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IT'S THURSDAY APRIL 24, 2014 - ANOTHER GREAT DAY TO RIDE A BIKE. Facebook
  Welcome to the San Fernando Valley Bicycle Club website. We are a recreational road bike club with about 500 members. We offer a variety of rides every Saturday and Sunday, and if you're visiting LA and happen to have your bike along, we offer some of the best riding in SoCal. Please come out and join us.
-Randy Lawrence, Ride Director 
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April 13 and April 27 ­ The Compagni Group ride. Join us in our new twice monthly group ride. This is a moderate paced, leader lead, not drop ride. More details on our rides page.

Eastern Sierra Road Trip training rides - Start gearing up for our June trip. We've scheduled a series of progressively more difficult rides. These rides start on April 12 and will continue every week until our trip in early June.

April 19 - Forget It Lew, It's Chinatown - This is a very popular urban ride. First a break at wold famous Philippe, home of the French Dip Sandwich, then though the 3rd street tunnel, Echo Park and Hollywood. This ride also has a surprise (easy) detour. Where you ask? I'm not telling. You'll have to do the ride.

May 3 – Jory's Jaunt – A new ride created by our beloved Jory Gorcey.

May 11 and May 25 - The Compagni Group ride. Join us in our new twice monthly group ride. This is a moderate paced, leader lead, no drop ride. More details on our rides page.

May 17 – New Magic Mountain – Ride to the start of the Tour of California.

May 18 – TOC To Rock Store From Calabasas – Watch the racers climb the Rock Store Climb, a local test piece. The race starts early so we're starting in Calabasas.

May 26 – Santa Monica Moan – What better way to start Memorial Day then riding to the coast.

- RandyUnclipped
In this blog, our Ride Director offers a glimpse into his cycling stream of consciousness.

Compagni - Gelsons'sYOU'VE HEARD OF ABBOTT & COSTELLO, Martin & Lewis, Gleason & Carney. And if you've been on a #4 ride recently you've heard Gorcey & Olsen (Jory & Micki, that is) engaging in their entertaining brand of good-natured trash talk. Who's the better rider? Depends on who you ask, but the debate keeps everyone in tiptop shape. Coming to a regroup near you. Photo: Carl Wurtz
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MEMBERS ONLY - Login is now functional! Members can access SFVBC's exclusive Member's Area, where you'll receive priority boarding, instructions for the secret SFVBC handshake, and a Keith Brodsky / Andre Ethier bobblehead (two L.A. sports stars in one!). But seriously, you'll have exclusive access to RideWithGPS links for every ride as well as the ability to update your profile online (to access your profile or change your password, go to the Members page and click on the My Profile tab). Other value-added features are in the works. If you haven't received an email with your password, click on "Forgot?" at the top of this page, enter your email address, and it will be sent to you. Email me if you still have difficulty logging in. Note: there is one login for each paid membership. - Carl

SFVBC Jersey This is an attractive jersey, isn't it? Wouldn't you like to own one? If you're a club member, you can - just log in and order online using PayPal or any major credit card. Why am I bringing this up now? Because all sizes are currently available and in stock! Pay special attention to the sizing instructions; they tend to run significantly smaller than other jersey manufacturers.

Due to the tireless dedication of our former VP/Membership Maria Lewis and our current one, Jory Gorcey, we have new and updated versions of our Club Handbook and Membership Directory. Log in and visit Members/Member Info to download yours.
SFVBC Eastern Sierra Road Trip June 7-8. Enjoy 2 days of high mountain riding. We will be based in Bishop, CA. Day 1 will have ride options to South Lake, Lake Sabrina and North Lake. Day 2 will take us up the highest paved road in California, the Rock Creek road to Mosquito Flats. These rides are all very difficult but extremely beautiful. Details to come but mark your calendar now.
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    What's coming up in the way of longer, organized rides - centuries, randonees, & bike tours - in the southwestern U.S.? Check out the Western States Bicycle Ride Calendar for latest info.
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START LOCATION: Northwest corner of Nordhoff and Etiwanda in Northridge (CSUN Parking Lot B1) Note: parking on north side of Nordhoff no longer available*
START TIME: 8:00 AM sharp (unless otherwise specified in Remarks below)
Map to Ride Start | Weather Forecast | Link to this section

Date Ride Miles  Elev. (ft)  Rating  Ride No.  Hits  Remarks
APR 26 SAT  TOUR OF THE TARZANA T’S  25  674  110  24  
TARZANA TREK  41  849  109  30  
AGOURA HILLS  42  1,548  858  58  
MOORPARK RIDGE REVERSE  66, 93  2,8173,727  4, 5  852853  82, 32   One of the series of training rides leading up to our Eastern Sierra road trip in June. Eastern Sierra Trainer
APR 27 SUN  VALLEY VISTA VIEWS  26, 40  4471,475  1, 3  152153  29, 24   The Compagni Group is ideal for new riders wanting to gain group ride experience, get acquainted with other cyclists at a similar level of skill and ability, and for those wanting to build a fitness base to move up to more challenging cycling experiences. For the less experienced cyclists this group experience allows for learning how to navigate and share the roadways with cars. More experienced cyclists are welcome to join the group and use it as a recovery ride. The Compagni rides will hold an average pace of 11-12mph with stops as needed so all riders can regroup. The Compagni Group will be lead by Kathy Heath and Bob Alonzi who will emphasize safety and group ride etiquette and skills. These moderate paced Compagni routes offer cyclists an opportunity to get acquainted with other riders and benefit from the support of a group cycling experience. Compagni (No Drop) Ride 
Note:
  • Helmets are required on all SFVBC rides
  • We encourage riding with a flashing red taillight
  • Do not ride with ear buds in both ears
  • No electric-assist or motorized bikes
  • Minors welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • To download route slips, click on the corresponding ride number above. Slips are in PDF format, and are available online 1 week prior to the ride.
  • To download detailed maps and elevation profiles, click on the ride elevation. The link will take you to RideWithGPS.com, where you can also download Garmin .gpx and .tcx files (click on the Export tab).
The force required to start a bicycle wheel rolling to a given speed on a flat surface is equal to:
A The force required to start the wheel spinning to that speedB The force required to accelerate something of the same weight forward to that speedC A plus B Answer
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