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    Organizing, to Club or not to Club

    A friend just set up a bike shop in my town. http://www.shawneecycles.com Harrisburg has about 10,000 people and several bike riders. I am trying to get group rides together and not having much luck. I really want to avoid the politics of a bike club. Just want people to show up and ride. I am starting to think that if people don't have a organization to join they may not show up. Or it could just still be early and too cold for some people to get going.

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    Try putting together a computer e-mail group. Then anyone can post when they plan a ride. Other members of the group can show up or not as they see fit. Minimum planning, no politics, next to no organization.

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    Are there no cycling clubs in your area?
    If you were to form a club, would it address/accomplish things
    that existing clubs in your area could not already be capable of?
    Maybe the demand is already being met, based on your population figures.

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    The closest cycling club is about an hour away.

    I see riders every now and again and I know there are more, they just seem to always be riding alone. Could be by choice though?

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    Good to see a bike shop in Harrisburg Gattm.
    Getting a club going may be tough but you never know! The problem is finding a bunch of people who ride about the same speed. Some don't want to wait for slow riders and some don't want to be dropped and left out on their own.
    I heard the bike club in Mt Vernon folded up. They had a great club at one time. Two of the clubs in Carbondale merged together, so I hope they are doing well.

    I tried emailing you on the PM for the Tunnel Hill ride but it came back undeliverable.
    I have to work Saturdays.

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    Just something to think about if you decide to officially organize a club ... insurance. You'll want to check with your local cycling association (provincial/state), or with the cycling association of your country, and see what their insurance policies are.

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    Make it an informal ride. Don't get too caught up with making it an official club unless you get a bunch of regulars + more.

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    Bah... insurance, that sounds like trouble

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Joker
    Stupid question, but what's the best way to organize an informal ride?
    Email the posse. Post a ride time, distance, and start location, and ride agenda (training ride, leave the hammers at home, etc.) if any. Typically, a few riders will have lists going and you can hook up with the ones you want.

    Or, a ride that always starts from the same place at the same time... just get the word out and it'll take on a life of it's own. Pick a convenient time and a good starting location.

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