More Thoughts on NBC, Summer and Upcoming Events
As we begin to experience the fall of 2014, it’s also a time to reflect on the marvelous summer we’ve had this year. Let’s start with the basics. First, we didn’t have to experience a major natural disaster this summer. That’s right – no wildfires or flooding! And the landscape stayed green for so long, thanks to the nourishing rains that our area received for a majority of the summer. August hasn’t been that green in years. And while the rain did dampen some of the Club’s organized rides, many of us were able to enjoy cycling on our own or in smaller ad hoc groups. This is evident by the National Bike Challenge miles logged by the 2014 Colorado Springs Cycling Club team. Who would have imagined that a group of 115 cyclists in the 41st
largest city in the United States would have easily placed at 12th
against all the teams in the US, with an 8th
place ranking for September?! See the National Bike Challenge article in this edition of the Bent Fork for additional details.
Cycling Movie Time at Old Town Bike Shop
Colorado Springs Cycling Club (CSCC) is sponsoring the movie, Half the Road: The Passion, Pitfalls and Power of Women's Professional Cycling
, Monday, 6 October at 6:30pm - 9:00pm. The film will be shown at the Old Town Bike Shop, 426 S Tejon St, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
The movie, directed by pro cyclist Kathryn Bertine, explores the world of women's professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female athletes face in a male dominated sports world.
Doors open 6:30pm; movie will start at 7:00pm. The $7 entry price includes one beverage (Bristol beer, wine, or soda). Tickets can be purchased early at Old Town Bike Shop; call them directly at (719) 475-8589 or show up the night of the event. Seating is limited to 100, so early ticket purchase is encouraged to guarantee your spot.
Alison Dunlap, 2001 World Cross-Country Mountain Bike Champion will hold a Q & A following the film. All profit goes to CSCC.
Thank you to Old Town Bike Shop for hosting another fun and social film night!
Cold Weather Cycling Basics at REI, Colorado Springs
Extend your cycling season. Join REI experts as they share tips and tricks that will keep you riding as the weather turns cold!
Event Location: Colorado Springs REI
Event Fee: Free
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 PM MDT
Leader: REI Specialist
Group Size: 45
Description: Looking to extend your cycling season? Join REI experts as we share tips and tricks that will keep you riding when the weather turns cold! Our experienced cycling instructors will show you how to outfit you and your bike to handle inclement weather, dropping temperatures and other challenges that traditionally keep cyclists out of the saddle.
Ride for the Heroes & Patriot’s Festival - A Summary and Thanks
On Saturday, September 13, 2014, people celebrated the fourth-annual Chick-fil-A Patriots’ Festival and Walk, Run, Ride for Heroes at Mountain Shadows Park. Over 400 runners, walkers and riders participated in the event and supported our hometown heroes. Proceeds from the event benefitted five charities; Firefighters Foundation, the Peace Officers Memorial, The Home Front Cares, the National EMS Memorial Service and Angels of America’s Fallen.
Participants enjoyed the speakers, food, rides, face painting, music and demonstrations, including the Flight for Life Helicopter landing and a K-9 dog unit.
Thank you to the Colorado Springs Cycling Club for your support of the Ride for Heroes.
Special Activities & Rides of Interest!
4th Quarter 2014 Rides and Activities
While we're now ¾ of the way through the year, there are still a number of rides that may peak your interest! Take a look at the chart on the continuation page of this article to see if one or more of these will keep you motivated to get out and pedal with friends. As always, be sure the check the Ride Calendar
on the Club website for the details of each of the rides.
And, be sure to let the Newsletter Editors know if you enjoyed a particular ride. They appreciate your input as potential articles for upcoming newsletters!
More on Tandems…
Editors Note: Here are a few more helpful ideas and instructions for those who are considering venturing into the world of Tandems. Knowing that these have been suggested by experienced Tandem Captains, I know that these are valid sources of information!
– Dennis Struck
Below are two links for Tandem bicycle information; one is about riding and riding issues and the other is a packing checklist.
