President's Message

Charlie Czar

Do you have bicycle goals for 2013?  Remember the National Bike Challenge last summer?  The Club had 4 teams and 3 finished in the top 12 of the 157 teams in Colorado.  Nationally over 30,000 people rode 12 million miles in this free program May 1 to August 31, 2012. The warm-up for the 2013 Challenge will begin in March 2013.  Check this link for some details.   Our best team finished 3rd in Colorado, what might happen if we assemble a team of our most frequent riders?

As 2013 began, I had to replace the batteries in the bike computers of my Trek and trail bikes.  When Barb gave me my first computer I didn’t trust battery life.  I used a cable driven speedometer since college and didn’t want to lose my mile total because the battery died since my last ride.  For over a year I kept the cable speedometer and computer on the same bike.  I developed the habit of marking the running odometer total in my planner every Sunday evening, and from that I started tracking that total on a spreadsheet - the first entry is 1 Jan 1996.  Since that day I rode over 47,500 miles on my 3 bikes.  My Trek 520 has almost 27,300 of that total, over 2,600 last year.  I think we all ride to stay healthy, I also throw in a goal to do 1,000 Club miles.  I don’t always make my goal, but it offers some focus.  Have you set a bike goal for the year?

Have you used the Club Christmas gift yet?  It was the Crankbrothers speedier tire lever.  I was getting my Trek ready for the Jan 6th Sunday Social Ride (that I was leading) when I noticed the 2,600 miles from last year left some rear tire chords exposed.  The President doesn’t want a flat on his 1st ride of the year.  So I changed the tire using the tool.  I took off a “700 – 25” from the rear wheel an put on a narrower “700-23” which usually take a long time.  Using the tool I was done in about 5 minutes.  As I was getting my tail bike ready for the January Full Moon Ride, I found a slice through the back tire.  This time I had to buy new tires during the day before using the tool again “to save the day”.

I hope everyone noticed that the Buena Vista Bike Fest ride date has moved this year.  The committee is sure that moving the ride into June will significantly improve the weather.  The city was excited about moving the date, too.  So get your ride registration or your volunteer registration done and turned in early.  This is going to be another great year of riding in Colorado and especially in Colorado Springs.

BFC Feb 2013 - Vol 6, Issue 1, 1 February 2013

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