Volume 7, Issue 1 - 2 February 2014

Greetings from the CSCC Bent Fork Editors

Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell

Since the last edition of the Bent Fork, we have transitioned from the beach to the mountains, but we are still wearing helmets!

2014 promises to be an exciting cycling year for CSCC.  On Thursday, August 21, the 2014 USA Procycling Challenge Stage-4 Circuit Race will be held in Colorado Springs; the League of American Bicyclist's National Bike Challenge beings in May 1 and ends September 30; the 2014 5th Annual Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb event on August 24th occurs at the conclusion of “ Cycling  Week” activities in Colorado Springs.

Thank you for all of your support of the Bent Fork Chronicles; articles, pictures and stories about your fun cycling activities. We look forward to hearing from you throughout 2014.

Fat Tire Bicycling in the Snow!

Al Brody, Advocacy

Allen Beauchamp & Lee Wilmon under the full moon on Eleven Mile Reservoir:

Exploring the downtown single track possibilities:

Al Brody yanking and banking in the one and only Colorado Springs Dizzy Drome:
Al Brody at Aspen Valley Ranch:

Lee Wilmon at Aspen Valley Ranch:

Winter Sunday Social Rides

Al Brody, Advocacy

Sunday Social Ride 22 DEC 2013. 
Lee Wilmon, Chris Conboy & Al Brody

Sunday Social Ride 15 DEC 2013 Pictures





Fat Tire Lights

Vern Pitcher

This example of wheel lights makes a very nice design. Talk to Allen Beauchamp as to where to view additional designs and how to get them.  They make you very visible when riding at night or in low light conditions.

Regional Non-motorized Transportation Plan

Allen Beauchamp, Community Outreach

Late in 2014, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) embarked on the creation of a new, regionally focused Non-Motorized Transportation Plan. The current “Bike Master Plan” for the city of Colorado Springs dates back to 1996 and was understood to be woefully outdated and needing revision. Instead of just tackling a plan for just the city, the very forward-thinking decision was made to have PPACG manage the creation of a regional plan that would allow for better continuity of the planning process and allowing for future connectivity to be taken into account for the varied forms of non-motorized infrastructure that would be implemented.   There is a robust and detailed process in place to create this new plan and vision for what non-motorized transportation will look like in the Pikes Peak Region in the coming decades. Stakeholder groups comprised of many different organizations and user groups were formed and meet on a regular basis to provide input, discuss the ongoing details of the planning process and to engage the technical task force throughout the process.


Bicycle Ride Ideas - Propose a Ride!

Charlie Czar, President

Any Club member can propose (schedule) a Club ride.  The details are found under the Ride Menu on the Club Web-site  http://www.bikesprings.org/about_rides_events.php .  That information is provided here as a quick review. 
You can add rides to either the Club Rides/Events calendar or to the Other Rides/Events calendar. In either case, you submit your ride by logging into the members area, completing the form under Submit New Event, and making sure to specify an Event Type. Processing for each type of ride differs, in that posts to Club Rides/Events are reviewed by the Rides Planning Committee before being posted, while posts to Other Rides/Events are posted when submitted, without intervention.

So, you can interact with two different ride calendars.
• The Club Rides/Events calendar contains rides sanctioned by the CSCC Rides Planning Committee. Examples include the weekend fitness rides and the social ride, the Full Moon Ride, and the Buena Vista Bike Fest. This is the calendar you've been using all along, and rides scheduled there count towards club mileage. So, submitting a ride to the Club Rides/Events calendar means that the ride leader will have riders sign the CSCC ride form and waver for that ride.
• The Other Rides/Events calendar contains rides suggested by club members, posted by club members, but not necessarily reviewed by the CSCC Rides Planning Committee or by CSCC itself. These may be fantastic rides, great events to attend, and encourage everyone to check them out and ride more. In some, the rides will count for club miles.


Electric Bicycles Update - Into 2014 & Beyond

Dale Campbell, Co-Editor Bent Fork Chronicles

As market awareness and demand continues to grow, so does the potential for the future of Electric Bicycles (E-Bikes).  The market for this mode of transportation is in a state of change.  For 2013, the expected volume of E-Bike sales was to reach 2.6 million.  In Western Europe, for example, the market for e-Bikes now accounts for 20% of the annual revenue in the E-Bike market.  That’s in a world where 90% of the bike sales still occur in China.  Given this growth, it’s not surprising that well-established manufacturers are entering the market, either as vehicle manufacturers or industry suppliers.