I am now retired and Terry will retire next year. Hopefully we will be healthy and can bike upon our retirement. I also started a Tandem Bicycle group on FaceBook
Riding and Riding Issues
Packing a Tandem Bike for Shipping
Cheers and Safe Riding, Dennis (and Terry), Bicycle Touring Enthusiasts
Starting & Stopping Tandem Info
– Brian Landis
The most important thing, we think ,is starting and stopping. Below is a link that we basically follow and have encouraged others as a safe way that both riders can get on the same page. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm4Hf4izxtw
CSCC Third Annual Mystery Ride
Lee Murphy's Third Annual Mystery Bike Ride occurred on Saturday, August 9th. Over 65 people rode to seven mystery locations, and were back at America the Beautiful Park by 1:15pm, mysteries solved in the process. For those that were not able to participate in this fun recreational and educational experience, here’s a chance to “see” the ride through the photos taken during the ride.Mystery Ride Photos
Dave Horne, CSCC Cyclist, Member, Photographer
David W. Horne was born on January 23, 1931. He died on August 21, 2014. Dave, a 44-year Colorado Springs resident, was a realtor, retired major in U.S. Air Force and member of the Colorado Springs Cycling Club. Dave captured our social activities, bicycle rides and adventures on camera. Dave is survived by his wife, Rita; two sons, David and Richard; and two daughters, Dianne St. John and Amy Horne.A Photo Remembrance
Many members of the Colorado Springs Cycling Club attended Dave’s Celebration of Life Service on August. 19. Rita asked the bike club members to wear their bike club jerseys to honor Dave. Vern Pitcher, Dave’s close friend, walked us through wonder times in Dave’s life.
Dave, you are missed!
A Tribute to the Passing of a Another Cycling Supporter
While we all were aware of Robin Williams as an actor and comedian, how many of us knew that he was also an avid cyclist? I hadn’t until I was able to read an interesting article by Jason Gay, a sports writer for the Wall Street Journal. In the article about Mr. Williams, Jason noted several some interesting facts about the comedian’s focus on cycling. For example, Robin Williams loved multiple aspects of the sport of cycling, including its history, its champions and the pageantry of cycling events. He was also a collector of all types of bikes. But apparently there was one brand that he was especially fond of – the Italian built Pegoretti. These are custom bikes made by Dario Pegoretti, who has previously built frames for a number of cycling’s icons, such as Miguel Indurain. Not only are the Pegoretti frames serious road machines, but they are also hand painted works of art (the photo with this article is but one example of this).
To illustrate the extent of Robin Williams’ passion for cycling, Jason Gay relates how Mr. Williams was eventually able to meet the Master Bike Builder. The story is told with passion that relates just how this meeting was arranged, how it occurred and how it impacted the lives of the participants. The most poignant segment of the article is the closing, where Jason Gay notes that several years ago he had the opportunity to interview Mr. Williams about stand-up comedy. At the end of the interview, he had the opportunity to ask Robin why he loved bicycling so much. The answer was astonishing but makes complete sense when you think about it. In answer to the question, Robin Williams stated that bicycling is the closest you can get to flying!
For the details about Robin’s meeting with Dario Pegoretti, read the full text of The Comedian and the Bike Builder article
Outstanding Mountain Biking within Easy Reach of the Springs
Think you have to travel an hour west to experience some truly wonderful mountain biking? Think again. There are a number of trails and locations within easy reach of Colorado Springs. Here are some on-the-trail photos of just two of those locations – Mount Herman Road and Phantom Canyon Road.The Photos
Human-powered Wheeled Vehicles for Sale
Sid’s brother-in-law recently died, and left quite a collection of various human-powered wheeled vehicles, which are now for sale. The inventory includes four unicycles, including a chrome-plated Schwinn Giraffe, a steel framed Lightning recumbent, and a custom made carbon fiber framed Lightning recumbent, plus an assortment of tools and racks. Sorry, but the Moulton folder is already gone.
A gentleman by the name of Carlos Tafur is handling the sale of these items. If you're interested and would like more information, he can be reached at 201-344-1052 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sid’s brother-in-law was hit by a car and killed while riding his bike. Sid’s sister will receive the money raised from the sale of the above items. We all need to be careful cyclists!
Thank you, Sid
Looking Back at August and More Updates
We are quickly moving into the last months of 2014. October will find more theme rides throughout the month, with the OCT 26th annual Progressive Dinner Ride our featured jewel. The Christmas Party sign-ups begin that night – this might be the last year for a big blow-out party, and we are doing it at the downtown The Pinery at the Hill (DEC 7th). Be sure to sign-up early for the best discounted price. November will find the Club meeting on the 4th up at the Gym at Ivywild (a semi-annual event). The annual Tour d’ Turkey will be NOV 23rd. December features the Parade of Lights on DEC 6th and Club Holiday Party on DEC 7th.
