Ride Guidelines

These are 14 guidelines to follow when participating on a Philly MTCC ride.

  1. Arrive 15 to 20 minutes early and Be Prepared To Leave On Time! The starting times are actual departure times.
  2. Make sure your bike is in proper working order Before you arrive.
  3. Carry a spare tube, patch kit, pump, water bottle, and some form of I.D. (emergency information)
  4. Ride in a safe manner and obey all traffic laws.
  5. The wearing of a helmet (ANSI and/or Snell approved) is Required on all club rides.
  6. Do not "Bike off" more than you can do. Go on rides within your ability, interest and experience.
  7. Each rider assumes his or her own risk on all rides.
  8. Those who ride ahead of the group are on their own ride.
  9. Always notify the ride leader when leaving the group.
  10. Ride should adhere to the advertised speed of the ride.
  11. Ride leaders are not expected to be bike mechanics.
  12. During Winter months or questionable weather conditions, please call the ride leader.
  13. If it is raining at the start time, then the ride is canceled unless otherwise noted by the ride leader.
  14. Have fun riding your bike.

If you have a Garmin Edge 520, 705, 800, 810 or 1000 & Touring and you don't have maps; then you are wasting most of the value of your bike computer. I highly recommend that you purchase a micro SD card and spend 15 minutes to upload maps.  It will open a whole new world.  Save your phone battery for pictures, online bike fix instructions and the Uber for the third flat; there are cycling functions just better suited for your Garmin.

Step 1: Buy Micro SD card
These are almost everywhere Walmart, Pharmacies, Best Buy. I event saw one at a IMG_6312_thumbgas station (don't recommend buying there). A 32 GB SD card (which it plenty of space) will cost between $12 and $25 now (technology gets cheaper over time).

32 MB Micro SD Card on Amazon


Step 2: Load maps onto your Micro SD Card

OK, this is where I cheat.  The link below provides excellent instructions by Garmin model (provided by DC Rainmaker).  There are basically 3 steps: Downloading maps, installing maps and enabling maps.  You will need:

  1. a PC or Mac
  2. the cable that came with your Garmin
  3. Micro SD Card (see step 1)
  4. Garmin (yes I know one was obvious)

Make sure you follow the instructions for your model of Garmin.  And yes I did say 15 minutes but give yourself a half hour.  If you are not at all technically capable but know how to turn on your PC, take an hour.

Instructions to load maps on Garmin

Good Luck!