Bike Handling Classesby Steve Sarson
The summer bike handling/new rider classes will be offered every Monday evening beginning on May 3rd and continuing every Monday night through the end of August. We will not meet on Memorial Day, May 31st, or on July 5. The classes will be held in the parking lot of the Jillian’s Office Complex — 4500 Bowling Boulevard — next to the Milestone Wellness Center.
Classes will begin at 6:30 pm with instruction on various bike handling skills and will end between 8:30 and 9:00 pm after completion of a short training/practice ride. Many bike handling skills will be demonstrated and practiced during this four-month period. A short ride designed to take advantage of these skills will follow. While primarily designed for new cyclists, everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Once again, we have lined up a collection of very competent instructors who will be able to give individual, as well as group, instruction and encouragement. These classes have been beneficial to many new cyclists in the past. Quite a few of our “graduates” have become active members of the LBC and ride on a regular basis. Last year, at least 25 of our students participated on the OKHT, both as riders and volunteers.
If you know anyone who is interested in cycling but is intimidated by road riding, received a new bike for Christmas and needs some help getting started or just needs to practice their skills in a controlled environment, please encourage them to attend. With all that has happened in the cycling community the past year, especially the rash of accidents, I would encourage any and all levels of cyclist to attend.
As an added bonus, Milestone has offered all participants the use of their lap pool, therapy pool or whirlpool after class until 10 pm. Please encourage any new cyclist or someone you meet who needs to hone their cycling skills to attend.
Additional help is always needed, especially during our practice rides. If you are interested in helping the Education Committee with these classes, please contact Steve Sarson at 499-7089 or talk with me at a club ride.
2004 Maintenance of the Bike and Rider Classes: Another Success
The 2004 Maintenance of the Bike and Rider classes were very successful once again. We averaged between 30 and 35 people each night. Many new cyclists were in attendance, as well as some seasoned veterans. This year’s classes took on a slightly new twist with the addition of a hands-on maintenance night and two presentations by Steve Halliday, a professional Performance Enhancement Specialist. Many people came to hear Steve, and I’ve heard many comments on his presentation.
Special thanks go to the following presenters: Glenn Todd for Basic Bike Maintenance, AB Sandefur for Bike Fit, Michael Seiler for Training and Nutrition, Steve Sarson for Clothing and Gear, and Tom Armstrong for doing the Hands-On Maintenance class. I would also like to recognize the people who led workshops: Steve Engh for Road Rules and Etiquette, Phil Patterson for Riding Tips and Techniques, Tom Armstrong for Gearing and Shifting, and John Samways and Dave Wittry for Tire Changing.To those other seasoned club riders who were there to help out in a variety of other ways, thanks to you also. We could not have these classes without all of your help and support. I’ve heard many positive comments from participants, many of which thanked all involved for sharing their cycling knowledge with beginners.
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