Group Ride Saturday, October 28: Mission Bay Loop

Hi, Evedybody! (Hi, Dr. Nick!!!)

I planned to send this out last night, but I got side-tracked.

We’ve had to cancel our Saturday rides several times this year due to lack of participation. I have to say, this is frustrating. If anyone has any suggestions for ride routes that you’d like to include in our itinerary to get more riders to join us, please let me know. If there’s a better start time or other details that would benefit our group and increase ridership, let me know that, too. Several of our “regular” riders can’t ride with us for a while for various reasons. We’re down to just a couple of riders who participate every Saturday, plus a few who join us now and then. Our highest turnout a few years ago was 17 riders! Recently, our highest has been about 8 or so. I enjoy riding virtually anywhere, but since I ride my velomobile, I have to haul it down to the starting point for each ride. After loading and unloading at the start, it’s disappointing to have so few riders join us. And then I have to do the same at the end of the ride. This adds time and effort just to get to the rides and back home again. I can’t blame anyone for having a life outside of the group rides, but several of our “ustawuz” regular riders haven’t joined us at all for some time now. Last Saturday we tried a route in North County in hopes of attracting more riders from that area. We had four riders again (including me) who have been riding with the group downtown. I’m beginning to take it personally. Come on, I bathe at least once a month, whether I need it or not!

After the past week of Santa Ana winds, low humidity, and HEAT, the Weather Lady (WL) is now predicting mid- to upper-70s in the Mission Bay area this Saturday, October 28. It’s finally getting closer to normal temperatures for this time of year! Let’s ride the Mission Bay Loop starting at Robb Field at 10:00, with the Rose Canyon/UCSD optional side loop for anyone who is interested in adding some miles. The side loop is optional, though. If some riders want to ride it and others don’t, we can split up and at least one experienced rider will stay with each group. Please arrive at 9:30 or so to set up and talk trikes (and bikes, and velomobiles…). As usual, please LET ME KNOW IF YOU PLAN TO RIDE WITH US AND/OR IF YOU’RE RUNNING LATE. This is important so we can make sure we don’t leave without you. Remember, this is a recreational ride, so no one gets left behind. If you know the route and want to ride on up ahead, please let someone know so we don’t send out a rescue party when we discover you’re missing. If you’re struggling, or have a mechanical failure, or are otherwise unable to keep up or continue on any of our rides, just let someone know and at least one other experienced rider will stay with you to help you get back in the saddle again, or to guide you back to the starting point if you prefer.

Remember, anyone can dehydrate on any ride, in any weather, so bring plenty of water and/or NRG drinks. Bring snacks for a boost along the way, and bring flat repair kits and other tools you may need, sun and/or rain protection, and anything else you might want to make this an enjoyable ride. If you have eAssist, remember to charge your battery (ies). Keep in mind, we are not an official cycling club at this point, but all riders are required to wear helmets, obey all traffic rules/laws, yield to pedestrians, and be otherwise safe when riding with us. But a key point is that we are riding to have fun, and get some exercise while we’re at it. During cooler weather, dress in layers. As it warms up, you may want to remove a layer or two. We’ll be burning calories, so that will warm us up, too. In warmer and sunnier weather, sun block is critical.

**NOTE: Please keep in mind that you’re not going to be dropped (left behind) if you can’t keep up on our rides. On the other hand, you won’t improve your riding skills or your health if you don’t push yourself at least a little each time you ride, whether with our group or on your own. That is not to say that you should overdo it! By all means, take breaks when you need them, and listen to your body! But make sure someone else knows what you’re doing if you’re in a group. It may take time for you to notice improved skills, weight loss, faster average riding times, or other benefits of working harder, but it’ll happen. Always simply coasting along or relying on your granny gears in all conditions is not going to help you keep up with the “big dogs” when the going gets tough. (Getting faster is a good way to keep away from the real big dogs, too.) When crossing some intersections or in other potentially hazardous situations, you may also need to be able to move quickly out of harm’s way. Remember, it’s difficult for another rider to help you ride your own steed up a hill when you’re struggling. The other rider will just be able to stay with you and give moral support. On some hills, it may be best for everyone in the group to ride at his/her own pace and then meet up with the group at the top. Bottom line: working at improving every time you ride will help you in a lot of ways.**

Robb Field is at the terminus of Bacon Street in Ocean Beach. We park across from the tennis courts, a bit past the ball fields. If you need further directions to the starting point, send me an email or a text message and I’ll give you all the gory details separately. Alternatively, check with your favorite on-line mapping site, like Google Maps, MapQuest, etc.

Let’s try to make it a really big group this time. New riders, even on upwrong bicycles, are always welcome, so bring your friends and families.

I hope to see a bunch of you on our ride this Saturday!

Bye, Evedybody! (Bye, Dr. Nick!!!)

Terry Hoppy Dean

T. Ryx Recumbent Trikes

Bike Vault


1322 E. Mission Road

San Marcos, CA 92069

Shop: 760.489.8083

Cell: 760.500.8418

Email: tcd (Please note this new email address. Hoppy is no longer active.)

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