Club Philosophy and Mission Statement

March 2017

 

Folks On Spokes

 

A Bicycle Touring Club

 

  

 

The Folks on Spokes Bicycle Club was founded in 1997 by a small group of riders who had a unique philosophy about cycling that we wanted to promote.  We believe that bicycling has been a wonderful life-changing activity for us and remember that we were lucky to find several experienced cyclists who took the time to help us develop our cycling skills when we were new to the sport.

We decided to start a bicycle club dedicated to “giving back” to the sport of bicycling by having a mission to help new cyclists get started.  Our club has a strict policy of only offering rides at a “moderate” pace and traveling together in a group.  No one is ever left behind to ride alone.  If a rider has a mechanical problem or a flat tire, everyone stops and helps fix the problem.  Generally, we do not ride if the temperature is below 45º or it is raining. The important thing on our rides is the good of the entire group while caring for the individual rider.  In addition, we want to promote the use of the bicycle as a means to having FUN and not just riding to see how fast we could go or how many miles we can accumulate.  Because of this, club rides often have interesting things to do or sights to see along the way.  Our active members have all become good friends. In fact, we enjoy each other’s company so much that during the winter months, when we cannot get out on our bikes, we still get together on Tuesday evenings for dinner.  Many of our members go on week-long or week-end tours such as Pedal Across Wisconsin, The Mad Anthony River Rally, or other bicycle tours held in Ohio or other parts of the country.


We feel that Folks on Spokes has been successful in achieving our stated goals.  Many people who started out with us new to bicycling and barely able to ride 15 miles at a time have now graduated to become strong, fast, long distance riders able to complete 50 to100 mile rides.   Non-members are always welcome on our rides! If you are interested in more information, please call our President, Debbie Godfrey at 330 628-1434.