March 2016 President's Letter

Wow, it's hard to believe that March is here; winter is on its way out with warmer days ahead. With daylight savings time starting Sunday, March 13, the KBC Riding Season officially starts the following Monday, March 14. Rides will begin at 5:30 P.M. during March and 6:00 P.M. in April. It's time to dust off the bike, give it a good tune-up, and head out cycling the roads of southwest Michigan. Following are some early season ride tips from KBC's website:

  1. Attendance at early season rides is likely to be sparse and ride leaders may or may not be available.

  2. Be sure to wear brightly colored clothing and use both front and rear lights in order to enable auto drivers to see you, especially so if you anticipate riding in the dusk or after dark.

  3. Come prepared to fix your own mechanical issues and flat tires. Other riders may not be able to stop and help out if you break down on the road. Carry a phone to use in emergencies.

  4. Be safe out there! (I added that one. :))

With lots a great riding weather ahead, it's time to start filling up our calendars with great bicycle tours that are held throughout Michigan. The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) puts out an annual Michigan Ride Calendar that lists hundreds of organized cycling events for all ages and abilities throughout our wonderful state. If you're a LMB member you should have received your full color copy a couple of weeks ago. If you're not a LMB member, you can view these events at -> Events tab -> Michigan Ride Calendar. If you're not familiar with LMB, they are a "non-profit, statewide membership organization that promotes bicycling and the safety of bicyclists on Michigan roadways." Check them out!

KBC has been approached by a professor from WMU's Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC) for our assistance in a couple of bicycle related research projects they are conducting. They will be presenting these projects at our March meeting on Tuesday, March 8. Here is a summary of the projects:

  1. Bike App Project - They are developing a bike app to collect risk factors for bicyclists and bike volume data. They are looking for KBC members' feedback on the bike app by answering questions in a web survey and are hoping members will use the app and provide risk factors from the app and route use data similar to Strava.

  2. Instrument Bike Experiment - They are developing an instrument bike with various sensors to better understand precise bike dynamics by different skill levels within varying bike infrastructures and environments. They plan to have an on-site experiment and are looking for KBC member assistance in seeking a good site and participating in the experiment as skilled bicyclists. (KBC has lots of these!)

These sound like exciting projects and a wonderful opportunity for KBC members to expand our horizons and try something new relating to our passion. So, plan to attend the March meeting to learn more about these research projects.

In closing, I would like to thank Scott Powers for taking on the role of KBC Hat Guru and managing our awesome selection of KBC hats. Scott can be contacted via e-mail at for hat information. Thanks Scott!

Have a great March!

Renee Mitchell :)
President, KBC


Next KBC Monthly Meeting on March 8, 2016

The next KBC Monthly Meeting will take place at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Kalamazoo YMCA on Maple Street. WMU's Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC) will be giving a presentation about two bicycle related research projects. All KBC members are welcome to attend.


KBC Friend of Bicycling Award

The Kalamazoo Charter Township received the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club's 6th annual Friend of Bicycling award during a presentation at their monthly meeting on Monday February 8, 2016, at Kalamazoo Township Hall. KBC president Renee Mitchell said, "The KBC Friend of Bicycling Award is presented annually to an individual or entity who 'significantly advanced the interests of bicycling.' We are proud this year to award Kalamazoo Charter Township with this award for taking a proactive stance toward planning and funding non-motorized improvements that support bicycling."

Ron Reid (center) received the award on behalf of Kalamazoo Township.

Presenting are Renee Mitchell, President of KBC, and John Olbrot, Vice-President.

On December 9, 2014, the Township adopted their first non-motorized plan that outlined a broad vision of sidewalks, bicycling, and other facilities. Later, in 2015, the residents approved a millage to fund projects which will benefit both motorists and non-motorists. In June of 2015 the Township was the first in Kalamazoo County to adopt a formal "Complete Streets" policy to develop more accommodations for non-motorized traffic.

Mrs. Mitchell concluded " is hard to think of a community that has come so far, so systematically recognizing the needs of its citizens for non-motorized facilities, and acted on them so quickly. You are also setting a great positive example for many other jurisdictions within our greater community who are trying to duplicate your success."

Past recipients of the Friend of Bicycling Award have been the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study, Open Roads Bike Program, The City of Portage/ Department of Streets and Equipment, Friends of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, and Breakaway Bicycles and Fitness in Portage.

