The Pedaler:  October 2013


The Pedaler Newsletter

By using Delta Airline's WiFi service, I'm finishing up this month's newsletter on a flight back to San Antonio!  Isn't technology great?  Of course, I am certain that some of you don't see it that way.   

We have a couple of great rides planned for the weekend.  Tomorrow, we'll be at Bullis County Park.  Our ride for Sunday starts at Southside Mission.  If you want to do something different on Sunday, you might want to consider the Spirit of Texas ride in Wimberley.

It's October and that means that our "wheels down" time will change this month.  On October 19th, our ride from Boerne will start at 9 A.M. and we'll continue with that start time until some time in March 2014.

Enjoy the "cooler" weather and have a great weekend.

President's Column
Save a Tree

Let me start this column with a quote:

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” 

― Mahatma Gandhi

As cyclists, we all have probably noticed at some point, the big difference that it makes to ride through a wooded area. Not only because of the drop in temperatures, but also because how we feel energized and in a better mood. 

So, I started to write this column by doing some profound research, well not really. I googled, "How many trees are cut down each year?" The answers vary, but I found that approximately 60,000 square kilometers per year of forest are cut down or about the size of Ireland (poor Ireland and Connecticut are always used for size comparisons), with about 30% of that going to the paper industry. So, why don't we start by taking small steps that will help reduce such devastation? We can introduce small changes in our routines that can make a difference. 

Earlier this year, we posted most of our ride maps in GPS format. As the technology and gadgets continue to improve and get more sophisticated, it makes sense for us to start reducing the use of paper maps for rides with which we are familiar and use the GPS for the occasional turn that "we never remember." Disclaimer, we still recommend taking paper maps for rides with which you are not acquainted.

I used a GPS map for the SAW Century and it worked flawlessly. It gave me the advantage of knowing the next turn and the names of the upcoming roads. I could see the distance to the next turn, the profile, and the distance to the end of the ride, all without stopping.  And, no, I don't have a very expensive GPS, I own a Garmin 500. That's the most popular GPS for cyclists.  If you search online, you can find those at really good prices. The turn-by-turn and map features are very easy to use. I'm going to briefly tell you how I do it. Sorry, I'm no GPS expert, so I can only help you with the Garmin 500.

If you use a website like, you can map any ride. You can also download the GPS files from our website. The idea is to download a .TCX file for the Garmin. That's the best format for turn-by-turn directions on the Edge 500. Once you download it to your computer, connect your Garmin 500 to your computer using the mini USB cable. You'll hear a beep. Wait a few seconds and a pop up screen with open. You can also go to "My Computer." At this point, you should be able to see the Garmin 500 along with other devices and drives. 

Double click on the Garmin 500 to open the folders, double click on the Garmin folder and you'll see another folder called "Courses".  Double click on that one too, then copy the .TCX file there. Unplug your Garmin and turn it on. Wait until it starts and push and hold the lower left button (Page/Menu) for a few seconds. You'll see a menu. With the buttons on the right, you can navigate up and down. Go down to "Training", push the lower left button (Enter), go down to "Courses".  It'll tell you "reading data" and there you'll see the list of courses that you previously copied. Push the "Enter" button on the course name that you want to navigate. You'll see another menu. Select "Do Course". It'll take a few minutes until your Garmin converts the .TCX file to .FIT. 

At this point you'll see a screen with the profile and other info. Now you can navigate between screens with the "enter" button. The next screen shows you a very basic map with a "breadcrumb" line. You are the arrow, follow the breadcrumb and you are ready to go. The next screen shows you turn-by-turn directions. You will be able to use your Garmin as usual. Take a moment to get familiar with the screens.

Well, hopefully that helps save a tree. Thanks and see you on the road.

Jose H. Rojas


2013 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon & 1/2 
This year's RnR Marathon takes place on Sunday, November 17th.  Since the course has changed this year, there is a need for additional bike support.  Miles 19-23 of the full marathon are on the San Antonio Mission Trail from Padre Park to Roosevelt Park.  Cyclists are needed to control access points.  Please contact Orlando Gonzales via e-mail at for details.

Rider Education Series
Our new members should check out our training classes.  The next Road Riding 101 class meets on September 7, 14, 21, and 28.  The Road Riding 201 class meets on October 19 & 26 and November 2 & 9.  These classes provide a great opportunity to meet other riders who may ride at your level and to learn new cycling skills.  Please contact Cliff Hickel for details.

Give to the Reed Lee Fund
Cycling is a wonderful activity that brings many of us great pleasure. For most of us, cycling’s benefits far outweigh its risks. Unfortunately, 2012 brought a dark reminder of the life-altering dangers associated with cycling on the road. Our cycling community experienced multiple cycling-related deaths and at least two accidents that resulted in serious injury.

On November 17, 2012, a San Antonio Wheelmen member, Reed Lee, was involved in an accident that left him paralyzed below the chest, with broken ribs, a punctured lung, and a cracked sternum. Reed’s road to recovery will be challenging and expensive. The San Antonio Wheelmen set up a fund, the Reed Lee Benefit Fund, to help offset some of those expenses. Please find it in your heart to help out another cyclist by going to the site below and donating to the fund. All proceeds from the fund go to Reed Lee.  Please go to and donate.

Renew Your Membership
If you recently received an e-mail about renewing your membership, you can do so on (it supports PayPal) or  You can also complete the membership application, print it, sign it, and mail it to us.  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

New Wheelmen Jersey
The latest Wheelmen jersey has the same great design, but more lightweight material!  Please contact Vicki Smith.

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BMAC Minutes
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