Saturday, May 11, 2013

Number One Reason to Belong to a Bike Club

There are dozens and dozens of reasons to belong to a cycling club. You can have friends to ride and race with, to whom you may pretend to be a totally awesome bike racing juggernaut and then - after you are exposed as a not-so-awesome juggernaut - tell lies to about why you are not fit anymore... the list goes on and on.

But one of the best reasons in my mind is the team kit. You get top-quality stuff at good prices and (with any luck at all) it looks good too. So here's the deal:

The club I belong to (A World of Pain in Delaware Ohio) is taking orders for team kit. We're not snobby and figure the more the merrier. So if you can read this you are now part of the team and can order up some snazzy new gear. Congrats!

We buy our stuff from Hincapie Sportswear and I can vouch for the quality. It is really very nice gear. Prices are good because we are buying a lot of stuff at once. We even snuck a PKR logo onto the ass of the shorts. Instructions for ordering are below.

The access code is: aworldofpain

Form there, just choose what you want and you're done. Once the order is all totaled up you'll be contacted by Hincapie to make your payment. The reason why you do not pay immediately is that if we order a lot of product the price might go down. 

The kit design is shown below.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Remember All Those Caps you Bought Last Year?

This time last year, many of us were dealing with the passing of our friend, Giuseppe "Beppe" Maino. Beppe died on the Richland B and O bike trail after accidentally slamming into a center bollard on the trail. Our friend's death galvanized the cycling community in Mansfield to adopt a unified front that demanded a re-thinking of bollards on the B and O. We wrote letters, raised some money, and two men stood up to take the lead in working with city government to make a change. Paul Bender of Richland Moves! and Pete Medek led the effort that began twelve months ago and resulted in a unanimous decision by the Parks Board to remove all center bollards from the length of the B and O trail and upgrade the signage on the trail. Below is a message I received from Pete Medek recently giving me an update on how things are going. Thought you guys would like to know. When you see Pete and Paul, make sure to thank them for the hard work they have done to make this happen.

p.s. The dough we raised during our cap sale is waiting patiently to either help fund necessary safety equipment during the trail upgrade or to be used in some other way to memorialize Giuseppe. We'll let everyone know once the dollars have been allocated.

Hi Jay,

The park board had originally intended for the bollard removal to be completed by March 1. But Paul and I pointed out that a number of the crossroads along the trail have no "No Motor Vehicle" signs or anything else to signal drivers not to drive onto the trail. In those locations the bollards are serving that purpose.

So the next step was to do a sign inventory to see how many were needed. That turned into a complete signage upgrade, as it was found that some stops signs were faded out, missing, etc.

So I worked up a quote for the board which was approved in early March, I think. They approved up to $6k for new trail signs and gave Richland Moves! permission to handle the installation. I should mention that Paul and I lobbied for improving the effectiveness of the signs as well. That lead to a new (custom) sign being approved as well (see attached).

We are going to check out a few different sized mock ups of the new custom sign that we are going to use. Once we do that we can place the order for all the signs, posts and hardware we need.
Also, not that sign installation is rocket science or anything... but if you know anyone with experience in that area, let me know as well. We want our volunteer installers to do a first rate job. So any installation tips and tricks would be appreciated.

Pete Medek