Marc Irwin, KBC Director of Public Relations


KBC Riding Season Begins on March 14, 2016

The KBC riding season will begin on Monday, March 14, 2016 and the rides will begin at 5:30 P.M. However, it is doubtful that there will be hordes of KBC cyclists showing up to the rides in March for obvious weather related reasons. These rides will be somewhat informal until April, when the season really begins. The April rides will begin at 6:00 P.M. See the KBC website ( for more details.


KBC Ride Leader Sanctioning

At February's KBC Monthly Meeting, approximately 20 KBC members were sanctioned as KBC Ride Leaders to start off 2016 riding season. What is a sanctioned ride leader and why do we need them? I'm glad you asked!

As a huge benefit of being a KBC member, you have access to $10,000 of excess medical insurance for bike accidents on rides that our club "knows about and approves of," per insurance company's terms. Members attending the regular KBC weekly rides are covered because the club "knows about and approves of' those rides. Also as a KBC member, you are covered on rides that may not be a part of KBC's regular ride schedule, for instance an impromptu weekend ride with others, which is led by a KBC sanctioned ride leader.

A sanctioned ride leader is a KBC member who agrees to "conduct the rides they lead in accordance with the club's safety policies and the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code as it pertains to bicyclists." This information can be found at the link below and these books are available at KBC Monthly Meetings.

LMB's 'What Every Michigan Cyclists Must Know' book

To become a KBC Sanctioned Ride Leader, simply attend a monthly meeting and agree to the statement above when prompted. Doing so will log your name in the meeting minutes so KBC has a record of our sanctioned ride leaders.

Renee Mitchell, KBC President


KalTour Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.

Where: Portage District Library Lower Level.

The agenda will cover KalTour operations in the following four areas: publicity, food, route, and staffing.

If you haven't been to a KalTour Committee meeting in a long time (or have never been to a KalTour committee meeting) there is a good reason for that. It has been years since there has been a functioning KalTour committee. Although KalTour has done well in recent years and has been profitable, there is certainly room for new ideas and improvements.

I would like to have KalTour Committee discussions on a number of important issues. One area is how to increase our use of online and social media to publicize KalTour, particularly with regard to organizing ride groups. Another issue is the selection of a sandwich vendor. We will look at whether to return more of the route to Van Buren County. We will also discuss how to increase volunteer participation both before the ride and on the day of ride.

This meeting and participation on a KalTour Committee is open to any KBC member. Participants will be offered the opportunity for further involvement with KalTour operations.

People who are interested in becoming involved, particularly those who have expertise or opinions about KalTour issues, but who are unable to attend the meeting should contact me at

Mike Krischer, KalTour Director


Kalamazoo Bike Week 2016

This year Kalamazoo Bike Week is scheduled from May 14 - 21, 2016. Featured events will include KBC's Bike Camp, a Bike Rodeo for children, Mayors City to City Ride, Ride of Silence, "State of Bicycling" presentations by community leaders, and more. Watch for further announcements, as plans firm up.

Want to help out? E-mail KBW chair David Warwick at

Paul Selden


2015 KBC Member Mileage Almanac

Miles Member
3,238 Scott Baron
1,450 Bob Brennan
2,712 Sue Brennan
15,105 Terry Butcher
1,546 Randy Button
4,567 Terry Florian
580 Anne Gentz
4,000 Tyson Gilmore
2,500* Daniel Goldenberger
7,506 Paul Guthrie
10,192 John and Barb Hart (tandem)
2,541 Kevin High
950* Jeanette Hohm
1,984 Terry Hutchins
8,100 Doug Kirk
4,739 Mike Krischer
2,320 Dale Krueger
1,918 Renee Mitchell
5,100 Terry O'Connor
4,213 John Olbrot
2,343 Tim Popp
3,000 Bob Schell
2,999 Paul Selden
585 Ken Schneider
1,000* John Shubnell
5,342 Gary Solomons
1,750 Pam Sotherland
1,000* Paul Sotherland
7,013 Tim "Eddie" Stewart (Sr.)
6,113 Joe Stoner
2,001 Doug Wales
1,770 RicWiessner
7,420 Rick Whaley

*Approximate mileage as reported by the rider.

The idea behind KBC's Annual Mileage Almanac is to share the fun of bicycling that these numbers represent with others, regardless of the number of miles you ride. Thanks to all who submitted their reports, and thanks for inspiring everyone to get out there and ride when you can!

These are based on member reports received in time for submission to the March Pedal Press and may be approximate or based on an estimate. Please send any corrections/updates to the Editor.

