NMTS Club Information
- The New Mexico Touring Society is a League of
American Bicyclists affiliated bicycle club consisting of cyclists of
all ages and abilities, both road and mountain biking.
- The NMTS schedules member-led daily and multiple
day trips of varying distances and difficulties.
- The NMTS encourages local bicycle advocacy to
further bicycling opportunites and safety.
- Ride with supplemental insurance on all club rides!
- Receive the NMTS monthly newsletter, the
Freewheel, that lists monthly rides and other good gossip.
- Travel to out-of-town locations as a part of a group,
e.g., Santa Fe Century, Enchanted Circle Century, etc.
- Participate in weekly rides as a participant in
friendly, non-competitive bike rides. Become part of the club.
- Be eligible to attend the annual member Christmas
party and Ride Leader Appreciation party (for ride leaders and helpers).
- Be eligible to purchase the snazzy NMTS jerseys, shorts
and ride leader socks (for ride leaders and helpers).
- Be eligible for the annual rider (male and female)
of the year awards.
- Be eligible to borrow or rent club equipment like
bike boxes, BOB trailer, etc.
- Post For-Sale/Wanted classifieds on the NMTS
WebSite. It works!
- Anyone (member or non-member) giving a
presentation gets a pair of ride leader socks.
- NMTS Membership runs for a year beginning with the
month we receive your dues and is renewed annually on that month.
- NMTS dues are collected each year on the month you joined the club.
- There is no online signup for dues.
- The Ride Waiver Form is kept on file so renewing
members do not have to fill one out every year.
- If you have a question about your membership
status, email the treasurer.
The NMTS has the following equipment available for
use on club rides. The shipping cases and BOB trailer, etc. can be used
for other rides.
- B.O.B. Trailer
- 1 Hard-sided Bicycle shipping case.
- 2 Coolers
- 3 Water Jugs
- First Aid Kit
- Tool Kit
- Small Bike Work Stand (holds rear wheel off the ground)
- Floor Pumps
- Front and Rear Panniers
The New Mexico Touring Society encourages and
expects its members to obey all state and municipal traffic laws. The State of New Mexico and the City of
Albuquerque require bicyclists to obey all traffic laws that apply to motor vehicles. Also NMTS is a
member of the League of American Bicyclists, which advocates that bicyclists obey traffic laws. The
Albuquerque Traffic Code Subsection 16.5 states the traffic regulations that apply to persons riding
A. Operators of bicycles have the same rights
as operators of automobiles in the use of streets,
highways, and roadways within the City of Albuquerque, except as
otherwise specifically provided herein.
B. Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be subject to all
duties applicable to the drivers of motor vehicles, except otherwise expressly provided in this
article and except which by their nature can have no applications of this article to which a
motorist is subject.
- Ride leaders will fill out a ride submission form on the web site. Approval by the ride chairman is necessary.
- Ride leaders should hand out maps or give explicit
instructions of the ride route.
- Ride leaders will assure that all riders sign the
NMTS waiver including the Emergency Contact information.
- All cyclists are required to have CSPC, SNELL, or
ANSI approved helmets. For after sunset rides cyclists will have head
and tail lights.
- Ride leaders should designate regroup or rest stop
areas if and where appropriate.
- Ride leaders will assure that the last person is
accounted for during and after the ride. For large rides or with a
diverse group a sweep rider may need to be designated.
- When the ride is complete the ride leader should
turn in the waiver form to the Mileage Chairman.
- All cyclists will wear CSPC, SNELL, or ANSI approved helmets.
- Cyclists should be prepared to contend with the
normal occurances of cycling such as flats and be prepared with the
- Ample water and snacks. A water-bottle per
hour is a good rule of thumb for water consumptions. Remember that New
Mexico is a desert so plan accordingly.
- Basic repair kit including spare tires and a
- Sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Identification (drivers license), medical
insurance card, and written emergency contact, name and phone number.
- Raingear, gloves, tights as the weather
- Head and taillights if riding after sunset.
- Cyclists will obey state and city traffic ordinances as they
pertain to cyclists.
- Cyclists should arrive at the designated ride
meeting place with sufficient time to get ready for the ride to start
at the advertised time.
- Cyclists should maintain the pace as advertised.
The rider may ride faster or slower than this pace if s/he knows the
route and advises the leader accordingly. In this case the leader will
not be responsible for the cyclists safe return or completion of the
- Cyclists should advise the ride leader if the
rider will not complete the ride or deviate from the designated route.
- Cyclists should warn nearby rear cyclists of road
debris or, when in the rear, warning leading cyclists of approaching
motorists from behind.
- Cyclists should as simple courtesy help out others
with mechanical problems.
- Cyclists should use common sense and courtesy.
- Cyclists should not antagonize vehicle drivers,
you can only lose.
- Leads monthly meetings. Responsible for setting
up the meeting area, calling the meeting to order, making
announcements, introducing the guest speaker.
- Makes policy decisions, issues club
official statements and letters, schedules board meetings when the need
- Proposes annual budget.
- Delegates responsibility for major events: Gila
Inner Loop Super Tour, Ride Leaders Annual Party, Christmas Party.
- Takes the President's duties when he/she is
- Schedules monthly programs.
- Takes minutes of monthly meetings and board
meetings which are submitted to the newsletter editor.
- Manages the club's finances, deposits membership
payments, issues checks to reimburse authorized expenses.
- Manages the club's membership list.
- Keeps the club's LAB membership dues, insurance,
and ride line phone payments up to date.
- Collects the printed newsletters from the
printer and mails the monthly newletters. produces mailing labels or
information for the monthly Freewheel.
- Maintains ride waivers, checks, and other
documents for 5 years.
- Issues monthly account balance for the Freewheel.
- Collects ride information from the Ride
Chairman, ride recaps from ride leaders, advertisements from sponsors, and members, and other useful information.
- Formats the Newsletter.
- Submits the Newsletter to the printer.
- Posts the newsletter on the web site.
- Approves rides submitted on the web site.
- Submits a weekly Email Blast to the web site.
- Attends meetings of cycling related groups such
as GASP!, GABAC, and NM Highway Department meeings.
- Reports minutes to the newsletter editor and
gives a summary at monthly meetings.
- Collects ride waiver sheets from ride leaders
and maintains totals for each year.
- Submits running totals and the Rider of the
Month to the newsletter editor.