February 2012 Changing Gears

Contributors: Editor - Adam Bridge, Race Team Editor - Christopher Bowlus
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The February 2012 DBC Newsletter

In this issue:

February Cover: Drive Less. Bike More.

A wonderful piece of graphical artwork by Justin Mezzell. Justin is an illustrator and designer currently based in Orlando, Florida.

President's Message

February 2012 newsletter

New Members - February 2012

DBC welcomes its new members!

2011 Financials and 2012 Budget report

Financial plan for 2012 is presented and summary of 2011 displayed.

New ride series: Hill Climbing for Beginners

We will be doing a series of eight beginning hill climbing rides again this year, beginning on Saturday, Jan. 28, and continuing through April. The rides will be the same eight rides led and organized in Winter 2011 by Deb Ford, this time led by Russell Reagan and Terri Richardson.

March the 0th

President declares leap year’s extra day March 0th.

2012 March Fools Tour

Our traditional end-of-March tour goes from Davis counterclockwise around a loop through Napa and Sonoma counties to the coast, down to San Francisco, across to the East Bay, and back over the Benicia Bridge to Davis. Each day is about 60 miles, for a total of 300 miles over some new terrain for this tour. With the club rating system, some days are C-2 and some are C-3. Of course even more March Madness miles are possible on each of the days.

SABA needs green thumb coordinator

Are you a gardener or fan of native California plants?

2012 San Juan Islands Tour

After a six-year hiatus, Davis Bike Club is returning to an ever-popular tour of the San Juan, Vancouver, and Salt Spring Islands in Washington and British Columbia. As a fixed-base format, rides will vary from the short-easy-flat to the long-mountainous -- something for everybody. Our hubs will be Sidney, BC and Friday Harbor, WA.

DBCRT Juniors Prepare for 2012 Season

If you are out and about and see a mass of argyle kits riding, laughing and looking like they are having a great time, chances are you have just seen some of DBCRT Juniors! Lots of new and exciting things are happening for the 2012 juniors.

Meet new Bike/Pedestrian Coordinator Dave "DK" Kemp

The US BIcycling Hall of Fame at 303 3rd St in Davis will open its doors on Friday Feb 10 from 5.30-7PM so cyclists and pedestrians can meet Dave "DK" Kemp, the new Davis Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator.

Parkinson's Tandem Program

The program is looking for a few good captains to help the local Parkinson's community.

DC volunteers needed

Robin Neuman, director the Double Century, wishes to remind everyone that the DC will be on May 19th, this year, and is eager to hear from volunteers in any and all capacities!

Calistoga School sends thanks for March Bicycle Madness Helmets

The students who received helmets have sent along their thanks.

DBCRT Showdown Smackdown Goes Down

In 2008 the Masters Race Teams were growing and a friendly rivalry developed between the “younger” 35+ squad and the “older” 45+ squad. After some heated smack talk about who was faster, who was tougher, and who had more hair, a showdown was planned by Fred “Walker Texas Ranger” Schnaars to settle the bragging rights. Every January since, the Race Team has had a friendly intra-squad competition.

Anecdotes on Shipping Bikes to Tours

Going on an out-of-town tour? Your bike might travel with you. You might send it separately. Or you might rent or borrow a bike after you get to the tour. Choices. Choices. Any or all may be economical or expensive, easy or stressful. Research choices on the internet. Ask friends for anecdotes. Maybe just roll the dice.

The Birth of Dirt

Northern California bicycle enthusiast and author Frank Berto comes to the US Bicycling Hall of Fame on Sunday Feb 5th to give a presentation about the birth of mountain biking in Marin county California. The talk will run from 2-3PM; Mr Berto will be available afterward to sign books. He plans on bringing copies of the "Birth of Dirt" and "The Dancing Chain" to sell.

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