Bicycle

Finding Tom Seaver: July 2020 ride to Citifield

The Bicycle Committee of the New York-North Jersey Chapter organizes rides which are typically at a leisurely pace of 10-12 m.p.h., and there are generally not a lot of steep hills on the routes. Our Chapter bike rides are (mostly) designed with plenty of stops for photos and bathroom breaks and snacks. They’re usually along protected bicycle lanes and dedicated bicycle paths and trails, although on almost every ride there will be times when we’ll need to share the road with cars and trucks; there’s just no avoiding it in our area.

Most of the time we’ll be riding on relatively flat roads, although on every trip there will at least be modest hills where you’ll be working hard and your heart will get pumping. The trip write-up will describe exactly what you can expect on the ride. Check AMC’s Activities Database for upcoming rides. 

What equipment is required for rides?

Helmets which meet federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) certification standards are required, and a rider’s experience must be comparable to the trip level. Participants must ensure prior to the ride that their bicycle and equipment are in good working order. This includes, but is not limited to, properly inflated tires with remaining tread life equal to or exceeding the manufacturer’s minimum height and properly adjusted brakes.

How challenging will the ride be?

Every bicycle ride will have a detailed description of its mileage, type of terrain, elevation gain, and so forth. In addition, the trip write-up will note which difficulty the ride falls into based on the AMC’s Activity Difficulty Rating System.

Activity Level Moving Time (Up to___Hours) Distance (Up to __Miles) Average Moving Speed (__ miles per hour) Elevation (Up to ___feet) Rise (__Feet per Mile)
Relaxed 3 25 8.3 1000 40
Easy 4 35 8.8 2000 57
Moderate 4 45 11.3 3000 67
Vigorous 5 60 12.0 4500 75
Strenuous 6 80 13.0 7000 88

 

Randalls Island wriggle

Randalls Island bicycle path

Become a bicycle leader

The Bicycle Committee’s New Leader Coordinator is Eileen Yin, who can be reached at Eileen.Y@hotmail.com. Contact Eileen to discuss the process of becoming a bicycle leader and how you can get in on the excitement! Eileen will work with you personally and guide you step by step through the process, which is:

  1. Successfully complete the AMC Leadership Training course offered several times throughout the year (note: this program can be completed during the ‘skills’ training portion of the Bicycle Leadership training program; it is not a prerequisite)
  2. Co-lead a ride with someone who is already a bicycling leader.
  3. Plan a ride, submit a ride listing to the Activities Database, and conduct the trip according to the AMC’s Leadership Guidelines under the guidance of an experienced, qualified New York-North Jersey Chapter bicycling day-ride leader.
  4. Complete a ‘check ride’ with the Bicycle Committee chair or designee.
  5. Be an AMC member in good standing and support the mission and vision of the AMC.

Note: the AMC Leadership Training Program does not need to be taken as the first step in the process.

A person also needs to be experienced in the type of ride they intend to lead. For example, cyclists may have a lifetime of bicycling experience, but if that experience consists exclusively of mountain bicycling, that person could not lead a ride which navigates along city streets.

The New York-North Jersey Chapter will recognize as a leader for our chapter anyone who is a bicycle leader for another AMC chapter, or is a leader for the 5 Boro Bike Club (5BBC), New York Cycle Club (NYCC), or another bicycling club with a robust leader skills training program. The AMC Leadership Training course is always required, although the course does not need to be completed first.

A basic first aid course is recommended, but not required. The Bicycle Committee will reimburse leaders for the cost of the first aid course.

Explore bikepacking

Bikepacking is an activity which combines elements of bicycling, hiking, backpacking, and traditional car camping. It’s easy! Strap your backpacking gear onto your bicycle, and head off to the campground. Now you’re bikepacking.

Some bikepacking trips are run as “backpacking, with a bicycle,” while others are run as “car camping, with a bicycle.” Which means that some events will involve 4-6 miles of cycling to a campsite, and then setting up camp, followed by hiking. Other trips will ride many more miles each day on the bicycle, perhaps 25 to 65, before setting up camp for the evening.

If a cycling ride involves an overnight component, it will be listed as a “backpacking” activity for AMC purposes, since the trip leader will necessarily have to be certified by the Backpacking Committee due to the additional skills required to lead the trip successfully.