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The purpose of Arlington Heights Bicycle Association is --

To join the AHBC, click here or fill out the membership form found here.

 

 

President Mark Neubauer president@cyclearlington.com
Vice President Audrey and Hector Ortega vicepresident@cyclearlington.com
Secretary Janet Harlow secretary@cyclearlington.com
Treasurer Mitch Polonsky oranges50@aol.com
Membership Carol Voellinger membership@cyclearlington.com
Arlington 500 Tom Drabant 500@cyclearlington.com
Ride Chair Steve Seidenberg samhan2@comcast.net
Program Chair David Easley demorcef@gmail.com
Member at Large David Easley demorcef@gmail.com
Member at Large Steve Seidenberg samhan2@comcast.net
Member at Large Carol Voellinger membership@cyclearlington.com
Bike Swap Kim Heuer & Gene Zaworski swap@cyclearlington.com
Web Site Jack Thomas web@cyclearlington.com

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

General Membership Questions

1.           What are the benefits of club membership?

2.           How are club dues used by the club?

3.           Does the club make donations to charitable organizations?

4.           How do I get information about club activities?

5.           How do I get on the Yahoo groups email list?

6.           How do I post to the Yahoo groups email list?

7.           What are the rules for posting to the email list?

8.           Can members solicit contributions for charitable giving on the email list?

9.           Who can I contact if I have any questions?

10.      Where can I get AHBC apparel?

 

Rides

1.           What types of rides are there?

2.           Where do I get ride information?

3.           Do you ride in the winter?

4.           Why does the club keep track of mileage?

5.           What are the rules for counting club ride mileage?

6.           What if I have mechanical difficulties or a flat during a ride?

7.           What should I bring on a ride?

8.           What does "No Drop" mean?

9.           How do I become a ride leader?

10.      Can any member can lead a ride or post a ride on the Yahoo groups email list?

11.      What is a sweep?

12.      Where can I get cue sheets?

13.      If I want to post a ride, are start times flexible?

14.      Does the club have family or trail rides?

15.      What type of bicycle is recommended for club rides?

 

Ride Speeds

1.           What are the ride speeds?

2.           How do I do to get ready for a faster group how do I know when to move to the next group?

 

Ride Etiquette (Ride Rules)

1.           What is required of riders?

2.           What is the purpose of the ride sign-in sheet?

3.           How old (age) do riders have to be?  

4.           Are visitors allowed to ride with the club?

 

Member Responsibilities

1.           When are membership dues paid?   

2.           When can new members join?  

3.           What is expected of members during the year?  

4.           What can members do to support the club?

5.           What are the rules for riding with the club? (see Ride Etiquette)

 

 

General Membership

1.       What are the benefits of club membership?


a.       First and foremost, your membership means you are part of a social club which advocates safe cycling through a variety of programs and activities.

b.      You will have the opportunity to meet and ride with others who share our passion for cycling.

c.       You will learn new cycling routes and cycling tips.

d.      You will have the opportunity to participate in various club activities such as informational meetings, rides and social events.


2.       How are club dues used by the club?

Club dues and money raised from other activities is used for a variety of purposes including: subsidizing the cost of club rides and social events; support of bicycling advocacy groups; support for local community projects and education; subsidizing of club jerseys; and other expenditures as suggested by members and approved by the club Board.

3.       Does the club make donations to charitable organizations?

a.       The club will make donations (usually annually) to not-for-profit organizations that support or advocate bicyclists and certain community organizations, e.g. park district, with Board approval.   Donation amounts are determined each year when sufficient money is available.  Donations made are announced at regular club membership meetings and noted in Board meeting minutes.

b.      To stay true to the club by-laws, the club does not make donations to charitable organizations unless they have a bicycling related charter. 

c.       Also in fairness to all members, the club cannot sponsor "individual" fund raising efforts.
 

