Heat Can Kill!

At the OC Bike Rally we had paramedics take a very experienced BCI rider in to the ER - after some IV fluids he felt much better - Last Tuesday our club ride up to Foothill Ranch was warm - one of our other most experienced club members passed out and was taken by ambulance to the ER to add 2 1/2 liters of fluid... both are recovered now but needed immediate care.

Older people are more vulnerable, but even if you are young and in great shape, heed the warnings of impending heat waves and seriously consider not even riding, or taking a short version, or blow off the scheduled BCI route & ride toward the beach - but remember later when it is hotter you will be crawling back into Irvine.

Hydration means drink a lot of water before you need it - if you are thirsty it's already too late if you need to keep riding. Drink a full bottle of water on the way to the park before the ride, fill up & sip constantly as you ride. It's not just the sweating that will take you down, it is mostly evaporation from breathing hard while riding, and the movement through the air drys off your skin so fast you don't even know how much you are sweating.

The worst is that you begin to get loopy and won't know when to stop; so look out for each other - your biking buddy may be suffering & you could be a life saver so look out for each other!

Here is a chart explaining Heat Related Illness courtesy of your Centers for Disease Control:

 see https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html

see https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html

In addition: Board Member Randy Profeta offers this overview of cycling hydration

The Causes of Muscle Cramping
Interestingly, medical science really does not know exactly what causes muscle cramping. There are lots of theories about it and many ways to help avoid them, but no one really knows exactly how or why they occur. Here are some thoughts about keeping cramps in check.

Hydration and Electrolytes.
Many is the century rider who thinks that drowning themselves the day before a long ride will benefit their hydration and help stave off cramps. This is not really correct. Getting enough water for a long ride does not start the day before the event. In fact, many Americans are dehydrated; we are not drinking enough water!

So how much water should you consume each day? A good rule is to drink a ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight...every day. So for a 200 lb rider, that would be 100 ounces of water, or eight 12-ounce bottles of water, every day. Nutritionists say that you will know you are well hydrated if your urine is straw-colored (light in color). And this practice should be followed each day, every day, and not just during race or event week!

When you are on the bike, you generally do not need to consume more than about 24 ounces of water an hour. Forget about trying to replace all the fluids you are losing during a ride. The body loses water through respiration, perspiration, and urination. If you consume too much water, generally more than about 28 ounces of water per hour, you can fall victim to Hyponatremia, commonly called Water Intoxication or Water Poisoning. This is a bad thing. Simply stated, Hyponatremia is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is diluted and pushed outside safe limits by over-hydration. Under normal circumstances, accidentally consuming too much water is exceptionally rare. Water intoxication in normal individuals can be the result of long bouts of intensive exercise during which electrolytes are not properly replenished, yet huge amounts of fluid are being consumed. Sound familiar?

In general, I usually consume about 20 ounces of water an hour while on the bike. During my toughest hot-weather events, I have upped water consumption to 28 ounces an hour and consume fairly large doses of electrolytes each hour. During the Traverse MTB race several years ago, the temperatures on the Main Divide reached 117°and we were fully exposed with no shade. I was taking the maximum dosage of Hammer Endurolytes (an electrolyte capsule) and consuming about 26-28 oz. of water an hour. No cramps. No dehydration.

Most water bottles are between 21 and 24 ounces, so one bottle an hour is about right. Don’t drown yourselves!

Now, onto Electrolytes. Stated simply, electrolytes are critical for nerve and muscle function. Both muscle tissue and neurons (nerve endings) are considered electrical tissues of the body. Electrolytes help conduct electricity in the body. Muscles and neurons are activated by electrolyte activity. Muscle contraction is highly dependent on the presence of these electrolytes and a deficit will usually result in severe muscle weakness or muscle contractions, AKA cramps! Taken to extremes, serious electrolyte disturbances caused by dehydration or over-hydration can result in cardiac or neurological complications and unless treated properly and rapidly resolved, can result in a medical emergency! From a physiological perspective, the primary ions of electrolytes are made up of Sodium (Na), Potassium (K), Magnesium (Mg), Chloride (Cl), and Calcium (Ca).

