Available on the web at
And at finer local bike shops
Future 2007 CBC Board and
General Meetings Capital Legislative Volunteers Needed for
Coach House (off of Capital Way Victory Bike to School Day
and 22nd Street)
Board Meetings: 6:00 PM General
Meeting Presentations: 7:30 PM Last year CBC Government Affairs Want to share your love of cycling with
Officer Brian Faller initiated an effort to local youth? Be a part of Bike to School
add a Bicycle-Car Co-existence module Day on Friday, May 16, 2008. Intercity
Wednesday, April 2nd—At 7:30 Eryn to driver training in WA. Working with Transit is sponsoring this 2nd annual
Edwards will talk about a recent study the Bicycle Alliance of WA and the event coinciding with National Bike to
into the benefits of chocolate milk as a Dept. of Licensing, Brian was successful Work Day.
recovery aid for cyclists. She will be in building a curriculum, writing test
followed by Andy Rosser, DC who share questions and finding a video used in Volunteers are needed to provide safety
a collection of tips, advice and stories to other states that could be used in WA to trainings at Olympia area schools prior
help make cycling an enjoyable, lifelong train drivers. Even though no legal man- to the event or lend a hand on event day.
activity. date yet existed, BAW and the DOL If you have a child or grandchild attend-
pitched in time and money to send these ing a specific school, let us know and
Wednesday, May 7th—Join brothers materials to driver training programs you can pitch in there! Participating
David and Rich Smith as they recount across the state. schools from 2007 were: Olympia High,
their 2007, 2-month, 2700-mile bicycle Capital High, Jefferson Middle, Marshall
tour from south Florida to western Kan- This was a step in the right direction, but Middle, Washington Middle, Roosevelt
sas. Find out what it is like to tour with not good enough for Brian, who then Elementary, Garfield Elementary, Pio-
gators, forest fires, floods and record wrote HB-1588, which was recently neer Elementary, Madison Elementary
high temps, while riding some of the best passed with BAW backing. A section of and Lincoln Elementary. Safety train-
touring in the country including the Gold this bill REQUIRES both private and ings would be after school events with
Coast, Natchez Trace parkway, Land school-sponsored driver education pro- 20-30 kids in attendance. ―Day Of‖ ac-
Between the Lakes and the Katy Trail. grams to provide ―mobility education,‖ tivities include completing a bike count,
Along with their slides, David and Rich a fancy term for insuring that drivers are handing out prizes to participants and
will bring some maps and assorted tour- taught how to co-exist on the roads with cheering budding cyclist on!
ing equipment . cyclists.
To get involved, contact Emily
Wednesday, June 4th—Popcorn and See the bill in its entirety at Bergkamp, Youth Education Specialist
a movie! Enjoy the classic cycling film, http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/ at Intercity Transit, 360-705-5839 or
The Triplets of Bellevue, for a humorous billdocs/2007-08/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
look at the seamy side of world cycling, Senate/1588-S.SBR.pdf
a mother’s determination to rescue her Nothing compares to the simple pleas-
beloved son and a dog who hates trains. Thank you, Brian, for your perseverance ure of a bike ride—J.F. Kennedy
in making Washington‘s roads safer for
Hope to See You There!
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CBC Spring/Summer Road Ride Roster
April 2008 through September 2008
Sunday Morning Skills Rides – Year Round —Meets at 11:00 AM at the Bike Stand Parking Lot, 5th and Adams,
Downtown Olympia. Rain or Shine. Relaxed fitness. Pace lines. 16-18 Average MPH; 25-40 miles. Leader: Bill Ste-
venson email@example.com 402-2234, or 402-6525.
Saturday Morning Fixed Gear Ride—Sept-Spring—Meets at 10:00 AM at the Bike Stand Parking Lot. If you’re look-
ing to keep that mid-season form or just wanting to have some fun on a bike again, bring that fixie and join us. Distance,
route and speed vary with who shows up. Rain or Shine, so fenders and appropriate mud flaps are necessary when it’s
wet. Most of the time, we will return by noon (weather depending). All skill levels welcome. Scott Smith scotts-
firstname.lastname@example.org 360 790-9979.
