New Rider

MVBC is passionate about supporting new riders interested in the sport. We are inclusive of all people and ability levels.

Which ride should I attend?

Thursday night rides are perfect for new riders! It is a group C pace which is a slower pace and shorter distance. There is also often a sweeper which is a rider at the back of the group that makes sure any rider who falls back has someone to ride with and show the route. 

When you arrive you can let the ride leader know you are a new rider and ask them any questions you may have!

What Equipment Do I Need?


Most riders will have road bikes as they ride smoothly and quickly on pavement. Both new and old road bikes work great. Some riders will have hybrid bikes, gravel bikes, and E-bikes. Mountain bikes are not recommended for road riding as they roll much slower on pavement and will take much more effort to keep up.


Helmets are required on all MVBC rides. It is important to have a helmet that fits you well.


Many riders will have cycling-specific clothing for comfort and utility.

Cycling jerseys have pockets on their back which are convenient for storing a phone and wallet. Cycling shorts are designed for comfort on the bike and tend to have padding built-in. Sunglasses are often worn for the sun as well as keeping bugs out of the rider’s eyes. 

These cycling-specific clothing choices are completely optional and are not needed when starting out.

Water Bottle

A water bottle that fits on your bike is important to stay hydrated throughout the ride.

Puncture Equipment

It is always a good idea to bring a tube, a pump, tire levers and any tools you need to fix a flat tire. If you have never changed a flat tire, a club member can assist you!

Where Can I Purchase a Bike or Equipment I Need?

Check out our club sponsor bike shops. They are the best bike shops in the area!

What Do I Need to Know About Riding in a Group?

Review our in-depth Group-Ride Etiquette page.

First Ride Checklist

Become a member of our club here or just show up as we offer one free club ride.

Review our up-to-date rides and locations on our Facebook Page.

The normal recommendations from sports nutrition research are to eat something about 1-2 hours before you hop on your bike. This is important to feel fueled up for your ride.

  • Bike
  • Helmet
  • Water Bottle
  • Snack/ Granola Bar
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Phone / Wallet

Arrive 15 minutes early and get your bike ready. Ask the ride leader any additional questions you have.

Any additional questions, feel free to reach out on our contact page!