Thursday, February 18, 2021

Different Spokes is coming back on Feb 28, 2021

Great News!  Different Spokes Bicycling is coming back!  As of today, Thursday, February 18, 2021, the available adult ICU bed count finally reached 15% of the total supply.  That means that the technical requirement of the Safer At Home Order has been met. And we may now legally begin hosting group bike rides again.  Yay!  So, our first Different Spokes club ride will be Arcadia to The Oldest MacDonalds on Sunday, February 28.  Please watch for details about the event coming to you soon.

Monday, February 8, 2021

February 8, 2021 update

On December 21, 2020 we posted an update.  At that time, there were 288 Available Adult ICU Beds, (or 12% of the total) in the entire LA County. Unfortunately, the number of available beds is now just 259.

The guidance from the California Regional Stay At Home Order is that group activities are prohibited until the number of available ICU beds reaches 15% of the total, or about 350.

On December 3, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued a Regional Stay At Home Order that prohibits all gatherings with members from different households. The order remains in effect as long as the the available adult ICU bed capacity is less than 15 percent.

So, unfortunately, rides will continue to be suspended.

Please keep riding on your own. Stay in shape, but ride either by yourself or with a few friends.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Rides STILL suspended due to COVID-19


Just keeping in touch with our members.  The latest news is that rides are still suspended for the time being due to COVID-19.


On December 3, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued a Regional Stay At Home Order that prohibits all gatherings with members of other households. The order remains in effect as long as the the available adult ICU bed capacity is less than 15 percent.

You can read the order HERE.

As of December 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM, there were 288 Available Adult ICU Beds in the entire LA County, which is only 12 percent of the Total Adult ICU Bed Capacity.  So, as long as that magic number remains less than 15 percent, Different Spokes is not going to be offering any club rides.

You can view the metrics HERE.

Please keep riding on your own. Stay in shape, but ride either by yourself or with a few friends.

Monday, November 30, 2020

Rides suspended until December 27, 2020

On November 27, 2020, the Los Angeles County Public Health Department issued an order (which you can read in full here):


As new COVID-19 cases remain at alarming levels and the number of people hospitalized continue to increase, a temporary Los Angeles County Health Officer Order will be issued to require additional safety measures across sectors. The temporary order will take effect Monday, November 30, 2020 and remain in effect through December 20, 2020.
  • Gatherings: All public and private gatherings with individuals not in your household are prohibited, except for faith based services and protests, which are constitutionally protected rights.
Therefore, Different Spokes is going to cancel the next three rides and hopefully be able to resume on Sunday, December 27, 2020 with the Oldest MacDonalds Ride.

Please don't stop riding your bikes.  Stay in shape, but ride either by yourself or with a few friends.



Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Different Spokes guidelines with respect to COVID-19

Please wear a helmet when on the bike. Please wear a face covering when off the bike. Practice "social distancing" during rides by not following too close to each other.

You should be able to practice social distancing at our meeting venues. Different Spokes rides do not generally meet at restaurants or coffee shops. They meet at public parks where there is free parking, restrooms and a water fountain available.

Face coverings should be worn while you are off of your bike, but while you are on your bike, particularly if you are pedaling hard, you may lower your face covering so that you can breathe freely.

Los Angeles has the following guidelines.

Face Coverings: When in public or after being in public, Angelenos should wear a face covering when exiting your home and when interacting with others.

Physical Distancing: Keep 6ft between you and other residents.

Hand washing: Scrub your hands with soap and clean water for at least 20 seconds after touching frequently-used items, such as door handles, gas pumps, shopping carts or cashier touchscreens and PIN pads.

Salutations & Greetings: Adopt non-contact salutations, such as waving.

High-touch Surfaces: Routinely clean high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, phones, and car steering wheels, using soap and water, followed by a disinfectant

Travel: Avoid non-essential personal and leisure travel

Communal Food & Drink: Do not share or eat communal food and drink at any gatherings

Please download this PDF from USA Cycling for Group Ride Recommendations.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Planning on bringing Different Spokes rides back on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

Here is a tentative ride schedule. For details an any ride, just click on the ride's name. A new Facebook events will be created for each ride prior to each ride. If you don't feel comfortable on a group ride yet, it is totally understandable. Otherwise, please plan to exercise social distancing and bring a face covering in addition to your helmet. June rides will be on the easier side to help you ease back into riding if you've been off of your bike. If you want a harder ride, feel free to ride your bike to the meeting location or to go rogue and add miles on at the end of a ride. Hopefully, this will work out.
Sunday, June 7, 2020 - 9:00 AM - The Oldest McDonald's Ride - 44 miles - 860 feet
Sunday, June 14, 2020 - 8:00 AM - Burbank to Chinatown 2 - 33 miles - 1400 feet
Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 8:00 AM - Griffith Park Coffee Ride - 33 miles - 2300 feet
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 8:00 AM - Arcadia to Glendora & Donut Man - 33 miles - 1000 feet
Sunday, July 5, 2020 - 8:00 AM - GMR to Mt. Baldy Village - 47 miles - 5500 feet
Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM - Santa Monica to Neptune's Net - 61 miles - 2900 feet
Sunday, July 19, 2020 - 8:00 AM - Ride for the Pizza! (Arcadia to Glendora) - 35 miles - 1750 feet
Sunday, July 26, 2020 - 8:00 AM - Long Beach to Laguna Beach - Temple Ave Start - 62 miles - 1270 feet
Sunday, August 2, 2020 - 8:00 AM - Rancho Palos Verdes Switchbacks - 61 miles - 3500 feet
Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 8:00 AM - Malibu to Port Hueneme - 74 miles - 3560 feet
Saturday, August 15, 2020 - 6:00 AM - Cool Breeze Hilly Century - 111 miles - 5965 feet
Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 8:00 AM - North Atwater Park to Franklin Canyon - 45 miles - 4100 feet
Sunday, August 23, 2020 - 8:00 AM - Lida + La Tuna Canyon (Burbank) - 47 miles - 3500 feet
Sunday, August 30, 2020 - 8:00 AM - Azusa to Crystal Lake Café - 49 miles - 5600 feet
Sunday, September 6, 2020 - 8:00 AM - Arcadia Three River Loop - 73 miles - 1100 feet

Monday, March 16, 2020

Club Rides Are Suspended Temporarily

CLUB RIDES CANCELLED TEMPORARILY

Different Spokes Bicycling Club of Southern California is a member of the League of American Bicyclists.

The Bike League has recommended that cycling clubs reschedule all events including group rides.

USA Cycling has recommended that Group Rides be suspended at least through April 5, 2020.

Bicycling Magazine has an FAQ on How to Ride Safely Amid Coronavirus Concerns.

Bicycling Magazine also has an article on Spit and Snot Etiquette During the Coronavirus Outbreak. (Yes, you read that right.)

Additionally, Harold Sarmiento, a friend of Different Spokes and Nurse Practitioner in the Infectious Disease Department at Kaiser's Los Angeles Medical Center has also recommended that we cancel our club rides for at least a few weeks.

Therefore, we are sorry to have to announce this, but we are going to suspend club rides for the time being. Your club officers will continue cycling individually, and you are encouraged to do the same in order to preserve your sanity and to remain physically fit. Exercise does boost your immune system, so please continue to ride your bikes.