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Ridgefield Bicycle Company, 88 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT, Bicycles for every rider in your family

88 DANBURY ROAD - RIDGEFIELD, CT 06877 - 203-438-0489, EMAIL US
HOURS: TUE, WED, FRI 10-6 THURS 10-7, SAT 9-5, SUN 11-4 MON CLOSED

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RBSC Ride key

Road Rides

Ride Type

Ride Description

Average Riding Speed

Rest Stops

Repairs

No-Drops Policy

A

Very Demanding

– Fast Paced on difficult terrain.  Distance 30-60 miles.  Pace lines may form.  For riders with experience, in top condition and looking for an emphasis on conditioning.  Ride leader could be anywhere in the group.  If you have any doubts, try a B+ ride first.

17-20 mph

At leader's discretion

rider's responsibility

At leader's discretion.  Riders may get dropped.  Leader assumes all riders can and will safely find their way home. No sweep.

B+

Strenuous

– Same as A, but slightly slower.

15.5-16 mph

At leader’s discretion

rider's responsibility

Regroup at major hills and intersections. No sweep.

B

Quick

– Emphasis on riding, but more social.  Terrain may be difficult.  Distance 20-50 miles.  Riders should have experience in group rides and be an intermediate bike handler.  

About 14-15 mph

– Every 10-20 miles

leader helps

Regroup at hills and major intersections. No sweep.

C+

Restrained

– More chit-chat.  Riders will have solo riding experience but may be new to group riding.  Terrain and speed more moderate.  Distance 15-25 miles.  Ride leader may give advice to those not accustomed to riding in groups.

About 13-13.5 mph

– Longer stops

– Every 10-15 miles

leader helps

No one gets dropped.  Ride leader sweeps.

C

Casual

– Relaxed cruise.  Ideal for a beginner.  Distance 10-15 miles.  Terrain as flat as possible (not an easy feat in Ridgefield!).  Pace is slow, ride leader helpful in guiding new riders and giving pointers.

About 12-12.5 mph

– Longer stops

– Every 5-10 miles

leader helps

No one gets dropped.  Ride leader sweeps.

Mountain Bike Rides

Ride Type

Ride Description

Rest Stops

Repairs

No-Drops Policy

A

Advanced

– Fast paced on mostly difficult singletrack.  Distance 10-20 miles.  For riders with experience, in top condition and looking for an emphasis on conditioning.  Race-like pace.  Manmade or natural trail obstacles will likely be encountered, but can be ridden around. Ride leader could be anywhere in the group.  If you have any doubts, try a B+ ride first.

At leader's discretion

rider's responsibility

At leader's discretion.  Riders may get dropped.  Leader assumes all riders can and will safely find their way back to trailhead.

B+

Advanced Intermediate

– Same as A, but slightly slower, and with more stops.  Terrain includes technical singletrack with obstacles that may be avoided, although excellent bike handling skills are recommended in order to keep up with the group.

– Brief

– Every 2-4 miles

rider's responsibility

Group will periodically wait to regroup when riders are dropped.  If you find you're in over your head, leader may give you directions back to trailhead at pace you can safely sustain.

B

Intermediate

– Emphasis on riding, but more social.  Terrain a mix of technical singletrack and fireroads. Distance 7-10 miles.  Riders should have experience on the trail and be an intermediate bike handler.  Technical obstacles present, but can be avoided.

– Longer stops

– Every 1-2 miles

leader helps

No one gets dropped.  Ride leader makes sure all riders follow route.

C+

Novice

– Less technical singletrack and fireroad. Riders should have some experience riding offroad. Terrain and speed more moderate.  Distance 5-7 miles.  Ride leader may give advice to those not accustomed to riding technical aspects of trail.

– Longer stops

– Every 0.5-1 miles (or as needed)

leader helps

No one gets dropped.  Ride leader makes sure all riders follow route.

C

Beginner

– Mostly fireroad, with some short, mellow stretches of singletrack.  Distance 3-5.  Ideal for a beginner.  Pace is slow, ride leader helpful in guiding new riders and giving pointers on mtb fundamentals.

Frequent and long enough for all riders to continue safely

leader helps

No one gets dropped.  Ride leader makes sure all riders follow route

FR/DH

Freeride/Gravity

– Slow climbing pace, but fast and aggressive when going downhill.  Terrain will include drops, jumps, rollers and other manmade or natural obstacles.  Frequent stops and multiple on technical terrain.  May take place at lift-accessed resort or bike park.  Full suspension bike with 6+’’ of rear travel rec’d

As needed

Rider’s responsibility

No one gets dropped since ride is not pace based

Notes for all RBSC rides:

  • Our rides are rated for difficulty, please pick one appropriate for your ability.

  • Know the route.  Routes are posted on RBCo. Facebook page pre-ride.  All riders are responsible for knowing where they are and how to get home.

  • Our area is blessed (or cursed, depending on your perspective) with varying terrain.  The climbs and descents cause a group's speed to vary greatly.  For example, the A group may hit 30mph on a flat but slow to 10mph up a steep climb.  Please keep this in mind when evaluating the Average Riding Speed in the table.  

  • RBSC rides are open to all members and non-members that are considering joining the club.  Please arrive 15 minutes before the ride time to allow yourself time to get ready.  We aim to roll out promptly at the ride time.  All road rides depart from the Ridgefield Bicycle Company at 88 Danbury Road in Ridgefield unless otherwise noted on the calendar.  All non-members considering joining the club are welcome.  We love getting new members!  They should find the ride leader and must sign a waiver.

  • Contact the ride leader or Ridgefield Bicycle Company if you have any questions.

  • Safety First: Above all else, use common sense and a defensive posture when riding.  Assume cars and pedestrians don't see you.  Always be alert for riders, pedestrians and vehicles around you.  Be Safe!  The following rules must be followed on all  RBSC rides.  If you have questions about these rules, talk with a ride leader.

    • Obey ALL traffic laws

    • Stay within your ability.

    • Come to rides with a bike in good working order.

    • iPods and other listening devices are prohibited on RBSC rides.

    • Ride no more than 2 abreast and in single file in heavy traffic or when being passed by a vehicle.

    • Communicate loudly with your fellow riders.  Common alerts include: car back, car up, on your left, slowing, stopping, pothole, gravel, glass, etc.

    • Use your hands to point out hazards such as potholes, uneven pavement and gravel or glass for riders behind you.

    • Wear a properly fitted and fastened ANSI or Snell-approved helmet.

  • All riders must have the following:

    • Tools: spare tube, patch kit, and pump or CO2

    • Hydration: Come to the ride well hydrated. Carry water or sports drink with you on the ride and drink frequently.

    • Food: Bring quick-energy food with you on the ride. Dried fruit, energy bars, and bananas are good choice.  

    • Bring money and id.  A cellphone is handy too.

    • Wear a properly fitted and fastened ANSI or Snell-approved helmet.

  • Ride Leaders shall be trained and experienced.
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Ridgefield Bicycle Company
88 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877 (Map)
Phone: 203.438.0489 | Email

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