Saturday, May 30, 2009
Last week I was biking with Mary Pat and she had a nifty bike bag, a Trek Handlebar bag (as pictured above) I bought one and put it on my bike. I wanted something a little bigger for when I do area sponsored rides where I often need warm clothing to start but need to shed it later. Plus I like to carry my own snacks, last year in the Seagull Century, they ran out of food towards the end of the ride.
The bag is very light weight, I took off my other bags, so weight wise, I am about the same. Plus I can get all my supplies in with ease.
I got this bag at Bike Line, they ordered it and had it for me in a few days. Will let you know how it aids my rides.
Off to the Chester County Challenge tomorrow. Katherine and Mike and Connie are coming. Hope we see more.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Talked to the guys in Bike Line who have biked both the CCC ride and the French Creek Tour ride, they said the CCC ride is easier. Now i did the French Creek last year and it was not bad, so if some of you are home sitting on the fence........
GET off the fence and come join me, we have all day to do 50 miles, providing you do not have crying babies at home which lucky for me I do not,
WCCC is trying for a record turnout, so come out, if you are a club member, you can register for just $20, it goes to a cancer hospice, so all good stuff
I just got back from a lesson from Vik on how to use a chain tool and how to repair a chain on the road. It is not that hard but it does require some things to carry,plus Vik reviewed with me how to stabilize a broken cable making it able to get someone home.
1. Chain tool, which I am now looking for as many are worthless
2. A universal quick release chain link by SRAM, I have one for my chain but you have to go into a store such as Bike Line and tell them how many cogs are on your back gear set, i.e. what speed your bike is? 10 speed, 12 speed, 18 speed etc, in pic above, on your bike, COUNT how many chain rings you have in back
and then go to bike store and tell them and they will tell you which sram link to buy
with this link and my chain tool, we should be able to fix a broken chain on the road without help, HOPEFULLY
Vik gave me some spare chain to practice on, but the KEY is getting a decent tool.
Chester County Challenge is this Sunday, you can do 25 or 50 miles. You can park here at my house and we can bike up to the ride. I am planning on doing 50 miles, albeit slowly. The course is hilly so I do not plan on doing this ride fast. My goal is to just finish.
Weather is supposed to be spectacular for Sunday. Come on out and enjoy beautiful chester county.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Wish me luck. Libby
| The 11th Annual Blood Sweat and Gears |
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Start Time 7:30am at the Valle Crucis School
CLICK HERE FOR 2009 RIDE DETAILS
Awesome 2009 BSG Jerseys - register and order yours early!
The BSG is a challenging to strenuous full English century - 100 mile loop ride starting and ending at the Valle Crucis Elementary School, approximately 5 miles south of Boone, North Carolina. The route roughly circles Boone through the outskirts of Watauga County, the heart of North Carolina's High Country. The terrain is constantly changing with hills of all lengths and curves too numerous to count. The cumulative climbing elevation is 13,000+ feet, with the climb up to the gap at Snake Mountain, milepoint 63, reaching an 18-20% grade near the top. Read our Director's Message for 2009.
Photo by Lonnie Webster.
"It's a great area for riding, very hilly, but I'd say it's the best area for training in the whole of the United States." –– Lance Armstrong on Boone, NC Cycle Sport (June 1998)
BSG offers a demanding route, which showcases the mountain communities of Watauga County, North Carolina; highlights of the route include a 21 mile section of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a strenuous climb over the 4,500 foot gap at Snake Mountain, and a 10 mile "flat" on old US 421.
A 50 mile "Half Century" is available for those who prefer the sanity of a challenging, but shorter route. Both rides are fully supported with aide stations and SAG support.
Proceeds from the ride will benefit the Jeremy Dale Fisher Fund and The Russell Fund, established by the Watauga County Chapter of the American Red Cross , which provides assistance to local families that are displaced by fire, flood or similar disasters.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Come on out and try the 50 mile ride, I am , although I will have my back up plan in operation in case I hit the wall on some big hill.
Otherwise I am giving it all I got.
Please come join me, register on the CCC site , lets get a bunch of chicks out for this thing.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday eve 530- looking for a ride leader for this ride??? I may be out of town,
NO SATURDAY ride, at least being lead by me, if anyone wants to lead this ride, email me.
Otherwise I am doing the CCC ride Sunday morn and I am doing the 50 mile course. It is hilly and hard, oh well, onward and upward!!!
