Volume 13 / Issue 3 FAll 2011
Po Box 1115, Fairfax
CA 94978 • 415-456-3469 Volume 13 / Issue 3 FALL 2011
Kim Baenisch, Executive Director
Tom Boss, Membership Director
Jo Ann Richards, Database Bikers’ Ball & Casino Night .............................. 3
Bob Trigg, Administrator
Andy Peri, Advocacy Director Alisha oloughlin Joins mCBC ......................... 3
Alisha Oloughlin, Advocacy
Women on Wheels: Giving Confidence to
Kristin Nute; Volunteer Women Cyclists................................................. 4
Wendi Kallins, Safe Routes to Global mobile Family........................................ 5
Schools Program Director
Laura Kelly, Safe Routes to Schools
Kentfield schools’ Neighborhood
Volunteer Liaison schoolPool Program.......................................... 6
Peggy Clark, Safe Routes to
Schools Project Coordinator
Gwen Froh, Safe Routes to
MCBC’s NEW Off-ROad sR2s Green Ways Winners 2011.................... 7
Schools Teen Program Coordinator PROGRaM sEE PaGE 8 mCBC launches New
Frances E. Barbour, Safe Routes Off-road Program .............................................. 8
to Schools Instructor
$8.8 million in Pilot Program Funds ............ 10
Maureen Gaffney, President N/s Greenway Connector open soon ....... 10
Scott Klimo, Vice President
Ian Roth, Treasurer support smART ............................................... 11
Don Magdanz, Secretary
Tour de marin Benefit Ride .............................13
Phil Brewer Bike locally shows the Way.......................... 14
Vince O’Brien Cranksgiving Food Drive .................................15
Tom Woolley KENTfiEld sChOOls’ Biketoberfest Just Keeps Getting Better .....16
ADVISORY BOARD sChOOlPOOl PROGRaM Route 5 Passport Report .................................17
sEE PaGE 6 marin Century Highlights ...............................19
Jim Jacobsen Hennessy Hammock .................................. 20
Julia Violich Hydrapak morro............................................21
PEDAL PRESS son Dynamo Hub and
Editor: Tom Boss supernova e3 leD light ..............................22
Copy Editor: Connie Breeze
Design: Jeremy Thornton Fall Contest .......................................................23
Contributors: Tom Boss,
Stephen Bryne, Peggy Clark, mCBC store ......................................................24
Maureen Gaffney, CRaNKsGiViNG mCBC membership Form .............................24
Renee Goddard, Wendi Kallins,
Scott Klimo, Alisha Oloughlin, fOOd dRiVE
Kristin Nute, Andy Peri
sEE PaGE 15 Cover photo: miguel Farias
Bikers’ Ball & Alisha Oloughlin
Casino Night Joins MCBC
T he Bikers’ Ball returns to the beautiful Tiburon
waterfront on Saturday, October 22nd at Ristoran-
te Servino. This year’s theme is “Casino Night”—we’ll
Alisha looks forward to
actively working with
local jurisdictions to help
have blackjack, roulette, poker, and craps, in addition achieve mCBC’s goal of
to beer, wine, mixed drinks, appetizers, silent auction, 20% of all trips in marin
and amazing raffle prizes. How amazing? Here are to be made by walking
some of the items: or bicycling by 2020.
Ä Specialized Road Bike: Retail Value $2,000+
Ä Western Spirit Road or Mountain Bike Trip for
Two: Retail Value $1,895
Ä “Beecycles” oil on canvas by Matt Lively:
Retail Value $1,400
Ä Oregon Private Tour from Lifecycle Adventures:
Retail Value $3,700
...and that’s just the beginning! Casino Night prom-
ises to be our best Bikers’ Ball yet—don’t miss it!
The title sponsors for this year’s Bikers’ Ball are
Mike’s Bikes and Backroads. Table sponsors signed up
at press time are Bolds Insurance, Maikham Catering
and Dr. Laura Sciaroni, The Orthopaedic Group of San
M CBC is pleased to announce that Alisha Olough-
lin has joined our staff as the new Advocacy
Coordinator. Having recently relocated to Marin
Francisco. County, she has spent the past few months actively
Tickets $50 (members) in advance, $55 at the enjoying the County’s bicycle and pedestrian paths
door, $60 non-members. Get your tickets at www. and facilities, abundance of recreational opportunities
marinbike.org and captivating landscapes. Alisha has spent most
of her life in the North Bay and is eager to share the
region’s many benefits with her young daughter. She
enjoys spending time with her family exploring the
North Coast by bike, foot and paddle, while gaining a
humbling appreciation of the region’s diverse ecosys-
tems and communities.
Prior to joining MCBC, Alisha worked as a Land-
use/Transportation Planner for a community and
environmental consulting firm. She specialized in
community outreach and education, with an empha-
sis on localized grassroots planning. Simultaneously,
she served as a Local Agency Formation Commission
(LAFCO) Analyst, in which she assessed the service
adequacy and operating efficiencies of special dis-
tricts and municipalities.
Alisha now brings her community planning, policy
interpretation and public outreach skills, and her expe-
rience working with local governments, to the Marin
County Bicycle Coalition.
The MCBC has been steadily improving our
county’s road and path facilities for walkers and bicy-
clists since we formed in 1998. Alisha looks forward
to actively working with local jurisdictions to help
achieve MCBC’s goal of 20% of all trips in Marin to
be made by walking or bicycling by 2020.
GivinG ConfidenCe To Women CyClisTs
MARIN COUNTY BICYCLE COALITION Lynn attended both the Basic Street Skills class and
the Gearing and Hills class of Women on Wheels. She
BICYCLE EDUCATION CLASSES learned how to position herself in traffic to be more
visible, which lane to take, and specific options for
crossing streets. She also learned the tricks needed
to successfully navigate up and down hills, such as
keeping the balls of her feet on the pedals and chang-
ing the seat height. She also learned that bikes must
stop at stop signs, just like cars.
Now Lynn feels more confident to tackle the hills
and go longer distances. She has more energy and
can lean on the turns without falling over. Downhill
Just for Women; Taught by Women is not so scary anymore. She hopes to take a longer
loop ride near her house and explore West Marin, the
2011 FALL CLASS DATES:
wine country and maybe even Mendocino. Someday
BASIC STREET SKILLS she hopes to do a multi-day ride.
(attendance highly recommended)
Mon. Oct. 10, 6:30–8:30 p.m. – Mill Valley “The classes have something for everyone,” she
Classroom Presentation said. “I was one of the least experienced in the hill-
ON THE BIKE CLINICS: climbing class, but I didn’t feel left behind.” Learning
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – Noon from other women created a really comfortable envi-
Oct. 8, Bicycle Handling – Corte Madera ronment. “Cheryl and KO (the instructors) were really
Oct. 22, Gearing & Hills – Fairfax
inspiring,” she continued. “They love to bike and to
BICYCLE MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP teach and were very enthusiastic women.”
