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Western Jersey Wheelmen Membership

Benefits of Membership:

Cyclists benefit from club membership by riding with experienced cyclist and learning among other things:  new bike routes, cycling safety, cycling skills/techniques, on road repairs, at home bike maintenance, cycling nutrition/hydration, cold weather riding, and first aid.

The $20 membership dues is a family membership.  Members receive discounts at local bike shops that sponsor the club (click here for links), we have a free Ride-a-Palooza Summer Social as well as a Winter Dinner at a greatly reduced price.  There are also special rides and events during the year that include an adult beverage or two for our members.  The club organizes two centuries rides at no charge for members (the Flateau Century in July and the Hunterdon Hundred is in early October).  On top of all this, there are weekly rides at various distances, and paces to meet everyone's needs.  What a deal!


 

Expectations of Members:

Members are encouraged to participate in rides and events, to lead rides and coordinate events and to encourage fellow members to be more active in the club.

Ride leaders and club members are expected to make sure that club rides, whether they are social, recreational, training or endurance rides, are the pace and level as advertised, and that riders enjoy the ride and are encouraged to return. 

Members are expected to choose the correct club ride for their ability and goals.

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Club Events

Club Rides
  • "Round the Valley" Variant

    This is a slight variation of an area classic.  This ride starts at Pickel Park, Whitehouse, past Round Valley State Park, the Stanton General Store, to White Oak Park, Branchburg and back to Pickell Park.  There are some hills.  27.6 miles.  Pickell Park Round the Valley

  • "Oldwick Old School"

    Oldwick to Tewksbury, Califon to High Bridge.  Low traffic route, five big climbs. 3500 feet of ascent. 30 miles  http://ridewithgps.com/trips/1383219

all club rides

Autumn Riding

 

Cold.

The temperature is finally dropping, and that means cold hands; time to dig out gloves. You know yourself and what you need to protect; perhaps it is your ears or your toes; think about some earmuffs, skullcap or thicker socks. Think layers. You may start off at one temperature and finish at another!


Dark. The sun is coming up later and setting a lot earlier now visibility is not as good as it was a few weeks ago.Time to make sure that lights work, have fresh batteries, and are not obstructed by dirt. Check with your local bike shop to find out what you need; also consider adding additional reflective tape to surfaces on your bike.

Speaking of reflective, you also need reflective and fluorescent clothing: just wearing white or light colored clothes will not cut it, especially in autumn when the light is flatter. The fluorescence will pick up existing ambient light, and reflective strips will make you visible in car headlights. You can get bike-specific reflective/fluorescent clothing and enjoy wind-breaker and rain shielding properties, or grab a general hi-viz vest.

Weather. Autumn equals unpredictable. Keep an eye on the forecast for swings in temperature and the possibility of storms. They say there is no bad weather–only bad clothing. Best advice? A little preparation goes a long way!

Road Conditions. Falling leaves are beautiful and who isn’t drawn to a pile of leaves? But before you pedal through that pile, be aware that there could be a surprise under it–a pothole, a stick, an old tire, etc. Leaves also reduce your traction so be careful when cornering on a leaf-strewn road or path.

Be safe and be seen!

 

 


Member Comments

 

Diana Davis:

I LOVE riding in Hunterdon County! The plateau in Kingwood to the rolling hills in Readington. Sometimes a challenge, but always beautiful scenery!

Kurt Grabfelder:

I appreciate being a club member because it makes it much easier to get riders together for a group ride.  Riding with a group is safer and, I think, it brings out the best effort in you.  I like associating with like minded people who are interested in biking, fitness and nutrition.

The Western Jersey Wheelmen.

The Western Jersey Wheelmen is a year-round recreational bicycle club, sponsoring road and off road rides throughout the year and catering to all ability levels. Social events and special rides bring us together periodically throughout the year.


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