Cycling FAQs

WHAT’S OUR DAILY SCHEDULE?

Read all about the chaos and joy here: Thighs Life

WHAT CLOTHES / SHOES DO I NEED?

The short answer: comfortable ones that you’ve tried and tested.

The long answer: Bike & Clothes Kit

WHAT WILL WE BE CARRYING ON OUR BIKE?

Your own snacks, waterproof layer, spare inner tubes, water bottles, battery pack and sun cream – plus some of the shared lunch.

You’ll want a seat pack or handlebar bag to put all these things in. (A pannier bag also works, but is a bit less aerodynamic)

See: Bike & Clothes Kit and also MERCH MERCH MERCH

AM I GOING TO HOLD EVERYONE ELSE UP?

Thighs rides are totally uncompetitive and we foster a supportive vibe that encourages everyone to do their very best (and maybe surprise themselves).

What that means is that we ride as a group, so at the pace of the slowest at any one time.

It’s extraordinarily rare that it’s the same person all day, every day. Energy comes and goes for all of us over the course of a day and the week.

So don’t be surprised to find yourself struggling at times. Just make sure you keep on communicating to the rest of the group and they’ll rally around to get you over that darned hill!

Although we ride at the pace of the slowest, that doesn’t mean that we don’t also lovingly push ourselves to max out our potential!

See also: Thighs Life

HOW FAST DO WE RIDE?

See above, but as a general rule we aim to get into camp after no more than 8 hours out on the road.

Factoring a bunch of short, sharp breaks and a couple of longer breaks (think second breakfast and lunch), that means riding at an average of about 20km/h.

Obviously this will vary if there’s a bloody great mountain in the way!

AGGGHH HILLS!?

Yep. Couldn’t agree more. Just keep on training 🚵 and make sure your gears are right.

IMPORTANT: Hills are the one exception to our ‘ride as a group’ rule.

Because it’s hard to climb either too fast or too slow, we’ll all do what we’re comfortable with on the hills and wait at the top.

DO I NEED A FANCY CARBON BIKE?

Check out our What Kind Of Bike page, but the short answer is ‘no’.

Ed (Paris-Lyon and 2-time Thighs alumnus) gave us this advice:

I have a hybrid steel frame touring bike – I’m not fast, but it’s reliable and gets me there. In the same group last time, we had a couple of German lads on their speedy carbon things.

It really doesn’t matter – they may cream it up a hill, but we all get to the same place at the same time and rock it as a group.

So I’d say bring the bike you want to ride, not what you think you should have to ride.

WHAT ABOUT CHARGING DEVICES?

We strongly recommend you bring a battery pack for your phone and anything else that needs juice.

We might stop at a cafe where you can charge your phone for 10 minutes, but don’t count on it. Likewise, there are charging points in the van, but priority goes to charging our Wahoo GPSes.

Once again, Ed says it best:

There is some ability to charge stuff in the van but it gets mobbed so best being prepared.