New Riders -Portland Bicycling Club

New Riders

You may already ride but are curious about club riding. We will show you how to ride in a group setting.

Club Meetings

Our meetings have been Zoom meetings throughout the pandemic, but we are returning to in-person meetings for the club meetings. Check the ride calendar on the first Thursday of the month for the meeting meeting announcement and information about the meeting. There will be no meetings in February due to the banquet and August due to the picnic.

Rookie Rides or Back in the Saddle Again

Rookie Rides are for bicyclists just starting out or coming back to bicycling after being off the bike for some time. These are generally under 10 miles and are group rides.

Meet Portland Bicycling Club or Back in the Saddle Again

For the person who is new to riding, consider joining us on one of the “Meet PBC: BITS” or “Back in the Saddle Again” rides. These rides are offered twice a month throughout the year by ride leader extraordinaire, Ann Morrow. You do not need to become a member before trying out any of our rides. Just show up at the start location 10 minutes ahead of time! Learn about group cycling and explore by bike. Build your skills and test your mettle. Mostly flat and easy. Find out why bicycling is such a popular sport – You can do it! See the ride schedule for MEET PBC rides.

Welcome Rides

Portland Bicycling Club offers a series of rides called Welcome to Portland Bicycling Club from Spring to Fall. You need not be a member to participate. These rides are especially for the newer or less experienced rider but are probably too ambitious for a novice rider. The expectation is that the rider can pedal along at 12 to 15 mph on the flats and complete a 30-mile ride. These are group rides which means the group of riders generally stays together throughout the ride. The ride leader will guide the group and offer riding suggestions as needed. Theses rides provide a safe, friendly opportunity for newer riders to get out and ride with other cyclists. More information may be obtained by calling the ride leader listed on the ride description.


E-bikes are always welcome on Portland Bicycling Club rides! If you ride an electric assist bike, we would love to have you ride with us. Several of our established members have transitioned to E-bikes, so you will have plenty of company. One of our most active ride leaders – Chuck Dorr – rides an electric assist, recumbent three-wheeler. If you have not ridden with us before, we suggest that you look for one of Chuck’s “slow poke” rides or one of Ann Morrow’s “Meet PBC/Back in the Saddle” rides to start with. These are great introductory rides for anyone, electric assist or conventional power. Here is the link to our ride schedule.

If you ride an electric assist bike, we are positively CHARGED UP to have you join us!

Ride Rating

Please see this page for a description of how our rides are rated and some helpful tips on how to be prepared to ride.


Please familiarize yourself with our safety policy. Bike safety is one of the Club’s main priorities.

Have Quick Access to the Ride Calendar on Your Smartphone

Want to add a quick and easy ride calendar icon to your smartphone? Find the directions HERE!