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C-SIG Resources

2016 C-SIG Schedule

Orientation Session: Saturday, March 12
Classification Ride: Saturday, March 19
Rides 1-8: Saturdays, March 26-May 14
Contact: [email protected]

C-SIG Coordinator

  • Paul Hofherr


Sosi Ermarkaryan
Kerith Gardner
Stephanie Gross
Aparna Kane
Gina Negrin
Katie O’Connor
Shawn Batey
Jeanette Brizel
Jaswattie Khublall
Mitch Levine
True Sims
Geraldine Sweeney
Ellen Egeth
Laurie Malkoff
Denise Roche
Amy Schecter
Leonora Weiner
Mercedes Michel
Simon Smith
Carol Waaser
Sarah Wilkinson
Tracy Young
Hannah Borgeson
Paul Hofherr
Carolyn Singer
Nick Watkins

Spring Training: The 2016 C-SIG

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Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:30am

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C-SIG on the Move!

Think of It as Cycling College

Learn the basics of cycling from experienced ride leaders with a passion for the sport. Whether your interest is touring, competitive cycling or group riding, the C-SIG provides 8 weeks of intensive training and practice during all-day group rides. Each week the rides get a little longer,a little faster and and a little more difficult, so you gain strength and endurance over the spring.   You’ll also get lessons in the following areas of competency:

Essential Riding Skills – efficient pedal stroke, cadence, using a cycle computer, maximizing use of gears, balance/coordination, passing/acceleration, hill ascent, braking on fast down-hills, short stops, hairpin turns, etc.

Road and Group Riding Skills – hand signals (stopping, turning, road obstacles), safety skills for riding in traffic

Bike Maintenance and Repair Skills – changing a flat, care and lubrication of chain and crank, adjusting brakes

Nutrition and Hydration – timing, quality, quantities

Bike Fit – for maximum efficiency and injury prevention

The Best Cycling Clothes – for riding comfortably in cold, hot, wet and everything in-between weather

Emergency First Aid Response – basics for acting quickly in case of emergency AND much more!

Build a foundation of cycling skills that will last a lifetime. Learn to ride stronger and more safely with groups and develop as a cyclist beyond your wildest dreams. The C-SIG is a stimulating and supportive environment for developing endurance, stamina, and friendships.

This is a progressive series, with each week taking us a little farther and a little faster. Each week, we build on what we have learned in the previous weeks. As much of our course material is presented in the early weeks, attendance at the first three sessions is particularly important.


Signing up for the C-SIG means you have made a commitment to spend 8 consecutive Saturdays cycling with us this spring.  You are required to attend at least six of the eight rides. And if you miss the Orientation on March 12, plus one of the first two rides (March 26, or April 2); OR if you miss the first two of the first three rides (March 26, April 2, April 9), you will not be allowed to continue.



We start with an Orientation session on March 12, 2016 (no need to bring your bike). We then hold our Classification Ride (one day only) on the morning of Saturday, March 19th (Rain date: Sunday March 20th). Both the Orientation and Classification Ride are essential to participating in the SIG.More details are in the confirmation email when you register for the C-SIG, and there will be another email toward the end of February with more information as well. The course itself takes place on Saturdays, all day, from March 26 to May 14, 2016. Sundays are back-up days.



There is more necessary and important information in the C-SIG FAQs at the top of the page. If you are interested in taking the C-SIG, please read the FAQs, which may answer many of your questions.

You may also like to get a headstart by looking over the following C-SIG materials, especially articles on clothing, nutrition, exercises, checking your bike.

Towards the end of the C-SIG, your Leaders will make suggestions on organizing and leading club rides. While the SIG is “free”, at the end of the SIG, we expect that each participant give back to the club, preferably by leading a ride or by volunteering for a club activity in 2015.

C-SIG Handouts

Below is a collection of educational handouts used at various times by all the C-SIG groups. You may find it useful to look at them before taking the C-SIG, or you may find it more useful to receive them in context of our talks on the road. Some are easier to follow than others without the talk. However, we encourage you to read the first three right now for a safe bike, pumped up tires, and adequate clothes!

If you would like to read a comprehensive rider's handbook, check out the B-SIG Rider's Guide.

ABC Quick Bike Check: from Transportation Alternatives

Tire Care Before and After Each Ride

Clothing and Accessories

Coordinated Emergency Response

Nutrition for Cycling

Amelia's Strength and Diet Tips

Riding in Traffic: from John S. Allen. Street Smarts: Bicycling’s Traffic Survival Guide

Stretching Chart p. 1 : from Bob and Jean Anderson.

Stretching 2000 Stretching Chart p. 2 : from Bob and Jean Anderson. Stretching 2000

Bike Fit : from Bicycling magazine, April 2002

Gear Chart

Cleaning and lubing your bike: from T.K. at Larry’s Second Avenue Bicycle Plus (since updated)

Changing a Rear Tire : from Larry and Benny at Larry’s Second Avenue Bicycle Plus

Bike Handling

Spring Training: The 2016 C-SIG
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