Sunday May 31 Chester County Challenge, meet at 7:15 am, group picture at 730
come on out and ride, now if the weather goes bad, of course I am not riding, but since this ride takes off about a block from my house, I am doing it.
Who wants to take the 50 mile challenge, come climb some awful hills and collapse with me at the end???? You can also do just the 25, it also has a big climb, up S Wawaset Rd but after that, not too bad.
Look, you can always dismount and walk a hill, no shame in that. You often see walkers on hills on these area sponsored rides.
Will get registration details up shortly, not sure if the WCCC has a special page or not. Check back later tonight.
I was just about pushing my bike and would of accepted a ride with the most spooky character had I been offered a ride. I would have gladly climbed into a stranger's car. He could have had a mask on and I would of gotten in.
Nonetheless we all made it home. We did manage to have a broken chain on Charlene's new bike. We looked back and there was Charlene standing with her chain in her hand. She moved up to us and I looked at her chain and saw that the quick release link had come undone. So I am thinking, oh joy, just get the chain back on and we are set. Well there we are, 4 chicks staring at the derailleur and the chain. Lo and behold, a nice gentleman stops, (he was also on a Spectrum bike as I am) and he helped weave the chain through the derailleur and we snapped the link closed and off we went.
We soon discovered that I had made a mistake in the chain placement in the front derailleur but we chicks managed to quickly fix that ourselves and get Charlene back on the road.
Video below shows the two types of quick release links bike chains have. Type 2 is what I have and Charlene had as well. I know one thing now, I HAVE to learn how to repair a chain on the road. Watch both videos below. I am buying a chain tool and getting a spare quick release link as well. Gonna email Vik and Frank and get some advice.
Friday, May 22, 2009
depart Hot Foot at 515 pm sharp
if any newbies show up, will do between 15-20, easy ride
if no newbies show up, will run a regular Biker Chick ride, but ride will not be more than 20 miles, just around Immaculata College and Malvern
BRING 2 bottles of Gatorade or some such on your bike, ONE is not enough
if a newbie, send me a Tweet on Twitter, LibsM
make sure to indicate Biker Chicks on the volunteer form for the box marked ORGANIZATION
if you do nothing else this year, DO THIS, it is lots of fun
Hello Volunteers and Potential Volunteers
the chicks did some serious hill climbling this week, Tuesday took us up Cannery, a long long climb and last night we did at least 6 different hills
eileen, ron, cassandra and connie and libby really took it to the road this week
we did not have to de-bike on any hill and are getting pumped for the French Creek Iron Tour on June 14
wish some more ladies would hit the streets, once every 2 or 3 weeks will not get you ready to ride more difficult terrain
Sat's ride is 30 miles with a few hills as well, come on out
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Saturday ride will be cue #140,30 miles
Saturday's ride will take off at 8:00 am and hopefully if enough folks show up, i will keep this earlier time for a while
will see what saturday brings
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Cannery Rd proved to be fine, we all made it up biking the whole way. We had some incredible downhills as well,
a fine, fine ride, will do this cue again, # 232
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Tuesday Eve ride, 5:00pm at Hot Foot, 25 miles cue #232 http://tinyurl.com/qeayab
a grand adventure, brand new cue, some hills, we may have to walk some, does not matter, when I told some guy riders that Chicks were doing Cannery Rd, the guys all said, chicks cannot do it, yeah, who says
so let's prove em all wrong, this cue is very nice and very scenic, S. Wawaset is a real adventure, downhill, uphill and past the Chester County Prison
who is brave?? who is willing to try something new???
let's go chicks, join me for a great great ride, hope to see lots of you, I am getting tired of biking mostly with MEN, yes men, that is all that shows for the Chick rides
whatts up with that???
Bring lots of snacks and beverages, 2 bottles, several snacks, especially if coming right from work, pack some goodies
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Tweet me if you are coming, so I have an idea of who is coming.
Also, WE LEAVE at posted times, I do not wait nor will I take phone calls while I am riding. If you are late, I cannot help you. I will not try to meet you at another spot. Today I was flying down a hill and my phone rings. A late chick. I cannot answer when biking and I cannot tell you where to meet us as there are lots of folks in the group who DO NOT want to wait for a late comer.
It is not fair to those on time to have to wait for a late comer. SO get there on time.
