Rider Info

These topic pages will guide new riders and remind old hands of key aspects of participation in a week-long bicycle tour like Freewheel.  Though you need not review the topics in any particular order, every participant should read through each topic completely before heading out of the driveway for the Red River in June.

We don’t want you to be disappointed because you didn’t review this information and discover that your expectations are something other than what we’re providing.

A brief description of each section follows with a direct link to more detail about that topic.  Though the topics can be read out of order, it’s no accident that Safety is at the top of the list.  Start with it, then feel free to review the other sections in whatever order suits you.

Safety is our number one concern on Freewheel.  From route selection to campsite, and starting point to finish line, your safety is utmost in our minds.  But you have to be a responsible participant as well.  Carefully review the recommendations in this section to assure that you do your part in having a safe and enjoyable ride.  Safety guidelines …

Training doesn’t have to be a chore, but it does have to be regular and sufficiently rigorous to be sure that you don’t begin to flag mid-way into a seven-day ride.  You preparing to take a wonderful vacation.  Be sure you prepare appropriately to meet the challenge and enjoy the entire ride.  Training opportunities …

Meals are not a part of your event registration, but eating well is key to your enjoyment and performance throughout the ride.  Here is some general information about “re-fueling” opportunities provided during the ride.  What’s for dinner …

Accommodations, whether your own tent set up in the community park or a blow-up mattress on the high school’s gym floor, are another important aspect of a multi-day bicycle tour.  Here’s what you’ll find on Freewheel.  Time for bed …

Luggage & Packing can be stressful to some; what do I bring, what do I leave behind, and how do I get it from one place to the next?  Find answers to those questions and more here.  Leave the kitchen sink at home …

Transportation & Parking are the beginning or ending topics of many conversations about the ride.  There are options for getting to the start and getting home again and if you drive yourself there will be a place to park.  Here’s the skinny.  Getting there …

Mechanical Support is always welcome when you’ve had an unexpected mishap on the road.  Freewheel is fortunate to have several of our local bike shops who follow riders all week and provide much needed and much appreciated support.  Darn, another flat …

SAG Support may not be familiar to you if you’re at all new to bicycle touring.  Friendly volunteers patrol the ride-route ready to assist those who can’t continue due to illness, accident, or mechanical difficulty.  Here’s what you can expect.  I’ve fallen and I can’t get up …

Communicating With Home, should they be interested in how you’re doing.  Staying in touch with family and friends you left at home is something you should have a plan for.  Here are our recommendations.  ET phone home …

Oklahoma Weather is, well, it can be interesting.  Oklahoma in early June can present a wide variety of weather conditions.  Be sure you’re aware of what to expect and don’t be surprised if the wind isn’t always at your back.  Red sky at night, cyclists delight …

Rider Services available for an additional charge catch the interest of many.  This section describes services available to riders that you might not have been aware of.  Massage please …