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HELP CENTER

WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF RIDERS IN A TRAINING RIDE.

The more the merrier. Our regular weekend rides are out of our club house at Bike Waller where the country roads offer wide open spaces for us to spread out. The organized charity rides we occasionally participate in attract hundreds or even thousands of riders, so the size of our group will barely be noticed, though hopefully we will be.

WHAT DISTANCES AND SPEEDS ARE TYPICAL ON A RIDE?

Our regular weekend rides are typically vary from 40 to 60 miles with occasional longer rides toward fall when people are typically in better fitness. Organized rides are well supported with rest stations, snacks, and support vehicles so we will often push a little farther on those doing 50-75 on those with an occasional century (100 mile) ride. In either case we typically average 18-19 mph (29-31kph), though winds and hills will often bring that number down.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T KEEP UP?

This is not a competition and everybody has to start somewhere so we do not make a habit of leaving people behind. If you cannot keep up, speak up and we will make accommedations as necessary. You might "fall off the back" and get a bit of distance between us, but we do check on the "integrity" of the peloton regularly and make sure nobody is lost.

WHAT IS I HAVE A MECHANICAL ISSUE LIKE A FLAT TIRE?

You are expected to be self sufficient, so make sure you have a tools, spare tubes or patch kit, and a pump or co2 cartridge with you. If an issue arises, shout "MECHANICAL!" and we will stop as a group. Again, you are expected to be able to fix your own issues, but your fellow riders have years of experience and will at least point you in the right direction if you are not sure.

WHAT IF I NEED FOOD OR DRINK DURING THE RIDE?

You are expected to be self sufficient, so carry at least one water bottle with you as well as any goo, gel, bars, fruit or other food that you like. That said, our weekend rides are planned to have a gas station stop very 15-25 miles, so you don't have to carry a day's worth of items as you will have several chances to buy what you need.

DO I HAVE TO RIDE A ROAD BIKE? IS THERE ANY REQUIRED EQUIPMENT?

There is no required equipment but for safety it is urged that you have a helmet, cycling gloves, and eye protection. While most of us have a road bike, we do have some members that ride gravel bikes, mountain bikes, and even track bikes. That said, for the safety of you and your fellow riders, a group ride is not a place to try out a new kind of bike. If you have never ridden a mountain bike, feel squirrely on a track bike, or are not well experienced with aero bars, DON'T USE THEM.

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