Chilly Drizzles for GMR

While we had about 25 riders planning to go, cold drizzle and fog caused many of our riders to skip Glendora Mountain Road on May 12th.  Eleven intrepid riders set off from Boulder Springs Drive in Glendora to tackle the mountain and earn their Rule #9 bonafides.    

The first climb to the maintenance shack was 8 miles and about 2,000 feet, with fog and drizzle all the way.  From the shack to Mt. Baldy Village was only partly drizzly, but as the elevation approached 5,000 feet, the temperature dropped to the low 40s.  The descent into Mt. Baldy Village was chilly to say the least.   Keld Olsen and Gary Erhlich elected to go on to the ski lifts, another 4.5 miles and 2,100 more feet of climbing, while the rest of us headed to the Mt. Baldy Lodge for coffee next to the fireplace.  The lodge now features wi-fi, so while warming up and drying out we checked the weather – 40s along Glendora Ridge Road, vs. a relatively balmy 60 degrees down in Claremont, the executive decision was made to ride straight down Mt. Baldy Road to get into warmer weather FAST.  

And fast it was, and within 10 minutes we hit warmer air and had a pleasant ride down the mountain and back to Glendora along Route 66.  For the main group we finished up with 41 miles and 5,000 feet.  Keld and Gary went to the lifts and back down the ridge, finishing up with 53 miles and 7,500 feet.  

We will try to schedule another GMR ride in hopefully better weather!

Riders were – Alex Lim, Bert Ohlig, Gary Erhlich, Jeff Cheechov, Jim Norman, John Condia, Keld Olsen,  Marty Herrington, Matt Braley, Seth Challenger, Tom Skelley,

 At the village, Matt Braley, Jim Norman, Seth Challenger (guest) and Tom Skelley.

At the village, Matt Braley, Jim Norman, Seth Challenger (guest) and Tom Skelley.

 At the maintenance schack, Jim Norman, Jeff Cheechov, Alex Lim, Seth Challenger, Matt Braley, Tom Skelley.

At the maintenance schack, Jim Norman, Jeff Cheechov, Alex Lim, Seth Challenger, Matt Braley, Tom Skelley.

Rest in Peace Arlene Sheff

It is with sadness that we report the death of Arline, Sheff, wife of Richard Sheff and know n to many of us as the diligent coordinator of many Savvy Cycling tours over the past years.
Here is Richards post:

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At this date, no services are planned yet - Arlene donated her body to science.

BCI renews it's membership of CABO

At the April Board Meeting we authorized renewing our membership in the California Association of Bicycle Organizations. This coalition of cycling advocates has been fighting for preservation of our right to ride in traffic since 1972, and worked hard to establish the state's laws on cycling with CalTrans and our Department of Transportation.
The Vice President of CABO, Pete Van Nuys, is scheduled to present their recent efforts on our behalf at our June General Meeting. 
Individuals are invited to support CABO in addition to our club's affiliation. See their membership information at http://www.cabobike.org/membership/

Erwin Fox misses his own 90th Birthday Gathering

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A large group gathered at the usual Wednesday location in Fashion Island to wish a Happy 90th to Erwin Fox - but he did not show up... Frank Liger drove the route toward Erwin's house & found police just clearing a crash site - He unfortunately had a mis-step & took a spill on his way over and was transported to Hoag ER for a full day of frustration and waiting for them to release him! 

 Erwin NOT celebrating his 90th Birthday teh way he intended!

Erwin NOT celebrating his 90th Birthday teh way he intended!

Thankfully it was Jennifer Short's birthday and she was logging 75 KM for her 75th so we did get to sing & eat the birthday cake!

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Bill & Dev Sellin tried to give him a ride home, found him in a foul mood - still wearing his hemet & ready to go but not being released. They hung around until 3:00 hoping to get him home, sat & read his birthday cards to him & hovered waiting for his release - but with a slight fever, cough & dehydration, they were running tests, had him on an IV and did not let him out until after 5:30 when Patti Clasen fetched him to take him home.

If you don’t already have it - his address & phone are below:
519 Carnation, Corona Del Mar, 92625-2016
Phone: (949) 673-5775‬

Bicycle Tree Donation Drive

In addition to parts and jerseys brought to our Annual Holiday Potluck - a big load of parts, helmets, shoes, clothes a frame and a complete bike showed up at today's BCI Saturday Ride - It took Bill & Dev Sellin's van & Paul Haussler's truck to get everything to Santa Ana this afternoon!
Thanks to everyone who brought in spare parts & clotehs, especially Jerri & Gordon Van Houten who brought BAGS of clothes, helmets, shoes & cleared out a lot of their garage space, and Paul & Tara Maull who brought clothes and a Puch fixed gear bike! 

The Bicycle Tree is a non-profit center in Santa Ana focusing on low-income kids and young adults. 

if you are shopping for parts to fix a retro bike, want to pick up a used kids bike or thrasher to commute on, or want to shop for a great selection of small & medium jerseys - check out their store front location in Santa Ana!

Thanks to Tommie Kozlov for spear heading this BCI effort!

 No room left for Bill & Dev's bikes to get home!

No room left for Bill & Dev's bikes to get home!

 Paul Nagel happily filling out a donation receipt!

Paul Nagel happily filling out a donation receipt!

 Inventory & sorting to add to the resale racks and parts bins at the Bicycle Tree

Inventory & sorting to add to the resale racks and parts bins at the Bicycle Tree

 Paul Maull's Tall Yellow Fixie will be a hit & soon to be seen cruising around Santa Ana with a new owner!

Paul Maull's Tall Yellow Fixie will be a hit & soon to be seen cruising around Santa Ana with a new owner!

