Ride Info

General Ride Information

Ride Schedule

Most members find the 7-day ride schedule to be the most convenient to view the ride schedule. Clicking on the "+" next to the time of the ride reveals important information about the ride. Clicking on the tour name will take you to a page with all the details for that ride as well allow you to add your name to the list of planned attendees.

If you are interested in rides past the next week you will want to look at the monthly ride schedule.

Note that the time listed on the schedule is when Freewheeler rides are rolling out of the parking lot. Ride leaders typically gather the group several minutes before that time for the pre-ride safety talk. You will want to arrive at least 20 minutes before the start time so you have time to sign-in, dress and set up your bike so that you are ready for an on time departure.

Pace & Terrain

Every ride has a pace and terrain rating. These categories are explained on the pace and terrain page.

Cancellations & Change in Start Times

Weather (rain, snow, extreme cold or heat, high winds) may cause ride cancellations. Ride Leaders post cancelations by adding a ride comment that includes the word "canceled". You do this by clicking "My Rides" under "Ride Leader" in the right-hand column of the club website. Find the ride you want to cancel and click "View" and then click "Edit". Canceled rides will have the word "CANCELED" in red appear after the tour name on the 7-day ride schedule. Ride Leaders should post cancellations at least two hours before the start time for a ride.

Occasionally, ride start times are adjusted due to weather. On extremely hot days during summer months, Ride Leaders may choose to start their rides earlier to beat the heat. Ride Leaders should make the decision to advance the start time the night before and inform the Ride Coordinator so that a change email can be broadcast.

Sometimes Ride Leaders choose to delay the start of a ride, for example to let rain stop. Ride Leaders can add a note to the ride comments that includes the exact phrase "Ride Change" by clicking "My Rides" under "Ride Leader" in the right-hand column of the club website, then finding the ride to be changed and clicking "View" and then clicking "Edit". Similar to ride cancelations, any delay in start time should be posted at least 2 hours before the original start time for the ride.

It is always a good idea for members to check the ride schedule before heading out to a ride.

Guests

Club rides are open to non-member guests who would like to "try out" for a ride. Guests are asked to join after their trial ride.

Minors

Minors (under 18) are allowed on one club ride, provided they are accompanied by a  parent or legal guardian, who must (a) be a member, and (b) stay with the minor during the entire ride.

Safety

All members should be familiar with club's safety policy. In particular, a properly fitting bicycle helmet meeting CPSC standards must be used while riding on Club rides.

Evening Rides

MARCH-OCTOBER (first Tuesday or Thursday after daylight savings time begins to last Thursday in October)

PACE (TD, TC, TB, TA) rides Tuesday and Thursday evenings
     The T pace classification stands for "training", meant to indicate that these rides tend to be faster than our day time rides and don’t have food stops. See Pace Classifications for pace details.

•  STARTS in
        Morris Township (Loantaka, just off 287)
        Pluckemin (Bed 1, just off 287, 206)
        Andover (Kittatinny Valley State Park, off 206) TE ONLY, THURSDAY ONLY

STAGGERED STARTS  Fastest group goes out first. Following groups leave in 5-minute intervals.
 
CHECK the ride schedule often and always in the afternoon before heading out. Parking gets tight at Loantaka. Plan extra time.
Pace & Terrain Information: Road Day & Evening

When choosing the pace you want to do, please consider:

  • if you are new to the club it is better to start with a slower pace and your work your way up to faster paces
  • choose the right pace for you on that day and don't pigeon-hole yourself into a single pace classification. Factors impacting your pace include
    • terrain
    • how much you have been riding
    • who you are riding with
    • your conditioning
    • distance - note that you should increase the maximum length of your rides gradually. It is recommended that you do not attempt a ride any longer than 20% more than your longest ride of the season.
  • Pace classifications use average speed, which is the total distance divided by the moving time. This is the average speed reported by most by bicycle computers, although you might have to adjust the options to exclude time while not moving. It is critical to realize that your average speed is significantly less (typically 3/4 or less) than your “cruising” speed on flat terrain.

     

    DAYTIME PACES  (Updated: April 2015)

    Pace

    Minimum Average Speed

     

      Description

    A

    18+ mph

    Hard fast riding, few stops, slower riders will be dropped, frequent pace lines.

    B+

    17 mph

    For very fit cyclists, slower riders will be dropped, leader rides at listed pace, occasional pace lines.