Does "Stop" Always Mean Stop?

Dale Campbell, Co-Editor Bent Fork Chronicles

We all want to ride safely and we all should be following the rules of the road.  However, what if the rules of the road allow some flexibility and rider judgment?  Would that be an improvement for cyclists that would still keep cyclists reasonably safe?  Such a concept is beginning to gain momentum.  Called “Safety Stops,” the basic rule allows cyclists to yield at red lights and stop signs and continue in motion, if no traffic is present.

Reasoning behind promoting exceptions for bicyclists to normal traffic stops that vehicles observe include:
  • Helping bicyclists clear intersections faster
  • Improving traffic flow and safety on crowded streets
  • Keeping bicyclists eyes on the road instead of their pedals.
The safety stop was originally adopted in Idaho in 1982.  Since its inception, no major issues have arisen in the communities where the law exists.  Research by the University of California Berkeley supports continuing to allow safety stops in Idaho.  The study concluded that in the year after adoption of the law, bicyclists’ injuries declined 14.5% and the number of cyclists’ deaths was unchanged.


President's Message

Charlie Czar

I wanted to remind you that the General Business meeting is coming up on March 4th.  The Board of Directors performed the annual review of the CSCC By-Laws and did not see any changes that needed to be made.  The Board also approved the 2014 CSCC Budget.  We’ll share both items at the March Meeting.

The St. Pat’s Ride & Parade will require Club volunteer help.  Look for Emails on it and give freely of your time – it will help to support financial contributions for the Club. 

The 2014 League of American Bicyclist (LAB) National Bike Challenge (NBC) is starting to shape up.  We’ll send out individual sign-up information shortly.  Last year we participated for fun and finished 4th in the nation (out of 2080 teams).  I’d like to see more people sign up and ride this year.
We will have a guest speaker from the film at the Feb 4th CSCC meeting which will be held at the Citizen's Center on the Garden of Gods.  Snacks start at 6pm and meeting at 6:30pm.

Charlie Czar :-)

A Winter of Cyclists - Movie

Aaron Rosenthal, BVBF Committee Chair

CSCC is presenting A Winter of Cyclists, a film about bike commuting through the winter.  The film will be shown at Old Town Bike Shop on Wednesday February 26 at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7:00pm.  A $5 entry will not only gets you a seat to the movie, but will also buy a beer (thank you Bristol Brewing), glass of wine, or a soda. And, there might even be munchies.  Note that seating will be limited to the first 100 attendees.  So, be there early!
According to the article posted to Wikipedia, “A Winter of Cyclists" is a 2013 documentary film by Mike Prendergast. The film chronicles a group of Colorado participants as they attempt to complete a 52 day winter bicycle commuting challenge created by Scot Stucky.  The challenge, known as ‘The Icy Bike Winter Commuting Challenge’, was created to encourage people to cycle to work from October to March, during the darker, colder and the snowier months of the year.

The film captures the wide diversity in which riders adapt to new commuting logistics, adverse weather conditions and riding in the dark. And when the Colorado riders encounter an unexpected solidarity across the American continent and into Europe via Facebook, the film provides glimpses into a broader global winter cycling community that is just becoming aware of each other. Facebook Group members encourage each other, share weather reports, gear tips, and inspirational and touching personal stories. The film concludes with the results of the challenge and the riders’ reflection on their winter of cycling.”
Click here for a preview of the film.
Immediately following the conclusion of the film, there will be a Question and Answer session with the film's producer and one of the stars!  This a joint effort of the CSCC Outreach Committee (approved at the January 20th Board of Directors meeting), Old Town Bike Shop, and Bristol Brewing.  Plan on attending and enjoying yet another CSCC event.  See you there on the 26th!

Remember:  We will have a guest speaker from the film at the February 4th CSCC meeting which will be held at the Citizen's Center on the Garden of Gods.  Snacks start at 6:00pm and meeting begins at 6:30pm.

