issues. A small tool kit can be neatly stowed under the seat with the necessities for fixing your Bike on the fly.

Treading Tires

Punctures, slices and resulting loss of air pressure will bring your ride to a screeching halt. A spare tube  and tire patch is beyond essential while you are on a run. It can quickly get you moving again if you have a small pump wit you. If you do not then a small trip to a nearby air pump location will be your next stop. As a side note, take the time to investigate the tire and tube before determining if you need a patch or an entire replacement.

Bike Leverage

A tire lever is most handy when pulling the tire off of the rim. Tires fit snug against the metal making it difficult to remove. The Lever is small and compact and is on average no longer than a finger length. Two ends will each have its own use. While on is able to wedge, the other has a hook to pull when its partially removed.

Pumping Air

We touched on pumps earlier, yet now it is time to stress the importance of them. Rising to call, manufactures have made pumps small, compact. Special brackets are available allowing pumps to be attached right to your Bike frame. They are easy to use on the roadside which is helpful to stay safe and keep momentum in a minimal amount of time.

Pumping Air

Pumping Air

Multitasking Tool

The key to survival in the wilderness is claimed to tribute the right multitasking tool. You made not need a can opener on your Bike; however you can make use of the other varieties offered. Having a series of allen wrenches, screw drivers, wrench or pliers and a chain tool sounds like the whole cycling enchilada. Efficiently travel sized, it is a simple tool to store and use.

Extra! Extra!

It never hurts to have an extra nut or bolt laying around. In the event of a snap or breakage, zip ties or tape can rig it long enough to get home. Small links for your chain and lubricating tubes of oil are meant to correct any chain related concerns. Keeping a brake line or cable within arm’s reach is a pro tip to cycle by.

Having cycling tools of the trade on hand can reduce additional stresses on your trip. Racers and Hobbyists both have the same safety goals in mind when they venture down the road. A cycling tool kit is the smartest way to ensure safe travels on your Bike run.

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