|Vol 33 l No 3 l March 2019 |
| I’m writing this message as we approach the beginning of March only to see another layer of fresh snow blanket the roads again. But spring is well and truly on its way. While the temperatures and cold air are not indicative, there is a hint of spring approaching soon as the days are getting longer. Yes, soon we will all spring our way to warm outdoor rides that start and end in daylight. As it’s been the tradition, one excellent way to prepare for the spring and commit to outdoor riding is to preregister for the Quad County ride, SCU’s signature ride. The registration for the Quad is now open (register here)! The Quad will be held on Saturday May 18th, taking you through a beautiful terrain starting from Green Lane Park in Montgomery and winding through Berks, Lehigh, and Bucks counties. This year we are offering a nice insulated Polar water bottle decorated with our iconic Quad logo in blue and yellow. You must register by April 14th to claim this gift. Even better, if you register by March 4th, you will receive both the bottle and a discount for registering early! For those who haven’t experienced the Quad, one of the main reasons why this ride stands out from other rides in our area is: 1) You will experience some of the best lightly traveled scenic roads with routes that take you through four of the oldest counties in PA! 2) Our rest stops are famous for being well stocked offering fresh fruits, snacks, trail mix and delicious home baked goods 3) The ride brings you back to Green Lane Park, one of the hidden gems in Montco, for a free lunch suiting the appetite of all. |
Finally, a big shout out goes to the Quad volunteers/committee for devoting their time and efforts!
President of SCU
The 2019 Quad Incentive has Arrived
In case you haven’t heard, this year’s Quad incentive is an insulated Polar water bottle with the Quad logo in SCU colors of blue and yellow. Polar water bottles are double-walled with a foil heat reflector in between. After ordinary water bottles have turned their contents to bath water (yuk!), the water in your Polar water bottle will be cool and refreshing (ahh!).
So how do you get one? There are only three ways you can get an official 2019 Quad Water Bottle:
1. Ride the Quad!
2. Volunteer for the Quad!
3. Bake for the Quad!
Don’t delay – you must register for the Quad by April 14 in order to qualify for the incentive, and discounted early registration ends on March 4.
More details at the SCU website www.suburbancyclists.org
or jump directly to Quad registration via www.ridethequad.com
. The same web page has a link for volunteering/baking. The sample shown is 24 ounce, but 20 ounce sizes will be available to fit smaller bike frames.
March 2019 Club Social
Come celebrate the arrival of Spring and catch
up with your SCU friends!
Friday March 29, 2019
Dinner at 7:00pm
The Phils Tavern
931 Butler Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Phone (215) 543-5664
Please RSVP on Meetup
Members & Guests are responsible
for their own bills & purchases.
- Cash preferred -
Looking for a Way to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day??
Put Down that Guinness and Hop on Your Bike!
Linda McGrane will lead her annual
Pre-St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Ride on Saturday, March 16.
9:30 am - WENTZ RUN PARK TO DUBLIN, BUCKS COUNTY
Level B-: 14mph, 44 miles. Look for Details on Meetup.
Route map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27000068
SHAMROCK SPECIAL: Goodie bags will be awarded to riders wearing Irish green, or, having Irish decorations on their bikes.
Leader: Linda McGrane, email@example.com, 267-251-7862
“Gear Up for Spring” Seminar
All are welcome! BCP is pleased to host this event for our cycling family, to help make our return to early spring bike rides more enjoyable, comfortable, and energy-efficient.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 to 9:00pm. “Happy Hour” starts at 6:30, program starts at 7:00.
WHERE: Giant Bicycles/Village Velo of Bridgeport, 3 Dekalb St, Bridgeport, PA 19405
WEBSITE for the venue: http://www.giantbridgeport.com/us
This bike shop is directly across the Schuylkill River from Norristown. By bike, it is accessible via the SRT. By car, it is accessible via I-76, PA-23, US-202, and Ridge Pk/Main St in Norristown. PUBLIC TRANSIT access includes the Manayunk train line, which stops at the Norristown Transportation Center, directly across the river. The SEPTA 99 bus runs along Dekalb St, and stops in front of the shop.