Tuesday/Thursday Fitness Rides—New and Revamped for 2008. Meets at 6:00 PM at Tumwater Falls Park.
Leader- Bill Stevenson email@example.com 402-2234, or 402-6525. Riders who are welcome on this ride:
Are comfortable riding in a single pace line, particularly on narrow or high traffic roadways. (This is the WHITE line,
NOT the yellow one.)
Will follow traffic laws, particularly when witnesses are present! No cutting through oncoming traffic’s right turn lane
to avoid stop signs, no blowing through stop signs, etc.
Can comfortably maintain an 18 mph +/- average speed for a 25 to 40 mile loop OR are comfortable finding their
own way by following Dan Henry arrows
Are always willing to wait for their friends when they flat.
Value their safest riding buddy over their fastest riding buddy. After all, THIS is not a Race Team Ride.
Tuesday/Thursday Recreational Rides. NEW LOCATION. Meet at 5:30 PM at Marathon Park on the west side of
Capitol Lake. Pace ranges from 14-17 AVE mph. Speedier folks are encouraged to try the fitness rides above. Same
rules of etiquette apply, with less emphasis on formal pace line riding and more emphasis on getting to know and enjoy
one’s fellow cycling enthusiasts.
Leader: Blaine Wheeler firstname.lastname@example.org 360-705-1148
Wednesday Beginner Tutorial Rides (May-September). Meets at 6:00 PM at Lions Park. 4 week repeating cycle.
Registration is REQUIRED. $5 materials fee. 30-minute talk on cycling basics (group riding skills, using your gears
correctly, traffic safety, clothing and gear, training and nutrition) followed by a 10-15 mile ride. Ideal for those getting
back into cycling after a long absence, those who want to succeed at their first major event ride, or those who simply
want to learn the etiquette and tradition of group cycling. Contact Sue Duffy 360 918-8546 or email@example.com
Sunday Slow Spokes Rides (May-September) Meets at 10:00 AM at 5 rotating locations. CBC’s only controlled
pace ride. 12-15 mph no matter what! 30-mile routes. Light rain OK, heavy rain cancels. Come smell the roses!
1st Sunday meets at Cutter‘s Point Coffee Shop. 2nd Sunday meets at Dancing Goats Coffee Shop across from the
Yelm Hwy & Ruddell Rd. Intersection Farmer‘s Market
Ride Leader—Pyllis Stensland 360-459-4131 Ride Leader—Sue Duffy 360-918-8546
3rd Sunday meets at Yauger Park, 3100 Capitol Mall Dr. SW 4th Sunday meets at Starbucks, 4660 Whitman Lane, near the
Ride Leaders—Carol DeMent 360 754-0963 & Pat Byers mad- QFC at Yelm Hwy and College.
firstname.lastname@example.org Ride Leader—JD Miller 253-905-6681; email@example.com
5th Sunday (June & August) meets at Tumwater Falls Park
Ride Leader TBA. For information or to volunteer, contact Sue Duffy 360-918-8546
Approved Helmets are REQUIRED on ALL Club Rides
Listed start times means the time at which the action will begin, not the time at which you pull into the parking lot. Come 10-15 min-
utes early to get ready so you don’t delay other riders. Pace may vary depending on who shows up to ride on any given day.
Due to the club’s insurance policy, participants may ride once as a guest of the club. Return riders must be members in good
standing of the CBC. Please ask ride leader for membership information or check the CBC website:
Saturday Social Rides
End of March & Month of April
All rides start at 10:00 AM. Pace 1 = 12-15 mph; 2 = 14-16 mph; 3 = 15-17 mph; 4 = 17+. All rides include regroups & no drops.
March 22: Lion’s Park Loop. 34-miles Pace 2 & 3. An easy season opener that includes a dozen or so miles along the Chehalis
Western Trail system. Two noteworthy climbs, one that can be bypassed. Starts at Lion‘s Park; rest stop at Rainier. Light rain OK.
