Wednesday Night Rides are BAAAACK! Join us!
TAT usually has a group who ride one of a few routes from the Oktoberfest / Jackson Ave lot on Wednesday evenings during Daylight Savings Time. (This is where the Tulsa WNR phenomenon leaves from). We are mostly intermediate level riders, averaging maybe 15-17 mph. We welcome new riders to join in. We clip-in usually at 6 pm. We park along the green fence in the Oktoberfest lot, fairly close to Jackson Ave.
If you are new to riding, "clip-in" means the time we roll out on our bikes. So plan to get to the lot maybe 15 minutes before clip-in to get ready. We kinda stick together. If we know someone needs extra TLC we will try to make that happen.
(this is not the Tri Camp WNR)
Some requests to make TAT's WNR successful for all (in no particular order):
- Know the routes. Learn them by riding with us, but then go back and study a map to be sure you can get around if you end up alone. We will try to not drop anyone, but it is still a good idea for you to be self-sufficient out there by knowing your own way home.
- If you are faster than the group and choose to ride ahead, more power to ya! But be sure to let someone else in the group know what is going on. Likewise, if you choose to fall back and ride apart from the main group, try to let us know.
- If you have only been on the trails and not the open roads, let us know, so we can give you a quick orientation to some of the more common "share the road" rules.
- Be courteous to cars, even if the temptation to give the one-finger salute if strong. Each bicyclist out there riding properly and politely reflects on us all. Likewise, one uninformed, or rude bicyclist will counteract 99 other nice bicyclists. Be familiar with share the roads rules.
- Be able to change your own flat, and have YOUR own stuff to do it. We can assist, certainly, and we virtually always all stop while a flat gets changed, but changing your own flat is a mark of a proficient, self-sufficient bicyclist. If you have a flat, or other mechanical, holler out so we know you're stopping.
- We don't mind tri bikes at all, but use common sense. No aero position in a tight peloton, or in heavy traffic. Hold your line, be aware of your surroundings. If you're new to riding down on the aerobars, practice some on your own beforehand.
- If we use the trails for part of our ride, BE POLITE, slow down around other trail users, and yield to walkers, runners, skaters, kids, dogs, etc etc. We do not own the trails. Call out "on your left" if approaching and passing a person on foot. When in doubt SLOW DOWN.
- You don't have to yell "car up" or "car back" since most of us can hear or see the car ourselves. In a similar vein, try not to call "clear" at an intersection. Each rider should choose for himself if indeed the intersection is clear to cross. HOWEVER, if you see someone about to cross into an oncoming vehicle or other bicyclist, it's probably a good idea to yell out CAR RIGHT etc., ... if you see that someone ahead of you is indeed unaware of a car back and at risk, holler out car back.
- Three-abreast is a no-no but sometimes happens, but be mindful that it is unlawful and irritating to motorists. Single file is sometimes prudent, even though not mandatory. Two-abreast is allowed, but not always prudent. Stopping at stop signs is the right thing to do. Especially in Sand Springs.