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February 2017 Top Talk

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 …

January 2017 Top Talk

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 …

December 2016 Top Talk

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; …

November 2016 Top Talk

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 …

October 2016 Top Talk

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 …

September 2016 Top Talk

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 …

August 2016 Top Talk

We have just come off two months of extensive volunteer efforts by members of our bike club. Last month was the Pioneer Century (the subject of last month’s Top Talk), and this month was the finish line of the Seattle to Portland bike ride. As most of you know, Cascade …

July 2016 Top Talk

As most of you know, the Wheelmen put on two major annual events that that require lots and lots of volunteers: the Pioneer Century and the finish line of Seattle-to-Portland. Earlier this month we hosted the first of these and I am gratified to report that our club members showed …