Wed. Oct. 19, 6:30. – 8:30 p.m. – San Anselmo
Lynn no longer has to drive to flat areas to bike.
“I’m not so limited,” she said. “I didn’t think that bicy-
cling was for me, but now I see how basic knowledge
The classes have
something for everyone.
I was one of the least
L ynn MacDermott was not comfortable riding her
bike in traffic. Her husband was a cyclist and she
wanted to follow in his footsteps (or bike clips as the
can be very helpful.” She has already recommended
the class to other women. Bicycling is empowering to
women, she noted, especially those who don’t have
experienced in the hill- case may be) but she was fearful of riding next to traf- a car. They can get around more. It’s great for family
climbing class, but I fic or having a car door open in her face. The hills were activities; men and women can get out with their kids.
didn’t feel left behind. pretty intimidating too. So in the past, she stuck to short “Being able to ride greater distances feels good. It’s a
rides near her home. All that has changed now that she free feeling on your bike.”
– lynn macDermott
has taken two of the Women on Wheels Clinics. The next series of Women on Wheels begins
Women on Wheels is a new education program October 8 with Bicycle Handling (in Corte Madera),
of the Marin County Bicycle Coalition in which wom- followed by: Street Skills (in Mill Valley) October 10;
en instructors teach women the skills they need to Bike Maintenance (in San Anselmo) October 19; and
push past their concerns about bicycling. Currently Gearing and Hills (in Fairfax) October 22. For more
it offers four workshops covering Basic Street Skills, information go to www.marinbike.org/WOW.
Bicycle Handling, Gearing and Hills, and Basic Bike
Mechanics. The classes are gaining in popularity
among women like Lynn who want to ride more but
lack confidence and skills.
Like most adults, Lynn rode her bike as a kid and
remembers that it was fun to ride. She also has fond
memories of when she worked in Munich, Germany,
and a friend took her out cycling. But after college she
stopped bicycling as it was not something her friends
did. Then she met her husband and decided that it
would be healthy and fun to start again. Six years ago
she purchased a bike much like the comfortable bike
she rode in Germany. Still, she was wary of straying
too far from home.
family by Renee Goddard
I had heard of the Global Mobile Family, but couldn’t
imagine what it might look like until I saw a mom and
dad ride into Fairfax towing four boys under five years
old in Chariots—bikes brimming with 250 pounds
each. The bikes carried 14 bags of the stuff they were
carrying for their 18-month journey around the world.
The weight includes kids and their harmonicas, string
for making friendship bracelets, and Lego.
They parked their rigs at the Scoop, and four-and-
a-half-year-old Moses displayed the patience and
restraint of a saint while the bikers of Fairfax greeted
the family with a barrage of questions. Pedestrians
passing by sneaked peeks with jaw-dropping curiosity. open to the world and its cultures and learn that you
“The first question is always about our choice to don’t have to be rich to live your dream. The vision was that
travel on 18-inch wheels,” reported the dad, Martin. In 2010 when Turis, Caspar and Moses were 1, 2.5 their children would be
His response was always that they were completely and 3.5 respectively, and Julie was pregnant with Her- open to the world and
satisfied with their bikes. Martin (from Germany) bie, the family set off on a practice tour around Roma- its cultures and learn
and Julie (originally from England) and children were nia. Julie recounts that the scariest moment was an that you don’t have to be
two and a half months into their trip, having traveled encounter with a group of threatening, barking dogs. rich to live your dream.
down from Vancouver. They were making their way I suppose that the dogs were not a significant deter-
to San Francisco, where they would catch a flight to rent because upon their return to Germany, Martin
Guatemala City. set forth on his six-month project to secure sponsors
Their motto is “Miles verses culture.” and build the perfect bicycle rigs for the journey. Julie
“20 miles a day is our limit in order to make our recounts that far more challenging than the practice
trip child friendly, and have time to connect with the trip pregnant in Romania were the several times she
people we meet along the way,” Martin said. Limiting had sent Martin to the park in their neighborhood in
miles allows time for the inevitable and unexpected. Germany to practice watching three boys at once.
They had so far repaired only seven flats. When he returned very relaxed and recounted the
The Chariot’s sling system is designed like a static great conversation in which he had engaged, Julie
hammock, allowing a baby to be secured and sus- realized that biking, sustained strength, nursing and
pended to avoid any jarring on the rougher patches weaning were not going to be at the very top of her list
of road. Julie scooped seven-and-a-half-month-old of challenges. Martin would have to sprout Mommy
baby Herbie from the chariot, waking him. He was red eyes.
faced and sweaty, but looked me in the eye and smiled Meeting Julie and Martin and the Global Mobile
a knowing smile: He was exactly where he should be, Family was a great pleasure. Their deep desire to jour-
at the Scoop in Fairfax. A wise smile from a baby ney and discover the world together is their drive; their
leaves a lasting impression, and I will think of Herbie bicycles, their means of treading lightly and pedaling
and know the world is in good hands with him as an in and out of cultures and landscapes with the world’s
Ambassador: wheels true, heart pure, and knowing vastly diverse tapestry of people.
nothing else except that a bicycle is a traveling home, It is only by bike that you can enter Fairfax, park
an inroad, human powered vehicle that allows access directly in front of the Scoop and immediately be
to otherwise hidden corners of the globe. immersed in the culture. Bicycles allow passage into
I asked the family what had inspired them to take central squares in towns and cities. Bikes awaken curi-
the trip. Julie described a painting of a sunset with a osity, elicit warm welcomes, and nurture the connec-
silhouette of two people and a dog. “The sunset was tions that make our world a little bit friendlier.
not one we were likely to see in Germany, but rather Most of the world’s people can relate on some level
more like an Australian sunset.” The vision never to the feeling of balancing on a bicycle. The Global
faded. Even as they added boys to their lives, they Mobile Family is truly awe inspiring.
could see the trip in front of them. The bikes became You can follow the Global Mobile Family’s journey
a way that they could stay self contained and still see and see their beautiful photos on their blog at www.
the world. The vision was that their children would be globalmobilefamily.com.
