Generally there is a long ride with some shorter options. The longer rides tend to be relatively fast (15-18 mph depending upon how hilly) while shorter rides are at a more relaxed pace <15mph. You should have a road bike if you plan on doing the longer rides, whereas fat-tire and road bikes are appropriate for shorter more slowly paced rides. If you are a new rider and would like to go on the longer ride simply let the ride starter know, and the group will make sure you are not left by yourself. We will either slow the pace or wait at critical turns along the route. Thus, we encourage new riders to test themselves on some of our longer rides. After a number of rides we encourage new riders to contribute to the group by becoming a ride leader and planning new routes. Just ask any veteran rider what is involved.