[RSVPs OPEN] Introductory Level: Sandy's "Get on your Bikes and Ride" Ride

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Fort Hunt Park

8999 Fort Hunt Road · Alexandria, VA

How to find us

Follow the loop until you get to picnic area E. This is a first come, first serve lot, so if it is full, park across the street in Lot C.

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Details

A true introductory lesson/ride for those that haven't ridden a bike in a number of years or are uncertain about their abilities on a bicycle.

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The Ride : Summary
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* NAME: Sandy's "Get on your Bikes and Ride" Ride
* START: Fort Hunt Park, Picnic Area E
* GPS DIRECTIONS: https://goo.gl/maps/eMcGGLhBJhq
* ARRIVAL: 10:00am
* THE SPEECH: 10:15am
* ROLLING: 10:30am
* LEVEL: Introductory
* PACE: 5 - 10 mph
* DISTANCE: 5+ miles (depending on group skill level)
* TERRAIN: trails and streets
* ROUTE: Fort Hunt Park loop, surrounding neighborhood streets with minimal traffic
* ADDITIONAL INFO:
(a) Basic riding ability is required.
(b) Helmet is required.
(c) Bicycle is in good, ready to ride, condition.

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The Ride: Details
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For your riding pleasure, NoVA CBG presents Sandy's "Get on your Bikes and Ride" Ride.

You have learned to pedal your bike when you were a child (or even more recently as an adult) but do you really know how to ride? Have no fear- you can learn to have fun on your bike, you just need a few skills to make it safer and easier to do. With the beautiful Fall weather almost here let’s get on our bikes and start learning to ride, not just pedal.

This introductory class will give you a basic bike riding overview:

1) Gears: What your gears do and how to use them to conquer distances and those fearsome hills. You paid for all those gears so now you will learn to use them!

2) Tire Inflation: You will learn how to properly inflate your tires and avoid the dreaded flat.

3) Signaling Techniques: Use hand signals and call-outs to let walkers, cars, and other bikers know what you are doing and help avoid accidents.

4) Riding Techniques: We will then go for a ride to learn to use proper starting and stopping techniques, navigate turns by slowing before the turn and then riding thru the turn, using more than your hands in a “death grip” on the handle bars.

Here are the prerequisites:
1) Know how to pedal a bicycle.
2) You MUST have a helmet.
3) Gloves are also suggested, but not required.
4) Have your bike in good, ready to ride, condition.

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Ride Level Chart
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NoVA CBG tries to accommodate all levels of cyclists by offering 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).

* Beginner Level : You can easily ride your bike for 10 miles with some minor hills at a comfortable pace of 10+ to 12+ mph.

* Medium Level : You can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace of 13 to 15+ mph.

* Advanced Level : You can do 20++ miles easily at a 15+ pace and / or handle various challenges as rain, night riding, or other odd cycling situations.

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The Fine Print:
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An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6. Release " found at https://www.meetup.com/terms/ and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found @ https://www.meetup.com/novacbg/pages/1942951/NOVA-CBG_Waiver/.

Helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. NO Helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions. All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. When coming to the meetup you do so voluntarily and are ready and able to participate in the ride as described under the conditions of the day.

Be on time for the "pre-ride" preparation. If you do not attend the pre-ride preparation you will not be allowed to participate on the ride, there will be NO exceptions.

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