B.I.K.E.S. Club of
Snohomish County

Joining Us for a Ride:

Bicycling is a social sport. At BIKES Club of Snohomish County, we take both the “social” and the “sport” seriously. We enjoy each other’s company (and maybe a piece of pie) while seeing the sights and getting some exercise.

All BIKES Club rides are free beyond the annual membership dues.  There may be transportation fees paid by riders for ferries, trains, etc.  Riders are expected to provide their own food and drinks.  Riders will pay lodging, transportation, SAG and other costs during overnight tours.

The McClinchy Mile ride is an event where a discounted fee is paid by BIKES Club members who register in advance.  McClinchy Mile Volunteers may ride for free.

All ride participants are required to sign the BIKES Club waiver before every BIKES Club ride, which is part of the Ride Sign-up Sheet.

All ride participants must wear bicycle helmets which meet CPSC (Consumer Products Safety Commission) standards.

Earbuds or headphones are not allowed on BIKES Club rides to help maintain situational awareness and communication with other riders.  Exception: one ear allowable for navigational information.

Temporary Phase 2 Precautions for BIKES Club Rides During the COVID-19 Crisis

Some of these precautions will temporarily override other information on these web pages.


Your First Ride with BIKES:

  • Non-members are welcome to ride with the club for an introductory ride. After that, we encourage you to join the club and support local cycling (plus it’s required by our insurance).
  • If you are coming on your first ride with us, consider both the distance and the speed. To enjoy a 20-mile group ride, you should have ridden at least 10 miles once or twice in the past month. To move up to 30 or 40 miles, ride 20 or 25 miles a few times with the club first.
  • All riders must be BIKES Club members for multiday rides and overnight tours.
  • See Minor Riders section below for riders under age 18.

 

Ride Descriptions:

  • BIKES Club rides range anywhere from 10 to 100 miles in length, with varying levels of difficulty from trails to mountain passes. Volunteer ride leaders lead weekend rides year-round and some also offer regular weekday rides.
  • Every ride has a listed pace, the speed at which the ride leader plans to go on flat ground. Some rides allow for varied rider speeds and abilities with re-groups along the way.
  • Upcoming rides and leader contact information are posted on the club's website - check both the Calendar and the Ride Updates .
  • If you are unsure whether you are ready for a certain ride, please contact the ride leader in advance.
  • Bicycle rides are typically one day activities.  Rides of more than 1 day are considered a tour.  
    • A tour shall not exceed 5 days of bicycling per insurance limitations.  
    • Tours over 5 days of bicycling require approval by our insurance provider.
  • All BIKES Club rides and tours are limited to the USA only per our insurance provider.

 

Expectations for All Riders:

  • Have fun, ride safe and legal.
  • All riders must wear a bicycle helmet.
  • All riders are expected to understand and follow the Ride Safety Guidelines .
  • All riders must carry:
    • Personal first-aid kit.
    • Bicycle helmet that meets CPSC standards.
    • Spare tube and/or tube patch kit.
    • Tire pump or CO2 kit.
    • Basic tools.
    • Clothing appropriate for the expected weather.
    • Night riding:
      • White steady front light – required by Washington state law.
      • Red rear reflector – required by Washington state law.
  • All riders are recommended to carry:
  • Cell phone.
  • Rear view mirror on the helmet, glasses or bike.
  • Day riding:
  • White steady front light.
  • Red steady or flashing taillight.
  • High visibility outer clothing.
  • Night riding:
    • Red steady taillight.
    • Reflective outer clothing.
  • Bike lock – if your bike will be left unattended.
  • Riders should proceed only when they feel safe.
  • Riders who pass the Ride Leader or go on a side trip are on their own ride if they get lost from the Ride Leader.
  • Riders get Rider Miles credit for the miles they ride with the Ride Leader.
  • Riders leaving the ride early must let the Ride Leader know.
  • Suggested route changes are at the discretion of the Ride Leader.
  • E-bike riders shall ride safely within the capabilities of the Ride Leader.
  • E-bike riders are responsible to know where their e-bike may be legally ridden which may conflict with the planned route.

 

Minor Riders:

  • Parent or legal guardian shall notify the Ride Leader of the number of minors before the ride to allow the Ride Leader to bring the required Club Ride Minor Release form for each minor rider.
  • Riders under the age of 18 will each need to have a completed Club Ride Minor Release form.
  • Parent or legal guardian must participate and ride with the minor.

 

BIKES Club Ride Scale:

The pace is the average speed on level ground with no wind.  The pace will be slower when climbing and with head winds, faster on downhills and with tail winds.

 PACE TERRAIN
 Leisurely / Under 10 MPH  
 Social / 10 -12 MPH
 A Mostly flat / Centennial Trail
 Steady / 12 - 14 MPH  B Rolling terrain / McClinchy Mile
 Moderate / 14 -16 MPH
 C Rolling steeper hills / Camano Island
 Brisk / 16 -18 MPH
 D Difficult terrain / Whidbey Island
 Strenuous / Over 18 MPH
 E Very Difficult / Stevens Pass


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