If you are looking for a Club with a variety of rides, assortment of activities, diverse membership, adventurous invitational rides plus much more, the Joliet Bicycle Club is for you!
JBC meetings are held on the second Monday of specific months at 7:30 pm with the board meeting at 6:30 pm. We meet at Pizza 4 U, located at 116 S Larkin Ave, Joliet, IL 60436 (1/4 mile south of Rt.52), except for the November meeting which is held at the location of the club annual banquet.
Months: Feb, April, May, June, Sept, Oct, and Nov.
Members can discuss rides and social events, pick up brochures for rides sponsored by other organizations and non members are always welcome. The meetings may have guest speakers with bicycling oriented topics, and pizza is usually served after the meeting.
Variety of Rides
Each month, the J.B.C. publishes a calendar of rides by date, time, location, distance, and pace for each. Ride Leaders are listed as primary contacts. Some months have over 100 different rides for you to contemplate!!! “Theme” rides pop up from time to time. Rides are structured with 5 speed ranges to cover all levels of riding ability. We also offer family rides .
Assortment of Activities
The club provides other methods of entertainment and exercise throughout the year. A Christmas walk and Chili cook-off occur in the winter. Hiking, cross country skiing, volleyball games (at least twice a month in the winter) and roller-skating are some of the other extracurricular activities that keep us nimble.
As a JBC member, you will receive a monthly electronic newsletter listing the club rides for the coming month, other information about upcoming events in our club and information on other invitationals in the area. The newsletter is publishes 10 times a year. More to come in 2013 too!
The 4thof July Ride is a single day local events drawing riders from all over the Midwest and now commonly draws over 1000 riders.
The J.B.C. is comprised of approximately 300 members from towns like New Lenox, Tinley Park, Lockport, Oswego, Plainfield, Wilmington, Morris, Hinsdale, Park Forest, Naperville, Aurora, Westchester, Wheaton, Darien, and others (you get the drift) Members range from 18 to 80. Persons under the age of 18 are welcome as part of a family membership. Our dues are a mere $15 per year (Oct 1 – Sept 30) for each adult (18 or over). Minors living at same address are free.
1. To promote a greater public awareness of the pleasures, benefits and usefulness of bicycling.
2. To provide a service to our community in all areas that involves bicycling. 3. To advocate the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists. 4. To improve conditions for bicycling. 5. To provide an opportunity for bicyclists of all ages to share their ideas and experiences in an organized manner.
Manyof our rides have a club member who serves as the ride leader. The calendar includes the name and phone number of the ride leader. The ride leader determines the pace, distance and route for the ride. Rides that do not have a ride leader, are designated as a Show ‘n Go, and a contact person is listed on the calendar. On a Show ‘n Go, the riders that show up, split up into different groups, and each group determines its distance and pace. JBC. prides itself on not letting new members ride alone. One of our riders is always willing to ride with a newer member. We request that you chose rides with a pace listed that you are comfortable riding at. Anyone can and should be a ride leader. The more ride leaders, the more variety in our rides. It also guarantees the ride leader a ride they will like. It’s a very simple process. All you have to do is contact the ride chair at the meeting or by phone. Let him or her know the date, starting time and place, type and the mileage of the ride. Check the route out beforehand and show up on the day of the ride to lead the other riders. Before the ride begins, have the riders sign in on the ride form. That way you get to know who everyone is and you have a ready-made list to send to the statistician for mileage.