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February 2019 Newsletter
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Join our Club Meetings
All Members, Guests, Future Members are Invited to 1st Tuesday of Each Month
700PM  @ East Lyme Library  
39 E Society Rd, Niantic, CT 06357
Tuesday  5 Feb 
Tuesday  5 March
Tuesday  2 April
Welcome to New Pequot Cyclist

Charles Hatton of Stonington, CT  
RENEWAL TIME For 100 Members
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If you know you are due, consider downloading the renewal form and send it in. 

Membership Application AND Renewal Form  (click to open)


Everyone knows that AAA offers 24-hour roadside assistance for your vehicle, but now AAA covers your bicycle too! AAA Bicycle Service is free and now included with all membership levels. There is not additional sign up or enrollment –this benefit is now part of your membership. AAA Members can use any of their yearly service calls for bicycle roadside assistance. If your bicycle breaks down while you’re out for a ride, simply call the road service number on your AAA card (1-800-222-4357).

Contact Duncan Bailey @ 860-334-7503     or  
 Work with Duncan to get your idea put into action.  

Please consider offering yourself, or with another person, some of the following activities to maintain our club meetups through the winter

IF you would like to offer that event and want some help producing it, or just to list it, please let me, or any other club officer know so we can post it at a time suitable to you.

Saturday, Feb 9, 2019, 10:00 AM. 
Hike the Falls River area of Arcadia Wildlife Management Area, Escoheag Hill Road,  W. Exeter, R.I.

Hike will take in the new Pavilion Camp area, Stepstone Falls and Falls River in a 2 + hour loop. Terrain varies in pitch and trail quality, so traction devices and hiking poles are recommended.

** R.I. enforces the wearing of at least  200 square in. of Regulation Orange while hiking trails during hunting season.

Hike includes a  “Hot Chocolate Stop,” so bring beverage water, a favorite hot beverage concentrate and cup. Leaders will provide stove.

Directions:  Meet at the Red CCC Camp Building Parking Lot, 9/10 miles on right up Ecsoheag Hill Road from junction with Rt. 165,  West Exeter, RI,. no later than 9:45:AM.  Site is just before Old Voluntown Road intersection on left. Hazardous driving conditions cancel. PLEASE view this page by 5:00 PM Friday afternoon 02-08-19 for any updates.

Leaders: Duncan and Mary Jo 860 334 7503 c. -860-514-5869 c.

On the Greenway
News and notes for friends of the East Coast Greenway
January 2019 Newsletter

Sunset over the Providence River, as seen from the Greenway at India Point Park in Providence, RI. Photo by Jack Beggs, @jackofallplaces
Gear Up for FVTC Trails Safety Expo
Farmington Valley Trails Council (FVTC)

Saturday, March 9, 2019
Avon Free Public Library Community Room 
281 Country Club Road in Avon, CT
11:00am - 3:30pm

The Farmington Valley Trails Council (FVTC) will present their second annual Trails Safety Expo on March 9th, at the Avon Free Public Library.  This event is open to the public and is free of charge. Our goal with this expo is to promote safety for all who use the trails we treasure and work hard to improve.

The Trails Council has worked tirelessly to complete 85 miles of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and 26 miles of the Farmington River Trail. With close to 100% completion, we are very pleased that these multi-use trails are being enjoyed by an expanding and varied population of friends, neighbors and visitors.

Please stop by the Expo and visit local vendors and other organizations to see what they have to offer. Here you'll be able to:  
  • Find out about upcoming events and bike rides for the 2019 season.
  • Learn about local programs and groups whether you like to take your activity to the trails, the road, or an indoor location.
  • Learn how to properly fit a helmet (bring your own) and how to change a tire or fix a flat.
  • Visit with local vendors to see the latest and greatest in active wear, safety equipment, footwear, and nutritional supplements.
  • Find out how to become a FVTC member or volunteer.
Door prizes and refreshments
This program is not sponsored by the Avon Free Public Library.
Farmington Valley Trails Council | 860.202.3928 |
Bike Walk CT (Link) is hosting
A League of American Cyclists Cycling Instructor Seminar
Friday, July 19, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019
@ The Center of Latino Progress in Hartford
Registration (click here) is now open for those who would like to attend the only nationwide bicycling instructor certification program.

Sunday Rides 2018

For more information contact: Brian Maynard at or 860-581-0734 & leave a message

Helmets are mandatory. Enjoy yourself out there.

