A Guide To Dallas' Regular Group Bike Rides.
If you've been out and out in Dallas lately, you might have seen them — swarms of blinking lights on the right lane letting you know that there's a group of bicycle group ride going down. Now that the weather has come down from its hellish highs, you can expect to only see more of these out and about in the evenings and mornings.
This is a good thing!
Group rides and the social opportunities they provide cyclists are some of the best aspects of bike culture. They give people the chance to ride around and explore new parts of the city, build confidence as riders, get some good miles in and, if the group ride is any good, the opportunity to share a few post-ride pints with your new two-wheeled homies.
Problem i-s, finding a lot of info about these rides can be a daunting task. Unless you're willing to join a whole bunch of random Facebook groups or actively seek out invites, they sometimes come off as complete mysteries.
So that's why we're bringing you this, a brief compilation of some of the more popular weekly group rides around Dallas. This list, we admit, is only so comprehensive — for instance, we're not listing special, one-off rides or private membership groups at all here — but it should get you started in the right direction if joining in the local group cycling community is your goal.
Oh, and as a rule of thumb, if you're going to be attending any of these group rides, be sure to bring with you a helmet, lights, a patch kit, a spare tube or two with a portable pump, cash and a good attitude.
• Mashin' Mondays: For those of us awesome enough to rock a fixie, this regular ride is a perfect way to kick off your week. Starting at BrainDead Brewery every Monday at 6:30 p.m., this ride averages 20 to 30 miles in length.
• Bicycles Plus Group Ride: This group leaves the Snider Plaza store at 6:30 p.m. for a short ride to White Rock Lake, where it splits up into smaller groups divided by distance and difficulty. Mileage varies from 15 to 30 miles. It should be noted, these rides go from the spring to September. Keep a look out for updates on their site (see previous link).
• Tits Tuesday: A pretty prominent social ride exclusively run by the awesome lady cyclists of Dallas — but open to anyone — Tits Tuesday meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Whole Foods. It goes about 10 to 15 miles.
• The Wedex Social Ride: This is a pretty cool Hump Day ride that meets at Ozona on Greenville. The mission statement for this group is “to explore Dallas (bars and eateries) with in a 15-mile radius from the start point, while utilizing the new Dallas bicycle transit system (if possible) WHILE PROMOTING SAFE AND FRIENDLY CYCLING.” Yeah, that's rad.
• Bike Friendly Deep Ellum: This weekly ride bike is geared more toward road bikes and focuses on a steady pace and a strict 20 to 25 mile pace with no drop-offs. Basically, it's p serious business. It meets at 6:30 p.m. at BrainDead Brewery, which has somehow become the unofficial group ride hub of Dallas at this point, I guess.
• Bicycles Plus Group Ride: See above entry for Monday. This one's the same deal.
• Critical Mass: Since starting in San Francisco in the early '90s, Critical Mass has spread to several other cities all across America, including Dallas in recent years. Like all Critical Mass events, Dallas' ride takes place on the last Friday of every month. It meets at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Garden Park. This is one of the biggest rides in the city, so it's sure to be an experience.
• Women's Monthly Bike Ride: This is an all-ladies ride that takes place on the second Saturday of the month. It meets at the Richardson Bike Mart near White Rock Lake at 8:15 a.m. and leaves at 8:30 a.m. You can expect to ride 20 to 40 miles depending on the route.
• Transit Bikes Social Sunday Ride: This weekly ride meets at the Greenville store after it closes — at right around 5:30 p.m. — and usually ends up at a bar or a restaurant. Since the always-fun Transit ladies and dudes are involved, it's sure to be a blast each time.
• Sunday Spandex Ride: Here's a weekly ride that meets outside of the Oak Cliff Bicycle Company in Bishop Arts at 8 a.m. Come prepared with water bottles and gels because these routes are on the long side, some hitting as high as 70 or 80 miles in length.
• Unofficial Richardson Bike Mart Sunday Ride: This one is not sanctioned by the store, but it does meet at 8:30 a.m. in the RBM parking lot. This group averages 35 to 40 miles per ride.
Cover photo by Nathan Patterson. Special thanks to Kristie Holt from Local Hub for assistance with this list.