Ride with Us

To make the most of your riding experience with the club please review the following information. The first thing to do is pick a ride that is appropriate for your abilities — Generally start by joining rides that may seem to be a little on the easy side. (One of the most common mistakes is to go on a ride that is too difficult. It's no fun and can be a bit embarrassing.)

Helmets are Required

Bicycling helmets are required on all Bike Hiker rides. Today's helmets are light weight and well ventilated. There is just no reason not to wear a modern well fitted helmet.


  • A bike in good working order.
  • I.D. and Medical Alert Info if necessary
  • Extra water (even in the winter)
  • Extra food, e.g. an energy bar
  • Money - for a taxi ride, phone, or any un-expected need
  • Tools and parts to repair a flat tire*
* Flat Repairs — tire levers, spare tube, patch kit, & tire boot.

Ride Grades

Two factors make up the ride grade; terrain and distance. In addition traffic, road conditions, ride pace, and weather can add to the difficulty of any given ride. All these factors are important considerations for riders when they select rides to participate in. If there are any addition conditions that may effect the difficulty of the ride they should be noted in the Ride Description.

Terrain is represented by an alpha letter.
A - Steep - Mostly steep grades: strong riders only.
B - Steep/Moderate - Some relief from steep grades.
C - Moderate - Hilly; a challenge for the average rider.
D - Moderate/Easy - Rolling hills, a challenge for beginners.
E - Easy - Some gentle grades, but no problems.
F - Flat - If any route is really flat.

Distance is represented by the actual number of miles.

Group Riding

While the Bike Hikers are NOT a racing club we do, at times, ride as a group in an informal pace-line. If you are new to riding in a group there are a few things to keep in mind when you are riding behind, in front of, or next to other riders.

  • Ride smoothly without braking or weaving
  • Signal and/or call out any hazards*
  • If a rider in front of you points out a hazard, pass the signal on
  • Signal and give warning if you need to move out of line.
  • Do not follow too closely.

*There are several "Signals" the riders use to indicate various hazards and changes in speed. While riding within a group watch out for and use these signals. Most accidents occur while riding as a group and can usually be avoided if everyone uses good group riding habits.