March 2017 Top Talk

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by President Chip Kyle

Do you think it is something we did do, or something we didn’t do - an act of commission or an act of omission?  Whatever the cause, the weather deities seem to be a little perturbed and have not been kind to us.  In January, we endured record cold in Portland with extended snow on the ground and ice.  This past month of February, we have broken several records for the amount of rain received: on a specific day; for a given week; and for the entire month

February 2017 Top Talk

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by President Chip Kyle

Well, once again the weather deities have not been kind to us.  Record cold in Portland; extended snow on the ground and ice.  It kept me off the bike for much of the first half of January.  When I’m stuck indoors and get bored with riding the stationary trainer, I look for interesting articles pertaining to bikes.  In case you missed them, here are several in the news of late concerning cycling achievements. 

STP Bus from Portland

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Friday, July 14

Are you riding the 2017 STP?

Do you need to get your bike and yourself to Seattle?

PWTC has a way!

On Friday, July 14th, 2017, you can ride a luxury tour bus while your bike, wrapped in a furniture blanket, rides in a truck to Seattle.

Top Talk January 2017

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by President Chip Kyle

As I sit here and write this just before Christmas, I realize that the last two Decembers have not been favorable for our club’s activities. Here is an excerpt from last January’s Top Talk:  “. . . we have been washed out of our club rides with a deluge of rain.

December 2016 Top Talk

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by President Chip Kyle

It’s almost the end of 2016, and as I reflect on the last twelve months, I see it has been an instructive, fun, challenging and rewarding year!  Looking back, there are numerous highlights that come to mind:  our ability and willingness to offer a ride every day of the year; our commitment to be involved in the community in which we live through our donations and volunteer efforts; our “everybody on deck” extraordinary volunteer endeavors of the signature Pio

November 2016 Top Talk

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by President Chip Kyle

Happy November, everyone! I began last month’s column extolling the fantastic weather we were enjoying and encouraging all to get out on their bikes to take advantage of it. My last sentence of that opening paragraph advised that “less clement weather was on the way.” Perhaps I should consider meteorology as a new career!

October 2016 Top Talk

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by President Chip Kyle

I hope you have been able to get out on your bike during this time of fantastic weather to enjoy a ride or three.  This really is the sweet spot during the year weather-wise ¬ warm sunny days, but not too hot, low humidity, cool nights and temperate starts to the morning rides. There is still enough daylight to enjoy an after work ride. It doesn’t get much better than this.

September 2016 Top Talk

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by President Chip Kyle

I usually schedule a week­long bike ride each summer, and this year marked my 20th year for doing so.  In contrast to some of our heartier club members who prefer self-contained touring, I take a slightly more relaxed approach and ride a fully supported tour offered by one of the many bicycle touring companies or charitable organiz

Tour de Lavender / Ride the Hurricane Rides

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by Brian Hammer

On a 55-degree Chamber of Commerce type of morning, the Tour de Lavender departed from the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Sequim WA shortly before 8 am. The 67-mile route explored the coastal plain of Sequim but for one brief excursion to the northern foothills of Olympic National Park.