|The Salem Bicycle Club was formed in 1969 for the purpose of promoting recreational bicycle tours in the local area. Over the years, bicycle advocacy for improved biking conditions has been a priority as well. Since formation of the Salem Bicycle Club, it has grown to more than 400 members. The club supports the advocacy work of the League of American Bicyclists.
The club schedules weekly rides each weekend throughout the year. During the summer, the club also schedules week day evening rides and overnight rides. Ride distances range from 15 to 100 miles. Many routes are specially designed for novices. Non-members are welcome on club rides. All rides have assigned ride coordinators. Each ride participant must sign a release and waiver of liability before the ride and must wear a helmet meeting CPSC requirements.
The club annually sponsors two event rides which are widely publicized and draw cyclists from throughout the Northwest. The Monster Cookie Metric Century Bicycle Ride will be held in August 2022. The Peach of a Century will not be held in 2022.
The club's newsletter, Spokes, is published 10 times each year. The newsletter provides members with the monthly rides list and includes other information and articles of interest to local bicyclists. The current and past issues of the newsletter and information on how to submit articles for publication are available on-line.
Monthly club meetings include programs on bicycle maintenance and repair, bicycle touring, health and exercise, riding law, and safety. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month except December and January and start with a social half-hour at 6:30 p.m. At this time, given the Coronavirus pandemic, General Membership meetings are scheduled every other month. Check Spokes for when the next meeting is scheduled and its focus.
David Philbrick is club president. Winnie Sangirardi is membership coordinator. The Salem Bicycle Club's snail-mail address is P.O. Box 2224, Salem, OR 97308. For information about joining the club, see the Membership page.
Due to Exteme Heat
Scheduled club rides will be canceled if the forecast temperatures at the ride start time or within the 4-hour window after the start time exceed 95 degrees. Cancellation decisions will be made the evening prior to each ride and will be reflected in the ride details on the SBC online rides calendar. If in doubt, check the SBC website before departing home for any of the upcoming rides.
Monster Cookie Metric Century Bicycle Ride
Sunday, August 28
Thank you to the nearly 500 cyclists who joined us on this year's ride. We appreciate your participation and hope to see you back next year.
SBC Ride Protocols
Despite the recent changes in state COVID protocols, ride coordinators will continue to record participants’ names and member numbers on ride sign-up sheets for an additional period of time. Participants are asked to respect others' caution about congregating in large groups and to consider carrying masks for use when in crowded indoor situations. Guests still need to sign the liability waiver for insurance purposes.
Area Route Ambassador
The Salem Bicycle Club is a Ride with GPS area route Ambassador. The program helps cyclists from around the world find great places to ride when visiting our area. Currently, we only have one route listed under the Ambassador program, but there's more to come. Contact the SBC Route Coordinator with ideas for other routes.