Saturday Morning No-Drop Ride

I’ll leave Armitage and Damen promptly at 7:30 am and pick up riders along the way. Please read the information posted below.

Route for the way out: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/218348897

  • This is a no-drop ride. We start and finish as a group; no one is left behind.
  • We’ll ride at the pace of the slowest rider. However, this is not a beach cruise; we want to challenge ourselves! The point of this ride is to get comfortable riding in a group, build endurance, and most importantly have fun.
  • We’ll stop as a group for mechanicals and help, but you’re expected to have your own supplies: spare tube, pump or CO2 cartridges, and tire levers. Your equipment should be in good working order.
  • A road bike is recommended, but whatever you ride, you should make your bike as light as possible. Remove your lock (you don’t need it), and only carry what you absolutely need.
  • We’ll be riding on streets with traffic, so you should be comfortable doing so. We will stop for red lights and follow general safety rules of the road, including riding no more than two abreast. We’ll ride single file if conditions warrant.
  • You ride at your own risk and agree to this if you join this ride.
  • We’ll end the ride with coffee (location can vary).

We will follow basic group ride etiquette. This is for everyone’s safety. Here are some important points to remember:

  • If you’re at the front, point out obstacles in the road, and use hand signals to indicate slowing or stopping (we can review these on the ride for anyone who is unfamiliar). There is no need to yell out! If the rider in front of you points out an obstacle, pass it down the line to the rider behind you. Get comfortable keeping one hand on your bars and pointing with the other; practice this on a side road, with both your left and right hand.
  • A group ride is not a race and you’re not there to prove anything to the group. If you’re at the front, it’s your responsibility to keep a steady pace.
  • Don’t become mesmerized by the wheel directly in front of you! Look further ahead in the group and watch for signs of slowing and other signals.
  • Get comfortable riding next to another cyclist. Riding side-by-side is not only efficient in a group, it’s enjoyable: get to know the person next to you!
  • Ride predictably: ride in a straight line, maintain a steady speed, and make no sudden moves – which can be dangerous in a group.
  • Don’t “half wheel” the person in front of you. This means that you should stay behind the rider in front of you; don’t overlap your front wheel with their back wheel.
  • If you’re at the back and you see a gap start to form (or if it's you that is falling back), alert the riders in front of you to adjust their speed accordingly. Don't be shy!
  • If you're the leader and going to pass another cyclist or group of cyclists, simply say (for example) "6 riders on your left" or "group on your left" to let them know it's more than one person going to pass. Again, no need to yell as this may actually startle someone.

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  • Sima D.

    FINALLY I can make an event! I'm comfortable with everything accept the following:
    1. I have a CO2 cartridge but have never used it and would need someone with some experience to help ensure I do it right (if needed)
    2. I have levers but must confess I have never changed my own tire. I was shown how but it took me like 3 hours - not acceptable
    3. I am not yet comfortable with riding side by side and welcome the practice

    If that all meets your approval I will be there!

    May 23, 2013

    • suzanne d.

      Look forward to it

      May 24, 2013

    • suzanne d.

      Missed you today! Let's ride soon. I'm trying to make this a weekly ride. Also, followed you on twitter: @soozed

      June 1, 2013

  • suzanne d.

    Nice riding with Michelle and Ifi today. Hope to do more riding together.

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Ifi

    I might have to meet you at damen and diversy if I don't make it on time

    June 1, 2013

  • suzanne d.

    Looks like we're good to go. See you out there.

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be waiting at Belmont. Looks like the weather is going to be ok!

    May 31, 2013

  • Kara

    Ends up that I can not make it, I hope you all have fun!

    May 31, 2013

  • Suzanne M.

    I live further north and would like to ride but will need to drive down to meet you. Is there somewhere close to park the car for a few hours?

    May 31, 2013

    • suzanne d.

      I'll post a route map later this evening. You could probably join further north. We'll ride if the weather looks good.

      May 31, 2013

    • Suzanne M.

      Great. Thanks.

      May 31, 2013

  • Carrie

    Sorry folx. Looks like no way out of working tomorrow so I will have to catch y'all later.

    May 31, 2013

  • suzanne d.

    Weekend weather looks sketchy. I'll post either late Friday or very early Saturday if we're on or not, so please check back here. Hope we can ride!

    1 · May 29, 2013

  • Dawn

    I am a new member and looking forward to joining you tomorrow morning for the No-Drop

    1 · May 24, 2013

    • suzanne d.

      It's next Saturday. Hope that still works for you.

      May 24, 2013

  • Ifi

    I hope to filly meet you all. Fingers crossed that I don't have to miss yet again...

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Kara

    Hoping to make it, sounds like fun!

    May 20, 2013

    • suzanne d.

      Great! Let me know where you'll join the ride so I know where to look for you.

      May 22, 2013

    • Kara

      I live south of Armitage, so it will be at Damen and Armitage :-)

      1 · May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is your normal pace for this ride?

    May 22, 2013

    • suzanne d.

      Michelle, we're going to ride at a pace that works for EVERYONE in the group. That's the beauty of a no-drop ride! Please come out and join us if you can.

      May 22, 2013

  • Jennifer Stefanson M.

    Mountain biking in Wi

    May 20, 2013

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