Bike MS® is more than just a ride – it's also the anticipation and preparation for an incredible experience. Training is a journey in itself and is essential to a successful and enjoyable ride.
We’re breaking down everything you need to know from what to wear, what to eat and drink and how to train.
What to Wear for Bike MS
Safety first! No gear is as important as a quality helmet. It’s worth both the time spent finding one that fits you properly and the money spent on a well-made helmet from a reputable manufacturer.
A ventilated, moisture wicking jersey with proper base layer keeps you cool on warm days and warm on cool days. And since most come with rear pockets, you will also have a place to store your phone and other necessities.
GlassesTinted cycling glasses not only protect your eyes from the sun but also help keep rain, wind and bugs from obstructing your view of the road.
GlovesPadded cycling gloves protect your hands from road vibrations and soak up sweat allowing you to grip the handlebars securely. Also, since exposed extremities are first to feel a chill on a long ride, cycling gloves can keep you riding more comfortably for longer.
Padded Shorts or Bibs
Whether you prefer bib shorts or a traditional style, padded shorts are a must. Think of it this way; the longer your ride, the happier you’ll be that you have them.
Our official jersey sponsor, Primal, produced this video to show you the benefits of cycling apparel. You can learn more about their custom Bike MS kits here.
- How to Train
What to Eat & How to Hydrate
How to Fuel Short Rides
Ride Duration: 1 hour or less
Primary Concern: Fluid replenishment
What to Drink: Plain water or a low-carb, electrolyte hydration drink
What to Eat: Most people start with enough stored energy for a 60-minute workout, but carry a banana just in case you’re out longer than expected or you start to fade.
Pro Tip: For optimal recovery, eat a full meal within an hour of finishing an intense workout.
How to Fuel Medium-Length Rides
Ride Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Primary Concern: Carbohydrate replenishment
What to Drink: 2 bottles low-carb, electrolyte hydration drinks, at least
What to Eat: 30 to 60g of carb per hour from food.
Pro Tip: Don’t wait until you’re hungry or thirsty to eat and drink. Take small nibbles and sips from the get-go.
How to Fuel Long Rides
Ride Duration: 3 hours or more
Primary Concern: Carbohydrate and electrolyte replenishment; food boredom or palette fatigue
What to Drink: 2 bottles low-carb, electrolyte hydration drinks, at least
What to Eat: 30 to 60g of carbs per hour, total. Digestion can get harder as rides get longer, so eat more solids at the beginning of the ride, and switch to blocks, chews, and other easily-digested foods during the final part of the ride. Just be sure to drink plenty of fluid to chase down gels, so you don’t get GI upset.
Pro Tip: Supplement bars and gels with carb-rich, low-protein, moderate-fat "real" foods. Don't worry about specific amounts of protein or fat; just eat what tastes good so you keep eating.
Our bike shop partners are ready to help you maximize the Bike MS experience. They are a great resource on bikes, service, equipment and training advice. Visit one of them to make sure you and your bike are ready for Bike MS!
The Texas MS 150 Bike Store Sponsors are major supporters and partners of the National MS Society, supporting our efforts to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and raise funds to support research, programs, services, and advocacy for those living with MS.
The Texas MS 150 Bike Store Sponsor personnel are cycling enthusiasts with the experience and knowledge to help make your Texas MS 150 experience safe and enjoyable. The Texas MS 150 Bike Store Sponsors provide the service, knowledge, and expertise to help you maintain your bike and other cycling equipment.
In addition, the Texas MS 150 Bike Store Sponsors can provide a variety of support services to you and your team. Services may vary from store to store, so be sure to contact the store to inquire about their team support programs.