Kentfield Schools Develop Innovative
Neighborhood SchoolPool Program
K entfield School District is introducing a new pro-
gram to encourage district parents to choose
Green Ways to School. By adding neighborhood orga-
“It is our hope that by designating neighborhoods
within the district boundary and identifying where
our student population resides within each neigh-
nizers to the mix, Kentfield Schools hope to create borhood, we can better target each neighborhood’s
long lasting SchoolPool networks for families—net- travel concerns and needs,” says William Cameron,
works that can endure throughout the school year Bacich Assistant Principal. “Bacich has improved its
and beyond. green trips from 28% to 49% over the past nine years,
The Kentfield Safe Routes to Schools Task Force so we are encouraged that these numbers will only
developed a system in which they divided the district improve as we better inform and educate our stu-
into six neighborhoods and assigned each a captain, dents and parents on the many social, environmental
who would lead the program at the neighborhood and health-related benefits a successful Safe Routes
level. Volunteer Marnie Ganong created the initial Program offers.”
neighborhood maps using Google Maps. The district Safe Routes to Schools is documenting Kentfield’s
IT specialist, Peter Zingg, using free on-line mapping, process and will create a guide book so other com-
was able to take these maps, translate the coding into munities can follow this lead. It will also explore how
the school database and identify families within each the SchoolPoolMarin program can offer some of the
neighborhood. Parents were offered the opportunity same products that Kentfield created through its data-
to opt out of the program before being contacted. base system. While the Kentfield process is volunteer-
The six captains were provided with the contact intensive in its creation, the result is a sustainable
information for everyone in their neighborhood, and system that can be easily duplicated for future years.
are assisting their neighbors in establishing School- It creates permanent SchoolPool partners who can
Pool networks to walk, bike or carpool together. They share the journey to school throughout their children’s
are hosting neighborhood gatherings to kick things school years.
off. Volunteer parent Heather McPhail Sridharan will
help the captains as they organize their neighborhood
The maps also designate drop-off lots and park-
and-walk locations for those who feel they live too far
to walk or bike all the way to school.
Congratulations to sR2s’s 2011 Green Ways to school Winners
T he Green Ways to School Campaign showed
tremendous success in encouraging schools to
increase their efforts to promote green tips by foot,
bike, carpool or bus. Using contests and challenges
with an ecological focus, the campaign has touched 1st Place Green Ways to School – $2000
on Marin’s environmental ethics to encourage parents edna maguire elementary school
to switch to greener modes of transportation. The last Ä 11% increase in overall Green Trips
two years have seen a 6% increase overall in green Ä 11% Registered at SchoolPoolMarin
trips for the schools that participated in the Green Ä 14% increase during Go for the Green contest
Ways to School contests. Even more significant was
the number of schools in the program that demon- 2nd Place Green Ways to School – $750
strated a higher rate of increase than the average for Rancho elementary school
all schools: Ä 13% increase in overall Green Trips
Ä 19 schools (61% of the Green Ways participating Ä 12% increase in carpooling to 34%
schools) showed an increase of 5%+ over the 1st Place Program Achievement Award – $1000
school year bacich elementary school
Ä 13 schools (42%) showed an increase of 7%+ over
Ä 21% increase since 2001 from 28% to 49% green trips
the school year
Ä 9% registered at SchoolPoolMarin
Ä 8 schools (25%) showed an increase of 10%+ over
Ä Developed innovative Neighborhood SchoolPool program
the school year
In addition to the school contests, there was an 2nd Place SchoolPool Award – $500
interschool challenge to reward those schools that Park elementary school
showed outstanding achievement. Ä 7% registered at SchoolPoolMarin
mCbC launches a new off-road Program
By Scott Klimo, Board Vice President
S ince its founding in 1998, the Marin County Bicycle
Coalition’s staff, directors, volunteers and mem-
bers have dedicated themselves to advocating for
tional energy supplies, lack of exercise among our
youth, and a warming planet.
While the MCBC has made great progress imple-
improved bicycle access and infrastructure, to edu- menting its mission statement of Providing Safe Bicy-
cating drivers and cyclists alike regarding their rights cling for Everyday Transportation and Recreation, it
and responsibilities on the road and to teaching safe has become apparent that the recreational aspect of
cycling to school children throughout Marin County. In our mandate has been underserved by our strict focus
these efforts we have worked closely with government on road-related issues. Bicycle retailers in Marin have
officials at the federal, state and local levels, with local informed us that as much as 50% of their sales are
police forces and with school administrations; and in mountain bikes. As any local resident knows, moun-
each of these areas we have achieved tremendous tain biking participation has boomed in the county
success. For example, over the period 1999 – 2010 where it was invented, despite significant restrictions
weekday cycling trips increased 135%, while cycling on cycling across much of Marin’s public lands. All
collisions declined 34%. local high schools now have mountain biking teams
As cyclists our efforts have been personally moti- and at several of these schools it is the most popular
vated by a desire to improve the conditions under sport in terms of participation. Weekends see hun-
which we pursue our favorite activity. We also have dreds of cyclists riding the trails of Tamarancho or
a strong altruistic and environmental commitment, China Camp.
believing that improved cycling infrastructure and a Since we are the Marin County Bicycle Coalition
higher percentage of trips made by bicycle contribute and given the evolution of cycling in Marin, the Board
to a better quality of life for everyone in Marin County. of Directors of the MCBC has decided to initiate sup-
The bicycle may be a 19th century invention but it can port for off-road cycling in our advocacy efforts. The
address many of our 21st century challenges such as MCBC does not take this step lightly and we are cog-
increased traffic and congestion, dwindling conven- nizant of the many challenges given the contentious
nature of off-road cycling in Marin. We know that be available to mountain bikers in Marin County.
some organizations with which we have worked in the The sheer number of our fellow citizens engaged in
past have concerns regarding mountain biking, as do mountain biking justifies increased access. At the
many residents of Marin. Regardless, we believe that same time all users share responsibility, and educa-
we can have a positive impact on the con- tion is paramount. We will be deeply
versation. It’s a conversation that involved in activities to encourage To those citizens who
we believe will benefit from the all users to create a cooperative, are concerned that we
participation of a seasoned, respectful, friendly and safe will push for access to
professional advocacy environment on trails. We every trail across all of
organization such as the will spearhead trail main- marin’s public lands, we
MCBC. We plan to open tenance, remove and work pledge that the same
lines of communication to prevent rogue trail con- philosophy guiding our
and work proactively to struction, and lead efforts current advocacy work,
involve all interested par- to control the spread of our share the Road
ties, to understand their invasive plants. program and safe Routes
desires and concerns and to Some groups desire to to school, will guide our
find common ground. reserve Marin’s public lands for off-road advocacy efforts.
To those members concerned their exclusive use. As we have seen
that our current advocacy efforts will recently in California, public assets that
suffer, we assure you that will not be the case. We do not generate sufficient activity are at risk of clo-
have already identified separate sources of funding to sure; China Camp State Park is a case in point. With We plan to open lines of
support the effort, including a generous gift from the the demographic bulge of mountain bikers now mov- communication and work
Bicycle Trails Council of Marin. Off-road advocacy will ing though our high schools, off-road cyclists can be proactively to involve
be a self-sustaining activity. Existing advocacy staff powerful advocates for keeping our public lands out all interested parties, to
will not be re-directed and we plan to hire a dedicated of the hands of developers and available for all of our understand their desires
off-road advocacy director. Indeed, we believe that citizens to enjoy. Through intelligent and cooperative and concerns and to
tapping the mountain biking community will provide efforts to develop mountain biking access in Marin we find common ground.
a tremendous opportunity to grow our membership, can expand opportunities for local recreation, attract
while strengthening our organization and our voice visitors, support local businesses and broaden a tax
with regard to all advocacy issues. base that has come under pressure.
