Join ride leader Tina K every Wednesday morning for an easy paced no drop ride from our Clovis store. We mix it up a little, heading either out to the Shell Station on Friant road or the Millerton Store on Auberry road and back, 20/25 miles round trip. All levels are welcome! We’ll show you the basics if you’re new to riding on the road.
We usually break into a a couple different groups, from about 13 mph to ?? and regroup at either the Shell station or the store. Riders that want to log some extra miles can add on from there.
Check the Steven's Bicycles Facebook page before the ride for details and cancellations. Meet at Steven's parking lot at Willow and Nees, we roll at 8:00 am.
Join Maddy and Tina on an easy ride on the Clovis Trails to the Sierra Vista Mall. This one's great for all kinds of bikes - bring your friends and family! We'll make a stop at The Big Kahuna for Fro Yo, Shave Ice, Crepes... Yum! Or there are other options out there too, if you want to grab some "real" food. Ride leaves 6:00 pm from Steven’s Clovis shop at Willow and Nees, 10 miles round trip. We’ll relax a while in the plaza before heading back to the shop. Don’t forget your lights for the ride back! Please bring a lock for your bike.
Join Ruth and Tina on an easy ride to the food trucks at Gazebo Gardens. Leaves from Steven’s Fresno shop at Figarden and Brawley, about 13 miles round trip. Lots of great food and desserts out there. We’ll relax a while before heading back to the shop. Please bring a lock for your bike, and don’t forget your lights for the ride back! This will be a regular ride on the last Friday of the month.
Clovis Friends and Family Ride
Meet at Steven's Bicycles Clovis at NW corner of Willow and Nees
RIDE ROLLS AT 10:00
This family friendly ride will be on a combination of dedicated bike trails and bike lanes. Bring your cruiser, hybrid, recumbent, road bike, or whatever! About 10 mile distance, average pace will be about 10-12 mph. Don't forget your helmet!
Meet at 9:45 on the trail behind Steven's Bicycles Clovis, roll at 10:00. We'll ride out to Woodward Park then head back to the food trucks at the corner of Shepherd and Willow. We can re-group for the short ride back to Steven's Bicycles afterwards or you can ride back to the shop at your own pace. The food trucks open about 10:30.
This no drop ride will be a regular ride on the first Saturday of each month.
Check our Facebook page for cancellations.
Before you ride
Don’t forget to bring $ for the food trucks, your helmet, sunglasses, water and make sure your survival kit is ready to go (bag with a spare tube, tire levers and a pump and/or CO2 inflator). If you need one, Steven’s has a package available at either store at a discounted rate. We can help you change your flat - if you want to practice flat changing we have regular free classes at both locations, too.
**WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND ADDING SEALER TO YOUR TUBES TO AVOID GETTING A FLAT**
Flat resistant tires are also a great idea! Make sure your bike to make sure it is working properly before you arrive for the ride. The mechanics at Steven's can do a safety check so your bike is ready to roll.
Everyone should always carry medical and other contact information with them when they ride – The Road ID bracelet is a great idea and comes in a lot of different styles. Here’s a link for that: http://www.roadid.com/?referrer=33286. We have samples and a brochure with a code for free shipping at both Steven’s locations.
Some things to remember: group ride and safety tips
You will be sharing the road with cars so it is important to follow the rules of the road and some basic riding etiquette so we can all be safe. Remember to always ride safely! Treat cars, pedestrians, and other cyclists with respect and hopefully they’ll do the same for us, too. It's always nice to say thank you if drivers yield the right of way!
ALWAYS make sure a driver sees you before crossing in front.
1. Stay inside of the white line and out of the car lane, and be especially cautious on blind corners and hill crests. Ride to the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic.
2. Each person is responsible to check traffic and make sure road intersections, stop signs, etc. are clear for themselves, even if someone calls “clear."
3. Only ride single-file, unless you know it is safe to ride double for sure. Never ride more than two across.
4. Signal to others. Provide hand signals and/or yell to signal hazards such as gravel, debris, other riders, cars, pedestrians, turns. Warn others of your intentions. If you need to stop or pull over indicate or shout your intentions and do it slowly. Yell “slowing” or “stopping” before you brake.
5. Use the brakes sparingly. Feather the levers lightly instead of clutching at them. Most crashes are caused by someone braking sharply and the rider behind touching wheels with them. If you are getting too close to the rider immediately in front of you, try soft pedaling instead of braking to adjust the gap. If you need to brake, do it carefully and gently tap on the rear brake.
5. Give yourself enough room between riders to maneuver and avoid hazards, and be cautious of inexperienced riders. A major cause of group crashes is riders who slow abruptly, or stand suddenly climbing hills. To avoid this danger, let the gap open a bit on hills or ride a foot to either side.
6. Protect your front wheel. If your rear wheel is struck a fall is unlikely because it has nothing to do with steering the bike. However, if your front wheel is contacted it will often be twisted off line faster than you can react. You’ll almost certainly go down. Help prevent this by never overlapping someone’s rear wheel.
7. Call "on your left" when passing another rider or pedestrians (or use a bell when riding on the trails).
8. Check parked cars to make sure doors won’t be opening into your path and allow plenty of room to get around them.
9. Warn others and move all the way off of the road if you need to stop. Find a safe place and be aware of traffic if you need to change a flat.
10. If you ride ahead of the group, you are responsible for yourself. Please advise the group/group leader if you are leaving the group for any reason.
Go to these sites for more cycling safety information:
Steven's Ladies Club was created by Steven's Bicycles to help promote women's cycling in the Fresno and Clovis area, no matter what level of riding you enjoy. Our goal is to provide a place to ride and find friends to ride with, and to support and encourage each other along the way. We’ll help you improve and learn more about the sport of cycling, and a little fitness and fat burning is great too! We have weekly Saturday morning and Tuesday evening rides, plus educational seminars and other events.There will be some organized rides throughout the season to train for, and our last ride and training goal of the season will be the Valley Girl ride in October. If you're new to cycling let us know and we'll help get you started! Ask in either store for details, and join our email list and Facebook page for details and updates.
Looking for group rides to join?
The best way to find regular rides and riders of similar ability is to join a club or go to an organized ride. We recommend you join the Fresno Cycling Club so you can take advantage of all of the events they have planned each month!