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Learn bicycling basics at an ongoing class that uses trails around the Oklahoma River


Adam Kemp June 17th, 2010

Riversport Ride6 p.m. Wednesdays Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S. Lincoln 6:30 p.m. www.riversportokc.org/cycleOn the Oklahoma River, nobody gets left behind.Riversport OKC has teamed up with Schlegel Bic...

Riversport Ride
6 p.m. Wednesdays
Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S. Lincoln
6:30 p.m.
www.riversportokc.org/cycle

On the Oklahoma River, nobody gets left behind.

Riversport OKC has teamed up with Schlegel Bicycles and Wheeler Dealer to create the Riversport Ride, a cycling exploration on the Oklahoma River for all skill levels.

Director of development for Riversport, Kyle Millar, said the program is for people who are interested in using the more than 13 miles of trails around the river but may not be so comfortable on a bike. Before the ride starts, cyclists get a free clinic explaining all the necessary precautions and procedures of riding in a group.

"There aren't many groups out there that take the time to explain to a novice cyclist," Millar said. "Basic cycling information, from how to fix a flat tire to how to hydrate properly, and we go over special rules to the road and hand signals and proper gearing and bike fitting."

Participants set the speed and distance of their ride by choosing the slower-paced ride, an intermediate ride or a ride for a fast group, which usually completes the entire river pass of about 14 miles.

"We go at the pace of the slowest rider in the group, it's a non-drop ride," Millar said. "Nobody gets left behind."

Bike and helmet rentals are available from Schlegel Bicycles and Wheeler Dealer for $10 for those who don't have a bike of their own, and after the ride free food and beer is available.

The clinic starts at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S. Lincoln, and the ride begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.riversportokc.org/cycle. "Adam Kemp
 
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