Group Rides

Riding with a group is a great way to improve your cycling skills and your fitness all while making new friends and meeting new people.  We have enough organized rides to cover every type of rider. Please choose the ride that is right for you. If you are unsure which is ride is right for you, ask someone at the shop. Central Wheel wants the ride to be enjoyable for all participants.

It is every body’s responsibility to be self supported (Hybrid rides are more lenient) . All riders should have spare tube, inflation device or pump, tire levers, hex wrench set or multi tool,  water, and energy food. Cell phones are also great to have in case of a emergency, but doesn’t replace your repair kit. Even if you are unsure on how to change your flat someone in the group will know how and help you out.

Types of Organized Rides:

Road Rides

Saturday Morning Road Rides – Based on race training. Road bikes only, no aerobars. Currently offering, we leave the shop at 7:00am.

  • 17 – 25 mph avg. speed
  • 1 – 5 hours
  • rolling to hilly roads with traffic
  • 35 mile and 50 miles variation.
  • know your way home, or back to the shop. This is a drop ride.

Social Road Ride A – A non-competitive ride that rolls along. Not currently offering.

  • 16 – 19mph average speed
  • 2 – 2.5 Hours
  • Rolling roads with some traffic
  • No one left behind
  • No hybrids, mountain bikes or aerobikes

Social Road Ride B – Wednesday’s at 6pm from the shop parking lot. Learn the basics. This ride is for road bikes with drop (curled down) handlebars (No aero bars). This is a social ride that will regroup throughout the ride. Please ride no more than 2 abreast and single file on roads that a narrow.

  • 1-1.5 Hours
  • Rolling roads with some traffic
  • No one left behind
  • No hybrids, mountain bikes or aerobikes
General Road Info:

It is necessary that everyone point out cracks, holes, and debris on the roads. We also must ride defensively with cars and among ourselves. Safety is first and foremost, hold your line, don’t cross wheels, and no weaving or abrupt moves. We need to ride single file as much as possible and never cross the yellow line. We represent cycling to our community, lets do it right. Giving respect gets respect.

MTB Rides

Saturday Morning (Intermediate) MTB Ride

A quick paced ride on mostly single track. Currently offering, leaves from the shop at 9:45am.

  • 7.5 – 8.5mph average speed
  • 1.5 – 3 Hours
  • Singletrack with some fire roads
  • Mountain bikes only


Reservoir Ride

Hybrid, Flatbar Road, and Mountain Bikes welcome! This ride leaves from the shop and heads to the West Hartford Reservoir for a casual stroll on the paved loop. There will be some rough pavement, but there is a bike lane for us to follow. Not currently offered, call for details

  • 8 – 12 mph average speed
  • 1 – 1.5 Hours
  • Rolling bike paved bikepath with pedestrian traffic. (We will be on Rt. 4 with busy traffic for about a half mile or so).
  • No one left behind