Last night’s Maple Wheelers ride was positively wicked! (That’s a good thing, by the way.)
First of all, the group continues to grow. Thirteen riders turned out last night. A couple were brand new, a few more hadn’t been around in a while, and at least two or three regulars were missing. People were riding everything from a late-70s Schwinn to a custom-built titanium Seven. We had riders from age 25 to over 25. And for those who have wondered if this club is for boys only, two women joined us, and they were two of the strongest riders in the group. Oh, and then there were the hills. Yes, climbs can be difficult, and they’re not to everyone’s taste. But every hill has two sides, and descents can be breathtaking. Last night, some of us hit 40m.p.h. on one declivity. Now that’s a rush.
A tip of the helmet to Mike for planning such a fine route. I’ll post a map as soon as one is available.
Last night, as I rode by myself back to where my car was parked, it occurred to me that one of the best things about a group ride — and there are lots of great things about group rides, some of which I’ve commented on previously — is that they offer a fantastic opportunity to learn, whether you’re a novice rider or a seasoned ciclista. Whether through conversation or simple observation, you can find out more about bikes, gear, riding styles and techniques, places to ride, and more. Riding with a group can make you a better rider.
Alas, I didn’t have my camera with me, so I’m forced to use some bootlegged shots I nabbed from the Interweb to enliven this post. But as good as pictures are, they’ll never adequately capture the feeling of actually being on the ride. You owe it to yourself to get in on a group ride.
Driving home, I saw Jim returning from Tecumseh on his bike. Then, pedaling to campus this morning, I passed two separate riders heading east on College Ave. Is it just me, or are bicycles gaining a foothold in our community?
If you have a few minutes, here are a couple of bits from the League of Michigan Bicyclists you might want to take part in.
LMB Long Range Plan 2011-2015
The Board of Directors and staff of LMB is currently in the process of developing a fiver year plan for the organization. The process will look at the internal and external environment we exist in today. We will identify key issues facing the organization in the following areas: Advocacy, Education, Promotion, Financial Resources and Human Resources. Once these issues are determined we will develop goals and action steps over the next 5 years to meet address these issues.
We need your input in helping us with a SWOT Analysis. SWOT stands for Strengths/Weaknesses and Opportunity/Threats. Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the online survey form.
Michigan Bicyclists Articles
With the wealth of activity going on around the state concerning bicycling we would like to share your stories. If you would like to share your story please submit your article and photos to John via email by August 1, 2020. Contact John directly if you have questions.