To those citizens who are concerned that we will Casting our minds back to 1998 and the MCBC’s
push for access to every trail across all of Marin’s pub- founding, supporting the development of cycling infra-
lic lands, we pledge that the same philosophy guid- structure for roads was not without controversy. Many
ing our current advocacy work, our Share the Road complained of taking space away from automobiles,
program and Safe Routes to School, will guide our of unnecessary expense, of lost parking spaces. Such
off-road advocacy efforts. We will participate in trail arguments largely ring hollow today. Not everyone has
planning processes and work alongside government climbed aboard but the cycling bandwagon continues
agencies and land managers. Just as we do not advo- to grow. We expect a similar progression to occur
cate for bicycle access to Highway 101, we know that with regard to off-road cycling and the Marin County
there are many trails where mountain biking would Bicycle Coalition will strive to make a constructive
be inappropriate. Yes, we believe more trails should contribution to that transition.
$8.8 million in Pilot Program funds
Funds approved for Bike/Ped Projects, including $600,000 for the Alto Tunnel
O n Tuesday, August 23, the Marin County Board
of Supervisors voted to allocate $8.8 million for
bicycle/pedestrian projects throughout Marin. The
While MCBC is celebrating the allocation of all
of these funds, we are particularly excited about the
allocation of $600,000 of funds for studying the Alto
Marin County Bicycle Coalition fully endorsed the list Tunnel. Funds will be used to conduct a geotechnical
of funded projects that were proposed by the County study to more accurately assess the tunnel’s condition.
Department of Public Works. The list was unanimous- The study will result in more accurate cost estimates
ly approved by the Board of Supervisors. The $8.8M for reconstructing the tunnel. In the June 2010 Mill
in funds that were allocated are federal transportation Valley to Corte Madera Bicycle and Pedestrian Cor-
bill extension funds related to the $25 million Nonmo- ridor Study, tunnel reconstruction estimates contained
torized Transportation Pilot Program, which MCBC’s high contingencies, which drove the tunnel estimates
former Director Deb Hubsmith played a key role in higher than they would have been if up-to-date geo-
bringing to Marin in 2005. technical information had been available. This study
All of the projects in the Department of Public will help resolve cost-estimate issues.
Works staff report were approved, including: Funds will also be used to conduct a property
Ä $3.2 million for construction of the Central Marin study, including establishing easement ownership for
Ferry Connection Project, a key component of the properties above the tunnel. This too will help increase
North South Greenway and also a major MCBC the accuracy of cost estimates for rebuilding the Alto
priority project. Tunnel, and it will help resolve debates about tunnel-
Ä $1.5 million for a sidewalk on East Francisco
The Marin County Bicycle Coalition deeply appre-
Boulevard, connecting the Canal District with
ciates MCBC-member support in helping to achieve
downtown San Rafael.
this important victory. Without the support of mem-
Ä $2 million to fund construction shortfalls that will bers and Alto supporters this project would not be
ensure the completion of 10 important bike/ped moving forward today. But there is much work to do
projects in towns and cities throughout Marin. ahead.
Ä $600,000 for phase 2 of traffic signal bike Over the coming months MCBC will be requesting
detection upgrades throughout the County. your support for the Alto Tunnel. Please contact Alisha
Oloughlin at Alisha@marinbike.org if you would like
Ä $900,000 for project staffing and evaluation.
to get more involved. We hope we can depend on you
Ä $600,000 for a geotechnical and property study to help move this project toward completion over the
of the Alto Tunnel. coming months and years. Thank you for your support
in helping to re-open the Alto Tunnel.
Key N/S Greenway Connector Open Soon
enfrente Pathway will Close Key safety Gap
M CBC is eagerly awaiting the completion of
Novato’s Enfrente Pathway, which is currently
under construction. The separated, multiuse pathway
101 to get between these two points. This pathway has
been a priority for MCBC for many years and MCBC
is excited about the project’s proposed completion
is on the west side of Highway 101 between Enfrente sometime in Fall 2011. The majority of funding ($1.4
Road and the southbound on-ramp from South Novato million) for this more than $1.85 million project came
Boulevard (see map). from the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program.
This pathway is a key part of the North/South Gre- MCBC plans to participate in a celebration of the
enway. Up to now, cyclists and pedestrians have been opening of this facility later this fall.
forced to use the very dangerous shoulder of Highway
full steam ahead for the smaRT Train & Pathway
T he SMART Train and Pathway project is currently
moving forward with a balanced funding plan,
regional support and a strong new general manager
who has the funding, political and construction experi-
ence to get the train and pathway rolling.
The SMART board recently voted to approve a
funding plan which was approved by the Metropolitan
Planning Commission on September 28th. This move
allowed $43 million in additional funds to be used for
the SMART project, balancing the funding plan.
Over the coming months SMART will be bond-
ing and awarding its first “design/build” contracts
for the rail portion of the project between San Rafael
and Santa Rosa. This phase will mark the beginning
of building significant portions of the project, includ-
ing tracks, bridges, intersections and signalization
between San Rafael and Santa Rosa.
Despite all of this progress, a group that is working
to repeal SMART Measure Q recently began collect-
ing signatures for a ballot initiative to kill SMART. In
order for these opponents to qualify for the ballot they been employed by the County for more than 31 years Photo: Sonoma Bicycle Coalition
may need to collect up to 50,000 signatures—but the and brings a wealth of technical, political, managerial
number could be significantly lower. Please do not sign and funding experience needed to bring this complex
the petition, and please urge your friends and family series of public works projects to fruition in a relatively
not to sign it. MCBC is seeking help to educate the short time period.
community about the misinformation that the repeal MCBC continues to work to ensure that the path- Help oppose repeal
group is disseminating about the SMART project. If way moves forward in a timely manner, and is sup- efforts and support
you can help to oppose repeal efforts and support porting SMART in all ways possible to get needed SMART. Contact
SMART, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. funds to complete 100% of the pathway by the start Alisha@marinbike.org
It is particularly critical that SMART supporters of operations of the SMART train.
help defeat the repeal effort, as defeating the repeal MCBC appreciates all of the public support dur-
will protect the SMART pathway, which is also moving ing key decisions by the Transportation Authority of
forward. SMART is currently in the process of get- Marin and the SMART board, especially over the past
ting federal environmental clearance for the pathway. year. MCBC will continue to keep you up to date on the
Completion of this important step will allow current SMART repeal developments and will be requesting
and future federal funds to be used to build portions your help so that we can successfully help to build this
of the pathway that are not funded by Measure Q. world-class train and pathway system. Please contact
Many segments of the pathway will be built after the Alisha at Alisha@marinbike.org if you can help.
train tracks are rebuilt (to avoid construction conflicts)
but one important segment between North San Pedro
Road and the Civic Center will be constructed early, by
the summer of 2013! This key connector will allow for
safe and separate (from cars) access to Civic Center
Drive and the Merrydale Road and adjacent neighbor-
hoods from North San Pedro Road. This will be the
second segment of SMART pathway built in Marin;
the Cal Park Tunnel segment completed in December
2010 was the first.