Navigating the Nuances
Details About Routes, Lanes & Paths
As one of the Colorado Springs Cycling Club’s bicycling advocates, my mission is to get more butts on bikes, more often, safely. In the next few paragraphs I will attempt to explain why our riding environment can get worse as it gets better and provide a few examples of how to more safely navigate the already wonderful but often changing non-motorized transportation network we have here in Colorado Springs. To do this, we’ll look at our paved network from a spectrum of beliefs, with one extreme being that bicyclists fare best when they behave and are treated as vehicles and should have no special infrastructure to the other extreme, which believes motorized and non-motorized vehicles cannot share the road safely and always require separated facilities.
The network consists of on street facilities and non-motorized trails. The on-street facilities are:
- Bike Routes which are designated with signs on low traffic streets
- Bike Lanes which are often designated with painted lane markings and sometimes Shared Lane Markings (Sharrows). These bike lanes can be buffered with a cross hatch paint scheme between the lanes intended for motorized vehicles and the bike lanes or protected where there is paint and some type of vertical barrier separating the motorized lanes from the bike lane. Protected bike lanes may be called Bike Boulevards (Blvd.). The new “Bike Blvd.” markings on Corona Street are a compromise experiment.
- Multi-use paths which are completely separated from motorized users.
National Bike Challenge 2014 - The Summary
CSCC 2014 Leader Statistics
The National Bike Challenge ended Sept 30th
. Our Team (Colorado Springs Cycling Club 2014) finished 8th for the Sept and 12th (of 1,265 teams) for the entire Challenge
. This year the team:
- Had 115 people on the team (up 1 from 2013)
- Finished with 248,316 points (up 13,334 from 2013), and
- Rode 126,612 miles (up 33,002 from 2013). That total distance is equivalent to five trips around the earth’s equator!
NBC assigns point levels when people hit thresholds. The CSCC 2014 Team had 114 riders achieve the following point levels:
- DIAMOND is the top for riders over 5,000 points – we had 11 people at Diamond just as we had last year.
- PLATINUM is for cyclists between 2,500 – 4,999 points – we had 30 people (up from 23 in 2013).
- GOLD is for participants between 750 - 2,499 points – we had 43 people (up from 40 in 2013).
- SILVER is for riders between 250 – 749 points – we had 18 people (down from 22 in 2013).
- BRONZE is for cyclists from 75 – 249 points – we had 12 people (up from 5 in 2013).
This year we had only 1 person with less than 75 points and that is down from 9 in 2013.
Trent Hovenga had the highest points at 8,086. He also rode the most miles at 5,026. Trent, Nate Andromeda, and Charlie Czar rode everyday day during the 153 day Challenge. Thirteen people rode over 80% of the days. Here’s a snapshot of the leaders and their contributions to the Challenge:
eBikes: Motorized Vehicles or Power-Assisted Bicycles?
Motorized vehicles or power-assisted bicycles?
If you’ve been reading the Bent Fork Chronicles for the past several years, you know that electric bicycles is a topic that I’ve revisited a number of times since August 2011. As the market expands and prices for the eBikes continue to reduce, more and more become visible on the streets of cities in the US and around the world. According to the Electric Bicycle Guide
, about one in seven bicycles sold in 2013 is “battery-assisted.” And the expectation is that worldwide sales of eBikes are expected to triple and quadruple by 2016 in every region.
Reading the Wall Street Journal last week, I came on an article that now raises another question – are bicycles with electric motors considered motorized vehicles or power-assisted bicycles?
On the Proper Training of Tandem Captains by Experienced Stokers
Editors Note: These have been provided in order to educate those of us that have not been initiated into the ways and mysteries of the Tandem Community. Kathy Landis discovered these after many miles contemplating the universe from the Stokers position on tandem bicycles. Thanks, Kathy!
