AMC Bicycling

Randall’s Island Wriggle, August 2020

AMC Bicycling organizes rides which are most typically at a leisurely pace of 12 mph, slower than other bicycle clubs. Our Chapter bike rides are generally designed with plenty of stops for photos and bathroom breaks and snacks. They’re usually along protected bicycle lanes and dedicated bicycle paths and trails, although on almost every ride there will be times when we’ll need to share the road with cars and trucks; there’s just no avoiding it in our area.

Most of the time we’ll be riding on relatively flat roads, although on every trip there will at least be modest hills where you’ll be working hard and your heart will get pumping. The trip write-up will describe exactly what you can expect on the ride.

Bike-packing Adventures

Before a ride, check your equipment: tires should be properly inflated, brakes tested, shifting crisp, seat height comfortable and efficient, and broken spokes should be replaced. Besides being prepared with ample food and fluids, provide for contingencies: clothes for a change in weather (especially a windbreaker) and spare tube and patch kit.

Bicycling Trip Rating System

Biking Codes: Our rides are rated on the basis of pace, terrain, and mileage. Pace: Average mph while riding. Terrain: Road / Hybrid – ranging from “A” for flat and paved to “F” for mountainous. Mountain – “A” beginner, “C” intermediate, “E” expert. Mileage: Total distance of the ride. Check the ride description for the type of bikes suitable for the ride (road, hybrid, mountain) and for the duration of a ride. 10C50 would cover 50 miles at an average riding speed of 10 mph in five hours, but with 2 hours of stops would be a 7 hour ride. Transportation: Bikes are permitted at all times on the NYC subway system and PATH trains, and almost always on the NJ Transit, Metro North and Long Island Rail Road. A bicycle pass is required for Metro North, which costs $5 and is available by mail, or can be purchased at the ticket counter at Grand Central Station. Download and complete the application first to save time if you’ll be buying a pass at the ticket counter. Become a ride leader; new routes are always welcome. Both day trips and overnights are appreciated. Contact bicycle@amc-ny.org.

Safety for bicyclists

Snell or ANSI approved helmets required, and a rider’s experience must be comparable to the trip level. Riders are also required to carry spare tube to fit their bike, tire irons, patch kit, pump, tools, filled water bottle and rain gear. Confirm ride start with leader. Become a ride leader. Share your favorite routes and contribute to Club cycling.

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