- Location: Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA
- Ride Type: Mixed Terrain Ride
- Date & Time: Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2017 at 8:30am
- Distance: ~16-18 miles
- Pace: Moderate, we'll stay warm at this pace without working too hard
- RSC Cafe Open Hours on Thanksgiving: 7:30am - 9:00am
- Price: Free
Details: The Thanksgiving morning mixed-terrain ride takes cyclists all over Lexington and beyond. We can almost guarantee you’ll be introduced to a few trails you haven’t ridden. The ride takes paved roads to trails, dirt roads, grassy areas, and other places off the beaten path.
The ride departs at 8:30 am and returns by 10:00 am; we ride based on time rather than distance. We have a designated RSC Employee leading the ride and pointing out turns. We don’t have a sweep rider for this ride so only participate if you’re confident in your skill level and fitness.
Route: The route is available to attendees on the morning of the ride. The weather and trail conditions dictate the route. We do not ride on soft trails ever; we have rain trail-friendly routes prepared.
Estimated time: ~2 hours
Ride Notes: The pace is a moderate 8-9mph on the trails, ~16mph on the back roads. Another way to say this is that it is difficult to hold a conversation. We ride together.
Last Minute Information: Watch Ride Studio Cafe's Twitter feed for last-minute updates, weather cancellations or other changes.
Contact Information: Email - firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone - (339) 970-0187
Riding Rules, What to Bring, How Our Rides are Different: All riders are required to read and are expected to abide by These Rules.
Waiver: RSC requires a signed waiver before your first ride. Please fill it out online prior to your first ride.
How do we decide if we’re having this mixed-terrain ride on Thanksgiving?
Thunder storms: If there’s a 33% or greater chance of a thunder storm 30 minutes before the ride start, we don’t ride. It is not safe to get caught out in a thunder storm.
Rain or sleet: There are a few variants of this. We don’t ride sensitive trails when they’re wet; this can cause damage that’s not repairable. Fortunately, we have some rain friendly routes that don’t damage sensitive trails.
- If it’s raining 30 minutes before the start of the ride, we'll cancel the ride. If it’s only threatening to rain, we ride.
- If it’s misting or drizzling 30 minutes before the ride, with less than 50% chance of rain in the coming hour, we ride.
- If it’s been raining a lot for a couple days, but not raining on Thanksgiving morning, we ride. Our rain friendly routes avoid sensitive trails. Of course, every few years there’s such a bad storm that we won’t ride; we take the force majeure very seriously.
- Snowing: We ride; it is so much fun to ride during a snow storm.
- Snow on the ground: We ride. It doesn’t matter if there’s 1 inch or four feet, we ride. We recommend studded tires or fat bikes for these kinds of conditions. The only exclusion to snow riding is when there is a state of emergency and we’ve been asked to stay off the road.
- Icy conditions: We ride. For this you have to have studded tires in order to ride with us.
- Cold: It doesn’t matter what the temperature is, we ride. The coldest ride started at 5 degrees. It was a blast!
- Ride leader: RSC employees will be leading this ride.
The proper bike for this ride includes the following:
- 32c knobby tires minimum. Wider tires are nice, too. Tire choice depends on your riding skill set.
- Clipless pedals and shoes. These are important elements of bike control. If you ride with platform pedals you’re likely to be over your head in some of the more technical parts of the ride.
- A bike that’s in safe working order. We don’t stop for preventable mechanical issues.
- Higher tire pressure than you’d ride on a cyclocross ride. We recommend about 80% to 90% of maximum rated tire pressure, for two reasons:
- First, we want to minimize flats on the ride; waiting for someone to change flats is not why we ride. We typically see zero flats on our ride. One of the primary reasons for this is due to higher than average tire pressure.
- Second, on average, about 50% of the ride is on pavement; having slightly higher pressure makes the road sections go by faster.
Come by at least 15-minutes early so you can make any last minute bike adjustments or fuel up on something in the Cafe. Ride Studio Cafe is open from 7:30am - 9:00am on Thanksgiving, November 23, 2017.