    B

    16 mph

    For fit cyclists, terrain varies, up to 30 miles between rest stops. Leader sweeps no slower than 16 mph.  BUT if there is a concurrent identical (same tour #, same start time) C+ ride, or the ride leader has posted “no sweep” in the ride comments, the leader rides a B pace and does not sweep.

    C+

    14.5 mph

    For accomplished cyclists, terrain varies, up to 30 miles between rest stops, leader sweeps no slower than 14.5 mph. If there is a concurrent identical (same tour #, same start time) C ride, the Ride Leader may choose not to sweep and depend on the C ride to look after slower C+ riders.

    C

    13 mph

    For accomplished cyclists, terrain varies, up to 30 miles between rest stops, leader sweeps no slower than 13 mph.

    D+

    11 mph

    For experienced cyclists who want an easier pace, up to 20 miles between rest stops, leader sweeps no slower than 11 mph.

    D

    9 mph

    Relaxed riding for experienced cyclists, easier terrain, up to 15 miles between rest stops, leader sweeps no slower than 9 mph (typically no longer than 35 miles and on terrain not more difficult than C+).

    CA(Casual)

    Casual

    Relaxed riding, no steep hills, frequent stops, group stays together.

    S (Special)

    varies

    Special ride. Click on 'More' (after login) to read special comments.

    EVENING TRAINING RIDE PACES
    Paces for evening rides have a T prefix to indicate that they are “training” rides. Training means that the rides are typically shorter, do not have rest stops and riders generally ride at a faster average compared to day rides.

    Pace

    Average Speed

     

      Description

    TA

    18+ mph

    Hard fast riding, few stops, slower riders will be dropped, frequent pace lines.

    TB

    16.5+ mph

    For very fit cyclists, slower riders will be dropped, leader rides at listed pace, occasional pace lines

    TC

    15+ mph

    For accomplished cyclists, terrain varies, leader sweeps no slower than 15 mph.

    TD

    13+ mph

    For experienced cyclists, leader sweeps no slower than 13 mph

    TE

    11+ mph

    For any cyclists who can average 11 mph and ride the posted distance without a rest stop, leader sweeps no slower than 11 mph

     

    Ride leaders on A, B+, B, TA and TB rides are not required to sweep, so riders on such rides should either be confident that they can keep up with the pace of the group or be comfortable riding independently.

    Ride Leaders on C+, C, D+, D, TC, TD and TE pace rides are required to sweep. However, riders on those rides must be able to average at least that minimum speed, making only the scheduled rest stops, or they may be dropped.

    TERRAIN RATINGS:

    The terrain rating for a tour is determined by "average climb". That is the total climb, as determined by ridewithgps.com as per the club's map of the tour, divided by the length of the tour. Total climb is the total uphill climb ignoring the downhills. Note that the total climb as reported by ridewithgps.com is almost always lower than the climb reported by bike computers doing a route. That difference is "built into" the classifications below.

  • The ratings are:
  • Rating   Average Climb (ft/mile)
  • A           greater than 75
  • B           50 to 75
  • C+         40 to 50
  • C           25 to 40
  • D           less than 25
  • Two tours with the same terrain classification may have very different terrain profiles. For example one C+ terrain route may be relatively flat with one big climb, while another C+ terrain route may have lots of "rollers" but no big climbs. The best way to determine the type of terrain a route covers is to click the "MAP" link for the ride from the ride schedule and look at the terrain profile at the bottom of the ridewithGPS.com page for that tour.

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Pace & Terrain Info: Path & Trail Rides

ALL PATH AND TRAIL RIDES ARE SCHEDULED DURING FULL DAYLIGHT HOURS

     PACE: Varies with type, terrain and group. 
  • MB   Mountain bike required  (Bike with 26-inch or 29-inch knobby tires, flat bars)

  • HB   For MB's or Hybrids (road-sized frame with flat bars, wide tires, pedals that allow EZ off and on)  Tires should be at least 28mm or 1 1/2 inches wide; some road bikes will accept 28mm tires, but road bikes not recommended.

   TERRAIN:

    For MB  rides (Trail)
  • HT     Highly technical - may include steep climbs/descents, very rocky, large intentional obstacles, drop-offs - for very experienced riders only

  • MT     Moderately technical - may include some steep climbs/descents, water crossings, some rocks or roots - for lower intermediate riders and up

  • NT     Not technical - relatively smooth hard pack with few or no steep hills or obstacles - riders of all abilities

   For HB  rides (Path)
  • NH     Not technical for hybrid bikes. All HB rides will have an NH terrain rating. Trails are generally hard pack and may be partially paved - riders of all abilities. Road bikes with 28 mm tires OK, but hybrid still better.