Tuesday June 05, 2012 | 07:30 AM

Even when the sun's shining and the roads are in pristine shape it's still sometimes difficult to find the time - and motivation - to get out and ride.

There's all that yard work to be done. There's a great show at the State Theatre to see. There's cold beer needing someone to drink it on a back deck.

Any cyclist can come up with a slew of excuses to stay out of the saddle. But bikers who are part of a club are far less likely to get away with them.

Maine's home to a variety of bike clubs from Bar Harbor to Kennebunkport and most offer several weekly rides in a range of levels. Some even host competitive events or offer rides specifically for women.

If you're looking to team up, here are a handful of options to get you started:

Casco Bay Bicycle Club, Portland: Hosts rides Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Membership is $15 per year.

Community Cycling Club of Portland: Evening rides on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays. membership is $20 per year.

Portland Velo Club: Evening rides on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and morning rides on Saturdays. Membership is $30 per year.

Southern Maine Cycling Club: Weekly rides on Tuesday evenings and Friday and Saturday mornings. Also offers a women's team.

Maine Coast Cycling Club, Kennebunkport: Rides are Sunday mornings and Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Membership is $25 per year.

Merrymeeting Wheelers, Brunswick: Offers 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. rides of varying distances.

Maine Cycling Club, Auburn: Offers rides Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Thursdays choose from the regular group ride or a beginners' ride. Membership is $25 per year.

Central Maine Cycling Club: Several weekly rides offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays.

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