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 http://dvbc.org/event/40th-annual-bonkers-tour/  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


2016 Service Reminder

With the delayed onset of traditional winter weather I hope that our fellow Delaware Valley Trike Riders have been able to add some extra miles to their season! Now that the colder north winds are beginning to make their presence known, in this new year of 2016, it might be a good time to consider having your machine serviced to get ready for a carefree riding experience this spring.

If you are more into the DIY scene then take a look back at a couple of archived articles on preparing mechanically and preparing safely before hitting the trails and highways this spring.

Whether you do your own tune-up or make use of one of the fine mechanics in our area – you might also consider what upgrades you might like to make. Some of those to consider might be for comfort – like adding a head rest, seat and lumbar supports or even more flexible or seasonally appropriate clothing. Safety items are often overlooked until the last minute, such as a new headlamp, clip-less pedals, a comfortable helmet or a flag.

I hope this year that more members will find opportunities to join the club rides in our area. If you have a particular favorite you would like to ride again, or you would like to share a knowledge of a ride with your fellow members – even those that are planed by others for charity or pleasure – please let us know.

Happy New Year, and I hope to ride with you soon!
Wayne K

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.

Stockton – Frenchtown “Do Over” Club Ride

This post was edited on 6/18/2015 to correct the name of the trail. We will be riding the D&R trail in New Jersey to Frenchtown, not the D&L trail in Pennsylvania. 

I would like to invite you to join our Delaware Valley Trike Riders’ Club “Do Over” ride on Saturday, June 20, 2015 (starting 9:30 AM sharp). There were a few disappointed members who missed our first ride this season and a few new members requesting a Saturday ride, so this will be our second-chance “Do Over” ride. Starting in Stockton, NJ (at the Prallsville Mills/Stockton Visitor’s Center) we will cycle north along the D&R (mistakenly referred to as “D&L” when originally posted) Canal trail to Frenchtown, NJ, returning via Rte. 29. While in Frenchtown, we will take a brief break at Marie’s Cafe (snack, restroom, stretch) before returning.

Please Register your intent to ride via email or phone or a comment to this post (please include your phone number, it will remain protected), by 8:00 AM, Friday, June 19, 2015. This is a fair-weather event and trail conditions may be affected by heavy rain within 24 hours prior to ride. Please include your phone number with your registration – if Ride Is Canceled, I will call you, or text you if you prefer, between 6:00 and 6:30 AM on the day of the ride (sooner if conditions are clearly dreadful).

Key Points:
Arrive early – After a brief introduction the Ride Starts at 09:30 AM sharp, Saturday, June 20, 2015. This is a 24 mile round trip, and is mostly flat. Average speed: 10 mph (faster speeds when on highway return leg). Mixed trail surfaces: bike-friendly highway, paved trail, hard-pack gravel, hard-pack dirt with spotty grass. Mostly shaded and tree-lined closely following the Delaware River. No one left behind and we will stop for breakdowns. There are several opportunities for breakaway sprints. Several restroom opportunities are available along the trail.

Please familiarize yourself with Preparation Guidelines and Rules for Club Rides.
Trip Sheet, and Map are available (but you likely won’t need it for this ride).

Cautionary Note:
This is a summer season ride so please prepare for yourself accordingly: adequate hydration, snack/power bars and protection from sun.

Prallsville Mills/Stockton NJ Visitor’s Center: (40.409095, -74.984901)
Frenchtown NJ: (40.526301, -75.063015)

I look forward to riding with you!
Wayne K

Challenging Tyler State Park Ride Report

I’m offering this report to my fellow members of the Delaware Valley Trike Riders Club. As I write this I’m still catching my breath. Note: if anyone is interested in joining me next time – please let me know of your interest – I will be riding this again while applying what I’ve learned from this attempt. Just bring a strong heart, strong legs and a strong will to succeed. That is about all I had with me and it was great fun!

A few DVTR members, who I’ve not had the chance to ride with yet, have hinted that they were looking for a ride that was challenging. In an effort to find such a ride I visited some well known and beautifully paved trails that run through Tyler State Park in Newtown, PA. If you are looking for a challenge, this is the place… particularly for recumbent trikes. Tyler State Park offers about 10.5 miles of paved, cycle-friendly trails that seem as though they are all uphill.