Bill Keim 786-5752
March 29: Tumwater-Rochester Loop. 42 Miles. Pace 2, 3. Mostly flat with a section of rollers along Mima-Gate Road. Stops in
Rochester and Littlerock for snacks and/or lunch, as the group prefers. Starts at Blockbuster Video Parking lot in Tumwater
(Trosper/Littlerock Roads.). Light Rain OK. David Beigh (360) 561-6012.
April 5: Spurgeon Creek-Waldrick-Offut Road. 30-mile ride. Pace 2-Social. Rolling to flat terrain with a hill or two. This very sce-
nic ride starts at the Cutter‘s Point Coffee Shop at the Ruddell Rd.-Yelm Highway intersection. Limited parking. Please carpool or
ride. Light rain is OK, heavy rain cancels. Bill Martin 360-878-9500
April 12: Tumwater-Waddell-Littlerock. 30-miles. Pace 2, 3. Get warmed up on flat terrain, progress to rollers along Black Lake
and Delphi Roads. In preparation for the invigorating (yeah, right) climb up Waddell Creek and into Capitol Forest. Stop in Little-
rock for snacks and meander back to town on back roads. Starts at Albertson‘s parking lot in Tumwater at Littlerock and Trosper
Roads. Bill Keim 786-0947
April 19: Lincoln Creek/Independence Valley. 30 miles. Moderate pace with regroups. Rolling hills with great scenery, one big
climb near the beginning. Bring plenty of water, as it's about 20 miles to the first (and only) rest-stop on the outskirts of Cen-
tralia. Starts and ends at Swede Hall in Rochester. Carol DeMent 754-0963
April 26: Beauty and the Beer. This 30-mile ride is at a steady to fast (3,4) pace exploring the lovely Independence Valley. Covers
rolling terrain and 2 good hills (one can be avoided). Anticipate good maps and occasional regrouping. We‘ll lunch after the ride at
Dick‘s Brewpub. If driving, park on the shoulder of Old Hwy 99 just south of the intersection with Prather. NW Sausages/Dick‘s
Brewing Company will be on your right. Light rain OK. Rebekah Edwards 250-6582 or Cameron Jackson 259-0636
Make a Difference! Donate A Bike!
Capital Bicycling Club is helping the Village Bicycle Project collect used bikes
to donate to Ghana. VBP is trying to collect about 350 bikes for the next ship-
ping in mid April. Since 2000, the VBP has distributed 30,000 donated bikes in
The Village Bicycle Project provides sustainable and affordable transportation
for Africans. Bike ownership promotes rural development and personal empow-
erment and reduces poverty. Along with donating bikes, VBP provides tools
for bike owners and mechanics—13,000 tools have been distributed through
eleven African nations—and educates men and women in how to use those
tools to maintain and repair their bikes. A special Woman‘s Initiative focuses
on developing female leadership in communities so women can teach other Two ways to learn to ride a bike!
women to maintain their own bikes.
Millions of Africans do not have basic, reliable transportation. 99% of Africans
cannot afford cars. Public transportation is expensive and unreliable. Bicycles
are simple, clean, and economical, improving access to farms, markets, jobs,
schools, and health care.
To learn about the drop off location in Olympia, contact
meg@VillageBicycleProject.org. To learn more about the Village Bicycle Pro-
ject, check out the website www.VillageBicycleProject.org.
Finding My Way Down the
Olympic Discovery Trail
by Greg Mead
I got the itch at the end of February and loaded my bike on the roof rack and headed north to Sequim, the sunshine capi-
tal of our state, to find and ride the Olympic Discovery Trail. The trail currently stretches close to 25 miles between
Sequim‘s White Feather Lane (the road that leads to the John Wayne Marina) to the Port Angeles sewage treatment plant
(now there‘s a destination) making for a good ride round trip of close to 50 miles. You can make the ride a little longer
by not paying attention at cross streets and getting lost as yours truly did a couple times but when your eye gets trained
to look for the tiny blue signs with arrows on them at these cross streets you‘ll do OK. Navigating the trail through the
downtown part of Sequim was particularly difficult as the trail seems to be more like a zigzag of bike lanes, but if all else
fails, do like I did and follow the highway out of town and look for a major road. In my case I followed Kitchen-Dick
Rd. (don‘t ask, don‘t even think about it) taking a right off the highway and easily found the trail once again.