MCBC is encouraged by the hiring of SMART’s
new General Manager, Farhad Mansourian, who left
his position at the County of Marin as Department
of Public Works Director to lead SMART. Farhad has
Tour de marin benefit Ride a Huge success
Tunnel. Mark put together a great team of Course
Marshals, and he shepherded along the three most
novice cyclists on the ride to Nicasio with constant
words of encouragement and a smile on his face.
Whole Foods Market store manager Clarke Pome-
roy went on the ride and was pleased that Whole
Foods Market was able to support it. “The ride was
an amazing event,” he said. “There was great energy
with over 300 of us riding together. It is really fun and
gratifying to see the cyclists in Marin come together
to support each other and MCBC.”
Following the ride, participants were invited to a
special meal of pizza, salad and beer at Pizza Orgas-
mica, where the Tour de France was playing on televi-
T he Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC) and
Whole Foods Market presented a new benefit
bicycle ride, Tour de Marin, on Sunday, July 24, 2011.
sion screens around the restaurant.
Tour de Marin was billed as a comfortable, well-
supported ride with “no one left behind.” The com-
The event exceeded organizers’ expectations. The bination of a moderate ride with delicious food and
goal of 200 participants was met a week before the a scenic route was the perfect formula for success.
ride; registration had to be closed two days before the Organizers plan to offer the ride again in 2012.
event when sign-ups reached 300. We would like to acknowledge Pizza Orgasmica,
Tour de Marin raised $11,424 for MCBC’s work REI, Clif Bar, Somersalt Snacks, Skip-to-Renew, Cam-
to expand Marin County’s bicycle and pedestrian elbak and all the other businesses that provided sup-
network. Advocating for safer and more convenient port and treats. We’d like to thank the Nicasio Valley
bicycle facilities is a big component for reaching Cheese Company for providing samples of their deli-
MCBC’s goal for 20% of all trips in Marin to be made cious cheese, and MALT (Marin Agricultural Land
by walking or bicycling by 2020. Trust) for hosting the Nicasio rest stop. Lastly, we
Whole Foods Market donated the promotions, thank the staff of Whole Foods Market San Rafael and
T-shirts, goodie bag giveaways, breakfast at the ride the 30+ volunteers who made a great day even better.
start and food and drinks at the mid-point rest stop. Here are some quotes from participants following
Mike’s Bikes donated ride support, including a SAG the ride:
(support and gear) vehicle to assist riders in need “This was my first ride. It was wonderful!!! Think
along the route. I may actually like riding!”
Marin Cyclists ride leader and MCBC Board Direc- “Thanks so much for this wonderful ride. I enjoyed
tor Mark Comin really put his experience to work. every second of it. I appreciate the support of Mike’s
He designed the 35-mile route to lead cyclists along Bikes for the ride up the big hill and for the encourage-
the bike lanes and tunnels that MCBC has worked so ment that I could finish the ride.”
hard to create in eastern Marin. The route took riders “It was a great route. All the food was delicious.
out Lucas Valley Road through redwoods and horse The Nicasio Valley Cheese stop was fantastic. MCBC
stables to Nicasio, before heading back to San Rafael did a great job making it a fun ride.”
via the scenic Ross Valley and through the Cal Park
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BiKE lOCally shOWs ThE Way
I was afraid of getting
lost, I was afraid of
traffic, I was afraid of
everything, so the best
part of the program for
me is having a mentor
to show me the way.
– susan Doyle
T he 2011 Bike Locally Challenge is nearing its finish
line. Here’s an update on the six novice cyclists.
Karen Herzog was shocked to discover how much
to realize they could do it too. Jay said “I don’t wear
spandex—well.” He’s planning to look for some tweed
bicycle attire to fit his “slow” bicycle style. Jay has
stress relief bicycle commuting provided. Leaving her logged 399 miles so far.
car behind and using the bike for her morning com- Sharon Dahme is earning big points with the social
mute has opened up a whole new world. She’s now aspect of the Challenge. Each rider is supposed to
noticing the clouds, the reflections on the water, the share his or her stories with the public to inspire others
egrets and ducks and their babies along her route. to get out of their cars and onto bikes. Sharon reported
She’s using Marin’s green bicycle-route signs to find these results:
her way around. She has some hills in her commute • 18 points for talking to 18 people about
and says “you know you’re in trouble when you’re try- my Specialized Vita Comp bicycle
ing to go lower then 1st gear.” Karen appreciates the • 10 points for posting on my Facebook account
mentor program: “If you know someone is watching
• 10 points for blogging on Bike Locally site
out for you, that makes a big difference.” Karen has
logged 228 miles so far. • 6 points for talking about the
Susan Doyle agrees about the mentors. “I was Garmin Edge 500 GPS
afraid of getting lost,” she says. “I was afraid of traf- • 6 points for mentioning the Vis180 Light
fic, I was afraid of everything, so the best part of the and Motion Rear bike light on Facebook
program for me is having a mentor to show me the
• 4 points for trip types: to Petaluma
way. He rides with me and he’s a radical bike dude
High School and church
and I totally respect him. He’s one of those guys who
doesn’t own a car and it’s been great to have someone “Fabulous” is the word Sharon uses for her mentor,
hold my hand through it.” Susan is a teacher and rides Helene Drumm. “She described the gearing and which
her bike to school; she is constantly talking about it finger or thumb to be used and why. Man, oh man! She
with others, she says. The best thing that’s happened made it all make sense.”
so far? Two people came up to her on the same day Jeffrey Schaub had just left his job with KPIX when
Bike locally Challenge
and told her that she’d inspired them to get their own he applied for the Challenge. He wanted to buy a bike
is on Facebook
bikes out of the garage and them get tuned up. Sue to run local errands and to get in shape, but being out
has logged 447 miles so far. of work he couldn’t afford a new bike. Luckily for Jef-
Jay Gustufson says his bike inspires lots of conver- frey he was picked by our panel and received one of
sations about the program when he rides downtown the six Challenge bicycles. Shortly after starting the
for coffee. People see him roll up in the morning and Challenge, Jeffrey landing a job reporting for KGO. He
ask about his bike. The conversation gets them think- has been tracking his progress on-air. His commutes
ing about that old bike in the garage and they start are mostly short trips from his home to the bus stop,
bike loCally [ConTinued]
saturday, november 12!
A pre-holiday food drive on bicycles!
