All our rides are led by STBC members - people just like you. It is easy, and heck, sometimes it is even fun. It is definitely rewarding - you might even get people to thank you for your efforts.
There are two ways to lead a ride:
1. Post it on our listserv a day or two before the ride
We are experimenting with this as a possible primary way to post our rides rather than listing them in a published newsletter. Our Wheels 2 Meals group has had great success with this approach.
Be sure to include... Date and time Route Meeting place and directions to it Distance Speed Terrain (hilly, flat, rolling...) (See the raitings below for speed and terrain codes) Whether you will be stopping for food along the way Ride leader first name, last initial, and contact phone number
For instructions on how to access and use our listserv, click on the listserv button to the left.
2. Add it to the Ride Schedule published in the yearly Newsletter To add a ride to our published ride schedule, send an email to: email@example.com
AA: Over 22 mph
A: 19-22 mph advanced pace with few stops.
B: 16-19 mph vigorous pace with occasional stops.
C: 13-16 mph steady pace, rest stops every hour.
D: 10-13 mph sightseeing pace, semi-frequent stops at key points to wait for riders.
E: Under 10 mph relaxed pace, frequent stops to wait for everyone.
MBR: Mountain Bike Ride
1. Multiple long and/or steep climbs
2. Multiple and/or large hills
3. Rolling with some hills.
4. Generally flat or rolling.
Ride Rating Example:
D/4/30 ... a 30 mile, 10-13 mph ride over flat terrain
Ride leaders and sign in sheets
At the start of a club ride, the ride leader should have the participants of that ride fill out the “sign in sheet.” The sheet has the normal waiver that we have been using for a number of years. The waiver should remind the riders to be careful, and it may help protect us in the event of a problem.
We will also use the sheets to determine how many different people go on our rides. This is important because we pay liability insurance, which is based on the number of riding members.
The sign in sheet has a place for:
printed name ( a lot of signatures are, let us say, hard to read)
emergency contact (someone not on the ride is best) and
the license plate of the car you expect to leave in, at the end of the ride. This last item allows the ride leader to check that everyone made it back in safely, if the group gets separated.
At the sign-in is a good time to remind the riders to ride safely and obey the rules of the road. Usually the route will be explained at this point and/or cue sheets or maps will be distributed then. Cell phone numbers can also be exchanged or, if two way radios will be used, all can be set to the same channel.
After the ride we would like the leader to send us the sheet. This can be done a number of ways.
One is to scan the sheet and save it as a ?PDF? file or other standard format. (Please use the destination of the ride as the name of the file, when you save it.) This file can then be sent as an attachment to
This is an email account that has been set up solely for this purpose.
Another is, fax it to 267-630-6296.
Or mail the sheet to:
Dick Porterfield 108 poplar Hill Road Binghamton, NY 13901
He will then do the scan and email stuff. Or bike over to his house and slide it under the door.
Lastly, just give the form to someone else, willing to send it in.
Finally, thanks for leading a ride. We hope that this is not too burdensome. The new sheets are designed to remind people to be a little more careful, and give the ride leader more information if something does happen. Compiling the information from the sheets should give us more accurate numbers which will likely save us money.