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Spring Training: The C-SIG

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Sunday, March 14, 2021 - 10:30am

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General C-SIG information is listed below for reference, including links to helpful information for riders looking to improve their skills. Plans for 2020 will be confirmed and dates posted early in 2020. Please contact [email protected] with any questions or comments.

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 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. 
    Please note: Before joining the SIG you must have the basic riding skills of starting, stopping, and riding in a straight line.

  • 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.

Your Equipment 

You can use a road bike, a hybrid, or a mountain bike (please see the FAQs for more information on using a hybrid or mountain bike). However, your wheels must have quick-release skewers (the things that hold the wheels onto the bike) as opposed to a skewer that requires a wrench to loosen a nut; and if your bike has downtube shifters (mostly on older steel road bikes), you must know how to use them properly. If you are unsure of your equipment, ask your bike shop to help you. Pedal-assist bikes are not permitted.


You are required to do the Classification Ride.

Signing up for the C-SIG means you have made a commitment to spend 8 consecutive Saturdays (or Sunday rain dates) cycling with us in the spring. You are required to attend at least six of the eight rides. If you miss the Orientation plus one of the first two rides, OR if you attend orientation but miss two of the first three rides, you will not be allowed to continue.

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. Since much of our course material is presented in the early weeks, attendance at the first three sessions is particularly important.

Please note: Due to the limited number of spots in the SIG, we ask that you double check your calendar and other commitments to make sure you can attend the required weekends to complete the SIG. There will be no waiting list this season, and because we will not be able to accommodate all who wish to join, if you register but change your mind and bow out before the start or do not finish, you will be depriving someone who otherwise might have participated and benefited from the SIG.

Giving Back

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.

More Info

There is more necessary and important information in the C-SIG FAQs. 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 head start by looking over the following C-SIG materials, especially articles on clothing, nutrition, exercises, checking your bike.




C – SIG handouts

ABC Quick Bike Check: from Transportation Alternatives

Tire Care Before and After Each Ride

Clothing and Accessories

Coordinated Emergency Response

Nutrition for Cycling

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

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

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