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2021 - New Year's Resolution - Get Out and Ride Now!

Greg, one of our stalwart members, rides all year long.  His motto is "I ride pretty much anywhere that I would ride in the warm months…just not as far!"  Click here for his advice on riding in the winter.        

                                                                                          

HBC Book Club

Current Read

Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle, by Dervla Murphy (about a woman who sets off with a bike and a small revolver to India in 1963 and she does use the gun a few times)

When it is too cold or snowy for you to bike, checkout our Winter Walker program by emailing: 

membership@hbcmail.org


Note: All Rides Posted on the Ride Calendar are Self Paced Solo Rides until Further Notice

Self Paced Rides are Here

Some bicycling clubs have simply stopped offering rides for the season. HBC feels otherwise. HBC is offering Self-Paced Rides. Self-Paced Rides are HBC Rides that you will do either by yourself, household members, and invited others.  You may complete the ride anytime within a week after it is posted.  

Ride Calendar

The HBC Board of Directors Elects Officers

    A Word from our New President - Shelli Hesselroth

    The Board of Directors met on Monday, December 7th. I’m pleased to be the new President of the Board of this awesome bike club.  I’m in good company.  Alan Wichman will serve as Vice President, Ron Jensen  continues as Treasurer, and Hoang Pham  will be Secretary. I’m grateful  that our past President, Lisa Soldat stepped up and offered to stay on with us this year. Her continued guidance and example is invaluable. We are also very fortunate to have Jean Mangan and Ellen Guerin as our other Board members. We are all looking forward to working together, as we move beyond COVID, reunite the members, and ride safely together in 2021.

    Regards, Shelli

Be Safe and Be Happy - HBC's Goal for 2021

"21" Ways to Be Safe and Happy in 2021

1. Wear a mask when in public.

2. Maintain Social Distances, even outside.

3. Wash your hands and sanitize.

4. Call one of your HBC buddies.

5. Go on an HBC Winter Walk.

6. Get your bike tuned up.

7. Volunteer for something virtual - HBC can use help on Events or its Website.

8. Check your brakes before each bike ride.

9. Check your bike chain every couple of months.

10. Clean and oil your bike chain every other ride.

11. Make sure your front fork does not have any play in it.

12. Make sure tires are not too worn down.

13. Be seen, get a highly visible flashing rear light and a front one too.

14. Mentor a new rider/member giving them safety tips and a warm welcome.

15. Wear bright clothing - like your HBC Jersey.

16. Protect yourself from the sun - use sunscreen and sun-protective clothing.

17. Read a good book about a bike trip.

18. Plan your own multi-day bike adventure with a friend or a group. 

19. Invite someone new to come on an HBC ride. 

20. Practice changing your own flats if you've been relying on others to do it for you. 

21. Buy a new bike - You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bike and that’s pretty close!


When we start group riding again, check out this out:

A special invitation for those of you who are not ready for our Club's moderate to fast rides

Join us on our relaxed rides.  Bring a bike a helmet and a bike in good working order to get started in group riding.  No one gets dropped and many of our relaxed riders make good friends on these rides and often get conditioned to join our moderate rides.  Let's ride together and have fun.



About the Club

Hiawatha Bicycling Club (HBC) is a recreational riding club. Our core value is providing friendly rides and opportunities to create lasting friendships. Our ride leaders and volunteers create this inclusive environment by:

  • Welcoming new and existing members at each ride
      • Introductions at start of each ride
      • Often a meal or a tasty treat during or after the ride
      • A monthly all club Birthday Bash with food, wine and birthday cake
  • Emphasizing rider safety
  • Offering several weekly rides across the metro area:
    • Appealing to a wide variety of rider abilities
    • Exploring close to home or expanding out to the 11 county metropolitan area
    • Providing opportunities for multi-day riding near and far
  • Educating members and the community on bike related topics through our Smart Cycling series

Rides are open to all - non members welcome







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