ABOUT THE CLUB
Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club is a community of cyclists that provides a safe, fun, social environment for riders of all levels to improve fitness and riding skills. The club advocates safe cycling practices and supports cycling-related initiatives. Sound Cyclists hosts the Bloomin Metric®, one of the northeast's premier cycling events.
MembershipThe club's aims have always been to offer well-organized rides, promote a general interest in cycling, provide a cycling-related social forum and encourage safe bicycling. Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club has been around since 1977 and since that time, the club has grown to become one of the largest cycling clubs in New England. We invite you to join us and ride with us, meet new people, get plenty of healthy exercise and have lots of fun.
To become a member of Sound Cyclists, go to the Become a Member page and register online. All members get access to the Members Only section of the club's Web site once they join. Joining online avoids a prolonged processing time for mail-in forms. There is also a $5.00 handling charge when using any mail-in form. what
SafetySound Cyclists promotes safe biking and starts each ride with a brief review of safe riding procedures. All cyclists are required to wear ANSI- , SNELL- or CPSC- approved helmets during any club ride.
When you arrive at the advertised meeting place, the ride leader has all participants register by filling out a sign-in waiver form with their name (printed and signed), cell phone number, emergency contact phone number, and license plate number. The leader distributes a cue sheet, which describes the turns in the route, and may also provide a route map if one is available. Before leaving the starting place, the leader discusses safety, which includes reminding people to obey traffic laws and the use of hand signals and vocal warnings. You can read about what is expected of all our riders in regard to safety by reviewing the Road and Trail Rules
Rides usually meet in commuter parking lots off the Merritt Parkway or I-95 and at other convenient locations, such as schools. The routes are a closed loop, returning to the starting point. Longer rides include a stop where food can be purchased, while shorter rides generally include a break for snacks and may be followed by lunch.
Types of Rides
The most popular off-road areas in Fairfield County are the Pequonnock Valley in Trumbull, highlighted by a former railroad bed now converted to a multi-use trail, Huntington State Park in Redding, which has wide trails across varying terrain, and the Mianus River Gorge in Stamford, which offers challenging single-track.
Other popular mountain biking destinations include Macedonia State Park in Kent, the reservoir trails in West Hartford, and Minnewaska State Park Preserve, outside New Paltz, New York.
Ride Scheduling System
of all abilities are sure to find a pace and a route
to suit their tastes. Rides are posted on the system and include the
ride name, distance, pace, and terrain. During the height of the cycling
season, the club offers weekend rides
for almost every ability level. Generally, the faster a ride travels,
the further it goes, and the more challenging the terrain.|
A typical weekend ride might include any of the following: a 50-mile hilly ride at an A or B pace, a 40-mile rolling, hilly ride at a C+ or C pace, a 20-mile flat to rolling ride at a D-pace or a 10- to 15-mile flat ride at an E-pace. Descriptions for all type rides can be found on the Pace & Terrain page. Some weekends may also include a mountain bike ride, which can vary in difficulty from narrow single-track to flat, wide rail trails.
From May to September, evening rides are general scheduled Monday through Friday evenings, usually taking place after work where people have an opportunity to relax and unwind as they ride at either a brisk pace or a casual pace. Some rides offer a mix of options where they choose to improve their conditioning, while others ride at a more relaxed pace.
CommunicationsThe club has a number of ways in which it communicates to its members and the public at-large. Each serves a specific purpose: Website, Ride News, email, and Facebook.
WebsiteThe Web site has two areas: general and member-only. The general area has information on the club, online registrations, special events and news, safety information, how riders are categorized, and much more. We invite you to look around the site to learn more.
The Member Login area is set aside for members only. Access to this area requires a user name and password. The log-in information is member created when you apply for membership. The Members Only area is where the Ride Scheduling System is located, along with other member-specific documents. Contact Web Support if you have any difficulties accessing the members only section of the web site.
Members may post messages and articles of cycling related topics that they want to share with other members. Examples are items of local news about cycling or cyclists, or regional rides. Members are encouraged to use this medium to join up with other members on non-club rides, or request information about club or other rides. Members should not use this medium for solicitations of any kind. The page is monitored and should not be used for inappropriate communications. Members who abuse the use of this page may lose their entitlement to post to this page.
Picnics, Weekends, and Special Events
The club sponsors weekend trips to scenic regions in surrounding states. Club members may also join together to complete "century" rides of 100 miles offered by other clubs. Particular favorites are The Flattest Century in the East, starting from Tiverton, R.I. and run by the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen, the Tri-State Seacoast Century, starting from Hampton Beach, N.H., run by the Granite State Wheelmen, and the Golden Apple Century, hosted by the Westchester Cycling Club.
Other favorites among Sound Cyclists are special events in which a bicycle trip is combined with another attraction. Popular special club events include the Shelter Island ride, Block Island ride and the weekly concerts at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport.
The Bloomin' Metric offers cyclists a choice of a 15-mile, 25-mile, 75-kilometer and 100-kilometer route. For an entry fee, riders receive a map and cue sheet, follow a route marked by arrows, and stop for cookies, fresh fruit, and gourmet PBJ sandwiches at food stops, where they can also drink water and energy beverages.
Routes are patrolled by "sag wagons," driven by experienced cyclists who can offer assistance with mechanical difficulty or give a ride to a tired cyclist.
The Bloomin' Metric takes place during the height of the dogwood and azalea blooming season in the spring. This is where the event's name was derived. It leads riders along the shorelines and beaches and through the tree-lined watersheds of Fairfield County. A portion of the proceeds are usually donated to a charity.
Annual Meeting / Volunteer Appreciation
|The club sponsors two events to thank the volunteers who make the club possible. The Ride Leader Appreciation Dinner usually takes place in February or March and thanks all the members who lead or sweep rides during the year. The Volunteer Appreciation Party usually takes place in June and honors the efforts of all volunteers, particularly those who run the Bloomin' Metric and members involved with the day-to-day running of the club.|
VolunteersThe club depends on volunteer members to plan and run all events. These tasks range from the scheduling and leading of rides, organizing the Bloomin' Metric or helping out at club picnics. We encourage all members to volunteer, which is also an ideal way to make friends.
AffiliationsSound Cyclists is affiliated with the League of American Bicyclists, the largest and oldest national bicycling organization in the United States. The league was established to protect the rights and interests of bicyclists and to serve as a nationwide network of affiliated bicycle clubs. Contact the league at www.bikeleague.org
Sound Cyclists is also a member of the Connecticut Bicycle Coalition, a statewide bicycling advocacy organization involved in public education, legislation, and the promotion of the sport of cycling within Connecticut.
The SCBC By-Laws