PEQUOT CYCLISTS NEWSLETTER
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August & September 2017
pequotcyclists.com
Rides, ride sheets, social events, and happenings.

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TIME TRIALS
Every Thursday Through August 6PM Start..on the dot
Ride against yourself


 
Volunteers NEEDED every week: put out signs/recording, etc.
Show up 15-30 minutes ahead to volunteer...or call Tim Duggan
860-705-8260


Start & Park:  Wheeler Road, Stonington, CT 
Park at rear of golf course parking lot on Wheeler Road; start just south of it
RIDE STARTER DESPERATELY NEEDED
August 13, Norwichtown Green

Consider becoming a starter in our volunteer club. Your support is important.
It's EASY!!!!  Ride sheets, safety brief, waivers for non-members
Contact Brian Maynard at
brian_r_maynard@hotmail.com
tor 860-581-0734
Print your own ride sheet...please
Sunday & Wednesday Ridesheets are Online at (click on link)
http://pequotcyclists.com/?page_id=807 

For the password, call or email Dave Reed w1red@aol.com  or 860-739-7483

ROAD ID:  Another Very Important Safety Tool..by Laura

     This is Dave Reed's testimonial, provided by Dave, for a Road ID.  Thank you Dave for sharing your story.  Best wishes on your continued healing. 
     I've had this on my list of things to do, but now mine are ordered and on the way.  This is not advocating this product alone, but any obvious ID that can provide immediate medical info and contacts when needed. 

     " I was close to the end of my daily ride and not far from home, when an SUV with three teens came across the center line and hit me head on. I hit their windshield and wound up bleeding on the road. I was wearing my Road ID which had my wife's contact info and medical info indicating I was on anticoagulant therapy, Warfarin. I believe that this information helped keep me alive because first responders were able to immediately access it. All of this information is a second hand account as I have no memory of the incident, not even the helicopter ride to the trauma center.
As a result of the accident, I have a new titanium part to ride with, in my hip. It will be some time before I'm able to get back on the road, but I will and with my Road ID. No matter how skillful or careful a cyclist you are, you never know when someone might do something completely unpredictable and take you out. Thank you Road ID for contributing to my survival.

 Dave R.   Niantic, CT" 

Some Resources:  Roadid.com @ $29.99;    yikesid.com  (a similiar product) @ $19.99;   Epic-Id Usb Emergency Bracelet White from http://planetcyclery.com/ @ $16.99

Sunday Rides

For more information contact: Brian Maynard at brian_r_maynard@hotmail.com or call 860-581-0734 (please leave a message)

Helmets are mandatory. Enjoy yourself out there.

Sunday Ride Schedule 2017
PLEASE CHECK THE PEQUOT CYCLISTS CALENDAR
http://pequotcyclists.com/?post_type=tribe_events 

Aug 6                   8:00 a.m.                 Colchester
Meet: Colchester Green
Ride 36.0 / 60.5
Ride # 24 (S,L)
Ride Starter: Sue C

Aug 13                    8:00 a.m.                 Norwichtown Green
Meet: Norwichtown Green
Ride 24 / 39 / 52
Ride # 126, 68
Ride Starter: NEEDED

Aug 20                    8:00 a.m.                 Baltic            Mansfield Hollow Dam
Meet: Sayles School, Baltic CT Exit 83 I395, Go North on Rte 97 for 3.8 miles. The school is on your left, 1/2 mile after you cross the Shetucket River.
GPS address: 15 Scotland Rd., Baltic, CT
Ride options 42.7 or 35.4 or 20.1 miles
Ride # 116A (S,L)
Ride starter:  Anne Procyk

 Aug 27                    8:30/10:00a.m.                 Montville      Ft Shantok Park
PICNIC DAY!!!!   Bring your outdoor games (bean toss, ladder ball, etc) & chair
Bring a dish to share
BYOB


Directions: Exit 79A off I 395, Exit 1, Left onto Rte 32, 0.3 miles and take right onto Fort Shantok Rd, 1.3 miles, left into park

8:30 a.m. Long ride 42.4 miles.  Ride starter: Tim D
Ride #64L

10:00 a.m. Short ride 11.3 miles and Medium ride 22.7 miles.  Ride starter:  Jim Bierylo
Ride #64 S&M
BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER NOTE TIME CHANGE TO 9AM 

Sep 3                    9:00 a.m.                 Griswold
Meet: Griswold CPL Exit 24 (old exit 86) off I-395 (to Hopeville Pond State Park)
Ride 46.1 / 30.9 / 24.5 miles
Ride # 73, 73L
Ride starter: TBA

Meet: Colchester Green
Ride # 36.0 / 60.5           Ride # 24 (S,L)
Ride Starter: Cathy Cormier

Sep 10                    9:00 a.m.                 Norwich
Meet: Norwichtown Green – 71 East Town St, Norwich
Ride 56.7 / 42.5 / 33.8 miles
Ride # 20L “Killer B” and 99
Ride Starter: Jim Bierylo

