Getting Started

Welcome to Major Taylor Chicago! πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈπŸŽ‰ Whether you’re a seasoned rider or new to biking, you’re in the right place. We’re more than just a club – we’re a family united by our passion for cycling and commitment to supporting each other. Discover exciting rides, helpful resources, and a supportive network of fellow riders. From group rides to educational workshops, there’s something here for everyone. Saddle up and get ready for an exhilarating journey ahead! Welcome to the Major Taylor Chicago family! Happy riding, Jason Ward – President.


Let’s ensure you’re geared up for the ride! All you need is a bike and a helmet to join us. Whether it’s a hybrid, mountain bike, trike, e-bike, or adaptive bike, all types are welcome. While many riders opt for road-style bikes with drop bars, feel free to join us with whatever you have. Your enthusiasm for cycling is what matters most

Here’s what to anticipate on an average ride

Our riders have built strong camaraderie over the years, so expect a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. As we ride together, we naturally get to know each other better. While you may notice some impressive bikes and matching club cycling apparel, don’t feel intimidated. We encourage everyone to ride in gear they enjoy and feel comfortable wearing, regardless of brand or style. During our rides, the group may occasionally split, but don’t worryβ€”it’s normal. For instance, I recently rode with a newcomer who joined us on a hybrid bike. I assured them that even if the group separated, I would stick with them. We had a fantastic ride together, enjoying a good chat along the way. Remember, despite our attire geared for speed, we’re not all racing enthusiasts.

Speed of a ride

this is a tough one. many new riders do not know what their speed is. If you look at our calendar you will find an array of rides. As you delve into the rides you will come across rolling speed and average speed information. The best thing you can do is call the ride leader for the ride and be up front with them about your riding abilities and they will assist you. If this ride is not a good fit now then they can direct you to other rides that would be better.

For instance let’s say you come to a Monday Malarkey ride which is extremely new rider friendly. You will find out that the riding course is an out and back which means we ride a certain distance/time out on the trail, turn around, and head back on the exact same route.