Where do you live? Here in Chicago, I ride a lot with the Chicago Cycling Club. We too have what we call 'social rides' in which no rider is left behind. I've led a few of these over the years and there is almost always somebody who is new to the sport. Do a google search for clubs in your area.
where I live there is a very informal group that meets every monday wednesday and friday. they love newbies. some of the cyclist ride fast, but at any stop sign the group will stop and wait for everyone to catch up. no one is ever left behind and an experienced rider (or two) is always looking out for the slower/newbies in the group.
I hope you can find such a group in your town.
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Talk to the group leader, or see if they have codes. For example my club has a ranking system, and you would look to start at 1LM rides. like http://www.actc.org/schedule/notes.php
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Most groups will have some no-drop rides and they are a great place to start.
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Any group worth belonging to will have a group dedicated to developing new riders. Please check into your local groups with a google search - just needs to be name of your city and cycling club. That should yield something. Another source is meetup.com, look for them you your area, they usually have cycling groups made up from riders that aren't that thrilled with what the local bike clubs offer. Yet another one is TeamWILD, wheather diabetic or not, it's a great insipariational group.
Again...congrats on that choice and good luck at getting through it all.
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I live in St.Louis and we have what we call no drop rides that is a great place to start.
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Of course you can and should. Most groups are happy to have new riders. The local group here specifically has beginner rides, as well as posting what speed a planned ride is going to be so we can know before hand if we are ready.
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I am by no means an excellent cyclist or think I would be able to keep up. lol I really want to get more into it and was thinking about tagging along a group ride. Can you do that? Would it be pointless? Do they have any beginner rides?
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