Holiday Potluck Gift Drive

 Mike Farrell, Jane Schrenzel, Deby Six, Maya Ziegler, Beth Sher, Alice Fascella & Tommie Kozlov led the team in coordinating a fabulous pot luck feast 

Mike Farrell, Jane Schrenzel, Deby Six, Maya Ziegler, Beth Sher, Alice Fascella & Tommie Kozlov led the team in coordinating a fabulous pot luck feast 

In addition to sharing a good time, great food and community on November 18th, over $700 in gift cards were donated for families in need, distributed during the holidays by Families Forward.  Here is their thank you letter to BCI:

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New Jersey & Kits Available

At our October meeting we sampled the fabric choices & tried on sizing kits for our pre-order sizing. Our 'Store' - the window for ordering custom kits closed on October 23rd (the next chance to order is TBD but will likely not be before January 2018).
Jerseys are scheduled to be delivered in early December & will be brought to the BCI Membership Meeting on the 13th.  If you can't make the meeting on the 13th they will be available for pick up at Trails End Cycling Center. 

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The New Kits have begun showing up at rides - next order option wil be announced soon!

Second Sunday Sufferfest – October 8th

Six intrepid riders took on the challenge and completed the Second Sunday Sufferfest with 6 summits along the way – Jamboree, Canyon View, Cannon, Serrano, Imperial Highway and La Loma/Redhill.

The overall route was 41 miles with about 2,600 feet of climbing.  Imperial Highway up from Nohl Ranch was a real delight, with a 0.7 mile ascent that averaged 11% plus, with a few sections 13% grade. 

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Come out the second Sunday of each month to join BCI riders on some of OC’s most epic climbs!

 Pictured from L to R – Alex Lim, Joe Lock, Jeff Cheechov, Jim Norman and Vince Wilhelm (John Sideri not pictured). Photo credit Alex Lim.

Pictured from L to R – Alex Lim, Joe Lock, Jeff Cheechov, Jim Norman and Vince Wilhelm (John Sideri not pictured).
Photo credit Alex Lim.

Gary Thomsen

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We are sad to report that Gary Thomsen, BCI Member #4290 died while on the Tuesday Ride this week on Laguna Canyon Road.
He joined BCI in April 2010 and just celebrated his 78th birthday on June 14th. 

There may have been a medical situation before he impacted the back of a CalTrans truck that was stopped on the shoulder of the road, and after effort to revive him failed, he was pronounced dead at the hospital.  

Our deepest condolences to Fern, his widow, their family & loved ones, and all the friends of Gary.

Sandi & John Carpenter are neighbors and close friends & have provided this brief remembrance an photo of Gary & Fern:

Gary and Fern were married for 54 years.  They have three children and two grandsons.

He was always athletic, played football in college, then began running and after
retiring from IBM he became an active cyclist.  He loved working on bikes and decided to go to the Barnett Bicycle Institute in Colorado Springs Colorado and be certified.  He volunteered at the Bone Adventure Dog Day Care Center  for many years.  He and Leigh loved to travel.

Gary being the kind, gentle person became our local go-to bike mechanic in the neighborhood as he was always willing to help.  He was dubbed the "Fix bike for a beer" man.

He will be deeply missed by many.

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The Register published a brief report of the news, http://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/26/bicyclist-78-dies-in-irvine-after-hitting-parked-car/ and word is just getting to many of the BCI family.

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 Thanks to Randy @ Trails End for the frame, BCI for the paint, sign, flowers & chain & Bill & Dev for placement early October 1st, near the spot Gary crashed on the Class 3 Bike Route on Sept 26th.   

Thanks to Randy @ Trails End for the frame, BCI for the paint, sign, flowers & chain & Bill & Dev for placement early October 1st, near the spot Gary crashed on the Class 3 Bike Route on Sept 26th.   

Update: Gary was laid to rest in a small ceremony on Sunday, October 1st.
A "celebration of life" event will be scheduled in the future.
Autopsy indicated Blunt Force Trauma as cause of his death.
His Ghost Bike has received many loving visits:

 Monday, October 9

Monday, October 9

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Summer BBQ

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Penny Poorman pulled her team of Paul Hausler & Communications Director Bill Sellin together again to serve up some burgers to BCI on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Extra help from Beth Sher, Hospitality Director Jane Schrenzel, Laurie Ostrow, and Alice Fascella kept the line moving & riders happy. We started the ride a bit later than last year - and Bill modified the routes to add a few miles to get the riders back AFTER the fire was ready & burgers were cooking and the timing worked out very well. President Mike Farrell helped with the clean up & loading & other than a few no shows who owe for burgers we prepped, we had enough for everyone who wanted one, serving 83!
Here are photos Communications Director Bill SellinDirector at Large Alex Lim took:

(Lost & Found - Bill has one right hand Pearl Izumi gel black glove left behind at the gazebo!)

2017 OC Bicycle Rally a Hit!

 Coordinators Bob Fairfield & Monica McCarthy along with BCI's Hospitality Director Jane Schrenzel & Membership Director Deby Six

Coordinators Bob Fairfield & Monica McCarthy
along with BCI's Hospitality Director Jane Schrenzel & Membership Director Deby Six

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 A cool & cloudy morning start to the Annual event, held this year in Heritage Park where ample parking and the large picnic area were a better fit for the crowd of cyclists rolling out in waves on the routes offered. In addition to the four leads pictured above, thanks to Ride Coordinator Jim Norman who modified all 4 routes for 2107 and Communications Director Bill Sellin who called out the ride starts and crowd control in the morning. Event details are still on our calendar,  and below is a collection of photos from the starts.