W hat do you get when you cross a bicycle scav-
enger hunt with a need to do good? Cranks-
giving, of course! Cranksgiving is the most fun you’ll
A bicycle food drive
ever have helping collect food for those less fortunate
during the season of giving.
Saturday, November 12.
We’ll meet at the Marin Country Mart the morn-
Registration opens at
ing of Saturday, November 12, at 9 am. Come with
1 p.m., ride rolls at 2 p.m.
but when I recently saw Jeffrey, he was meeting up a bike equipped to carry groceries, or a bike and a
with a fellow reporter to take a leisurely ride about backpack or messenger bag, and $25 cash. We’ll hand Ä WHERE:
town. Jeffrey has logged 234 miles so far. out the Cranksgiving Manifest, which lists a num- Marin County Mart’s
Brianna Georgi recently moved to the Bay Area ber of grocery stores and items you need to pick up courtyard (next to Marin
from the Sierra and finds driving in Marin frustrating. on each stop. Seasoned Cranksgiving riders know to Brew Co.) Larkspur
She’s found that for short trips, going by bike adds take a few minutes to review all of the places on the
Ä WHAT TO BRING:
little or no time. On longer trips, such as from Fairfax manifest in order to plot out the most efficient route.
Bicycle, $25 cash (to
to her job in Novato, she enjoys breezing along the bike The Marin Bicycle Map is also a great resource for
purchase food) and
lane next to Highway 101, often moving faster than planning your route.
the cars next to her on the freeway. She works with
the North Bay Conservation Corps, so her co-workers Ä Visit www.marinbike.org
are environmentally aware. While many of them had for updates.
thought about biking to work, Brianna’s stories and
example have now inspired some of them to try it.
Brianna has logged 501 miles so far.
Our Bike Locally Challenge will finish up in Novem-
ber. Assuming that each rider earns 500 points from
riding and from sharing experiences, they’ll get to keep
the bikes and, we hope, make riding an integral part of
their days, as important as their food, smart phones
and morning cup of jo.
MCBC would like to thank Specialized Bicycles for
donating the bikes and making the program possible.
We’d also like to thank Mike’s Bikes for building up
and maintaining the bikes. Strava.com, Garmin, Light
and Motion and Timbuk2 contributed services and
accessories to our six riders. Lastly we’d like to thank
Cheryl Longinotti, Kathy McLeod and our wonderful
team of mentors for teaching people how easy is it to
choose the bicycle over the car for daily trips.
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security Country Mart and grocery stores to help people who
want to spend a little extra cash and go for the biggest
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the first riders to return, the fastest back on a one-
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fax 415.626.1317 firstname.lastname@example.org amount of food (determined by weight).
biketoberfest Just keeps Getting better!
D espite the threat of rain, an earlier date and a
move to Sunday, thousands of people came out
to celebrate the bicycle on September 25 at Biketo-
berfest 2011. In a single day, the Marin County Bicycle
Coalition and Access4Bikes raised over $30,000 for
The day began with group rides in the morning with
high-caliber bicycle celebrities leading the way, includ-
ing “Fast” Freddie Rodriguez, Otis Guy and Charlie Kel-
ly, and Rachael Lloyd. By the time the rides returned,
the clouds were parting, the beer was flowing and the
bands started playing.
Everyone loved this year’s musical lineup, which
included the swingin’ sounds of WTJ Squared, the
Gypsy jazz of Beso Negro and the country twang of
Miracle Mule. The Tom Finch Group fired everyone Law Office of Dan Rose, Renovo Hardwood Bicycles,
up towards the end of the day with a righteous set of City Cycles San Francisco, REI, Fox Racing Shox, Kali
power rock. If you haven’t seen these bands before, be Protectives, X-Fusion, Pacific Sun, Bohemian, Can-
sure to catch them next time they’re in town. nondale, Yuba, Jamis Bicycles, Marin Bikes, WTB,
This year’s addition of a Cargo Bike Jubilee paid off. Adventure Sports Journal, Big 4 Party Rentals, Party
All day long, people were surrounded and inspired by Jump and Clif Bar, as well as the twenty-five breweries
amazing non-polluting vehicles that can carry many and wineries who came out to pour samples of their
people and lots of cargo. Another big hit was the beers and wine.
Conference bike brought over by My Dutch Bike. The We’d like to thank the 225 volunteers who put on
bright orange bike seats seven riders. Adults and kids Biketoberfest, and Sven Revel of Mauro’s Pizza and
could hop on and pedal together to move the con- Pasta who fed them all. And thanks to all the wonderful
traption around the event and down Center Blvd. The exhibitors who came out to show off their products
family activities were a hit as well, including the Hilride and services that promote a healthier lifestyle.
Kids’ Skills Course. Hilride is designing the Stafford Lastly, thanks to all the people who came out to
Lake Bike Park in Novato. support MCBC and Access4Bikes at Biketoberfest.
MCBC’s new Off-road Program got a boost at Bike- Visit www.biketoberfestmarin.com to see all the spon-
toberfest thanks to contributions totaling $785. MCBC sors, brewers and exhibitors at this year’s festival; and
parked a record 651 bikes at this year’s festival, help- for more photos visit our Facebook Page at www.Face-
ing reduce congestion on busy Sir Francis Drake Blvd. book/marinbike.
A big Biketoberfest Thank You to our sponsors: See you next year!
Lagunitas Brewing, Pizza Orgasmica, Mike’s Bikes,
Route 5 Passport – a new mCbC success!
T he Marin County Bicycle Coalition launched
a new program in the spring called the Route
5 Passport. From May through July, holders of the
leling Highway 101 from the
Golden Gate Bridge to the
Sonoma boarder. Hundreds
Passports were rewarded for riding their bicycles to of these signs mark Marin’s
businesses throughout central Marin. The Passports, routes, some as far away as
which were actually small foldout leaflets, contained Inverness.
92 special offers, including discounts, “buy one get MCBC Membership Dir-
one free” offers and in some cases, free stuff. ector Tom Boss commutes
Ten thousand Route 5 Passports were printed and from Fairfax to San Fran-
distributed throughout Marin County, thanks in large cisco by taking first Route
part to sponsors Whole Foods Market, Mike’s Bikes 20, then Route 24, and in
and the Golden Gate Bridge District. The Passports San Rafael connecting with
were available at the 92 participating businesses and Route 5, which takes him
at bicycle events. Fitting neatly into wallets, they were through the Cal Park Tunnel
easy for cyclists to carry around. to the Larkspur Ferry Termi-
Many Passport users discovered how easy it is nal. On the return trip from
to ride a bike to dinner, to the movies and to shop. the ferry terminal Tom takes
The participating businesses thought it was a great Route 20 all the way home
idea and enjoyed supporting MCBC while gaining through Larkspur, Kentfield
new customers. and the Ross Valley.