Physical therapists Kira Sender & Greg Kowal (both are DPTs) will present “spring training” exercises, to
• maximize physical fitness and stamina, and minimize fatigue
• prevent pain and injuries
• maximize the JOY & FUN of returning to early spring riding, after the winter hiatus
A bike mechanic will present spring cleaning & tune-up essentials for our bikes, to
• Optimize performance and energy-efficiency
• Optimize comfort for longer rides
Our bike mechanic will also explain how certain clothing accessories can be helpful during the fickle weather of early spring, when it’s cool in the morning, but warm in the afternoon.
REFRESHMENTS will be served. There will be time for socializing and refreshments from 6:30 to ~7:00. There will be a brief intermission for refreshments between the presentations.
PARKING: There is a large, free, off-street parking lot next to the shop entrance, on DeKalb St.
VOLUNTEERS are NEEDED to help with set-up (5:45pm) and with clean-up at the end of the program. If you are able to volunteer, THANK YOU! Please contact Linda McGrane, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or, 267-251-7862
We hope to see you at “Gear Up for Spring” on March 27!
The Schuylkill River Greenways is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, April 11th from 5:30-8PM at the newly opened Discovery Center in Fairmount Park. Click HERE for more details. The cocktail party will recognize several individuals for their support of the SRG Mission. There will be food, drink, a silent auction and a stunning backdrop of the reservoir.
The mission of the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area is to connect residents, visitors and communities to the Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River Trail by serving as a catalyst for civic engagement and economic development in order to foster stewardship of the watershed and its heritage. Check out SRG's website for more information on the Heritage Center, the Schuylkill River Trail (including interactive maps and trail alerts), the Schuylkill River Water Trail, and much more.
Friday, May 3 to Sunday, May 5, 2019
• Friday & Saturday nights at the Danville Quality Inn. All rooms non-smoking. Mini-gym at hotel.
• Hotel’s meeting room reserved for the whole weekend.
• Complete buffet-style breakfasts Saturday & Sunday [hot dishes included].
• Friday evening Welcome Reception & Hot Dinner Buffet at hotel [6:30 to 9:30pm].
• Tour packets prepared for each guest, with cue sheets, maps brochures, etc.
• Wide array of picturesque routes, terrains, & distances to ride, including off-road trails
• Featured group rides with a leader on Saturday & Sunday
• Adorable country villages, college towns, museums, & an amusement park.
• For cyclists with non-cyclists partners, an ABUNDANCE of fun, non-biking activities
• “Spring Fling” street festival in downtown Danville on Saturday, Mat 7
• A BOUNTY of “portable” cycling snacks to take along on rides [e.g., trail mix, granola bars, etc.]
• Saturday afternoon Post Ride Party [4:30is to 6:30pm]
• Massage therapist at hotel on Saturday afternoon for post-ride rub-downs ($1/minute)
• Saturday dinner at the uniquely elegant Hotel Edison restaurant, private dining room
• Round-trip bus transportation to & from Saturday dinner in Lewisburg
• Sunday afternoon “Wrap-Up & Leftovers” Party
• Two rooms held for late check-out on Sunday for showers/changing
• Music, party games, and raffle prizes
Cost for entire package: “EARLY-BIRD” Registration by Friday, April 5. BCP Members $180/person, double occupancy. Non-members pay $205/person, double occupancy. Registration after April 6, add $20.
for Registration Form.
For additional information, contact:
Linda McGrane, at 267-251-7862, or LindaBCPEvents@yahoo.com
Please give a warm welcome to SCU's newest members
Alan Cohen - Jersey City, NJ
Edward C. Lundgren - Horsham, PA
Robert M. Nelson - Warrington, PA
Acting Century Director
Digital Communications Director
Public Relations Director
Linda A. McGrane
Safety & Legislative Director
Regional Calendar Editor