Sep 17                    9:00 a.m.                 Mystic
Meet: Mystic Red Caboose, rear parking lot, Olde Mystic Village Shopping Center, Mystic
Ride 47.1 / 22.4 miles (ride being designed by Lorraine)
Ride # 61
Ride starter: Mike Banker

Sep 24                    9:00 a.m.                 Lisbon      Vanilla Bean Ride
Meet: Lisbon Central School- I 395N use Exit 19 (old 83A) Left onto Rte 169N, Turn right at light onto Rte 138, School on right
GPS address: 15 Newent Rd, Jewett City, CT
Ride options: 50 / 23.4 miles (23.4 ride does not go to Vanilla Bean)
Remote start that includes Vanilla Bean -21 miles. Pick up cue sheet @ Lisbon Central School/ or download from Web with directions to start.
Ride #219 (S, L) & 219 remote start
Ride Starter: Denise

Oct 1                    9:00 a.m.                 Old Saybrook
Meet: Old Saybrook Train Station, N Main St
Ride 35.9 / 16.4 miles
Ride # 122
Ride Starter: Tim Duggan

Oct 8                    9:00 a.m.                 Norwich
Meet: Norwichtown Green – 71 East Town St, Norwich
Ride 41.7 / 34.7 / 25.8 miles
Ride # 119, 110
Ride Starter: Maureen Bierylo

Ride Committee Volunteers 2017:  Tony Quatroche, Brian Maynard, Sue Chadbourne, Tom Baker, Tim Duggan, Tim Wilson, Lorraine Waring, Susan Quatroche, Mike Joly,

 

Wednesday Night  Pizza Rides 2017

All riders should plan to arrive by 5:45. Rides leave 6:00 sharp!
Contact Michael Joly, at 860-823-9254 or
e-mail michael.joly@snet.net

Enjoy yourself out there. Helmets are mandatory!
Consider using a front and rear light for safety.

Aug 2                  6:00 PM                   Norwich
Meet: Stanton School
GPS Address: 386 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT
Ride Starters Tim Dugan   860-705-8260
Ride W-53 and W-54

Aug 9                  6:00 PM                  Waterford
Meet at the ball fields on RT 156 and Gardiner Woods Road (bottom of hill from Millstone).
DO NOT PARK PAST THE FENCE!
GPS Address: 236 Rope Ferry Rd. Waterford, CT 06385
Ride starters: John and Gretchen Glaub  860-739-8575
After the ride you are invited back to the Glaub’s for a pot luck picnic. Grill will be available.
Ride W-104 and W-105

August 16             6:00 PM                 Groton
Meet parking lot for Gus’s Pizza and Restaurant, (Corner of Rte.184 & 117)
GPS Address: 1283 Gold Star Hwy. Groton, CT 06340
Ride starters: Kathy Chamberlain and Doug Morrissette  860-885-0678.
Dinner at Gus’s Pizza                         Ride W-22 and W-21

August 23            6:00 PM                  Preston
Meet at Village Pizza .
GPS Address: 353 Shetucket Turnpike ( Rte 165 ) Preston, CT 06365
Ride starter: Tim Wilson  860-884-2024.
Dinner at Village Pizza

NOTE TIME CHANGE TO 5:40 PM  START.  Show time 5:30 PM

August 30                5:40 PM                 Old Lyme
Meet: Morrissey Cycles Shop
GPS address: 151 Boston Post Rd, Old Lyme, CT
Ride Starter: Gary Carlson’s  860-691-0657
Ride W-70 and W-71

September 6           5:40 PM                 Stonington
Meet at Stonington Pizza
GPS Address 530 Stonington Rd, Stonington, CT
Ride Starter: John Tyler  860-599-1950
Ride W-96 and W-97

September 13          5:40 PM              Old Saybrook
Meet at the Old Saybrook Train Station – Pizza Works.
GPS Address: 455 Boston Post Rd, Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Ride starter:  TBD                                    Ride W75  and W76

Social Events--Shelley Reuben
PICNIC          
August 27      Fort Shantok
See Sunday ride schedule for details (above)
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Friday October 2017    6-10PM
Halloween Dance:  KARI-Hill VFW, Niantic CT 
More details to come

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Wednesday 6 Dec 2017: Holiday Dinner @ Mystic Aquarium 
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!   
The Annual Go Bike Montréal Festival June 2017
There is a party atmosphere at this festival, which brings cyclists together to have fun and be part of a unique event. This year marked Montréal’s 375th anniversary and Vélo Québec’s 50th anniversary. A perfect opportunity to bike stress-free along an untimed route with family or friends, in the company of thousands of two-wheel enthusiasts. There was Friday night biking and Sunday biking through Montreal streets.
A group of CT friends and Pequot Cyclists gave a thumbs up & rave reviews. 


