Volume 6, Issue 6, 1 December 2013

Greetings from the CSCC Bent Fork Editors

Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell

Sharon & Dale on Kalalau Trail
NaPali Coast (Kauai)
Photo courtesy of Dale Campbell

Welcome to Winter! We are at the gateway to the winter season...
The recent weather changes require a change in your biking style (heaver clothing, slower speeds, more attention to road conditions, etc).  In lieu of braving the elements, Sharon and Dale opted for a trip to warmer climates.  As you can guess from the photo included with this month’s Editors column, warmer weather included being closer to tropical waters – the Pacific in this case.

More about the December Edition of the Bent Fork

CSCC Social Happenings

Bill Gast

Photo courtesy of Bill Gast

Allen Beauchamp is leading the CSCC Sunday Social Ride in December. The ride will depart from Acacia Park.
The Festival of Lights Parade is Saturday 7 December at 5:30pm.  The Club staging area at Monument Street on the East side of Tejon CSCC; Unit 62.  Decorate your bikes!. There will be a Chili Party at the Garagemahal (Chris Conboy's house at 528 E Bijou) after the parade. Park your cars there and ride your bicycle to the start. This will be a fun night.  If you would like to contribute food or stuff to the chili party then call Bill at 332 2890.
The CSCC Annual Holiday Party will be at the Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs (4 South Cascade Avenue) on 8 December at 6:00pm.

Frozen Waterbottle Ride on 1 January; we are looking for a ride leader.

Sailing with Tim & Susan

Susan Tiefenbach

Photos courtesy of Susan Tiefenbach

Biking is a life long commitment for us, no matter where we are, and even while living on a sailboat, we continue to be avid cyclists.

Our newest adventure is sailing the seas on 'Alpenglow', our Island Packet 38 sailboat.  We each have a Dahon folding bike which we either keep in the guest aft cabin or on deck when visitors come aboard.  If we stay somewhere for awhile, we may tie them up on shore or on the dock.  Biking is not only for exercise but also, it's our main mode of transportation while on shore.

How to Combine Sailing and Biking

Pedaling with Animals

Sharon Boyd, Co-Editor

Photo courtesy of Terre Topp

"Nature in Your Face!"  You may recall reading an article in the last Bent Fork Chronicle describing a white hawk joining the 2nd Annual CSCC President's Pre-Inaugural Tour of COS. The hawk flew in formation with Dan Sadowski. Here are a few more antural encounters as a result of cycling... Recently Terre Topp and Connie Miller were riding the trails in Rockrimmon and observed this Red-tailed Hawk enjoying snake for lunch! Colorado provides encounters with nature...do you have a story or picture to share?  Email the Editors.

Nature and Cycling?

Tour d' Turkey

Bill Gast

Photos courtesy of Bill Gast

Yes, it snowed (and continued snowing) the Sunday of the CSCC Tour d' Turkey on 24 November. Three robust souls participated: Ride Leader Al Brody, Tim Lopez, & Lee Willmon. Lee "won" the turkey and Social Director Bill Gast presented him with the prize.

More about the Tour 'd Frozen Turkey

Snowcial Ride

Al Brody

Photos courtesy of Al Brody

Photos from the first CSCC Sunday "Snowcial" bicycle ride of winter 2013/2014.


Largest Bicycle

Photo courtesy of Janine Hegeman

Better Bike Lanes on the Rise!

The PeopleForBikes Team

Across the U.S., better bike lanes are hitting the ground. The new designs create dedicated, protected space on streets for people on bikes. The lanes use posts, parked cars, planters or curbs to make bicycling more comfortable for more people.

Momentum for these lanes has been growing: New York City started building them in 2008, Chicago has built 17 miles of protected lanes in the last two years, Atlanta installed its first this year, Memphis has pledged to build 15 miles in the next two years, and Omaha and Lincoln are in a race to be the first city in Nebraska to get one.


Pedaling for St. Patrick's Day Bicycle Ride 50K

Sharon Boyd, Co-Editor

    Pedaling for St. Patrick on Saturday, 15 March at 8:30am

The 50K-plus-a-wee-bit-more bike ride (31.7 miles in honor of St. Patrick's Day 3/17) promises to take you through some of the most scenic areas of Colorado Springs.  Starting at McCabe's Tavern, riding up the Midland Trail to Garden of the Gods Park, you will ride by the infamous Balance Rock and Kissing Camels.  Finish your ride at Colorado College and wait for the rest of the riders to assemble before riding through the St. Patrick’s Day Parade where you will be cheered on by 20,000 spectators!

For more information, go to the website at www.csstpats.com/bicycling.html.

President's Message

Charlie Czar

Photo courtesy of Sharon Boyd

As we reach the end of the Club's 27th year,  I was looking back on things that we accomplished throughout the year.  We started with the 26th Annual Frozen Water Bottle Ride on Jan 1st. 

This year we were approached by the St Patrick Day Parade and Run organizers to help them stage the 2nd Annual St Pat's Bike Ride.  Janine Hegeman led the Club's team to be both Road Marshalls on the course and manage the organizer's three rest stops.  Things went well and we proposed changing a few things for the future.

More Prez Says...

Moselle River Trail Ride

Carolyn Myers & Dick Woods

Photos courtesy of Carolyn Myers

In October this year (2013) we rode the trail by the Moselle River in France, Luxemburg and Germany.  This was a self guided tour; we had a booklet of maps, and we were the only ones on this trip!   It was a hotel to hotel tour. The first hotel had our bicycles that were provided to the tour group.  Each next hotel came and picked up our luggage and took it to the next hotel, so we had no support van.  We found this tour on the TRIPSITE web site.  We have taken several bike and barge trips with this company and they have a very good value for the price.

