Our “NewB” rides are geared for new riders, riders with some experience, and riders who have never ridden in a club atmosphere. We will do a modified version of the scheduled Saturday short ride, (check bikeirvine.org for Saturday Ride schedule) adding as much off-street bike path as available...
We meet on the picnic tables at Deerfield Park & start with an informative instructional class where we cover safety, equipment, driving your bike like an adult, riding in a group, safety checking your bike before rides, and review rules of the road. We will see how the regular Saturday BCI ride rolls out, and then we will do our ABC Quick Check & roll out in our own group.
It's a “no drop” ride, which means that we will stay together and will periodically regroup all riders back together, so no one is left behind. Our slowest rider will set our group average speed. About half way into the ride we will enjoy the rest stop with all of the long ride, medium ride and short ride BCI riders for a snack and a chance to socialize. If the distance scares you, think of it this way: we really are doing two very short rides, to and from a break, and that’s easy!
BCI is a recreational, social, non-racing club. An important aspect of our NewB Ride is the new friends you will meet; other NewBs, as well as some experienced members who help out as coaches. Riding with a friend is much more enjoyable!
5 NewB Rides are scheduled for 2019 every 3 months or so:
February 23, April 13, July 20, September 14 & December 14
Class begins at 8:00 a.m. The ride begins a bit after 9:30 a.m. and returns around 12:30.
Guests are welcome and encouraged! Non-members are required to sign a BCI Guest Waiver.
Helmets are strongly recommended and usually worn by all. Most riders wear gloves and some eye protection. Cycling shorts are more comfortable & bright colored shirts/jackets make you more visible to others on the road; For hydration, carry water… and a little cash for a well-earned snack & cup of coffee at the regroup stop! Any bike in riding condition will do - but most ride thin tires because it’s a lot more work with big tires!
No registration & FREE – but do email Bill@BikeIrvine.org so he has an idea of how many are coming! BCI Members who are willing to coach & role model good bicycle driving are welcome to help out… Cycle of Safety members especially welcome!
Guests are always welcome (and the intended target for this class) but we do ask all non-member guests to sign our standard waiver form. We will have copies at the ride but you can download, print & fill it out in advance,,,
LIBRARY: here are pdf's of some of the documents reviewed & handed out at NewB classes:
CVC Laws for Cyclists - covers DMV laws as they apply to Bicycles...
BCI Etiquette - Covers some basics of group and multi-use path cycling
ABC Quick Check and the "10 Commandments" / 5 Rules of cycling
Behavior Types: Discussion on Road using vs Edge cycling vs Sidewalk Cycling
Here is an excellent on-line tutorial explaining Lane Position & why we don't edge ride the gutter in narrow lanes: Understanding Cyclists Position on the Roadway