London Cycling Club

London Cycling Club FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Must I wear a helmet?

Yes you must wear a helmet on all club rides.

If I have CCA insurance with another club do I have to pay insurance again to join the LCC?

No. As long as you have a valid CCA insurance you can ride with the LCC without paying for insurance twice.

Can I ride with tri bars?

No. Tri-bars are considered unsafe in a group ride and you will be asked to remove them before you can join a Club ride.

Do I need a bell on my bike?

Yes, The Ontario Highway Traffic Act 75 (5) states, Bell – a bike must have a bell or horn in good working order. Set fine: $85.00

Can I buy a trial membership?

No. Minimum membership is 1 year (but we are a great fun club so you will be ok).

Do I need lights on my bike?

The Ontario Highway Traffic Act 62(17) – Lights – a bike must have a white front light and a red rear light or reflector if you ride between ½ hour before sunset and
½ hour after sunrise and white reflective tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on rear forks. Set fine: $20.00

Can I listen to music with headphones on while riding?

No. Riding in a group requires that everyone is alert and focused on other riders around them so for safety reasons no headphones please.

If I don't like riding and quit do I get my money refunded?

No we do not offer refunds.

What kind of bike do I need?

Most of our members ride road bikes, as all of our routes are on paved surfaces. A few members use hybrid bikes, however if you
plan to do the longer, faster rides, you will probably want a road bike.

What does our OCA insurance cover?

See the information provided by the OCA’s insurance carrier (attached for your convenience)

Do I need to carry a first aid kit or is there a designated rider that carries these supplies in each group?

The London Cycling Club does not have a designated rider and we advise that you bring your own kit.
Most of your injuries are going to be scrapes and bruises. It is suggested to carry the following:
band-aids, small gauze pads (2”x 2”), waterproof tape, anti-biotic ointment, anti-itch cream, and some sunblock.
See this kit for other ideas or purchase this self-contained unit. http://www.amazon.ca/Brave-Soldier-Crash-Paks-First/dp/B001E8T896

I provided my emergency contact information when I joined the club, in case of an emergency will the LCC call for me?

It is true we have your contact information but while cycling we do not have access to the membership list and to carry this paperwork for over 100 members is not possible.
We suggest and recommend that you carry your emergency information on your person or on your bike.
Another alternative is to wear a bracelet wrist or anklet. https://www.roadid.com/Common/Catalog.aspx?C=RoadID

How fit do I need to be?

You need to be able to ride at least 45 km at an average pace of approximately 20 km/hour at a minimum for the short rides. With practice and regular cycling, your
fitness will increase and you can join longer rides if you wish to.

Do I need to wear a helmet?

Yes, unless you want your brains turned to mush if you fall.... A helmet is REQUIRED for ALL rides. There are no exceptions.

What is the age range in the club?

Approximately 18 – 80!! Some of the oldest members are still some of the strongest members, so age is not a limitation in any way...

How often should I check my tyre pressures?

Tire pressure should be checked and topped to the recommended pressure before each ride. Even on multiple days in a row. A typical racing tire at 120 psi can lose
5 psi over 100 + km, more if the roads are unusually bumpy. Air temperature and surface temperature plays a role in tire deflation. The hotter it is the more the tire deflates.

What is the purpose of the pace line?

By riding in a pace line we get an aero advantage up to 33%. ie the riders at the front shield following riders from the wind making it 33% easier at the back of the pace line.

Do you take breaks during the ride?

Yes we do. We take a break around halfway through the ride, typically at a restaurant or café, though sometimes we simply stop at a variety store. Sometimes there may be a community event on our route and we try to support those events by stopping there. Breaks are usually kept to 20-30 minutes in length, which is ample time to eat
something, refill water bottles, and use the restrooms, as well as socialize with fellow riders. If you wish to shorten the break, either to ride with an earlier arriving group
or to ride alone, please notify your group leader of this.

Are recumbent bikes permitted?

Yes.

What gear should I use on a magnetic hill?

Answer reverse gear.

Can I bring a guest on a ride?

Yes as long as your guest can prove that they have OCA insurance they may join the ride, otherwise no.

Can members sell bikes/parts/clothing to other members?

Yes using the LCC Facebook page (Members Only).


For more info or advice on any LCC or cycling issue please contact us at:-

londoncyclingclubinfo@gmail.com