Frequently Asked Questions

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ABOUT THE CLUB
  • The Saturday rides tend to be shorter and a slower paced than the Sunday rides. Some Saturday rides include an option to join a "follow-the-leader" group where the whole group stays together at a moderate (~13 mph) pace.
  • The Sunday rides tend to attract more riders and have longer routes. They are all arrowed during the regular season so you don't have to look at a cue sheet -- you just follow the arrows painted on the ground. On a beautiful Sunday in June, we may get as many as 150 riders. We try to stagger the start and people ride at their own pace, following the arrows. Some people ride > 20 mph in a paceline, others go at 13 or 15 mph and can ride with other people going the same pace if they want.
  • The weeknight and Saturday "fitness" rides attract faster riders. Here too we try to stagger the start so the fastest (20+ mph) riders go out first. Many people will ride 15-17 mph. The best thing to do is to try a few rides and see what works best for you. Sometimes the leaders are quite busy before a ride but if not, feel free to go up and tell them you're new. They may be able to hook you up with someone or give you some useful advice.

You don't need to be a member. If you decide you like CRW and ride with us regularly, we ask that you support the club with your membership (or even better, by volunteering!). But it's not required.

Our riders span the full range of experience and fitness. There are those who ride occasionally and others who ride every day. Some members only ride the shorter routes, while others do centuries (100 mile ride) or more.

People ride a wide range of paces. On some rides, groups ride together at an average of more than 20 mph while other riders in the same ride are further back going 15 or 13 mph. You can ride any pace you like since there will always be arrows and/or a cue sheet to follow. You may find many other people riding your pace or possibly, no one near by.

Just show up. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time to get your bike out of your car, put on your shoes, etc.

Map, water, something to eat (some routes do not go by any stores), things to repair a flat (pump, spare tube, patch kit, tire removal tools), ID, health insurance card, helmet, spare clothing if the weather looks nasty, sunscreen. Also useful: allen wrenches, screwdriver (or multitool), lock, money, gloves, pen and paper. You should make sure your tires are up to pressure and your bike is in good shape before the ride.

For questions like this, you're best off posting a message to the CRW email list. You have to join the list to post. See the Internet Mailing List page for details.

We have an online database of ride cue sheets, containing the routes for most CRW weekend rides, and many others. Bear in mind that some of these routes are very old and may not be exactly as described.

This is another kind of question that is best posted to the CRW email list. You have to join the list to post. See the Internet Mailing List page for details.

You can add your ride to the Cycling Event Calendar. Click "Add an Event" and fill the form with your ride information.

Complete the online membership applicaton to join CRW.

One year membership is currently

  • $15 for a single membership, or
  • $20 for a family membership.

This is our policy on posts:

  • Other than sponsors and group rides by other clubs, CRW (via its admins) will NOT use Status Updates to promote commercial entities such as bike shops, tour operators, bicycles, clothing, gear, nutrition, and so on.
  • CRW will announce sponsors with a Status Update once when they first sign on.
  • Roughly a week before each century, CRW will post a Status Update pointing people to the CRW sponsors page.
  • On an ad hoc basis, CRW may use a Status Update to mention group rides sponsored by other clubs (e.g., The Flattest Century in the East, Seacoast Century).
  • Within reason, CRW will allow individuals (including CRW volunteers and members) to post to CRW's Wall messages with mention of commercial entities. CRW reserves the right to delete posts that CRW in its sole discretion determines are not "within reason."

Our arrowed rides have a symbol, usually some sort of arrow, painted on the ground. There are always two arrows before every turn and one after, and usually an arrow every mile or so if there haven't been any turns for a long time.

All our Sunday rides are arrowed during the regular ride season, April through November. Many of our Saturday rides are also arrowed. For some examples of the types of arrows we use see theĀ Ride Arrow Design page.

This varies greatly. Typical in-season, on a nice day, there might be 25 riders for an evening ride, 40 for a Saturday ride, and 150 or more for a Sunday ride. During winter months only the leader might show up. On a bad winter day - maybe not even the leader. The centuries are the biggest rides of the year and may draw 300-600 riders.

ABOUT OUR CENTURIES

When you register online, you will receive a link to an information page with start times and other information.

Check the calendar for current dates.

  • Spring Century is usually the 3rd Sunday in May.
  • Climb to the Clouds is the 3rd Sunday in July.
  • Fall Century is usually the 3rd Sunday in September.

A century ride is a ride of 100 miles. Our century events, Spring Century, Climb to the Clouds, and Fall Century feature shorter rides, metric century (62 miles) and 50 mile rides, typically.

The location of the food stops is indicated on your cue sheet and on the information page. Generally for our centuries the food stops are at 25 mile intervals.

We close registration several days before the event so that we have time to check registrations, and prepare the lists for the volunteers at the century. We have limit on the number of riders, and registration will close when this limit is exceeded.

When you have completed the payment on the PayPal web site, PayPal sends you a confirmation email with the transaction number. We also send you an email when Paypal notifies us of your payment. If you do not receive these emails, then you did not complete the transaction and need to try again. We will send out an email to all registered riders a few days before the century with information on what to do when you arrive.

