IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT OUR RIDES
All store rides leave from Trek Bicycles of Raleigh unless otherwise stated, and begin promptly at the stated start time and helmets are required. Please arrive early enough to be ready to roll at the start time. Remember, the store may be very busy and may not have time to do 'one little thing' If we can do it, we will gladly do so. Please have your bike ready. Women's rides are for WOMEN ONLY!! I know a lot of you guys out there think it is cool to ride with the ladies and all, but please do not show up and expect to ride with the women. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please read the average pace of each ride to determine which ride you are capable of riding. If you find that you are faster than most of the group, please do not turn up the pace. All that does is make others have a bad ride too. (No, misery does not like company!!) Slow down, spin faster in a lower gear and find a new friend. Riders should help one another out in the event of mechanical issues.
* A NOTE ABOUT AVERAGE SPEED.. Average Speed is the average speed for the ride. We will be going faster than average going down hill and conversely, slower going up hill. On the flatter portions of the ride, the group will have a tendency to go a little faster than the average speed, meaning that the speed of the group will not always be between the listed speeds; rather at the end of the ride the average for the entire ride should fall between the range.
- An easy warm-in for the first 4 or 5 miles is key to a good ride.
- Pace then is built in a steady, gradual way. No jackrabbit pulls at the front that hurt the line. We are not racing, and we are not trying to drop anybody. If you want to go faster, then look for one of our faster rides.
- If anyone in the group has a mechanical, we all stop and go back to the location of the breakdown. This way we have the strength of the full group to resolve the problem quickly and get us all rolling again. Plus, everybody is fully informed, with no one up the road confused or lost. If somone cannot keep up due to mechanical or other issue, someone from the ride (not the leader as the leader must lead) should volunteer to escort that person back. Hey, it's one ride a year where you help someone else.. you can ride in a really low gear and see how long and fast you can spin. There are lots of things to learn on a bike besides speed.
- If anyone in the group is having a bad ride and gets gapped off, the group should ease up and let them back on. (The other side of this is: if you are not feeling strong, don't take a big turn at the front; we'll all understand and you'll be better positioned to hang on, keeping the group's over-all pace higher.) It is YOUR responsibilty to alert others if you cannot keep up. It is easy to allow a gap to form between you and the rider in front of you. If you don't say anything, it may be 3-4 miles before anyone notices that you are no longer with the group. If you find that you cannot keep up, either get someone to ride back in with you or you will have to come in by yourself. To prevent the latter, make sure you can ride at the listed pace; if you are not sure you can, make sure the ride leader knows to keep an eye out for you. If you are entirely too slow for the group, then do not be surprised if the group leaves you. Remember, the group showed up to ride at a certain pace, not to wait for someone that can't. You should know in about 5-6 miles if you can keep up. If you make a decision to go back, try another one of our rides next week and then work your way back up!!
Rule of thumb: Typically, if you ride a certain average speed and distance by yourself, you can usually add 2mph to your solo speed when riding with a group. If not, you may be better off trying another one of our rides.