The Pedaler: January 2016



The Pedaler Newsletter


President's Column

Dear Fellow Members,

Here we go with a new year, new board (kind of) and a new ride.

I’d like to take a moment to mention a few folks who have served us in special ways this past year.

After seven years of dedicated service as club treasurer, Jeannette Burris has stepped down. At the Holiday party she was presented with a plaque and gift for her long service to her fellow members. Thanks for everything, Jeannette.

Lori Martinez and Danny Martinez have worked very hard this year, planning and implementing various social activities for the club. Most, if not all of us never see nor can adequately appreciate all the hard work which goes into doing what they do. They don’t do it for the recognition, rather for the benefit and enjoyment of their fellow members. Please take a moment to thank them when you see them at the rides.

Cindy Kuenzi, our Ride Chairperson spends many hours each month composing ride calenders, and pleading for ride starters and ride leaders. This is a tough position which she handles with patience and grace. She serves all of us in this key position so please show her your appreciation. You can drop her a line at: A cold beer after a summer ride would be appreciated too.

Cliff Hickel was the top ride starter this year, hosting 20 of them, many while he was off the bike convalescing from his back surgery. He also oversees our Rider Education Series program.

Italo Samano received a President’s Award at the Holiday Party for his years of service as an instructor in the Rider Education Series and ride leader for various no-drop rides

An now for something really different: 

How about a Sunday afternoon ride? On Sunday, January 24 our club ride will be at Elmendorf at 1:00 pm. Since early mornings in January can be a pretty cold we thought we’d try a couple afternoon rides when it’s a little warmer. Please let us know if you like the idea and would like to see more of them.

Now is the time to start planning your riding calendar.  

Besides the weekly club rides start thinking about the other organized / charity rides you might want to do in 2016.

RAGBRAI (the week-long bike ride across Iowa.) is one of those marquee rides. This is the mother of the cross-state rides and should be on your bucket list. You can do the whole 7 days or pick just a few to do. Either way you’ll enjoy what is sometimes referred to as “Spring Break for Adults”. 

A couple years ago I met a rider from New York and he heaped praise on the TD Five Boro Bike Tour on the first Sunday in May. 40 miles through the 5 boroughs of NYC. If you’ve done this in the past please let us know and perhaps you can write a story of your experience for the Pedaler.

Of course the annual Hotter’N Hell 100 in Wichita Falls, TX in late August is another bucket list ride. It is hot, often windy, flat, not all that pretty but it is a great experience. You gotta do it at least once. 12,000-14,000 riders. Be there by noon on Friday, enjoy the spaghetti dinner carb-load, vendor booths, Finish Line Village and watching the USAC Criterium.

There are many, many others but they will sneak up on you if you don’t start planning now. The Bicycle Rides - Texas is a great place to start looking. At this time of year it probably won’t be up to date for 2016 but it will give you and idea of the rides available, where and when.

And of course put in big red letters on your calendar to attend our own Reading & Riding 100 on September 24th - either as a helper or rider.

And finally...

Here are a few bicycle quotes to start your year:

"Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live." 
Mark Twain, Taming the Bicycle

"She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life."  Susan B. Anthony

"When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realised that the Lord doesn't work that way so I stole one and asked Him to forgive me."  
Emo Philips

"A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle." Gloria Steinem (This is one of my favorite quotes but my wife doesn’t agree and moreover takes great exception to it. I can only attribute her attitude to Stockholm Syndrome.)

Bill Blackford 

2016 SAW Board & Committee Members

Elected Positions





Bill Blackford

Executive Vice President  

Kelly Sile

Vice President Membership

Tony Beauford

Vice President Website Editor

Pedro Balawag

Vice President Social Activities-



Rose Magallanes


Sandy Barsun

Ride Committee Chair

Cindy Kuenzi



Appointed Positions





Jerry Hyndman

Social Events Assistant

Lori Martinez

Social Events Assistant

Danny Martinez

Bicycle Education

Cliff Hickel


John Cox


Cliff Hickel

Map Maker

Kelly Sile

Westside Creek Rep

Abel Gonzales

Westside Alternate                    

Pedro Balawag    

Bicycle Education
Contact Cliff Hickel at to inquire or sign up for the next class starting on March 5th, 2016.

New Members
Bicycling Education

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If you recently received an e-mail about renewing your membership, please visit our membership page.

We need your membership and we're constantly looking for your feedback on how we can improve the club. Please feel free to e-mail your suggestions to Tony Beauford.

Pedro Balawag
VP, Newsletter

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