The main goal of the program was to familiar- The Route 5 Passport helped show thousands
ize Marin residents with the various bicycle routes of cyclists the way around Marin on a bicycle, and
throughout Marin County, identified by green bicy- rewarded riders for their efforts. Look for the return
cle-route signs. Each route is identified by a number. of the Route 5 Passport in 2012.
Route 5 is Marin’s main north-south route, paral-
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Highlights from August 2011 by Peggy Clark
T he 49th Marin Century was another huge suc-
cess this year, with over 2600 registered cyclists
from all points in the Bay Area. The event on August
Helen: “I didn’t think it was that much work. I
thought for strangers we worked really well together!”
Ernest: “The willingness of the volunteers to do
6 included six organized rides: Mt. Tam Double Cen- whatever it took, and the hospitality offered to all,
tury, Mt. Tam Century, Marin, Double Metric, Marin including the very last, riders late into the night, was
Century, Marin Metric Century and Marin 50k. just inspiring to me! The volunteers, especially the
The key to the success of this event is the qual- MCBC volunteers who did everything and more, with
ity and sheer number of volunteers. Marin Cyclists such enthusiasm; but also the very dedicated radio
began planning in January 2011 and this year 350 operators, the Red Cross volunteers, and the SAG driv- sTAFFoRD lAKe
volunteers worked, most of them gifting their time in er were all so professional and so willing to volunteer.” CyCloCRoss RACe
multiple hours and some in multiple days to help with Cyndi: “This is my first Century—I am so pleased NOvemBer 6, 2011
the preparation. Thirty Marin County Bicycle Coali- I chose the Marin Century as my first. The food was
tion volunteers staffed the famous Nicasio Energizer great and ready each time I pulled into a rest station,
station with a total of 181 hours of MCBC energy and I was welcomed and encouraged by so many volun-
enthusiasm. Many of the MCBC volunteers were teers. I will see you again in 2012!”
supporting the station for a third year in a row. They
arrive with sun hats and flip flops, down jacket and Photo by Keith Devlin, courtesy of PhotoCrazy.
head lamps as the day starts very early and ends at
around 10 p.m. Cyclists stop in Nicasio for their last
rest and food refueling before they arrive at the finish
in San Rafael.
The Marin Cyclists coordinates this event and
donates proceeds to many non-profit agencies
throughout Marin. For the past two years MCBC has
been the largest recipient of that giving, with an annual
contribution of $11,500!
Thank you Marin Cyclists for organizing such a
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REVIEW: Hennessy Hammock by Stephen Bryne
portion of the hammock. Extra
layers of fabric or a sleeping bag
may eliminate this problem.
One last consideration is
weather. Although I have not used
the hammock in foul weather, I
understand that the rainfly does a
good job of keeping the occupant
dry. However, there is a reason
that hammocks are popular south
of the border: It’s because they
are cool, and I mean this literally.
Hammocks allow air to circulate
T he Hennessy Hammock is a tent/hammock com-
bination. It gets suspended like a hammock and
is fully enclosed like a tent. The Hennessy Hammock
around the body, which is naturally cooling. For this
reason, hammocks may be better suited for use in
tropical or temperate climates than in cold climates.
website (www.hennessyhammock.com) calls it “The The advantages of Hennessy Hammocks (and
most innovative solution to lightweight, comfortable other lightweight brands) include weight savings,
camping on the planet.” sleeping comfort, and safety. A lightweight hammock
I purchased the Hennessy Ultralite Backpacker saves two to three pounds over the lightest one- or
A-Sym Zip model, which weighs just 1 lb, 15 oz (880 two-person tents. In addition, if you know that trees
g). It comes with a stuff sack, nylon “tree hugger” web- will be available for setup and that cold weather is
bing straps, and a diamond-shaped (or asymmetrical) not an issue, there is no reason to pack a sleeping
silnylon rainfly. (Sack, straps and rainfly are not includ- pad, which saves additional weight. Remember, if you
ed in the tent weight.) Features include a zippered side want to save weight on a trip, you need to look at the
entrance, asymmetric ergonomic design, a “perfect “big three”: your tent, sleeping bag, and backpack (or
set” comfort curve, and the catenary cut, “wrinkle panniers, if you are biking). Also, when using a ham-
free” rainfly. Note: The Hennessy Ultralite Backpacker mock, you do not have to be concerned with hard,
MSRP: $199 model has a 200-pound weight limit for users. rocky, or saturated ground. Lastly, because you are
The Hennessy Hammock uses top-quality materi- suspended in the air, you do not have to worry about
Reviewer: Stephen Bryne, als, and construction is first-rate. The hammock por- crawling insects, snakes, or other ground-dwelling
hiking-biking enthusiast, tion is solid lightweight nylon (similar to parachute species. Having survived a scorpion sting and a ven-
bike commuter, former bike material), so you rest on solid material. It’s a great omous snake bite, I can tell you this is no small mea-
racer, resident of Fairfax. Full improvement over the hammocks of yesteryear that sure of comfort.
disclosure: I am a hammock were made of netting. The screen portion runs the The Whole Green Catalog describes the Hennessy
lover. My family used to length of the hammock and is supported by a nylon Hammock as “a clever low-impact alternative to tent
live in Venezuela and they cord, which is also useful for hanging gear on. camping,” and Dwell Magazine calls it “the coolest
instilled in me a love of the A person enters the hammock from the bottom, tent in the world.” Hennessy Hammocks come in
tropics and of hammocks. first sitting down and then raising their legs into the many different models. If you like sleeping in a ham-
This reviewer was not paid hammock. The asymmetrical construction allows a mock, maybe there is a Hennessy Hammock to suit
or otherwise gratified by person to lie nearly horizontal or flat. The hammock you!
anyone from Hennessy should be set up so that the center portion is about
Hammocks. chair height. Set-up is fairly easy and should get easier
the more times you do it. Tim P. Cooper, CFP®
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REVIEW: Hydrapak Morro by Sutat
I ride my mountain bike on Mt. Tam almost every day
for an hour to four, and have been doing it for years
with the same hydration pack. So when my friend Tom
small magnet means that the tube sort
of bows around and bounces quite a bit.
It might be fine for hiking. The bite
Boss from MCBC invited me to check out the new valve makes my favorites list
800-cubic-inch Hydrapak Morro, I was stoked. I had just because it does not leak.
been using a somewhat bigger pack, but since these At all. I might prefer a little
days it’s rare for me to get out for an all-day adventure, softer plastic, but the not
I figured the Morro would work for me. leaking is precious.