On the Sequim end of the trail there is, alas, no trail head. There is a wide spot in the road a few hundred feet down the
road where a couple cars can park but that‘s it. Find Sequim‘s city park (the trail runs right through the middle of it) and
park there. The trail varies from mundane as you slip through the suburban sprawl of the Sequim area on what amounts
to chip seal sidewalk in front of houses and farms to down right spectacular as you ride along the Port Angeles water-
front. And although very flat on both ends of the ride the terrain between these two towns has it‘s share of small climbs
that are just perfect for a pre-season tune up ride.
On the Port Angeles end of the trail there is plenty of parking but it seemed a little remote and like a good place for bad
stuff to happen to your car while you‘re gone. Our Chehalis -Western trail system is like a super highway system com-
pared to the ODT but I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and look forward to doing it again later in the year. For information
on the trail or a map, I found the people at Mike‘s Bikes in Sequim (360 681-3868) to be very helpful. Go to their web-
site www.mikes-bikes.net and download a map or stop by the store.
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DOGS AND BIKES
By Avelin Tacon
Beloved Fido. Man‘s best friend. What a pleasure after a hard day to come home to the unconditional love of your dog.
And what of the services they render? Dogs can provide ―eyes‖ for the blind. They track fleeing criminals. They can
even be decent riding companions on the trails. But sometimes dogs and bikes just don‘t mix.
Imagine a glorious day. The air is fresh and the road is dry as you head down a steep hill at 30 mph gaining speed.
Suddenly, a dog trots out from a driveway and stops in the middle of your lane turning to look at you. It‘s too close.
You‘ve got no time to hit the brakes (which might not be the best idea anyway). You attempt to swerve right to miss the
dog. A loud thump and your bike stops as you fly over the handlebars. This is not good. You sail through the air and
then slam into the pavement. You slide, skid and roll. Time is passing slowly. Finally there is stillness. Is that a dog
licking your face? Where‘s my bike? You hear a car stop and someone running toward you: ―Are you OK?‖ Damage
Best case scenario is road rash, torn clothes, a scraped pedal, a twisted shifter and a wheel out of true. And sore all over
the next day. It only goes downhill (pun intended) from there.
There oughta be a law. In fact, there are several.
A bicyclist has all the rights and responsibilities of a motor vehicle driver. Revised Code of Washington (RCW)
46.61.755. A bicyclist who violates traffic laws may be ticketed. RCW 46.61.750. What if the dog owner says you
were negligent for going so fast down a road with driveways? After all, there are children living in the area. The re-
sponse is that if you were going the speed limit or less, and a motor vehicle driver would not be negligent driving 30
mph down this hill, neither is a bicyclist.
Is the dog owner legally responsible to the bicyclist for medical bills, wage loss and ―pain and suffering?‖ Thurston
County Ordinance 9.10.050 provides that ―[A]ny person who harbors, keeps, possesses, maintains or has temporary cus-
tody of a pet animal shall be responsible for the behavior of such animal whether the owner knowingly permits the be-
havior or not (emphasis mine).‖ If applicable, this negates the owner‘s defense that ―the dog broke the chain.‖ A dog
owner is responsible for the actions of an unleashed pet animal on public property and is responsible for injury to a per-
son. In fact, injury to a person caused by a dog is a gross misdemeanor (Sections C and D of the ordinance).
State law is not as protective in the scenario presented. A dog owner is responsible to a victim bitten by a dog in a public
place, if unprovoked, whether the dog has bitten or exhibited viciousness before. RCW 16.08.040 and .060. This is
called ―strict liability‖ as proof of the owner‘s negligence is unnecessary. Proof of negligence (failure to exercise ordi-
nary care under the circumstances) is necessary to hold the dog owner responsible under State law in our scenario. A
broken chain might not constitute negligence.
If a dog owner has homeowner‘s or renter‘s insurance, that insurance is responsible for the bicyclist‘s damages to the
extent of the liability limits of the policy, but only if the dog owner would be personally responsible absent insurance.
