ride information

We try to schedule rides that appeal to riders with a range of abilities and interests. A successful ride begins by selecting a ride that is appropriate for your abilities.

Please arrive at the start location with enough time to have your bike ready at the scheduled start time.
Helmets are required

Minors welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian

We hope this information enhances your club ride experience.

General Information: Do's & Don'ts

  • Do: choose a ride consistent with your abilities.
  • Do: wear a helmet.
  • Do: complete the pre-ride sign-in.
  • Do: remember that the Illinois Vehicle Code also applies to bicycles.
  • Do: provide mutual aid and notify the ride leader in the event of physical or mechanical problems.
  • Do: inform the ride leader if you must leave the group before the end of the ride.
  • Do: thank the ride leader if you enjoyed the ride.
  • Don't: wear headphones or earbuds.
  • Don't: forget your shoes.
  • Don't: get too far ahead of the group without informing them of your intentions.

Recommended Items

  • a bike in good working order with properly inflated tires;
  • wallet with cash, ID & Medical Alert information if necessary;
  • car and/or house keys;
  • flat tire repair items: tube, pump, tire lever, patch kit & tire boot;
  • hydration & nutrition: e.g. water bottle, energy bar, gel;
  • phone, fully charged; and
  • non-essentials: sunscreen, multitool, chamois butt'r, produce bags.

Ride Rating

The club attempts to schedule rides for all abilities to encourage an active membership. What’s your ride style?

  • A Group: Riding 18+ miles per hour on flat, windless terrain. This is a fast pace for the fittest riders with competitive riding as the focus. While the A Group riders welcome all who want to participate, these rides are NOT NO-DROP rides. If you find you can’t hold the pace, you will need to know how to find your way home by yourself.
  • B Group: Riding 13-17 miles per hour on flat, windless terrain. This is a moderate pace for fit riders with fitness as the focus. These are generally no-drop rides.
  • C Group: Riding 10-12 miles per hour on flat, windless terrain. This is an easy pace that focuses on conversation and exploration, rather than fitness. These are always no-drop rides.

Some rides will have both an A group and a B group riding. If you’re in doubt, contact the ride leader.  Don’t know how fast you can ride over a distance?  Start out with one of our no-drop rides and you can measure your speed and fitness against other riders.  Please do not start with an A group if you’re unsure of your fitness level.

In addition traffic, road conditions, and weather can add to the difficulty of a ride.

Group Riding

While we are not a racing club we frequently ride in groups. If you are new to riding in a group there are a few things to keep in mind when you are riding in the vicinity of others:
  • ride predictably without sudden 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 a group.
  • not following too closely.

What’s it like to lead a bicycle ride?

Plenty of people are nervous about leading a ride! But leading can be fun and rewarding, especially when you share the task with a co-leader. Being a leader involves:

  • Choosing an appropriate route for the skill level of the riders
  • Adjusting your pace so riders are not left behind
  • Sharing a few simple ride rules with the group before departure
  • Keeping an eye on how everyone in the group is faring while they’re riding
  • Understanding emergency procedures in the case of an accident
  • Making safe choices about riding in traffic that consider all abilities in your group

The benefits?

  • Undying gratitude from your riders and the opportunity to be a true advocate for cycling
  • Decision control over where you stop for snacks
  • Looks good on your resume
  • Advocating something you really love to do

We are always looking for ride leaders and ride sweeps (following the group and making sure no one gets lost).  It’s not hard and any one of our regular leaders would be thrilled to co-lead with you so you can get your feet wet.  Our goal as a club is to encourage as many of our members as possible to volunteer to help with ride leadership during the season.

Interested? Send an email to ride@dgbikeclub.org and our Ride Coordinator will get in touch.