Keep track of your mileage for next year's KBC Member Mileage Almanac!

Throughout 2016 please submit reports of rides that may be of interest to others. Trips, adventures, long rides, race results, an experience on a trail, a pleasant outing with the family ... in short, share anything you think may help our members get a feeling for the many bicycling experiences out there.

Paul Selden


Call for Your Personal Safety Tips, "Close Calls," and Accident Stories

Starting in the April issue of the Pedal Press, I'm going to run a couple of occasional bicycling safety oriented columns based on items you submit.

The first column will be titled "It Happened to Me ..." That one will be similar in theme to the popular "I almost got eaten by a grizzly" and "My boat sunk in a storm" story format in magazines. As an example, I've included my own "It Happened to Me" in this issue.

The second column will be titled "Safety Corner." That one will contain brief tips and ideas for safer riding.

Here is where you come in. Building on KBC's call for even more member input and involvement, the columns will feature stories of close calls or even bicycling accidents and safety tips that YOU submit. I want your tips and stories to be based on things that mean something special to you based on your first hand knowledge and experience. Your stories and suggestions could help other bicyclists.

Your accounts should/must:

- Be about 300 words or less in length.

- Stick to the facts.

- Contain your "lessons learned" or insights that could help others.

- Be authored by you (but you may ask that your name be withheld).

- Not blame anyone by name, etc.

- Include your first and last name (plus a phone number for follow up).

- Be proofread before you submit them (and it may also be edited for clarity, length, etc.).

We'll play with this for a bit and see how it goes. Start submitting your e-mails to me at I will follow up with you later in March.

In the meantime, have a great ride ... and get home safely!

Paul Selden - KBC Director of Road Safety


It Happened to Me - Falling on Railroad Tracks

Over the past five years, I've crossed so many railroad tracks that I hardly give them a second thought. Kalamazoo County seems loaded with them.

On Saturday, February 20, most of the snow had melted under sunny skies in 50+ degree weather, leaving only occasional wet spots. I rode past the cattails on Oakland Drive between U Avenue and Osterhout Avenue. Crossing Gourdneck Creek, I headed north to the Portage city line. Railroad tracks cross at a fairly steep diagonal at that point. With no train in sight, I checked my rear view to make sure I could cross at a safe angle without veering into traffic. The coast was clear.

I looked back at the tracks. I "jinked" at the last second to cross without heading too far into the road. Too late. My handlebars wrenched hard right as the front wheel slipped down between road and track. Bike stopped. I kept going. Moving less than 10 mph at the time, everything fell in slow motion. My left foot unclipped, helping to break the fall. More or less gently, I rolled over my left shoulder further into the roadway. In traffic I could easily have been hit.

What Went Wrong? Lessons Learned.

Checking for traffic in my mirror and elsewhere took my eyes off the road at a critical moment. I looked back at the tracks a split second too late. When I turned my wheel, it was already almost in the groove. The gap between road and track may have been wet, making it even more slippery. My right clip may have been too tight. Whether I was distracted by the nice weather and daydreaming, or made too complacent by the fact that I'd never fallen on railroad tracks before, or too "rusty" from the relative lack of road miles I've ridden this winter is hard to say.

Before crossing railroad tracks, check for traffic in time to pay attention to the road ahead. Cross railroad tracks at a right angle. Walk your bike across if necessary. Adjust pedals as needed.

Paul Selden


Upcoming KBC Events

Bike Camp 2016

Orientation Night, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

4 Saturday Sessions - May 14, 21, 28 and June 4.

KBC's Annual W Ride - To be determined.

KalTour 2016 - Sunday, June 26, 2016.

February Monthly Meeting Minutes

Present: David Jones, Doug Kirk, John Idema, John Olbrot, Kathy Kirk, Marc Irwin, Mark Lemons, Meg Zapalowski, Michael Krischer, Michael Vandeveer, Mike Boersma, Pam Sotherland, Paul Selden, Paul Sotherland, Paul Wells, Renee Mitchell, Rick Whaley, Ryan Heidenfeld, Scott Baron, Scott Powers, Tyson Gilmore, Celine Keizer, Valerie Litznerski, and Zolton Cohen

Welcome and Introduction

The meeting was called to order by President Renee Mitchell at 7:00 P.M.

Committee Reports

Officer Reports: The KBC Executive Committee met in January to set goals for 2016.

