There are a number of ways to create an amazing personal biking experience. From using technology, choosing the perfect ride, and picking the right group of people to ride with. The last option is both the best and trickiest option because if you choose badly you may end up really unhappy with your riding experience.
Here are some tips to help you find the bike tribe that will elevate your bike experience, and improve your overall experience.
- Use Google-Different biking groups and bike interest groups have their own websites. Go to Google and type in the keywords that will hopefully bring up the types of groups that you’re interested in. Some examples would include: Dirt bike racers, road bike aficionados, bike groups for people of color, bike groups for parents of all stripes, and even by gender. If you’re in a smaller town this can be a bit tricky. But, if you live in a mid-sized town your should be able to connect with a number of groups using this type of search.
- Go To A Meetup-If you’re not familiar with Meetup.com today is your lucky day! Meetup.com was created in NYC after 9-11 as a way to create community. There are now thousands of groups all over the world. Each group has events scheduled each month. Meetups range from: dating, hiking, parent’s groups, business, fitness, happy hour, and of course-Bike riding! These groups tend to be a very non-threatening and supportive atmosphere to connect with new people in. If you’re a single person, or new to town this is one of the best ways to find “your tribe.”
- Social Media-Specifically Facebook. Facebook is a great way to find not only groups in your town, but with groups nationally/internationally. This is a great way to find like-minded people. In fact, many groups would probably have a Facebook page before having a website because they tend to be easier to manage and rider feedback is received pretty quickly.
- Create Your Own Tribe-Sometimes it’s fun to make your own tribe. You may have some friends and family who’ve been hoping to ride but were a little shy about riding by themselves? Once you’ve created your new tribe, there are a number of fun and inexpensive ways to create a cohesive group. Some ideas included: creating a themed t-shirt or even a motto that your group goes by.
- Find Bike Events-There are a number of great events that happen all year long. Events range from: cruiser rides, professional races, races that you can participate in, and fun events such as the Urban Assault Ride.
Finding a fun, supportive and safe bike tribe is one of the best ways to deepen your enjoyment of riding. Taking time to test out different groups, ask some questions, and of course go on some rides with your potential new tribe is a great way to meet new people and invest in the camaraderie that happens when you do fun activities with like minded people.