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Bicycling

Welcome to the AMC Berkshire Chapter Bicycling Committee!

Your connection to recreational group bicycling on the roads and byways of the bucolic Pioneer Valley and Berkshires

Bicycling Committee Co-Chairs: Brant Cheikes & Janine Papesh, email bicycling@amcberkshire.org

Why ride with us? We are experienced cyclists who enjoy social, recreational rides in the range of 20-50 miles, speeds averaging between 10-14 mph, with rest stops and optional post-ride socials. We keep the group moving, but we're not racers. All our trip leaders are volunteers, trained by the AMC in group management, and trained by the Bicycling Committee leaders to have the skills needed to plan and run safe, enjoyable group bicycling trips.

GET ON OUR EMAIL LIST: Click here and follow the instructions under "Subscribing to Amcbkriders" to self-subscribe to our e-mail announcements list!

SALES AND SERVICE PARTNERS: Click here to see our list of bicycle sales and service partners.

TIPS FOR SAFE AND ENJOYABLE CYCLING: Click here for some advice and recommendations for recreational outdoor cycling.

AMC Group Ride Policies

  • All AMC rides require advance registration. We pre-screen all riders to ensure comfort and safety.
  • You must have a bicycle in good working order. Road, touring, or hybrid  bikes are accceptable. Mountain bikes are not permitted.
  • You must wear a properly-fitting bicycle helmet at all times while riding.
  • You must carry an adequate supply of water with you (one or two water bottles is typical).
  • At a minimum you must have a spare tube that fits your tires. It is strongly recommended that you carry a full fix-flat kit that includes tire levers, a patch kit, and a portable air pump or CO2 inflator.

Partnership with Northampton Cycling Club

We have joined forces with the Northampton Cycling Club (NCC) to cross-advertise each other's rides, to help promote cycling in the Pioneer Valley and enhance the ability of AMC and NCC members to find the right group rides at the right speeds.

In that spirit, Northampton Cycling Club welcomes AMC members to participate in any of their rides. All NCC rides are posted on the NCC club calendar. When joining an NCC ride, AMC guests will be required to sign the NCC liability release form. Note that NCC policy allows two free rides for all guests. After that, guests are expected to become members of the NCC.

While AMC members are welcome on any NCC ride, the best match in terms of ride style and pace to the (typically weekend) recreational group rides led by AMC Berkshire Chapter leaders is the NCC Delta Ride. NCC Delta Rides are approximately 15-mile rides that start and end at Sheldon Field in Northampton and average about 12 to 14 mph. These rides are led by some of the NCC's most experienced and supportive riders. The NCC Delta Ride series begins on May 13th.

2019 AMC Ride Calendar

Below is the current calendar of upcoming AMC rides for the 2019 bicycling season. Details will be added as dates get closer. Official trip listings will always appear here.

July

  • 28 (Sun) – Williamsburg-Ashfield

August

  • 3-4 – no rides scheduled
  • 10-11 – no rides scheduled
  • 18 (Sun) Williamsburg-Ashfield loop (extended distance)
    • Leaders: Silvia Scott & Brant Cheikes
    • Official ride listing not yet posted
  • 24 (Sat) – Cycling the Berkshires: Tyringham Valley
  • 31 – no ride scheduled

September

  • 7-8 – no rides scheduled
  • 22 (Sun) – A ramble in the Somers CT area
    • Leader: Silvia Scott
    • Official ride listing not yet posted

Page Steward: bicycling@amcberkshire.org

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Tips for Safe and Enjoyable Recreational Outdoor Cycling

Recreational cycling is a great way to have fun in the outdoors, while maintaining good health and fitness. Still, to enjoy the full benefits of outdoor riding, there are a few things you need to do before, during and after you ride.

Twelve cyclists enjoyed a spring warm-up ride together in the Pioneer Valley

AMC cyclists in front of Sunderland's Buttonball tree

Twelve AMC members, including three volunteer leaders, met in Hadley on a beautiful spring day to enjoy a recreational group ride in the Pioneer Valley.

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