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Old 08-26-07, 07:04 PM   #1
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Group Rides in San Diego/North County that welcome bents

I think I'm finally at the point where I could keep up with a group. I average between 16 and 19 mph over 35 miles. I can keep an 11 to 17 mph pace up hills, and 22 to 28 mph pace on flats. I think it would be fun to ride with a group, but I'm aware that many groups don't welcome 'bents. I have no desire to "show anyone up" or proselytize for 'bents; I'd just like to have a good time with fellow cyclists. I'm also aware of all the drafting issues, and that DF'ers don't want to get to close to a 'bent because of the wobbly factor, long chains, etc., so I'm prepared to ride in the back like a good boy.

Does anyone know of any clubs that ride in North County San Diego on the weekends, who would not be adverse to 'bent rider joining them?
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I just started checking out SDBC, and they seem like a nice bunch of fellows. I have no idea what their attitude is on recumbents, and frankly I didn't see at this weekend's ride, but it's probably worth a shot to check it out. If you can sustain up to 17 mph up hill, my guess is you could fit into any level group they have. I rode with the C+ level group on Saturday and at the speeds you are referring to, you would have easily been much faster than the pack.
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I haven't ridden with these people personally but a co-worker rides with the North County Cycle Club http://northcountycycleclub.com/roadies.htm

From her description it sounds like a welcoming, laid back group. Of course bents are always welcome on all BF rides, but we're not a club as such - we're more of a crypto-fascist zombie cult.
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Of course bents are always welcome on all BF rides, but we're not a club as such - we're more of a crypto-fascist zombie cult.
Sounds like my kind of group. Do they force you to volunteer to fix any potholes you find along the ride?
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I live in Escondido and ride every weekend whether it be by myself or with whatever group happens to be riding that weekend.
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