Thinking of joining us?

…well we'd love to have you!

This article aims to help new and prospective members by demystifying cycling clubs, explaining the Condors' ethos, and answering a few of those questions you were afraid to ask!

For the majority of our members, joining the Condors was their first experience of being part of a cycling club. And for the vast majority, the prospect was nerve-wracking! Most people, even those who've owned a road bike for years and done a lot of miles, have doubts about whether they'll be quick enough, or have the bike handling skills to ride in a group.

What's the club like?

Because we were all beginners once, the club is incredibly supportive of new members. And friendliness is an ethos that runs right through the club - our aim is to be Oxford's friendliest cycling club!

Our members encompass a wide variety of abilities, from those just getting into road cycling, right through to competitive racers and those getting in 5,000+ miles per year. We have around 180 members, which means there are plenty of people to ride with, and plenty of different rides going out each week. 

Take us for a test ride!

You don't need to take it from us - feel free to come on a test ride with the club! 

We run newbie rides (see the events calendar) to give beginners an experience of riding in a group before joining on a regular club night. The social rides on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and weekends are also ideal for beginners to join, so there's no need to wait for a newbie ride to come out!

All riders are welcome to come along for up to 3 rides before becoming a member.

How do I find out about planned rides?

For details of any weekend newbies rides, see the events calendar. If you want to simply join us for a social ride, join our Facebook group and look for the 'pink post' which has details of all the rides planned for that day. The pink post will usually go up on the day of the ride, or a couple of days before for the weekend. Ride leaders will post their routes and speeds here - to see what the different rides involve, see club rides. You can search the group using #pinkpost to find these - it's a busy page and sometimes the posts get buried.

I'm a strong solo rider, can I just join the fast ride?

If you're new to group riding, please join us for a social first. Even if you're a strong solo rider, group riding is quite different and it's important to be familiar with calls and signals, and to be comfortable riding close together before you head out with a faster group.

What kind of distance / speed are club rides?

Our weekday evening rides are usually between 20-30 miles, and meet at 6:15pm for a 6:30pm departure. This means getting back for a post-ride coffee around 8:30-9:00 pm. Weekend rides are typically longer, and routes will be planned either on the morning of the ride, or in the days before and posted to our Facebook group. See our club rides page for full details.

What kind of kit do I need?

It's worth emphasising that we're a road cycling club. You're welcome to join one of our dedicated newbies ride on a hybrid to try us out, you'll need to have a road bike (the type with drop handlebars and skinny tyres) to get the most out of riding with the club. 

If you want to get an idea of the kind of bike we're talking about, then pop into Beeline, our sponsors and local bike shop. They offer deals on bike packages (bike, pedals, clip in shoes etc) for beginners, and with the purchase of a bike, you can get a discounted membership with the Condors too.

You'll also want to ensure you get yourself some padded cycling shorts. These are pretty essential when riding a road bike for more than 30 minutes or so, and they should be worn without underwear for most comfort.

What should I bring with me on the ride?

  • Yourself and your bike (!)
  • Helmet - this is mandatory for all club rides
  • Water (please make sure you have a bottle cage on your bike to hold your water bottle)
  • A gel or small snack (eg banana / flapjack)
  • Spare inner tube, tyre levers, tyre pump or gas cannister
  • If the ride is stopping at a cafe, please bring money for a drink/coffee/etc
  • You shouldn't need panniers or a rucksack – try to get everything in your pockets or in a saddle bag if you can
  • You won't need to bring a big lock either. We always keep an eye on our bikes if we need to stop anywhere
  • Triathlon aficionados must please remove their tri-bars! Time Trial bikes are not permitted on club rides
  • Wear comfortable cycling or sports gear. You may want to bring a waterproof if it looks like it’s going to rain

I'm a woman - will I be the only one?!

Absolutely not!  While it's probably true that there isn't yet a cycling club in England that has 50% female membership, we're almost there with over 40% and rising, and with a female Club President and a specific Women's Officer board position, there is a good amount of positive discrimination within the club!

If you'd like any further info, just drop Women's Officer Becci Curtis a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She'd love to hear from you.

This sounds great! Where do I sign up?

Head over to our membership page to become a fully fledged Condor. Remember you can try up to 3 rides before you buy!

We look forward to seeing you out on the road soon :)

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