Monday, September 11, 2017

Flying with your Bicycle?

Our member Martin Keleti wants to share with our club his tips for saving money if you're traveling with your bicycle.  Some of these tips can save you money if you're flying to San Francisco for AIDS/LifeCycle next year, or if you're just going on vacation.

Alaska Airlines $25

Virgin America $50

Hawaiian Air $35

Compare those prices with United for $150

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Training for the Cookie Ride

Training for Phil Gaimon's Cookie Fondo Continues

Pete Demirai has requested a series of really hard Santa Monica Mountain rides to prepare for Phil’s Cookie Fondo, which is on October 15, so we're going to have a series of rides on Saturdays to train. These difficult rides are open to EVERYONE!

The first ride was on Saturday, August 19. Did you go? Other club members going on the Cookie Ride are Christian Shopinski, Brian Osterwalder and Bryan Blumberg.

Training for the Cookie Ride
Sat, Aug 19 – Fernwood – Cold Canyon – Agoura – 47 miles and 5,000 feet

Upcoming Santa Monica Mountain Rides
Sat. Sept 2 – Helen's Monthly Group Ride (Piuma, Schueren & Old Topanga) – 45 miles & 4,900 feet
Sat. Sept 9 – Las Flores – Mulholland – Decker 48 miles & 5,250 feet
Sat. Sept 16 – Látigo to PCH & Piuma to Stunt – 52 miles & 6,000 feet
Sat. Sept 30 – Up Encinal – Down Mulholland – Up Yerba Buena – Down Deer Creek – 45 miles & 5,800 feet

Friday, August 11, 2017

Pos Peds Co-hosted Rides

Different Spokes member Salvatore Ianniello recently became Ride Coordinator for the Los Angeles Chapter of Positive Pedalers.  He is going to be setting up one AIDS/LifeCycle training ride per month on Saturdays from August 2017 through May 2017.

He has asked that the rides be co-hosted by Different Spokes.  So, look forward to the addition of Saturday rides being added to our calendar.

Of course any of our club members who are Certified Training Ride Leaders will be welcome to volunteer to co-facilitate these rides.

Thanks Sal!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Voting Has Closed


These are the winners of the Different Spokes annual election of officers:

PRESIDENT & CEO - Bryan Blumberg (24 votes yes, zero opposed)
MEMBERSHIP CHAIR & CFO - Mario Rivera (24 votes yes, zero opposed)
SECRETARY - Brian Osterwalder (24 votes yes, zero opposed)

Different Spokes is moving along into its 35th year!  Thank you all for participating in your club.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Nominations for 2017-2018 Are In

Voting ended on Tuesday, July 18 at 6 AM.

Different Spokes is happy to announce that voting has ended.  We had a total of 24 votes.  The results are:

PRESIDENT - Bryan Blumberg - 24 votes for, no votes against

TREASURER - Mario Rivera - 24 votes for, no votes against

SECRETARY - Brian Osterwalder - 24 votes for, no votes against

We will attempt to install the new officers by August 1, 2017 and will then schedule a Board Meeting.  The meeting time and location will be announced and any Different Spokes club member may attend.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Nominations for Different Spokes Club Officers are now being accepted.

Different Spokes is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation. Membership dues are tax deductible. The club is required to have nominations and elections of officers annually. There must be periodic board meetings with minutes.

Official responsibilities of the officers are as follows:

PRESIDENT - The president is the chief executive officer. Conducts board meetings; has access to the bank account; is the agent for service of process for the corporation. Filing a statement of information with the California Secretary of State.

TREASURER - The treasurer is the chief financial officer. Responsibilities include maintaining the membership roster; reminding expiring and expired members that their renewals are due; has access to and maintains the bank account; renewing the club’s membership in the League of American Bicyclists; renewing the club’s liability insurance policy.

SECRETARY - The secretary is responsible to take minutes at meetings of the officers.

Different Spokes is a cycling club with a primary outreach to the Southern California LGBT community, but everyone is welcome to join Different Spokes.  Different Spokes has no affiliation with AIDS/LifeCycle. However, some members form a Different Spokes AIDS/LifeCycle team each year. Therefore a number of the club’s activities or bike rides are integrated with AIDS/LifeCycle.

Other duties which are usually performed by club officers, but may be performed by any member of the club are:

Planning the ride schedule.
Maintaining the club’s website, calendar, Facebook group and weekly email newsletter.
Designing the jerseys and shorts for the club’s kit/uniforms,
Planning, organizing or hosting club social events.
Coordinating club involvement in other community bicycling events.
Planning AIDS/LifeCycle training ride schedule.
Coordinating club ride schedule with club’s AIDS/LifeCycle Training Ride Leaders.

To be a club officer, one must have a current active membership in Different Spokes Bicycling Club of Southern California. This can be accomplished simply by paying your $15 annual membership dues.

To nominate yourself or another club member to be President, Treasurer or Secretary, please post a comment to this blog post. We will have elections in July. Officers will assume their roles in August.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2018 AIDS/LifeCycle

If you register this week with discount code ALC2018, you can sign up for just $40. That is the lowest registration fee that will be offered. AIDS/LifeCycle is a 545-mile, 7-day bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Different Spokes has a team in this ride every year. Our team is riding in the 2017 ride RIGHT NOW! AIDS/LifeCycle is a life changing experience, which is why many riders sign up to participate again and again. This is a charity bike ride, so all participants must raise $3,000 in donations towards HIV-services at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Please sign up and join the Different Spokes team. Your team captains, Bryan Blumberg, Mario Rivera and Mark Ostensen will be available to help you fundraise and help you iron out all of the logistics involved in participation.

Registration is now open for the Tour de Laemmle: Vérité
Join Different Spokes members Brian Osterwalder and Bryan Blumberg for the 4th Annual Tour de Laemmle!  This is a 130 mile bike ride on Sunday, July 23rd. The ride tours all of the Laemmle theater properties in Los Angeles County. It starts in Santa Monica and heads all the way to Claremont, then through Pasadena, Glendale, North Hollywood and Sherman Oaks. Registration is FREE, but the event does fill up. So, if you want to participate, sign up NOW!