Got helmet, got bike prepped, just needs a bit of a shakedown (again) to get it setup and should be good to go.
marc two tone
Not having been on a proper ride in a number of years what do you guys normally take along for nourishment?
I've noticed in photos on other threads folk tend to wear lightweight walking boots, is this the norm?
has planned this ride, given that it includes food stop and will almost certainly not be far from food anywhere around the ride
Bring some drink, 1 litre usually does me for easy cool rides though more is always a good choice. You'll often be able to fill it up at some point as well.
Shoes, well a lot use clipless pedals (SPD's) and so have shoes for them, ranging from Aldi/Lidl specials to uber expensive (though doubt any of us lot have them... we seem to be a Aldi special bunch
) These can look like lightweight walking shoes and boots. Just rid in whatever is comfy for you on the bike.
Since you're getting back in to it, keep an eye out for Aldi and Lidl offers on bike things, cheap and not bad cycle clothing. they'll often be posted up on the forum somewhere.
If you can, bring a spare inner tube, even if you don't use it, somebody will and at some point you'll pay the inner tube swap back.
As for a bike shake down.. I often use the ride itself
any niggles, bring it up and it can often be fixed over some chat or at a puncture stop.
This sounds like an excellent rise for you to start riding.