Can I ride with the group without purchasing a membership or insurance?
Once – you may participate in one “Try-A-Ride” per season. For non-members wishing to try out a BCC Ride, there are specific dates designated for “try-a-rides”. On these designated days, OCA waiver forms will be available at the beginning of the ride, and the individual will be required to complete, sign, and return the waiver to the ride leader prior to participating in the BCC Ride. “Try-A-Ride” waivers may only be used once per person per season; in order to participate in any future rides, an individual must purchase full insurance and membership. You will find these “Try-A-Ride” dates on our ride calendar.
How old do I need to be to join?
With the exception of family events/rides, we ask that all riders be 15+. Parental consent is required to purchase OCA insurance for riders under 18 years old.
What mechanical bike knowledge do I need?
Every rider must be able to supply their own repair kit that includes spare tube, pump or CO2 cartridges, and multi-tool. Every rider must able to maintain appropriate tire pressure, change their own tube with relative ease and make adjustments to seat height.
What kind of bike do I need?
Road rides/event require a road bike. Please no riding on Tri-bars. Rail Trail rides can accommodate hybrid, cyclocross, fat bikes, and mountain bikes. Destination Mountain Bike rides require fat bikes or mountain bikes, or cyclocross bikes depending on your skill and comfort.
What if I can’t keep up with the group?
All of our group rides (except Advanced II) adhere to a No-Drop policy, meaning that we will leave riders behind without their consent. We encourage you to read through the ride descriptions thoroughly to best place yourself in an appropriate group.
How do I know what hand signals or words to use when riding in a group?
Please refer to our group ride guide for all of this information (link to ride guide).