Tuesday ride is 500pm, thursday is 530
take your pick and come on out
you must sign up to follow them and have them as followers on your page as well
twitter is a NETWORK and to get everyone's tweets you need to follow folks and be followed in return, so if a chick clicks to follow you, follow her back
then to set up TweetParty, log in and click sync followers, then make a group with these chicks
if anyone else SIGNS up to Twitter, let us know yur twitter name so we can all follow, now Judy has her name blocked so yu have to sign up to follow her and wait for a return
Sandra, i do not think we can use your tweetparty account, each one has to make their own groups on tweet party
AT LEAST THIS IS WHAT I THINK!!!!!!!! happens???!!!, it is anybody's guess
| jayne_ma / Jayne Mason |
You are now following jayne_ma
| mydeloo78 |
You are now following mydeloo78
| tweetparty |
You are following tweetparty
| laurac802 / Laura Catalano |
You are following laurac802
| velcasher / Eileen Fresta |
You are following velcasher
| plainljane / Laura Obenski |
You are following plainljane
| TraciLM / Traci McClintock |
You are following TraciLM
| Piglet7981 / Julie Bachmann |
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| zadofea / Ellen Zadoff |
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| Cassndr / Cassandra Hogue |
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| Conniesny / connie snyder |
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| Melindax / Melinda Bloomfield |
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| jtb707 / Judy Butler |
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| anorod22 / Ang Onorato |
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Friday, May 15, 2009
I also made 232, uses Cannery Road, I have no clue as to whether it is hilly or not. We are going to do this cue next Tuesday evening. Ride is starting at 5:00 pm, this is a change.
We will take our time since we have the additional half hour and explore this new cue. PRINT CUE and bring it PLEASE.
I will not be giving turn by turn directions, bring cue and learn how to use it.
suggest you print and then cut it up and make it into one page, use your printer if yu wish and blow it up so it is easier to read.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Next Tuesday Evening the cue will be #232, make your way to the cue page and print and bring it to the ride next Tuesday, May 19, Election Day.
You can use Map My Ride or My Bikely to make a map and a cue, both require some computer skills but hey, IF i can figure it out, you can too. Look I am old and somehow I managed to learn the computer.
SOOOOOO, if some of you can go to either My Bikely or Map My Ride, draw a map and save it. Now on My Bikely, you have to hand type the cue directions. On Map My Ride, the cue is made automatically but printing it is a bit tricky.
SO come on ladies, make some maps, send me the links and I will save the cues to a pdf and make them available on the WCCC page.
Ride directions have to be in CUE SHEET format.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
MY other sport
find me LibsM and click to FOLLOW
then using your phone,
send to 40404
text follow LibsM
that hooks up for your phone for updates from me
to send a message to group, just hit reply to my text message and the group will get it
it is a WONDERFUL way to post rides
lots of ladies have figured it out, so give it a try
you can lock up your own site and never post a tweet on your site and still follow me
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
For Tues and Thursday Evening Rides, we tend to get very mixed levels showing up so I am making a change and I will post it to the West Chester Cycling page as well. I will have a route planned but since this is a Show and Go ride, come prepared with a cue of your own and be prepared to lead a group. If you tend to ride a fast pace, bring a cue and be prepared to lead a group. I cannot plan one ride for levels ranging from C to B+.
The Chicks are now riding around 13 mph and if you go faster than this, bring a cue and lead a B group.
I will have a cue ranging from 20 -25 miles and will try to publish it in advance but i cannot always get one made in time. There are few prepared cues on the WCCC ride page that are less than 25 miles so I have to make most of the cues.
But do not come always expecting a preplanned cue made by me, there are too many levels now for our rides and I could use some help with other folks coming with cues. We can then split up accordingly.
Monday, May 11, 2009
1. I am too slow, so I will stay home, afraid to bike and stay slow, nothing gained, nothing lost.
2. I am afraid to bike on the roads, so I will stay home and stay afraid.
3. I look awful on a bike, so I will stay home and stay looking awful.
4. I do not know how to shift my gears, so I will stay home and never learn.
5. I do not have a bike so I will stay home and make no plans to buy a bike, cuz I need so many other important things.
6. I just cannot find the time so I will stay home and complain that I am too busy to bike.
7. I am too fat to bike so I will stay home and stay fat and continue to complain.
8. I am too old to bike so I will stay home and just get older.
9. I can't bike 30 miles, I will die, so I will just stay home and complain.
10.My kids have so many activities that I just cannot find the time so I will continue to burn gas driving them to everything under the sun and complain that I am too busy to bike.