More about the Moselle and Rhine Rivers

Invisible Bike Helmet - Airbag for Your Head!

Dale Campbell, Co-Editor

Ever have an extreme case of “helmet hair” after a session of cycling?  Or, while you know that a helmet is a critical safety component while cycling, did you ever wonder is it’s possible to bicycle without a helmet and still stay safe?  Thanks to a product designed by two Swedish industrial designers - Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin – it is possible to ride helmet free, safely.

Details About the "Invisible" Bike Helmet

Pueblo River Ride

Janine Hageman

Photo courtesy of Bill Gast

Sunny skies and pleasant fall weather dawned for the 3rd annual trek to ride the trails along Fountain Creek and the Arkansas River in Pueblo. Fifteen riders gathered at the Nevada-Tejon Street Park-n-Ride at about 8:00am to carpool down to Colorado State University at Pueblo, for the start of the ride. After a quick 35-minute drive, everyone reassembled in the college parking lot. Two additional riders joined the group at the university.


A Time to Be Thankful!

Dale Campbell, Co-Editor

We’ve just experienced the Thanksgiving Holiday here in the United States.  Whether we realize it or not, we have many, many things to be thankful for in this country, in my opinion, especially here in Colorado.  Bicycle Colorado expressed a similar sentiment from a bicycling perspective in their recent eNews  update.  Below are their thoughts for this year’s Thanksgiving Season.

“In the spirit of the season, all of us at Bicycle Colorado would like to thank you, our readers and supporters, for your belief in and help with making bicycling safe, accessible and fun for everyone who rides a bike in Colorado. We are grateful that:

1.  Colorado is an extraordinary place to ride a bicycle (dare we say year round?).
2.  Bicycling is an inherent part of Colorado culture. We ride our bikes to work and to school, we enjoy the great outdoors and get exercise, and we have fun experiences with our families and friends.
3.  20 Colorado cities and towns have made bicycling a priority, so much so that they are recognized as Bicycle Friendly Communities.
4.  Many Colorado schools have embraced the idea of educating and empowering kids to safely ride and walk to school through programs like Safe Routes to School.
5.  Colorado residents are serious about making change happen to make Colorado even better for riding. By working together, we're affecting change.”

Vern Pitcher - Celebrity Photographer!

Sharon Boyd, Co-Editor

Photo courtesy of Vern Pitcher

While browsing the postcard racks at Castlewood Canyon State Park, you will find a postcard with a picture from one of our very own bike club photographers: Vern Pitcher. We are very proud of you, Vern!

Superpedestrian–Another Step Towards Improving Bicycle Commuting?

Dale Campbell, Co-Editor

Superpedestrian, Inc., a startup company out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, envisions an improved future for bicycle commuting – one in which after a morning commute, professionals could arrive at work without needing a shower.  Their initial product – the Copenhagen Wheel – is designed to fit on most standard bicycles.  By doing so, it turns the bicycle into a hybrid electric bicycle.

As with most electric bike setups, the Copenhagen Wheel will store energy from braking  and cycling for later use to assist the rider up those challenging hills encountered during a ride.  The large hub of the wheel contains multiple components, such as batteries, motor components and environmental sensors.  The Copenhagen Wheel is set up to be controlled via smartphone and has optional Internet connectivity.


Membership Updates

Sara Hill, Treasurer / Membership

Paul Jenkins, Greg Ouren, Kevin Gunty, Michael Haftel, John Janett, Becky Wayman, Doug Moyes, Gary Christensen & Family, Scott Hillman and Bill Lowes

Anne & Ted Junge, Carol Keenan, George Robbins, Ron Toman, Tim Lopez, Tom Martin & Family, Gary McKee & Family, Laurie Groom, Allen & Cece Beauchamp, Ron Boetger, Stan & Anne Lebahn, Mike & Lorena Wilder, Bud Reynolds, Norma Holister, Michael Silver, Patrick Spencer, Bill & Cynthia Doty, Sandy Greenspoon, Dave Hennekens, Lisa & Richard Hickey, Bryan & Jodi Miller, Larry Womack, Randy Susman & Family and Jerry & Jeannette Martin

 (1) Family memberships are eligible for two adult online logins. With each login, members can comment on the message boards or respond to surveys independently. If you wish to have a second adult login, please contact Membership at  membership@bikesprings.org. Provide the following information: Name on membership account, secondary member's name and email along with a preferred username. If you have a preference for billing identity, indicate this as well.
 (2) Has your personal information changed? Don't forget you can update your mailing address, phone numbers and email at anytime by logging into the membership area and clicking the "Change Contact/Profile Information" link under Member Information. You can even change your username.
(3) You can check your membership payment status online - and pay online as well.

If you have questions regarding membership, please contact Sara Hill, Membership Coordinator at  membership@bikesprings.org.

Sara Hill, CSCC Treasurer & Membership Coordinator

Colorado Bicycle Summit Registration Opens 2 December

Dale Campbell, Co-Editor

Registration for the 2014 Colorado Bicycle Summit opens Monday, 2 December. The Summit will be held 10 and 11 February 2014, in Denver. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a discounted registration!
 First 100 people: $95 members | $110 non-members
 Regular registration: $110 members | $125 non-members
The Colorado Bicycle Summit brings together advocates, industry leaders, on and off-road cyclists, elected officials and agency staff from across the state. The event always sells out, so register early to ensure your spot!

Bent Fork Chronicles - Volume 6, Issue 6, 1 December 2013