Safety

During Bo Bikes Bama, it’s vastly important that we help all of our riders stay safe on the course so they can have a fun and rewarding experience. There are certain steps and rules that we ask all riders to abide by during the event.

  • EQUIPMENT | Before the ride, check your equipment. Make sure your bike is in good, working order and the brakes and shifters are functioning properly. Check your tires for wear and take it for a test ride at least a few days before the event. Your local bike shop is your best resource for making sure your steed is good to go.

  • HELMET | You MUST wear a helmet at all times when on your bike during Bo Bikes Bama. The helmet must have a chin strap and it must be fastened at all times. No exceptions!

  • OTHER GEAR | Although not required, we recommend wearing gloves, sunglasses, and sunscreen to make your ride more comfortable and safe.

  • NUTRITION & HYDRATION | There will be basic food, water, and electrolyte replacement at each rest stop along the course; however, you should still plan to bring your own nutrition products if there are specific things you like to have for your ride. Be sure to eat and drink all along the way— don’t wait until you are hungry or thirsty to refuel.

  • LOOK OUT FOR YOURSELF | You are responsible for getting yourself safely through an intersection, even if you are in a group. Especially in larger groups, traffic situations may change as the group continues to cross so make a safe decision when you get to the intersection. Always allow plenty of space between you and your fellow riders in case someone reacts unexpectedly.

  • COMMUNICATION | When riding in a pack, you must be aware of everyone around you at all times. When slowing and stopping, say so loudly enough for riders behind you to hear. You should also use visual cues such as putting your hand down, palm facing back to indicate slowing. If there is any debris in the road–a pothole, railroad crossing, etc.–loudly announce the hazard to those behind you as soon as you see it.

  • KNOW YOUR LIMITS | We do not recommend riding in a pace line with no previous experience as this requires a very heightened sense of awareness of other riders and of your own riding behavior. If you do so, it is imperative that you clearly communicate verbally and use hand signals to communicate with the riders in your pack. Also, slower cyclists should stay closest to the right edge of the road to allow room for faster cyclists to pass easily to their left. If you are trying to pass someone, please call out “On your left!” before passing to make them aware.

  • PULLING OVER | If you aren’t comfortable eating, drinking, or checking your turn-by-turn directions while riding, please stop to do so. Be sure to stop in a safe spot where you can get well off the road and let your fellow riders know that you plan to stop.

  • RIDING DOWNHILL | What goes up gets to come down (don’t say we didn’t mention the hills!) and we want you to enjoy the short descents on this ride safely. Use both brakes lightly to control your speed as you descend. Remember that your front brake has much more braking power than the rear, so do not use it by itself! If you have to suddenly slow down or stop, transfer more of your weight to the back of the bike.

  • IF IT RAINS | We have our fingers crossed for dry roads and sunny skies, but if it does rain, there are a few things you need to remember. Watch out for painted lines on the road (they can be super slick when wet!). Also, don’t lean into turns as much as you might in dry conditions and be aware that stopping will take more time than in dry conditions.