Win a ride to Coast To Coast on Sunday April 3 - enter, it's easy

BikeSA's Coast to Coast is just around the corner with the big ride taking place on Sunday 3 April.

Riders can choose to ride 10, 20, 65, 95 or 120 kilometres all the way from Glenelg to Victor Harbor along South Australia’ most spectacular cycling routes.

BikeSA are offering four free entries. All you need to do is tell everyone your favourite / best cycling tips—or hacks—to win. 

Share your best cycling tips in the comments that can help those tackling their first long—or century— ride or tips that help commuting. They could be really, really simple or big picture. From:

  • How to ride a long ride,
  • storing your kit,
  • maintenance,
  • route selection for commuting,
  • carrying stuff
  • wet, windy, hot weather
  • cleaning

The best four tips will be chosen by Bicycle SA on Tuesday 29 March—so you've got Easter to put in your best ideas. Winner receive a free Coast to Coast entry but doesn’t include coach transfers or jersey.

If you can't ride C2C but have a great tip, share it and note you can't ride.

*Judges decision final, cannot be exchanged for money, or switched for another event. Winner must check their emails via this site and contact BikeSA if they are the winner.

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So, to get things started. 

When I take my arm warmers off I pull one off from the cuff then I reach through it and pull my other one off from the cuff so it goes inside the first one. This way I won't lose them. You can also pull down from the top but they are inside out this way.

I also always fold my socks together so I never lose them and zip up my jerseys when I wash them so the zips don't get caught or damage anything else.

This discussion/ comp was inspired by GCN's hacks video of this week. 

I always tape up the bottom vents on my shoes in winter to stop the cold wind coming in.

I always carry glueless tube patches. Now I have never been able to make them hold at 90-100PSI, but if I have run into severe difficulty and blown the two spare tubes I carry they will work in a pinch at 60-80PSI to get me home...and as an added bonus I can attest that they work well as a boot on a large gash in the tyre.

A simple piece of advice when struggling:

Everything ends.

You know you can do it, you just have to get there. There will be and end and you will have finished.

The back story? When I did my Everesting a couple of weeks ago I got to about the two-thirds mark and things started getting hard. I was going slow, doing shorter stints, taking longer stops, and making mistakes (like forgetting to fill my bottles). Even though I only had half-as-much-again to go it suddenly seemed so far off that it was beyond my comprehension.

This was happening at about 4:00 in the afternoon and to top it off I was about to be completely alone for the first time since 4:00am that morning! My girlfriend gave me the little reminder that "everything ends" as she left though and I was able to re-focus. I just had to keep going and it didn't matter how long it took, the end was there. I would reach it, this thing would be finished. I got going again, slowly pulled myself out of the dark place and after a matter of time it was done.

Everesting discussions never end, so ride the full distance to Victor and spend the rest of the day by the seaside for a full day in avoidance mode ;-)

With summer over and the days getting shorter, buy yourself a pair of yellow or orange tinted glasses to wear during the early morning or over cast days. These will not only improve the contrast in poor lighting conditions but also act as "rose coloured glasses" and also help to improve you mood when riding in low light conditions.

Get bicycle bell, regardless whether yo're commuting, on the shared path, weekend warrior, or even during coast to coast riding. it is a way more polite way than screaming "out of the way or on your right" and definetly showing that cyclist are a law abiding citizen and a good role model for kids.

Have fun and be safe and vigilant.

My top tip to new cyclists: Lift up your seat. Forget what they taught you in primary school about having both feet flat on the ground when you're sitting on the saddle. Your knees should be only slightly bent at the bottom of a pedal stroke when riding, otherwise you are working a lot harder than you need to be.

My top tip to experienced cyclists: Keep some spare spokes in your seat tube. This has saved me a long walk home on more than one occasion. With many wheels it is possible to change even drive-side spokes without the need to remove the cassette. Of course, you'll also need a spoke tool and allen keys. Use the brake pads for reference when truing, and strum the spokes like a guitar to 'tune' them to match the others.

The rubber gloves tip is also one I recommend.

Spokes in the seat tube? What a great idea! I guess you'd need to stop them rattling around but that can't be too hard ... and perhaps also a torque wrench for carbon frames, but I was actually wondering how spare spokes could be carried recently

I keep my spokes in a large ziplock bag. It stops them rattling around and makes retrieval from the seat tube easy.

Actually I have a far more practical tip ...

Wearing sunscreen is a no-brainer, but on a long ride also carry a hanky in a zip-lock bag because when it eventually finds its way into your eyes - and it will one day - you'll need something clean and fresh to get it out with!
Ladies forget storing tissues within easy reach in your bra - with a sweaty body they go soggy. Go with the old fashioned cotton handkerchief.
My newbie tip for the day.... Check which way your gloves are on before your ride !

Got half way around on my group ride this morning when we stopped for a drink. Was sitting there holding my bottle when I noticed the gel padding on my gloves was facing out. Hmm, shouldn't that be facing the other way I thought !! Lol.


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