As you know I now have a bike and plan to get some riding done. I began to look around for local or semi-local riding events for beginners as I figure this would be a great place to learn and I would feel safer on the roads with others. Well I found some sources including some from local triathlon groups as well as cycling groups and cycling stores. But I have a question of what is considered appropriate? If a bike store I dd not buy my bike from is hosting a beginner ride and they list that all are welcome do they really mean ‘all’?
Lets say I bought my bike from company X because they had what I wanted and were closer. But company Z has a schedule of beginner bike rides that looks like something I might want to participate in. Is it bad to partake in their ride as I am sure they are hosting it for people who bought from them. So, if it is cool, then I guess it is only right to buy something, even a little something like a water bottle, from them right? I hope you can see my concern and maybe I am just making a bigger deal of this than it really is. I just want to be sure I truly understand protocol here. Till next time.