Vice President John Olbrot discussed the use of PayPal for funds. He believes that the KBC might consider a different source, so that we don't pay as much money for the transactions. He would like to find something that can be used to swipe credit cards at events.

Secretary Valerie Litznerski discussed thank you letter for bicycling related billboards in Kalamazoo and she will coordinate with Team Clark Logic and the Southwest Michigan Mountain Bike Association (SWMMBA) to include other letters.

Award Committee Chair Paul Selden reported that the KBC Friend of Bicycling award ceremony was very formal and well received.

Insurance Coordinator Terry O'Connor noted that in the process of determining payment for premiums with regard to KBC events, rides, trail maintenance, etc., non-members are not covered.

Database Manager David Jones indicated that the number of active subscriptions is close to 450 and this has caused increases in insurance costs. He will start reporting on the number of members that are a part of the club in the Pedal Press.

Director of Road Safety Paul Selden noted that Kalamazoo bicycle planning from 2015 will now be implemented. There will be a bike lane on Burdick Road to connect to Portage Road, new trail segments will be started, and the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail (KRVT) will be completed in 2017. Also, on May 14, 2016, the Mayor's Ride will kick off Kalamazoo Bike Week. This event is organized by the city to show their commitment to cycling. The Ride of Silence will be May 18, 2016.

Grant Request for SMMBA / Markin Glen Trail / Maple Hill Trail

KBC Grant Committee Chair Celine Keizer noted that the Grant Committee reviewed a proposal for a $2500 donation to the Markin Glen Trail Project by the SWMMBA, which is the largest request that the club has received to date. This is being reviewed currently and the merits of the project are being considered.

Meg Zapalowski, Vice President of the SWMMBA, noted that the project received title sponsorship and that it is at the 60% level that will allow them to start building. The trail will connect directly to the KRVT, will be professionally built, and plans are to have events that will involve both of the trails, local bike shops, and businesses. There will be a small window of time to build the 6 mile mountain bike specific trail and the SWMMBA hopes that they will be able to start building the trail this year. There are individual sponsorship opportunities, as well. Winter trail use for skiing might not be practical due to elevation changes of the trail, but the SWMMBA hopes to have bike demonstrations and youth programs. They are also working with Open Roads, part of the Kalamazoo Foundation, and they will raise an endowment to fund the trail for 25 years of maintenance; after that, the park system will provide maintenance.

The Grant Committee recommended to the Executive Committee that the grant receive approval. The Executive Committee decided to review the club's budget and expenditures. Paul Selden stated that he supports "planned giving," since that was the purpose of accruing the funds in the bank account.

KBC Jersey Update

Extra jerseys have been purchased, to give to mayors of both Kalamazoo and Portage, and to be available to club members. Extra jerseys are available for sale on first come first serve basis. The jerseys are expected to arrive in late March.

Bike Camp 2016

The Bike Camp orientation meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 and there will be sessions on the following 4 Saturdays. Additional volunteers are being sought, as well as someone to become the Education Chair for the KBC.

2016 Goals

The Executive Committee goals, published in the February Pedal Press, include improving the club's perception and communication, enhancing KBC rides, increasing volunteerism, and updating and maintaining the KBC website. Club members are asked to please reach out to the KBC if you would like to help the KBC achieve any of these goals.

Immediate Volunteer Needs

There were discussions concerning the need for someone to volunteer for the following positions.

Apparel Manager - Serves as a single point of contact for club members to obtain club apparel (hats and jerseys).

Web Content Manager - Keeps the website up-to-date with happenings in the club.

Website Committee - Help revamp the website.

Ride leader Sanctioning

New 2016 ride leaders were sanctioned. They are Doug Jones, Doug Kirk, John Idema, John Olbrot, Kathy Kirk, Marc Irwin, Mark Lemons, Meg Zapalowski, Michael Vandeveer, Pam Sotherland, Paul Selden, Paul Sotherland, Paul Wells, Renee Mitchell, Ryan Heidenfeld, Scott Baron, Scott F Powers, Tyson Gilmore, and Zolton Cohen.

Team Clark Logic Volunteer Activities

Committee chairs can reach out to the race team by contacting Valerie Litznerski.

Sponsored riders that are a part of the team will be requested to assist with KBC volunteer needs.

