We’ve updated the News page to present the up-to-date Bike headlines and links to the entire articles. Check it out here.
Our online page which uses PayPal is now up. Here it is. (Of course you can still join/renew by mail).
If you want to help make our events successful, navigate here and see how you can help. You would be surprised how many people it takes. We ask every member to forgo one ride a year and volunteer. It can be a lot of fun too.
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Project Hope - 35 miles (Road) - Christian Support Center - starts at Frisco Trail Mini Storage, 4175 N. Willard Rd., Spfd
Tour de Crawdad - 22, 42, 62 mile options - Champions Committed to Kids - starts at Carnahan-White Fencing, 1845 S State Hwy MM, Spfd, 65802 - more info here
Java Tour (Monett) - 33, 50 mile options - Flat Tire gang - Rest stops at local coffee shops along the way - more info here
“Ray reported a ‘super’ turnout for New Years Day-37 people. The only mishap was that Hugh Harris broke a derailleur cable just this side of Northview. He finished the last 20 miles by holding the cable between his teeth and pulling his head up to change gears! Ray says he has an appointment with Dianne to work on his neck. Talk about Hard Core!”
The preceding was taken from the January 1998 Tube. It is a typical, if somewhat shorter than usual, article shared with Tube readers during a couple of decades. Ray Wageman gave his take on Springbike events sprinkled with memories of landmarks along the way and always injected with fun. Above all, Ray’s presence made things fun. If you have seen his obit in the News-Leader, the picture of him riding his bike backwards captured his spirit. That obit is quite long (Ray lived a Big life), but one line describes him as “outrageous, mischievous, funny, clever, sometimes irreverent, direct, and magnetic.” That pretty well sums it up.
Thanks to Tom Gourley for the above. See the full Obituary here.
Perhaps you know we've had a growing Facebook presence for a while. Just look for Springbikeclub. Although we also have a Twitter accounr, it hasn't had very much activity. So... perhaps a little promotion is in order. How about a few pertinent Twitter hashtags.
Want to alert Springbike members of a dog to watch out for? Lets use the hashtag #sb_dog - and if you want to alert Springbike members of a road closing, bad pavement, detour, etc. Lets use the hashtag #sb_road
Let's see if it catches on...
We had six entries at the Chili Ride Chili Cookoff and here are the results:
1st place - Dave Christiano
2nd place - Jean Meyer
3rd place - Kyle Shirrell
Based upon the membership survey that was recently conducted in which the biggest reason given for joining was the major rides (New Year’s, Superbowl, St Pat’s, Chili, Dogwood, Queen City and Fall Metric), as well as the number of riders that have been participating, the Board of Directors for Springbike is making some changes for the upcoming year regarding these 3 major rides: Chili Ride, Dogwood and Fall Metric. These changes include:
No manned Rest Stops. The survey results indicated a majority wanted these rides to be Show & Go rides, like the New Year’s Day, Superbowl and St. Pat’s Rides, which do not have manned rest stops. Since most rest stop locations were at Convenience Stores on these three rides, just remember to pack some money if you want a Gatorade and/or a snack.
Likewise, Mechanical and Roving SAG have been eliminated. We will continue to have an Emergency SAG driver who will be stationed at one of the old rest stops making it relatively easy to go and pick up any cyclist who, for whatever reason, decides he/she cannot finish the ride and needs to be returned to the start. Keep in mind that with only one such driver, you may have to wait a little while until he/she can get to you, but it beats having to call your spouse to come and get you. We will no longer have Sunshine and A&B Cycles at the start and along the routes.
We have changed the cost for the rides. We have lowered the cost of the Chili ride to $5 (from $10). We will continue to have the chili lunch afterwards, but are trying to make it more of a contest with 1st Prize being $50, 2nd being $25 and 3rd being $15. Stick around afterwards and sample all of the chili while visiting with your fellow cyclists at the start of a new season. The Dogwood is now a member’s only ride and is FREE. The cookout afterwards will still happen, enjoy it if you want. The Fall Metric has been member’s only and it too is now FREE and includes the cookout afterward. Some members wanted to drop the meals all together and be free, while others wanted to keep them. This hopefully is the best of both.
None of these changes affect the Queen City which will continue to be a fully supported ride with manned rest stops and SAG drivers as well as the mechanical SAG provided by the bike shops. We are exploring ways to try and make the Queen City a much larger ride, but it won’t happen overnight or without your support.
Another change, well actually addition this year, which should help address some of the comments made in the survey regarding beginner riders, is that Sunshine Bike Shop will be hosting a Third Thursday Ride each month, obviously on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Anyone is welcome, but it is designed for new, beginner riders. It will leave from Sunshine Bike Shop after they close at 6 PM and will follow Springfield Bike Routes down to the Galloway Trail and then out to the old iron bridge. For the return trip, they can just reverse it, or as they become more accustomed to riding on the road, they can follow Springfield Bike routes up Brunswick, Gasconade and Ingram Mill. Roundtrip is 12.5 miles. A&B Cycles is considering a similar ride perhaps starting from the South Creek Trailhead at National and Sunset where they can have their SAG van. In both cases, someone new to cycling can be sure air is in the tires and if needed, someone can show them how to change a tube when it becomes necessary.
Family oriented rides will have an opportunity this year as well. One of our members is willing to lead a Tuesday night north Family Ride once a month, the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Tuesday Night North leaves from Pleasant View School at FR 171 and AA and goes to Strafford and back. He already does a shortened version of that, leading his grandchildren and has offered to have other families join him, whether you are pulling a trailer, a tag-a-long or have kids riding their own bikes. This ride will be 6-8 miles long and will start in May. Afterwards, the kids can play a little on the playground equipment at the school.
Speaking of beginner rides, we always need volunteers willing to take a little more time from their ride to ride with new riders/new members (who may be new to the area). If you regularly ride one of the weeknight rides, would you be willing to be a ride leader? All that it takes is 4 people for each night taking turns, one week a month and we can be sure that any new rider can learn the route, maybe pick up a few tips and have a great experience riding around the Queen City. You can volunteer on the website under the volunteer tab.
We’ve had a web page for route planning with maps for a long time (hidden under
the Special Interest Tab above), but Ozark Greenways has put up a new web site, LetsGoSmart.org that really does have great up-to-date information.
The following Springbike jerseys are available: Male 2-Large; 5-Medium; 2-Small Female 3-Medium; 1-Small They are available for purchase ($40 each). Contact Bill Alter, , cell 861-3822. We may place an order for jerseys in the fall. If you are interested in ordering one, please contact Bill. (Prices may be higher).
Go to our Rides Archives Page. . here you’ll find the maps, cue sheets, and .gpx files. We can’t say that the road markings are all still there but you will have the cue sheets and maps.