Rides

Upcoming Rides | Monday, August 8th, 2022

Helmets are required. This is your warning to get one if you do not already. I’m a strong believer that everyone should be wearing one and people should not be putting others in a situation where they need to see your helmetless head hit the pavement.

We meet at Orton Park on Monday nights and roll out at 6pm sharp. This is the ride that leaves on time. Get there 10-15 minutes early to socialize and hear PSA announcements. We discuss the route, safety, plans for after the ride, and whatever else y’all might need to hear. This is a huge group so we need to be safe while riding together.

  • Wear a helmet, this is now required for rides. You only get one brain, protect it. The pavement is hard AF and we don’t want people to get hurt or put others in a position where they need to see your head after it hits the pavement. You will not be able to ride with us if you do not have a helmet.
  • Monday, August 8th we’ll ride the beloved McFarland 18 route as most people know this one by now and it gets us out of Madison. The boardwalk is always fun to ride on as well in McFarland.
  • Post rides hangs at the Olbrich Biergarten so bring an ID if you plan on coming to that.
  • This route is a mix of bike paths and roads so please be aware of our surroundings and respectful of others on foot, on bikes, and in cars.
  • Party pacing with an average of 12-14mph. There is no sweeper on the ride so know where you are going if you want to ride slower.
  • Roads are dirty AF still so be careful of glass and debris on the road. Call it out if there is something in the way.
  • Bring lights, just in case you are out longer than anticipated. Front and rear lights are your friends.
  • Bring a flat kit in case you get in a pickle and need to fix your bike. You are responsible for yourself. Know what you need for your bike.
  • Make sure your tires have proper tire pressure and your chains are cleaned and lubed. This is regular stuff people should be doing with their bikes.
  • Again, you are responsible for yourself. Know the route and where you are going in case you get separated or break down. Be prepared.
  • Wear whatever you feel like wearing but dress for the weather and wear a helmet.
  • Ride your ride. If people are going too fast or too slow for you, totally okay. Ride your speed, cut out if you want to. Do what you are comfortable with. It’s your ride, enjoy it the way that you want to. Just don’t be a jerk.

Upcoming Events

Tentatively what is planned for 2022 in addition to teaming up with some other shops and bike clubs for some rad bike rides and events. More info to come as we approach events.

Guidelines

  • You are responsible for yourself.
  • Be prepared. Know the route and be prepared if your bike breaks. Carry what you would need to fix a flat on your bike.
  • Show up with air in your tires. It’s a good practice to check your tire pressure at least once a week.
  • Wear a helmet. You only get one brain and hitting the pavement with your head is not good.
  • No mansplaining. No one enjoys unsolicited advice. If people want your advice they will ask for it. Unless it is an absolute safety concern, bite your tongue and keep your opinions to yourself.
  • Feel free to break from the group if you need to. Ride your ride and do what’s enjoyable for you.
  • Be vocal. Let other riders know what’s coming. Call out when riders or cars are approaching, if you are slowing, or stopping. Rider up, rider back, car back, car up, car left, car right, slowing, stopping, potholes, debris in the way, etc.

No douchebags please, this isn’t a race and dumb shit won’t be tolerated. Also, again, there is no mansplaining and that nonsense will be called out. We want to encourage people to ride, not scare them away with insecurities. No harassing other riders and if you make other people uncomfortable I reserve the right to tell you to get bent and leave. Please ride safely and be respectful of pedestrians and drivers.

Faster riders are free to move on and ride at their own pace, we don’t need to stick to a group. We do not ride recklessly, blow through stop signs, or red lights. We are not in a race and we are not KOM hunting. Save that shit for when you are riding on your own if that’s what you’re into.

Rolling up State St on April 18, 2021. Pic by Connor Polydoroff @c_poly

Routes

Here is a collection of some of the more common routes we ride.

You do not need to ride with anyone in order to make your Monday 40 a success. Getting outside on a Monday is all that it takes. Forty miles not required, heck not even a bike is required. Just get out and get moving. We encourage you to get out for some miles and find some peace in your day. There will be a loosely organized ride each Monday with the last Monday of the month being our FTWN-B (femme, trans, women, and non-binary) only ride.

Feel free to do your own thing as we all understand that life has other commitments and priorities and perhaps you’re not even located in Madison. Pick your activity, your route, get moving, find your peace, take pictures, post on Strava, post on the Gram, and tag @monday_40. We want to see and share your success.

Items to bring:

  • A functioning bike
  • Helmet
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Lights (tail and headlight)
  • Flat repair kit (spare tube, tire levers, CO2 or pump)
  • Good vibes
  • ID and money if you want food and drinks after the ride

*Ride at your own risk. Please be cautious and respectful of your fellow riders, pedestrians, and drivers. By attending the Monday 40 you take responsibility for yourself and can’t blame anyone for the outcome of your ride.

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