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May is bike month

Memorial Day is over, summer is here. Webster Bicycling Club has started up for the season as well. We are a very loosely (if even that) structured group with no membership fees and no expectations. We just like to ride.

Things have changed a little bit from previous years, in that we will most likely not have potluck meals at member homes after our rides. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same routine.

The plan is to meet at the fish-shaped bike rack on the south side of the Reporter & Farmer at 6 p.m. every Tuesday. We will ride our usual route, approximately six miles around the perimeter of town. We all ride at various speeds, but the club ride is a social group, not a race. After the ride anyone who feels comfortable will get together at one of our local eateries.

We tend to be a nonjudgmental group. We know we should wear helmets, not all of us do. As for masks, they are optional, at least for now. On our preliminary ride last week some wore them, others didn’t. Some ate together afterwards, others went home. And it’s all good. My guess is not all of us agree on religion and politics either, but that’s not what we talk about anyway. It’s about feeling like a kid again, riding a bike.

What you ride doesn’t matter either. We have people on everything from high end racing bikes to e-bikes to the random bikes that have been in the garage for years. The first year we had a club we even had one member who put together bits and pieces, creating his own unique bikes. Between the different members of the club we can come up with an air pump and chain oil for anyone who needs it, at the very least.

If you have ever thought about it, there is no time like the present. Until you ride with us you don’t know what you’re missing. That being said, bike night is probably not for everyone. And again, no judgment. If you ride a time or two then never show up again, that’s alright too. We would like to grow a little bit and keep raising awareness of biking in our neighborhoods. But we mostly just enjoy each other’s company.

See you Tuesday at 6 at the fish.

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