The Pedaler: February 2016



The Pedaler Newsletter


President's Column

Dear Fellow Members,

Hope you’ve been able to get out and ride this year. January and February are tough months to get motivated to get out of that nice warm bed and into the cold. But, there is no regret once you experience the pleasure of the ride.

Although we were competing with the NFL conference championship games, we had a good turnout for our first Sunday afternoon ride. As a result, we’re going to tax the patience of the football gods again and in a big way. On February 7th, yep - Superbowl Sunday, the club ride will be at Bullis Park, wheels down at 1:00. This should give you plenty of time to get in a nice ride before the festivities begin. Come on - do you really need to watch 16 hours of pre-game shows? Check the website calendar for some other popular rides this month.

This is also a good time of year to give your trusty steed a check up. Do you know that after 1000 miles your bike chain may experience substantial wear? An over-stretched chain can slip when you shift and cause unnecessary wear on your rear gears. A chain is easy to change and much cheaper than replacing your cassette. There are many websites and YouTube videos on the subject. The chain is just one component which should be checked regularly. Take your bike to your local bike shop and have them give it the once-over. You’ll want a well-tuned machine when you start the heavy riding season.

Service Opportunities: I know we’ve all heard endless appeals for ride starters so I won’t belabor that although we’re always in need of them. It’s as true for the Wheelmen as it is for any volunteer organization, 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people. This club - YOUR club, continues on toward it’s fifth decade because of those who have served in the past and those who serve today. There are many ways to become involved besides being a ride starter or board member. The club always needs people to help put on social events: the summer picnic, December holiday party and watermelon rides to name a few. And beginning this year, of course, we’ll need help putting on the new Reading & Riding 100 in September. We’ll need rest-stop captains and workers, SAG drivers, registration helpers, route markers and clean-up. Most leadership positions are already filled but as we get closer we’ll be reaching out to the membership to fill these vital roles. Please consider how you might help when the time comes. In most cases it’s just a one day (or half-day) commitment. I hope that most of us could spare that little amount of time to benefit the club as well as our partnered charity, Each One Teach One of San Antonio.

A NOTE TO VISITORS AND GUESTS: We love having visitors! When you attend one of our rides please let the ride starter know you are a visitor so that we may properly greet you. Tell them of your level of riding experience and speed and they can help you connect with the group best fitted for you. We hope you have a great time riding with us and come back again and have a desire to become a member. Please feel free to write me if I can be of service to you:

If you haven’t read it, please check out the great story about the club’s origin in the Rivard Report.

And finally...Nice way to care for a bike... YEESH!

Bill Blackford 

Bicycle Education

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

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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

Upcoming Events

Feb 6:   Boerne
Feb 7:   Bullis PK
Feb 13: Helotes
Feb 14: WHC 
Feb 20: Bullis PK
Feb 21: Krueger

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