A good way to stay enthused about bike riding is to join a bike club. Listed below are some of the most popular bicycle clubs in the Puget Sound region.
We briefly list each groups goals or intention, membership fees listed on their website, and of course a link for you to get more details or join any club that seems to match your bike riding interests.
Bicycling Meetups in Seattle. A variety of bicycle groups are listed on Meetup.com in every corner of the Puget Sound region, including women’s groups, beer drinkers, back packers, tandem riders, electric bikers, mountain bikers, seriously social, and serious distance riders. Membership fees vary from group to group, from free to nominal cost. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, well, anyone can start a Meetup group, even you.
BIKES Club of Snohomish County hosts free recreational rides for members year-round, with a focus on fun and friends. Rides range from 10 to 100 miles in length, with varying levels of difficulty in terms of pace (speed) and terrain (hills!). Non-members are welcome to visit the club for their first ride. Annual club dues begin at $20; membership benefits include year-round rides led by experienced leaders, multi-day rides, discounts, and equipment rentals.
Cascade Bicycle Club (CBC) is the nation’s largest statewide bicycle non-profit with over 17,000 members. CBC serves bike riders of all ages and abilities throughout the state of Washington. We especially like their Free Group Rides, open to members and non-members, all over the Puget Sound region. For a fee, CBC also offers many riding and bike maintenance classes and events. Annual membership begins at $40; membership benefits include discounts and early registration for classes and events, discounts at local bike shops and bike friendly businesses, and the CBC magazine.
Cyclists of Greater Seattle (COGS) is a small Seattle cycling club offering rides and social events throughout the year. They offer weeknight and weekend rides for a wide range of ability levels and goals. Anyone who is 18 or over and has a bike and a helmet is welcome to ride; you don’t have to be a member. Spring through Fall, COGS offers weekend getaways to places like the Yakima Valley, Birch Bay, the San Juan Islands, and Centralia. Beginners and social riders can start with fun recreational rides geared toward getting outside and having fun. More serious riders can train with other COGS members for the Pacific Northwest’s most challenging events, such as the RAMROD, STP, and RAPSody. Annual membership begins at $16; benefits include friendship, the opportunity to get fit, become a better cyclist, and enjoy being outdoors in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Different Spokes is a bicycling club for the LGBT community and their friends in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. Membership is a one-time fee of $5, which allows you to post/access bike rides and social events on their calendar, discuss club activities on the message board, and share photos.
Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, is a nonprofit group and Washington State’s largest mountain bike association representing thousands of riders in regional chapters across the state. Membership begins at $35; benefits include the ride calendar, discounts, access to classes and clinics, and being part of the mountain biking community.
Native Planet Cycling is a group of riders who are passionate about climbing hills with like-minded cyclists. If you like a challenge & beautiful scenery, this might be your group. There is no membership fee listed on their website; access to the NPC is available by joining their closed group on Facebook.
Outdoors for All is a national leader in delivering adaptive and therapeutic recreation for children and adults with disabilities. There are many ways to participate and costs vary: join us a seasonal activity, schedule a Custom Event, rent some of their equipment to take out on your own, get a recreation assessment, take a private recreation lesson, and sign up for a Day Camp.
Seattle Bicycle Club (SBC) is a small, non-profit organization of recreational cyclists. Each week, weather permitting, the club provides at least one ride for each level of cyclist: beginning, social, and intermediate. All rides are in Seattle and surrounding areas. In addition, there are monthly 1-3 day bike rides to places like the Washington Coast, Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver Island, Yakima Wine Country, and Mount Rainier National Park. SBC does not charge a membership fee, however the group is not always open to new members. Members pay their own expenses (such as the cost of getting to the ride, food, a room for over night stays). They also have a map library on their website detailing rides in Seattle, around the Puget Sound regions, and across Washington State.
If any of these Seattle and Puget Sound Bicycle Clubs match your current level of interest in bike riding around the region be sure to visit their website for more information or to join the organization.