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What happens when our favorite 2 wheels
has 
a 200-year birthday?

That’s right…the bicycle is turning 200 years old!

200th Birthday Bicycle Bash

We’re offering a day of rides on Sunday, June 11, to celebrate.
The rides have been designed with YOU in mind.
Want to ride fast (or slow)? There’s a ride for you.
Want to ride long (or short)? We got that covered.
A flat ride (or hilly)? Of course - we have that option, too.
All cyclists are welcome!
Bring a friend or come alone and make a friend!

Check out the RIDE CALENDAR and join us for 1, 2, or as many rides as you’d like.
Note:  list of rides is updating daily.  Check it out.

A Bit of Bicycle History
Times were tough economically and environmentally in Germany in 1817.  A volcanic eruption's debris caused a temporary climate change and ruined harvests worldwide.  Without grains to feed horses, animals were slaughtered.  Horses were transportation.  

Baron Karl von Drais, a German aristocrat, sought a solution:  human-powered propulsion.  He named his machine after himself, simply attaching a French suffix for nouns, -enne to his name:  Draisenne. If you had invented the bike, it could be called Smithenne or whatever your last name is.  Kind of fun.

Others called it Laufmaschine, however, because it was like running and rolling.  The French renamed it Velocipede from Latin words "speed" and "foot", so Speedfoot.

As the bike evolved and became more affordable, more people used them including *gasp* women.  

From the Wall Street Journal's "Pedaling Through the Bicycle's 200 Years":

The idea of women on bicycles enraged certain conservative elements of society.

Cycling was said to make women oversexed, ill-behaved or infertile.

“Have you ever seen anything more off-putting, uglier, meaner than a wench on a bike?” asked the German magazine Youth in 1897.

That same year, protesting male students at Cambridge University hanged an effigy of a woman on a bike.

Wow.  VBC's Road Captain is a woman.  Along with several other board members and many ride leaders.  I guess we got past that nasty bit of history.


We can't end on that note!  Here's a short Youtube on women and bikes.  
If you subscribe to WSJ, this is a great article.  Link to interesting WSJ article

Other articles:  Bio of Drais  If you happen to be in Mannheim, they're having an exhibit and you can read about it here.


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New Ride Series:  @BikeRiderCPA’s Abnormal Ride Series
First in the series-Easter Bunny Strava Art Ride

About the abnormal ride series - I have been told that I am an abnormal rider. I can live with that, and this series will celebrate that. This series will be rides that are atypical of our normal club rides. The rides may be very scenic and/or long and/or hilly and/or out of the area. Or they may just be silly fun. You be the judge.

It is a thing to create art on your Strava map, based on the route that you ride. Search “Strava Art” on Google and the click the images tab.
Recently I did a ride and Jay Small commented that it looked like the Easter bunny. And it does. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19660852.


And what better day could there be to make Easter bunny art than on
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. Come and make art.
On the ride calendar here.


Dennis H is living proof that doing the taxes is not an automatic brain fry.  Thanks, Dennis, for the new series!
Easter Bunny Map Picture