Tour de Pines 2016

This is a short notice to Delaware Valley Trike Riders and our other cycling friends about the upcoming 2016 Pinelands Preservation Alliance Tour de Pines bike rides scheduled for September 28 through October 2. Each day a different ride, between 45-53 miles each, is offered. These rides take you through several historic towns and through miles of beautiful pine forests. Shorter rides of 22-27 miles are offered Sep. 28th, and Oct. 1st and 2nd. All rides travel nearly flat and very bike friendly roads.

Downloadable GPS files and paper cue sheets are provided. Riders are responsible for their own transportation, food and lodging. All rides start at 9:00 AM.

A Chili & Beer post-tour celebration will be held at PPA’s headquarters. Free to all registered riders, or $10 for others.

Your registration fees, for a single, multiple or full week of rides, goes directly to supporting the important efforts of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

If you can’t make the cycle trip, the Pinelands Preservation Alliance offers several guided tours and hikes through various forest areas and each is lead by a very experienced guide.

For Tour de Pines information visit:

For other PPA programs and information visit:

I hope to see some of you in the pines!


46 mile South Jersey Ride

Hi Everyone, I’m happy to share this ride announcement from our fellow recumbent trike rider and club member, Mike Broennle. It sounds like a great morning ride on very bike friendly roads… and the weather should be perfect! This ride is sponsored by the Delaware Valley Bicycle Club. I hope you can make it!

Here’s the message from Mike:

Hello DelValTrikers,

I would like to invite you to join me this Saturday, May 15 for a 46 mi ride in South Jersey from Newport, crossing the Maurice River, to Woodbine NJ, then return via the same flat roads. While I have not ridden this route, my friend Woody who planned it, tells me the roads are either quiet, bike friendly or have wide shoulders. This is the shortest of 3 routes offered on the Bonkers Tour, a lightly supported ride put on by the Delaware Valley Bicycle Club. The $10 fee is to cover sag support. Cue sheet may be printed out at  Onsite registration also available at the same price.
The weather report this am calls for afternoon rain. I plan to decide whether to eat lunch in Woodbine or return immediately depending on the forecast on Saturday.
Flat roads in a quiet area of southern NJ not far from the Delaware Bay.
Ride begins at 9 am. Arrive by 8:40 am. Sag support till 3 or 4 pm. (I doubt sag service can bring you and your trike back to the start)
Please let me know if you plan to join me.
This is a road ride so bring your tail lights & flags.

Mike Broennle

Giving the Gift of Cycling

If you are thinking about gifting a bicycle to someone you love this holiday season, I hope that you would consider purchasing one from the New Jersey Bike Exchange where you can find some great reconditioned bikes for everyone on your list.

Location: In the Capital Plaza Shopping Center, 1500 North Olden Avenue, Ewing, NJ 08638.
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday Evenings from 5:00 to 7:45, and Saturdays from 10:00 to 3:45.

I’ve been volunteering as a bike mechanic at the Trenton Bike Exchange and right now we have one of the fullest inventories of bikes available for everyone from small children needing training wheels to adult bikes (including road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, even electric assist bikes) as well as a few collectible vintage bikes. All bikes are safe and in great condition – many are like new! Every bike is priced to provide an exceptional value and all of the proceeds are provided to support the fine programs at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County. Many children’s “first bikes” are priced between $5.00 and $15.00!

The New Jersey Bike Exchange has been operating with an all volunteer staff since 2009 and has sold over 12,000 bikes and provided the Boys and Girls Club over $655,000 in funding. In addition to the bike reconditioning and sales activities, the Bike Exchange also provides a program of focused mechanical training to interns from the Boys and Girls Club and provides similar volunteer opportunities to students at local schools and universities.

Bike donations are always welcome! You can drop off your bike at the Trenton Bike Exchange during business hours or at any one of 13 other partner locations in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Bike donation drives are also a great project for students needing community service credits for school or within your faith community or neighborhood. If you are interested in starting a bike donation drive, please contact The Bike Exchange and we can help you get started.

Volunteers are always welcome and positions are available for mechanics, sales and store managers. No Experience is Necessary! If you have the desire we will provide the training. Stop in any time we are open for business and let us show you around.

For additional information:
• New Jersey Bike Exchange.
• Bike Donation or Bike Drive.
• Volunteer Opportunities contact.
• Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County.
• Partner Bike Shops for local drop off.

