Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the next ride?
    • The ride is always on the third Saturday of the month.
  • Who should come?
    • Absolutely everyone is invited.  It’s a great ride to meet people, or to bring along a date.  There is drinking involved, so those opposed or too young to partake should be advised.
  • What are the rules?
    • On the day of the ride, the meet up location (usually a bar or other interesting hot spot) will be announced on our website at midnightmystery.org.
    • Meet us at the meet up spot before midnight.
    • We ride promptly at midnight, so be ready!
    • Follow the leader; s/he is the only one who knows where we are going!
    • Don’t let any of your fellow bikers fall too far behind.
    • When we get to the end-point, be prepared to have some fun and enjoy a new spot.
  • How much does it cost to ride?
    • Zip!  Nada!  Nothing! The Midnight Mystery Ride is completely free. 
  • How many people participate?
    • It varies, but rides have been numbering in the 40’s lately.
  • What does NRLB mean?
    • No Rider Left Behind – in order to make this ride accessible to the widest variety of skill levels we follow a strict NRLB policy.  (We like to party with everyone at the endpoint!) We sometimes have to stop along the way to fix a flat, for someone to catch their breath or for any number of crazy reasons – please be cool and patient about it.  You never know when it might be you, but when it is we won’t leave you behind.
  • ·      Where will it begin and end?
    • The beginning spot is announced on the day of the ride at midnightmystery.org.
    •  The end spot – well, it wouldn’t be much of a mystery if I told you that!
  • ·      Is this a ride for children?
    • It is well past bedtime, isn’t it?  While we would never say never, it probably isn’t the best event for young children.
  • ·      Is it suitable for adult beginner cyclists?
    •  Absolutely.  If you can ride 5 miles, we would like for you to come.
  • ·      How long will it take?
    • Once we arrive we hang out until we’re ready to go home.  You are free to stay as long as you like or to leave when you are ready.
    • We try to keep the ride near 5 miles long in one direction.  It generally takes us between 30 minutes to an hour to get to the destination. 
  • ·      How difficult will the route be?
    •  We try to keep the routes accessible to all riders.  Where there are hills we are very patient.  Also, there is never any shame in walking when need be – Lord knows I did last time!
  • ·      What if I’m late?
    • Please don’t be late.  We leave pretty promptly at midnight.
  • ·      What if I get a flat tire?
    • We advise you bring a small repair kit.  If you get a flat, we will wait and help you fix it.
  • ·      What about the weather?
    • It is your responsibility to check the weather the night of the ride and dress appropriately.  Our destinations always offer some level of shelter from the elements.
  • ·      Are helmets required?
    • No, but if you like your brain you should wear one.
  • ·      Are lights required?
    • We LOVE lights.  Please use as many as you want.  If we light up the San Francisco sky then we are doing our job.
  • Where are we going?
    • Come on now!  That’s the whole mystery!
  • What should I bring?
    • A small flat repair kit.
    • Something to drink/eat/smoke at the destination point.
    • Maybe a few bucks for a drink at the starting point – definitely not required.
    • Appropriate clothing
    • Music
    • A camera
    • Your sense of adventure.
  • Who is leading the ride?
    • We have a new ride leader every month.
  • How can I lead a ride?
    • Just message us on Facebook!  We will be happy to set you up with everything you need to lead a ride as well as our best advice on how to make it a great one.
  • How do I get home after the ride?
  • We are a one-way ride.  You are responsible for making your way home.  Typically people leave together in smaller groups or sometimes we all head somewhere else together.  We will definitely help you route the best way back to your neck of the woods