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:
http://www.pinelandsalliance.org/exploration/ppaprograms/tourdepines/

For other PPA programs and information visit:
http://www.pinelandsalliance.org

I hope to see some of you in the pines!

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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.

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: http://pa.audubon.org/bird-town.

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

Surf & Turf Club Ride – Sept. 12

I’d like to invite you to join the Delaware Valley Trike Riders’ Club on our first Coastal NJ club ride on September 12, 2015, starting at 9:30 AM, sharp. This is a round-trip (out and back) ride starting from “7 Presidents Park” in Long Branch NJ to the “Sandy Hook Lighthouse” at the Gateway National Recreation Area and back. This ride is little less than 25 miles and will be led at about a 12-14 MPH average speed over mostly flat terrain. We will take a quick break near the lighthouse for a rest and a snack at one of the snack bars on Sandy Hook. After the ride we hope you can join us for lunch at Kaya’s Vegetarian Kitchen, 10 miles south, in Belmar NJ. This ride is suitable for all cycle types.

Note: This ride supersedes the Odd Sunday ride previously scheduled on Sept. 13.

Registration:
Registration is the only way to receive updates, schedule changes or cancellations – so 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 PM, September 6, 2015. Sorry for the advance reservation time but I need this to properly accommodate my work schedule. This is a fair-weather event. Please include your phone number with your registration – if Ride Is Canceled, I will call registered riders, or text you if you prefer, between 6:00 and 6:30 PM on the day before the ride (sooner if conditions are clearly dreadful).

Key Points:
• Date: Friday, September 12, 2015.
• Start Time: 9:30 AM.
• Start Location: Entrance on Joline Ave at Ocean Ave, Long Branch, NJ 07740 (exactly at: 40.313510, -73.978705, and very close to: 246 Ocean Avenue)
• Distance: Approximately 25 miles (may vary slightly due to national park trail conditions).
• Speed: 12-14+ MPH average with opportunities for sprints. Note: If we have only faster riders, we will ride faster.
• Duration: approximately 3 Hrs. rolling & resting
• Road Surface: All paved with incidental sand on bike friendly highways and multi-use trails.
• Support: We will stop for break downs but you must have your own supplies.
• Restroom: Access available at start and turnaround.
• Food: Vendors likely at Sandy Hook, many options in Long Branch, recommended: Kaya’s Kitchen Vegetarian Restaurant, 1000 Main St, Belmar, NJ 07719 – entrance on 10th St).
Please familiarize yourself with Preparation Guidelines and Rules for Club Rides.
Trip Sheet, and Map are available for you to print at home.

Cautionary Note:
This is a summer season ride so please prepare for yourself accordingly: adequate hydration, snack, protection from sun, etc.
Each rider is responsible for their own safety and supplies for repairs.

Geo-Coordinates:
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park: 40.313510, -73.978705
Sandy Hook Lighthouse: 40.461645, -74.002153

I look forward to riding with you soon!
Wayne K

Odd Sunday Sundae Rides

I want to extend an invitation to our Delaware Valley Trike Riders’ Club members and our other cycling friends and family to join an informal and nearly bi-weekly cardio-training* ride, beginning Sunday, August 9, 2015, from Lambertville, NJ to Frenchtown, NJ and back. On odd-dated Sundays I’m moving my training ride to this location. Making use of both the D&R trail and Rte. 29, the total route is about 30 miles long, moving at a baseline pace between 11 and 13 MPH (on the gravel surface**), the ride is often punctuated with higher-speed sprints throughout. Speeds on the highway will be somewhat faster. During August, this ride begins at 8:00 AM.

*Note: This is not a leisurely ride. This ride is meant to produce a cardio challenge resulting in increased heart rate, lots of sweat and overall fatigue while increasing strength and stamina.
**Note: Riding on gravel requires about 20% more energy than riding on a smoothly paved surface.

Warning: Consultation with your trusted physician should be seriously considered before attempting this strenuous exercise activity.

I will be taking a brief rest break in Frenchtown, snacking at Maria’s Cafe, before returning.

This will be a regularly scheduled ride that I hope you can participate in. The only times that this ride will be canceled will be when the date conflicts with one of our monthly club rides or if the weather is bad.

Registration is not necessary but it is encouraged. If I know you are coming and you are running a few minutes late, I’ll wait.

Start Location Details:
Parking is available in a small lot located on River Road, a couple hundred feet south from the Rte. 202 exit for Rte. 29, for “Lambertville & Stockton.” This is the first exit when crossing the Delaware River from PA into NJ, the last exit in NJ before crossing into PA.
Geo Location: 40.380023, -74.951699

I look forward to riding with with you.
Wayne K