But hopefully, not literally!

Bike season is here if you can dodge some raindrops and tolerate an occasional gale force wind. 

Bike Exchange

Several members of PACE have requested that we have a forum for bike exchange, purchase, trade or other types of wrangling.  We have a wide variety of readers of the blog, and several are very interested in purchasing a “starter” bike. You have equipment that you would like to trade, sell, or give away to a needy beginner.  Or you may be looking for something specific and would like to make a request.  Either way, please click on the “Bike Exchange” Option above where you may find just what you’re looking for, or you may find the person who wants what you have. 

This Weekend’s Called Rides

Of course, Saturday is Video Cycling at the Rec Center at 7:30 a.m.  Wayne says he may ride after that class if you want to bring your bike to class and cycle afterward, or if you want to meet the group at 8:30 a.m.

Sunday looks like it might be very damp if we can believe a weather forecaster.  If the weather cooperates (temp above 60 and no rain), we’ll depart from the Rec Center at 1:30 p.m.

Standing Called Rides

The Claremore group rides on Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. leaving from Bike About.  We are more than welcome to join this group any time.

Spring Fever Tri and Practice, Saturday April 11

This Saturday, April 11, a practice for newbies or anyone else for that matter, will be held at the Claremore Rec Center for the Spring Fever Tri which will occur on Sunday, April 19.  The practice will consist of the swim and the bike with some pointers on transition between the two.   The swim portion will start at 8:05 at the pool, followed by the bike ride.  Bring $3 to defray the cost of the pool.  Members of  Tulsa Area Triathletes (TAT) will conduct the session. 

Amish Alley Ride, Saturday, April 11

Following the practice, TAT will sponsor a training ride called Amish Alley starting at 10:30 a.m. in Inola.  The route is a figure-8 route so various mileages (30, 41, 68, 78) are possible.  This ride may have one rest stop, (at the center of the figure-8)  but make sure you have enough water and supplies to self-support. 

Muskogee Flower Power, April 25

This is a terrific ride, very scenic and you start and finish this year from Three Forks Harbor.  I went down to Muskogee solo last year, but I made some new terrrifc new friends by the end of the ride.  (They even bought the first round at the refreshment tent after the ride!) 

Here’s the link for the entry form.  Hopefully it will open for you! 

http://www.cityofmuskogee.com/images/uploads/dept_012/FPBIKEINSIDE.pdf

Oklahoma FreeWheel and our friend Glenn

Several of us have been spreading the good word about the wonderful experience that  is Oklahoma FreeWheel.   The ride attracts new riders every year, and compared to other state rides, this ride is inexpensive.   Aside from enjoying the open road, spending some quality time on our trusty steeds, and marvelling at the wonderful and diverse geography of our state, FreeWheel is all about comrades and fun.  So it was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of one of the FreeWheel family. 

I met Glenn Chamberlain about 30 minutes into my FreeWheel experience last year in the camping area at Marietta Public Schools.  He introduced himself, as his tent was 10 feet from where I’d pitched mine.  As a veteran of FreeWheel, he graciously showed this newbie the ropes and rode with me most of the way on Day 1,checking in with me the rest of the way. 

The Oklahoma Bicycle Society Newsletter reported that on February 22, 2009, “Glenn Chamberlain began a ride that he never finished. Glenn suffered a heart attack and died doing what he dearly loved, riding his bicycle with his friends.”   He will indeed be missed, and I know that many of us with have him with us in spirit as we begin FreeWheel this year.

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Glenn mugged for my camera as we stopped on June 8 in the Arbuckle Mountains at Turner Falls.   He was a great advocate of bicycling and making sure that newcomers to the sport were comfortable and having fun.  If you know someone who is new to bicycling, make Glenn smile and take the time to offer assistance, share information and ride with them. 

Here’s the website for FreeWheel.  Come join us!    http://www.okfreewheel.com

And here’s the quote for this post…………….

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.  Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”  ~Ernest Hemingway

 

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