Bottom line–you do not forfeit your legal rights by riding a bicycle, but getting those rights recognized and enforced can
See you on the road.
Avelin Tacon is an attorney with the Olympia law firm of Connolly, Tacon and Meserve. A long-time CBC member, he confines his
practice to personal injury law.
The information provided is solely for the general interest of the readers. This information should not be relied upon or
interpreted as legal advice. No attorney-client relationship with the author has been established. Readers of this column
should not act upon any information contained in it without first seeking the advice of legal counsel.
Black Hills Soul
First off, you have to read the article about Olympia's Rad racing: Road, Mountain, and Cyclocross tam in the bicycle paper (http://
Second, the snow is melting and the racing season is off with this weekend‘s (March 22 & 23) mountain bike race in Olympia. As
you can see from below April is packed with events in WA, OR, and BC and the opening for Whistler may be just around the corner!
I'm going to have to get off my duff and get a bike that goes up hill as well as down. It doesn't matter if you‘re a XC light weight
high speed, DH monster, or endurance crazy distance granola nut, you can find a race in April!!!!
Remember that if you don't work on your bike yourself and need it fixed get it to your favorite shop now to beat the long wait to get
it back. With road events kicking up you mechanics time will be in short supply in about two weeks.
Ride route picked day of ride. Pace varies. Usually 15 plus riders. Ride is usually 3 to 4 hours including the stand around and chat
time. Everyone waits at the fire road crossings for you no matter your pace.
Meet at the Y (Intersection of Sherman Valley Rd and Middle Waddell Rd)
(First Saturday of every month is trail work day 9AM to 1:00 ish with ride after if you want.)
Wednesday Night at 6PM
(Good waterproof bright light system needed until around April)
Ride route picked day of ride. Pace varies. Usually 15 plus riders. Ride is usually 3 to 4 hours including the stand around and chat
time. Everyone waits at the fire road crossings for you no matter your pace.
Meet at the Y (Intersection of Sherman Valley Rd and Middle Waddell Rd)
NEW Thursday night at 6:00 or 6:30 PM (see below)
(Good waterproof bright light system sill needed until around April)
Ladies (guys ok too) night out ride. Natalie, Jennifer, and Rachel have been doing a Thursday night ride that fits
in better with their work schedule. Go let ‗em kick your butt up the hills.
Meet at Top Food (west side) 6PM or at the Y (Intersection of Sherman Valley Rd and Middle Weddell Rd) 6:30PM
Sunday at 9AM
Some folks show on Sunday regularly now instead of Saturday
Meet at the Y (Intersection of Sherman Valley Rd and Middle Weddell Rd)
Sunday at 9AM
Shuttle or other Freeride DH activity. Ride route is randomly decided when you show
Meet at Bike Tech
Contact CBC Freeride ride leader Justin Self at firstname.lastname@example.org
March 30, 2008 & April 27, 2008: Spokane Trailquest Mt. Bike Orienteering, Chatterory, WA
Mt. Bike Orienteering, first in a 3-race series. New sport to Northwest, very popular in Europe. Awards for finishing 3-race series.
Info:Ken Bell at 327-7220 or go to www.spokanetrailquest.com
April 05, 2008: Fluidride Cup #1 Port Angeles, WA
Practice Friday. Dual slalom on Saturday. Downhill event on Sunday. DH: $45, DS: $20, Friday shuttle: $15.
April 06, 2008: SeaTac Shuffle - Indie #1 Seattle/SeaTac, WA
SeaTac, the urban MTB oasis. Lots of rolling hills and twisty trails, close to home. Part of the new Indie Series.
April 12, 2008: 7th Secret Ripper North Vancouver, BC Fromme Mountain.
HC, DH or both. Ride solo or team. Up to Seventh Summit. Long intermediate shore classic DH with some pedaling.
April 13, 2008 & May 4, 2008: West Side MTB Series #4 & #5 Black Diamond, WA @ Black Diamond Square.
