Group Rides

Remember, safety is YOUR responsibility.  Helmets are REQUIRED!

This page lists recurrent rides; for special rides, please check our News/Blog and/or the JPL Cycling Club Calendar.  All ride times should be considered subject to change, please contact the ride leader to confirm date/time for any specific schedule changes.

Ron's Adventure Ride Series

Ron's Adventure Ride Series is a fun way to get used to riding big miles in small groups. It is a series of mini-tours where we ride from Pasadena to cool places where one usually would not consider riding a bike to. Along the way we will stop at various landmarks for quick breaks and picture taking. These rides will try to build your fitness by aiming to hold a target pace, but no one will be dropped and the speed will not be pushed to the point where riders won't be able to hold a conversation. There will always be something to see along or at the end of the routes, and all routes will be posted beforehand so that they can be loaded onto GPS devices.

Morning

Brown Mountain to El Prieto (MTB)
Every non-RDO Friday starts at 7:30am, ride time 70-120 minutes.
Meet at the top of the "ramp" road outside the JPL East Gate.  Climb to the Saddle From there depending on time (8:45am meeting to shower and change for) and interest either continue up from Saddle to upper brown or descend directly from saddle down fern descent to El Prieto.   
Pace:   Moderate to slow (I'm not a morning person) 30-45 minute to saddle.   Recovering at saddle 5 minutes.  Saddle to El Prieto 5 minutes.  El Prieto 15-30 (depends on crashes)
Ride Leader: Jessica Bowles-Martinez


Lunchtime

Brown Mountain Road (MTB) - trail map - video
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15 am, 45-60 minutes.
Meet at the top of the "ramp" road outside the JPL East Gate.  Climb to the Saddle and return down Brown Mountain Rd.  (Option of returning down El Prieto Trail, but this usually takes a little longer than I have for a lunch break.)
Pace: Moderate to Fast, depending on your ability.  The climb to the Saddle takes 27-30 minutes at a fast pace, 30-35 at a moderate pace.  Return takes no more than 15 minutes; aim for 60 minute total time.
Ride Leader: Marcum Martz

Also, Non-RDO Friday, whenever this ride occurs, we will post on JPL Bike Club Facebook calendar a couple of days in advance, please RSVP.

After Work

El Prieto Ride After Work (MTB)
Expert Riders
5:30 PM Tuesday Night 5:30 @ East Gate
  • Bring very bright lights (Night Riding down difficult terrain with rocks, roots, drops, and trees), 350 lumens on both bar and helmet are recommended.
Call at least a day ahead to let us know if you are joining the ride (626-660-5107)
Ride Leader: Corrina Gibson



Commuter Rides

Bike Train! - Updated Schedule

WHAT IS THE BIKE TRAIN!?
The Bike Train is a fun, safer way for people to commute by bike!  The Bike Train is a group of people commuting together on bikes along a safe, popular route.  Bike Train is led by a Bike Train Engineer: an experienced rider who will set a moderate pace for the train, send twitter updates at each stop, and be able to fix a flat or take care of other basic problems.

THIS IS INTERESTING, HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE!?
It is important that your transportation be reliable, accountable, and easy to communicate with.  When you ask your car questions, does it give you the cold shoulder?  That’s ok, we understand.  So we have several ways to communicate with the Bike Train:
Email: JPLBikeTrain@gmail.com

SCHEDULE - Thursday mornings
7:20 AM - Meet Arroyo Blvd and Arroyo Dr.
7:30 AM - Arroyo Blvd and Everts St.
7:36 AM - Arroyo Blvd and W. Howard
7:43 AM - N. Windsor and Archwood (one block past W. Woodbury)
7:47 AM - N. Windsor and Figueroa Dr
7:52 AM - N. Windosor and Ventura St.  (top of east lot)
7:57 AM - Arrive at East Gate
8:00 AM - Arrive at respective office, Lab, etc.