What we're about

Welcome! Scenic, casual, safe bike rides for fun and recreation all over the Farmington Valley, Hartford and shoreline area.

See great neighborhoods, view beautiful New England scenery and make new friends. We have a blast on every single bike ride! So if you feel it is more than just the bike ride that matters, then this group is for you.

Casual Bikers is one of the most active cycling groups in the world according to Meetup. Our group Organizers have had the honor of being one of the top 100 Organizers out of 230,000 Meetups worldwide.

This group is for cyclists who are least 18 years of age, looking for fun, fellowship and fitness. It's not about cool gear or speed - this is all about getting out there and getting some exercise while enjoying yourself and the company of others.

Most of our rides will be on paved bicycle-friendly roads while some rides will be on paved or hard packed stone dust/gravel trails.

Helmets help prevent head injuries. Please wear one on every bike ride.

Head and tail lights are required on all rides ending after sundown. Reflective gear is strongly recommended. Ride organizers will do their best to find and lead safe rides. Each rider must keep their own bike and gear in proper condition, follow all traffic laws and follow safe riding practices. Keep the correct size spare tire tube with you on all rides. Please check your tire for proper tire pressure before each ride.

Clothing suggestions- You don't need to dress in the latest cycling gear to attend. This will still be a casual affair but padded pants and shorts, faster drying breathable shirts and biking gloves are recommended. Rides continue into colder months so use layers of clothing that can be adjusted as necessary.

Type of bicycle- The majority of our riders use hybrid bicycles. These work best at our pace of 10 mph and ride better on stone dust trails and off road. Your local bike shop is the best place to purchase one.

Casual Bikers welcomes your feedback and questions. Message Board Etiquette- Please note that messages containing the following will not be allowed: ~Content that is inappropriate for a public forum such ads, spam, or references to products, offers, or websites and off topic information. ~Email addresses and other forms of contact information.

Check out our Christmas bike ride through Forest Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMTL-CYrd0I... (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMTL-CYrd0I&feature=youtu.be)

Please Note: Casual Bikers is not liable for any injuries that may occur while attending our events. By RSVPing to attend our events, you acknowledge that you accept full responsibility of your person and belongings as well as any guests you may bring, waiving any right to hold the group and its members responsible as pertained by"Terms of Service : Section 6.2 " found HERE (http://www.meetup.com/terms/) ( http://www.meetup.com/terms/ )

There are various types of rides scheduled throughout the entire year structured for riders of all abilities, plus night rides both on and off road.
So become a Casual Biker and come out and ride!

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Upcoming events (5+)

Medium Level: Pure Biking Bliss on the Island Line Bike Trail

This event is being lead by Al who will be meeting at 9:30 am and departing at 10:00 am sharp. Only RSVP if you are definitely going. The trip from Hartford takes 4 hours and it's 244 miles by car. This Vermont bike ride is our most scenic waterview ride yet. Book a room at The Middlebury Inn which allows for cancellations the day prior to the overnight stay in case of rain. The Island Line Trail (aka Colchester Causeway) is 14 miles of pure biking bliss — following a thin jetty across Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. The result is a pathway so thin that it feels as though you're biking on water, with nothing but beautiful blue views encompassing both sides of your vision. Even better, along the way you'll pass by plenty of public beaches and natural areas, so you can stop to take a break pretty much anywhere along the water's edge. On the way back you'll see the Green Mountains in NY and the Adirondack Mountains all in one glorious view. Depending on the time we have, the bike ride would be 22 to 26 miles. The pace of the ride will be contingent on the trail surfaces and will vary from 8-10 mph. Sections of the trail are stone dust and dirt. Hybrid and mountain bikes work best for these surfaces. The other sections are paved especially in the Burlington area. CASUAL RIDE LEVEL CHART: A note about our ride levels. We try to accommodate all levels of cyclists with different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle including not knowing how to shift your gears. Beginner Level : If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace. This is equivalent to riding about 1.5 hours. Medium Level : If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a leisurely pace (10+ mph) This is equivalent to riding 3 hours at a steady pace with several breaks. Please click on the link below for tips on group riding: http://www.meetup.com/Casual-Bikers/pages/Tips_on_Group_Riding/