Ride Events & Social Activities

Bill Gast & Jean Zeh

Al Brody is the February Sunday Social Ride Leader.

Valentine’s Day Social Ride on February 9th – party goodies at the end of the ride!

The Easter Bunny Social Ride on April 20th – party goodies at the end of the ride!

***CSCC needs a host for the “Spud” Social Ride on March 16th***

Be sure to check the CSCC website Bike Events Calendar for additional details and rides!

Banff Mountain Film Festival‏ - Aaron Rosenthal
The BMFF is set for March 1 at 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale at Mountain Chalet. If you've seen this before you already know what a great evening it will be. If you haven't then I'd suggest you give it serious consideration!  Janet and I already have our tix. This sells out every year so if you want 'em, get 'em soon!  BTW, Mountain Chalet usually has lots of give always and all the proceeds go to the Rocky Mountain Field Institute.

Ride Events / Activities

Jean Zeh / Bill Gast / Charlie Czar

Date  - Event
 *Tuesday Road Ride (Started in Jan)
 *Thursday Road Ride (Started in Jan)
 *Thursday Olde Phearts Ride  (Started in Jan)

4-Feb CSCC Meeting @ GoG Citizens Center
9-Feb Valentine Ride
14-Feb Fat Tire Full Moon Ride at 11 Mile Reservoir
14-Feb Full Moon Ride Opportunity
17-Feb President Day (nothing scheduled)
4-Mar CSCC Annual Business Meeting @ TBD
9-Mar Daylight Saving Time begins
15-Mar St Pat's Day Ride and Parade
16-Mar CSCC Spud Ride
16-Mar Full Moon Ride Opportunity


CSCC 2014 Annual Meeting

Dale Campbell, Co-Editor Bent Fork Chronicles

According to the By-laws of the organization, the Colorado Springs Cycling Club (CSCC) will conduct its annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.  The location of the meeting will be determined no later than the last week of February.  Look for an Email blast on the subject at that time.
As noted in the CSCC bylaws, "The purpose of this business meeting will be to consider club business that is the responsibility of club members, which includes bylaw changes."  Plan to join the group for this annual gathering.  This is a chance to see friends that you may not have seen since a ride last fall.  Plus, it’s an opportunity to get together and start planning some spring and summer rides with friends.
See you on March 4th!

BVBF - Buena Vista Bike Fest Update

Aaron Rosenthal, BVBF Committee Chair

Well, we are not into 2014 and along with the kick-off of a new year, we have kicked-off registration for the 16th Annual Buena Vista Bike Fest.  Due to this year's calendar, BVBF will not complete with Elephant Rock because E-Rock takes place on the first Sunday on June (June 1, 2014), while BVBF takes place on the first Saturday of June (June 7, 2014).  It gives us that many more days of having superior weather for this year's event!  As of January 23rd, a total of 101 riders have registered!  Nice to see we are into triple-digit registrations.  As is frequently said by yours truly...please support your club by supporting BVBF.  Go to www.eventbrite.org to register to ride or register to volunteer.  Either way helps us put on the one event that supports "everything else" that CSCC does throughout the year. 

Active Transportation Advisory Committee

Allen Beauchamp, Community Outreach

The Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC), an advisory committee that reports to the Citizen Transportation Advisory Board (CTAB) is undergoing a change. With the increased focus on all modes of non-motorized travel, it was decided to make the group more inclusive and to include the “active transportation” component in their mission.

A group of stakeholders has been working on this new mission statement and focus for the Active Transportation Advisory Committee. Soon there will be a public announcement and call for people to volunteer to become members of the ATAC. This information will be put out to all CSCC members so that individuals will have the opportunity to serve their community.

For more history and information about the BAC, please visit the cities web page:


Pedaling for Annual St Patrick's Day Ride & Parade

Janine Hegeman, Vice President

The Club signed an agreement with O'Donnell & O'Donnell to help them stage and run the 3rd Annual Bike Ride in conjunction with their annual St Pat's Parade.  From our early planning, we think we'll need about 30 Club members to help make Saturday morning March 15th a smooth 50K ride which ends up pedaling down Tejon Steet as part of the annual parade.  We'll need only a few hours in the morning depending on the location of your help.  The O'Donnell's quest is to make this 50K ride the first major bike event in the state of Colorado each year - and CSCC can help make that happen!  Plus they will be making a monetary contribution to the Club for our help.

