Two New Updates to the Group - Membership Dues & New Asst. Organizers
1. Membership Dues
Hey guys, in order to keep this group going, we're going to start collecting membership dues. BEFORE YOU START TO GROAN, let me explain...it really isn't all that bad!
You've got (2) options --
OPTION #1: pay a $5, one-time, annual membership fee. Payable via PayPal or in cash (to me). That's it.
OPTION #2: pay-as-you-go. Probably ~ $2/per ride, in cash, at the beginning of the ride, to the ride organizer.
This means you can still join this group, receive the meet-up emails, RSVP for the rides and not have to pay. You will, however, need to pony up a couple bucks for the pleasure of our company :-) I don't want to belittle anyone's current monetary situation by saying that these dues "aren't a lot of money" but running this group (fees associated with Meet-up) dictates that this is the best solution.
2. New Assistant Organizers
Thanks to everyone who has graciously offered to help support this group by leading rides. My hope is that by bringing assistant organizers on board that we'll be able to host more meet-ups which more people will be able to fit into their schedules.
What I'm asking of the masses is that you be patient with our organizers as they start off (after a few meetings, you can be merciless with your feedback...KIDDING). It's an interesting feat to keep a group of various speeds and abilities going in the same direction...very similar to herding cats.
In the next few days you should start to see new names appear and some new meet-ups on the calendar. I hope that you'll all be able to make some rides before the weather takes a turn.
Questions, comments, profane utterances? Feel free to shoot me an email.
This group was established for cyclists of all levels and disciplines (road and mountain). You'll see that we're pretty focused on road for the time being but perhaps enough interest will actually form a group to tackle some local trails!
Some folks get a little confused by the title "Grind & Grub" - not terribly creative I'm afraid. "Grind" because of the bikes. "Grub" because I like to think most people work best on the reward-system. You break a sweat, burn your quads a bit and then enjoy some food/drinks, and in the process become friends.
We will try to schedule our rides with a social element to follow. A 20 to 40 mile ride with a drink or two at a local pub - what could be better?
Nervous about your ability to keep up with the group? Look, we all come in different shapes and sizes and that goes for our bikes too. More often than not we'll have a 'sweeper' (someone who purposefully rides last to ensure that no one is left behind) on these rides. We also try to make route maps for everyone. But it's completely natural for the group to organically divide itself up depending on speed. Just know thyself and your own threshold :-)
We just ask that you come with a good attitude and an open-mind. And a helmet, a spare tube and and water.