So, read the labels and make sure that you are getting a well-balanced compliment of electrolytes. I usually take electrolyte capsules, adjusting my intake up or down based on how my muscles feel. Do not rely on sports drinks to provide enough electrolytes. If you look at electrolyte content in some of the most popular sports drinks, you would need to consume 50 to 80 ounce an hour to get enough electrolytes into your system to see any benefit. This is why I like tablets or capsules. I rely on Endurolytes or Endurolytes Extreme by Hammer Nutrition. These are made in capsule form. Hammer has other products, but capsules let me adjust electrolyte replacements up or down quickly.

One more thing: electrolytes are not magic potions and will not take the place of proper training. But not maintaining proper electrolyte balances even in fit athletes will have negative effects.

See you out there!
Randy Profeta

The Prez Sez

Hello BCI Club Members

It has been a while since I have communicated with you all online. I'm not the greatest computer communicator and I get to see most all of you on our Saturday and Tuesday rides so I keep in touch that way. And of course Bill Sellin does such a fantastic job of keeping everyone informed of ongoing events with his bi weekly alerts so everything that needs to be communicated gets out there.

However, today I need to make an announcement to everyone in the club regarding a major change in our statistical membership records.

Effective immediately, we will no longer be maintaining mileage statistics for members. This was decided and voted on at our June 28 Board meeting after discussion at the last two board meetings. Our reasons for this decision are as follows.

First, the maintenance and recording of this information is extremely tedious and time consuming. The statistician must go through every sign in sheet, look up each individual, and record their ride  mileage. That can be anywhere from 8-12 sign in sheets a week, including remote and special rides. Each sign in sheet can have up to 25 names on it The number of individual entries could conceivably be close to 200 in a week. Now granted, about 50% of the members opt to not record their mileage and check the no box, so that reduces the number, but still, it has to be close to 100 per week. That's a lot of work for one individual, especially on a strictly volunteer basis.

Secondly, today's technology with bicycle computers, GPS, Strava, Iphones, and the like, makes the ability for individuals to maintain their own mileage records so simple that keeping club mileage records has become an unnecessary duplication of effort. Additionally, many of us do rides other than BCI rides. I ride 3-4 times a week, and usually 1-2 are BCI rides, so my actual accumulated mileage is not going to be anywhere near what BCI records show.

Please make sure you continue to sign up for your rides. That is still a requirement. All the signup sheets will be maintained and kept for insurance purposes. You must sign in to ride.

Now what that also means is that rewards and announcements at our BCI banquet for the most mileage categories will be discontinued. Since about 99. something % of our riders never qualify I don't think that will a significant loss. Not all riders keep track of their mileage and those who do know what they have accomplished in terms of their individual goals, and their personal recognition of their accomplishments is what really counts.

Also, on this subject, we will now be focusing on re-defining the Statistician Board Position. There have been several suggestions and ideas that will be explored and discussed that will improve and add to the offerings of activities to our members, and we will keep you all aware of what we come up with.

Lastly, I want to make everyone aware that our Director at Large, Desiree Mathos, has resigned her position this week.  Her work responsibilities as a neo-natal RN, plus her duties as a union rep for the nurses union have made it difficult for her to maintain her attendance at monthly board meetings in addition to being unable to volunteer to help in many BCI activities. She wrote a very touching letter of resignation which at Bill's request she consented to have put on our web site. In her six months on the board, she has contributed much to our board activities with her opinions and insights.  I want to include her last comment on her letter here:


"From my perspective, every rider in the club is an unknowing contributor…whether they ride one day a week or five. Green, yellow, or blue. Tandem, or wheels for speed. It is the matrix of these unique riders that shall in some way impact someone else’s riding life…big or small. We throw a stick, we find a teacher. I have learned so much from many. And it is because of these riders who come each time to ride (if even just to ride) that we have such a club. Now isn’t that a wonderful thing?!!   :-))"

In that simple statement Desiree described the nature and description of the core of our club. Thank you Desiree for your service. Thank you for your contributions to our board, simply by your presence and your input. Des and I met in BCI ten years ago and have been close friends and biking partners for all of that time. Desiree will still be an active member of our club and will continue riding with us regularly.

Thank you, BCI members for your continuing participation in our club. You insure our survival simply by showing up and riding regularly. You are what we are all about.

See you on a ride. 


Mike Farrell

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:


At this date, no services are planned yet - Arlene donated her body to science.
There will be a celebration of Arlene's life on Saturday, July 30th.

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


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!


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:


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. 


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


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.


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.

 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


Summer BBQ


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!)