2018 Dates:   27 May to 3 June    

http://www.velo.qc.ca/en/govelo/Go-bike-Montreal-festival   
Additional Riding Information
http://www.ctbikeroutes.org/index.php
 Great Links and Information for local rides, tours, bike shops, etc.  Rides sheets ready to download!
http://www.mapmyride.com/us/ct  Find Cycling Routes in Connecticut
https://bikenewengland.com/2016/04/22/connecticut-bike-routes-2/   Bike New England: biking trails in the Northeast and beyond
http://www.granfondoguide.com/Events/CenturyRides/USA
Century Rides (many have short to long distances)
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Aug 19, 2017  Steeple Chase Bike Tour – Mansfield CT   20, 35, 50, 62.5 & 100 mile bike routes http://www.steeplechasebiketour.org
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Four Bridges Ride Sep 17, 2017 Rhode Island    http://4bridgesride.com/

O' Canada:
Check it out at https://thegreattrail.ca/
10 bike trips that will make you fall in love with Canada     
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Please send information to laura.oconnell@att.net if you have any good rides , sites to share

Reed’s Ramblings
     Susan and Dave Wakefield in preparing to move to New Hampshire were sorting through their bike stuff and found a Lucas Cyclometer complete with the original box and instructions (see below)..  They thought I might be interested in this bit of cycling history. They were spot on.  It’s made in England, you know.  
     Before this gadget was available, you would determine ride distances with US Geological Survey maps, tracing the route on the edge of a sheet of plain paper.  Then measuring the paper markings and converting to distance with the map scale — kind of bothersome unless you did the same ride over and over.
     This cyclometer mount would be slipped over the front wheel axle and held in place by the axle nut against the fork tip (see the mount lower right in the picture).  The pin (lower left) would be attached to a spoke that would engage the star thingy on the meter (upper right) once every wheel revolution.  The dial would read in miles or kilometers depending on the model.
     Of course I had to try it on my bike.  I did seven laps around my neighborhood.  That is all most exactly ten kilometers.  The meter read about 6.3.  I guess this unit must be English measure — not metric.  Given that it is English measure, it should have read 6.2 miles, I bet this unit was for 27 inch wheels — very common in the 1970’s.  My 700c wheels were just a bit too small.  There is no way to adjust for the wheel circumference.  I think there were different models for the different wheel rim sizes.  This unit’s model number started with “27”.  Even so with the 27 inch rim, on long trips, there could be some error because there are several sizes of 27 inch tires ( 1inch — 1 3/8 inch in width).  You could of course determine a correction factor by riding over a known distance, and I guess that is better than the map and paper process.    
    While I could manage with a correction factor, there was one very irritating thing that must have kept me from using one back in the 1970”s — that tick tick tick, once every wheel revolution.  I like my bike to be quiet!
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What is a Copenhagen Wheel?  The following, from Superpedestrian website tells you all about it.    https://content.superpedestrian.com/the-copenhagen-wheel 
A club member, Mark Conners, reports he wife enjoys the convenience and extra miles she can now do more easily with this.   The website reports around $1500 per wheel.  One advantage is you can use a current bike without purchasing an expensive electric bike.

Directly from the website:  "Convert your bike into a smart electric hybrid.    The Copenhagen Wheel is a complete replacement for your rear bike wheel and fits both single-speed and multi-speed bikes. The battery, motor, sensors, and computers all live inside the red hub. Human-enhancing technology analyzes your movements and seamlessly boosts your power as you ride. Just put it on your bike, connect your smartphone, and ride.

Fits almost any bike; Makes every ride magical; Amplifies your pedal power 10X; No wires or throttles

A More Liberating Ride

As you pedal, the embedded computer monitors the torque and speed sensors, sensing your most minute movements, and instantly engages the motor to give you a boost. All you feel is more pedal power.

Customize your riding experience with the Wheel’s connected smartphone app by adjusting the level of assistance. Extend your range with regenerative braking – pedal backwards and the Wheel begins to brake, sending energy to the battery. "

Local Bike Shops may give our members a 10% discount  (Click on links)

Bicycling Advocates  

Bike Stonington     Bike Walk CT    Share the Road CT     League of American Bicyclists
Regional Outdoor Resources
CT Explorer’s Guide     Adventure Sports Inc.    REI     Bike and the Like     Bicycle Loft (Burlington, MA)
International Bicycle Center(MA)     Harris Cyclery (Newton, MA)     Landry’s (MA)    

Local Bike Shops

Mystic Cycle Center   ;   Niantic Bay Bicycles  ;    Rose City Cycles of Norwich   Terra Cyclery (New London)   ;    Wayfarer (New London)     Morrissey Bike Shop Open Route 1 Old Lyme CT, near Rogers Lake
CT bike shops http://pedaling.com/resources/
Regional Cycling Groups
Mystic Velo     Narragansett Wheelmen     Essex County Velo     Berkshire Cycling Association   Farmington Valley Trails Council     Pioneer Valley Freewheelers   Hat City Cyclists   Mohawk-Hudson Cycling Club     Nerac Earth Cycling    Sound Cyclists    East Coast Greenway
New England Mountain Bike Association    Seven Hills Wheelmen
Local Hiking Groups
AMC CT Chapter