Sunday, May 23, 2021

Welcome back!

          Thanks once again to all of our ride leaders, we are delighted to post our schedule for this year, which you may download on this page. As always, Tuesday Night Rides will leave promptly at 5:30 p.m., so plan to arrive a few minutes early in order to receive a map and be greeted by your ride leader. Please feel free to bring a friend, and introduce your friend to the ride leader and other riders.
          Cyclists can again choose to ride with us slackers in the “B” group, which chats along the way at a relaxed 12 to 14 miles an hour, or in the “A” group (the "hammerheads") in a pace line, which averages about 18 miles an hour. Both groups will regroup periodically along our rides, so that none of us gets dropped. If it is pouring rain, the ride will be cancelled. If the weather is questionable, the ride leader will call the West Hill Shop to let them know whether their ride will be taking place.
          Because of the size of our group we want to be mindful of our impact on drivers with whom we share the road. When in traffic, please be sure to "ride right" in a single file on the right hand side of the road, to the right of the white line, and remind others who forget to do so. It helps to dress in bright colors and use reflectors to increase the chance that you will be seen by motorists, especially at dusk.
          Our schedule was delayed this year because of the pandemic. In order to minimize any risk of transmission, if any riders have not been vaccinated against Covid, we ask that they not join us for dinner after their rides.
          As some of you know, our sponsor, the West Hill Shop, has new owners, Amy and Zach Caldwell. Kathy Lapan and I have enjoyed working with Amy and Zach, and Kirsten Jeppesen, their events coordinator. Please stop by to introduce yourself to them, and support their shop.
          Although the Putney Bicycle Club’s expenses are relatively modest, they must nevertheless be paid through our dues. Please renew your membership or join now by sending your dues to Kathy Lapan at 78 Winter Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301. Your dues enable us to promote cycling, especially with new and young riders. Dues this year will continue to be $10 for individuals and $20 for families. Putney Bicycle Club members receive a 10% discount on cycling jerseys and shorts, tires and tubes at the West Hill Shop. A portion of your dues helps to pay for a barbeque dinner following our last ride this summer at the West Hill Shop on August 31st.
          This year we are asking members of the Putney Bicycle Club to sign a waiver, which you may also download on this page.  Although I was hesitant to raise the issue of liability, I was convinced when I realized that other bicycle clubs are asking their members to sign waivers as well. Our membership in USA Cycling provides a measure of protection for ride leaders and participants. Although we now have the ability to pay our dues through Venmo, it will probably be easiest if you can print and sign a waiver, and either send it with a check for your dues to Kathy Lapan, or give them to her at one of our rides.
          If you would like to invite others to join you on a ride, publicize an event, or post cycling pictures and videos for others to enjoy, please use our Facebook page. It continues to be popular, and we now have 271 members. It may be found at:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/PutneyBicycleClub/
We welcome your questions and suggestions, and look forward to seeing you on our rides. Please ride safely!
President: Joe Cook (802) 257-0609 jfcook3@gmail.com
Treasurer: Kathy Lapan (802) 254-6547 kathylapan@comcast.net
Secretary & Webmaster Bob Immler (802) 579-5034 roamic@gmail.com
~Joe Cook

Sunday, May 02, 2021

We are back!

           

        I am pleased to report that the Putney Bicycle Club is alive and well, and emerging from a forced hibernation during the last year.
        In accordance with guidelines promulgated by the CDC and the Vermont Department of Health, we will be starting show and go rides this Tuesday, May 4th. Rides will leave promptly from the Brattleboro Common at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday nights for the rest of this month.
        Since most of us will be fully vaccinated by the end of this month, scheduled rides will commence on Tuesday, June 1st. During the next few weeks I will be working with ride leaders to put together our schedule, which I will post on this website, as well as on our Facebook page. Please ride safely, and let me know if you have any questions concerning our club in the interim.
        Thanks,
        Joe Cook

 

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Tuesday Night Rides on Hold


            The decision to postpone posting our Tuesday Night Ride schedule was made by many of our members who are not yet willing to ride with others.  Our decision is consistent with those of bicycle clubs and outdoor groups around the world.
            Last night Hank Lange posted an e-mail that struck a responsive chord.  He said “Bands of privileged people out doing their thing along the byways of Brattleboro during the height of this public health crisis transmits an unintended message about what kind of people we are that many in the greater community are apt to judge harshly.”
            Thanks to everyone who stepped forward, our schedule for the season is complete. We will post it as soon as it is safe for group rides.  In the meantime, we hope you will get out and ride by yourself or with those of your immediate household.
            Please stay healthy and ride safely!
            Joe Cook

Monday, March 23, 2020

Let's do it!

