GEAR UP FAQ

What Level of rides do you Post?

Our rides are Intermediate level. Although there are always exceptions, due to the longer miles and faster riding speeds, beginner riders are not recommended.

Do you Climb?

Yes, elevation will constantly be increasing as time goes on. As of 01/01/15 you can expect grades up to 6%+ and 1500 – 2300 ft. Everyone climbs at their own speed, so we regroup at the top of every hill.

Do you stop a lot?

This is more of a ridding Group that is social with the emphasis on riding . We do not take long breaks as some groups do where there is a prolonged break at the halfway point. We do not stop for coffee as a general rule, but it has been known to happen. We try to keep it moving especially on our workout rides, we take breaks on a "as needed" basis with a nutrition break at about the halfway point. Our Fun Touring rides are a little different and a bit more relaxed, but still at an intermediate level. Depending on the destination there may be stops for sightseeing. We go with the flow and take short breaks as needed with a main break at the halfway point. On these rides coffee stops and/or snack breaks may and offten occur.

Do you ride in dirt?

No, we never ride in dirt.

About Us

We are a small group of non competitive road cyclist who are looking for more friendly cyclist to ride with. Our goal is to create safe diverse rides that are not only challenging but fun too. We encourage all riders to improve and/or reach their individual goals through active participation in cycling in a non competitive supportive atmosphere.

Membership Policy -

Due to Meetup policies the price of a Group page goes up the more members it has. To keep my overhead down and to keep posting FREE organized rides, this group is for ACTIVE riders ONLY. To be a member of Gear Up you must ride with Gear Up within 30 days of approval and continue to be an active rider. This means you must attend at least 1 ride every (4) four months (3) rides a year. If you have not been active in Gear Up Cycling in (4) consecutive months you will be contacted to see if you are still interested in membership, if you are not interested in being a member you will then be removed. If you fail to ride within 30 days of approval, you will be removed. After you are removed if at anytime you wish to rejoin you are always welcome to do so.

Please understand, many groups have hundreds of members, most of which have never even participated in the group. Gear Up is different, we do not measure our group by the quantity of its members, but by the quality of our rides and the fact that our members participate in the group. We may be small but we have fun and we look forward to having more active riders join us on our adventures.

First Timer Rides -

Sometimes the hardest part is signing up for the first ride. What if there too fast or too slow? What if they are rude or unsafe? Or maybe we just are not the right group for you? So with that being said, I can guarantee you will find that our ride hosts are friendly, organized and accommodating which will insure you have a fun, safe ride with friendly cyclists every time. So come on out and have some fun on one of our moderate routes and you set the pace. Who knows you just may like it.

Contact us for first timer ride.

We Ride Mostly on -

WEEKDAYS - Mornings

WEEKENDS - Saturday or Sunday Mornings

Our Rides Leave From

Our start points include, but are not limited to Tustin Sport Park, Bill Barber Memorial Park in Irvine, Harvard Park in Irvine, Bonita Creek Park in Newport Beach, also Tustin and Irvine Metrolink stations. Always check the morning of the ride for cancelations.

Riding Speeds & Ride Types-

Workout Ride - Riding Speeds - Flats 17 mph+

Hammer Time!

Workout rides are just what they sound like WORK. These rides are intended to be at a more intense pace and tempo. The main goal of these rides is to get Faster, Stronger and Go Higher.

These Workout Rides typically on Wednesdays Mornings will very between Fast & Furious Flats & Climbing.

Elevation will constantly be increasing as time goes on. As of 01/01/15 you can expect Grades up to 6%+ and 1500 – 2300 ft of elevation and 30 – 45 miles. Everyone climbs at their own speed, so we regroup at the top of every hill.

Breaks – That’s what red lights are for! Just kidding, we usually take a short break at the halfway point and more if needed. Riders decide on all breaks.

ALL Gear Up rides are No Drop. We leave and come back together.

Fun Touring Rides - Riding Speeds - Flats 15 +

Fun Touring Rides offered typically on Saturday or Sunday’s but may occur on Tuesdays or Thursdays. They are a bit more relaxed, but are still at an intermediate level and range between 20 – 65 miles.

Touring Rides incorporate distance with exploring new areas such as smaller bike trails and paths, cruising thru a new park or checking out a new area, event, attraction or view. These rides usually have a destination for example; The Queen Marry as a break/turnaround point. Sometimes it nice to slow the bikes down and just enjoy!

Check out our ride pics from our trip to San Diego!

Breaks – We go with the flow and take short breaks as needed with a main break at the halfway point. (riders decide on all breaks)

ALL Gear Up rides are No Drop. We leave and come back together.

Please Note -

These speeds are guidelines only. These are riding speeds not overall ride averages. Riding speeds may be slower or faster depending on the route, wind, terrain, the event host and/or the riders attending the ride. Please be sure to ask questions when planning to attend a ride. We will do our best to convey the tempo of the ride in our postings.

Fix Gear Bikes (fixies) are not allowed on any rides due to the different style of riding and stopping such as skidding and tail whips. This can be dangerous in a group ride situation. All bikes must have working brakes. Thank you for your understanding.

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TAKE THE FOLLOWING WITH YOU ON EVERY RIDE

Water / Nutrition: 1-2 bottles of water & some type of snack(s)

Multi Tool: A multi tool is perfect for quick fixes.

Spare Tube/Patch Kit: Two are better then one.

Co2 or Mini Pump: Bring at least (2) Co2 cartridges.

Tire Lever/s: Bring one or two tire levers for flat repairs.

Driver License or ID & Cash or Debit Card

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SAFETY-

It is each rider’s responsibility to ensure their own safety. This means ride your own ride. We are riding with each other not following. GEAR UP ride policy is to STOP at every stop sign or signal. We do not shoot yellow lights. Please treat all signals as if they are about to turn red. Follow all traffic laws, even if the rider next to you doesn’t. It is very IMPORTANT to ride within your own comfort zone. Remember, if you are following, their safety zone may be different than yours. Once again, ride your own ride. We are riding with each other not following.

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IMPORTANT: Please use proper cycling etiquette i.e. call out road obstacles, communicate when slowing or stopping and always be aware of the riders around you. Remember to speak up and use your arms to point out debris and to warn for slowing and stopping. When riding in a group your actions affect the riders around you. If you don’t know, ask; someone will be happy to teach you.

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RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

GEAR UP, OUR HOSTS, MEMBERS AND ORGAINIZERS ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INJURY, LOSS, DAMAGE, COSTS OR FEES YOU MAY OCCURR WHILE ON, GOING TO, OR COMING FROM ANY GEAR UP RIDE. By Joining this Meetup group you agree to all the above.

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