Are you one of those many folks interested in biking but don’t know where to start? Sonoma County is rich with bike groups and activities. Here is a listing of some of our amazing local bike non-profits followed by some upcoming classes and more group details.

The Bicycle Coalition, www.bikesonoma.org, offers advocacy, bike safety classes and events as well as self guided local rides, http://bikesonoma.org/Bike_Maps.htm.

The Santa Rosa Cycling Club, www.srcc.com, holds weekly recreational rides for all levels plus events attracting participants from around the country if not the world, http://srcc.memberlodge.com/calendar.

Community Bikes, a program of LITE Initiatives, www.liteinit.org, tutors people of all ages on how to maintain and repair their bikes, sells used accessories, parts and refurbished bikes which are donated by local agencies, businesses and individuals.

 

Get To Know Your Bike, Community Bikes

Taught by Michael Teller, Vintage Bike Specialist and CB Shop Manager. All skill levels welcome!
Sunday, September 6, 2009, 11am to 1pm, Free! Donation requested.
4009 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, East of Wright/Fulton Rd
Halfway between downtown Santa Rosa and Sebastopol
To register or ask questions contact combikes@sonic.net or 707 579-5811
This is a hands-on class! Bring your bicycle or work on one of ours. Plan to get your hands dirty. Class size is limited; please sign up beforehand. 

 

Learn To Fix Your Bike Class, Community Bikes

Taught by Sherry Adams and friends. All skill levels welcome!
October Sundays, 11am to 1pm, Free! Donation requested.
Take one class or the series: October 4 – Intro, October 11 – Brakes, October 18 – Shifters and Derailers, October 25 – Bearings and Wheels
4009 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa, East of Wright/Fulton Rd
Halfway between downtown Santa Rosa and Sebastopol
To register or ask questions contact sherrycb@sonic.net or 707 579-5811
This is a hands-on class! Bring your bicycle or work on one of ours. Plan to get your hands dirty. Class size is limited; please sign up beforehand.

 

Street Skills for Cyclists, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition

Taught by Martin Clinton, League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor.
Sunday, September 6, 2009, $20, $10 for SCBC members
Adult class, 8:45 am to 12:45 pm/ Youth class: 1:45 to 3:45 pm
Santa Rosa – Exact location upon registration confirmation.
Reservations required; Please contact Sandra Lupien at SandraL@BikeSonoma.org or 707 545-0153.
Special class and membership deal; join the SCBC at the same time and the class cost is only $5!
Limited scholarships are available.

Come learn the tricks and methods of dealing with traffic and other road users. You’ll be surprised at how much more peaceful (and safer) your commute or ride out of town is after you take this class! This is for ALL levels, it doesn’t matter if you have been racing or commuting by bike for the past 30-plus years, or you are rolling your bike out of the garage for the first time since turning 16. Please don’t let your ego get in the way of taking this class.

 

“Street Skills” At Your Workplace – Lunch Time Classes Offered

SCBC is now booking Martin Clinton, our League of American Bicyclists-certified “Street Skills” instructor for 2-hour lunch time “Street Skills” classes. The class can be offered in a two-hour block or in two one-hour sessions (on consecutive days, or consecutive weeks, etc.). This offer is for businesses that want to encourage their employees to bike to work and want them to have the street chops to do it right.

So far, Martin has done this lunchtime version at Winzler & Kelly (Santa Rosa and San Francisco Locations), at the Sonoma County Department of Health, and he’s scheduled at Medtronic.

“Street Skills” at your workplace is a great way to help your co-workers feel empowered to start bike commuting. And, once more people are biking in your workplace, you’ll have a stronger voice to lobby for bike-friendly improvements (like those showers and covered racks you’ve been wishing for all these years…) For more info contact Sandra Lupien at SandraL@BikeSonoma.org or 707 545-0153.

 

Santa Rosa Cycling Club

The SRCC, www.srcc.com, http://srcc.memberlodge.com/calendar is a social/recreational organization composed of cycling enthusiasts with a wide range of abilities and interests. Its purpose is to promote the safe and efficient use of bicycles by staging club rides and cycling events and by maintaining an active presence in the local community through safety programs and political advocacy.

SRCC’s goal is to offer a full slate of rides each weekend, with something for everyone. SRCC also lists mountain bike rides, time trials, multi-day tours, and introductory rides for beginners. Occasionally, as volunteer energies dictate, SRCC offers clinics on everything from learning to change a tire to advanced paceline riding. In addition to the weekend schedule, SRCC has a thriving calendar of regular weekday rides, some of which pull in as many participants as the marquee weekend attractions. Non-members are welcome on most of SRCC’s group rides. This is a good way to sample club activities to see if this group is a good fit for you.

Ride Levels:
A: relaxed pace; frequent regroups; waits for all riders.
B: touring pace; regroups every 30-45 minutes; waits for all riders.
C: brisk pace; pacelines likely; regroups every 30-60 minutes.Are you one of those many folks interested in biking but don’t know where to start? Sonoma County is rich with bike groups and activities. Here is a listing of our amazing local bike non-profits followed by some of the upcoming classes plus more group details.