FAQs - Cycling Gear

What should I bring to the ride?

Your bike: Ensure that your bike is in good working condition.
Your helmet: Riders on WCC rides must wear an approved bike helmet. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Water: At least one bottle of water for short rides and two for out-of-town rides.
Tools: Members are responsible for basic bike maintenance, and should carry tools and equipment to fix a flat. Other Members can assist with necessary bike repairs during a Club ride.

If you're unfamiliar with basic bike maintenance, or in need of a refresh, the WCC holds how-to clinics, usually early in the ride  season, to provide instruction on basic maintenance and repairs for your bike.

How much money do I have to spend to start riding? What do I need?
The initial requirements are a well-maintained bike and an approved helmet; most other gear is designed to make your cycling more enjoyable and safe. Gloves and sunglasses provide immediate benefits; sunglasses shade your eyes, protect from UV rays and keep out dirt and bugs; cycling gloves cushion the hands on the handlebars and provide injury protection in the event of a fall. Together with clipless pedals, cycling shoes provide stiffer soles than normal athletic footwear, making them much more comfortable and efficient while pedaling. Costs for cycling accessories vary widely, from relatively inexpensive to pretty steep. There are hundreds of choices to meet any budget, preference, cycling needs, and sometimes simply gotta-have-it! Ask an experienced Club Member if you need an opinion or some guidance.

I don't like spandex cycling shorts. Do I have to wear them?
No. There are many options in cycling fashion today. Tops come in everything from racer aerodynamic form-fitting to commuter loose and casual. While thigh-length padded cycling shorts are common, shorts are also available in looser fitting styles or with coverups, and many include a removable padded insert to increase your riding comfort. Such inserts can also be purchased separately.

What type of bike should I buy?
Today’s equipment choices have grown exponentially - there are bikes to fit every style and type of rider. Club Members have a wealth of cycling knowledge and experience. Feel free to consult with other Members after you've joined to help you make the right choices for a bike upgrade, bike purchase, features, price and accessories. Our Members patronize many different Winnipeg bike shops; the WCC does not endorse any particular shop or equipment brand.

We generally recommend that Members new to cycling start with just a basic quality bike. Later, with more experience, knowledge, and advice, they'll be better able to make make informed decisions on how to spend their bike dollars.

Should I bring money with me on ride?
Recommended. Some rides may include a lunch stop if you want to purchase a quick lunch or snack. Most riders bring their snacks with them. And, if your bike breaks down, you may need cash for a taxi.