Registered riders do not need to sign the release form, since your online application contains this. You will need check in by giving your name to the volunteers doing registration, and pick up your cue sheet and wrist band.

The wrist band identifies you as a rider on the century. You will not be served at the food stops unless you can show your wrist band. You should put the wrist band on your left hand.

That depends on your level of fitness, how much mileage you've done previously, and the terrain of the ride. Racers can do a century in well under 5 hours, but normal riders require several hours more than that.

All our centuries are arrowed. The arrows are on the pavement before each turn, two or more before the turn and one after. The arrow shape is indicated on your cue sheet.

There are portajohns at each of the food stops, and at the ride start.

After you have checked in, you are free to leave whenever you want.

We will have a sweep van for emergencies, but you should be prepared to complete the ride barring accidents or mechanical breakdown.

The food stops provide water, and a variety of food: bananas and other fruit, cookies, chips, bagels. You should carry your normal energy bars, etc. to tide you over between food stops.

MEMBERSHIP FAQS

When you receive confirmation that your membership has been processed, you should log into the member area by clicking the "Members Only" button at the top of the home page. You can print your own membership card from there.

If you have other questions or problems concerning your membership, login to this site and check the Members Only menu. If you don't find the answer there, click here to send an email to our Membership Information Coordinator.

When you fill out the online form, you are directed to the Paypal web site for payment. When you pay with a Paypal account or credit card, we receive a notification and will send you a confirmation email. Once you receive this email, your membership is active and you will be able to access online member features, like mileage, and century registration.

GENERAL CYCLING FAQS

If you want to get faster, you have to ride faster. A few suggestions for getting there:

  • Ride with fast riders.
  • Do the fitness rides (Sat, Tue, Thu). Go out with the lead group and try to hold on as long as you can. As time goes by, you should be able to hold on longer and longer. If you get dropped, try to hook up with other folks who've been dropped and ride together in a pace line.
  • Ride the hills. And ride them hard. Last year a bunch of NEBCers did hills on Wednesday nights - the route typically included about 6 moderate climbs (1/3 - 2/3 mile, 300 - 400 feet) and the group waited at the tops until everyone made it. Working to get up the hills as fast as possible really strengthened my hill riding.
  • Do the NEBC intro-to-racing series. This will give you some riding skills (pace lines, cornering, sprinting, etc.) and will allow you to do some faster riding with a group of people who are just learning how to do it. Even if you never race, this is a good way to learn more about riding.
  • If you've got to ride alone, set some realistic goals and work toward them. If you've got a 60 mile ride that you do regularly, keep track of how long it takes. If you're normally finishing it in 4 hours, set a goal of 3:50 and really go for it. Keep track of how you're riding to see if there are places you could ride harder. If you get to the 3:50 time, set another goal of 3:40. Etc.
  • Find a weekly time trial (NEBC does one, but there are others around) and do it every week. These are typically fairly short (10 miles or so) and you just ride them as fast as you can.
  • Practice speed work. Find some flat road somewhere and do a few intervals on it. If you've got a stop watch, pick standard start and stop points and see how quickly you can cover the ground. Do several reps each time, with recovery times in between.
  • Ride fast.

(answer courtesy of Dave Jordan)

All will be revealed by checking out Pamela Blalock's web page on the subject.

Again, all you'll need to know about riding tandems is explained on Pamela Blalock's web page on the subject.

TUBULARS VS CLINCHERS

Other than the whole stretching and gluing thing, not that I know of.

(answer courtesy of Dave Jordan)

It's possible that I'm being too pessimistic about tubular repair. I know it can be done, but I haven't had any success in my two efforts. But I do have a bunch more tires to work on!

(answer courtesy of Dave Jordan)

  • Pros: Light weight, fewer pinch flats, more comfortable, better handling
  • Cons: Nearly impossible to repair, messy, some of the weight differential given back by having to carry one (or more) complete spare(s), may be more expensive for comparable tire quality (you probably don't want to ride on cheap tubulars)

As mentioned, tubulars tend to both handle better and be more comfortable. In general, they handle better because they've got a circular cross section. I think the comfort factor is related to the cross section and to the fact that you may be able to avoid pinch flats while running at a relatively lower air pressure.
(answer courtesy of Dave Jordan)

Rip 'em off, stick 'em on. You're not likely to be able to "repair" a tubular on the road (or, for that matter, in the comfort of your home). So you just pull the old one off, fold it up, and put the new one on. This all takes some prep work: the spare tire is usually one that you've riden on before so that it's been properly stretched; and both the rim and the tire have to have been pre-glued (with a tire contact cement) so the tire will stick once mounted. Also, it can be difficult to get the old tire off, if it's really glued tight. Finally, once the replacement tire is mounted, it takes a little fiddling around to get it centered (side to side) all the way around the rim. Experienced tubular changers can usually do this operation faster than replacing a tube on a clincher.
(answer courtesy of Dave Jordan)