Supplying our local commuters, athletes, and recreational riders with all their cycling needs.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bike-toberfest

Poker Run XC Ride and Fall Down Shuttle Day
Saturday Oct 22nd and Sunday Oct 23rd
Elwha Dam RV Park and DryHill

$35 for one event or $60 for both
Olympic Dirt Society

Please RSVP, if you can to Olympic Dirt Society.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Take a survey for the County

Jefferson County Parks and Recreation is doing a call out for help planning the future!
Take their survey before Oct 19th.
Click here: http://www.countyrec.com/info/default.aspx

Monday, September 26, 2011

FALL Hours

We are still in summer hours but only for a few more days.
Season change hours:
Starting October 1st, we will transition into fall and winter hours.
10am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
11am to 4pm Sundays
Closed Wednesdays


Friendly reminder of our LAYAWAY program: Our layaway program is 20% down on your purchase with 90 days to pay it in full. We'll place the item on hold for you and keep it until you're ready to pick it up. ... Handy for those surprise presents!


Days we will be closed:
Thanksgiving day, Thursday November 24th, we'll be closed.
Christmas Eve day, Saturday Dec 24th, will be short hours 9am to Noon.
Closed Christmas Day Dec 25th.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Traffic Skills 101

The course gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. This League of American Bicyclist certified course covers bicycle safety checks, fixing a flat, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age thirteen, this fast-paced, nine-hour course prepares cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling.

Join us as we learn or refresh our knowledge!

  • Thursday and Friday night September the 15th and 16th from 6pm-9pm and Saturday the 17th from 9am to 1pm. First part of the course is classroom based and second part is out "playing in traffic". Class meets at Mountain View Commons (Jefferson County YMCA).
  • PRE-Registration REQUIRED; please email Nicole at gingerroo9(at)gmail.com with Full Name and Contact information (phone, email address, mailing address).
  • The course costs $35; payable by check or cash on Thursday at the start of class. Please arrive 10 minutes early for registration paperwork.

Women's MTB Ride on the 16th

Hello all you lady mountain bikers,
the 16th is just around the corner so it's time for another monthly bike ride. Deb will be leading this one around Cappy's Trails. Meet at The Broken Spoke with lights and water ready to roll at 5:30pm. It's dark in there within an hour, and we'll barely be started by then! Deb has an extra set of lights and so do I, email and let me know if you'd like to borrow either.

I unfortunately am unable to attend the mountain bike ride, so have a great time with out me.

I will be teaching a Traffic Skills 101 course, with certified curriculum through the League of American Bicyclists.

You're definitely welcome, and invited(!), to take the course instead of go to the ride!!! It's all about feeling safe and confident, while knowing and following the rules of the road. Please see the other post, this link or find me to ask questions and get yourself registered for this great opportunity.

Whether you take the Traffic Skills 101 course, or go for a mountain bike ride, let us enjoy the weekend out on our bicycles.
Cheers*
Nicole

Marymoor Park (in Seattle) Event



Dear Broken Spoke followers,

Nicole's connection with the Cascade Bicycle Club as brought this event to her attention. It seems like a great event to pass on to us and our Port Townsend population!

One of the instructors for Cascade, William, is putting together an easy group ride for recent (the past couple years), adult "Learn to Ride" graduates and "Riding with Confidence" level students. The purposes are to: have fun, get people out practicing their skills, and match them up with other potential ride partners.

Here are the details:

When: SUNDAY, September 18th at 10am
Where: Marymoor Park (Lot I, at the picnic tables near the Velodrome,
expect to pay $1 for parking)
http://your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/library/parks-and-recreation/documents/marymoor/marymoor_park_map_web_09.pdf
What: Gentle bike ride north along the Sammamish River Trail (about an hour round-trip of riding depending on the feelings of the attendees)
What else: (Optional) Potluck. I'll have some coolers we can keep the stuff until we get back from the ride. Please bring ready-to-eat food that does not require cooking/prep. I'll bring plates, cups, and utensils.
*Rain Cancels*

RSVP and Questions: william.gerdes@gmail.com, if you are bringing food, include that in your RSVP too.

Get us while you can!

Get us while you can! We are still in summer hours but only for a few more weeks.
Season change hours:
Starting October 1st, we'll be transitioning into fall hours.
10am to 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
11am to 4pm Sundays
Closed Wednesdays


Friendly reminder of our LAYAWAY program: Our layaway program is 20% down on your purchase with 90 days to pay it in full. We'll place the item on hold for you and keep it until you're ready to pick it up. ... Handy for those surprise presents!


Days we will be closed:
Thanksgiving day, Thursday November 24th, we'll be closed.
Christmas Eve day, Saturday Dec 24th, will be short hours 9am to Noon.
Closed Christmas Day Dec 25th.

Friday, September 2, 2011

5 steps to riding better

1. Follow the Rules of the Road
• Ride with traffic and obey the same laws as motorists.
• Use the rightmost lane that heads in the direction
that you are traveling.
• Obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs,
lights, and lane markings.
• Always look back and use hand and arm signals
to indicate your intention to stop, merge or turn.

2. Be Visible
• Ride where drivers can see you.
• Wear brightly colored clothing at all times.
• At night, use a white front light and red rear light
or reflector. Wear reflective tape or clothing.

3. Be Predictable
• Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve between
parked cars.
• Make eye contact with motorists to let them
know you are there.
• Do not ride on the sidewalk.

4. Anticipate Conflicts
• Be aware of traffic around you and be prepared
to take evasive action.
• Learn braking and turning techniques to
avoid crashes.
• Be extra alert at intersections.

5. Wear a Helmet
• Make sure that the helmet fits on top of your
head, not tipped back or forward.
• After a crash or any impact that affects your
helmet, visible or not, replace it immediately.

Interested in learning more at a REAL class with League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors? Contact Nicole for more information.

There will be a mid- September Traffic Skills 101 course right here in Port Townsend. See the League's website for more information: Traffic Skills 101 Full details to be announced in a few days!