We’re excited that you want to ride bikes with us! Our group rides vary from super casual cruises like our monthly Full Moon Ride or our weekly Saturday morning Coffee Ride to a little more fast paced Thursday Night Road Rides and our Tuesday Night Ladies Ride. Regardless of the ride, we have a few expectations of those who pedal with us. If you are unable or unwilling to agree and adhere to the following guidelines, you will not be welcome in the shop or on the rides. We appreciate everyone working together to ensure our rides and shop atmosphere are welcoming, safe, happy places for everyone. We have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment and any discriminatory behavior. Let’s just be decent humans, shall we? Thanks for riding and thanks for understanding.
As much as we’d like to think these types of things go without saying, we realize it’s best to say them anyway. First and foremost, any type of sexual harassment will be shut down immediately. “Sexual harassment” is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is sufficiently persistent or offensive to unreasonably interfere with a person’s job or riding performance or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working or group ride environment. Sexual harassment is defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidelines as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. We just want to ride bikes, not police behavior of our group riders, but we do take all complaints or concerns of alleged or possible harassment or discrimination seriously no matter how minor or who is involved. If there are complaints, you will be asked to stop participation of any OBC events. If you have any concerns or questions, please notify a ride leader or shop manager as soon as you are able and the situation will be handled.
OBC guidelines are designed to provide riders with enjoyment, exercise, training, support from other cyclists, & safety. At the same time, we strive to promote a positive image of cyclists in our actions – on and off the bike. The guidelines are:
- Obey all traffic laws.
- Wear a helmet for safety/role model for children.
- Do not wear headphones or earbuds of any kind. Communication is crucial!
- No aero bars. Yup, those puppies are made for long straight fast non-group ride situations and we know they aren’t as easy to control around inexperienced groups. Keep those for race day, but for our rides, a regular ol’ road bike will do.
- Be prepared! Bring enough water for a long hot ride. Bring a spare tube and air source. Our ride leaders are there to help but this isn’t intended to be a fully supported ride. Headlights and tail lights are good regardless of the time the sun sets. Visibility keeps us all safe! Required after dark but a good idea any time.
- Hand signals, instead of words, are used to warn riders of potential danger on the roadway. In a pack, oftentimes, the only cyclist who has enough visual warning is the front cyclist.