Thinking about joining?
As a member of MBC you will enjoy a number of benefits including:
Adults over 18 years of age are welcome to join. Memberships are valid for one year beginning January 1 and ending December 31.
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What to expect when first joining a ride?
If you are new to riding in a group, not certain about your level of fitness, or just interested in meeting some really cool people, consider a CZ (comfort zone) ride. These rides will be posted on the calendar, usually on Saturdays. CZ rides are relatively short under 30 miles and are ridden at a gentle pace. They are suitable for a variety of experience levels and are geared towards those wanting to learn about riding with the club. Ride leaders will be present to answer questions and share how to ride safely.
Experienced cyclists are also welcome to join our scheduled rides. Experienced riders are expected to know and abide by the traffic laws of Tennessee, follow safe pace line practices and group riding etiquette. MBC does not provide que sheets. Scheduled routes, except for consensus routes, are available on RideWithGPS and available for download to an electronic device such as a smart phone or appropriate bike computer. Riders are expected to have the route and be able to follow the route. Let the ride leader know before the ride if you are new to RideWithGPS and need assistance with loading the route or following route directions.
Be sure to read the route descriptions to judge which rides are best suited to your ability. Use the pace guide to help you figure out your level. Choose a ride that is slower and easier than what you think you are capable of doing. It is much better to start with a ride that is too easy than to struggle through a ride which is too hard. Be aware that, especially late in the riding season, the pace of a ride can be at the higher end of the posted range. Long and hilly rides may have a lower overall pace and will be much harder. Rides descriptions which offer regrouping and sweeping are best for newer riders and riders who maybe unfamiliar with the area. If you are a new member with limited cycling experience, you'll probably want to start rides that roll at a "D" level pace.
Plan to arrive at the starting location no later than 20 minutes before scheduled start. When you arrive, locate the ride leader and introduce yourself. The ride leader will ask you a few brief questions about your experience level, your bike, and goals. They may then provide a few instructions. Ride leaders are generally busy at this time, so be patient. They will circle back to you just before the start and will be there to introduce you to other members and will strive to team you up with others who will be riding at your pace.
Wheels roll at the scheduled time, arrive early and be on your bike and ready to pedal at the published start time. As a final note, weather forecast can change, and ride leaders may change routes, cancel, or change starting times depending on weather conditions. Be sure to check the forum board prior for any changes before joining the ride.
How should I prepare for my first ride with the club?
Do a test ride first -- You should be able to ride at least 5 miles in one hour or less.
Have your bike in good working order. A local bike shop like MOAB can check and "tune up" your bike, teach you how to pump up your tires and change a flat. Tires should be properly inflated, the chain should be lubricated, flexible -- not rusty or caked with dirt. The bike should have water bottle cages to hold water bottles. A local bike shop can also help you adjust your helmet so that it fits properly.
Items to bring:
Dress in layers (wicking fabrics, not cotton). Wear clothing that will not catch in the chain rings or wheels -- no loose clothing. And be sure to use sunscreen.