SAG, Mechanical, & Food Support
SAG Check-In Process
Rider safety is a major priority for our ride. To ensure everyone is accounted for and nobody gets left behind, we have a rider check-in process implemented. It will be your responsibility to ensure that you check in with the SAG Support personnel at each and every stop. Notify them by Rider Number which is located on your bag and bike tags (given to you prior to the ride). This includes morning departure, all rest stops, lunch and arrival. There will be a SAG Support representative conveniently located at each of these stops and it is critical that you check in with them.
If someone doesn’t check in it may be necessary to double back and look for them. So even if you don’t plan to spend time at a particular location you will need to stop and check in.
One of the unique features of the RiDE is the fact that we have a mobile bicycle shop that joins the ride for each and every day as we make the trek from Pittsburgh, PA back to DC.
Just Riding Along Bicycle Shop (JRABS) is a Laytonsville, MD based bike shop that has been a longtime supporter of the RiDE.
Travis Evans, the owner, closes his shop for the 4 day ride, bringing his tools and numerous bike parts, providing emergency repairs, and offering maintenance advice necessary to get you (and your bike!) back home in one piece.
Riders are expected to have their bikes prepared and “ready-to-ride”, and to be capable of repairing their own flat tires, oiling their own chains, and inflating their own tires; but there is always the chance of a broken chain, broken spokes, broken cables, and other mechanical issues that require a mechanic and special tools to repair.
You are encouraged to put a bag on your bike to carry a spare tube or two, tire ‘irons’, chain oil, and a small pump for yourself. Check out the gear guide link to find other possible gear.
Rest assured, you are never alone. RA riders are always ready and willing to help with minor maintenance and flat tires.
You can expect that every time you stop along the ride (if only to enjoy the view), every rider that passes will ask if “you’re good?” or if you need any help.
As with any bike shop, there is a charge for repairs. With your bag pick-up we’ll provide a standard price list as well as a list of bike shops along the route that can provide the same services should you decide to stop along the way.
Travis sets up every morning before the ride begins, at various checkpoints throughout the ride, and each night after the ride to give you ample opportunity to have your bike repaired.
We are very proud of the convenience JRABS provides for the RiDE and appreciate Travis for his support!
Just when you thought you were going to have to squish a few bananas and sandwiches in your jersey pocket, rest assured there will be plenty of snacks available at each rest stop! Of course, if you are into prepping with electrolyte supplements, snack bars, goo or other types of ride snacks, go for it! But each day as we ride, there will be lunch stops and check points that provide meals and snack opportunities along the way. We have American Legion support, local school and girl scout troops and a few other support groups that work with our organization to help the cause and keep our bellies full!