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Frequently Asked Questions
How experienced of a cyclist do I need to be?
BCETS can benefit a wide range of cyclists, from those who are relatively new to the sport, to experienced veterans. However, this might not be the best program for someone who has no cycling experience. If you are unsure, you can send a note to
What kind of shape do I need to be in at the start of BCETS?
You should be in reasonable shape by the first weekend in March by engaging in activities such as indoor cycling, cross country skiing or running during the winter months. It is definitely beneficial if you ride indoors prior to the start of BCETS.
What kind of gearing do I need on my bike?
BCETS participants generally have a minimum of a 27- or 28-tooth rear cassette. Many have a 30- or 32-tooth. A compact crank in the front is also helpful (or a triple chain ring).
Are e-bikes allowed on BCETS rides?
No, sorry, we do not allow e-bikes on the training rides.
What if I miss a few rides?
Don't worry if you have to miss a few rides. We all have lives outside of cycling, however we do encourage you to get out for each ride!
If I know that I’m going to miss a few rides, can I get a discount on the registration fee?
No, sorry. We do not offer partial or prorated registration fees.
Do we ride if the weather is less than ideal?
Yes! One of the benefits of BCETS is learning to ride in different kinds of weather. We start when it’s still cold, and we end up riding in weather than may reach the 90s. Safety always comes first though. We don’t ride when the road conditions are dangerous (ice or snow) and we may cancel rides due to extreme weather events such as high winds or thunderstorms.
Do I need special cold weather gear?
The temperature can be cold for the first few rides. You should at a minimum have warm booties, warm gloves/mittens, proper head gear, and a good cold weather jacket. Additional information on cold weather riding will be provided to BCETS participants.
Do you provide sag support and have dedicated water stops?
We do not provide sag support. We do not provide water out on the routes, however the rides are designed to go past parks with water foundations and convenience stores so you can refill water bottles and refuel if needed.
What kind of maps do you provide?
We email maps and cue sheets to all participants prior to each ride.
for a sample. We also provide
Ride with GPS
routes for GPS devices.
Do I need to be a member of Bombay Bicycle Club in order to participate in BCETS?
Yes, but it's easy to sign up as a member for just $35!.
to go to the online membership form.
Are minors allowed to participate in BCETS?
Individuals must be 18 years of age or older.
What if I have more questions?
You can attend the orientation meeting in February, or you can contact BCETS at