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General Ride Information
  • Ride Ratings

    How to interpret ride titles

  • What to bring

    Items to bring to ensure you're equipped and prepared for the road ahead

  • Rules of the Road

    Knowledge and cycling etiquette to have in your back pocket when riding (group or solo)

  • Glossary

    Definitions of commonly used words in the cycling community

Ride Ratings

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Hilliness / Pace / Mileage (ex. 3/B/34mi)

A "Local" ride is a ride for which the start location is accessible by bicycle or BART.

An "Away" ride is one that would require a car to reach the start location.

The ride conventions are as follows:

Hilliness

1: 0-2% Essentially flat - 0- 1000 ft

2: 2-6% A Few Low Hills - 1000-2000ft

3: 6-8% Moderately Hilly - 2000-3000ft

4: 8-12% Very Hilly 4000-6000ft

5: 12+ % Extremely Hilly 6,000ft

Pace

A: 14-16 mph, Fast pace, for strong experienced riders, maybe one stop. 

B: 11-14 mph, Steady pace, 14-17 mph on mostly flat rides, fewer stops, for experienced riders

C: 8-11 mph, Easy pace, average speed on rides with hills, 12-15 mph on mostly flat rides, frequent stops, good for new riders

Distance

Short      10 -  25 miles

Medium  25 -  50 miles

Long       50 - 100+ miles

The rides listed below are categorized by hilliness (1-5, with 5 being the most demanding) and mileage (actual distance).  The tables below are grouped into short, medium and long rides, then sorted by hilliness and mileage, and finally by “local” and “away”.

What to bring

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Rules of the Road

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Safety First

Be Predictable - this is crucial for letting others (drivers and riders around you) know your intention prior to doing it.

Signals

- Hand - using your arms as indicators are universally understood (turning right, left, slowing, stopping, potholes, glass, etc)

- Voice - used to vocalize if a car is coming from the back ("car back"), both hands are on your handle bars and you are coming to a stop, ("stopping")

Visibility

Day - consider wearing brightly colored items and investing in a rear tail light (which is always on day and night)

Night - View blog for tips on riding at night​

Obey traffic laws - as cars follow the rules of the road, cyclists are also subject to these rules as well which means, always stopping at stop lights and signs. 

Be aware of your own surroundings at all times - through practice, your situational awareness will improve as you continue riding outside and practicing above. Do not wear ear/headphones. 

Glossary

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