On our visit to the yard, we saw some bikes and bike racks. Are midshipman allowed to have bikes? If so what are general requirements? I can pretty much figure they are right out for plebes! Thanks.
Delegate all “stuff management” and “bike-riding rules pro knowledge” to your P2B to manage and let him tell you. Likely not plebe year.Reviving this old thread b/c the renters' insurance thread mentioned bikes - when are midshipmen allowed to use bicycles if ever? My plebe to be son will not be on any kind of cycling or related team but he enjoys riding his bike around for fun or transport as needed. Not sure if they are allowed or need to use it on the Yard or might want for off-campus? We are trying to figure out if we should sell his bike or plan on sending or driving it up there at some point when/if allowed.
I think for underclass this is a gray area. MidRegs lets all mids conduct PT off the yard on approved routes. Mostly running but I know people who bike.
Rules don’t explicitly restrict biking for anyone, but my only concern would be what they could wear on weekends since 4/C have to depart the Yard in the uniform of the day for liberty. If they’re on the cycling team (which has tryouts in the fall and is worth considering if they love biking) they’d have team gear that they could wear without being given crap by anybody. I suppose they’d probably be allowed to wear regulation PT Gear but they probably won’t want to as they’ll stick out like a sore thumb all over Annapolis. Otherwise a plebe’s best bet would be taking their bike to a sponsor’s house, changing, and riding from there. Most likely he’ll only have time to ride on the weekends anyway.
Plebes aren’t supposed to wear anything other than uniform of the day or PT gear, so changing at their sponsors into civvies is not supposed to be a thing.
True that technically would not be allowed by MidRegs, but it’s pretty widely accepted. In most companies, the upperclassmen aren’t gonna hunt down Plebes for wearing civilian clothes when far away from the Yard, which they themselves all did without retribution. I’m not one to encourage the “rate what you skate” attitude, but this is a social norm of the Brigade that’s the current reality and I don’t want to pretend we’re all naiive. What is still taboo in the Brigade and should be avoided is 4/C or 3/C mids being out of uniform in DTA or the immediate areas like the mall and movie theater.
If a plebe desired, he or she could go on a bike ride every day from 1600-1800 during sports period. Each Battalion currently has a closet where members of that battalion store their bikes. There are also many approved running/biking routes off the yard any mid could enjoy during sports period.
Going on bike rides plebe year would be very ambitious. I certainly wouldn't have taken the time to bike plebe year. However, now that I am a 2/C, I plan on bringing my bike to Annapolis in the fall.
I have that feeling about everything in my P2B's room. I am doubtful that all of his civilian clothes will fit him in 6-10 months, his closet is plumb full of clothes. He likely won't live at home again. I guess I am in the personal property storage business now. Storing 8 guitars, a yukele, a cuatro, a keyboard, 2 amps, various personal items and all of his 'stuff'. At what point do we yard sale a lot of the not important things and start charging him to store the rest (half in jest, re charging, half thinking this will help him adult).Thanks for the helpful info on bikes - sounds we sell the bike and get a little money for it and get it out of our garage OR plan on storing it for quite some time as in years. Just what I needed.