Welcome to Why I Ride


2019’s Record Ride!

It is done!  Please click on Past Adventures (above) to read about 2019’s big (round) ride.

Welcome to Why I Ride– Dave Schweikert’s home for endurance bicycling rides that support and raise funds for World Bicycle Relief.  (click the link to donate!)

Click on the menus above to learn more about Why I Ride, our past adventures for World Bicycle Relief, and Future plans!

World Bicycle Relief is an organization that provides access to independence and livelihood through The Power of Bicycles.  The money raised helps provide specially designed, locally assembled bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs in rural Africa; connecting them with education, healthcare and economic opportunities.

Supporters (all have contributed to my WBR fundraising rides either financially or via in-kind support):

     SRAM– As a proud employee of the world’s most exciting bike component company, I’m grateful for the support of co-workers and SRAM management.  SRAM helped found WBR and continues to support it.

     Zipp– The fastest wheels on the planet, I ride Zipp every time I get on a bike and on every mile of my WBR rides.

     Quarq– Another SRAM company, power meters, tracking (Qollector), and Tyrewiz tire pressure sensors all provide key data both during training and WBR endurance rides.

    Clif has been an amazing supporter, providing all nutrition (bars, gels, energy shots, and more) for training and the 2017 ride across America.  I’ve used Clif for years and they provide the energy required for long hours and days in the saddle.

     Hutchinson Tires provided all the tires I used to ride across the USA (0 flats in 3600 miles while running a tubeless set up).  I continue to ride both Hutchinson & Zipp tires on a daily basis.

     Christian Cycling (Indiana)– my brothers in Christian Cycling have all been incredible supporters in prayer, financially, and as encouragers of my efforts to help others through World Bicycle Relief.

Other products that I use for endurance cycling:

Ride with GPS: all routes are mapped via the Ridewithgps.com site.  See them all at: https://ridewithgps.com/users/33143

Hammer Nutrition: I’m now using Hammer for hydration and am glad I switched from Gatorade; https://www.hammernutrition.com/

Garmin: my main cycling computer is an Edge 1000 for mapping and data, and when riding in traffic, I now use a Varia radar to provide warning of overtaking vehicles.

Cygolite & Lezyne headlights: I’m extremely happy with both.  While they don’t officially support WBR or my rides, their service and products are outstanding.  I currently use a Lezyne Deca Drive 1500I and a Cygolite Dash 600 as my main and back-up headlights, plus a Cygolite Dice 150 for daytime visibility. For taillights, I use a variety of models and manufacturers.  https://www.lezyne.com/, https://cygolite.com/.

Speedplay pedals: another product I’ve used for years: Syzr’s for most endurance rides to allow for walking when off the bike, and Zeros for pure road cycling; http://www.speedplay.com/

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