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Board Meeting Minutes
March 5, 2008
Present: Blaine Wheeler, President; Sharon Abegg, Secretary; Sue Duffy, Volunteer Coordinator; Brian Faller, Gov-
ernment Affairs; Carol DeMent, Publications Director; Jeff Cook, Promotions Director; Bill Stevenson, Education Di-
rector; JD Miller,Treasurer; Rebekah Edwards, Ride Captain
Absent: David Grenier, Web Master; Jody Ott, Mt. Bike Captain
Guest: Trisha Stevenson
JD Miller: Bike Education: Bike to School Day is coming up. The club
There is a net loss this month of 2,800 dollars, but this is ex- has done some volunteer work at Roosevelt Elementary school
pected this time of year. $500 is scheduled to be given to the in Olympia. We may need volunteers.
Thurston County Bicycle Commuter Contest this year. The
original promise was to give back $1 for every rider in the pre- Bill Stevenson:
vious contact. Last year, 1,005 The Thurston County Wrencher's Ball, which kicks off the
people were entered. Bicycle commuter contest is coming up in late April. This led
to the discussion about the club purchasing bicycle tail lights
MOTION PASSED: The Board agrees to pay the contest for people in need. Many riders are on the street at night with-
$1005. The board feels that it may be necessary to ammend the out helmets or lights, which is a concern for the club.
agreement about $1 per rider, especially if the contestants in-
crease in number. MOTION PASSED: $350, possibly from the Community
Fund, will be used to buy tail lights (100 of them). Details
Sharon Abegg: about where to pass them out (Wrencher's Ball?) and any
Community Grant Fund request by the Westside Cooperative charges to the recipients is still to be worked out.
Preschool was reviewed. They would like money for bike hel-
mets for their kids. Bill Stevenson will check on low-cost hel- Rebekah Edwards:
mets. Saturday Social Rides are underway. Slow Spoke rides are yet
to take place and are in planning. The Slow Spoke rides will
MOTION PASSED: $180-300 given to the preschool for start at 10:00 am on Sundays. There will also be Wednesday
helmets. evening beginners' classes.
Jeff Cook: Brian Faller:
The Seattle Bike Expo is March 8-9 at Cruise Terminal 30 near The legislature has passed a $75,000 pilot program in three
Safeco field. The club will have a booth for the first time in a schools to teach cycling safety to students.
number of years. Volunteers have been assigned: Carol Bern- The House passed a bill written by Brian Faller to make a re-
hardt, David B, Heather, Trish, Sharon, Tony, Jody and Maggie quirement of the DOL to teach driving safety around bicycles.
will take shifts. Free Passes for admission for volunteers. Jeff, The Senate still needs to approve the bill. It looks like
Jody and Blaine will set up the booth Friday evening. Jeff, the Chehalis-Western trail gates will be removed in Mid April.
Sharon, and Jody and Maggie will load up at Expo's end. It is They are a bit behind schedule.
hoped that more people will sign up for our two supported
rides, the Two County Metric Century and the TRYBR. A Sue Duffy:
statue, "The Evolution of Mankind," will be raffled off and the We need meeting programs for after the board meetings. Sev-
proceeds will go to the Red Cross. eral suggestions rang out such as "Triplets of Bellevue, " Tour
de France videos, and "Andy the cycling chiropractor." Sue
Blaine Wheeler: will look into these choices.
On April 10th, the REI store in Tacoma will have a bike show.
Blaine would like the club to be involved Carol DeMent:
in this. The Club will have a ride pm April 27th on the Cheha- Newsletter news. An advertising success! A man who adver-
lis-Western trail. This is to celebrate the removal of the gates tised his trip to Italy in the newsletter filled his trip up. He
by Thurston County and the Department of Nat. Re- plans to re-advertise.
sources. Three volunteers were found to help the Mason
County Bike Map project. People are needed to help map the
roads for bike-ability. Sue Duffy is about to look for volunteers Meeting adjourned.
for marking the two county ride route. There is some concern
about the Port of Tacoma building a large transfer station in
Maytown. Details of this possible construction are still un-
known. If built, many large trucks will be on some of our fa-
vorite cycling roads.
