Q: I am visiting Orange County, can I ride with BCI when I am in town? or
Q: I am interested & want to try the group before I join. May I ride as a guest?
A: Absolutely, we love to have guests join us! We ask that you sign in on our guest sheet with typical liability waiver language. Our Friday, Saturday and Sunday rides leave from Deerfield Community Park in Irvine. If you drive to the park, we ask that you park on either Deerwood, Foxhill or Blazing Star (on the sides adjacent to the park, not in front of the neighbors' homes). Our Tuesday rides leave University Community Park. Please park on the Beech Tree street leaving the lot for park users.
Q: Where can I get a rental bike while in town?
A: Check with our bike shop sponsors, many of them have bikes to rent. Be sure to mention BCI !
Q: Can I ride my eBike with the club?
A: Yes, but we have some concerns;
First: Do you really have an eBike?
The following are NOT eBikes and not welcome to ride with BCI:
Motor Driven Cycles go over 30 MPH
Motorized Bicycles go up to 30 MPH (Mopeds, Whizzers & over 750w conversions)
Electric “Mini-Bikes” & overpowered conversions or eBikes modified to exceed their 20-28 mph limiters may only be legal on private property.
All of these are illegal to ride in bike lanes and on paths in California.
Second: What Class is your eBike?
Class I must be pedaled (pedal assist only up to 20 mph)
Class II may be throttled (up to 20 mph) or pedaled (most conversions)
These are legally bicycles and are very welcome to join our fun!
Class III must be pedaled (pedal assist only but up to 28 mph)
Many of our routes use Class 1 off-street multi-use paths & bikeways that prohibit faster Class 3 - 28mph eBikes. You may need to find your own detours to stay legal when we all go onto a bike path... slowing down & blending with a group of pedal bikes avoids the reason you are prohibited (high speed) but depending on the jurisdiction’s level of enforcement, or if you have a crash, you may have a legal issue.
BCI recommends always wearing helmets; The law requires all Class 3 eBike riders to be over 16 & to wear a bicycle helmet.
Many eBike riders have not gained the experience to handle their bikes well at speed and in close proximity to other cyclists. Most cyclists take months or years to work up to pedaling 20+ mph along side others. Riders of eBikes can do it with no cycling skill developed at all. Understand that the rules of the road & CVC for a cyclist also apply to eBike riders. We recommend taking a Cycling Savvy or League of American Bicyclists course on traffic & handling skills for anyone cycling in traffic.
Passing: When riding with cyclists you will be able to easily pass when climbing hills; pass on the left (signal, look over your shoulder, call out ‘passing’ & ring a bell, merge over toward traffic to pass with plenty of room then merge back well past the cyclist).
DO NOT pass on the right, DO NOT Pass without giving a warning, DO NOT merge without looking and signalling, and DO NOT smile too much when passing riders working hard up that hill - it may get misinterpreted as a ‘gloating snear’!
Maintain a constant speed: It gets tempting to go as fast as possible; slow down & keep an even pace when riding with cyclists or your “yo-yo” speed changes will make it hard to ride with you. Excessive speed & your heavier bike requires hard braking, so leave extra room as you may not be able to stop as fast as a cyclist can.
As we have more people enjoying eBikes in Orange County, we expect to have more members who will enjoy riding eBikes with us.
Q: I am new rider, can I ride with BCI?
A: YES! Come out and carefully learn by riding with experienced members - Check out our Intro Page for information about our upcoming Newbie Rides.
Q: What sort of bike do I need?
A: BCI members mostly ride road bikes, but we have members with mountain bikes, cross bikes and hybrid bikes. For the Newbie Ride, most any bike is fine as long as it is in safe working order - make sure the tires will hold air are properly inflated, the brakes work effectively and the pedals and gears are working properly. If your bike needs a tune up, visit one of our bike shop sponsors, they will make sure your bike is safe.
Q: Do I have to wear a Club Jersey:
A: NO. Club Jerseys - or any jerseys are not required - just an option for members to show their colors!
Q: I am a 'lapsed' BCI member & want to renew. Can I get my old BCI# again?
A: Yes: When you sign up, PLEASE include your old BCI# or say you are renewing and we can look up your old number. If you have joined or renewed since January 2016 your BCI# is already established in our TidyHQ data when you renew your dues. If we issued you a new BCI#, let us know & we can get your old one back for you...