The main DOGS activity is tandem rides.
This page gives some guidance for
ride participants, and ride hosts (leaders).
Visit our Events Calendar
for information about specific rides (and other events).
Guests are welcome to try us out.
welcomes contributions from hosts and/or
participants of pictures of, and narrative about,
rides that can be added to the web site.
Note: all participants on DOGS rides must wear an
ANSI, Snell, ASTM, CPSC or UL approved helmet.
|For Ride Participants||For Ride Hosts
We welcome all riders on our rides.
Non-members are welcome, and we hope to induce them to join.
Please obey a few courtesies, bearing in mind the effort
the hosts have made to put together a fun event:
- Bring adequate food/drink for yourself for the ride.
- Show up on time.
- Sign in on a sign-up sheet.
- Get a cue sheet, if any, from the hosts.
- Wear an approved helmet.
- Obey traffic rules and regulations, including signals and stop signs.
- Enjoy the ride.
- Check in with the hosts at the end.
- Hang around and socialize (optional).
It's always okay to bring food to share.
We don't necessarily all ride together, but the fastest riders
usually stop periodically to let people catch up and to
make sure no one gets lost.
Hosts are responsible for planning the ride.
Herewith is a condensed list of things to do, with links to more detail.
- Plan a route.
- Provide the webmaster
with ride details at least a week in advance.
- Bring enough (optional) cue sheets
for all riders, plus spares.
- Get a copy of the sign-up sheet.
Make sure everyone signs.
Parent/guardian must also sign a Minor Release of Liability for
- Bring extra blank forms:
New Member, Accident Report.
- Begin the ride.
- At the end of the ride, be sure all riders are
Details for Ride Hosts
- Plan a ride in a familiar area.
Everyone has a favorite ride or a "default ride" that they
Consider turning it into a club event.
- Pick a good starting/ending location.
Some favorable characteristics include:
- adequate parking
- a place to socialize and eat, if bringing food
- Keep the mileage reasonable.
Many rides are in the 35-45 mile range.
- Try to plan a route that includes bathrooms and places to
buy food, particularly on longer rides.
- Consider the terrain.
Some people love hills, some loathe them.
- Prepare cue sheets.
You're allowed to run a "led ride", for which there are no cue
sheets, but you bear extra responsibility to make sure everyone
Typical cue sheets look something like
|0.4||0.4||L||Spring Valley Rd.
|2.7||3.1||S||TL TRO Spring Valley
There isn't any fixed format.
Ask other members for software suggestions if you need help.
It's a good idea to include "negative directions" where there's
a chance of error, such as
"If you get to an Exxon station, you took the wrong turn."
You can use
this MS Word template
if you like, supplied by Brenda Isherwood.
Brenda says you can put the ride name
and date in the header and the host names and
phone numbers (or other information) in the footers.
Of course you can modify the template as needed.
Bear in mind that some teams like two cue sheets.
Bring enough copies.
- Double-check mileage with a bike cycle computer.
Car odometers always seem to be off by a few percent.
- When you're ready, contact your regional
to get your event on the schedule.
Be sure to indicate your intentions in case of bad weather
and provide your contact information.
send ride information
to be posted on the DOGS web site.
Include at least:
name of ride; name(s) of hosts; date and time; location (starting
You must also notify the webmaster whether you're leading the ride
without cue sheets.
- Tandem riding is a very social activity.
Teams like to hang around and gab after rides,
and food is a great social lubricant.
Consider planning for refreshments at the end
of the ride, though there is no requirement to do so.
Such arrangements can take many forms, such as:
- Hosts and participating teams bring food, "pot luck".
- Arrange a "Dutch treat" meal at a nearby restaurant.
- Supply a fully catered meal at a posh picnic spot or
restaurant. (Just kidding. Really!)
During the hot summer months, please bring something to
drink (water is fine), especially if
the gathering point has none available.
Keep in mind that this is supposed to be fun, not a financial
burden on anyone.
Day of Ride Details
- Be sure to collect everyone's signatures on the ride sign-up sheet,
which includes an implicit liability waiver.
A parent or guardian must sign a Minor Release of Liability for
each minor, as well.
forms are available on the Paperwork page.
- Bring extra copies of the DOGS Membership Form.
Prospective members often join us after enjoying a ride with us.
forms are available on the Paperwork page.
- Have available copies of the Accident Report Form
(available on the Paperwork page),
just in case.
In the unlikely event of an accident that results in injuries,
you should fill out one copy of the Accident Report Form
for each injured party and send it to George and Linda Wells.
They will forward it to the insurance company.
- You're responsible
for making sure everyone finishes the
ride, or at least that you know where everyone is.
This may mean you need to ride "sweep" by bike or car.
- Although you're responsible for everyone's having a good time,
that usually takes care of itself.
Last modified: 1 November 2008