Welcome to the new Princeton Freewheelers website.
We offer over 900 rides annually for cyclists at all levels. Feel free to check our ride calendar to review current ride listings. Nonmembers are invited to join our rides, but insurance requirements allow one ride before joining the club. Annual membership fees are $25 for individuals and $35 for families. Note that helmets are required and your bike must be in good working condition. Members also are invited to attend several social events that occur throughout the year.
The Spring Fling start location this year has been moved to the Tall Cedars Picnic Grove, located at 245 Sawmill Rd, Hamilton NJ. Date: Saturday, April 28. It’s a great location for cycling as it is easy to plan routes on less traveled roads through the surrounding farm country. As always, there are rides at all paces followed by a luncheon (catered by Business Bistro). Ride leaders who led 10 or more rides in 2017 are acknowledged and presented with ride leader jerseys. This Event is reserved for Club Members; If you have not renewed your membership for 2018, please renew now.
The facility is outdoors, but totally covered in an area that can seat a few hundred people under roof (indoor bathrooms are available). The luncheon and Jersey presentation will occur rain or shine. The luncheon starts at noon. Ride leaders should plan their routes and start times to allow enough time to return by noon.
Check the ride calendar for additional details. Ride leaders are starting to post individual rides – more will be added weekly before the event.
Ira Saltiel, President
While this change in location offers quieter roads and a change of scenery, it also reminds us of one of our members, Joe McBride, who lost his life in 2010 while on his bicycle.
Joe was strong, charismatic, and devoted to helping others through his social work career and volunteer efforts with diabetic children, bereaved families, and young athletes. Those who rode with him remember his cynicism, sarcasm, and genuine concern for everyone he rode with.
In 2011 friends and family got together to start the Joseph McBride Memorial Award for students at the University of Pennsylvania's Social Policy and Practice program, where Joe worked. To raise money we started the annual Ride for McBride (http://rideformcbride.com) at Tall Cedars. We gave our first scholarship to a second-year student in 2012 and have been giving awards every year since then.
Now that Joe's family has moved out of the area there will be no Ride for McBride. However, fundraising for the scholarship continues. This year's Spring Fling gives us the opportunity to raise money for the Joseph McBride Memorial Award. We will have a donation box for cash and checks at Tall Cedars. Online donations can also be made through our website, http://rideformcbride.com (scroll down to the middle of the home page).
-- Laura Lynch and the Ride for McBride team
2018 "Princeton Event Cancelled
We're taking a break from the annual event this year. The club will take this year to allow those who've worked on the event for many years to take a year off while we reassess our goals and restructure a meaningful opportunity for today's ridership based on several items - even those that have always been set in stone.