FAQ

FAQ

If you have a question, chances are someone else has it too.

Where do you ride?

Our Saturday 9:30 team rides start at Kroeber Fountain. Usually we start by riding up Tunnel Road. From there, common rides are 3 bears, Redwood-Pinehurst, Grizzly Peak, and Zoo Loop.

How fast do I need to be to ride with you?

We start

I don’t have a bike. What do I do?

You have a few options. The most popular method (especially among exchange students or visiting grad students) is to took for a used bike on Craigslist. There are usually good deals on bikes around the Bay Area, and you can sell your bike before leaving, often for around the same price as you bought it. Other options: 1) ask on slack – often team members are selling bikes, or know people who are, 2) The team does a yearly order from Trek, where we can get discounts on new bikes – talk to the sponsorship officer about joining the team order, or 3) Talk to an officer – sometimes we can find a bike to loan to you if you want to try it.

What bike do I need to ride?

The bike you have is probably good enough. People come to the club with bikes of all levels, from old steel commuters to out-and-out carbon race bikes. For safety concerns and ride cohesion, your bike, especially the drivetrain and braking mechanisms, need to be well-maintained.

Are helmets required?

Yes. Safety first! Also note that full face helmets are required for downhill, dual slalom, and super D events.

What else do I need to bring on a ride?

Please bring enough so that you’re self-sufficient in case you have a mechanical and are separated from the group: enough to replace a flat, a multi-tool, sufficient food and clothing for the weather and ride length, and a phone.

When do you race?

Cal Cycling races in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference. Fall is mountain season, Spring is road.

I’m curious about racing, but it seems intimidating. What do I do?

Trust me – we’ve all been there too. Talk to an officer! Lots of us raced for the first time in college, and went through the same things as you.

Should I ride today?

Yes.