Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg)
Reload this Page >

How far would you drive to join or be a part of a club

Notices
Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

How far would you drive to join or be a part of a club

Old 04-26-17, 06:18 PM
  #1  
Gravel.Grinder
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
How far would you drive to join or be a part of a club

Hey everyone,

Given our recent move to north Georgia out of the metro ATL area, I find myself in a bit of a spot about cycling clubs.

Lately, I have been really wanting some accountability/riding partners who can encourage and support each other in fitness goals or just getting out.

There are some great clubs south of me in the Metro ATL area, but my question for the group is:

How far would you drive/ride to be a part of a club?

There are some group rides in Athens, GA but nothing majorly organized unless your'e a super cool racer. I would really like to seek out a community of people who also want to do good in the community and support local shops and charities. To give you an idea, I live in the Braselton / Jefferson area (for those who know ATL and major area surrounding)

Any ideas or tips? I really cant start one up as my schedule with being a teacher is pretty demanding 9 months out of the year.
Gravel.Grinder is offline  
Old 04-26-17, 06:52 PM
  #2  
Bmach
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 1,047
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 415 Post(s)
Liked 243 Times in 150 Posts
One club that I belong to has different rides that start in different towns. I pick the rides that are nearer to me or I will drive more if the ride they are doing goes someplace nice.
Bmach is offline  
Old 04-26-17, 10:34 PM
  #3  
jsigone
got the climbing bug
 
jsigone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: San Diego
Posts: 10,054

Bikes: one for everything

Mentioned: 81 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 586 Post(s)
Liked 407 Times in 143 Posts
I used to drive about 25 miles to my club rides on saturdays plus meet up w/ them on thursday for MTB night lights

General rules for me, if I drive 1 hours there and 1 hour back, the rides has to be equal to travel time or more. I won't sit in the car 2 hours to ride one hour, I'd rather ride 3 hours from my house. Exception to this rule is bike races but I try to car pool when possible
__________________
Rule #10 // It never gets easier, you just go faster.
jsigone is offline  
Old 04-26-17, 10:54 PM
  #4  
CliffordK
Senior Member
 
CliffordK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Posts: 27,268
Mentioned: 215 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16728 Post(s)
Liked 3,728 Times in 2,768 Posts
I'm pretty much car-free, so getting to the start spot is generally by bike.

I don't do regular "club rides", choose a few special events. Our local riding group starts/finishes about 15 miles each way from my house.

I have picked out a few more special rides that I participate in. I've joined in a couple of Portland group activities. As the crow flies, about 100 miles, but my route there doesn't follow the freeways, so I get about a 180 mile ride to the start (plus a little more to the actual ride start). Hopefully I'll do about 3 Portland rides this year.
CliffordK is offline  
Old 04-27-17, 05:16 AM
  #5  
ahanulec
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 123

Bikes: Felt F85, Proflex 757, Proflex 252

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
I really enjoy the group rides. Having a group to go out is totally worth the drive.

The group that I joined leaves from various towns but I've driven 15 miles to a start location for different types of rides.
ahanulec is offline  
Old 04-27-17, 05:58 AM
  #6  
Podagrower
Senior Member
 
Podagrower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 678

Bikes: Giant Defy Composite, Spechialized Ruby (hers), Niner RLT9, Miyata 712, Condor ??

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 82 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 19 Posts
The majority of my club's rides I attend are about 30 minutes drive time. The furthest I've driven for a club ride is 90 minutes. The closest is 15 minutes, which usually are the rides that I am leading for the club.
Podagrower is offline  
Old 04-27-17, 07:23 AM
  #7  
ill.clyde
Senior Member
 
ill.clyde's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Brodhead, WI - south of Madison
Posts: 2,928

Bikes: 2009 Trek 1.2

Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 239 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 1 Post
Check out the Meetup app for possible bike clubs in your area that aren't on the mainstream radar. You might find a group closer to home, and they're not all hammerfest club ride types.
ill.clyde is offline  
Old 04-27-17, 09:19 AM
  #8  
Bikedud
Sapient
 
Bikedud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: NW, Georgia
Posts: 757

Bikes: Giant TCR Advanced SL, Trek 520, Schwinn Paramount Titanium, Fat Chance Wicked, Canondale ST500, All-City Macho Man D, some Mt. bikes and strange stuff

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 59 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
I began cycling in rural Southeast Ga. in the 80's. After a couple of years of riding by myself everywhere, I joined the cycling club in Statesboro, Ga. thirty five miles down the road. The trips to Statesboro were definitely worth it as it greatly enhanced my cycling experience and I met a lot of wonderful people as well.