I mapped out roughly a 9-mile route so that the steepest grades were on the down slope and set out early in the morning in order to beat the heat (it was very warm when I got there and warmer still when I finished). As I was preparing my trike after parking, I began mentally reviewing over all of the advice I had heard from others regarding challenging, novel rides:
• Start with a carbo-load
• Pace yourself
• Hydrate often
• Take a break at the plateaus
• Remind yourself “This is not a race”
• Take in some of the beautiful scenery along the way

I scored 1 out of 6 for myself. I skipped my toast and honey because I wasn’t feeling hungry after loading the trike (it was *very* humid at 6:00 AM and I just didn’t feel like eating when the deed was done). I was very excited to ride on a paved surface so I just took off like kid on the last day of school (I’ve been triking gravel trails almost exclusively). I did drink, but maybe not enough on a day like today (I probably should have mixed my raspberry electrolytes before I left home). Admittedly, I’m a second-wind person and thought that I could catch my breath sufficiently on the descending trails (“Ride Leader School” says “Always wait at the top of a climb to regroup”). Again, I couldn’t help but to “race” after finding so little friction between me and the smoothly paved road. After all of this, I did somehow notice that the cornfields had matured nicely since my last visit (hiking) and that the Neshaminy Creek was still flowing well in the absence of needed rain, and that most of the folks sharing the trail with me, cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians, were friendly and accommodating (except this one guy who insisted on running the center of the trail with headphones – arrrgh!).

If you’d like to join me on my next, more thoughtfully strategic attempt, here are some statistics to help you decide (this WILL be a challenge no matter what your training has been):
• 9+ miles – about 6.5 of them uphill
• 445 foot elevation gain
• 7.5% Max uphill grade (granny-gear all the way!)
• 25+ MPH downhill coasting
• Average Speed was 9.8 MPH

Following this post, I’ll announce another ride for this upcoming weekend.

I look forward to riding with you soon!
Wayne K

Re-cap: Memorial Day Ride 2015

The Delaware Valley Trike Riders’ Club was joined by our friends, members of the MARS (Metropolitan Area Recumbent Society) recumbent riders’ club, on a beautiful Memorial Day morning ride (May 25). Setting out from Morrisville, we followed the D & L towpath to the cemetery at Washington Crossing Park where about 60 soldiers of the Continental Line were interred.

DVTRC and MARS members at the Washington Crossing Cemetery.

DVTRC and MARS members at the Washington Crossing Cemetery.

After paying our respects, we regrouped and headed south, stopping in Yardley for a quick bagel brunch and some shared laughs before returning to Morrisville to say our goodbye’s.

During this ride along the mostly shaded canal we passed dozens of geese with down-covered young goslings, several blue heron, and several species of turtles, red bellied (threatened), bog (endangered), snapping and box turtles.

Upcoming rides will continue to be announced and we hope that you can join us.
Remember, if you would like to lead a ride, or suggest a future ride, please feel free to do so.

I look forward to riding with you soon!
Wayne K

Moment of Remembrance & Appreciation Ride

I would like to invite you to join the Delaware Valley Trike Riders on a Memorial Day round-trip ride from Morrisville to Washington Crossing Park’s Cemetery for Soldiers of the Revolution (Monday, May 25, 2015, 9:30 AM start).

Tucked away along the banks of the Delaware River is a very small, but special cemetery where an unknown number of Continental soldiers are buried. These men, all of them unknown except for one, didn’t die in battle, but their contributions and sacrifices while encamped a few miles north of Trenton, enabled the Continental Army to wage a uniquely decisive attack on British and Hessian troops marking the turning point of the American Revolution.

Cemetery for Fallen Soldiers at Washington Crossing Park

Cemetery for Fallen Soldiers at Washington Crossing Park

The conditions these soldiers faced, including the deprivation of food, equipment and clothing necessary to survive an extremely harsh winter, hastened their deaths from exposure, disease and injuries incurred during previous battles. Most of these men hadn’t been paid in months (increasing hardships for their families at home) yet still they reenlisted for this winter campaign because they understood that the value of life and liberty could only be realized if they could drive the rule of an oppressive and invasive government from their lands.

Please register, with your phone number, for this ride no later than 8:00 PM Sat., May 23, via Text Msg, Phone, email or reply to this post. Ride will be canceled, by phone and/or text, Sunday morning if rain is heavy or sustained.

All cyclists welcome!

• 9:30 AM Depart from Williamson Park, Morrisville PA, 19067 (at the flagpole in parking lot, geo coord: 40.213184, -74.775204).
• Ride North along D&L Canal Trail in Pennsylvania to the cemetery.
• Dismount for a silent moment of remembrance and appreciation.
• Return ride South along the D&L to Yardley, PA for a Bagel Brunch at the Bagel Train (honestly, you haven’t had a bagel until you’ve had a Bagel Train bagel!).
• Return ride South along D&L to Williamson Park in Morrisville, PA.

• 24-mile round trip, leisurely 10-mph pace with occasional sprints, mostly flat. None will be left behind.

I look forward to riding with you!
Wayne K