4.       How do I get information about club activities?

Information about club activities is available in a number of ways but the primary methods include:

a.       The club email list (on Yahoo groups) which members should "subscribe to" at no cost.  Once subscribed, you will begin receiving emails beginning with [ahbccyclists] in the subject line.

b.      The club website located at www.cyclearlington.com

c.       Club membership meetings which are generally held on the 4th Wednesday evening of the month except June, July, August, November and December.

d.      Annual mailing (usually in February) of the annual schedule of events and membership renewal form

e.      Finally, there is a club Facebook page.  Look for Arlington Heights Bicycle Club.


5.       How do I get on the club Yahoo groups email list? 

For new members, your email address will be added automatically using the address you provided on your membership form.  If that didn't happen or if your email address changes, the easiest way is to simply type your email address into the Yahoo groups link at the bottom of the www.cyclearlington.com homepage.

6.       How do I post to the club Yahoo groups email list?

Emails sent to "ahbccyclists@yahoogroups.com" will automatically be sent to all subscribers.

7.       What are the rules for posting to the email list?

There are no hard and fast rules, just guidelines:

a.       In general, posts should be cycling or club related.

b.      Don't post anything that you wouldn't want to see from others

c.       Posts may be used for organizing non-club related social activities as long as they are not excessive and do not exclude anyone.

d.      Because anyone can send emails to the list, the club cannot assume responsibility for postings made to the email list.


8.       Can members solicit contributions for charitable giving on the email list?

While the club encourages charitable giving, we do not want requests to become obtrusive.  For this reason, members may solicit charitable contributions one (1) time for cycling related events that they personally participate in.

9.       Who can I contact if I have any questions?

Contact any Board member in person or by email.  Email addresses for key Board members can be found on www.cyclearlington.com from the About Us page.

10.   Where can I get AHBC apparel?

The Club designs and purchases jerseys and other apparel every 2-5 years depending on demand.  Because the jerseys and other apparel are custom made, there is usually a minimum order size.  When apparel is ordered, all members will be offered the opportunity to place orders.  In most cases, the Board will vote to partially subsidize the cost of the apparel as a member benefit and to make purchase more appealing to the membership.  Any member can initiate a request to the Board for club apparel.

 

Rides

1.       What types of rides are there?

There are several different types of rides:

a.       Regular scheduled rides on www.cyclearlington.com, e.g. weekend rides, evening rides, bakery rides and weekday rides

b.      Ad hoc “posted” rides which are announced by email via the Yahoo groups email list.  Ad hoc rides must be posted at least 24-hours in advance to be eligible for Club mileage.

c.       Show and Go rides – These are informal rides where the destination, pace (usually intermediate pace) and distance is decided by those who show up to ride).   Cue sheets are usually not provided for Show and Go rides.

d.      Special multi-day, weeklong or other rides, usually listed on the Club annual schedule of events

e.      Zero mile rides – During the winter when it is too cold (for some) to ride, many club members get together for breakfast (or lunch or dinner).   No riding...just eating and socializing, two of our favorite club activities.  When Zero Mile rides are announced, all members are encouraged to come out and socialize. 

f.        Trail rides – during the summer, Wednesday trail rides may be announced via the Yahoo groups email list.


2.       Where do I get ride information?

a.       The club email list (on Yahoo groups) which members should "subscribe to" at no cost.  Once subscribed, you will begin receiving emails beginning with [ahbccyclists] in the subject line.

b.      The club website located at www.cyclearlington.com.  Go to the Rides page.  The website is generally updated monthly during the regular ride season (late March through October)

c.       Club membership meetings which are generally held on the 4th Wednesday evening of the month except June, July, August, November and December.


3.       Do you ride during the winter?

Several members do ride during the winter months when the roads are free of snow and ice.  Options include:

a.       Show and Go Rides - On Saturdays mornings, there is usually a Show and Go ride.  Check the website for starting time and place.

b.      Bakery Rides – On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, there is usually a Bakery Ride from Willow Stream Park.  Check the website for more information and starting times.

c.       Leisure Rides – A group of very hardy individuals usually ride every day when weather and road conditions allow.  These rides are generally announced in advance via the Yahoo groups email list.

d.      Ad hoc “posted” rides which are announced by email via the Yahoo groups email list. 


