Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Training for the Cookie Ride

Pete Demirai has requested a series of really hard Santa Monica Mountain rides to prepare for Phil’s Cookie Fondo, which is on October 14, so we're going to have a series of rides on Saturdays to train. The first one will be this Saturday, August 19. Other club members going on the Cookie Ride are Christian Shopinski, Brian Osterwalder, Fernando Domingo and Bryan Blumberg.

Training for the Cookie Ride
Saturday, August 19 - Fernwood - Cold Canyon - Agoura - 47 miles and 5,000 feet
Látigo to PCH & Piuma to Stunt 52 miles & 6,000 feet
Up Deer Creek and Down Látigo Canyon 45 miles & 5070 feet
Las Flores – Mulholland – Decker 48 miles & 5,250 feet
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!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

San Fernando Valley Loop is Cancelled

San Fernando Valley Loop is cancelled on Sunday, March 5 due to expected rain starting around 9 AM, unfortunately. Please join us for Sunset Plaza – Roscomare - Stradella on March 12. Check our calendar for all of our upcoming rides. Different Spokes Calendar, Click Here!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

South Pasadena to Citrus is Cancelled

South Pasadena to Citrus is cancelled on Sunday, February 26 due to rain, unfortunately. We have two great rides coming up next week. On Saturday, March 4, we have the I. Martin Annual AIDS/LifeCycle ride and sale. On Sunday, March 5, We have the San Fernando Valley Loop. Check our calendar for all of our upcoming rides.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I. Martin Annual AIDS/LifeCycle Event

Saturday, March 4, 2017

An AIDS/LifeCycle Training Ride

Different Spokes is joining forces with Shifting Gears Cycling, Team FUBAR and The Chain Gang for a pair of training rides hosted by I. Martin Bicycles Los Angeles. It's the I. Martin Annual AIDS/LifeCycle Event! Taco truck, discounts and sale.

I. Martin Bicycles Annual Aids/Lifecycle Sale will be held Saturday March 4, 2017.

The day will start off with two great routes followed by a Taco Truck and Flat Tire Clinics at 1:30 & 2:30 PM.

You’ll also have an opportunity to speak with Josh Cohen, cycling advocate and board member of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. He’ll be around to discuss the laws and your rights as a cyclist in LA!

Take advantage of GREAT DISCOUNTS! Up to 30% off on Apparel, 20% off on Accessories, 15% off 2017 model Bicycles and 30% off any 2016 model.

Long Route: (65 miles) For those of you who want to do some climbing this is the ride for you! We’ll start with a short warm up before starting our first climb up Nichols Canyon. The route will continue across Mulholland down Sepulveda to Brentwood for a quick stop at Jamba Juice. Next climb is 2.5 miles up Bundy followed by a 5-mile climb up Mandeville. You’ll return through Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey to Ballona Creek and back to I. Martin Bicycles.

Short Route: (36 miles) This is a great flat ride through the city to Ballona Creek down to Playa del Rey with a lap up Westchester Parkway. We’ll stop at Flowers by Felicia Coffee Bar for a quick stop before returning back to I. Martin’s.

Both rides are supported by Different SpokesShifting Gears Cycling, Team FUBAR and The Chain Gang.

Distance: 65 miles or 36 miles

I MARTIN BICYCLES 8330 Beverly Blvd. 323-653-6900
Parking available two blocks north on Rosewood Avenue - PLEASE CHECK SIGNS!

Meet Time:  8:00 AM
Mandatory Safety Speech:  8:15 AM
Roll Out Time:  8:30 AM

Friday, January 20, 2017

La Tuna Canyon - the proper direction ride is cancelled

The "La Tuna Canyon - the proper direction" ride is cancelled on Sunday, January 22 due to rain, unfortunately.  It will be rescheduled for April 30.

Meanwhile, hopefully we'll see you at the Garfield Park to Turnbull Canyon Road ride on January 29!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Orders for the 2017 Kits have been placed.

Different Spokes 2017 Jersey

Bib Shorts
Jersey 3D View

Mario Rivera designed the Different Spokes kit for 2017.  We stopped taking orders on February 13, 2017!  The kits are being manufactured and are expected to be delivered by the end of March, 2017.

2016 Jersey

We also are still accepting orders for the 2016 jerseys and shorts if we meet the minimum 10 piece requirement.