These are some of the questions that are asked most often about OBS. If you have questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact John Wente.
- Is there any cost to join OBS?
- Can minors join OBS?
- How can I join OBS?
- Is club membership required to join an OBS ride?
- Is club membership required to attend OBS meetings?
- Is club membership required to attend OBS social functions?
- What do I get for my $20 annual dues?
- Why does OBS have annual dues?
- What are the duties and obligations of an OBS member?
- How long has OBS been around?
- Is OBS affiliated with any national cycling organizations?
- How many club officials are there and who are they?
Yes, annual dues are $20. One membership covers all cyclists in a family.
Yes, the only requirement is that a parent or legal guardian must sign the membership form. Children under 16 must be accompanied on rides by an adult.
Get a membership form here [INSERT LINK], fill it out and send it to the address shown on the form along with a check for $20 made out to OBS.
No, all cyclists ride safely and wear a helmet are invited to join any OBS ride. The only exception to this is the annual OBS Grand Tour. This tour is open to club members only. Please review the ride characteristics (pace, terrain, distance) before joining a ride and make sure you choose a ride consistent with your cycling abilities.
No. Everyone with an interest in cycling is invited to attend any and all of our meetings. This is a good way for anyone interested in cycling to meet other cyclists, ask questions, learn more about our club, etc.
No. OBS social events (parties) are open to anyone. This is a good way for anyone interested in cycling to meet other cyclists, ask questions, learn more about our club, etc
All members receive a monthly newsletter, the Pathfinder, discounts at some bike shops in the OKC area, and free advertising in the newsletter. But the most important benefits are less tangible: the pleasure of association with other cyclists whose interests are similar to your own, involvement in a club that supports cycling safety and is active in advocating the rights of cyclists with local, state and national governments and an enhanced opportunity to mentor individuals who are new to the sport.
The dues are kept to an absolute minimum. OBS is a not-for-profit organization, so there is no motivation to make money. All club officers, committee members and ride leaders are volunteers. The dues cover the expense of printing and mailing the newsletter, maintaining the OBS website (cost of domain space only, domain name registration and site maintenance are donated), cost of room rental for monthly meetings, and various other miscellaneous club expenses.
There are no explicit duties. Members are not required to attend meetings or even participate in OBS rides. Implied duties of all members are to ride safely, encourage others to do the same and be a responsible representative of the club (and the sport of cycling) in the community. Volunteering for the many club functions is encouraged for all members, but is by no means required.
The club was organized in 1973 and has been in continuous operation ever since.
You can see a list of current OBS officers and committee chairpersons here.