September 29, 2006
University of Wyoming Bike Library offers Rentals
This is an interesting story:
PRESS RELEASE FROM UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING -- AUGUST 28TH:
University of Wyoming students, faculty, and staff can rent a commuter bicycle at minimal cost through the Pokes' Spokes Bike Library, sponsored by the UW cycling team and the Associated Students of UW.
For just $15 per semester (plus a small deposit), members of the UW community can rent a bike for personal use. All of the rental bikes are in good working order. Rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with first preference given to UW students and then to UW faculty and staff members.
The bike library offers two options of brand-new bikes: the Giant Simple 7 Springer and the Atlas Industrial Cruiser. Both models offer easy cruising around campus and town.
Renters can use their bikes during the designated rental period, and then bring the bikes back in good condition to get their deposit refunded. Anyone wishing to extend the checkout period can simply pay an additional $15 per semester to continue the rental. The $15 charge per semester goes to the UW Cycling Team for maintenance, management, and repairs.
The bike library's mission is to encourage alternative means of transportation on the UW campus and in the Laramie community. By providing a cost-effective and environmentally friendly incentive for people to commute by bicycle, the Pokes' Spokes Bike Library cuts down on unnecessary car use while helping to create a bicycle culture in Laramie that supports a healthy lifestyle for all members of the community.
For more information or to rent a bike, go to the Bike Library page of the Cycling Club.
May 28, 2006
Witnessing, Helping, Evangelizing, Encouraging, and Loving
The Wheel Power Christian Cyclists are a national community of cyclists who feel that cycling allows them to "Pedal Our Way to Eternal Rewards!"
Begun in 1993 the US based bicycling ministry has a mission for its nonprofit, nondenominational, faith ministry that it explains here.
A Vermont newspaper recently did a story on the founder:
For active evangelical Christians, a bicycle is the perfect missionary vehicle. Not only can cyclists appreciate what they see as God's gift of their strong bodies and the landscapes they pedal through, they also come into contact with hundreds of people along the way with whom they can share the Christian message.
Unlike traveling by car or bus, traveling by bicycle makes the missionaries approachable. They can start conversations about faith with people they pass on the road or stand in line with at grocery stores....
The community of cyclists provides moral and spiritual support for one another as they ride, whether on a five-day trip across Virginia or a three-month journey from the West to East Coast....
Wheel Power participants sign a statement of faith and receive training in how to share their faith with others. "Witnessing is just talking to someone and saying, 'Hey, God loves you,'" Bowman said. Wheel Power counts more than 18,600 witnessings on their trips between 1994 and 2004....
The number of Wheel Power participants has steadily grown, from 16 on the first trip across America in 1994 to 86 on the most recent one in 2004. The next cross-country trip is planned for 2007. Meanwhile, to include more people, the organization has added shorter trips across states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Now when people see Wheel Power cyclists and ask who they are and where they are going, Bowman and her fellow missionaries share their beliefs in their answers.
"Why are we here?" Bowman said. "I think it's to bring glory to God and bless others and enjoy every day of this life he's given us to live with meaning and purpose."
Full Times Argus Story is here.
April 30, 2006
Ambitious New Cycling Club in my Backyard
Okay, I've found the token Mountain Biking Club to add to the Ca. Club List. ;-D
The 3F Bicycling Club, is a new club, based a few miles from me, here in Santa Ana Ca. and has launched a new website.
They aim to be a meeting place for riders all over the US, and the website features many useful tools, links, and resources, many of which I'd recommend to road cyclists, and commuters, like myself, such as directories of bicycling clubs, bike shops, current cylcing news, current events, and BMI and calorie counters, and a slew of exercise, and fitness articles, and links.
You can even shop online by browsing through an online catalog of bike parts.
This new club opened up its website last February after much planning.
The Official Press Release says:
Club founder, Mark Warrick, an avid mountain biker who has been riding his entire life, spent over a year planning the website and making sure he had a first-hand account of all the best mountain biking trails in Orange County.
"In August, 2004 I purchased a book written by Randy Vogel and Larry Kuechlin, 'Mountain Biking Orange County California' (ISBN: 1575400111) which is considered around here to be the ultimate mountain biking guide printed. I set a goal for myself to ride every trail in the book. A year and a half later, I can say now that I've ridden all but the hardest trails several times. (The hardest trails traverse the entire Santa Ana Mountain Range.)", says Mark Warrick.
The 3F Bicycling Club was formed to fill a gap between beginner riders and experts. Their policy of "Nobody Gets Left Behind" is one that many beginner and intermediate mountain bikers can certainly appreciate.
"The three basic philosophies of the 3F are fitness, fun and most importantly, friendship", says Mark Warrick. "If you're left behind to fend for yourself every time you go out with a group of riders, you're going to feel completely unmotivated and ultimately you'll stop riding. A senior member of the 3F will always ride with the last person in line to make sure that never happens on our rides."
