How do I join the Yellowjackets?
Details for how to join the club can be found on the Join page.
When will my membership expire?
Membership is year to year, valid from January 1 through December 31. Your membership will expire at the end of the calendar year no matter when you signed during the year.
I want to participate more in the club. What do I need to do?
First step is come to the club meetings. Then talk to the club officers about what needs to be done or what you’d like to do.
When does the club meet?
Our meetings are (almost) always the second Thursday of the month at the Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Library. However, the meetings can and will be moved as needed, so please check on the home page for the time of the next meeting.
Is anyone welcome to attend?
Yes. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend club meetings.
What happens at club meetings?
You’ll have to join and find out.
When do the Yellowjackets ride?
The Yellowjackets have scheduled rides every Saturday all year long. We also have “Decide-and-Ride” rides on most major holidays. The schedule and ride details can be found on the Ride Calendar page.
Do the Yellowjackets follow traffic laws?
Yes. For more information check out our Cycling Safety Guidelines.
How do I know what group to ride with?
Review the different groups on the About Us page. Based on the information there, you can determine roughly what group you should start with. If you have any doubts, choose a lower group. You can always change later. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the ride leaders.
How will I know when to advance to another group?
Historically, riders will join the next group up on a ride to see if they are ready. When you make the decision to give it a try you should inform both the leaders of your regular group and the group you wish to join. The leader of the group you are aspiring to should be sure to look out for you on that ride.
I’m not a member. Can I come out for a ride?
Sure. Just check the Ride Calendar and come on out. You’ll want to bring a signed Non-Member Wavier.
Where do your rides start?
Many of our rides start from Lake Merritt, but we have rides that start all over the Bay Area. Be sure to check the Ride Calendar for the start location before you head out for ride with us.
What should I bring with me on a ride?
Obviously you’ll need a bike and a helmet. You should also have the following:
- Proper cycling gear.
- Two full water bottles.
- Enough food to get you through the ride: bars, gus, bananas, etc.
- Gear to change a flat: small frame pump or CO2 kit, tire levers or irons, and a patch kit and/or innertube.
- Cash to buy food/water.
- Credit card for emergencies.
- Route Sheet for that day’s ride.
Do I need to know how to change or fix a flat?
Absolutely. Chances are if you ride long enough, you’re going to get a flat. You shouldn’t rely on other members to fix it for you. If you don’t know how, ask someone in the club to show you. Watch when someone else in the group gets a flat and see how it’s done. There are free clinics at The Missing Link, REI, The Sports Basement and other local bike shops. The are also videos online, where you can learn the basics, but nothing compares to actually changing one yourself.
What happens if I get a flat or can’t keep up with the pace? Will I get left behind?
We are not a racing team. Our “no-drop” policy ensures that even the slowest cyclists will always ride accompanied.
Should I wear my club jersey on club rides?
Of course you should. The Yellowjackets have one official ride a week and if you have a club jersey, you should wear it. If you don’t have one, but would like one, please check out the Gear page.
The Yellowjackets have the best jersey on the road. How do I get one?
All the details about ordering Yellowjacket jerseys and other clothing can be found on the Gear page.
How do I know what size to order?
On the Gear page, you can find the Sizing Chart. Measure yourself. Check the chart. Order appropriately.
I have a question about the Yellowjackets’ clothing. Whom can I talk to?
Any questions about clothing should be directed to the Yellowjackets Haberdasher
I take photographs on club ride. How can I get them published?
There are two ways to get your photos on the site. You can either publish them yourself to one of the photo sharing site like Flickr or Picasa. Then send the link to the gallery or album to the Web Manager. Alternately, you can zip up the photos and email them to the Web Manager. The photos should be no larger than 1024 x 768.
I want to contribute content and help with the website. What can I do?
Great. We need all the help we can get. Please contact the Web Manager if you’re interested.