Knee Problem Fixed With an 8mm Allen Wrench
By Dr. Andy Rosser, Downtown Olympia
Last month, I had to troubleshoot a ―spooky‖ new knee problem that I was having and I had a
few likely suspects hanging around like guests at a murder mystery dinner. First, there was the
fact that I had made a significant increase in my mileage early in the year… maybe a little more
than I should. Then, there was the sudden discovery of a missing cleat bolt (If a cyclist falls in
the middle of an empty parking lot, and nobody saw it, did he really fall?) Next, there is the ad-
dition of a new, noisy houseguest, a brash yellow resistance trainer. And, lastly, maybe my seat
has been a little low for my, um, long legs all these years. The pain is in the front of my knee,
after all. Was one of these things responsible for my mystery knee pain? Read on.
As it turns out, the culprit was a problem hiding in a slightly, almost imperceptibly, loose left crank arm. The more I
practiced pulling on my upstroke, the worse the symptoms got. The more I rode, in general, the worse things got. As
my knee became more and more sensitive, I started to notice a slight ―bumping‖ sensation just before the top of my left
pedal stroke. A little investigation on hands and knees and wiggling of bike parts revealed the hiding spot of this menac-
ing gremlin. A light wrenching got rid of him.
What may not seem a big deal in the short term, can turn into a big problem in short order, due to the repetitive nature of
cycling. Here‘s how the math for my little problem breaks down over a month of cycling: Assuming a cadence of 80-90
rpm over an hour is about 5,400 pedal strokes per hour, 32,400 pedal strokes over a 6 hour training week, and 129,600
pedal strokes over a month! Essentially, that little ―bump‖ was like kicking a wall 130,000 times during a month. No
wonder it was talking to me!
I persisted in my efforts to find the cause of my physical ailment, and, hopefully, found the only problem. But where my
curiosity and investigation led me to a solution, there‘s surely another person who wasn‘t able to find an easy fix and
surmised that cycling was too hard on their body. Their comfort on the bike may have had an undiscovered simple solu-
tion waiting to happen, but instead of finding it, they mothballed the bike.
Here‘s the short list of ailments that I‘ve seen getting in the
way of the recreational cyclist: Knee pain, lower back pain,
wrist pain/numbness, hip pain, sciatica, headaches, and oth-
ers. On April 2, I will be giving a presentation entitled
―Cycling is for Life‖ at the CBC membership meeting. Come
on out and hear how you can help to prevent these and other
cycling –related aches and pains.
Dr. Rosser is the team chiropractor for the CBC Racing
Team and works with other athletes in the community. For
questions and article requests, please feel free to contact him
at 360.754.6499 or email@example.com. Read about his
adventures at rosserchiro.blogspot.com
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April 20, 2008: Peak Sports Mudslinger Blodgett, OR.
NW mountain bike classic. A great course and some of the slickest single track ever. Great first timer course, epic battles for the pro
class and great harvest bread and soup after OR MTB #2
April 26, 2008: Bear Springs Trap MTB McCubbins, OR
Saturday short track (ST), Sunday XC. 10, 20 & 30 miles, depending on class. 95% single-track. 500'-2000' of elevation. Single lap
format. Part of Mt. Hood Skibowl XC Series. OR MTB #3. Info: Call 503-272-0146.
