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Old 08-05-11, 08:17 PM
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Any group rides for people new to group riding but not new to cycling?

Hey all I've been cycling for many years solo but never got into the group riding groove.

I'd consider myself to be fit enough to hang with a more advanced group but I have a feeling that my bike handling skills in a pack would be pretty terrible.

Anyone know of any group rides that are friendly enough to let me sit in the back and learn the ropes of riding in a pack while still being fairly fast?

The reason I ask is because I don't want to show up to any group ride and be banished because of my pack riding skills.

Oh, and I'm in Orange County.

Thanks.
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Old 08-07-11, 12:46 PM
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Try out BCI. They usually have different routes every weekend that caters to all riding levels.

https://bikeirvine.org/

Try out the medium group first and if you think that's too easy for you, mix it up with the big boys in the long group next week.
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Old 08-07-11, 11:23 PM
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Where in OC do you live and where do you ride?
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Old 08-08-11, 09:53 AM
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I would recommend BCI or OC Rebels to start out on group rides. They are more social groups, alittle more laid back and not fussy about whether or not you know what you are doing. Once you get the hang of group riding you can more onto the number of other groups that start rides in orange County such as OCW or Santiago, Sand Canyon etc.

check out bikeirvine.org or ocr.com for more information. Everyone is welcomed to ride, no membership required. Both groups start at the same place on Sat/Sunday (in Irvine) with remote rides occasionally. Both also are "social" rides in that there is a coffee stop in the middle and lunch afterwards.

If you are looking for a very formal style of group riding go to Santiago Cyclery. There ride in a paceline. They are sevreal groups (A, B & C) you have to start in C and get invited to the other groups. They were not my cup of tea but its interesting to see how an organized peleton works.

Some advice if you don't mind: The first time out, hang in the back even though its the slower riders. Pay attention to how the group calls out hazards. WATCH YOUR LINE! Be careful about riding off the back of someone's wheel and make sure the rider in front knows you are either right or left of their rear wheel. Only paceline if you know what you are doing. WATCH YOUR LINE! I know its tempting and trust me, I know BCI (and other groups) riders are bad about doing this, but try not to run red lights and stop signs.

Just go have fun and meet other riders.
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