Welcome to the Greater Dallas Bicyclists
If you are a current member, you can log in using the Member Login link at the upper right to access additional features including weekly ride details on the GDB Forum. If you are not a member, we hope you'll consider joining us by going to the signup page.
Plano East Side Ride on August 16th
The GDB Board would like to highlight all the great GDB Rides by selecting a different Ride each month & encouraging all members to check it out. For the month of August we will be at the Plano East Side Ride. Saturday, Aug 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM please join us & try something new.
When: Saturday, Aug 16, 2014, 8:00 AM
Where: Near Plano Cycling and Fitness
661 Eighteenth Street
Description: Distance: 30-55 miles
Pace: 14-16 mph
Meet 661 18th Street, Plano.
Speed varies depending on skill of the riders. Multiple groups, frequently two doing different distances.
Optional lunch following ride.
Contact: John Gillard -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos from July's Ride of the Month
Photos by Pak.
Cycling Research at the University of Arizona
The club received this request from a graduate student at the University of Arizona. She would like people to fill out a survey on long distance bike touring. This research may help identify better cycling routes. GDB members with this type of cycling experience are encouraged to take the survey.
To Whom it May Concern at Greater Dallas Bicyclists:
I am a PhD student at the University of Arizona conducting research on cycling and cycling tours. As part of my dissertation, I am evaluating a method of categorizing the difficulty level of given paths based on their length and changes in elevation.
I am contacting you because it would be extremely helpful and informative to have avid cyclists rate the level of difficulty of paths online, if you would be willing to give club members the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and understanding of path difficulty.
The paths can be found at the following URL:
It would be great if you would be willing to share the paths with your members. If you have questions about the research, please feel free to reach me by email or phone at (520) 222-5812.
Thank you for your consideration.
Highlights from the 2014 Lancaster Country Ride
The Greater Dallas Bicyclists hosted our annual bike rally in Lancaster, TX on April 12, 2014. This year's Lancaster Country Ride had 1158 registered riders who braved gusty winds on the 23, 42, and 62 mile routes. The 42 and 62 mile routes included Sugar Ridge Road, which is part of the Bluebonnet Trails Festival
. The bluebonnets did not disappoint this year. There were masses of them along the roads.
Rally Director Brenda Barnell praised the GDB club member volunteers who worked at the rally. "It truly warms my heart to see so many people (red shirts!) working together to make a huge rally very safe, friendly and fun for so many cyclists! Without each and every one of you it would not be a well oiled machine like it was today."
"It was wonderful to hear all the outstanding compliments today by tons of riders and even police officers! Not one negative issue was heard…outstanding!"
We have listed links to photos and videos from the rally below.
Photos by GDB member Paul Brown.
A video by GDB member Justine Viera.
The Greater Dallas Bicyclists Gives Back to Local Communities
The Greater Dallas Bicyclists has given over $8,000 to support local charities and organizations. Thanks to our member volunteers who work so hard on the annual Lancaster Rally for allowing the club to give back to our communities and put on one of the best bicycle rallies in Texas.
The City of Lancaster
The Town of Palmer
The Town of Ferris
Family Gateway Dallas
GDB Lake Murray Weekend Photos
have posted photos from the GDB Lake Murray trip on Oct. 11-12th. Many
thanks to David Rothgeb and Steve Krogh for organizing a fun weekend
GDB Ride Rules Reminder
- No earbuds or headphones (music or phone) and no boom boxes (but bring all the conversation you want!)
- No use of cellphones while riding (please pull off and stop to take or make a call)
- Use common sense if you have aerobars - please don't use them while in tight formations on group rides
- Helmets must be worn on all GDB rides
A Note About Membership
The Greater Dallas Bicyclists (GDB) Board of Directors want to
emphasize the value and importance of a current membership in GDB.
Membership is $20 a year or $36 for two years. When one considers
staying current on the forum to keep up with ride changes and impromptu
gatherings, two annual picnics and a holiday party, our hosting the
annual Super Bowl Sunday ride to the West End for riders of all the area
clubs, and our major event of the year, the annual Lancaster Country
Ride -- the value of a $20 membership is clear.
Why is membership important? As hard as we work at safety and
remaining vigilant for hazards, we still need all riders to have signed a
waiver before riding in our group rides or attending our events.
How is that done? Are there folks walking around with
clipboards and waiver forms? Do we sort, file and store these forms?
No, it’s done in the membership sign-up process. Without the waivers,
we could not function as a club.
If you’ve been thinking of joining or if your membership has
lapsed and you’ve been putting off renewal, or you know someone who has,
do us all the favor of renewing today. Just click on the JOIN GDB link
above and join or renew today.