Vol 4 Issue 6, 1 December 2011

From The Editors…

Sharon Boyd/Dale Campbell

Sharon & Dale wish to extend “Thank You” to each CSCC member for their newsletter articles, pictures and feedback for all of the 2011 Bent Fork Chronicles newsletters.  Over the past year, the Club has taken a look back at its 25-year history to appreciate what we've accomplished, think about the volunteers that have made the Bike Club what it is today and look ahead just a bit to more cycling activities and events. 

We have a wide variety of articles, pictures and information to share with you in this Bent Fork Chronicles 25th Anniversary Issue-Part 2. We hope you enjoy reading what we've gathered together for you!


CSCC 25th Anniversary Holiday Party

Charlie Czarniecki

The CSCC Holiday Party planning progresses nicely. At the end of November we had party RSVPs from 123 people. This is looking like the biggest party and still has time to grow. The 2nd tier RSVP pricing period ended on 29 Nov. The $35 price will be open until Dec 6th when the opportunity to attend the party will end, as we must then give the final numbers to the Air Force Academy staff. 


CSCC 25th Anniversary Poster

Photograph courtesy of Bill Gast

Soon to be a collectors item...until 30 DEC 2011, Bill Gast will supply CSCC 25th Anniversary poster copies size 12"x18" for $10. Other sizes may be special ordered. Contact Bill (719) 332-2890. 

Socially Yours

Chris Conboy

Hello Fellow Bike Club members!

2011 is closing out quickly, so I will do a brief review of what happened in the last month. Our OCT Progressive Dinner Ride was AGAIN a huge success. Thanks to our great hosts and hostesses (Stan & Anne, Kerry & Dave, Caroline & Dick); and cooperation of the weather gods. A truly spectacular day. Jeanine had us working up an appetite on Fillmore hill, but it was all worth it. One of the best ever finishing touches were the folks who stepped up to host the 2012 PDR! Yeah!


CSCC Buena Vista Bike Fest Coming in 2012

Remember this great 2011 event?!

One of the best ways that you can support CSCC is to participate in the bike club's lone fundraiser: The Buena Vista Bike Fest (BVBF).

BVBF will take place on 19 May 2012 and Registration opens 15 December 2011.

Or you can volunteer to help make BVBF 14 the best one ever!

Go to www.bvbf.org  to register or volunteer.

History and Background of the CSCC

Bob Coleman

Courtesy of Bob Smith

This article is from the 1st official newsletter of CSCC, written by the VP & Editor Bob Coleman, who was also responsible for our incorporation. This article establishes OCT 1986 as the beginning of CSCC. Note: Ed & Carol's name appears to be a typo (maybe Spielman or Spillman), and they are the parents of Bonnie Johnson. Bonnie and her husband, Ed, took over the Colorado Springs Bike Shop from her parents. Bonnie's father is deceased.


Winter Bike Storage--

Dale Campbell, Bent Fork Chronicles Co-Editor

Garage Dust Collector or Bookshelf?  Enjoying Your Bike Even When You Don't Ride It

The Bike Shelf by Knife & Saw.

Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal

While we are still having a number of days that enable us to get out and enjoy cycling in Colorado, we know the days will come when we choose to stay inside rather than brave the weather on two wheels. As to when that occurs, it becomes an individual choice.


2012 Colorado Bicycle Summit

Save the Date!

The second annual Colorado Bicycle Summit will take place 6-7 February 2012 in downtown Denver. Hosted by Bicycle Colorado, the summit will bring together advocates, industry leaders, on-road and off-road cyclists, elected officials and agency staff from across the state. Stay tuned for an upcoming agenda and registration details.

Thoughts from the CSCC President…

Charlie Czar

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

We end this year with a rush of parties as well as a few bike accidents. This also ends the Bike Club’s 25th Anniversary year; we’ve had many special activities and created a bunch or memories. There will be a lot more of them at our 10 DEC Holiday Party.

So we’ll pause as we close 2011 and think about our friends and family…and be ready to climb on to the saddle and start 2012 with the 26th Annual Frozen Water Bottle ride.


CSCC 2012 Officer Election Results

Charlie Czarniecki

The 2012 CSCC Officer Election results are in and we have 4 of our 5 Board of Director positions filled. Charlie Czarniecki will have a 2nd term as Club President. John Pamperin will be Vice President for Programs. Janine Hegeman will become Secretary. Sara Hill will have a 2nd term as Treasurer. The Vice President for Socials had no candidate but we received many “write in votes” for people who will be approached to fill the position. The Club wants to thank our departing officers for years of service in their offices. They are Rich Hostak, Chris Conboy, and Kerry Hefta. They will step down from their office but will remain active in the Club leadership.