The entire pack shouted out “Quality.” The ripstop I’ve been enjoying
material is lightweight but strong and smooth sur- my rides for the past
faced, so it’s not prone to catching edges and tearing. few months with my
Bomber zippers and pulls with welded seams closed Hydrapak Morro. It’s
the pockets. It’s hard to look cool with loose stuff flap- holding up really well,
ping from your pack. The Morro features an excellent and I would say that
compression-strap system that keeps the tails of the my initial impressions
straps from flying all around when the pack isn’t full hold true. The Morro is
and the ends are long. This pack was looking sweet! a well constructed, snug
The main cavern easily swallowed up the many fitting, lightweight (1 lb
layers I like to bring for the three seasons of weather 13 oz) hydration pack
that I typically encounter riding the Sleeping Lady. I with an easy-to-clean,
like to enjoy a cold beverage in a scenic spot while on a BPA-free reservoir and
ride, and there was even room for my Ziploc iced drink. drip-free bite valve.
An inner velcro pocket is perfect for the smart phone.
I managed to cram my tools into a front pocket, even
though I don’t think I need ready access to them. Tall
side pockets? I couldn’t figure out what was supposed
to go in there; I stuffed tubes into one and energy bars
into the other. (For hiking, you could put water bottles
into the side pockets.) Another little pocket at the
top was too small for my glasses. I couldn’t figure out
where to put my pump, so I dumped it in the bottom.
With my gear stowed, it was time to check out
the reservoir. The 100-oz flexible bag is made from a
synthetic rubber and is BPA and phthalate free. It has
an envelope-slide top, so not only is there plenty of
room for ice cubes, but you can reach inside to the bot-
tom and turn the thing inside out. This is the easiest to
clean and fill of any reservoir I’ve used. The drink tube
even detaches from the bottom, so you don’t have to
re-thread the tube when you take out the reservoir
to re-fill—and that’s one less excuse not to clean it.
Okay, so I’ve got the pack loaded with gear and
water, let’s take it out for a ride! The back pad vents
pretty well, and rides snug but not tight even even
when bouncing over rocky terrain. With the foam-
and-mesh back pad, you have to compromise between
snug fit, comfort and sweat, and I think they’ve done
a good job. There’s this really cool magnet on the
padded shoulder straps to hold the drink tube, but
that did not hold tight. The combination of the very
kink-resistant plastic tube and the lack of power in the
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REVIEW: The SON Dynamo Hub and
Supernova E3 LED Light by Tom Boss
People powered lighting system When you first start to roll, one LED fires up; the other
two come on as soon as you build up a little speed.
I like hanging around bike shops. Not only do you see
all the new stuff when it arrives, but you get to see
what kinds of cool things the shop mechanics are run-
Most people purchasing this set-up probably plan
to put it on a commuter bike, as the combination of
a dynamo hub and powerful light is a favorite of sea-
ning on their own bikes. Last fall while at Sunshine soned transportation cyclists. They are also popular
Bicycles, I couldn’t help but notice this fat front hub with bicyclists doing 24-hour races since you don’t
on a mechanic’s bike with a wire that led from the hub have to worry about battery life. I decided to give it
to a fork-mounted light. It was a SON dynamo hub a try on my mountain bike and build up a wheel for
combined with a Supernova LED light. When I saw it my 29er.
and learned how it worked, I had to have one! For my maiden voyage I did a ride from Fairfax to
Mill Valley and back, on a variety of roads, fire roads
and multiuse trails. I even went through the Cal Park
Tunnel. The hub worked great and the Supernova was
plenty bright, throwing a good beam on the roads and
trails in front of me.
Both the Supernova E3 Pro and E3 Triple have the
“standlight” feature, a capacitor that keeps the light
on at very slow speeds and while you are stationary.
However, I took the combo on a trail with switchbacks
and discovered a challenge to riding trails with a gen-
erator light. While you don’t need much momentum
Dynamo hubs create electricity, which can be used
to power a light. You might have had a variation as a
kid, the classic dynamo that attached to the bike’s
fork and made contact with the sidewall of the tire.
You had to pedal a lot harder when it was on because
of the friction it created.
Today most people wanting to power lights
through locomotion do so with a dynamo hub. There
are a variety on the market today, including the i-Light
from SRAM and the Nexus and Alfine dynamo hubs
from Shimano. These hubs are a dramatic improve-
ment over the friction-style dynamo.
If you want the ultimate electricity-generating
device, you want to check out the Schmidt hub, called
SON (Schmidt’s Original Nabendynamo). These hubs
are imported from Germany and cost twice as much
as other dynamos, but the SON hub has virtually no
drag. It’s also lighter then other hubs. It is built to last.
After much research on the internet, including online
visits to PeterWhiteCycles.com and SheldonBrown.
com, I picked Schmidt’s SON 28 classic (because it’s
available in a 6-bolt disc version).
Of the several good light choices available, I chose
one made by Supernova, the Supernova E3 Triple. This
light has 3 LED bulbs, which achieve 800 lumens.
REVIEW: The Son Dynamo Hub & Supernova E3 LED Light [continued]
which solves the problem and improves the overall
experience. When I’m riding on the roads or fire roads
only I don’t bother with the second light, because the
Supernova works great in those situations.
It’s very cool heading out on a ride without having
to worry about whether you charged your battery or
whether you have enough daylight. At night you don’t
have to calculate how far you’ll be able to travel before
burning through your juice. The Supernova E3 Triple
looks pretty cool and gets lots of comments because
of its sci-fi look. It reminds me of something you’d
see in a Flash Gordon movie. The SON hub also looks
cool. It adds weight, but then you don’t have to mount
a battery to your frame.
If you plan to build a new front wheel soon for your
to achieve an acceptable brightness, the capacitor- commuter or mountain bike and you ride in low light
powered standlight does not generate enough bright- or at night, you might consider a generator-powered
ness for you to navigate tight situations that slow you lighting system. My SON dynamo hub and Supernova
to a crawl or stop you completely. LED light are a high-quality combo that delivers bright
I now ride trails with a second light attached to my light 99.9% of the time.
helmet (a 250 lumen Niterider MiNewt Cordless),
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(RAAM). Clue: the answers can be found inside this issue.
1. Name a skill Lynn MacDermitt learned at
Women On Wheels
2. How many miles has Bike Locally Challenge
rider Susan Doyle logged?
3. Name a Cranksgiving partner
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All proceeds support safer cycling efforts
MCBC bike shorts–$79.00 Men’s and Women’s Tee shirts–$25.00
A must-have resource for anyone
riding in Marin! The MCBC jersey–$69.00
CyClOCROSS NOv. 6
BECOME AN MCBC MEMBER or Join online:
Name (first) (last)
I want to volunteer!
Street / PO Box
• Attending public meetings
• Advocacy in your town
Phone (day) (evening) • Data entry
e-mail How you heard about us • Events
• Newsletter distribution/mailing
• $40 Regular • $60 Family • $100 Century • $250 Tour de France • Phone tree calling
For Century members and above select your t-shirt size: S M L XL • Safe Routes to Schools
• Do not share my name with other organizations • Share the Road
• Staffing an information table
• Trail/land stewardshipe
Make checks payable to: Marin County Bicycle Coalition, P.O. Box 1115, Fairfax, CA 94978
Credit Card # Exp. date • Valet bicycle parking