Old Business / New Business

New business: Trial adult membership offers for individuals who purchase bikes were discussed. This had been done in the past and there was some discussion as to whether the KBC should do this again. Paul Wells noted that when he was the owner of Breakaway Bicycles, despite his best effort, these were not given to all customers. Many purchasers were not interested in the membership. He still thinks that it is a good way to boost members and recognition for the club. A lot of people have the perception that the bike club is the race team. The perception also extends to the bike shops; that they cater only to serious cyclists. There was general support for doing this again. It was suggested that when a bicycle is purchased, something is given, e.g., stapled to the receipt, that directs people to the KBC website and invites them to a ride or something that is inviting - an invitation to learn something new, be a part of the community, etc.

Doug Kirk motioned to adjourn the meeting, the motion was seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Val Litznerski, KBC Secretary



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If you have an article or a notice that you want to go into the PedalPress, please e-mail it to the newsletter editor, by the 20th of the month before its intended publication.

For example, if you'd like an article to be published in the April edition (distributed during the first week of April), have it to the newsletter editor by the 20th of March.


Active Subscriptions:


New members:

Paul Bonar • Jacob Grevenstuk • Jesse Kooistra • Daniel Withham

March Expiring memberships:

Lopez Family • Scott Aldrich Family • Letitia Anderson Family • Colin Bates • Kristen Berg • Mike Berry • Amy Callahan • Molly Cartwright • Susan DeHollander • Todas Family • Darnell Family • Lauren Fizmaurice • Andrea and Donald Fore • Daniel Frazier • Robert Guise • Dave Hauschild • Kevin High • Mike Hughes • Marc Irwin • Ashley Juengling • Tim Kilmartin • Doug and Kathy Kirk • Cheryl Koopman • Gordon Larsen • Glenn Llewellyn • Tracy Morton • Rob Nicey • Nicole Obriecht • Jen Ozolins • Emily Renton • Jeff Robertson Family • Lisa Shirey • Wendy Sosville • Evan St. Peter • Steve Stapleton • Matt Stinson • Joseph Stoner • Denise VanderWeele • Marlena VandeStreek • Phil Ward • Rick Whaley • Shelly Woertint • Eric Zahrai

Renewed memberships:

Terry Florian Family • David Warwick • Ervin Fulkerson • Jon Ballema • James Murray • Paul Selden • Valerie Litznerski • Jeff Walburn • Brad Zapalowski Family • Tracy Reilly • Andrew Louwaert • Keyte Family • Janet & Herman Evenboer

David Jones, KBC Database Manager

Editor's Letter - What I Have in Common with a Hot Potato

We are now well into the sloth season. The season where we lose our motivation to rise from our incredibly comfortable reclining chairs; a place where we fall asleep and dream about sleeping. The season where we break into a cold sweat at the sight of a stationary trainer, at least for those of us who still have the energy to break into a sweat. The season where our fitness leaves our bodies and hovers above us, before moving towards the light; a light that shines on a bag of potato chips. A season of re-regeneration, where we turn from cyclists to slobs. We've lost our glass cycling shoes and we can't get up and we don't even care if our allusions make any sense.

And so, I had some concern about my conditioning before my first group bicycle ride of 2016. Thanks to surgery and sore knees, I had taken it easy through January, spinning through easy and short rides on my stationary trainer. February wasn't much more intense. The evidence from the cyclometer after my few solo outdoor rides suggested that I was now riding nautical miles. In addition, based on past experience, I had good reason to believe that my riding companions were protesting just a bit too much about their current lack of riding prowess.

The ride did not get off to an auspicious start. I had mistimed the crossing of the busy street at the start of the ride and I was 50 yards behind the rest of the riders a quarter mile later. Catching the group had me breathing as though I was staring at the centerfold of a bicycle manufacturer's spring catalog. About a mile later, as we accelerated rather abruptly after a stoplight, I found myself in oxygen debt again. And a few miles later, as we broke through the 21 mph barrier into a cross-headwind, I got dropped.

This didn't bother me too much, since I knew that we were regrouping less than a mile later to pick up more riders. But I also I knew that I was going to have to play my cycling cards very shrewdly if I were to avoid being dropped again. So, I positioned myself towards the front of the pack when we started riding, an unusual place to be for a man who enjoys being the caboose on most group rides. And so, of course, the two leading riders broke away from the pack, enabling another rider and me to pull for the next 3 miles. Shrewd card playing indeed.

