SHIFTING GEARS FOR A BETTER FOUNDATION

Gears and Beers is a Common Roots Foundation fundraising event, geared toward promoting a healthy active lifestyle. Riders meet Wednesday evenings (weather permitting) in the Park & Ride lot behind the brewery with a 6:00pm 5:30pm start for a no-drop group road ride. After the ride, we’ll kick back at the brewery, where $1 dollar from every beer sold from 7-9 p.m. benefits the Common Roots Foundation and its mission to support our community.

NEW THIS YEAR - Riders have a choice:

1. An Open Ride (advanced riders): This group will leave first, and choose their own 1-hour adventure.

2. A Scheduled Ride (open to any skill level): Routes will be rotated weekly and are downloadable to a GPS device via the links below:

Looking to ride extra miles?
Check out our EXTENDED routes:

In Case of Emergency on the ride, call 911.
For brewery assistance, please dial (518) 409-8248 x1

ALL Gears & Beers riders are required to register and sign a 2022 waiver BEFORE their first ride of the season.

GEARS & BEERS RULES OF THE ROAD

Please be respectful of other cyclists and motorists at all times and ensure that we are always riding in a single file line.  Communication is paramount.  If a rider in your group alerts you to an oncoming hazard or a hazard approaching from the rear, please pass along that information to all riders in your vicinity.  Additionally, please use the information below as guiding principles to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride for everyone:


FOLLOW THE LAW

Your safety and image of bicyclists depend on you. You have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Obey traffic signals and stop signs. Ride with traffic; use the rightmost lane headed in the direction you are going.

BE PREDICTABLE 

Make your intentions clear to everyone on the road. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between parked cars. Signal turns, and check behind you well before turning or changing lanes.

BE CONSPICUOUS

Ride where people can see you and wear bright clothing. Use a front white light, red rear light and reflectors when visibility is poor. Make eye contact with others and don’t ride on sidewalks.

THINK AHEAD

Anticipate what drivers, pedestrians, and other people on bikes will do next. Watch for turning vehicles and ride outside the door zone of parked cars. Look out for debris, potholes, and other road hazards. Cross railroad tracks at right angles.

RIDE READY

Check that your tires are sufficiently inflated, brakes are working, chain runs smoothly, and quick release levers are closed. Carry tools and supplies that are appropriate for your ride. Wear a helmet.