Abbreviations and ClarificationsTraining of Tandem Captains - Rules & Guidelines
ES – Experienced Stoker
HSB – Hot-shot Biker
SO – Significant Other
CA – Critical Angle
USU – United Stokers Union
“Captain” – the person who sits in the front-most position on the tandem and usually has control of the shifting
“Inexperienced captain” – to be honest, most of them
“Stoker” – the person who sits behind the captain on the tandem and has control of the braking, steering, and generally everything else besides the shifting
“Higher” gear – “Harder” to pedal (not “higher up on the cassette”)
“Lower” gear – “Easier” to pedal (not “lower down on the cassette”)
“Upright Position” – Not tilting to the side - either side - not the left side, not the right side
“Single” – A bicycle that is designed for only one rider – not a requirement or expectation for the Stoker
“Leaning” – Slight tilt of the bike during descents; must not exceed the CA
“Emergency Braking Procedure” – Proprietary technique by Stokers to stop the tandem
Tandem riding, from the Stoker’s prospective, can be exhilarating beyond comprehension or terrifying to the point of cardiac arrest. A thrilling descent at 60 mph can instantly turn into a multi-week stay in the Stanford Trauma Unit if the tandem “captain” is inattentive, inexperienced, careless or otherwise stupid.
Tandem captains fall into many different categories: those who are new and willing to try out tandem riding with a friend, cycling buddy or significant other (SO), Hot Shot Bikers (HSB) who take their non-biker SOs on Sunday social rides to the coffee house, overachievers who constantly quest for more speed and/or distance, and control-freaks. It is of the utmost importance to ensure the quality of the training and “mind conditioning” of such tandem captains who are to ride with the Experienced Stoker (ES).
My Life in Bicycles
Sourced from New York Times Op-Ed Pages
Illustration by Sarah Jacoby
Editors Note: This was suggested by one of the Club members as some light reading that will elicite a smile and warm memories from those with a love of bicycling.
My Life in Bicycles Continued
BELGRADE LAKES, Me. — MY Uncle Clarke woke me before dawn with a shake to the shoulder. He gave me a look that asked, You in? I nodded. I was in all right.
Ten minutes later, we were on bikes riding through the gray light. We pedaled past sleepy summer homes with hammocks in their side yards, towels hanging from porch railings, inflatable rafts stacked up like pancakes. This was Rehoboth Beach, Del., August 1968.
Uncle Clarke (not my real uncle, but my father’s best friend from high school) rode every morning at dawn. He had one of those “English” bikes that were all the rage in the 1960s, a Raleigh three-speed with the gear shift on a tiny lever near the rider’s right thumb. I rode a borrowed Sting-Ray belonging to my cousin Martha. Usually Uncle Clarke led an army of us kids on those morning rides, but that day it was just me.
We rode over to the bay side and then to the boardwalk, its Skee-Ball parlors and salt water taffy machines closed up at that hour. We looked at the ocean and listened to the surf. The poet Matthew Arnold once called it “the eternal note of sadness,” but it sounded all right to me.
And What About the Bike?
Back in June, I suffered a hard crash that landed me in the hospital for nine days. Once again I would like to thank everyone for the concern and support that was expressed. I’ve healed and am back to riding.
For all of those who asked “what about the bike?” – here is the story. “The bike” is a Trek 2100 that I purchased new in 2005 when I still lived in Michigan. (Fortunately, I had the foresight to order it with a triple chain ring – unnecessary for the flatlands of the Detroit area, but very useful to me here.) I’m told the bike made it further down the road than I did after we parted ways that Tuesday morning. The responders from Station 1 took the bike with them after I was hauled off in the ambulance. My wife’s boss tracked down the bike after driving her to the hospital. He then delivered it to the Satellite where we live. Many thanks to Denny!
Janet got the bike from the office and home to its bedroom. (It’s really the guest room, but she tells everyone the bike has its own room.) I’d give it a glance occasionally as I passed during those first couple of weeks I was home from the hospital. It still looked like my bike, but I didn’t feel the connection I previously had, and I knew there had to be damage to deal with.
When I finally came to terms with assessing the damage, I was startled by the good condition of the bike. The red and white paint of the frame survived unscathed. The damage was limited to the following; left brake lever/shifter twisted to the right, handlebar twisted left of center, top edge of both brake levers scratched, front wheel slightly bent, rails of saddle twisted and saddle covering torn.
The front wheel was trued. I realigned the handlebar and brake lever, rewrapped the bar, and replaced the saddle. I removed some dried mud and cleaned and lubed the drivetrain. On the first test ride everything functioned properly. I stopped occasionally to make minor adjustments. Shortly, I was no longer stopping to make adjustments. Even though I was just riding the half mile loop around our building, once again “the bike” felt right.
