Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


How do I join the Club?

DBTC is open to anyone who in interested in bicycle riding, bicycle safety, or the Club social events. You are welcome to attend one of our events, or come on a ride to meet some members. Click Membership application to go there.

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How hard are the rides?

Intermediate rides are usually more difficult than Fun rides. ATB rides can be quite difficult (technical), but this certainly is not always the case. The ride descriptions in the schedule usually give some indication of the difficulty level of rides, and the ride leader's phone number is listed in the newsletter. If you have any questions about a ride, the ride leaders are always happy to talk to you. If you are worried about too fast a pace, call a Fun ride leader. If the ride sounds OK, give it a try! Fun rides try to stay together by having frequent regrouping stops. Fun rides ALWAYS end with a visit to a restaurant for those who wish to regain their strength through well earned nourishment!

Formal Ride Difficulty descriptions can be found at Ride Rating System

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Do I have to be a DBTC member to go on a ride?

Non members are welcome to try out our rides. Because of insurance issues, nonmembers are allowed to join only one ride.  Hopefully after the ride you will get a glimpse of the club and want to join. If you feel that the Club is right for you, joining will bring you invitations to our social events, as well as discounts at bike shops, and the Club newsletter.

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Do I have to wear a helmet on Club rides?


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What if I get a flat on a Club ride?

All cyclists should be prepared for hazards as well as ordinary events on rides. If you are unable to deal with your mechanical problem, others may try to help, but we are not mechanics and you should see your bicycle shop if your bike needs repairs. Suggested items to take with you include:

  • water supply
  • lock and cable
  • money
  • identification and insurance card
  • a tube patch kit and/or a spare tube
  • tire irons
  • a pump
  • snacks for quick energy

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What social activities are available?

The Club recognizes that physical health and fitness go hand in hand with emotional and social well being, and that one promotes the other. To this end, the Club puts emphasis on its social calendar of events. Currently, the Club typically has social events open to all members such as:

  • The Spring kick-off
  • The Ice Cream Social with Rides in Frisco
  • Summer picnic
  • Fall picnic
  • The Fall volunteer appreciation party
  • Lunch at a restaurant after almost every fun ride
  • And, of course, the rides themselves!

Of course, many opportunities to serve the Club as a volunteer will put members together in a fun, working/social atmosphere. Many members find this interaction personally rewarding.

In addition, many rides end with a visit to a restaurant for the participants who wish to gather and talk about bicycling, Club politics, or any other subject!

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How do I contact the Club?

The Club mailing address is:
Denver Bicycle Touring Club
PO Box 260517
Denver, CO 80226-0517

The Club Officers' phone numbers and email addresses are here. You can also email Cindy with questions.

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How is the Club Run? 

DBTC is a not for profit Colorado corporation. The Club has an elected board to attend to the Club's business. All board members are non-paid volunteers and are selected in October elections by the Club membership.

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