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Bicycling Committee

We are experienced cyclists who enjoy social, recreational rides in the range of 15-50 miles at speeds averaging between 10-14 mph, with rest stops and optional post-ride socials. We keep the group moving, but we're not racers.
Three different classes of e-bikes
Classes of e-bikes.
Three different classes of e-bikes
Classes of e-bikes (click to enlarge).
All of our trip leaders are volunteers, trained by the AMC in group management, and by the Bicycling Committee leaders to have the skills necessary to plan and run safe, enjoyable group bicycling trips.

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 acceptable. Effective 03/2024, we now permit Class 1 & Class 3 pedal-assist bicycles (see diagram). Class 2 bikes that use throttles are not permitted. 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).
  • If you use tires with tubes, you must have a spare tube that fits your tires. It is recommended that you carry a full fix-flat kit regardless of tire type that may include items such as tire levers, tire plugs, a patch kit, and a portable air pump or CO2 inflator.
  • For rides of an hour or longer, we encourage you to bring a light snack with you. There may or may not be opportunities along the route to purchase drinks and snacks.
  • You do not have to be a member of the AMC to participate in our trips. (Though we do encourage membership! Join here!)

Introduction to Recreational Riding Series

In April through June of each riding season, we lead a series of bicycling activities specifically for people who are new to recreational outdoor group cycling. Each activity begins with a short training session. The session covers basic on-road rider safety, proper helmet fit, efficient pedaling and gear shifting techniques, and simple bike maintenance skills. After the training, we lead the group on a relatively short ride. Rides are under 15 miles in length and follow scenic rural roads which are mostly flat. The riding pace is relaxed (9-11 mph average), there are regular rest breaks, and the AMC-trained bike trip leaders always keep the group together.
All of our group ride policies (see above) apply on intro rides. This ride series is suitable for adults who are comfortable with being continuously active in the outdoors for 90 minutes. After the ride, participants have an opportunity to ask the leaders any questions they might have. The goal for the training is to build rider confidence, ensure riders can maintain their bicycles in good working order, and prepare them for more challenging rides later in the season.

Upcoming Activities

Click or tap on the Register links to learn more and/or register for activities.

Intro to Recreational Road Cycling

Location: Whately, MA
Date: 29‑Jun‑2024
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This activity is intended for people who are new to outdoor recreational group cycling. This trip will be 15 miles in length and mostly flat. The activity difficulty level as defined by AMC will be Relaxed. The pace will be comfortable (9-11 mph average), and we will keep the group together.
Before riding, we will present a group safety talk followed by basic instruction including a bike operation and helmet fit check, and a review of efficient pedaling and gear shifting techniques. This training will help build your confidence, ensure you can maintain your bicycle in good working order, and prepare you for more challenging rides later in the season.

Turners Falls - Northfield Bike Ride

Location: Turners Falls, MA
Date: 13‑Jul‑2024
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This is a moderately challenging ride starting in downtown Turners Falls. The ride is 24 miles in length over rolling terrain. Total elevation gain on the ride will be about 1300 feet. All roads are paved. When we reach Northfield (the northern most point on our route), we'll stop at Mim's Market and the Northfield Creamie for lunch. We'll return via beautiful rural roads before we descend back into Turners Falls.
The pace will be relaxed at 12-14 mph average, and we will keep the group together, regrouping at various points along the way.
You will be contacted once you register and asked to answer a few screening questions. You will need a road bike, hybrid bike, or pedal-assist e-bike in good working order, a helmet, snack, water, and tube or tubeless tire kit to fix a flat. Once confirmed, you will be sent an information sheet with the starting point along with all necessary additional guidance.

Sunderland-Leverett Loop

Location: Sunderland, MA
Date: 14‑Jul‑2024
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Join us for a delightful 31-mile loop from the Sunderland Public Library, exploring quiet paved roads in Sunderland, Leverett, Amherst and Hadley. The activity level will be relaxed, with a moderate pace of 11-13 mph average. Total elevation gain over the route is approximately 1100 feet (35 feet per mile). A few climbs will be steep but short. Highlights include plentiful farm views, views of Mount Toby, a swing through UMass Amherst campus passing by the UMass Sunwheel, and a lunch or snack stop at the North Hadley Sugar Shack.
We will keep the group together and regroup as needed along the way. There will be some automobile traffic on the roads, but in general the traffic will be light. Expect to be cycling for 2.5-3 hours.

Cycling the Berkshires: Great Barrington to Stockbridge

Location: Great Barrington, MA
Date: 20‑Jul‑2024
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If you've never experienced the Berkshires on a bicycle, it's about time you did! This challenging 38-mile ride takes place in the southwest corner of the Berkshires, starting in the bustling town of Great Barrington. We will cycle on quiet but hilly roads through Alford, West Stockbridge and Stockbridge, with 2600 feet of total elevation gain. The scenery is spectacular and well worth the sweat.
This ride is suitable for experienced riders who are comfortable on long rides with many climbs. We will sustain an average riding pace of 12-14 mph.

Tour of the Pioneer Valley Hamptons Bike Ride

Location: Easthampton, MA
Date: 27‑Jul‑2024
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Enjoy a 30-mile ride at a moderate pace (12-13 mph average) across all four of the Pioneer Valley Hamptons. Soon after we get started, you'll experience some enjoyable long and steady climbs with complimentary descents. However, most of this ride is on rolling terrain on quiet roads surrounded by farms and thick woods. We will stop for a break at Outlook Farm at about mile twenty-two. Our group will be kept together.
You will be contacted once you register and asked to answer a few screening questions. You will need a road bike, hybrid bike, or pedal-assist e-bike in good working order, a helmet, snack, water, and tube or tubeless tire kit to fix a flat. Once confirmed, you will be sent an information sheet with the starting point along with all necessary additional guidance.

Activity Schedule

All activities are subject to cancellation due to poor weather conditions. Check activities on outdoors.org for up-to-the-minute additions not yet shown here. Not all activities may be posted yet.
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