Um, no, not now.
In spite of the Spring Forward event this weekend, sunset will still be around 7:35 PM this week, which is still too short for a group ride since the time change has been pulled forward a couple of weeks from the ancient past when we started at the jump. Last year we didn’t got sort of regular April 12, but the year before it was the first week of May. This year seems to be colder at the moment.
Weekend rides usually make it to regular status earlier, as they are less lighting dependent, but times may pull back to take advantage of the warmer temperatures with a delayed start.
Please watch for posted times soon as we work around temperature swings and spring rains, and clearly NOT this week for sure.
In the meanwhile, you should be doing your own rides as time permits to build some early miles, even if it is on a trainer.
This is also a great time to review your bicycles and ensure that they have good tires and are in safe tune. Things I have seen in early spring include tires worn to the fabric, and items falling off mid-ride including brakes, brake pads (yikes!), saddles, saddle bags, brifters and on one fine day the entire crankset. Don’t be that person! Start with a good scrub – a clean bike is a happy bike.
Check that ALL fasteners are tight, and I mean ALL fasteners, from stems to brake nuts. If you have carbon parts, invest $20 for a 5-5.5 Nm torque key to set them correctly.
Have a close look at how the brake pads contact the rim – if they touch the tire along with your rim you will have a blow out in a critical moment. Realign them if necessary. Pads get dry and slick with age – invest in some new ones once in a while, too, even before they wear out and you will stop better.
Check your chain for wear – it should be 12″ exactly from pin-pin. A chain wear tool is nice, but all you really need is a stiff rule or tape. Got to 12 1/16? Then get a new chain, pronto. 12 1/8″ or longer? Sorry kid – invest in a new cassette at the same time. The bad chain wears out the cassette quickly. And if it is still good, keep it that way with a drop of oil on every roller, then give it a few spins and wipe it down well with a rag. If the rear changer pulleys are cruddy ( and they probably are!) wipe (or scrape) them clean. If you use a waxy lube, this is when you will see why they are bad news on a road bike when you have to use a screw driver to peel the crud that is making your bike shift badly.
And please, get some new tires and fresh tubes on there. Most local riders get no more than one summer per set. They are what keep you alive, so that’s NOT where you want to cheap out! Local roads suck, so get modern and buy at least 700 x 25’s instead of 23’s. Go for the largest tire that you will fit in your frame, and ALL Modern frames will take a a 25 or 26 at a minimum. The wider tires have LESS rolling resistance, can be run at a lower pressure for more comfort, and are much less prone o dropping into deadly cracks. Trust me, you’ll be happy you did.