The Bicycling Committee organizes rides which are most typically at a leisurely pace of 10-12 mph, and there are generally not a lot of steep hills on the routes. Our Chapter bike rides are 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.
Snell or ANSI approved helmets required, and a rider’s experience must be comparable to the trip level.
Note: the AMC Leadership Training Program does not need to be taken as the first step in the process.
A person also needs to be an experienced cyclist in the type of ride they intend to lead. For example, cyclists may have a lifetime of bicycling experience, but if that experience consists exclusively of mountain bicycling, that person could not lead a ride which navigates along city streets.
The New York-North Jersey Chapter will recognize as a leader for our chapter anyone who is a bicycle leader for another AMC chapter, or is a leader for the 5 Boro Bicycle Club (5BBC), New York Cycle Club (NYCC), or another bicycling club with a robust leader skills training program. The AMC Leadership Training course is always required, although the course does not need to be completed first.
A basic First Aid course is recommend, but not required. The Bicycle Committee will reimburse leaders for the cost of the First Aid course.
Bikepacking is an activity which combines elements of bicycling, hiking, backpacking and traditional car camping. It’s easy! Strap your backpacking gear onto your bicycle, and head off to the campground! Now you’re bikepacking.
Some bikepacking trips are run as “backpacking, with a bicycle,” while others are run as “car camping, with a bicycle.” Which means that some events will involve 4-6 miles of cycling to a campsite, and then setting up camp, followed by hiking. Whereas other trips will ride many more miles each day on the bicycle, perhaps 25 -65, before setting up camp for the evening.
If a cycling ride involves an overnight component, it will be listed as a “backpacking” activity for AMC purposes, since the trip leader will necessarily have to be certified by the Backpacking Committee due to the additional skills required to lead the trip successfully.