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Attention Neophytes(7 posts)

Attention NeophytesCC
Nov 6, 2001 9:43 AM
What motivates you to join a club? Camraderie, to learn how to ride with a group, what? A new jersey to wear? Feeling of belonging? Training regimens? What is it?
To look up to guys like you, of course (nm)pmf1
Nov 6, 2001 10:47 AM
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what a d!ck, man (nm)HA
Nov 6, 2001 1:17 PM
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Thankyou, I try (nm)pmf1
Nov 6, 2001 1:23 PM
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re: clubsguido
Nov 6, 2001 11:02 AM
Clubs are support structures, like family, team. They also provide community, a common general purpose. Group rides provide security, and present a wholesome image to the public.

Regular club rides on roads get the population conditioned for bicycle traffic, so the next time they see a commuter they'll have a more positive attitude.

Club experiences, the state of cycling clubs, might be an interesting subject for a poll.
Why a club?Dog
Nov 6, 2001 1:04 PM
For:

*learn routes
*learn and practice riding in groups
*meet cyclists
*learn a little bit about cycling
*can push you harder than you might ride alone
*a little bit of competition among friends (but at first it will be, "let's drop the new guy")
*won't have to ride alone (maybe more important for women); good when you blow through that second spare tube
*give back a little to clubs which put on events, develop trails, promote cycling, etc.
*might get club discounts at LBS

Against:

*can be cliquish
*depends on people - some are jerks
*some groups don't ride well
*some are overzealous in activism, IMO, and you become associated with them
*likely won't be riding at the exact pace or distance you want that day
*waiting around on people at the start and at stops
*they might want some of your time
*$15 a year or so dues

Over all, I'd say joining a club is good when you are new to the sport or new in town. They work well for many people. At maybe $15 bucks to join, why not?

Doug
There are certain routes I won't ride alone, only with a group.bill
Nov 7, 2001 7:26 AM
Don't know whether there really is safety in numbers, but it feels that way.