Medium Level: Pure Biking Bliss on the Island Line Bike Trail

Only RSVP if you are definitely going. The trip from Hartford takes 4 hours and it's 244 miles by car. This Vermont bike ride is our most scenic waterview ride yet. Book a room at The Middlebury Inn which allows for cancellations the day prior to the overnight stay in case of rain. The Island Line Trail (aka Colchester Causeway) is 14 miles of pure biking bliss — following a thin jetty across Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. The result is a pathway so thin that it feels as though you're biking on water, with nothing but beautiful blue views encompassing both sides of your vision. Even better, along the way you'll pass by plenty of public beaches and natural areas, so you can stop to take a break pretty much anywhere along the waters' edge. On the way back you'll see the Green Mountains in NY and the Adirondack Mountains all in one glorious view. Depending on the time we have, the bike ride would be 22 to 26 miles. The pace of the ride will be contingent on the trail surfaces and will vary from 8-10 mph. Sections of the trail are stone dust and dirt. Hybrid and mountain bikes work best for these surfaces. The other sections are paved especially in the Burlington area. Peter's cell-[masked] CASUAL RIDE LEVEL CHART: A note about our ride levels. We try to accommodate all levels of cyclists with different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle including not knowing how to shift your gears. Beginner Level : If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace. This is equivalent to riding about 1.5 hours. Medium Level : If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a leisurely pace (10+ mph) This is equivalent to riding 3 hours at a steady pace with several breaks. Please click on the link below for tips on group riding: http://www.meetup.com/Casual-Bikers/pages/Tips_on_Group_Riding/

Granbook Park Bridge Ride on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Simsbury

Commuter Lot Behind CVS Simsbury

Novice Level (+): The parking lot is located on the southern corner of Jim Gallagher Way and Iron Horse Blvd. Do not use the map located on the website. Arrive 15 minutes early and have your bike checked out. We'll check your tire pressure, seat adjustment and brakes. A Casual Bikers favorite since 2011 Join us for an easy Thursday evening 2 hour ride on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Simsbury. This ride is intended for the novice rider. We will proceed north on the greenway, experiencing scenic vistas looking over the Granbrook Park bridge before turning back. This will be a leisurely ride; no one gets left behind. Approximately 14 miles. A nice no stress, after work ride so bring your friends! Group can get more acquainted after the ride at, perhaps, Joe Pizza nearby. We'll see you there! Casual Ride Level Chart: A note about our ride levels. We try to accommodate all levels of cyclists with different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle including not knowing how to shift your gears. Beginner Level : If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace. This is equivalent to riding about 1.5 hours. Medium Level : If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a leisurely pace (10+ mph) This is equivalent to riding 3 hours at a steady pace with several breaks. Please click on the link below for tips on group riding: http://www.meetup.com/Casual-Bikers/pages/Tips_on_Group_Riding/

Beginner Level: Bike Ride on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Simsbury

Commuter Lot Behind CVS Simsbury

The address for a GPS (over a year old) is 62 Mall Way, in Simsbury. Arrive 15 minutes early and have your bike checked out. We'll check your tire pressure, seat adjustment and brakes. Join us for an easy Saturday morning 1.5 hour ride on the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail in Simsbury. This ride is intended for the novice rider. The ride will be conducted at a very slow easy pace. Feel free to turn around if you feel you need to at anytime. We will proceed north on the greenway, experiencing scenic vistas looking over the Granbrook Park bridge before turning back. This will be a leisurely ride; no one gets left behind. We'll see you there! Casual Ride Level Chart: A note about our ride levels. We try to accommodate all levels of cyclists with different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best. Introductory Level : If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle including not knowing how to shift your gears. Beginner Level : If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace. This is equivalent to riding about 1.5 hours. Medium Level : If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a leisurely pace (10+ mph) This is equivalent to riding 3 hours at a steady pace with several breaks. Please click on the link below for tips on group riding: http://www.meetup.com/Casual-Bikers/pages/Tips_on_Group_Riding/

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