Gear Works

120 Hamilton Street
Leominster, MA 01453-2343
(978) 534-2453

Hours: M-W: 10-6, Th-F: 10-8,
Sat: 8-5, Sun: 12-5

Group Rides

Our groups are growing, especially on Tuesday nights, and with that comes more variety in ability and fitness levels. To attempt to serve that end and hopefully have some solution to some of the problems of large groups with too many ability levels within, we have new category system for our Tuesday night rides and for our Saturday morning rides:

Safety and Courtesy First:

Please be courteous to your fellow riders and especially our Ride Leaders since they are volunteers seeking to make the ride safer for you. The Ride Leader reserves the right to ask anyone who is discourteous to other cyclists, pedestrians, or motorist to leave the ride. Our safety depends on the good will of motorists. Making them angry by blatantly defying traffic laws or being discourteous creates an unsafe riding environment for the entire cycling community.

We require compliance with all laws pertaining to cyclists including that they should ride as if they are a vehicle. All stops should be observed by clipping out at least one foot and touching it down. We strive to make our rides as safe as possible. Violation of our safety rules endangers not just your safety, but also the safety of others, We are obligated to enforce them on behalf of our members.

NOTE: When description states “ability to maintain” a particular speed, this indicates ability to remain at that speed for a reasonable and steady amount of time — it does not refer to “average” pace for entire ride. Also some rides say they have no or little speed control.

NEW RIDE CATEGORIES AND PACE DESCRIPTIONS FOR TUESDAY NIGHTS:

Fast “A” Ride –

Riders must have the ability to maintain 22-24 MPH; High endurance with very little speed control. This is it!! Be ready for anything, and prepared to ride 45 to 60 miles. There might be a little waiting for those that fall behind, but it waiting is limited. These rides are wholly self-supported. Riders need to be comfortable working with other riders in a pace line, and be willing to take hard pulls. Wear your helmet and buckle your seat belt.

 

Two Intermediate Road Rides “B+” and “B”:

These two intermediate rides make up the core of the GWC led rides. There will be a few short stops, and someone will wait at turns. Rides will be from 30 to 50 miles long, with the ability to maintain 20-22 miles per hour for the B+ group and around 18-19 miles per hour for the B group. Bring water, stuff to fix a flat, energy food, and don’t forget your helmet! A GWC staff member will accompany this ride to help work with riders on group form and pace line etiquette. Our goal is to help you become a better rider, learn new routes, and get you acquainted with other riders so you can schedule your own rides. Road bikes only, please.

“B+” Ride –

Riders must have the ability to maintain 20-22 MPH; Moderate/hard endurance for experienced riders with some speed control by the ride leader. There will be short waits at major intersections.

“B” Ride –

Riders must have ability to maintain 18-19 MPH; Low to Moderate endurance for experienced riders with moderate to strict speed control by the ride leader, Paul or Peter.  There will be short waits at major intersections.

    All three rides leave at 6pm SHARP.  If the weather is questionable, feel free to call during the day on Tuesday to verify that there will be a ride. 

   NEW RIDE CATEGORIES AND PACE DESCRIPTIONS FOR SATURDAY MORNINGS:

Two Intermediate Road Rides B+ and B:

These two intermediate rides make up the core of the GWC led rides. There will be a few short stops, and someone will wait at turns. Rides will be from 30 to 50 miles long, with the ability to maintain 20-22 miles per hour for the B group and around 18-19 miles per hour for the C group. Bring water, stuff to fix a flat, energy food, and don’t forget your helmet! Road bikes only, please. A GWC staff member will accompany this ride to help work with riders on group form and pace line etiquette. Our goal is to help you become a better rider, learn new routes, and get you acquainted with other riders so you can schedule your own rides. These rides generally leave at 8:00am. If the weather is questionable, feel free to call Friday night to verify that there will be a ride. You can also request that your name and e-mail is added to the GWC Road Ride List. This will enable you to receive an informative email each week.

“B+” Ride – Riders must have the ability to maintain 20-22 MPH; Moderate/hard endurance for experienced riders with some speed control by the ride leader.

“B” Ride – Riders must have ability to maintain 18-19 MPH; Low to Moderate endurance for experienced riders with moderate to strict speed control by the ride leader, Paul or Peter.

Beginner Road:

Occasionally these rides are slower paced, but usually average around 14 miles per hour.  The goal of this ride is to either teach or reinforce pace line riding, bicycle handling skills and group ride etiquette There will be stops, and waiting for those that fall behind. You should bring plenty of water, and the means to fix a flat (pump, tube, tools etc…). You also must have a helmet. A GWC staff member leads the beginner rides on Sat. mornings at 8:00am. Feel free to call Friday evening to verify that there will be a ride. You can also request that your name and email be added to the GWC Road Ride list. You will receive an informative e-mail every week. Road bikes only please. 

Rides leave at 8am unless otherwise noted on our “News and Events” page and/or by e-mail

 
Final Words: 
Have Fun – This is cycling.  Our goal is to have fun. It is always more enjoyable to ride in a group. If you follow our guidelines and make an effort to socialize a little with other riders, we can just about guarantee a great experience.

Group Rides –  This is a group ride. Not a race.
You should participate with the group and adhere to our safety rules and group ride policies. We encourage the group to stay together as much as possible. If you like to ride by yourself, at your own pace, then a Gearworks ride is not for you.

“No Drop Policy”

Our rides feature a “no drop policy” (excluding the “A” ride). We are a recreational riding and social club – not a racing club.  We promote safe riding in a cooperative atmosphere to build camaraderie and have fun. “No drop” means the Ride Leader also serves as sweeper to ensure nobody is left behind. It also means, the entire group will regroup periodically until everyone catches up. No drop also means we will try to assist you (within reason) with any mechanical problems you encounter along the way–such as a flat tire. However, you are expected to know how to fix tires yourself and to show up with a well maintained bike with fully inflated tires.

Follow Your Ride Leaders

Be prepared to adhere to the Ride Leaders route.  Our Ride Leaders are volunteers. They usually take the time to prepare the routes including riding them in advance and consulting maps. If you decide to leave the ride for any reason, please inform a Ride Leader.

Socializing

 Our events and post-ride social gatherings are excellent places to make friends and network professionally.

Rail Trails

A detailed guide to rail trails in Massachusetts and around the country can be found at http://www.traillink.com.