I finally drifted behind everyone else and, soon afterwards, we turned west into the headwind, which slowed the pace, if not the effort, as we crossed into Van Buren County. A few miles later, as we crested a small hill, a gust of wind stood me up in my pedals and I suddenly found myself alone again. My riding companions waited for me, only to drop me almost immediately on a downhill, but I caught up with them in Lawton, thanks to some well positioned stop signs. However, on the outskirts of Mattawan, I watched the other 8 riders slowly pull away from me yet again. It was not due to any sudden acceleration on their part. It was just that my legs had died.

Legs, Fredrick S. Whaley's

Fredrick (Rick) S. Whaley's legs, age 63, passed away on Saturday, February 20, 2016 in Mattawan, Michigan. Rick's legs, along with the rest of him, were born in 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After a relatively uneventful first 12 months, during their remaining years, they took Rick to many interesting places, including schools, workplaces, and grocery stores, while living in 9 different states. In their younger years, they particularly enjoyed wiggling and playing kickball, and in high school, they developed an interest in moving for long periods of time as fast as possible. As an adult, they developed a new interest; rotating in circles for many miles while pedaling a bicycle. In their latter years, they also enjoyed short walks to the bathroom in the middle of the night. They also liked wearing pants.

Rick's legs are survived by his liver, his spleen, and various other body parts. Although his body parts will miss them very much, they are comforted by the knowledge that Rick had legs and he knew how to use them. Memorial contributions may be made to Legs Inn, Cross Village, Michigan, where they spent many pleasant hours doing nothing during rest and refueling breaks during the DALMAC bicycle tour.

At least I was able to keep an eye on my former companions until they turned left on 3rd Street from PQ Avenue. And while I had a good idea of where they would be going during the remainder of the ride, I decided not to futilely chase them and, instead, take the shortest route back to my house. I would still be riding about 45 miles, which would be enough.

The remaining miles weren't bad, despite having to fight off my first bout of hotfoot in 2016. The energy gel that I had eaten and the tailwind certainly helped. And for my visual entertainment, as I approached the intersection of Angling Road and Romence Road from the south about a mile from my house, I was got to witness a driver blow through the stop sign on Romence Road while continuing west. I just hoped that he was planning to stop at the dead end about a quarter mile later. I'm guessing that he was having a bout of lead foot.

So, to summarize, after my first group ride of 2016, I'm 1 for 1 in getting dropped, getting hotfoot, and watching a vehicle commit a major traffic violation. So, this is shaping up to be quite the year in bicycle riding and I need to get into better shape. And I will. But that reclining chair still looks incredibly comfortable.

Rick Whaley, KBC Newsletter Editor

Some Upcoming Rides of Interest

We have some rides to report!

Sunday, March 20, Melting Mann Dirt Road Bike Challenge, Vandalia, MI. 21 and 32 miles.

Saturday, April 16, Founders Barry-Roubaix-Killer Gravel Road Race. Hastings, MI. 22 36, and 62 miles.

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Asking $1200 for tandem and rack. Contact Sue at

Shop Notes

Alfred E. Bike

320 East Michigan, Kalamazoo, (269) 349-9423

Billy's Bike Shop

63 East Battle Creek Street, Galesburg, (269) 665–5202

Custer Cyclery

104 North Augusta, Augusta, (269) 731–3492

Gazelle Sports

214 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, (269) 342–5996,
Visit Gazelle Sports March 17 - 20 for the women's Spring Style Event! While there, register to win a $500 Gazelle Sports shopping spree, plus many other super duper prizes!

Kzoo Swift

445 Forest St, Kalamazoo, (269) 929-8053.

Pedal Downtown

- 611 W Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, (269)567-3325

Pedal South

- 185 Romence Road, Portage, (269)324-5555 and

Team Active

22 W Michigan, Battle Creek, 1–800–841–9494

Village Cyclery

US 131 in Schoolcraft, 679–4242

Zoo City Cycle & Sports

4328 South Westnedge, Kalamazoo (269) 552–3000


Bicycling Safety Disclaimer

Important: Riding a bicycle is an inherently dangerous activity. There are risks of injury or death. You could ride over something and fall, or get hit by an automobile or strike or be struck by another bicyclist. There are many other dangers to bicycling as well.

While nothing can eliminate all risks associating with bicycle riding, to minimize the danger, make sure you and your bicycle are in good riding condition. Know the rules of the road and also of the group you're riding with, and ride in a manner consistent with the protocols of that group. Always wear a bike helmet, use bike lights if riding in the dawn, dusk or dark, and consider purchasing and riding with additional safety equipment such as reflectors and rear view mirrors.