Springbike is a local club whose purpose is to promote
enjoyable safe cycling for its members and community.
Springbike Bicycle Club - Box 9823
Springfield, Missouri 65801
Welcome to Springbike!
Browse our site, tell a friend, and remember, ride safely!
For some, it’s the end of the regular riding season, but for others it never ends and the club begins having their monthly meetings. Our Christmas Party in December will fill in for the regular December meeting. More details will be forthcoming. During this December meeting, we elect the officers for the upcoming year. This year is no different than prior years, we are in need of a few to step up and fill some gaps on the board. We are needing a Ride Coordinator, Vice-President and webmaster. If you are interested or know someone who would be, please send an email to Steve or myself with the info and we can go from there. Please have them submitted by the first of December. Also, if someone has questions about any of the positions, please contact any board members for answers. Steve
I think it’s inevitable that we humans evolve in what we do, what we want to do. Yours truly has tried to be a faithful poster of timely news and information on this web site for about eight years (and a few earlier versions). Both the site and this author are ready to move on to different challenges.
This site isn’t flashy. That’s mostly because I'm not a web designer, but someone with a basic knowledge of html and a bit of scripting. The site is currently maintained within Microsoft Expression Web 4 but need not be limited to that software. The only complex part of the site is the online membership dues and renewal. All the html is heavily commented for ease in debugging where necessary and our web host has exceptional responsive support. My personal goal was to keep the site fresh, with the information you need as a club member and cyclist. I hope I’ve succeeded in that.
That’s about all it takes. We aren’t a business that needs to sell a product in competition with others, although we do compete for the members’ precious time. I will be happy to assist a new webmaster during any reasonable transition period. Please send me an email if you’re interested. Like all other positions in our club, it takes volunteers to make it run. We need you! And yes, maybe it takes more than one. Dave C.
If you aren’t already aware, there are several road closings happening in the area that will affect several of our bike routes this summer. Starting Monday the 18th, you will not be able to cross over Hwy 60 on Farm Road 253. That is being permanently closed as they replace it with an interchange. This is on the Tuesday night south ride. The good news is, riders can take Center street west to the light and cross over there and go through Jamestown, or go east into Rogersville on Center Street and cross at Hwy B/VV (Hardee’s). That intersection is also under construction, but B/VV is supposed to remain open the entire time as Hwy 60 will be going up and over it. Wednesday night rides out of Republic are cancelled for this season. All of the longer routes utilize the Hwy N/T bridge over over I-44. That bridge will no longer exist the weekend after Memorial Day. That project is on a fast track for replacement with it being anticipated to being back open for traffic by the time school starts in the fall and being totally complete by mid October. The detour for vehicular traffic is Hwy 266 to Route B/MM bridge over I-44 to the east. Looking forward to next spring, FR 253 will likely be closed to cyclists as a bridge will be placed over the railroad tracks.
Since you will need to show your membership card to receive the 10% discount at local bike shops and to register for Springbike rides, here’s an easy way to do it. Well this is how for an Android phone (and there are surely other ways). When one of you iPhoners figures it out, send me the procedure and I’ll put it up.
To simplify record keeping, Springbike has re-structured their membership and dues system. From this point forward, all memberships will start, and yearly dues will be payable on March 1, 2016. This includes any members that have joined, or will join this calendar year. The exception is for those holding a 2 year membership which expires after March 1, 2016. These will come due on March 1, 2017.
For the past several years, Gary Ledford has done an amazing job of planning and coordinating all of the Club rides, as well as hauling the Club trailer and cooking at the monthly summer BBQs. Gary has agreed to continue to work in this area, but will not be able to do all of things he has done in the past.
Gary will continue to:
The Club is seeking someone(s) that can be a Co-Ride Coordinator with primary responsibilities as follows:
In successful organizations, someone always steps up and helps. It’s your turn now. Contact President Steve Raper
Perhaps you know we’ve had a growing Facebook presence for a while. Just look for Springbikeclub. Members should have received an invite to our new Private Springbike page. It will mirror somewhat the old page but be a more controlled version where members can participate in a more controlled environment. If you get on Facebook and search for Springbike, you will find both pages. The Private page is “Springbike” while the older public page is “Springbike Bicycle Club.”
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.
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.