Vol 5 Issue 1, 1 February 2012

From The Editors

Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell

Happy New Year!  We extend many thanks to everyone for your articles, info & pictures. A very special "thank you" to Dave Horne (center in picture) for capturing our Bike Club activities in pictures. Have you made a list of New Year resolutions...what are your bicycle riding goals for 2012?

A quote from runner/author John Bingham quote seems appropriate: "The miracle isn't that I FINISHED, the miracle is that I had the COURAGE to start!" 

You are invited to participate in our next bike club meeting on TUES, 7 FEB.  We'll be meeting ... 


New Officers for 2012

Charlie Czarniecki

Charlie Czarniecki, President
John Pamperin, Vice President for Programs
Janine Hegeman, Secretary
Sara Hill, Treasurer

Bent Fork Chronicles Editors: Sharon Boyd & Dale Campbell
Members-At-Large: Rich Hostek, Chris Conboy & Lee Murphy
Kerry Hefta: Ride Committee Chair
Mark Mann: Social Committee Chair

Buena Vista Bike Fest 2012

Aaron Rosenthal

BVBF registration opened up on 15 DEC--registration and volunteer sign-up can be accessed at www.bvbf.org  
After back-to-back years of weather challenges in 2010 & 2011 it is no surprise that the pace of registration is slower than in years past. What shouldn't be forgotten is that BVBF's first 11 years were held under consistently good conditions.


Carmichael's Endurance Sports Club

Rob Klausch

Carmichael's Endurance Sports Club (Cimarron St (US 24) & 21st Street) has made a special offer to the Bike Club for an evening bicycle race/fun fitness ride on FRI, 10 FEB. We can have up to 24 riders; who will need to arrive around 5pm, so we can set up their road bicycle on the trainers. Email Rob Klausch pikturethis@yahoo.com  if you would be interested in participating...


How to Survive a Bicycle Fall or Crash

Dennis & Terry Struck

Lessons Learned ... the hard way from Bicycle & Motorcycle Crashes
(Real Experience Shared by the Authors)

 Editors Note: CSCC emphasizes safety as a primary factor to the full enjoyment of cycling. While we all strive to be safe, there are incidents from time to time. In fact, the 2012 informal slip method poll indicated in 2011 35% of the respondents had their bike fall over with them on it. So, safety also applies to safely reacting to and recovering from a fall or crash. I think you'll enjoy reading the following article and perhaps will even learn a thing or two from it. And, yes, there will be a test ... sometime.... Be prepared!


The Dysfunctional Road Cyclist

New Member, Cody Vitt

Cycling brings many of us joy, whether it is because of the relief from daily life or being able to enjoy the outdoors for extended periods of time. But have you ever thought, or experienced, the pains associated with long hours on the bike? As wonderful as riding is; there are some inherit problems that one must be aware of.


Subaru Elephant Rock

Sharon Boyd - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival scheduled for 3 JUN.  We hope you'll join us for this monumental annual pilgrimage to Castle Rock, CO for the unofficial start to the Colorado cycling season.  The Subaru Elephant Rock web site is updated at www.elephantrockride.com


Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle Alpine Classic

Sharon Boyd - Bent Fork Chronicles Editor

Plan your summer cycling schedule to include the 7th Annual Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle Alpine Classic scheduled for 4 AUG in Copper Mountain, Colorado.  The Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle web site is updated with complete details at www.coppertriangle.com .


VIBES Benefit Ski Race

Lorie Whitehead, Trip Captain

Who: VIBeS (Visually Impaired & Blind Skiers); 401(c)3 Organization
What: VIBeS Benefit Race; Win Prizes
When: SUN, 26 FEB; registration begins at 8:30am



Tim Blumenthal, Director

After a solid first year, the PFB movement nearly tripled in size during 2011. Nearly 500,000 supporters now power our collective, unified voice. We will continue to grow in 2012.


Thoughts From The CSCC President

Charlie Czarniecki

We close JAN with some cold weather that cancelled a few of the Club rides. I led the JAN Sunday Social Rides, and am pleased to say we held one each Sunday. On the 15 JAN ride, we had a lot of fun with 26 riders. Al Brody will lead the FEB Social Rides. One of the big news items in JAN was Bob & Ann Smith sold their house in Mountain Shadows. They are in their Tucson home now, but are building a condo in the Gold Hill area off 21st Street. An equally big news item is that Mark Mann is our Social Committee Chairman for this year. Mark received kudos for the snack menu that he organized with the Clarion Hotel for our JAN meeting.


You're Invited! Be there on 6 March!

Charlie Czarniecki/Dale Campbell

Do you remember what CSCC accomplished in 2011? Want to know more about the next steps for 2012, and beyond? Curious about the interworking of the organization and the volunteers that support the Club? Good, because March is the time you can get answers to all the above and more!

Come join us at the Annual Business Meeting on TUESDAY, 6 MARCH. To be held at the Clarion Hotel, with socializing and snacks starting at 6:30pm and the meeting beginning at 7pm, the agenda will include the annual review of the standing committees and (for the 1st time in 26 years) presentation of an annual Club budget. The Club's Leadership team will be there to answer questions about the organization and about what's being planned for 2012. It's your Club. We invite you to come join the annual gathering.