4.       Why does the club keep track of mileage?

This is a fun and modest competition within the club.  Some members take their mileage very seriously while others are happy just to ride.

a.       The club keeps track of mileage ridden with the club for you based on sign-in sheets.  Individual totals are announced at the annual holiday banquet.  Totals are kept by year (November 1 through October 31).  Make sure you legibly sign your name on the ride sign-in sheets if you want your mileage to be counted!

b.      Beginning in 2012, members are also encouraged to keep track of how many miles they ride their bicycles on non-club rides for the period November 1 through October 31).  This is voluntary and just for fun.  Members must keep track of these miles on their own.  Certain members may be subject to polygraph testingJ.  Totals will be collected and displayed at the holiday banquet.


5.       What are the rules for counting club ride mileage?

a.       The rides must be a scheduled ride or be posted on the Yahoo group email site at least 24-hours in advance.

b.      For rides in-state rides, at least 2-club members need to ride; for out of state rides, at least 3-club members need to ride. 

c.       A completed sign-in sheet must be turned in for each ride to the Ride Chairperson in a timely manner.


6.       What if I have mechanical difficulties or a flat during a ride?

Members are responsible for their bikes during rides and it is recommended that members carry basic tools, a pump, spare tube(s) and/or patches whenever they ride.   It is also recommended that members know how to perform basic repairs and or carry a cell phone to call for help if needed.  That said, many members are very willing to help others with minor bike and flat repairs if they know how but they are not obligated to do so.

7.       What should I bring on a ride?

Members should use common sense and bring what they feel is appropriate for the type and length of ride.  Recommended items include:

a.       Identification, wallet, money and cell phone in case emergencies occur

b.      Water, nutrition and snacks as appropriate

c.       Helmet – All riders are very strongly encouraged to wear a helmet when riding

d.      Basic tools, a pump, spare tube(s) and or patches – even if you do not know how to use them.

e.      Lights, reflectors and reflective clothing.

f.        Lock – for rides with lunch and other stops.

g.       Sun screen, lip balm and bandaids


8.       What does "No Drop" mean?

No Drop means that we try to stay together as a group so that nobody is left behind alone.   If someone gets a flat, the entire group will generally stay with that person until the flat is repaired and the group can go on together.   All AHBC rides are considered “no drop” unless specified otherwise.   Riders should make every effort to select rides which they are capable of doing.

9.       How do I become a ride leader?

We want to encourage more members to become ride leaders.  This will add variety while benefiting all members.  Here are the basic ride leader responsibilities:

a.       Provide a AHBC ride sign-in sheet (available from //www.cyclearlington.com from the Ride page)

b.      Pre-ride the route if possible to verify roads are safe, e.g. not under construction)

c.       Introduce themselves to all riders

d.      Lead the ride at the specified pace

e.      Announce any particular challenges before the ride starts and

f.        Appoint a sweep if necessary (generally for groups larger than 8 riders)

Contact the Ride Chairperson(s) for tips on leading rides, for cue sheets of for training regarding how to be a ride leader.

Any member is eligible to be a ride leader.  Contact the Ride Chairperson about a ride leader “class” and more information.  Also, see Question 11.

10.   Can any member can lead a ride or post a ride on the Yahoo groups email list?

Yes, we encourage it but ride leaders must be familiar with and follow the general ride leader responsibilities.  See How do I become a ride leader?

11.   What is a sweep?

A “sweep” is a member who agrees to ride at the back of the group to keep everyone together so that nobody gets separated.  The sweep should generally know the route or be provided with a route sheet in case the group gets separated.

12.   Where can I get cue sheets?

a.       For most scheduled rides, the ride leader will provide cue sheets to riders which provide turn-by-turn directions.

b.      A small library of cue sheets to various locations can be downloaded from //www.cyclearlington.com at the bottom of the Rides page.  The club makes every effort to keep these updated but road changes and errors sometimes occur.

c.       The Ride Chairperson(s) maintains a library of cue sheets.  Just ask them for a distance or destination and they will be happy to share or even suggest routes!


