Adrian and the surrounding area has played host to a couple of bike clubs in the past. There was one back in the late 19th century known as the Adrian Bicycle Club, and more recently there has been the Maple Wheelers.
A number of us — e.g., Bob B. (a former Maple Wheeler), Jim M. (a local and tireless cycling advocate), and Bill D. (a former Maple Wheeler and organizer of the monthly ride calendar disseminated through this blog during the warmer months) — have been talking about reviving the Maple Wheelers into a full-fledged club serving riders in Lenawee County. I’m certain there is enough interest and a sufficient number of riders to make this both worthwhile and successful. I’m posting to see …
- Would you join a cycling club if one were available?
- What would you hope to get from an organized bicycle club?
- Would you be willing to pay a small membership fee, and if so what would you want to see done with that money, or what would you like to receive for that money?
I invite everyone to post comments responding to any or all of these questions. For obvious reasons, I’m most interested in hearing from local riders who might actually join such a club. But I’m also interested to hear about the experiences of others who are or have been part of a club.
If you’ll permit me a few thoughts of my own, two things I would really like to see are (1) a club that serves all riders and every style of writing riding; and (2) a club that focuses equally on events (i.e., group rides, charity rides, social gatherings, etc.), and advocacy on behalf of cycling in the area (e.g., pushing for bicycle infrastructure, like racks, path extensions, bike lanes, etc.).
Here’s a link to the Dayton Cycling Club, of which I was a member for about a year when I lived in that area. As you can see from their website, DCC is quite a robust organization with a ton to offer its membership. We’re may be a long way away from that today, but it’s not an impossibility.