Transportation Bill Unveiled Today & Bicycle Programs Eliminated

Allen Beauchamp

League of American Bicylists Update:  On Tuesday, Congressman John Mica (R-FL) announced the introduction of the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act. The proposed bill eliminates dedicated funding for bicycling and walking as we feared, and it goes much further and systematically removes bicycling from the Federal transportation program.

The Act would basically eliminate our status and standing in the planning and design of our transportation system -- a massive step backwards for individuals, communities and our nation. It's a step back to a 1950s highway- and auto-only program that makes no sense in the 21st century.

The bill reverses 20 years of progress by ...


Web Site Update

Bob Smith

Over the past month or so we have been making several web site changes that modernize the site and make it more accessible. These changes include a new page header and site reformatting for better viewing on mobile devices such as smartphones. As part of the mobile project we now have our own mobile Apps for Android, iPhone and Blackberry.
If you have been to the web site lately, you may have noticed that there is a link to Facebook in the header and the header now contains a slideshow instead of a static photograph. Additionally, you can now follow CSCC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/bikesprings 


Borrego Blast

Bob Smith

Anne & I heard about an informal tandem rally in Borrego Springs, CA through tandem friends in Boulder & Fort Collins. Borrego Springs is about a six-hour drive west from Tucson. It is a small town with a population of about 3000 and grows to about 10,000 in the winter. It is in the Anza-Borrego Desert east of San Diego & southwest of Palm Springs. It has a very active art community with many fulltime resident artists.


Pedal To The Powder

R. Scott Rappold, OutThere-THE GAZETTE

Photos courtesy of Allen Beauchamp

The “Sunday Snow-cial” rides are never canceled for inclement weather, even in the dead of winter.
Neither is the New Year’s Day “Frozen Water Bottle Ride.”
“The worse the weather, the better. Seriously, if there’s good weather, we might cancel,” said ride leader Al Brody.  But it’s not just bravado or hubris against the elements that compels the CSCC to schedule such rides in the season of snow, ice and brutal cold. In Colorado and across the northern parts of North America, a wave of new cycling gear is bringing the sport to the cold, dark days of winter. Thanks to warmer, lighter apparel, studded tires and the latest craze, “fat” or snow bikes with balloon tires designed for snow, more cyclists than ever can safely navigate icy and snowy roads and trails. Of course, “safely” is relative, but at least snow is gentler when you crash.


Pedal To The Powder (cont.)

R. Scott Rappold, OutThere-THE GAZETTE

Video:  http://www.pikespeaksports.us/video/the-men-of-ice-take-to-eleven-mile-reservoir

What You’ll Need
For ice and snowy spots: Studded tires for your mountain bike, which cost $50 to $100 per tire, and a pair of fenders to keep slushy spray from coating you.
For deeper snow: A fat bike, which costs $1,500 to $2,000.


Pedal To The Powder (cont.)

R. Scott Rappold, OutThere, THE GAZETTE

Where to ride
During or just after a snowstorm:
• New Santa Fe Trail
• Monument Valley Park
• Red Rock Canyon Open Space
• Palmer Park 



John O'Donnell

The St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is proud to announce the inaugural Pedaling for St. Pat’s Bike Ride on Saturday, 17 MAR at 8:30am--ride in a St. Patrick's Day Bike Ride and a Parade!

Sign up on-line at www.csstpats.com or call 719 635-8803.

The 50K-plus-a-wee-bit-more bike ride (31.7 miles) promises to take you through some of the most scenic areas of Colorado Springs.


Membership Updates

Sara Hill

Welcome New Members:
Robert Coffey & Family, Joseph Giles & Family, Raymond Kaltenbach, Michael Wesche, Lee Willmon & Family, Larry Wilson & Family, Lisa Yens, Jamison Zich
Renewing members-Thanks:
William Allen & Family, Jay Bailey, Allen & Cece Beauchamp, Bill Bibler & Family, Ann Coy, Charlie & Barb Czarniecki, Clair Forsyth & Family, Marilyn & Pat Gaffney, Bill Gast, Kerry Hefta, Rob Klausch, Connie Lorig, Mark Mann, Jim McCreary, John Pamperin, Doug Pape, Bud Reynolds, Jamey Robbins, P.K. Robinson, Aaron Rosenthal & Janet Oliver, Tammy Roth, Kevin & Kelly Sears, Martin Shepperdson, Bob & Anne Smith, Scott Swandal, Ed Terhune, Ron Toman, Dave & Kathy VanDerWege, Dan Weber, Patrick White & Michelle Gutman, Bill Young

(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

Bicycle Theft!

Martha Rosenau

A few words from a Club member about a recent theft...
I often do the Saturday Fitness Ride and know many of the cyclists who enjoy that outing. I want to share with the Club a few words concerning my recent recent, brazen violation. The police are actively working this case. Stolen bikes are a huge problem right now, even from inside vehicles. I think the community should know.


Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Inc.

Mike Mazzola

Mountain Equipment Recyclers, Inc. is a retail consignment and donation store of high-quality outdoor equipment located in Colorado Springs, CO. Gear includes camping, backpacking, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, running, climbing, fly fishing, canoes/kayaks, and any other outdoor activity associated with this beautiful state.

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