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Most people find that road bicycling is more fun if they can do it with other folks some of the time.

We've been lucky to find some fun partners for our style of riding -- it's not trivial to find someone else who wants to first drive to some little-known starting point and then head out for 70 miles on the roads for a day.  First and still foremost is Tony, and we've also been glad to ride with many members of the Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club.  

The simplest way to get started on this in the central Hudson valley is to join the Mid-Hudson Bicycle Club and go out with them on some rides.  The club offers a wider variety of styles, routes, and dates and times.  

And if you think you might be compatible with us and our style of riding, we often send out E-mail about when and where we're going to be riding on weekends in the Mid-Hudson valley area.  Please contact us and let us know you're interested. 

Informal Riding

People often decide informally to meet together somewhere with their bikes and then ride together.  This can be done on very short notice and offers maximum flexibility.  But expectations can be unclear (unless there is careful communication), and no one is designated as responsible for managing the situation if something goes wrong along the way. 

Often members of a club get together for informal riding that does not show on the club's official calendar.  Another good reason to join a bicycle club. 

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Bicycle clubs (see list) usually have more rides than an informal group, often scheduled at least a month in advance.  Clubs often have insurance to cover their officers and ride leaders.  They are usually a good place for new riders to find partners.  Club rides are often better organized than informal riding. 

But you cannot just assume that.  Check if the club's documents, ride leader training -- and practice on real rides -- actually follow principles that you have found acceptable for good riding.

see List of clubs and organizations

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Supported Rides

In many popular bicycling events, support is provided by non-riders.  Typical forms of support include food stops, and a "SAG" vehicle which drives around and helps out riders who have gotten tired or have mechanical problems with their bicycles.  Usually they paint direction marks on the roads, which makes following a route a lot easier.  And there is more organization, and more riders, than for a normal club ride.  We enjoy seeing other riders out there, and at various times we get to match speeds for awhile with some folks and share stories and cheer each other on.

To see what rides are coming up, check our Events page.  To see groups  which organize supported rides, go to our Supported Rides page. 

Tour Guide Services

There are bicycle tour guide services who organize rides, often spanning multiple days.  Bicyclists may pay them a fee to take clear responsibility for many aspects of organizing and leading the rides.  We think this is an excellent idea.  There are several such services which organize tours in various regions of the world, but so far only few offer trips in the Hudson valley -- see List

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places: Hudson river valley, New York state, NY

regions: Mid-Hudson Catskills Catskill region Wallkill area areas

counties: Dutchess Rockland Orange Ulster Greene Albany Westchester Putnam Columbia Rensselaer Bergen county

towns:  Poughkeepsie Rhinebeck New Paltz Woodstock Kingston Manhattan -- city town village

bicycling: bicycle bicycling bike bikes bicycles bicyclist cycle cyclist cycling touring riding rider riders

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