From The Editors…
Dale Campbell & Sharon Boyd
Spring is in the air – the days are longer, the weather is warmer and our chives are growing. With the longer warmer days also comes the urge to ride. Whether that ride is for pleasure or has a more distinct purpose, it’s still a chance to get out and soak in the enjoyment of being out in the open on two wheels. In this edition of the Bent Fork, you will find a variety of information that:
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Welcome New Members
Martha Andrews, Michael Bane, Brian Colvert, Ronnie Graham, Dominic Hagen, Laurence Kohler, Suchart Mack, John Marhoffer & Family, Chris Murray & Family, Brandon Newton & Family, Mark Noble, Steven Paul & Family, Jerry Remmert & Family, Sid Santos & Family, and Olivia Sebastian
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Transitions… On the Road Again?
Mike and Debbie Belock
Editors Note: Here’s a note from Mike regarding their plans for the next several years. We are definitely sad to see Mike and Debbie leaving the community, even if it’s not permanent. However, as Mike indicates, we’ll be hearing more from them during that time. And when we do, the Bent Fork Editors will be sure to pass that along to our readers.
"It is hard for us to stay in any place for very long. There are just too many places to ride our bikes and hike. So after returning from Costa Rica in a couple of weeks, we will be loading our mountain bikes and road bikes in the back of our truck, hook up the travel trailer and hit the road for a year or more. We won't know where we are going until Debbie signs a contract for 13 weeks in a hospital, hopefully in Washington State. In between contracts we will camp our way to the next location, where ever that might be. We will post pictures and updates of our traveling adventures."
Social Events and Activities – Please Welcome…
I am excited to be the new CSCC Social Activities Chairperson. This step is a large undertaking for me, and also a big opportunity to benefit the bike club. One goal is to help CSCC grow. I have a lot of ideas for social events and activities, other than the established events such as the summer picnic, progressive dinner ride and Holiday party. I also would like to introduce a new twist on the social rides with an unannounced social event for that day (simply show up at the ride to see what happens!). This ride may have an adventure or food involved--it is going to be different.
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Rides, Notices & Announcements
Dale Campbell, Co-Editor
: Join the Trails and Open Space Coalition for the 19th Annual Starlight Spectacular on June 15th, 2013. This fun night-time bicycle ride is suitable for all ages and abilities. All proceeds benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition's mission, "...the preservation of open space and parks, and the creation of a network of trails, bikeways and greenways for the Pikes Peak region." Festivities begin 9 pm – Music, Food and drink, Contests - Two cruiser bikes, donated by Ted's Bicycles, will be awarded for best illuminated bike and best costume.
Ride starts 10:30 p.m.! Begins and ends at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center and will traverse the City of Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods and Old Colorado City. Themed rest stops will be provided. Hot breakfast and more great prizes after the ride! Early Bird Tickets now on sale at http://2013starlight.eventbrite.com
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Request for Trip/Tour Articles
Dale Campbell, Co-Editor
As we move into Spring and Summer months, there are more opportunities for travel adventures that have a cycling component. One resource for cycling tour information is Pedaling.com. If you have an upcoming trip, and upon completion of the trip are willing to share a summary of your adventure, please contact the Bent Fork Editors. We’ll be glad to help you capture your thoughts, experiences and observations from the trip so that you can share the enjoyment of the trip with fellow cyclists. Remember: A joy shared is a joy doubled. Send us those travel journals and pictures!
Travel Adventure Wanted?
: Norm is a CSCC Alumnus who still stays in touch with a number of friends in CSCC. Here’s an update on an unfortunate skiing incident and his request for a “substitute” Tandem Captain.
"I recently had an Ski accident to my knee that will require surgery. Please pass the following letter on to others, or clubs that may have an interested Captain."
From: Ron Barton, a blind cyclist.
This past week Ron found out that Norman Howard, the person that was going to pilot his tandem on the first week of the Pacific Coast tour this year blew out his knee skiing this past week so he had to cancel on him! So he is looking for another pilot to do this first week of the Pacific Coast tour that starts on May 4th at Half-moon Bay Ca., and ...
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[Commuting by bicycle is] "an absolutely essential part of my day. It’s mind-clearing, invigorating. I get to go out and pedal through the countryside in the early morning hours, and see life come back and rejuvenate every day as the sun is coming out."
James L. Jones, former US Supreme Allied Commander Europe
Thoughts from the CSCC President…
Spring is in the air. That means it is time to get your bike tuned up and ready for riding this year. It is time to start planning your riding opportunities. The Club is putting our year together, too. Check the ride calendar for recent additions:
- June 1st BVBF;
- June 29th 2nd Annual CSCC President’s Pre-Inaugural Tour of Colorado Springs;
- Need For Speed Workout on some Fridays in May, Jun, and July; and
- the Annual Club Picnic July 14th.
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A Big St Pat’s Day Thanks to Our Volunteers
The St Patrick’s Ride and Parade was Saturday, 16 March. Once again, the weather was outstanding for this time of the year. The Colorado Springs Cycling Club had over 25 volunteers signed up to help work rest stops and road marshal on the ride. Our effort was led by Club Secretary Janine Hegeman, who did a fantastic job. Charlie’s assigned task was to coordinated bike and car traffic at the Loaf n Jug on 30th Street, it was fun and a little cool. Club bicycle riders and the St Pat riders joined the bicycle group that was in the middle of St Pat's Parade.
