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ALL RIDERS MUST WEAR HELMETS TO BE CONSIDERED PART OF THE BIC RIDE.
BIC is always looking for ride hosts.
In 2016, you can volunteer to be a ride host through a "Volunteer!" button linked to each ride on our calendar or you can click on the Volunteering tab from the home page.  No experience necessary!
Contact Rick Walton for more info about being a ride host, richard-walton@uiowa.edu
 

Weekend Rides

 

Saturday and Sunday rides are planned April through October (weather permitting), ranging in distance from 20 to 100 miles. You do not need to be a member of BIC to join in on the rides, however we hope that after a few rides with us, you will see the benefits of a membership.

All scheduled ride opportunities are posted on the BIC Calendar online!

Saturday Rides

Saturday rides are intermediate to advanced rides where we may stop to regroup at certain points along the route. Typically these rides include a stop at a dining establishment before the group ventures back, or this may be planned as a choice at the end. Saturday rides may venture to a city festival or other attraction. The ride leader or host may freely ride with all members of the group and will not always ride with the slowest rider of the group.

Most rides are intermediate level at 10-14 miles per hour, but you should check the ride classification provided to get a better idea of what to expect. 

Sunday Rides

One Sunday a month there will be a Special Sunday Ride planned. We will be biking to local events or festivals that will be announced in mass emails and entered on the BIC calendar. Check the BIC website often to stay informed of these special Sunday rides. Join us and have fun with your biking friends.
Please try to arrive at least 15 minutes before the ride departure time, so that we may start riding on time.  If you show up late, you will be responsible for your own well-being.
As with all rides, some aspects may change depending on the ride host or groups’ preference. If you  have questions about a ride, please call the ride host. You can also e-mail bicyclistsofiowacity@gmail.com, but this email is not checked every day so do not expect a speedy answer.

Weekday/Weeknight Rides

 

Tuesday Morning Rides
Every Tuesday morning, the group, known as "2sday 2wheelers" will gather at the designated point and begin the ride at 9 am, weather permitting.  Rides vary in length from 30-45 miles; the pace is 12-14 mph overall average.  They­­ usually make a refreshment stop mid-ride & other short stops along the way so that we can stay together, enjoy the views, & smell the roses.  Tuesday morning rides are scheduled from April through October.

Wednesday Night Social Rides
Wednesday night riders meet at a designated starting point at 6:00 pm. and take a "loop route" which varies in length from 22 to 32 miles.  This is a faster pace, around 13-20 mph.  Each weekly ride has a ride host, and lights and blinkies are important as we sometimes ride at dusk or in the dark.  We sometimes stop for beverages midway through the ride, and always enjoy dinner after the ride at a local eatery for dinner.  Wednesday Night Social Rides run from April through September.  Slower riders are always welcome to join the group and can easily shorten the route by turning around to retrace the route home at any time.

Thursday Evening Leisure Rides
If you're a beginner or a casual recreational rider, then join us on Thursday evenings for a leisure ride around the Iowa City Metropolitan Area via the trails and on low traffic roads.  Riders stay together as a group and typically stop for refreshments after or during the ride (it's often ice cream!).  This is a great group of friendly riders who will look after you!  Rides are scheduled from May through August, and may extend into October based on weather conditions and general interest.

Please watch the BIC Calendar for Special rides  as they will vary throughout the year.

Cancellations & Weather Conditions

 

If the weather looks uncertain, you should check Bicyclists of Iowa City Facebook and or the BIC web site event calendar page to see if a ride has been cancelled.  If there is no updated status, then please contact the ride host.  The ride host may cancel the ride at his or her discretion. If there is no ride host indicated for the ride please use your own discretion.  Usually, ride cancellations follow the same criteria:

  • Rain or snow falling
  • Heavy fog
  • High Winds
  • Lightning & Thunderstorms (Severe Weather Warnings)
  • Temperatures below 32°F/above 100°F (Heat indexes above 100°F, Wind Chill below 32°F)
  • Air Stagnation Warning
Heat Index* / Hot Weather Caution
0–90°F Caution— fatigue is possible with prolonged exposure and activity
90–105°F Extreme caution— sunstroke, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion are possible
105–130°F
Danger— sunstroke, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion are likely; heat stroke is possible
Note that exposure to full sun can increase heat index values by up to 15oF (8oC).

Rides Classification System


BIC depends on its members to ensure a good time is had by all. Therefore, please review our ride classification system so that you select a ride that matches your cycling style and abilities. When in doubt, select the lower level. Note that ride policies are more of a recommendation than a rule. Some ride hosts will follow the practice they feel works best for their ride.

 

BEGINNER / 8 -10 mph avg / Easy pace, frequent stops, good for new riders, ride host remains with slowest rider.

INTERMEDIATE / 10+ 13 mph avg / Steady pace, fewer stops, for experienced riders, ride host may freely ride with all members of the group.

ADVANCED / 13+ 17 mph avg / Faster pace, most century riders are this pace; at least one stop, ride host may freely ride with all members of the group.

 

Flat / 0-2 % Essentially flat

Low Hills / 2-6 % A Few Low Hills

Medium Hills / 6-8 % Moderately Hilly

Large Hills / 10-15 % Very Hilly

 

NOTE: Beginner riders are strongly encouraged to begin their BIC ride adventures by riding the Thursday night rides. These rides are designed to get you comfortable riding with a group of people at a slower pace. The ride host will always remain with the slowest rider on Thursday night rides. Weekend rides are designed for intermediate to advanced riders who are comfortable riding with large groups at a faster pace. Ride hosts are not required to remain with the slowest rider on weekend (and other scheduled) rides.