gravel scouts

We are the Gravel Scouts. A crew dedicated to finding the best adventures that Iowa can offer on a bicycle. The Scouts are an all-inclusive, freaking-fun group of people. Every level of rider is welcome. The adventures we embark on will challenge you, help you grow as a cyclist, and build a positive crew energy.

 The Scouts want to maximize the Mid-West. We are continually searching out the best roads to ride and explore. We participate in weekly group rides, gravel/off-road cycling events, and W.O.B shop events.

HOW WE DO:

10 Commandments of Gravel:

Helmet and lights are always required.

Follow all traffic laws, stop signs count.

Stay to the right side of the road-DO NOT CROSS CENTER LINE!

Support your fellow rider as you would want to be supported, mechanically or otherwise.

Honor the No-Drop Ride.

Don’t be a jerk.

Any bike is a gravel bike.

There is no predetermined Scout outfit, where whatever you are comfortable riding in for upwards of 2 hours.

Always carry water and snacks.

Test your limits.

Scout Requirements:

 

$80/yearly membership cost.

 Follow the 10 Commandments of Gravel.

Apply to become a Scout-tell us why you really care about riding bikes with other people, what adventure means to you, or how you will embody the Scout ways.

Participate in 10 Monday Night Gravel rides.

Volunteer at 2 World of Bikes sponsored cycling event (doesn’t need to be gravel).

Attempt 1 off-road event in the 2018 calendar year.


Scout Membership:

$80/yearly membership fee

Super cool Scout swag- Bags by Swift tool roll w/custom patch. Scout clothing and kits by Bike Rags.

World of Bikes: 20% off parts and accessories. 10% off labor. 5% off new bikes. 24 hour priority service for events only.

Fin and Feather: Support TBA, coming soon.

Big Grove Brewery: BEERS. FOODS. YUMS.


 

Do you want to join the greatest Gravel Scoutin’ group of people out there? Fill in the form below and we will get back to you ASAP.

 
Apply to be a Scout!
       
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IMPORTANT EXPLANATION PART: AKA FAQ

What is no-drop? NO ONE LEFT BEHIND. EVER. We will always wait for you. Even if the front of the group seems to be pulling away they will always wait. Corners and intersections are typically stopping points. This allows for any pace, ride comfortably or try to push yourself to keep up and get stronger, either way you will have someone to ride with. That someone is our sweeper, the dedicated end-of-the-ride rider. They are there to ensure the positive energy extends from front to back during rides.

What is this positive energy you speak of? Cookies? Candy? Sunshine?

Do I have to be a Gravel Scout to go on the Monday Night Gravel Ride?

No! You are all welcome.

What if I don’t have a “gravel” bike? What do I ride?

You can always bring in your bicycle for a free safety check at World of Bikes. We have rental bikes that can handle gravel. Also most any bike can ride gravel, it’s just up to you to maintain it.

What kind of trips are you talking about?

Camping! Hanging out with other bikes shops! Getting friends on bikes during event such as Gravel Curious rides!

Why should I go to events with you guys?

It’s way more fun to travel to events with people, we can support each other, and challenge each other.

How do I pick out events?

There will be registration parties to make sure everyone can sign up for what they want! Gravel event registrations go very quickly.

Can I keep up?

Heck yes, all group rides are no-drop.

What is no-drop again?

NO ONE LEFT BEHIND. EVER. We will always wait for you. Even if the front of the group seems to be pulling away they will always wait. Corners and intersections are typically stopping points. This allows for any pace, ride comfortable for you or try to push yourself to keep up and get stronger, either way you will have someone* to ride with.

*That someone is our sweeper, the dedicated end-of-the-ride rider. They are there to ensure the positive energy extends from the front to the back of the ride.

Do I have to live in Iowa to be a Scout?

We are working on this, Salsa?