Greetings,
            At the end of last season I said that the planning meeting for our 2020 schedule would take place at the Marina tomorrow, Tuesday, March 24th.  With everything that has transpired over the past month, that is obviously not going to happen.
            Last week I had a conference call with Kathy Lapan, Diny and Jim Sweitzer about the Putney Bicycle Club and plans for our Tuesday Night Rides this year.  We agreed that with everyone cooped up, needing exercise and Spring now here, our rides should take place with necessary precautions.  In order to minimize risks, we agreed to not start having organized dinners following our rides until June.  At Diny’s suggestion I offered to speak with several local doctors concerning our rides, and have done so.
            The consensus among the doctors is that this pandemic is likely to get worse before it gets better.  There is much that we do not know, and the situation will probably change.  The possibility exists that our rides may be cancelled for us, in which case that will be posted on our website and Facebook page, and the Windham Wheelmen e-mail group.  Although most of us are older, and therefore at greater risk, riding together does not present any undue risks of contagion, provided that we diligently practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other riders.  Diny sent me a link to this helpful article from Bicycling magazine: https://www.bicycling.com/health-nutrition/a31488775/spit-snot-etiquette-for-cyclists-coronavirus/
            The Putney Bicycle Club needs your help now more than ever.  We have two weeks to put together our schedule before our first ride on April 7th.  If everyone agrees to plan one ride, we can complete our schedule before that date.  I have attached a draft of our new schedule. 
            Please call me at 257-0609 or e-mail me at jfcook3@gmail.com a brief description of a ride that you are willing to coordinate, and a date.  We ask those members that are unable to host potluck dinners to plan rides during the months of April and May.  I will send a draft of our schedule to all of the trip planners before we post it on our website and Facebook page. 
            There are costs involved with running the Putney Bicycle Club, and $38.26 in our checking account.  Kathy and I advanced small amounts to cover those costs during the last few months, for which we have yet to be reimbursed.  I am pleased to report that by allocating some club expenses to other events, dues this year will continue to be $10 for individuals and $20 for families.  Please renew your membership by sending your dues to Kathy Lapan at 78 Winter Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.  Putney Bicycle Club members receive a 10% discount on cycling tops and bottoms, tires and tubes at the West Hill Shop.  A portion of your dues helps to pay for the barbecue dinner that will follow our next to last ride at the West Hill Shop on August 25th.              

             As difficult as this has been, I am grateful for the resources available and connections afforded by the digital age.  I look forward to seeing many of you on our Tuesday Night Rides, and on the road.  Please let me know if you have any questions in the interim.
            Thanks,
            Joe

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

What a great season!





A fabulous potluck dinner at Tim and Cathy’s house in Marlboro last night concluded another very successful season.  This year when our Tuesday night rides got rained out, we rescheduled for Wednesday nights.  Pot luck dinners continued to be favorites, so special thanks go out to Ellen, Joyce, Andy, Arny, Sandy, Fred, Debbie, Jim, and Tim. 
During my remarks last night I mentioned that we were a bit short of funds to pay for the club’s expenses. The Putney Bicycle Club incurs costs, which we need your help to defray.  Please renew your membership or join now by sending your dues to Kathy Lapan at 78 Winter Street, Brattleboro, VT   05301.  Your dues enable us to promote cycling, especially with new and young riders.  Dues this year continue to be $10 for individuals and $20 for families. Putney Bicycle Club members receive a 10% discount on cycling tops and bottoms, tires and tubes at the West Hill Shop.  
Thanks once again to all of our ride planners, our new members, those that joined and renewed, and to Kathy Lapan for serving as our treasurer. 
         Informal show and go Tuesday night rides will continue through the fall, starting next Tuesday, September 3rd.  Rides will leave from the Brattleboro Common on Park Place at 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.  As the days get shorter, we will leave a bit earlier. 
Please join us for our planning meeting at the Marina on March 24, 2020.  Ride safe in the interim. 
Joe Cook