13.   If I want to post a ride, are start times flexible?

Yes, start times are flexible and would be welcome based on feedback from our recent membership survey.  Discuss your ideas with the Ride Chairperson(s) if you have any questions or concerns.

14.   Does the club have family or trail rides?

To date, members have not expressed much interest in family rides.  If you have an interest in starting/leading family rides, please discuss with any Board member. 

15.   What type of bicycle is recommended for club rides?

The type of bike a person would use is based on individual comfort and personal choice.  While most members ride road bikes or hybrids, we also have members who ride recumbents, tandems and a few mountain bikes and trikes.   In general, you should select a bike based on the type of riding and distances you ride.  We suggest members talk with their local bike shop or other members for their suggestions. 

 

Ride Speed

1.       What are the rides speeds?

We describe ride speeds as average sustained rolling speeds.  For example, the intermediate pace means that rides may include prolonged speeds between 13 and 15 miles per hour. 

a.       Leisure Pace- average sustained rolling speed between 10 and 12 miles per hour.  Ride distances are usually between 10 and 30 miles long.

b.      Intermediate Pace - average sustained rolling speed between 13 and 15 miles per hour.  Ride distances are usually between 30 and 75 miles long.

c.       Advanced Pace- average sustained rolling speed between 16 and 18 miles per hour.  Ride distances are usually between 30 and 100 miles long.

d.      Others as announced – On occasion, slower or faster rides may be announced, e.g. Sub-Leisure Pace or Advanced Training Pace.  Speed and distance will be included as part of these announcements.


2.       How do I get ready for a faster group and how do I know when to move to the next group?

The easiest way is to talk to ride leaders and get their opinion.  They may be able to suggest specific rides for you to try. 

 

Ride Etiquette (Ride Rules)

1.       What is required of riders? 


a.       All riders MUST sign the ride sign-in sheet before the ride starts.

b.      All riders are strongly encouraged to ride with a helmet.

c.       Riders are expected to share the road, ride single file on busy roads and obey traffic lights.

d.      Riders should notify the ride leader if they choose to leave the ride before it ends.


2.       What is the purpose of the ride sign-in sheet?

 The sign-in sheet serves three purposes:

a.       First, it tells the ride leader who is riding and how many riders are present;

b.      Second, the sheet is used by the club to track the number of miles each member rides with the club; and

c.       Finally, the sign-in sheet is a reminder that members accept all responsibility/liability for their safety when riding with the club.


3.       How old (age) do riders have to be? 

All riders must be over 18 unless accompanied by a guardian who can sign in for them and ride with them.   The club cannot assume responsibility for any rider, regardless of age.

4.       Are visitors allowed to ride with the club?

 Visitors are welcome to ride with the club provided they sign-in and agree to follow ride rules.  Note: the club reserves the right to restrict some rides and sponsored events to members only.

 

Member Responsibilities

1.       When are membership dues paid?  

Club membership dues are to be paid by March 1st of each year to be considered a member in good standing. 

2.       When can new members join? 

New members are welcome and encouraged to join at any time.  If members join after October 1st, their membership is considered paid for the following year. 

3.       What is expected of members during the year? 

 The list is simple: pay your dues; support your club by volunteering when you can; follow good ride etiquette (ride rules); and have fun!

4.       What can members do to support the club?

This club cannot exist without member participation and support.   We encourage all members to actively participate and support the club to the extent they feel comfortable.  Many volunteers are especially needed to run our two main fundraising events. 

Opportunities include:

·         Bicycle Swap in late April – this is both a community service and club fundraiser

·         Arlington 500 Bicycle Ride in May – another community service and club fundraiser

·         Board member

·         Ride Leader

·         Event coordinator or host, e.g. club picnic, progressive dinner, etc.

·         Special committees, e.g. banquet, Bike Swap planning, Arlington 500 planning, jersey, etc.

When our members volunteer, everyone benefits!

5.       What are the rules for riding with the club? (see Ride Etiquette)

 

Version 1.1, May 20, 2012

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