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Am I getting in over my head?(6 posts)

Am I getting in over my head?Tim
Sep 1, 2001 11:36 AM
I know you guys are all advocates of the sport (obviously) and you're probebly all going to say "go for it", but my question is this: I'm thinking about joining a club; they ride once a week from 8:30AM to 12:30. I've never met these people before. It could be a recreational sort of thing, or it could be a group of shaven legged diehards. I'm guessing that it's four straight hours riding (I've never ridden four straight hours before). I've ridden 800 miles this summer (a big deal for myself), usually going on 20 mile journeys. I really don't feel like getting completely dropped by these guys and having to quit the club. I'm pretty sure it's not a race team sort of thing, more of a club. So, should I show up and see what it's like? Am I out of my league?
re: Am I getting in over my head?UncleMoe
Sep 1, 2001 11:59 AM
I'm not sure if there is a fee for this club. If tehre was, it would suck to join and not be able to hang. Is there a way to go on a ride or two with them before joining?

Personally, I've done only a couple of club rides. I think it makes me somewhat of a better rider overall, but I can't say I enjoy them too much. My biggest pleasure out of biking is the quiet time. Just me, the bike, the road, the trail, the wind, the sun, the rain, the snow (em, not in San Diego)!

If they won't let you go on a trial ride, show up where the meet at and tag behind and see how there speed is.
clubs usually state the type of ride....C-40
Sep 1, 2001 12:02 PM
Any decent club should provide more information about the ride, including it's distance, pace and whether it includes a lunch stop afterward. Four hours is a long time, unless this is the type of group that stops every hour for a break.

Personally, I like to ride for 2-3 hours hard and nonstop, then hang it up for the morning.
re: Am I getting in over my head?Lone Gunman
Sep 1, 2001 12:16 PM
I've seen both ends of the spectrum; Here's your map we'll see ya next time to "who is the sweeper guy this leg of the trip", no one gets left behind. A 4 hour time is a long ride, any chance of finding out distance or route or group ratings? Most organized clubs have this as they want to promote membership not "drop the new guy and cause him shame for showing up".
talk to somebody firstterry_b
Sep 1, 2001 12:21 PM
I assume they have a contact person - call them and describe your ability and your interests. What clubs spend their time doing can vary wildly. Here in my town there are two clubs that leave from the same place on Satuday mornings - a "touring society" goes off on a nice leisurely 4 hour spin around the area and the other, a "racer's club" goes out and hammers for 4 hours or more. Depending on which one you ended up in, you could be bored to tears or have your feelings seriously hurt. If they're advertising a regular 4 hour outing, it may be too much for you in either case (given that you're generally riding 20 miles.) I'm guessing if you call the contact person and describe yourself as you have in this post, he/she will tell you whether or not you'll get what you're looking for.
Just show up, theres not big deal...Bruno
Sep 1, 2001 3:05 PM
First do not join the club until you have ridden with them a few times. I have ridden with most of the clubs in my area and I only joined one. Just show up, if its a small group you say hi and ask about the distance and route. If its a large group I'm sure there will be others new just like you or not very regular asking questions. Its not like a gym there is absolutly no pressure. BTW if you get dropped don't feel bad, everybody does at the begining.