ABOUT US

FOGBEES is a Recreational Bicycle Club
formed in 2006 to help new cyclists get into Group Riding:

- We Ride: Primarily in Sumner County with frequent visits to Davidson and 
                   Robertson Counties. We also have overnighters and multi-day tours.
                   New adult bicyclists are WELCOME. Please check-in with ride leader.

- Homebase: Hendersonville and White House TN.


- Number of Members: Around 160 (from Davidson, Robertson, and Sumner Counties)
                     We have guys and gals from 21 to 84 years young


- Meetings: Nothing formal - We meet on the road and socialize post-ride.
            Most rides start/stop at Beech, Station Camp, or White House High Schools.
            Everyone is welcome.


- Dues: None - It's the best FREE deal you'll ever get!


- Officers: None - We ask that as you can, volunteer to lead something


- Communications: Our Blog, our FACEBOOK pages and our several Websites.


- When Do We Ride: About every day: morning, afternoon, and evening 

     - WATCH the BLOG: Our scheduled rides are usually Tuesday, Thursday,
                  and Saturday
     - We have morning "Weekday Riders" rides for those with flexible work schedules.

     - Our brother-club "State Line Riders" rides on weekends along KY/TN border.

- How to Join: Ride with us and, if you like us, enroll on our JOIN US page.


- Required Equipment: Road or hybrid bike, a helmet, and front/rear lights for evening rides.


- Uniforms: The club offers a variety of jerseys, t-shirts, caps, etc.  All items are special
        ordered.  We maintain no inventories. Watch the blog.  There is a FOGBEE jersey
        a State Line Rider jersey, and a Pedal for Paws jersey. There are Pedal for 
        Paws t-shirts and caps.
 
You can ride alone, but group riding has advantages:

- Safety: someone to help with mechanical failures or accident prevention
- Skills: improvement is more rapid with help. We have members skilled 

           in every aspect of road biking
- Camaraderie: someone with whom to talk or to negate your excuses for not riding.





THE CLUB HAS A RIDE GROUP
FOR ABOUT EVERY SKILL LEVEL

The club has four groups of riders:

RABBITS do the course averaging 18+ mph. Participants pretty much have to keep up because they seldom stop for and wait/keep track of slower bicyclists.

HOUNDS usually average between 14 to 16 mph and may bifurcate into slow and speedy groups.They generally keep track of who's participate and regroup. May implement Looy's Law.

TURTLES average 12 to 14 mph, stop as needed to regroup and/or rest, and have a "no drop" policy.

BEGINNERS ride to the abilities of those who show up.  Their rides are on Saturday morning when temperatures at above 50-degrees and weather permits. They aim to help new bicyclists get into Group Rides.  In general, this group

1) Expects really new cyclists who need tires pumped, seats adjusted, etc.
2) Has true no drop. Does not mean waiting at each intersection. Means an experienced rider riding along with slowest rider at his/her pace.
3) Meet and greet everyone at start of ride.
4) Remain vigilant to every rider's status. All riders should look out for each other and intercede when someone is obviously in trouble.
5) Stop and regroup frequently (when safe). The last person to arrive gives the okay to resume.
6) No Looy's law
7) Offer advice as needed.



WHEN DO WE RIDE?
Almost every day - WATCH THE BLOG

We have a variety of different rides: morning, evening, pickup, and overnight tours.  
Leaders announce rides, start time, location, maps, cues, and class on the BLOG.  
(FYI: week old stuff is usually deleted to minimize confusion)

The groups usually get together after the ride to socialize, eat, and re-hydrate.


Saturday: Generally all groups ride every Saturday morning.  Start times and locations vary.  Watch the blog.

Evening: During day-light savings the club rides in the evening on Tuesday and Thursdays. On Tuesday and Thursday rides leave from local high schools in/near Hendersonville from 5:30P to 6:00P 

Overnight: The club tries to have an overnighter in the spring and in the fall.  We do Credit-Card camping at a Motel, State Park, or B&B.  Significant others are invited to meet the bicyclists for the overnight for partying.

Sponsored Rides: The club also participates as a group in the major charity rides in the region. FOGBEES co-sponsor the Annual Pedal for Paws charity ride (in the Spring) from Gallatin TN.

Weekday Pickup Rides: We have a list of members who can ride during the day within the week. They have a FACEBOOK Group page to network on short notice.  They ride at Turtle pace.


EVENING and SATURDAY RIDE START and STOP LOCATIONS 

Main Group (expect a social get-together after ride)
Mon: Rarely - watch the blog.
Tues: Beech or Station Camp High Schools
Thurs: Whitehouse (Hwy 31W at Greenway Trailhead, White House)
Sat: Locations vary. Watch blog
Weekday Riders Group
These ride are infrequent ad hoc, but announced on their FACEBOOK page.
They prefer to travel to local greenway trails and bike routes around an hour from Hendersonville,  Expect a lunch stop.
State Line Riders Group
These rides (usually weekly) are scheduled on their FACEBOOK page
They prefer to ride flat southern Kentucky roads.  Expect a social get together after the ride..These rides are great alternatives for those who dislike TN hills.



FOGBEE SPEAK

An Andrew - a cyclist you see at the beginning and end of the ride, but no where in between.


Bruced - jerry-rigged (if with duck tape its Ed-rigged)


Bumblebees - Fogbees designed for momentum, such as Bob


Cannonball - Bumblebee on a downhill who passes everyone and anyone


Doug-time - arriving five minutes after the ride starts


Fog-gary - spinning at the YMCA


Goat - cyclist with an affinity for hills


Honeybees - Fogbee Gals


Hounds -  this group can't keep up with the Rabbits and are too fast to be Turtles.


Killerbees - Fogbees whose rides average better than 17mph on Tennessee hills.


Lites - Fogbees who rides averages 13 to 14 mph


Looy's Law - at the end of the ride when everyone is back on familiar ground, you're on your own to get back to the start/end. (used to be our club house at Big Looy's Pizza) 


A Miley - a cyclist whose face you see only at the beginning of a ride, and his back thereafter.


Newbee - new Fogbee cyclist


PUC - pointless (or painful) uphill climb


Rabbits - aka Killer Bees.


Store - a "necessary" stop for the Lites and Honeybees.


Sweep - a cyclist whose tired of bustin' a - - .


Twelve-miler - afternoon metric with Bruce


Turtles - Fogbee group built for adventure, leisure, and casual rides -- not for speed.


Vicker-ied - fall off the rabbit pace to wait on turtles only to find turtles changed their route.