Ride Leader Guidelines

Consensus among the current MBC membership is that ride leaders are supposed to have fun too. So do what you can to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable ride, but don’t let your role become a burden. Incorporate the following suggestions to the extent that they enhance safety and enjoyment; ignore them to the extent they don’t.

  1. Things you have to do.
    1. You have to be a member of MBC to lead a club ride.
    2. You have to show up (or get someone, a member, to cover for you) regardless of the weather.
  2. Things you really should do.
    1. Make sure you know how to get where you’re going, and share that information with the
      group.
    2. If your destination is a restaurant or a campground, call ahead to make sure they’re open.
    3. Tell everyone to obey state and local laws applicable to bikes on roadways.
    4. Ask everyone to introduce themselves; ask non-members to write their names and contact
      info on a list.
    5. Announce that first-timers are welcome but others need to be members of MBC.
    6. Ride at the back for the first few miles to make sure everyone is okay (mechanically,
      emotionally, and geographically).
  3. Things that are pretty important.
    1. Arrive early.
    2. Bring a pump, patch kit, tire levers, and basic tools.
    3. Ask everyone to let you know if they’re going off route or leaving the ride early.
    4. Group up at some point (fairly early on) to confirm everyone’s well-being.
  4. Things that are good ideas, but you won’t be faulted if you don’t do them.
    1. Scout the route in advance to make sure it’s passable
    2. Bring some MBC membership forms.
  5. Things that are beyond the call of duty, but some people have done them.
    1. Give everyone a map of the route.

In general: you’re not their mom, but it was your idea to lead this ride—so be as helpful as you can.