ManMos BUG is short for Manly-Warringah Mosman Bicycle User Group Incorporated and is a non-profit community based Bicycle User Group or BUG. We welcome riders from all areas. We are a a small, informal group of people who enjoy riding bikes in company mainly during the working week. For this reason many of our group are retirees, part retirees, part-time or shift workers. The small size and intimacy of the group allows us to operate with no or minimal rules and bureaucracy. So far we manage with no fees.
We frequently use busy streets, so to ride with us you need to be comfortable riding in traffic. If you feel you need a bit more help and experience in coping with street traffic conditions such as intersections, roundabouts and so on, you may like to join a group such as Bike North to gain expertise and confidence before joining our rides.
Our principal aim is to provide an outlet for those who enjoy cycling to be able to access a wide range of cycling experiences. So besides local rides we often ride to scenic and unusual places away from our area. We enjoy being in company with like-minded riders who are keen to share the benefits of being a part of the outdoor environment accessible by bike riding. The average size of our rides would be around 10 riders, although we often have more and sometimes as few as two or three.
A typical ride would be on a Tuesday or Thursday of around 40 km, but they vary from 25 to 80 km. Most rides involve some hills—this is Sydney! We usually start riding at 9.30 am from a park or shopping centre and stop for a coffee break at around one hour or so into the ride. We stop for a lunch break around 12.30 pm in the middle of the ride, lasting around one hour and we would usually then return to the start using a different route or sometimes by train.
Naturally, you are free to join or leave the ride at any point that suits you. We carry phones for coordination and to keep in touch in case riders get ‘mislaid’ or need other help. We do look out for each other!
We value the social aspect of our rides. The size of our rides means that we can usually all sit around a table as a single group and everyone can take part in the conversation.
A member will advise other members of a ride they like doing using our email group. Sometimes the notice is quite short! In this and many other ways we are more akin to mates out for a bike ride together than any formal club setting. We have a private Facebook group where members can share interests, experiences and photos.
Anyone can propose a ride, this means that we do not have formal ride leaders. By joining Manmos posted events cyclists accept the following conditions: be prepared ride to independently, make your own decisions and take full responsibility for any personal outcomes. You must be prepared to be fully self sufficient.
For more information click here to email our president Tony.
Our email group messages are here.