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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 330,000 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: Fall Foliage Farmington River Country Bike Ride in Riverton, CT

A Casual Bikers favorite since 2017 We'll meet in the parking lot on the right as you drive into the park. There is no charge for parking for CT registered vehicles. Please have your bike in ready-to- ride condition. Tires should be pumped to maximum pressure written on the sidewall and also your gears and brakes should be in good working order. Please bring a spare tire tube in case of a flat. The ride is approximately 20 miles and will probably conclude around 5:00 PM. There is a 1/2 mile of dirt roads we'll be riding on. Join us for a Medium Level 10 MPH paced bike ride through the pretty quaint little town of Riverton. We'll be mainly riding on all paved roads with many water views of the Farmington River. Terrain is flat with with one big climb going up to a reservoir but the views are worth it. Helmets are required for all riders. Additionally we recommend rear flashing lights for all riders as well. Please keep pace with the group and do not ride ahead of the group either. Peter's cell-[masked]. Thanks and we look forward to riding with you! 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

A light is recommended for this ride. The parking lot is located on the southern corner of Jim Gallagher Way and Iron Horse Blvd. 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/

~Fall Foliage Scenic Biking Through Suffield, CT~

Highland Park Market

A Casual Bikers favorite since 2012 Parking accommodations are free thanks to Highland Park Market in Suffield. We'll meet on the left side of the parking lot as you face the store at 1:00 PM We will ride at a Medium Level pace of 10 mph. This pace tends to be too slow for road bikes. Hybrid and mountain bikes are better suited. This is not a flat ride and has plenty of moderate hills. There is one big hill but can be avoided if you wish by going around with a casual contingent. We'll be riding down roads such as Russell Ave. which has beautifully restored farms. Other destinations will be the Suffield Country Club, Suffield Academy and the historic district along North Main Street and North Street. The ride is about 4 hours long ( approximately 20 miles) and is conducted at a Casual Medium Pace of 10 MPH. Come and ride with us! We'd love to have you attend. We can get more acquainted after the ride for food and merriment at a local restaurant. Peter's cell-[masked] Thanks and 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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