New York Citys Great Five Boro Bike Tour 1999

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					                                                                           MARCH/APRIL 1999 • VOLUME 16, NUMBER 2
                                                             OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE HUMAN POWERED VEHICLE ASSOCIATION

                                                                                In this issue…
                                                                                W. Cook: Great 5 Boro Bike Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
                                                                                J. Seay: Editor’s clipboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
                                                                                C. Broome: President’s corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
                                                                                J. Seay: Report to members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
                                                                                R. Valbuena: The Roadrunner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
                                                                                P. Gracey: Personal Peloton to Black Mariah . . . . .6
                                                                                N. Sanford: HP watercraft report . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
                                                                                B. Bruce: Central Valley Recumbent Rally . . . . . .11
                                                                                M. Bruce: The Linear Co-Pilot Tandem . . . . . . . .12
                                                                                Group & ride lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14
                                                                                Calendar and summaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
                                                                                T. Brummer: Team Lightning RAAM report . . . . .16

   New York City’s Great Five Boro Bike Tour 1999
 Story and photos by William Cook,             WHIRL, Big Recumbent Ride, and
         Falls Church, VA                      Mt. Airy Cycles. “Are those things
    <>                   comfortable?” “How much do they
                                               cost?” “Are they hard to ride?”

          n Sunday, May 2, Paul Collier        “Why would you want one?” At the
           (carefully polished, faired red     end, a middle-aged man who’d rid-
           Tour Easy with gleaming Hugi        den the event on a mountain bike
           hubs) and I (red Barcroft Vir-      asked how it was on “that bike.”
ginia) joined at least 30,000 of our closest   “Piece of cake,” I replied smugly.
bike friends for The Great Five Boro Bike      “One of the easiest rides I’ve been
Tour of New York City. We’d never seen         on.” He seemed confused.
so many bikes in one place before—42              The route started at Battery Park
miles of elbow-to-elbow riding. We had         on the tip of Manhattan. It ran up
no problems with the dense bike traffic,       through the skyscraper canyons,
though many riders clearly had never           into Central Park, and across the
ridden in a crowd before. Someone              Madison Avenue bridge to the
struck my mirror at one point. It was a        Bronx. From there we turned back
great experience, and we might even            into Manhattan, then crossed into
do it again.                                   Queens, the third of the five bor-              Top: Paul Collier waits for the start of The
   Touring New York on recumbents was          oughs we passed through. Next was                 Great Five Boro Bike Tour in May
like entering a time warp. We were asked       Brooklyn, and finally across the arching
                                                                                               Middle: Wall-to-wall cyclists wait to be
the same questions we used to get several      Verrazano Narrows Bridge, we hit Staten           turned loose
years ago in Washington, DC, before it         Island (map at
                                                                                               Above: John Tetz and his crippled ride get
became nation’s recumbent capital with
                                               Continued on page 3 ...                           a lift from Eric Milland and his pedicab
                            HPV News is the
                            official newsletter    Editor’s clipboard                                                                                       President’s corner
                            of                                                                                                                              As our name states the HPVA is a “Vehi-       current volunteers are spread too thin,        it a success. Thank you, in anticipation,
                                                                  y trip to Washington, DC,        HPVSO member Jack Ellis loaned me

