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What is the Bucket 100?
The Bucket 100 Bicycle Tour is an annual weekend bicycle tour between Purdue University and Indiana University to raise money and awareness for Habitat for Humanity.
What is Habitat for Humanity?
Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. They build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Their partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.
Am I capable of riding 130 miles? Do I need any previous cycling experience?
You are capable! Many of our riders are new to cycling. If you haven't ridden in a while or ever, join us on our training rides. The Purdue and IU cycling clubs also have daily rides as well as other local clubs like the Wabash River Cycle Club or the Bloomington Bicycle Club. This isn't a race, so don't worry about trying to "keep up." Much of the draw to this event is the fun in the journey out on the road. Stop and smell the roses.
In the past participation has been limited to students, but as we are expanding our efforts for affordable housing, we opened the ride up to the public in 2012, and we had a great group of community riders that year. We have undergraduate, graduate, in-state, out-of-state, and international Purdue riders from many disciplines: Agriculture, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Krannert School of Management, Pharmacy, Science, Technology, and Veterinary Medicine. About 60% of the riders are male and 40% are female. Our riders range in skill and in background - many not having ridden a bike since they were a kid to serious racers.
Do I need to be a member of a Habitat for Humanity campus chapter to participate?
No. Many of our participants are from outside our organization and are looking for a challenge or are just wanting to try something new.
Is the Bucket 100 a professionally led tour?
No. A large majority of the ride is organized by 4-5 student volunteers (even this web site was created by a volunteer). Be flexible, but know that we are awesome.
What kind of bike should I use?
Short answer? A road bike - those are the ones with skinny tires. Many people have completed the Bucket 100 with a mountain bike, but it takes considerably more effort to complete the ride due to the weight of a mountain bike and rolling resistance of the wider tires. If you do not own a road bike, Purdue Habitat owns a few to loan to participants.
Do I ride alone?
If you choose to ride alone, you may do so, but there are lots of opportunities to make a new friend. We also have designated sweep riders for each day. These are the last riders of the day and do not pass any other cyclist on the road. They help encourage riders in the back of the pack as well as provide limited mechanical support. When they arrive at the overnight location, we know that everyone has arrived.
How do I carry my stuff?
This is a supported tour, so you only need to carry what you need for the ride - sunblock, identification, cash, cell phone, etc. There will be spare tubes and tools in the SAG vehicles, but if you have your own, bring a tube, tire levers, a frame pump, and a multitool.
Where do we sleep?
We will be sleeping on a gym floor in a middle school. Please feel free to bring an air mattress or sleeping pad such as a Thermorest. There are other areas in the school to sleep in if there are snorers or you are a light sleeper.
Where/what do we eat?
Breakfast and dinner is provided, but lunch is not. Bring cash as some local businesses do not accept credit cards. You will be burning many calories on the road. You may be surprised at how much food your body wants to eat. Snacks and drinks will be provided at the SAG stops.
Do you accommodate dietary restrictions?
Yes, we can most easily accommodate vegetarians, and we will do our best with other needs. Please let us know on the registration form.
Do we ride as one group?
No. It is not safe to do so. Typically, riders will be in groups of two to six. Indiana law allows bicyclists to ride two abreast.
What happens when I get to our destination? How will I get back home?
We have arranged a bus to transport the first 50 registered riders back to the start point.
What if I get a flat tire or other mechanical?
There are many experienced cyclists on the route with you, so you may be near one that would love to help you. If not, you can call the Support and Gear (SAG) vehicle, and they will assist you.
What if I get lost?
Getting lost is pretty rare. By lost we don't mean you know you're a couple miles off route. We mean that you have no idea where you are. We will include maps and a cue sheet in the registration packet. The full route is marked with Dan Henry's. Dan Henry's will be spray painted on the road and show which direction to go at an intersection. Bring your smartphone and ride with a buddy if you don't feel confident in following the Dan Henry's.
Is it safe to travel by bicycle?
Cycling is an inherently dangerous activity, but we will make this ride as safe as possible. Organizers preview and research the route beforehand to check for dangerous roads like high traffic or construction. In an emergency always call 911. There is a first aid kit in each SAG vehicle designed with cycling and road rash in mind. It is not a $10 kit from Walgreens, but it is not a military field kit either. Call the SAG vehicle and they will assist you as soon as possible. Also, there are usually several riders who are CPR/First Aid Certified.
How much will I need to spend on bike gear?
Based on the 2012 and 2013 end of ride surveys, most participants spend between $40-$50 on gear before the event. A helmet and water bottle are required. Cycling shorts are highly recommended. Pro tip: don't wear underwear in conjunction with cycling shorts.
What other expenses should I expect to incur?
Based on the 2012 and 2013 end of ride surveys, most participants spend between $10-$20. The average in 2012 was $13, and the average in 2013 was $14. Nearly 100% of those expenses was food.
How much money should I bring?
Will Bucket 100 provide me with a bicycle?
If you are in need of a bicycle, Habitat will provide one on a first come, first served basis for the duration of training and the event for a fee of $40. $20 will be reimbursed after the bicycle has been returned with normal wear and tear. The other $20 will be used for repair and maintenance on the bike. Please contact us if you need to rent a bicycle.
How much do I need to fundraise?
$130. You will not be allowed to ride if you do not meet this requirement.
I loved Bucket 100, but it's already over! What else can I do?
There are volunteering opportunities with your campus chapter or local affordable housing affiliate. There is a handful of other rides that many Bucket 100 riders have done as well.
If you can't find what you're looking for, send us an email or a letter in the mail, and a real person will respond.
Purdue University Habitat for Humanity
Stewart Center Box #706
128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette, IN, 47907