Last edited by Bikedud; 04-30-17 at 07:41 PM.
Bikedud is offline  
Old 04-27-17, 07:44 PM
  #9  
Gravel.Grinder
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanks for the replies. The closest club I would have an interest in is 45 minutes away. Most of their rides are longer than that so it sounds like its not too much to expect a drive if you are wanting to ride in a group. Any tips or ideas for going on a group ride? (I am probably a "C" rider)
Gravel.Grinder is offline  
Old 04-27-17, 08:23 PM
  #10  
FordTrax
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 137
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 61 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I started cycling in the late summer last year. I found in joined the local bike club right away. I doubt very seriously that I would be as involved in cycling as I am without my club. I try to ride outside at least 3 times a week and take a spin class a work twice a week. The local club offers a ton of rides all, at all different classification levels. I just took the two day bike safety course through the club - emergency maneuvers, practical road riding, even some basic on road repairs. The club folks are are just awesome. I was just saying to my wife last night - that I don't know how the bike club could be much better.

For the saturday rides I drive about 30-45 minutes. For the sunday rides a bit less. I can ride the week day rides about 15 minutes from my office and similar drive home that I would have from work.
FordTrax is offline  
Old 04-27-17, 08:31 PM
  #11  
u235
Senior Member
 
u235's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 1,185
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 437 Post(s)
Liked 132 Times in 86 Posts
0, I ride alone. Either the 0's aren't replying or I am the only one.
u235 is offline  
Old 04-27-17, 09:15 PM
  #12  
DrIsotope
Non omnino gravis
 
DrIsotope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: SoCal, USA!
Posts: 8,553

Bikes: Nekobasu, Pandicorn, Lakitu

Mentioned: 119 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4904 Post(s)
Liked 1,727 Times in 956 Posts
Zero feet. Perhaps less.
__________________
DrIsotope is offline  
Old 04-27-17, 10:19 PM
  #13  
donalson
just pedal
 
donalson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 973

Bikes: Surly Disc Trucker, trek 560

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
for the most part I'm a solo rider... in MTB I enjoyed riding with a friend or two because that is what my schedule allowed... I did a few larger rides and after some months I was happy to see that I was no longer the slowest of the group lol... that club was a 40 min or so drive... but I had to drive that to get to the trail anyway...

on road rides it is again mostly about schedule... I ride when I want and tend to be a night owl... we have a good club nearby but the sat rides start at 7 or 7.30 am... much earlier than I like to get up... I rode with them a few times and enjoyed it but ugg that time in the morning hurts... instead some years back when I was pretty deep into riding I had a nice 15 mile night loop I loved to take... usually after 11pm... the traffic was light or non existent which was nice...

I have enough ride time with groups that i enjoy the speed of a pace line and such on fund raiser type rides and know how to ride safe in the group... but solo is still my goto
donalson is offline  
Old 04-27-17, 10:41 PM
  #14  
Slightspeed
Senior Member
 
Slightspeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 2,257

Bikes: 1964 Legnano Roma Olympiade, 1973 Raleigh Super Course, 1978 Raleigh Super Course, 1978 Peugeot PR10, 2002 Specialized Allez, 2007 Specialized Roubaix, 2013 Culprit Croz Blade

Mentioned: 68 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 739 Post(s)
Liked 808 Times in 416 Posts
I drive about an hour to ride with Channel Islands Bike Club in Ventura, CA. I live in Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley, and Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties have better toads, better weather, and I have lots of friends in the club. I sort of backed in by having friends in the club before I even knew about the club. It's been over 5 years now. I don't do every ride, but pick and choose each week. I used to be a 500 mile a week car commuter, if I did all the rides, it would be 250 to 300 miles of driving. Our rides are 35-45 miles usually 3-4 days a week. I could drive a lot less, but I would probably ride a lot less, too
Slightspeed is offline  
Old 04-28-17, 07:11 AM
  #15  
IBOHUNT
Senior Member
 
IBOHUNT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Western Maryland - Appalachian Mountains
Posts: 4,024

Bikes: Motobecane Fantom Cross; Cannondale Supersix replaced the Giant TCR which came to an untimely death by truck

Mentioned: 35 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 126 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 25 Times in 9 Posts
Originally Posted by jsigone View Post

General rules for me, if I drive 1 hours there and 1 hour back, the rides has to be equal to travel time or more. I won't sit in the car 2 hours to ride one hour, I'd rather ride 3 hours from my house. Exception to this rule is bike races but I try to car pool when possible
^ This and for the most part I am the George Thorogood of biking
IBOHUNT is offline  
Old 04-28-17, 10:45 AM
  #16  
Milton Keynes
Senior Member
 