                            the Human                                                                                                                       cle Association,” and that means all          and many can’t compete because they            for volunteering.
                                                                  Boston and Toronto is long       his BikeE and John led a small contin-                   types of vehicles. But many members           are organizing.
                            Powered Vehicle                                                                                                                                                                                                              HPVA Secretary still needed
                                                                  since over—and much too          gent of us (Thom, the “Urbane Cyclist”,                  have said we are focusing too much on            If you would like to see more water or
                            Association                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The HPVA bylaws specify the duties
                                                                  fast. The WHIRL Big Ride in HPVA member Shelley Loader and me)                            recumbent bicycles. Recumbents have           air events, please step forward and help
                            (formerly IHPVA)                                                                                                                                                                                                             of the Secretary as:
                                                   Washington was much fun, although               on a great tour of downtown Toronto                      been a very large part of our activities in   organize and run them. Yes, it may be a
                                                   there were far too many people to meet          and over to the Toronto Islands Park.                                                                                                                 (1) Gives, or causes to be given, notice
    Volume 16 Number 2                                                                                                                                      recent years, but now we want to widen        new and difficult task the first time, but       of all the meetings of the members
                                                   in such a short time: about 200 recum-          Later John and his wife gave me a tour                   our focus on events for other forms of        it will be a learning and rewarding expe-
    March/April 1999                               bent riders (some 70 more than the first        of the ethnic neighborhoods in Toronto                                                                                                                  and of the board of directors as
                                                                                                                                                            human powered transportation, espe-           rience as well.                                  required by the bylaws or by law to
HPVA                                               Big Ride last year). Mark Matarella, his        and, next day, Dennis gave me another                    cially boats and aircraft. The HPVA
    PO Box 1307                                    mother and other helpers did a wonder-          wonderful tour of many places on the                                                                   Land and water vehicles                          be given.
                                                                                                                                                            receives a substantial number of                 The flip side of this coin is that we are   (2) Preceding each such meeting, pro-
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-1307 USA             ful job of organizing an event that I’m         way to Niagara-on-the-Lake (including                    requests for information on how to
    Phone: 310-305-1737                            sure Mark had no idea would become so my first in-person view of the Niagara                                                                           seeing a rapid growth in sales and pub-          vides the presiding officer with a
                                                                                                                                                            build human powered vehicles or how           lic acceptance of recumbent bicycles,            written list of unfinished business to
    Fax: 310-823-1064                              large. I was fortunate to be able to stay       Falls and a visit to a butterfly museum).                to participate in races and other events.
    E-mail:                       with Bill and Ann Cook and ride Bill’s             Visits with Doug Milliken and Will                                                                  tricycles and tandems. We now have               be considered.
                                                                                                                                                            We have recently received about a             wide choices of ready-to-ride machines,        (3) Keeps, or causes to be kept, a book
    URL:                      Barcroft Virginia for the Saturday ride         Kennedy and his mom rounded out a                        dozen requests for airplane, boat and
                                                   into the Washington Monument and the            wonderful trip—and I flew home from                                                                    if we don’t have the desire, abilities or        of minutes at the principal office or
IHPVA board members                                                                                                                                         submarine information in less than two
                                                   White House. Needless to say, that many Buffalo, NY on 25 May.                                                                                         facilities to build our own. We are start-       such other place as the board of
          Allan Abbott Tim Brummer                                                                                                                          weeks.                                        ing to see a smaller, but significant,           directors may order, of all meetings
           Bill Gaines Paul Gracey                 recumbent riders drew quite a bit of               My visit to Toronto was wonderful,
                                                   attention from the hordes of visitors to        but I was unable to meet our Canadian                    Few events                                    growth in the availability of human pow-         of directors, with the time and place
             Chet Kyle Andrew Letton
                                                   the capital city on Saturday—as well as         board member, Alan Thwaits.                                Our events have mostly been driven          ered watercraft. In the United States, a         of holding, whether regular or spe-
         Paul Pancella John Tetz
                                                   from the large crew of police who sur-             Alan, who is also a contributor to                    by a small core of volunteers who have        number of manufacturers have formed              cial, and if special how authorized,
                   Alan Thwaits
                                                   round the White House these days.               HPV News, is a freelance writer whose                    been organizers, coordinators or advis-       the North American Water Cycling Asso-           the notice thereof given, the names
President                                                                                                                                                   ers. It seems to be the same set of faces     ciation (NAWCA; see Nancy Sanford’s              of those directors present and the
                                                   Some invasion!                                  mobile office is his HPV (definitely
    Chris Broome                                                                                                                                            each time around, and it is very easy to      report on page 10). They offer some              proceedings thereof.
                                                      On Sunday, I had the opportunity to          appropriate for an HPVA board mem-
Executive vice president                           ride as stoker on a Double Vision with          ber!), an Outlander designed and built                   rely on them to run HPV races or orga-        very interesting and fast, ready-to-ride       (4) Has such other powers and per-
    Jean Seay (treasurer, membership,              Riley Geary (whose wife Marilyn was             by Carey Chen. In the premiere issue of                  nize rides. It is a lot more difficult to     craft. If you are considering these ves-         forms such other duties as the board
      publications coordinator)                    not able to ride that day), with about 45       the Québec-based SunMedia Corpora-                       organize events for airplanes or boats,       sels, ask the dealers about races and            of directors or the bylaws may
IHPVA representative                               other recumbent riders, to Mt. Vernon.          tion’s new “Portable Technology,” a sup-                 and submarines present some very              events, and tell them about the HPVA.            prescribe.
    Tom McDonald                                   That was my longest ride as a stoker            plement distributed with several Cana-                   unique challenges. With the increasing           If there isn’t an event in your area,