The 3F Bicycling Club encourages volunteerism. Many of the members of the club are docent volunteers for the Nature Conservancy and the Irvine Opens Space Preserve.
Things I liked about the site:
They also link to the Irvine Ranch Land Reserve.
The Calendar of Events, which even, in some cases, includes photos from along the route so you know what you are getting yer sorry, out of shape, behind into if you decide to go. ;-D
The Cycling related news feed are many, and informative.
There are forums, and chat rooms, and a tie-in the MySpace.
The wonderful clickable Map of the USA that allows you to find clubs of all types all across the country.
There is a similar map with a tie-in to Trails.com, and its trail map resources.
There is a wonderful Photo Gallery of 27 rides that will tempt you to either try Mtn. Biking, or go for hikes.
This place has just so much to offer cyclists, and hikers, especially those of us in the OC, that I felt it is a worthy addition to the sidebar.
March 09, 2006
Seattle Club Teaches Cycling Safety
The Cascade Bicycle Club is one of the nation's largest and most active bicycle advocacy groups, with about 5,000 members in Washington.
To many of Seattle's Cycling residents pedaling Seattle's busy streets can be a bit scary.
"Every once in a while I'll come across a motorist who is dangerous," says Dustin Wood, a bicycle commuter and recreational cyclist who rides 75 to 150 miles a week, does not own a car and who, get this, works as an auto mechanic.
"If I am in real bad traffic that is pushy or edgy, I might just pull over and let the cars go by. It's much more pleasant."
Wood, 26, dispenses his considerable wheel-spinning experience as an instructor in a series of Cascade Bicycle Club classes designed to encourage people to take up the activity for fun, fitness and transportation. The club's "Urban Cycling" and "Bicycle Commuting" classes show you how to gear up, how to stay visible, how to avoid hazards and crashes, how to take evasive maneuvers and a lot of other things some people never think about, such as exactly where in the road you should ride.
Another of their programs is the CBC Education Foundation.
The Cascade Bicycle Club Education Foundation provides education programs and consulting services to the local community, to create a better community through bicycling. We educate elected officials and agencies about building bicycle-friendly communities; teach safe cycling to kids and adults; promote bicycle commuting through individual and corporate programs; review transportation plans to ensure that our cycling voice is heard; and work with schools on fitness programs and Safe Routes to Schools. Programs and materials are free or low-cost.
That is really cool, and you can learn more here.
The article, in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, has its writer attending a class, and a ride, for the story.
After a briefing on gear Wood got down to the single-most important and contentious issue of road cycling: lane travel. Drivers who aren't cyclists often wonder why bicyclists don't ride as far to the right as they possibly can.
The simple reason is that it is the most dangerous place to ride.
It's where leaves, glass, gravel and other bits of motoring debris gather, where sewer grates are positioned, leaving an uncertain surface for skinny wheels. It's also where cars and trucks often emerge from driveways, side streets and parking lots, and a rider to the extreme right has no sight line for those spots.
The law, says Wood, states that a bicyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as a vehicle driver and that a cyclist going slower than traffic must stay as far right as is safe.
But what is safe?
Read more here:
SEATTLE PI ( 2/16 ): Classes teach city riders how to thrive and stay alive By Greg Johnston.
January 17, 2006
Aussie Cycling Club knows how to have fun
Reading the 1st half of a December story in the Wagin Argus made me smile.
THE Wagin Cycling Mob took advantage of a strong westerly wind last Sunday and, with youthful exuberance not common to the group, participated in an impromptu rolling no-pedalling competition.
A spur of the moment suggestion by Jennie Cumming saw cyclists group at the top of the Beaufort Road hill and then roll into town , with a winner being the one who rolled the furtherest.
Ric Thompson reached a speed of 49 kilometres per hour downhill while Glenys Ball came in first at a distance of 2 kilometres with Raylene Eckersley a close second, both riders on the same brand of bike. Whether or not that has anything to do with the results is not known but it was fun to finish the morning's ride with something silly.
The full story is here:
WAGIN ARGUS ( 12/15 ): Cyclists on a roll.
March 29, 2004
A Club for Kids
There are a lot of reasons kids should be helped to develope an interest in bicycling, including confidence, exercise, knowledge of safe cycling rules, and skills.
Now, in New Jersey, there is a new organization that apparently has high hopes of helping kids in the Linden area, and beyond, learn about cycling, of both the racing, and recreational varieties.
The group has a website, some sponsors, equipment, a calendar of events, and a Mission Statement:
To help kids achieve a higher level of fitness, keep them out of trouble, from becoming depressed, or over weight, all of which can lead to health problems such as diabetes, to help them from becoming violent from the lack of activity, to keep them away from smoking, and have them do things with their parents.
Give kids a bike to use who can't afford one.
This club is not about cycling alone it's about teaching kids....
The number one goal is to get this program expanded to all schools where we can offer a scholarship to leading kids.
To learn more about the program. and what they hope to instill in youth by teaching them cycling skills, go here:
I wish them luck in their endeavor.