Volume 50, Issue # 8, August 1, 2018
August 2, General Meeting,
at the Library

August Lighthouse Volunteer Notice

Physical Therapy for Bicyclists

Being A Big Distraction

Women’s Night at the Bike Kitchen
President's Message
What now? A General Meeting!

Please join us for the first General Meeting of 2018. We will meet at the downtown library on Thursday, Aug. 2, to hear from two physical therapists about how to take care of ourselves both on and off the bike. See below for details. Hope to see you there!
General Meeting: Physical Therapy for Cyclists
Thursday, August 2, 2018
7:00 pm

Julie Butler and Susie Potter, two local physical therapists, will discuss common cycling injuries and how to prevent them. This will include a demonstration of useful post ride stretches. 

Julie Butler is the Clinic Director at San Luis Sports Therapy in Arroyo Grande. She completed her undergraduate work here at Cal Poly, and her Masters and Doctorate work at the Western University of Health Science. She has been with San Luis Sports Therapy for 16 years and is an avid cyclist and hiker.

Susie earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Rhode Island and joined the San Luis Sports Therapy staff in 2012. She is an avid cyclist and runner and also enjoys rock climbing and hiking.
Volunteer For The
 We Still Have Some Critical Volunteer Positions to Fill for our Lighthouse Ride
Photo credit: Roger Heathcote

Our annual Lighthouse Century Ride will take place on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered. We still have some critical positions to fill:

* Course Marshals
* SAG drivers
* Cruz Turnaround Rest Stop Captain
* Cruz Rest Stop workers
* Two truck drivers
* Afternoon truck loaders

To volunteer, click on the link below.

  • Choose your job from the drop down menu and complete the form.
  • You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your choice.
  • You will receive a separate notice in late August inviting you to the Lighthouse Volunteer Festival.
  • Questions? Email the Volunteer Coordinator if you need help with the process or need to change your volunteer choices.

SLOBC Wildflower Ride Committee Report
by Dave Abrecht

Last monthI wrote that the Board of Directors appointed a committee to make a recommendation about the future of our Wildflower Ride. The committee met twice, in late May and early June, and I want to thank  Craig Armstrong, Will Benedict, Joe Fram, John Long, Marina Michel and Pam Zirion  for serving on the committee.

We identified a number of issues that have impacted our ride over the last four years

  • Rider registration and subsequent revenue has declined since 2015.
  • Each one of our two large organized rides requires a team of 200 volunteers. It has become increasingly difficult to recruit the essential and necessary volunteers for both rides from our membership of 600 bicycle enthusiasts.
  • We have created supportive partnerships with community and non-profit organizations in Creston, Shandon and Santa Margarita. These organizations have helped us promote cycling on rural north county roads and have relied on contributions from the ride’s revenue to fund their important community programs and services.
  • An increase in the number of cycling related events throughout California has reduced the interest in our ride

In light of these issues, the Committee made the following recommendations to the Board of Directors and these recommendations were adopted at the June 5, 2018 Board of Directors’ meeting.

  • The SLOBC will plan and host a Wildflower Ride in 2019. The ride will be held on April 27, a move back to our historical date of the last Saturday in April. Whether the ride continues after next year is dependent upon an evaluation of the following conditions. 
  • Ridership must be between 800 and 1000 riders.This would provide the income necessary to meet our expenses and make donations to our partners.
  • Volunteers will be sought from our many partner organizations to reduce the number of SLOBC volunteers needed to staff the ride.
  • Our contributions to our partner organizations will be based on a per rider formula so that expenditures are in sync with ride income.

Will Benedict has volunteered to chair the 2019 Wildflower Ride. He will be seeking SLOBC members to serve on an organizing team to begin the planning process for next year’s ride. We have a long history of organizing two of the best bike rides in California and I encourage our newer members to join with Will and assume a leadership role in the planning for the 2019 Wildflower Ride.

Being Visible....
 Be a Bigger Distraction
From an article in Bicycling Magazine

Light Visibility for Day and Night...
The article recommends:
1. Keep daylight lights on for 33% reduction in collisions.
  Flare tail and head lights should be seen at least ¼ mile out.
 (There are some tail lights that can be seen 1 mile out.)

2. Highlight your body’s moving parts for 83% more visibility.
 Fluorescent apparel during daylight gives greater impact.

3. Florescent during the day and Reflexive at night decreases accidents by 53% and 72%.
4. Humans are wired to see motion and the specifics of the article are
that we add the distraction to moving parts seen from back and front. 

5. There are no recommendations on side reflectors in the spokes.

Never consider these as an advantage, only as another precaution..

Comparison of Day and Evening Visibility

Daytime Open Roads –                       Nighttime City Riding -
               Flare R / Day Flash                        Flare R City / Night flash
               Ion 800 / Day Flash                        Ion 350 / Night Steady
               Socks / Fluorescent                        Leg Band / Reflective
               Shoes / Fluorescent                       Tires / Reflective
               Warmers / Fluorescent
               Helmet / High Visibility
Treasurer's Report
Lighthouse registration money started coming in on June 1. 

If you would like to be put on an email list to receive the club’s financial statements at the end of each month, let me know at treasurer@slobc.org and I will put you on the mailing list.

Thank you.
Your SLOBC Treasurer
Bill Martin
Women’s Night at Bike Kitchen
Makes a Move
Our weekly Women’s Night @ Bike Kitchen has moved! Women’s Night now takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 5 – 8:30 PM.
What about the 1st Wednesday? The first Wednesday of every month is now WTF (Women, Trans, Femme) Night @ Bike Kitchen, with the same hours as Women’s Night, 5 – 8:30 PM.

Why Women’s Night and WTF Night?
Bicycle maintenance has traditionally been an overwhelmingly male-dominated area. It is our goal to help teach individuals who have been intimidated or marginalized in this setting to be knowledgeable and confident working on their bikes.

On a daily basis, Bike SLO County strives to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all, while also recognizing the benefits of offering women, trans & femme-specific evening hours as a stepping stone to achieving greater confidence working in our space at any time.
Women’s Night and WTF Night are for:
Women: A person who identifies as a woman.
Trans: Transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, gender creative, anyone whose gender identity is fluid, transgressive, and/or transitioning.
Femme: A gender identity in which a person of any gender embodies a feminine appearance, expression, or identity.

If you are not WTF identified, please BECOME AN ALLY:
  • Respect the space: Come during our regular hours, don’t ask for an exception, and don’t hang around the entrance during Women’s Night or WTF hours.
  • Respect People: During Bike Kitchen’s regular hours, treat all female & trans mechanics and patrons as you would any other person (don’t assume they’re less knowledgeable, don’t call them “sweetie,” and NEVER take a wrench out of their hand!)
  • Get Educated: Learn about the issues facing women and trans communities.

Several club members attended women's night at the bike kitchen recently. We learned a lot about bike fits, proper angles, different saddles available etc. There is going to be a panel presentation at the next women's night with several bike club members on the panel to discuss our experiences in group riding, what is important to know,and what is the best way to get started cycling. Also to be discussed will be benefits of group riding, exploration of concerns and fears, things specific to women, etc.
SLO Coaster

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