I’m still amazed. Amazed with how little damage “the bike” had. Amazed with how well I’ve healed. Amazed with that feeling that is a mix of so many other feelings, when I’m on ”the bike”.
Reflections on a Week of Cycling Excitement
Stage 4 and the Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb
While it’s been more than a month since the 2014 Pro Challenge stage occurred in Colorado Springs, for many of us, the memories of Stage 4 (and other stages) are still fresh in our minds. For cyclists here in Colorado Springs, there were many ways in which we experienced the excitement and the brief impact on the broader community. I’m sure each of you has your favorite moments or can relate vivid mental images of some portion of some event during the week. For Sharon and I, here are some of the segments of the week that immediately come to mind:
Monday, 18 August – The Dinner Ride
: Building on the model of the regular Monday Night Dinner Ride, a tradition that dates back to the origins of the Club, the Dinner Ride on this date was essentially the kickoff of a week of activities. Almost 50 cyclists participated in the ride, which started at America the Beautiful Park. Eventually breaking into about four groups with sub leaders, the ride casually passed through sections of the Old Colorado City neighborhood, up and around areas adjacent to Garden of the Gods and finally arriving at Rudy’s BBQ at the 31st
Street and Route 24 intersection. Dave VanDerWege had set up bike racks in the parking lot, enabling the riders to comfortably park their bicycles while enjoying dinner and conversation with fellow cyclists. With a few other members and guests joining the group, there were almost 60 folks enjoying the outdoor dining on a beautiful Colorado evening. After enjoying our individual dinner selections, the group completed the ride with a return to the Park. Fortunately for us, satiated with more than enough to eat, this final portion of the ride was downhill, making the return to our starting point a little less taxing on a full stomach.
Wednesday, 20 August – The Stage 4 Reception
: Held at The Penrose House Conference Center near the Broadmoor, the reception provided a chance to meet and greet some of the organizers and supporters of the Pro Challenge, including the local organizations for Stages 4 and 5. A casual affair, the reception proved to be a relaxing event. Charlie, Barb, Larry, Janine, Janet and several other Club members were able to attend. As part of the evening, the organizers introduced several of the major local sponsors for Stage 4, including SRM
, a German based company with its principle US office located here in Colorado Springs. SRM designs, builds and distributes cycling training system that enables cyclists to measure and record the power output during their rides. The system enables cyclists to incorporate power based training into the individual training regimens, allowing riders to target measurable goals, monitor race day paces and measure training output and improvements with accurate timely data. We had the opportunity to talk with Uli Schoberer, the company’s president, about these training systems that the company provides to many world class professional cyclists. As an extension of the reception, Uli invited us to the Open House that SRM was hosting at its Colorado Springs office that evening. Touring their facilities was an interesting opportunity to see the interworking of a company that is closely involved with the global cycling community and sport. The opportunity proved to be an unexpected and enjoyable extension of the evening’s activities.
Lighten Up! – The Guide to Buying Bike Lights
From a safety perspective, here’s something you might be interested in. If you’re only cycling on well-lit roads after dark, then smaller, low-powered lights (the sort that come with a variety of flash modes), will be sufficient. But, if you’ll be venturing onto dark cycle paths or rural roads, you’ll need something a little more powerful.
James Tennant explains what to look for in each sort of light in this five minute video
Source: Map My Fitness
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!Membership Reminders
Paul Brown & Winifred Mitchell, Daniel Crea & Family, Tim Fitzgerald & Family, Ed Gannon, Peter Gilfoil, Chris Jacob, Jay Kinsman, David Kosley, Mary Marcussen, Rick Rodriguez & Family, and Connie Wilson.
RENEWING MEMBERS – THANK YOU!
Jannie Cox & Family, Steve Dass, Denise & Paul Eckstein, Mary Ensminger, Bev Fallis, Marisa Farro-Miro, Skip Fleming, Michael Haftel, Frank Kink & Family, Stan & Anne Lebahn, Chris & Vicki Lieber & Family, Will Luden, Cheryl Mahon, Larry & Shelly Mann, Phyllis Minter, Vern & Neddie Pitcher, Bud Reynolds, Baruch & Julie Rhea, George Robbins, P.K. Robinson, Sid Santos & Family, Jim Sledz, Kitty & Matt Smith, Terrence Smith, Scott Swandal, Phebe Swope, Eric & Monica Van Fleet, John VanNorman, and Michael Wallace & Family.