11. My husband bikes but he will not bike with me so I stay home and complain I have no one to bike with.
12. My job takes all my time and with the kids and their activities, there is no time so I stay home and whine about all the stuff I am NOT doing.
13. I don't have a bike bag or bike gloves and I cannot find the time to buy them so I stay home and complain.
14. If I go biking I might just have fun and can finally say " I did it!"
Got a ride up for Tues eve, Hot Foot 530, come, what can you possibly lose by trying?
to text to your group
send to 40404
and from tweetparty's site........ you text this in your message box, below is an example of what your tweet would look like ........
had an email from a twitting chick asking how to tweet just to a group of friends and not all the folks following her,
got on the Net, through some trial and error found TweetParty
log in and follow onscreen directions, make sure to FOLLOW tweetparty from your Twitter page and also, text FOLLOW tweetparty from yur fone
I managed to make a group and sent a message to it from my phone, hopefully it worked but it would help for those who want to send tweets to only certain folks and not all the folks that follow them.
email me if you get stuck
LibsM twitter username
TweetParty tweetparty username
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday May 16, 8:30 am, cue #145 on the WCCC ride page
After my 2 day odyessy from Ann Arbor to Phila I am ready for a ride. First flight got cancelled then second flight sat on the runway for 3 hrs, so almost 2 days for a one hour plane ride, oh well, it is what it is!
So come on out, calling all chicks and friends of chicks.
latest ride updates can be found on Twitter at LibsM
twitter it for updates, lots of chicks are hooking up on twitter and planning rides.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
The League of American Bicyclists have published their rankings of Bicycle Friendly States for 2009. The big news is that Delaware jumped from from 31st to 9th. The state recently held a State Bike Summit and a complete streets Executive Order from the Governor.
New Jersey stayed in the top 10 slipping to 10th from 9th and Pennsylvania dropped from 38th to 4oth.
What makes a Bicycle Friendly State? States are evaluated based on the questionnaire below.
PA Safe Passing Law Campaign State Representative Rob Miller (R-York) is planning to introduce a safe passing law in that would require motorists to pass cyclists within 4 feet and protect cyclists from motorists turning right into their path. This would be the second time that Rep. Miller has pursued these changes to the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code. The potential bill has twelve co-sponsors to date, but needs more. So far, Babette Josephs is the only Democrat and Philadelphia regional Representative who has pledged to co-sponsor. PA Bikes and Walks , a new online network of PA bicycle advocates, is asking all bicyclists to please call your Representative and ask that they co-sponsor Representative Miller's Safe Passage bill.
Friday, May 8, 2009
I am going to be going out early early Sunday morning doing the same cue as Saturday, if anyone wants to join me I will pass by Hot Foot at 730 am
30 miles, should be low traffic as well,
but with two rides up, hopefully all the chicks will RIDE
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Without this type of goal, little excuses creep into your desire to bike and next thing you know it is July and you are still NOT biking.
Here is a great list of coming up area rides
May 31 Chester County Cancer Challenge
http://www.lancasterfarmlandtrust.org/ways_help/pedal.html June 6, so far ellen, cassandra and eileen and ron are going, let's get some more chicks
French Creek Iron Tour June 14, Ellen and libby and cassandra are doing this ride
River to River Heritage Bicycle Tour July 25
I am sure there are other rides available, the point being
GET OUT and RIDE, plan to attend an event and start riding to get ready for it,
providing the RAIN stops sometime soon
see you all Saturday morning at 830 at Hot Foot if it is not raining
32 miles, will split into groups if we have various levels in attendance.
SO YOU HAVE no excuses
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Those of you unlucky enough to have to go to work, make it a little better next week by biking to work. It is National Bike to Work week, why not participate. Lobby your place of work to provide changing areas for you and your co-workers, bike racks and what not. Obama is all about the green, so put some action into your compaigning, and do something green and make the kind of CHANGE that will do some good.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Visiting my son in Ann Arbor, he is grad student here. Unlike WC, we have sun and high 60s. So that is nice. Was out in the car and noticed kids biking home from school. Since this is a contained town with lots of sidewalks and such, kids can walk and bike to school. Nice to see and it is a shame more kids cannot do this.
Seems wrong, kids ride buses home from school and then get into cars and go to soccer practice. Would be better if their exercise could occur as part of their day and therefore, become a life time habit. I biked to school or walked my entire school career. Maybe that is why I am biking now.
Get your kids on bikes, and make habits of sports that kids can actually do as adults.