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Aaron Rosenthal/Bob Smith
As of April 1, we are officially two months away from BVBF 2013 which takes place on June 1. We have received good feedback on our date change. Obviously, our hope is that the weather will be on our side this year. We are due for it! Registration is now 512 riders, ahead of last year, but we still need a fair bit more, as this is only at 57% of our target of 900 registered riders. Hopefully, the extra two weeks from the rescheduling the ride to June will help with meeting the goal.
While the routes are the same as in years past, we do have a few exciting changes/additions to this year’s event. ...
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Bicycle Commuting – What’s to Consider?
Dale Campbell, Co-Editor
Many of us have probably had the occasion to experience or at least think about Bicycle Commuting. I’m sure that many have participated in some sort of Annual Ride to Work Day event. My first opportunity was in Jacksonville, Florida in May 1992. While a one-day opportunity was an enjoyable experience, I felt unprepared for even considering commuting full time. A variety of questions went through my mind, including:
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Bicycle Commuting – How It All Started
I work at Memorial Hospital and 15 years ago the Hospital required employees to park off-campus due to limited parking for visitors. Driving past where I work and waiting for a shuttle to take me back to where I work made no sense to me. So... I made the decision to ride my bike. It took me 3 to 4 months to figure it all out and I'm still learning / adjusting.
It was hard to get motivated at first because I had no idea where I was going to safely park my bike, what to wear, or where I was going to change/ keep my clothes. Plus the fact that I was going to have to get up earlier and what to do with my hair, made my decision a bit daunting. To this day, it's still hard to get out of bed when it's cold and dark out, but I've learned that it's no big deal to stick my head in the sink to solve my hair issue.
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Aaron’s Rosenthal’s Bicycle Commuting FAQs
When starting any new activity, questions always come to mind as one prepares for new adventures. Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help get you begin investigating bike commuting:
What prompted you top start bicycle commuting?
I love the ideas of keeping one more car off the road, being self-propelled as a means of transportation, and demonstrating behaviors that go against our car reliant and crazed society.
What are some of the challenges of bicycle commuting?
Additional time required, being appropriately prepared for varied weather, carrying with you what is needed for your work, facilities to clean-up, change, etc., and bike/gear storage.
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I Want to Ride My Bicycle!
Most people tell me commuting to work is great because it saves on gas money, keeps mileage off my vehicle, or it is great for the environment. For me, however the reason I commute to work on my bicycle is because I love riding my bike plus I get a great workout. Yeah, I like the additional benefit of those other reasons but if you don’t enjoy something you won’t find time in your busy life to make it happen.
I have been riding to work since 2006 when my commute was only 14 miles round trip. Now my commute is 21 miles round trip but I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I love getting up early and climbing on my bike in the early morning sun when the birds are singing and it is still quiet because everyone is still at home getting ready for work.
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Tips for Bike Commuting
If you’re serious about bicycle commuting, here’s a good summary to get you started:
: As the saying goes, there is no bad weather, just bad gear. Having the appropriate clothing can totally make or break your commute experience. Choose quality over value in the clothes you buy. It will totally pay off when you need it most. Wear layers, with a wicking layer closest to the skin. NO COTTON. In the winter I have a long sleeve thermal base, a long sleeve cycling shirt, and a wind resistant jacket or rain jacket depending on the forecast. Thick tights for winter. Legs tend to stay warmer because they are moving while your ride. Winter insulated cycling boots are the best, but use of neoprene shoe covers are likely next best. Lobster claw gloves are better than single finger gloves. Keep your head covered. I have 4 different levels of HeadSweats! Overkill? Probably, but comfort does matter. As the weather warms, adjust your layers accordingly.
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LAB National Bike Challenge 2013
The 2013 National Bike Challenge is near. This year it will run a 5th month; from 1 May until 30 September. Also new this year is that team membership is unlimited. That means everyone in CSCC can be on the official CSCC team. Last year team membership was restricted from 1 -10 members. This year the whole club can be on one team. I’m not sure how they’ll fairly compare teams – the real focus is meeting the national goal of get 50,000 people signed up to ride in the challenge and then collectively ride 20 million bike miles. Last year we had 30,000 participants who rode 12 million miles. Last year Colorado finished 10th in the State competition, we are looking to better that this year. Last year CSCC had 4 teams, and 3 were in the top 11 of the 170 Colorado teams.
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Editors Note: 2013 is the year to focus on cycling safety. Here’s a contribution from our Ride Planning Committee chairperson – Kerry Hefta.
Here’s an article from the BicycIing.com
website discussing “Stay Safe In Traffic.” The 'Look and Listen' section of the article builds on the previous safety discussion about not yelling “Clear” at intersections. The article can be found at http://www.bicycling.com/beginners/commuting/stay-safe-traffic#.UUfwO7Hneug.email
Here are a few thoughts about the article that are applicable locally:
'Look and Listen' reiterates what we talked about at the CSCC January club meeting. Cyclists must be aware of their surroundings and that is especially important in a group when we may be distracted by conversation. Enjoy your time with the group, but be constantly scanning for erratic drivers or other cyclists. You can almost sense the "out of the norm" behavior after a while.
‘Picking smart routes’: New cyclists are most at risk here because they don't know the alternative safer routes. Club rides are a good source for discovering good cycling routes as well the club ride library. Appropriate route choice varies with an individual cyclists comfort and skill. But there are limitations for all cyclists. For example, riding on Powers Blvd between Constitution and Woodmen is probably never a good idea.
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