|Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month at the Encino Community Center, 4935 Balboa Boulevard (just north of Ventura Boulevard on the west side of Balboa). Meetings start at 7:15 PM; a Maintenance Clinic begins at 6:45 PM.
There is an informal Dutch treat dinner get-together at The Stand, 17000 Ventura Boulevard (one block east of Balboa on the south side of the street) beginning between 5:30 PM and 6:00 PM on meeting nights. You should park in the meeting room parking lot and walk to The Stand.
|Recently, some members have asked about the origin of the San Fernando Valley Bicycle Club, when and why it was formed, who were the founders, etc.
Although the official beginning of the club was the formal adoption of the name "San Fernando Valley Bicycle Club" and the publication of the Ride Schedule under the new name for the first time on August 1, 1978, the Club actually started long before.
The SFVBC is actually an offspring of an industrial company bicycle club, which was formed on November 1, 1975. The Club’s name was Crankset Bicycle Club and the company was the Litton Data Systems Division, located in Van Nuys. The original members and their former Crankset Bike Club Officers were: Al Iler, President; Harvey Shore, Vice President; Harvey Ganz, Secretary/Treasurer; Bob French, Jim Mitchell and Sam Pawley.
The Crankset Bicycle Club reached its peak in June of 1976 with a membership of 32, not including spouses and other family members. However, not all 32 members attended the Club’s bike rides, which were scheduled twice each month. We realized that most riders who joined us on rides were non-Litton employees, like John Lukes, Charlotte McDonald, Bob Wong, George Masa and Bert Bivens, to name a few. Consequently, we decided to form a new bike club, which would be independent of any company and free from restrictions and constraints usually imposed by the sponsoring company.
Upon its formation, the name San Fernando Valley Bicycle Club was selected. The original Club officers were as follows: Al Iler, President; Gordon Petit, Vice President; and Charlotte McDonald, Secretary/Treasurer.
Our first Ride Schedule was published under the new name on August 1, 1978. It wasn’t until October 1, 1978 that we required membership dues to help defray operating expenses. An official membership list was established.
Since then, the membership has grown from the original three founders and 12 other charter members to the present dues-paying membership of 500+.
The Club’s ride format has grown from a modest Short and Medium ride schedule twice each month to our current wide range of rides set for every Saturday, Sunday and most holidays. We have attracted members from the entire San Fernando Valley and from other areas in both Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.
The above article is extracted from the November/December 1979 Newsletter and has been updated and edited.