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EBC:  How Do I Begin?

This page last updated:  June 5, 2019  
For questions on, or changes to, this help page, contact:  Webmaster@ElmhurstBicycling.org  

Introduction

Hello, and thanks for thinking about riding, hiking, cross country skiing, etc. with the Elmhurst Bicycle Club!
The reason for this page is that even though there is much knowledge and there is much help freely offered from the bicyclists of our club, it turns out that jumping on the train as it were might seem a little daunting.  Furthermore, the EBC is a very involved, and evolved, club that has many facets.
Below, we will cover basic steps in joining our club.  The order of these steps is not written in stone and some of them are optional.
Good luck to you, and we hope to see you on a bike ride or some other club activity soon!

1. Check out our Club Offerings

Go to this page to see what we offer:  Club Offerings

2. Check out one of our Monthly Meetings

 

This is a great place to meet folks in a really laid-back atmosphere, complete with snacks and beverages.  At the minimum, you will learn some new skill or information that is featured for that particular month at the meeting.
Here is our Monthly Club Meetings Page .

3. Go on a Test Ride

  1. Note that after a maximum of three guest rides, the rider is expected to become a club member in order to continue riding with the club.
  2. Brush up on your bike riding knowledge here:  Rider Responsibilities
  3. If you don't have a bicycle helmet, go buy one.  Check out our sponsoring bike shops here:  Club Sponsors
  4. Make sure that your bicycle is in good riding condition:
    • Make sure bike is reasonably clean and lubricated.
    • Make sure tires are inflated to near, but not above, pressure capacity listed on the sides of the tire.
    • You can get your bike tuned up here:  Club Sponsors  (Your club membership opens up discounts at many of our sponsors.)
    • Bring a spare inner tube, tube patches, and some tire levers in case you or a helper needs to change your inner tube due to flatting. 
    • It is best to have your own, portable bike pump, but it is not required.
    • Make sure you have the appropriate bike for the ride e.g.:  mountain bike for mountain bike ride; road bike or hybrid, etc. for road or trail ride.
    • Bring water, some snacks, money, identification and medical coverage card with you on the ride.
  5. If you are worried about your general health, get a medical checkup before starting riding.
  6. Pick a bike ride, or hike etc. to start with.
    • Peruse our event calendar.  Note the color-codes for ride speed and ride type.  Calendar
    • Pick a ride that is about the level (distance and speed) that you think you are currently at, or easier.  Note: To avoid a bad experience, err on the side of picking a ride that is too easy for you at first, rather than getting caught up in something over your head and stressful. When new riders find themselves on a ride that is too difficult, they sometimes get a needlessly bad opinion of the ride and are reluctant to try again.   *Stay within yourself, and build up over time if desired.*  This is the key to long-term happiness.
  7. Go on another event of a different style. Sample the club. Keep your stress level and efforts sensible by starting out easily. Variety adds another facet of fun while meeting different people and increasing your general conditioning.

4. Contact us if you have Question

This page has our contact information:  Contact Us / EBC Board

5. Sign-up to the Club

Our yearly fee for either an individual member or even a family membership will probably cost less than going out to a movie with a friend one, single evening and ordering popcorn, soda pop and candy!
The downside is not very tremendous.

Go here to sign up:  Member Signup / Information

6. Get connected to club communications

Once you are officially in the club, a world of media opens up to you.  It is you that decides how involved you want to be and how much information you want flowing your way.
We have:

But the most important of all the methods of communication is membership on our Google Groups Email List Server. It is the artery through which our event notices, cancellations, club news and most other communications flow.To get on that email list, you must contact our club Membership Coordinator at: Membership@ElmhurstBicycling.org.

7. Give Back

Okay, you are now a fully functioning member of the Elmhurst Bicycling Club.  It is never too early to assist your fellow riders in their journey.
Welcome to riding at the speed of fun.  Cheers!


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