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The New York City Mountain Bikers Meetup Group Message Board › Reminders about riding with the NYC MTB Meetup Group

Reminders about riding with the NYC MTB Meetup Group

Nicole W
New York, NY
Morning everyone,

Wanted to send out an email with some group reminders. We have a lot of members, with a lot of new people joining all the time, so it's good every once in a while to go over some general rules and things to be conscious of.

1. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDES. If you show-up without a helmet, we will not let you ride. Not only is this for your safety, it is the law in quite a few of the parks we ride at.

2. Except for the Lake Minnewaska ride NO HYBRIDS ARE ALLOWED. This is also for your safety. Mountain biking is a dangerous sport and it is important to have the right equipment. If you show up on a hybrid, we will not let you ride. If you do not have a mountain bike, there is an extensive list in the message board of places you can rent from­

3. Rides are posted at specific levels, please try to respect this. If you are unfamiliar with where the ride is being held and what your level is, the organizers are here to help you. Advanced at one place might not equal advanced somewhere else. Please try and read the description to know what the terrain is like. We have rides at different levels for a few reasons:
- For your safety. Some places we go are extremely technical. If it's an Advanced level ride or even a Strong Intermediate we expect that you can handle just about anything thrown at you and at a pretty fast past.
- For Enjoyment of the members in the group. We have a lot of riders, and people at various levels of experience. When an Advanced rider rides DOWN a level, that's their choice and they know that the ride will be slower and possibly less technical then a higher level ride. It's not fair to the more experienced level riders when people who are not as experienced ride-up a level just so they can try a new place. It's a danger to you and unfair to them that they have to wait for you. We don't leave people behind, but once again, we have levels for a reason. Please try to respect this. We try and vary the rides we host to accommodate everyone and will often host multiple levels at the same place.

4. We limit spots for a few reasons:
- Comfort level of the guides. We are all volunteers and not everyone feels comfortable leading a large group of people. The number for each ride is determined by the guide for that ride.
- Comfort level of the riders. When this group started out, rides weren't popular and it was a free-for-all. This started to become a problem as we grew in popularity. Too many people and of varying levels. Group members started becoming unhappy. So please try to respect the RSVP slots and don't just show up with your friends when you've only RSVPed for yourself.

*Note* if you RSVP yes and are unable to go, please change your RSVP as soon as you know you CAN'T GO to no. We often have a waitlist and it's unfair to those who know they can go on a ride.

5. The organizers are unable to go on every ride, so please respect the volunteer leader of that ride as if they are one of the group organizers. They are speaking for us and we hope have the groups interest in mind.

6. If something happens on the ride that you disagree with and you think is a big deal, feel free to contact one of the organizers. We take your concerns to heart, this is part of how we started limiting numbers on rides and having levels. Unfortunately snafus happen and even if we were present on every ride, we can't always guarantee everything will go smoothly but we try. Organizing these meetups is A LOT OF WORK FOR US. Between the initial set-ups and trying to get everyone to the ride location, we spend a lot of time trying to make this a fun, active group and an enjoyable experience for everyone.

7. When there is rain in the forecast or if it has just rained a lot we do sometimes cancel rides. There are a few reasons:
- If it's a beginner level ride we will cancel for safety reasons. When the trails are wet they are slick. MTBing is already a dangerous sport and when just starting out we feel there are already enough challenges.
- Out of respect for the local MTB groups that maintain the trails. While there's a lot of debate as to whether or not MTBing actually causes trail damage, we as a meetup group try to respect the wishes of the groups that create/maintain trails. At some locations they ask that we don't go out in large groups. We cancel out of respect. If you as individuals or in small groups want to go that is your choice. We hope that you respect ours in honoring the wishes of the local groups we work with.

This will be posted in the message boards for people to comment on, and of course, your always welcome to contact us. Remember that this group belongs to all of us, and these rules are here with your safety and optimal mountain biking enjoyment in mind. This is a volunteer group and it's all of you participating that keeps it going. Thanks and looking forward to seeing you all out on the trails!
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