Full and Concise 2019 Riding Schedule April to November (click to open)

Show and Go rides begin – All Show and Go Rides will start at 10:00 a.m.   Except for the New Year’s Day ride, there will be no planned cue sheet rides during December, January, February, and March.  Only designated meeting places for those Sunday Rides.  
Feb 3              Red Caboose, back of Old Mystic Village Shopping Center
Feb 10            Samuel Peretz Park at Bridebrook Rte 156 Niantic
Feb 17            Red Caboose, back of Old Mystic Village Shopping Center
Feb 24            Samuel Peretz Park at Bridebrook Rte 156 Niantic
Mar 3              Red Caboose, back of Old Mystic Village Shopping Center
Mar 10            Samuel Peretz Park at Bridebrook Rte 156 Niantic
Mar 17            Red Caboose, back of Old Mystic Village Shopping Center
Mar 24            Samuel Peretz Park at Bridebrook Rte 156 Niantic
Mar 31            Red Caboose, back of Old Mystic Village Shopping Center

April 7          10:00 a.m.         Mystic         Ride #215
Meet: Mystic Middle School parking lot, Take exit 90 off I-95, south on Rte 27, left on Mistuxet Ave, Mystic
Distances: 21.8 & 10.8 miles
Ride starter: Lorraine

April 14          10:00 a.m.         Old Lyme      Ride #46
Meet: DEP area, take I-95 from Mystic to Exit 70, Straight on Rte 1, left onto Rte 156, about ½ mile. Right onto Ferry Rd
Distances: 29.9 & 16.6 miles
Ride starter: TBD

April 21          10:00a.m.              Niantic      Ride #45
Meet: Niantic Center School
Distances: 28.9 & 15.7  miles
Ride Starter: TBD

April 28        10:00 a.m.      Norwich     Ride #139B
Meet: CorePlus FCU Credit Union
Distances: 40.3 / 23.7 miles
Ride Starter: TBD


  Save the Dates for Upcoming Social Events

Volunteer Dinner:  Spring 2019  Date TBD in April or May
Club Picnic:  TBD 

Volunteerism & Advocacy
New London Recreation is seeking volunteers for youth bicycling events.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
Volunteers are needed for the Youth Duathlon- Run-Bike-Run for ages 5-17.  The course will begin/end in the Fort Trumbull area.
We are looking for some volunteers: To help to set up the bike course, help with buckling helmets & mounting/dismounting bikes & act as as bike route guides. . 

New London County Recreation  is hosting a series of youth multi-sport events including:                                                                                                              A youth training team in 4 of the New London schools.  
A Triple Crown Challenge where athletes are encouraged to participate in 3 races. A High 5 Challenge to participate in 5 multi-sport races throughout the year…last year we had 15 kids registered for this amazing challenge.  These are USAT sanctioned events & professionally timed.  More information can be found at www.runsignup.comwebsite.

Please contact the New London Rec department below if interested in volunteering for any of our race events,   
Lori DeLucca, New London Recreation

860-447-5230                      860-447-7956 FAX

Own Your Ride/Own Your Life
        Tips on Cycling in Bad Weather 
provided by Rachel Gaffney
Cycling is one of the healthiest ways to get from Point A to Point B. Unfortunately, Mother Nature doesn’t always seem to take your cycling route into consideration. If it looks like there’s bad weather in the forecast, here are some tips to ensure your ride goes smoothly.
In the Heat 
Stay hydrated—dehydration and heat exhaustion are real threats during the summer, where temperatures can climb above 95 in the summertime. You should plan to have at least one 16-ounce bottle of water ready for every hour you’re cycling. You should also try to drink at least one glass of water prior to leaving.
Leave early—it’s much cooler in the morning as opposed to the afternoon. The sun’s at its brightest at noon, but temperatures will continue to rise until 3 PM. By leaving in the morning and finishing by 10, you could ride in temperatures up to 20 degrees cooler than later in the day.
In the Rain
 Use fenders—nobody likes to get soaked when cycling in the rain. By using fenders, you’ll keep water from splashing onto yourself and your fellow cyclists.
 Lighten up—visibility is much lower when it’s raining out. It can be very challenging for motorists or pedestrians to see cyclists when it’s raining. Making sure you’re as visible as possible is key. You can add reflective strips to your bicycle or your helmet (which you should always wear!), or add a white light to the front of your bicycle.
 Avoid brick or metal—these two materials become very slick in the rain. If you must ride over one of these surfaces, don’t do so while making a turn. Keeping your wheels straight will prevent slips.
 Watch out for potholes—you never know how deep a puddle is! What looks like an innocent puddle could be 6” deep or more. Puddles could also harbor nails, glass, or other dangerous materials.
In the Snow
 Slow down—Connecticut, like any New England state, can get a lot of snow during the winter months. You should give yourself at least twice as much room to brake when cycling in freezing rain or snow.
 Leave later—unlike cycling in the heat, leaving in the afternoon is often better than in the morning if it’s snowing. It’s likely a lot of snow has melted by the afternoon, and you’ll give one of the rare plow trucks a chance to clean up the road before your ride.
 Use an old mountain bike—there is really no reason to buy a fat bike unless you plan on using it year round, but snow can really damage your bike. Consider using a dusty mountain bicycle in the snow to make sure your nicer road bikes remain unscathed.
 Lower your tire pressure—this is a good tip for cycling in both the rain and the snow. By lowering your tire pressure by 5 to 10 PSI you’ll have significantly more traction. This allows you to travel up slick hills with ease and come to a brake without skidding.
 Thanks Rachel Gaffney for the great article!  
 This article was created by Personal Injury Help (, an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice, and it is intended for informational use only. Be sure to review your local cycling ordinances to ensure you ride safe and legally.