Rev. Alexander will be taking his 3,300 mile Ride To Beat Hunger trip across America on a high-tech “carbon fiber” road bike manufactured by the Trek Bicycle Company located in Waterloo, Wisconsin.
He personally invested $3,000 to ensure that he had a light-weight and reliable bike for this big charity endeavor. The primary advantage of “carbon fiber” bike technology is its light weight and resiliency. The lighter the bike, the faster the ride for the rider, and the fewer calories that are needed to cover the vast distances this ride will entail. This high quality bike will enable Rev. Alexander to cover the average 115.5 miles as efficiently as possible.
Another feature of the road bike Rev. Alexander acquired for “the Ride to Beat Hunger” are its light-weight wheels and the narrow, low-friction tires. The tires are just 19 centimeters wide, which provides a “low friction” and efficient ride, which maximizes his speed as he traverses America. Since flat tires are a regular occurrence on cross country rides, The Trek Bicycle Company, as its contribution to Rev. Alexander’s ride to beat hunger, will be providing two spare tires and multiple spare tubes. A rider can expect 10 to 20 flats on a cross country trip, and Rev. Alexander – veteran of two such cross country charity rides – has become a virtual expert in replacing flat tubes and tires. With experience, it usually takes less than 10 minutes to replace a punctured tube and get back on the road.
For most of his way across America, Rev. Alexander will be supported by an experienced mechanic, who should be able to help him maintain his bike in top flight condition should any problems arise. Rev. Alexander will clean and re-lubricate his bike every night when he gets into the overnight hotel, and otherwise take care to maintain “his ride.” When you spend 8-12 hours in the saddle each day, it is well worth the effort to maintain and care for the equipment that is seeing you across the country and making The Ride to Beat Hunger possible.