This weekendís ride was originally scheduled for Sunday February 15, 2004 but we switched it to Saturday based on the weather forecast. It was 22įF when we started at 9:00 am on Saturday and at the same time the next day it was 5įF. We had a full turnout of the regular participants, Bob, Rich, Pete, Steve and myself. We are hoping more members attend this spring when the temperature goes up. My brother Tom has just recently moved back to the area and I am hoping he will attend a few of the rides with us. For the time being we will continue to alternate between Saturdays and Sundays unless we have a reason to deviate. In addition to being a little warmer than the past few weeks the sun was out again keeping our streak of perfect days for a bike ride in tact.
This week Bob reported that his knee is feeling much
better. Pete was a bit sore
this morning, apparently he banged up his shoulder playing hockey the
previous night. Knowing that
his shoulder is sore I assume Pete will be extra cautious today, bad
assumption. Steve brought his
camera again this week so we have lots of pictures to share, click
here to see this week's pictures compliments of Steve.
When we were riding we talked about possibly fitting Steve with a
helmet video camera to capture real time the activity of one of our rides.
Since the sidewalks/bike paths and side streets are
clear we headed south again this week.
We rode even more side streets than normal, which made for very
easy riding. The one thing we
are going to have to work on as a group is our riding formation.
We have a couple club members who have trouble staying on the right
side of the street and obeying traffic signals and stop signs.
Rich our safety coordinator is going to have to get this situation
under control. We must
remember we are safer on the roads if we are all on the same side of the
street and we expect to be given the right of way when it is ours so we
must pay attention and stop when other traffic has the right of way.
Enough of the lecture. I
hate going to the press with internal club issues, but our safety is of
utmost importance. I am also sorry to report that one club member was placed on
probation this week based on a somewhat disputed action against another
member. I will expand on this
Quick report on our promotional items.
Iím sure you have all noticed that our first international
advertising venture was consummated with the French government.
We worked out a deal to have our club logo flash on the Eiffel
Tower. Our publicity
department is currently in negotiation with other countries and landmarks
for more of this type advertising, so stay tuned.
I am also happy to report we are still mailing out a lot of logo
stickers, coasters, door hangers and logo magnets.
We also have just recently introduced a new item, window decals.
These decals mount to the inside of your car windshield and are
readable from the outside. This
is a great way to support the club, so get your orders in early for window
decals. We can also make
these decals so that they can be read from the same side as mounted, and
they can be special ordered this way, just let us know when you place your
Back to the issue that caused Steve to be placed on
probation. Before you jump to
any conclusions about Steve just keep in mind the infraction is in
dispute. We were riding down
Wabash Street heading east toward Rochester road.
This is a fairly wide side street in good condition.
It appears the paving on this road may only be a few years old,
very nice condition. We were
riding at a nice pace, not too fast and not too slow.
Pete was on the right side right next to the curb that was hidden
by about 18 inches of plowed snow and ice.
I was just to the left of Pete and slightly ahead of him.
Steve was right behind me and he was closing on us.
Pete was in the middle of a sentence and all of a sudden I heard a
funny noise like something digging into the snow bank.
I quickly turned to my right to see Pete flying off his bike and
rolling sideways into the front yard of the house we were passing at the
time. It was almost too much
to believe. How someone could
go from just leisurely riding along a perfectly clear rode to flying
through the air again is beyond me. Steve immediately pulled over and whipped out his camera and
started taking pictures. Iím
not sure but I think it was Rich that made comment about this being an
interesting way for Pete to treat his already sore shoulder.
Personally I couldnít do anything but laugh. Bob actually pulled up over close to Pete, Iím not sure if
he was checking to see if Pete was OK or just getting a good closer look
at the wreckage. At least
Pete was laughing with the rest of us so he couldnít be hurt too bad. Now for the controversy.
Pete claims he was slightly bumped by Steve who was pulling up next
to him at the time. When
approached with this accusation Steve said his wasnít really sure what
happened. Steve did admit
that his hockey instincts may have taken over and seeing Pete up against
that snow bank he may have extended his right foot just a little.
Well, again safety is a concern in this club so we had no other
option but to put Steve on probation.
The good news is Pete is fine and remarkably his bike is fine as
well. As I have stated in the
past, I knew Peteís bike was going to be put through a good durability
test, I just never imagined it would be so soon in its lifecycle.
Remember the earlier comment about documenting our rides with a
helmet cam, well if we do this I donít think we will mount it to
Steveís helmet. I think we
would a lot better footage if it was mounted to Peteís helmet.
The concern is since Pete actually uses his helmet to protect his
head the camera might not fare to well.
Since we have all taken the lead from Rich and starting wearing
helmets, I think it is interesting that we have had three incidents where
a helmet has come into play during a fall and they have all happened with
the same club member. Ponder
We started this ride earlier than normal because Bob
needed to be home by noon. In
doing so we ended up at the Hamlin Pub at about 10:15 or so. We were debating whether to go to the Hamlin Pub for an
English soccer breakfast or to the Rams Horn, which is in the same general
area for a more traditional brunch. When
the Pub wasnít open yet our decision was easy.
The Rams Horn was actually very busy.
They packed us into a corner booth in the smoking section.
We had a great time in the restaurant.
Bob ordered a tuna pita sandwich, which turned out to be light in
the tuna. Bob promptly
finished his sandwich and when the waitress, Linda not Sue (Sue is her
sister) came by, Bob jokingly told her he was ready for the other half of
his sandwich. I had french
toast and ham, canít remember what Rich and Pete ordered, but I do
remember Peteís order was very specific with a lot of key questions
before he would actually order the items.
Steve ordered an omelet and I not only witnessed it going into his
mouth but I also saw a fair amount of it come back out as he told us all a
very interesting story about a waitress passing out in his lap.
Steveís story was very animated in addition to food flying
everywhere at one point he stood up and acted out parts.
The story was very funny and Steveís story telling style had us
all laughing very hard. Before
I leave this subject I must report the diet coke at the Rams Horn was very
After brunch we suited back up and headed home.
Again we took a combination of sidewalks and side streets as we
headed north and west. I
still couldnít get my speedometer working, I may end up having to get a
new one. I think when I broke
the wires I didnít get them spliced back together proper so this might
be my problem. I can only
estimate again this week that we went about 16 or 17 miles total.
The home made rear fender extension to the rack on the back of my
new bike is working great, no more dirt and water on my back.
I also added a homemade front fender mounted to my bike frame.
This worked very good as well, no water coming from the front tire.
Steve got a couple good pictures of Pete from behind that show the
result of not having a fender.