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Old 12-24-10, 11:49 PM   #1
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How to find Recreational Riding Clubs?

Just been toying with the idea of being more socially involved with regards to bicycling.
Thing is though, cursory glance online at clubs and groups tend to be of the lycra style... which really is not me.
On the other side of the coin, I'm not interested in the whole family ride thing- theyre too slow, and Im trying to meet women/drinking buddies.

So.... where do I go?
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Old 12-25-10, 12:21 AM   #2
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Go to the lycra style club rides in whatever you want to wear and on whatever bike you want to ride, as long as you can keep up with your group, I did this when I started to mountain bike. I would drive my beat up car to the meetup point with the dismantled jamis inside my trunk, change into a sports t-shirt, cargo shorts and running shoes, then ride with these people in team gear on some really nice bikes. I probably looked like the really odd one out but I could keep up with the slower group (didn't know how to shift gears, so I just didn't) which always consisted of a few ladies who just wanted to have a fun ride, we talked while riding all the time. Don't forget the valuable information you can also give/get from riding with the real hardcore cyclists too, even the most seasoned cyclist has new things to learn about biking.

If this doesn't work for you, craigslist never fails. I've posted about playing tennis/rugby/soccer/mtb trail introductions and have met some really cool people who just want to enjoy a pastime and go on with life, no strings attached. Suggest a destination or loop ride on the activities page and see who bites. No scary weirdos so far

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Just been toying with the idea of being more socially involved with regards to bicycling.
Thing is though, cursory glance online at clubs and groups tend to be of the lycra style... which really is not me.
On the other side of the coin, I'm not interested in the whole family ride thing- theyre too slow, and Im trying to meet women/drinking buddies.

So.... where do I go?
Thanks...
Depends on where you are- but do your due diligence. Ask the racer-dude clubs where to go for recreational rides. Ask the local bike shops. Many times both will know where to send noobies. Note that cycling clubs tend to be pretty male-oriented, no matter the skill level. The single women tend to get a little gun-shy about riding with "drinking buddies".
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Check Facebook. A lot of the local cycling culture info in Fort Worth can be found there, especially the laid back rides. Maybe start with searching for Critical Mass + YourCity, or Cycle + YourCity, that kind of thing, and see what pops up.
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Have you asked the folks in your area in the regional subforums? --> http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...al-Discussions
Also many bike shops have ride info. They can tell you about the ride and the riders.
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Step 1 is to put your location on your profile. I can tell you about some groups in DFW, but that doesn't help much if you're in Hong Kong.

My observation- you pretty much have lycra groups around here and you have social groups. The social groups can spend 2 hours doing an 8 mile ride. So pretty much, you have to decide if you actually want to ride a bike, or stand around holding a bicycle while you socialize.

Second Observation- even in the groups with lots of women, there's more men...and a lot of the women that are there are there because they are with other men- so it's not necessarily the ideal way to meet women.
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Start with the local bike shops. Any shop owner who has any brains at all will be more than happy to help yo find the right group for you. The better you like a group the more you ride, thus hte more gear you wear out and have to replace and the more likely you are to evenutally upgrade.

I found a large local group pretty much on hte first try. But you might not be as lucky. However if yuo find any group the odds are you are on the trail to the right one. Find a group and ask. Racers will gladly point you to a more social club, a social club will point you to a club closer to where you live....

Withing a few hops you should find something right. If you do need a few trys to find the right club keep the info on clubs that were not right, esp. the clubs that were jsut a bit too hard core for you. It may well turn out such will be the right club by next year.
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Im trying to meet women/drinking buddies.
Best place to meet drinking buddies is in a bar.
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have you tried meetup.com?
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Step 1 is to put your location on your profile. I can tell you about some groups in DFW, but that doesn't help much if you're in Hong Kong.

My observation- you pretty much have lycra groups around here and you have social groups. The social groups can spend 2 hours doing an 8 mile ride. So pretty much, you have to decide if you actually want to ride a bike, or stand around holding a bicycle while you socialize.

Second Observation- even in the groups with lots of women, there's more men...and a lot of the women that are there are there because they are with other men- so it's not necessarily the ideal way to meet women.

but I can...


I met up with both the groups I ride with just by meeting folks on the road and chatting to them.
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Best place to meet drinking buddies is in a bar.
Conveniently, the evening rides I do start and end at a bar. On Sunday nights we stop at bars along the way, too.

Tomorrow we ride for pho (Vietnamese).
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