                                                                                                                                                            interest in these different types of trans-   think about volunteering and organizing                            —Chris Broome
Appointed vice presidents                          and I enjoyed the experience very               dian newspapers, Alan’s article about                                                                                                                                     Los Angeles, CA
                                                   much.                                           his HPV-based “office” was featured on                   portation, we need some of the silent         one yourself. Contact the HPVA and
    Air, Chris Roper
                                                                                                                                                            majority to step forward and help. Our        we’ll do everything we can to help make                     <>
    All terrain, Alan Krause                          It was nice to have time to visit a          page one, with two color photos. Check
    Communications, Bruce DeBell                   friend whom I’d met on a bike tour in           out the following URL : <www.canoe.
                                                   France. In 1996 we had attended a               com:80/TechNews 9906/02_size.html>
    Land, Carole Leone
    Submarine, Jim Richardson                      French impressionist exhibit at the             for the article and photos.                                                          ... 5-Boro Ride                      front line pass) were listening
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to the mayor speak. Once we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Rush, complete with full cloth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fairing and some superb new
    Water, Nancy Sanford                           Phillips Art Gallery in Washington; this           Spring has finally arrived in San Luis                                            We learned to our delight that       started moving, it took two          graphics. His GRR was modi-
                                                   year she and I went to the Georgia              Obispo—just in time for the Summer                                                   there is actual scenery in parts     hours of stopping and starting,      fied in a way you’d have to
Staff                                              O’Keefe exhibit at the same gallery.            Solstice. Happily, my Dragonflyer trike
    Jean Seay, Editor <>                                                                                                                                               of New York.                         often walking, before we finally     attend the Big Recumbent Ride
                                                   Next day, I took a train for Boston—a           is now getting daily use.                                                               The day started very early, 4     reached Central Park. Every          to see, which he claims adds
    John W. Stephens, <>             full day’s trip.
                                                                                                                              —Jean Seay                                                a.m., in Edison, NJ, in an elder-    time the body of riders              two miles per hour to his uphill
Production                                            I visited there with David Gordon Wil-                                                                                            ly, not-very-expensive motel.
                                                                                                                     San Luis Obispo, CA                                                                                     stopped, many riders whipped         speed. (Yes, it’s still an HPV.)
    JS Design / JW Stephens                        son and his delightful family, during                                                                                                We fueled up on Belgian waf-         out cell phones to call other           Streamliner builder John Tetz
    HPV News (ISSN 0898-6894) is pub-              which time he and I                                                                                                                  fles and eggs at an excellent all-   riders in the mass of bikers.        was discovered at the side of
    lished six times a year, by the Human          explored how we can                                                                                                                  night diner, then joined the         Paul discovered that his front       the road morosely looking at
    Powered Vehicle Association, a non-            make Human Power even                                                                                                                early parade of cars with bikes      tire had gone flat again. He’d       the broken carbon fiber chain-
    profit organization dedicated to pro-          better. Dave also gave me                                                                                                            aboard heading for Staten            apparently forgotten to screw        stay on his superfast low racer.
    moting improvement, innovation and             an opportunity to tour                                                                                                               Island. We’d hoped to catch the      down the Presta valve cap, so        The bike had been hit awhile
    creativity in the use of human power gen-      MIT and to meet the
    erally, and especially in the design and                                                                                                                                            6:30 ferry, but Paul discovered      he was able to pump it up.           back, he said, and the repair
                                                   renowned Sheldon                                                                                                                     that the front tire on his Tour         The tour became fun once          failed. He and his bike were
    development of human-powered vehicles.
    Material in HPV News is copyrighted by         Brown, after which I was                                                                                                             Easy was flat. It was an omen.       we hit Central Park. We cut          carried off properly, by passing
    the HPVA. Unless copyrighted also by the       off on the train to Toron-                                                                                                           We arrived on Manhattan at           through the crowds, usually          pedicab rider Eric Milland of
    author(s), complete articles or repre-         to, a trip that took the bet-                                                                                                        7:25 where we met my New             running faster than the main         the Five Borough Bicycle Club.
    sentative excerpts may be published else-      ter part of two days (with                                                                                                           York son, Nick.                      stream. At the noon rest stop,          At the end, we rode back to
    where if full credit is given prominently to   a stopover in Albany, NY).                                                                                                              The weather was cool, partly
    the author(s) and the HPVA.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Paul pulled his front tire off       the Staten Island Ferry Termi-
                                                      I had the opportunity to                                                                                                          cloudy, and a bit blustery. Well     and repatched an old hole.           nal to pick up our car and head
    Membership dues: $US 32 (USA,                  renew acquaintances with                                                                                                             before 8 we’d worked our way         Along the way, we found a few        home. Three blocks from the
                                                                                                                                                Jean Seay

    Canada, Mexico); $US 37 (all other coun-
                                                   Dennis Taves and his                                                                                                                 to the front of the main body of     other recumbents, including          parking lot, Paul’s front tire
                                                   wife, Cathy; and John                                                                                                                riders who were awaiting the 8       the folks from MARS, Metro-          went flat again. But he was was
                                                   Riley, none of whom I’d                                                                                                              a.m. start. Ahead the lead rid-      politan Area Recumbent Soci-         still smiling as he walked the
                                                   seen for several years.        Ethan Lindley, Jean Seay’s 7-1/2 year old grandson, gets in                                           ers (those who’d wangled a           ety. Shelley was riding his Gold     last distance. It had been fun.
                                                                                   quality time in the cockpit of Jean’s Dragonflyer

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