Milton Keynes's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 3,890

Bikes: Trek 1100 road bike, Roadmaster gravel/commuter/beater mountain bike

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2241 Post(s)
Liked 1,656 Times in 908 Posts
I belong to a loose-knit "club" of cyclists based in a town about 20 miles away, but we have rides all over the place. So sometimes I have to drive about 30-40 miles, and the last group ride I was on I only had to ride a mile to meet them coming through my town. This summer I plan to host a gravel ride starting from here.
Milton Keynes is offline  
Old 04-28-17, 11:15 AM
  #17  
StephenH
Uber Goober
 
StephenH's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Dallas area, Texas
Posts: 11,759
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 190 Post(s)
Liked 37 Times in 28 Posts
My normal Saturday rides typically involve a car-drive of an hour or so. If it seems worthwhile, go for it.
__________________
"be careful this rando stuff is addictive and dan's the 'pusher'."
StephenH is offline  
Old 04-30-17, 10:42 AM
  #18  
MikeRides
Senior Member
 
MikeRides's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: SE Kentucky
Posts: 1,274

Bikes: Trek 1.1

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
Liked 4 Times in 3 Posts
I drove 2-1/2 hours yesterday for a 50-mile charity ride, for the 2nd year in a row. I was off the bike for most of last year and really wasn't all that prepared for 50 hilly miles but I couldn't justify the long drive for one of their shorter (10,20 mile) routes. Like someone else in this thread said, the ride has to at least equal the drive time to make it worthwhile to me.

That said, most of my rides are out my front door. Occasionally I will put my bike in the back of my truck in the morning to ride the rail trail after work, but I find trail riding is only fun if you're riding with someone - if going solo it's quite boring.
MikeRides is offline  
Old 05-01-17, 06:16 AM
  #19  
Speedskater
Full Member
 
Speedskater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Cleveland
Posts: 358

Bikes: Bob Jackson, Trek & Sampson

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Liked 6 Times in 4 Posts
For a weekly group ride, my enthusiasm fades at 45 minutes.
But for an annual long charity ride, then about 3 hours.
Speedskater is offline  
Old 05-10-17, 06:30 AM
  #20  
gapwedge
Old Fart
 
gapwedge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Searcy, Arkansas
Posts: 291

Bikes: 09 Specialized Sirrus Expert; 09 Specialized Roubaix Expert

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by StephenH View Post
My normal Saturday rides typically involve a car-drive of an hour or so. If it seems worthwhile, go for it.
I drive 60 minutes one way for my group rides. Rides vary from 2-3 hours long. Worth it to me. Riding solo has its benefits, but riding in a pace line is fun too.
gapwedge is offline  
Old 05-10-17, 09:17 AM
  #21  
NoGears
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 118

Bikes: Kona Big Unit Single Speed, Kona Private Jake Single Speed, Jamis Renegade Elite

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Closest group to me is 25 miles away and no members that I know of really any closer. So all group rides tend to be 40-60 minutes away. That's really why I'm not a dues paying member. Main reason I do as much road riding as I do is because of convenience. Out my back door and ride with no driving. If I wanted to drive to ride...I'd be more into mountain biking. Nearest trail is about an hour away. But I'm pretty time crunched most of the time so it just doesn't work out for me to hit the trails very often or to do group rides...even as much fun as they are.
NoGears is offline  
Old 05-22-17, 12:06 PM
  #22  
WonderMonkey
Senior Member
 
WonderMonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Vandalia OH
Posts: 3,219

Bikes: 2011 Cannondale Quick 5, 2014 Raleigh Revenio 2.0

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 80 Post(s)
Liked 66 Times in 36 Posts
Originally Posted by ill.clyde View Post
Check out the Meetup app for possible bike clubs in your area that aren't on the mainstream radar. You might find a group closer to home, and they're not all hammerfest club ride types.
I was going to suggest this as well. You can then set an event for days you know you will be available. With teaching can you commit to a Saturday ride near you? Or Sunday?
WonderMonkey is offline  
Old 05-22-17, 05:28 PM
  #23  
RubeRad
Keepin it Wheel
 
RubeRad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 9,889

Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Krampus

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Liked 2,564 Times in 1,865 Posts
Originally Posted by u235 View Post
0, I ride alone. Either the 0's aren't replying or I am the only one.
Me too.

There's a LBS about 1mi away that organizes shop rides, I've been wanting to try out their night-time trail ride, but am not even close to getting around to it.
RubeRad is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
12strings
Road Cycling
19
05-31-16 11:27 AM
thrllskr
Road Cycling
30
09-26-14 12:48 PM
hubcyclist
Road Cycling
8
02-25-14 09:32 AM
wrr1020
Southern California
14
08-02-11 01:44 PM
tarwheel
Commuting
5
05-28-10 10:04 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.