Here is a list of  the volunteer positions still needed:
-  Course Marshals (stand at your location to point the way for riders and remind them to be safe)
                 - 21st and Naegle
                 - 31st and Midland Trail
                 - 31st and Chambers
                 - South Rockrimmon and Mark Dabling
                 - Pikes Peak Greenway Trail and Polk
                 - Van Buren and Wood
                 - Wood and San Miguel
                 - Cascade and Cache La Poudre
                 - Midland Trail and Beckers
                 - Juniper Way and Gateway Dr.
-  Route marking - 2 to 3 people to help with route marking the night before and the early morning of the ride (March 14 & 15)
Please contact Janine Hegeman at 719-291-3814 for more information and to volunteer - sign up!

Welcome Members

Sara Hill, Treasurer & Membership

John Beckman & Family, Richard Bedal & Family, Bob Boyd, Michael Jones, Bill Lowes, Jeff Simon, Dick Timberlake, Julia Treiber

William Allen & Family, Larry Bowlin, Nard Claar, Chris Conboy, John Cunningham, Charlie & Barb Czarniecki, Chris Davenport, Doug Dawson, Curt & Carole Emery, Dave Horne, Chris & Laura Keller, Brook & Joe Mark, Miguel Mayo, Lee & Cheryl Murphy, Carolyn Myers & Dick Woods, John Pamperin, Jamey Robbins, Janet Rose, Aaron Rosenthal & Janet Oliver, Bill Ryan, Dan Sadowski, Charles Sheehan & Family, Dave & Kathy VanDerWege, Dan Weber, Lee Willmon & family, Larry Wilson & Janet DeGras

 (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.

4Th Annual Chick-fil-A Patriots Festival

Dale Campbell, Co-Editor Bent Fork

The 4th Annual Chick-fil-A Patriots' Festival will take place on September 13, 2014 at Mountain Shadows Park, in a community that continues to rise out of the devastation of the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire.  The Festival is a city-wide celebration of our local military, fire, EMS & police hometown heroes. This year’s event features a FREE community festival with free Kids Zone, live music, hero demonstrations, and the Ride, Run and Walk for Heroes. 

The Ride for Heroes features three rides:
   1 - Heroes Challenge 28-Mile Ride through the scenic Garden of the Gods along Monument Valley Creek a to Blodgett Peak Open Space and back up Flying W Ranch Road.
   2 - Patriots Ride 14-mile (Family Friendly) paved trail ride along the Sinton Trail and Monument Valley Creek
   3 - Kids Patriotic Bicycle Parade around the Park

The Run for Heroes features two walk/runs:
   1 - Hometown Hero 5k along Flying W Ranch Road.
   2 - Majestic Mile fun run/walk along Flying W Ranch Road and through the Majestic neighborhood.

Money raised through sponsorships and ride, run and walk registrations will benefit several organizations that help to support our heroes.  These organizations include the Home Front Cares, the National EMS Memorial Service, the Peace Officers Memorial, Angels of America’s Fallen and the Firefighters Foundation.

Festival organizers are making progress with the planning the details of this 4th Festival.  There are multiple volunteer opportunities open which might interest you.  For more details about the Festival, take a look at the website http://www.patriotsfestival.com/index.html

2014 Frozen Water Bottle Ride

Charlie Czar, President

The CSCC 28th Annual Ride was on January 1st out of the University Village Shopping Center. It had both road and trail bike routes. Together 51 riders spent the morning on their bikes. The weather bug on our website told us the noon temperature (as we assembled for lunch in BJ Brewhouse) was 38 degrees F with a north wind of 28 mph making a wind-chill of 26 degrees F - it was a brisk and windy ride. Thanks to Janine Hegeman, Jean Zeh, and Al Brody for keeping Bob Smith's tradition alive.

Bicycle Quote

Susan B. Anthony

"Let me tell you what I think of bicycling.  I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.  It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.  I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel ... the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood."  Susan B Anthony 1820-1906
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