Fresno Fridays - West Side Ride to Skaggs Bridge Park @ Steven's Bicycles Figarden Loop, Fresno [27 July]

Fresno Fridays - West Side Ride to Skaggs Bridge Park


5
27
July
08:00 - 12:00

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Steven's Bicycles Figarden Loop
4045 W Figarden Dr, Fresno, California 93722
Ride leaves at 8:00. Meet at the parking lot in front of the shop at the corner of W. Figarden and Brawley.

Join Blake and Tina for an easy paced (B/C level — about 13 -18 mph) ride from our Fresno store. We usually break into a a couple different groups, and regroup a couple of times. We’ll show you the basics if you’re new to riding on the road.

We'll head west past the 99 Fwy to country roads on the west side, either to Biola or Skaggs Bridge park. If you like it flat this ride's for you!

Ride With GPS
Skaggs Bridge park: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27603371
Biola: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27515050

Call or check the Steven's Bicycles Facebook page for details and cancellations.

Save time on ride day: Sign our waiver ahead of time, one time and you're good to go for all of our rides and events:
http://stevensbicycles.com/articles/agreement-waiver-release-of-liability-pg1088.htm
Minors: http://stevensbicycles.com/about/agreement-waiver-release-of-liability-minors-pg1091.htm

BEFORE YOU RIDE
Don’t forget to bring your helmet, snacks and plenty of water, two bottles is best for the longer rides.
Flat kit is required, and we recommend adding sealer or other flat protection to avoid getting a flat. That way we can all keep rolling :)

Make sure your bike is working properly before you arrive.

Everyone should always carry medical and other contact information with them when they ride – The Road ID bracelet is a great idea, here’s a link: http://roadid.com/

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. Yell “slowing” or “stopping” before you brake. 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.
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:
http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/bicycle-safety/riding-skills-tips/
http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl37.htm
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