CSCC Volunteer of the Year

Charlie Czarniecki

Who will become the CSCC Volunteer of the Year during our 25th Anniversary Year? The presentation will be made at our CSCC Holiday Party on 10 DEC.

Below is the list of CSCC Volunteers of the Year listed on the traveling trophy:


Membership Updates

Sara Hill

Welcome New Members:
Mike Anderson & Family, Pam Bojan, Gary Brewington, Jeremy Hamm & Family, Patricia Hartman, Dave Hennekens, John Hudson, David Pfeffer, Cathy Ritzert
Renewing Members-Thanks:
Ken & Leslie Bernard, Al & Tamara Brody, Chris Conboy, Bill & Cynthia Doty, John Everett, Stan & Karen Hill, Dave Horne, Carol Keenan, Jerry Martin & Family, Bryan & Jodi Miller, Martha Rosenau, Doug Smith, Dennis Stuck & Family, Terre Top, Eric & Monica Van Fleet, Jerry & Cathy White

(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 other questions regarding membership, please contact Sara Hill, Membership Coordinator at membership@bikesprings.org .

Thanks! Sara Hill, CSCC Membership Coordinator

Australia and Cycling

Dale Campbell, Bent Fork Chronicles Co-Editor

An Update After a Tour de France Win
Observations and Updates from the Land Down Under

Sharon and I have been fortunate to enjoy traveling in Australia on a number of occasions over the last dozen years. Our adventures have enabled us to cover quite a bit of territory for a nation/continent/island that is as large or larger than the continental United States (CONUS). While we enjoy cycling here in the US, the primary focus of activities in all of our visits to Australia has been on hiking, diving, sightseeing and just plain relaxation. Only on a few occasions did we take time to ride bicycles at beach resorts near Bundaberg (Queensland) and Busselton (Western Australia).


29th El Tour de Tucson

Bob Smith

The El Tour de Tucson or simply El Tour is held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It is a timed fun ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and beyond, consisting of novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional riders. Medals are awarded to all finishers. There are multiple distances and event categories.

Proceeds from the event support at least 20 charities, for more information go to ...


Kids and Bikes - Back to the Future?

Dale Campbell, Bent Fork Chronicles Co-Editor

A Case of "Recycling" Bikes for Beginners?

Editors Note: With the celebration of the Club's 25th anniversary, I thought it might be appropriate to take a look at the history of cycling itself.


OK. This is a history quiz (and you thought you were reading articles in a cycling newsletter....). What is the generally accepted date for the beginning of the bicycle? tick....tick....tick.... Times up. If you guessed the early 1800s, you're correct. In 1817, Baron Karl von Drais from Germany invented a contraption that included two in-line wheels but no pedals (take note of this as we'll come back to the aspect of no pedals). Baron von Drais' "bicycle" (called a draisienne in France and a hobbyhorse or a dandy horse in England) was designed for gliding. This invention was the world's first balance bicycle!


Harry Update

Rhoda Harris

28 NOV 2011 10:00pm: Just to let everyone know, Harry has been off the ventilator since 9 a.m. He was tired this afternoon but really doing well. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings at Craig. We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day. Harry and Mary Jo performed Pirouettes—great to see Harry doing circles in his wheelchair. Harry looks forward to being home for Christmas and going to the candlelight service at our church (ABEFChurch) on Christmas Eve. God Bless All...Thank you for being part of our Blessings by holding us up in Prayer!!  Rhoda

Bike Polo, Bike Picnic, No Rules!

Bent Fork Chronicles, Vol 7-Issue 7 SEP/OCT 1993

Enjoy reading articles from the newsletter archives... I believe Ray Edmunds wrote the following article:

"The club's annual picnic started out the usual way as always with rides of varying lengths, mountain bikers cruising the local trails, and some folks just hanging around the pavilion waiting for the food to get there. This year Brother Bridges catered the event, with the club picking up a majority of the cost for the meal. We all ate like cyclists do - a lot,and then turned to the afternoon activities. Ken Hagen had promised that he would lead us all in a game of Bicycle Polo. This is a game played by taking mallets and hitting a ball towards a goal. 

December 2011 Issue - Vol 4 Issue 6, 1 December 2011

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