*Upcoming Events:* 1/1 Wednesday annual hair of the dog New Year's day ride
Local rides- Saturday December 28th @8:30 Ride Leader Route Miles Climb (ft.) Map Red Taylor Westlake/Dn Encinal 47 4,228 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30961210 805-390-2200 PCH/Mully/Lil Syc/Westlake Orange Doug Hid Vly/PCH 48.5 3,263 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19170243 323-806-2002 Mully/Westlake Orange Lite Mark G 805-432-6292 King Gil/TO/Westlake 41 2,899 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31636555 Petros 805-630-8116 Erbes/Sunset HIlls Gold Lisa 818-535-0862 Agoura/Kanan/Olson 32 1,913 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31425037 TBD Pederson/Erbes Sunday December 29th @9:00 am Ride Leader Route Miles Climb (ft.) Map Red TBD Westlake/Mully/Up Encinal 36 3,996 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31635143 Dn Encian/Mully Orange Alfonzo Westlake/Mully/Up Encinal 36 3,996 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31635143 Gold 787-240-1332 Dn Encian/Mully Social Kay Westlake 17 1,250 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30106925 818-419-1172 Carlisle out return ***New Year day ride- Wednesday January 1st @9:00 Ride Leader Route Miles Climb (ft.) Map All Levels Alfonso 787-240-1332 Four Lake Tour 36 2,451 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27713032 Joe 805-390-4641
Question of the week: What is your yearly maintenance routine? Some people have charts and keep a consistently well-maintained bike. Some people ask, “you’re supposed to check that”? Make it your yearly routine to check the following, or at least have someone else do it. Tires: you need enough tread to get a good grip. Brake pads: ditto. Cables: frayed cables lead to a ride uphill in the big ring. Bearings: If you sweat as much as I do, they will be rinsed dry and crusty. Bar tape: it does wear out, and it’s a cheap way to get a fresh or different look.
Safety Tip of the Week: Put down the phone-This shouldn’t even need to be said, but talking on the phone, texting, or checking Instagram while biking endangers everyone. Also refrain from listening to headphones http://www.slate.com/articles/life/a_fine_whine/2012/11/cycling_with_headphones_is_incredibly_dumb_why_does_anyone_do_it.html that close off the ear, because they can make it more difficult to hear approaching cars and pedestrians.
When riding with us: · wear helmets and ensure your bike is in good working order · stay in bike lanes and no more than two abreast on them; single file otherwise · not overlap wheels · descend carefully! Look out for debris, animals, potholes, tight bends, and slick spots · pass slower riders on the left · ride predictably: signal when changing lines and call out hazards · avoid bunching up · respect all traffic rules and the rights of motor vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians · always use proper hand signals to indicate to drivers and other riders your intentions · we are a "rules of the road" cycling club · Inclement weather policy: In the interest of safety, whenever it is either actively raining or the ride route has wet roads, it is our club policy to cancel a club ride. Club members may still choose to meet and ride in these conditions; however, the ride will not be considered an official club ride