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If after reading the frequently asked question below, you still have an unanswered question, email ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com

How do I become a member?

Our club is limited to @ 50 members. From time to time, we have room for new members.

If you have questions about joining our club, please send an email to our New Member Welcome contacts:

You can also fill in the I’m interested in being a Freewheeler form. Barb will be in touch.

It is important for you to understand what is expected of you if you become a member of the Ganaraska Freewheelers.  Visit our Membership section and read Being a Freewheeler.

How do I find out where weekly rides start?

Members can visit the Member Rides Annual Calendar in the Members Only section of the site. It is updated by the Ride Coordinators regularly.

In the Club Calendar, each Tuesday and Friday ride will have a subject line that has either the name(s) of the ride host or an indication that the “Ride Needs Host”. If it has the name of the Host, click “Details” to learn more about the ride. 

If you are a non-member and would like to try out one of our rides, email Barb, or ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com for details of the ride start location.

The password to the member section of the site is changed annually at the commencement of the cycling season. Members, if you do not know or remember the password, send an email to ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com.

How do I receive the weekly ride reminders?

Ride Coordinators will post on the GFW Facebook page the ride details – the goal will be to post the Tuesday rides no earlier than the Saturday before and the Friday ride no earlier than the Tuesday before. Make sure to comment if you plan to attend and post your pictures afterwards!

I am a member. How do I host a ride?

Simple!  Contact the Ride Coordinator and request your date. The Ride Coordinator will make sure there are no conflicting requests from other members and will reply to your email, copying the Web Administrator.

At least 10 days before the ride, send an email to your Ride Coordinator and copy ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com detailing the starting location, providing a welcome message and adding any special instructions. If available, include a map or indicate a map for the ride from the Local Cycling Routes section of the website.

How do I know which Ride Coordinator to contact regarding hosting a ride?

Tuesday Ride Coordinators:

  • Sue P. (April to end July)
  • Marshall J. (August to November)

Friday Ride Coordinators:

  • Brian H. (April to end July)
  • Gail L. (August to end October)

Their email contact information is on the Ride Calendar page and on each entry for rides that still need a host.

Can I send ride reminders via email to the club roster?

Email is so yesterday! Today’s preferred method of communication is via our GFW facebook page.

If you have questions about the ride and/or want to add details, use Facebook’s comment feature.  Members appreciate comments, as they can know in advance if there will be riders present who keep to a similar pace.

How do I find out about emergent updates to rides?

There can be last-minute updates to the ride, such as when inclement weather changes the plan. Ride hosts and/or Coordinators will announce any such changes via the GFW facebook page and Ride Coordinators will update the Calendar.

Can I bring a guest to a ride?

Absolutely! If you do bring a guest, make sure to let your ride host know in advance, especially if the apres-event will be in a home environment. For all rides where you invite a guest, please be sure to print out the waiver for your guest, have them complete it and make sure you submit the waiver to one of the executive members.

How do I thank my host for the ride?

I dunno – maybe a nice bottle of wine or a gift certificate for Home Depot. Just kidding. Post your appreciation on the GFW Facebook page for that particular ride. The more comments the better!

Does the site have a forum where members can chat?

If you are a Ganaraska Freewheelers member and would like to be added to our member-only Facebook group, send an email to ganaraskafreewheelers@gmail.com. You can also select “Groups” in Facebook, then search for “Ganaraska Freewheelers”. From there, you can request to be added to the Group. If you are a paying member, your request will be approved.


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