April 26, 2008: Beezley Burn Ephrata, WA
Saturday: short track, Sunday: cross-country on challenging, desert-like 7-mile loop with lots of short climbs and fast descents. Pro
Bike Trip Leaders Wanted New & Renewing Members
Teen Treks is looking for enthusiastic trip leaders possessing good Dick Stone, Leslie Propp, Michael
sense, tireless energy, and great enthusiasm for travel. We are a Dearborn, Gerado Chin-Leo,
summer bicycle program for youth ages 12-18. Our trips are 1-4 Matti Jultenen, H. Dean Walker,
weeks long and we travel in the US, Canada, and Europe with groups Peter Johnson, Jeanne Boulier,
of 12 teens with 2 adult trip leaders. Sheila Czech, Carole Miller,
Cindi Holmstrom, Andy Hix,
For a fun summer job, become a Bike Trip Leader! For more info Brain Faller, Rick Kunkle, John
go to: http://teentreks.com/Trip_Leader/ or call 716-566-7908. Schachle, James Stewart, Liz
Barney, Jay Barney, Mike
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Skavlem, Chuck Cross
CBC Membership Form
City______________________________________ State___________ Zip________________
Home Phone______________________________ Work Phone__________________________
Membership Type: Interests:
__ New Member ___Renewal ___ Event Volunteer ___ Ride Leader
__ Individual one-year $15 ___ Mountain Biking ___ Time Trials/Racing
__ Individual two-year $25 (Save $5) ___ Bike Commuting ___ Bike Advocacy
__ Family one-year $25 ___ Bike Safety Education
__ Family two-year $45 (Save $5) ___ Meetings/Social Events
___ Bike Touring ___ Other
Please send my newsletter via: _____US Postal Service _____E-Mail
The undersigned, in consideration of the Capital Bicycling Club accepting my membership, hereby waive and release any and all rights and claims
for damages resulting from sickness, accident and/or any injury that may occur during and/or after participation in any and all CBC sponsored bicy-
cle rides, including weekly club and special event rides. This waiver includes any rights and claims on my part against the Capital Bicycling Club,
its officers, ride leaders and any sponsors. I also agree to accept all rules, regulations and policies set by Capital Bicycling Club, to defer to the
authority of the ride leaders, and to obey all applicable traffic laws while participating in this Capital Bicycling Club ride.
_____________________________________ ________________ Desired Ride Types:
Signature(s) Date ____ Beginner Pace, Instructional
____ Social Pace: 12-15 MPH Average
_____________________________________ ________________ ____ Fitness Pace 16-20 MPH Average
Signature(s) Date ____ Race Team Training Rides 21+ Ave MPH
(Family memberships require the signatures of all adults aged 18 or older) ____ Mountain Bike Rides
Send this form with your check to: CBC Membership, PO Box 642, Olympia, WA 98507
Newsletter Submission Guidelines
2008 CBC Board Submission Deadline is the 2nd Wednes-
President: Blaine Wheeler firstname.lastname@example.org 360-705-1148 day of each month. Submissions may be
Vice President: Vacant edited for length or delayed to a later edi-
Secretary: Sharon Abegg email@example.com tion. All photos should be submitted in
Treasurer, Membership: J.D. Miller firstname.lastname@example.org 360-357-5945 jpeg format as an email attachment. Send
submissions to the editor at cy-
Road Captain: Rebekah Edwarrds email@example.com 360-250-6582 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountain Biking: Joseph (Jody) Ott email@example.com 360-259-0581
Government Affairs: Brian Faller firstname.lastname@example.org 360-943-1752 Commercial Ad Rates &Guidelines—
Past President: Tony Usibelli email@example.com 360-943-2898 Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for com-
Promotions: Jeff Cook jeffcook@Runbox.com 360-561-2567 plete guidelines and rates. CBC reserves
Education: Bill Stevenson email@example.com; 402-2234, or 402-6525 the right to accept or deny commercial
advertising based on content and applica-
Publications: Carol DeMent firstname.lastname@example.org 360-754-0963
bility to the club‘s mission and member-
Volunteer Coordinator: Sue Duffy email@example.com 360-918-8546 ship. Acceptance of advertising does not
Web Master: David Grenier firstname.lastname@example.org 360-753-1763 imply an endorsement of any product.
Club Membership Benefits
Tandem rental @ The Bike Stand ($10/day) Plus 10% Member Discounts at these local businesses
Bike box rental @ The Bike Stand ($25 per use) The Bike Stand (parts & accessories)
Low-cost winter spin classes Joy Ride (parts & accessories)
CBC Newsletter 12 times per year Old Town Bicycles (parts & accessories)
Free non-commercial classified ads in the newsletter Vivala (clothing and gear)
Umpteen group rides with great folks to fit all riding styles Madison Law Firm, PLLC
Connolly, Tacon & Meserve, PC, Avelin Tacon & Carter
Hick, Personal Injury Attorneys
CAPITAL BICYCLING CLUB
P.O. Box 642
Olympia, WA 98507