Henry Hudson Trail Ride w/ friends from Princeton Ski Club

I wanted to pass along this invitation from our friends at the Princeton Ski Club and MARS (Metropolitan Area Recumbent Society) for a short, friendly ride with lunch along the Henry Hudson Trail. This ride will meet up at 10:45 AM and start rolling at 11:00 AM on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. There will likely be a full range of cycle types and everyone is welcome to ride. For more information, please see this Princeton Ski Club brochure. Below is the description from ride leader Steve:


There’s still plenty of nice weather left for biking, so let’s meet in Freehold for our final ride of the season and head north along the Henry Hudson rail trail. This is a good opportunity for those of you in Monmouth County to try one of our rides. We’ll be doing the southern portion of the trail, which is paved and should be suitable for all bikes. This trail segment is about 6 miles long, but there’s the option of extending the ride by continuing further north to the next trail segment. Lunch will be on Rt. 520 near the intersection of Rt. 79, where there are several places to eat.

As usual, we’ll meet at 10:45 AM and plan to start riding around 11. The starting point is at the parking lot for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s office and Care Center, which I think is also known as the John Montgomery Care Center, located at around 115 Dutch Lane Rd. in Freehold [geo coord. map link = 40.270722, -74.259177]. Directions to the Freehold parking lot are on the attached brochure:

For those of you who are new, I’ll be the guy with a long red recumbent bike or yellow tandem recumbent.

I look forward to riding with you soon!
Wayne K

2015 Season Wrap Up

I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the riders who joined us on our 2015 Delaware Valley Trike Riders’ Club rides. Your companionship on the trails this past year was a welcome change to all of the solo rides I’d taken previously.

This past year, 2015, we offered several rides throughout our local region in an attempt to meet as many of our members as we could on their “home trails” – or as close as we could. Things didn’t always work out as planned, but we did get to experience many more trails than we would have without you in mind. We also made some new friends among other biking groups, both the Metro Area Recumbent Society and the Princeton Ski Club were great companions.

For the remainder of this year I’ll likely offer to lead a few ad hoc rides on days when good weather is predicted and if the roads are passible, I’ll be heading out for a Winter Solstice Ride on Tues. December 22, 2015. Odd Sunday Sundae Rides will resume after the 2016 Spring thaw (I’m still riding these interval-sprints but just closer to home).

If you have any ideas or requests for club rides for next year please pass them along now so that we can set a calendar to look forward to.

I look forward to riding again with you soon!
Wayne K

Upcoming Club and Non-Club Rides

Hi, I’d like to take this opportunity to share some dates of interest with the Delaware Valley Trike Riders’ Club members and others regarding some upcoming club rides and rides sponsored by other groups you may find of interest.

If you are a fan of riding the Perkiomen Trail, I encourage you to consider riding the northern section to the Green Lane Park amphitheater on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 11 AM to 3 PM, where the Pennsylvania Audubon society, will be celebrating “Bird Town” in honor of John J. Audubon. This event is free and filled with information on how you and your hometown can choose natural and native green designs for habitats that will support both local resident birds as well as make inviting sanctuaries for migrating birds. This is an excellent family riding opportunity for the whole family with plenty of activities for young children! For more information see:

The Odd Sunday Sundae Ride, also known as the “Exercise in Futility” ride will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015, starting at 8:30 AM. This is a cardio-challenge interval sprint-training ride of about 30 miles, making use of the D&R trail and Rte. 29, from north Lambertville NJ to Frenchtown and back. The “futility” is directly correlated with the amount of ice-cream you eat while in Frenchtown.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) once again will hold their 5-day Tour de Pines rides (Septembrer 30 through October 4). Each day a different route, typically 45 to 50 miles in length, will be led through various areas of the NJ Pinelands. The Delaware Valley Trike Riders Club will be joining the PPA on the final day’s tour, on October 4, 2015, which offers two routes sharing a common map – one being a 27-mile ride, the other a 45-mile ride. Both rides start at the same location, share the same lunch stop (pack your own lunch) and end where they started. Registration for the whole Tour, or just for one ride is only $40.00 ($36.00 for PPA members). Please see Tour de Pines Bicycle Tour for details and registration information. All proceeds go to protecting and preserving this wonderful natural parkland.

More information will be posted as these events draw nearer.

I look forward to riding with you!
Wayne K