Bike Store Sponsors
- 2049 S. Richey St., Pasadena, TX 77502 – 713-472-6651
- 603 East Main Street, League City, Texas 77575 – 281-332-6433
1910 Country Place Parkway Suite 158
Pearland, Texas 77584
832-GEAR-100 or 832-432-7100
- 24948 FM 1093 #220, Katy, TX 77494 – 832-437-7584
- Northwest: 17458 Northwest Fwy., Houston, TX 77040 – 713-466-1240
- Southwest: 9760 Fondern, Houston, TX 77096 – 713-777-5333
- 13425 University Blvd., Suite #100, Sugar Land, TX 77479 – 281-201-2091
- 6100 Westheimer Rd. #126, Houston, TX 77057 – 713-783-8180
- 303 Memorial City #326, Houston, TX 77024 – 713-464-6363
- 1355 W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster, TX 77598 – 281-823-5154
- 5000 Katy Mills Cir. #505, Katy, TX 77494 – 281-994-5291
- 25415 I-45 Southbound, Spring, TX 77380 – 832-610-3930
- 629 S. Mason Rd., Katy, TX 77450 – 281-492-7433
- 25807 Northwest Fwy., Cypress, TX 77095 – 281-463-2200
- 2422 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058 – 281-480-9100
- 11105 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77077 – 281-558-2234
- 6935 Cypresswood Dr., Houston, TX 77379 – 281-320-0399
- 5339 Weslayan, Houston, TX 77005 – 713-529-9002
- 7506 FM 1960 East, Suite F, Humble, TX 77346 – 281-812-8423
- 1022 Wirt Rd. #326, Houston TX 77005 – 713-804-5158
- 801 Durham Drive, Houston, TX 77007 – 713-863-0991
Authorized to perform Texas MS 150 bike safety inspections:
17937 I-45 South #101, Shenandoah, TX 77385
Blue Line Bicycle Laboratory
1504 Yale Street, Houston, TX 77008
Fletcher Bike Studio
2404 Taft Street, Houston, TX 77006
9330 Broadway Street, #422, Pearland, TX 77584
- 2438 West Anderson Ln. #B1A, Austin, TX 78757 – 512-467-2782
- 517 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78704 – (512)-477-3472
- 10947 Research Blvd., Austin, TX 78759 – (512)-345-7460
- 9900 W. Parmer Ln., Austin, TX 78717 – (512)-637-6890
Trek Bicycle Bee Cave
12005 Bee Caves Road, Austin, TX 78738 | (512) 634-8844
- 1705 Valley View, College Station, TX 77840 – 979-696-9490
- 2307 Texas Avenue, College Station, TX 77840 – 979-383-2308
Not only does your body need to be in the best shape for the Texas MS 150, but your bike should be finely tuned and road worthy as well. To ensure your bike is in the best shape, take your bike and cycling shoes to one of the Texas MS 150 Bike Store Sponsors for a FREE professional safety inspection.
- Bike Safety inspections are not mandatory, but strongly encouraged by the National MS Society to promote a safe Texas MS 150.
- Once your bike passes the safety inspection, you will receive a Texas MS 150 bike safety inspection sticker to display on the stem of your bike.
- With this sticker, you are eligible for FREE labor if you need any mechanical repairs during the Texas MS 150 (parts and materials are extra).
NO COST bike safety inspections: February 18, 2022, through April 22, 2022
$15 fee for bike safety inspections: April 23, 2022 through April 29, 2022
Completing the bike safety inspection provides you with the confidence to know that your bike is in the best shape for the event as well as contributing to the safety of all of your fellow cyclists on the road with you to College Station.
View the 2022 Bicycle Safety Inspection form to learn what is included in the safety inspection.
The Recommended Rides are hosted by Local Non-Profit Organizations; fees may vary. The Recommended Rides are not organized or supported by the National MS Society.
Spring 2022 Recommended Ride Calendar
*Please note the Recommended Ride event websites may not be updated for 2022. Be sure to check the Recommended Ride event website for further details.
Recommended Ride Website
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Pedaling the Prairie (Waller)
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Gator Ride (Baytown)
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Just Ride for A Just Cause (Simonton)
Saturday, March 26, 2022
Riverside Ride (Victoria)
Sunday, March 27, 2022
Bluebonnet Express (Waller)
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Zuhnë Education Expedition (Fort Bend)
Sunday, April 3, 2022
Tour de Houston
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Tour de Braz (Alvin)
Sunday, April 10, 2022
Gran Fondo Texas (Montgomery)
Saturday, April 23, 2022
Tour de RACHA (Waller)
Sunday, April 24, 2022
St. Joseph Gran Fondo (College Station)
Additional Training Opportunities
Ready2Roll Cycling – Join us for 2022
With over 1,000 riders enrolled, Ready2Roll Cycling is an 11-week (1 Beginner ride and 10 weekly rides) Saturday cycling series (from January – April) with routes in small communities outside of the greater Houston area. Weekly rides include fully-supported short and long routes, incorporate hills, detailed maps, fully stocked rest stops, port-a-lets, SAG support, bike mechanics, law enforcement and ride marshal support. Enrolled (registered) riders pay a one-time fee for the entire series (+/- $200), get in great shape, ride safer, become strong cycling ambassadors, meet fun people with the same interest in cycling and raise more than $2 million for Multiple Sclerosis. Each enrolled rider supports the series by volunteering for one ride.
The 2022 Ready2Roll Cycling rider enrollment (registration) opened on October 18, 2021.
Go to http://www.Ready2RollCycling.com for more information or call 713 817 4898.
L’Étape San Antonio by Tour de France
L’Étape San Antonio by Tour de France is one of the Tour de France’s worldwide, official amateur events and it’s coming to San Antonio, Texas, on April 10th, 2022.
L’Étape San Antonio by Tour de France is excited to be a Bike MS sponsor, supporting MS research through cycling!
Bike MS riders get a 15% discount into L’Étape San Antonio by Tour de France until February 15, 2022. Use code: MSBIKE to register.
L’Étape San Antonio by Tour de France has something for every cyclist. Choose between the 100-miler, the 60-miler, the 25-miler or the Family Ride and Kids Race.
For more information: