May 2014 President’s Letter


Few people know - and a miniscule fraction of those few care - that I started my working career in the food service industry. In 1965, I landed a summer job at a restaurant in Center Harbor, New Hampshire, washing dishes for $1.10 an hour.

Through the years I climbed the ladder in that profession, eventually becoming a prep cook and then, in what was perhaps my apex in that line of endeavor, I achieved the status of short-order cook. So I'll go out on a limb and say that I know my way around a kitchen pretty well. Lately, however, it is my exploits at the consuming rather than the production end of gustatory events that have become fodder for family legend.

At any rate, I recently ran across a food-related word with which I was not familiar, "spatchcock," while reading a story in the Huffington Post that debunked the so-called science behind "beer can chicken" - the practice of grilling a chicken that is perched on a half-full beer can (interesting article, if you like this sort of thing at

Spatchcocking is not a recipe. It refers to a method of breaking down and opening up a chicken carcass so it cooks faster and more evenly on a grill or in an oven. In practice, it presents to the diner a flattened and undignified-looking bird, splayed out prone on a platter.

And how, I hear you cry, does this relate to cycling? Well, KBC's Bike Camp 2014 is starting up on May 14, and it got me to thinking about how I felt sometimes after I first started riding in groups with the club in 1996. And how I felt sometimes was spatchcocked; flattened, undignified, and splayed out. Well, played out anyway.

Now, those of you who are willing to volunteer to help out at Bike Camp have the opportunity to teach beginning cyclists how it feels to be spatchcocked, and how to avoid it in the future! What Education Chair Renee Mitchell and the Bike Camp Committee need most are ride monitors on the Saturday morning rides during Bike Camp. Ride monitors cycle along with Bike Camp's ride groups on distances ranging from 5-15 miles. They serve as role models for the Campers and answer questions related to the sport.

Ride monitoring at Bike Camp is fun. You get the chance to meet new people and to share your passion for cycling. And you don't need to be an expert or an experienced biker to be of worth to this program. Please contact Renee if you are able to help out. Her e-mail address can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

Spatchcockedly yours,

Zolton Cohen, KBC President


Next KBC Meeting on May 13th, 2014

The next KBC Monthly Meeting will take place at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the Kalamazoo YMCA on Maple Street. All KBC members are welcome to attend.


KalTour - Progress and Preparations

Preparations are well underway for KBC's 23rd annual summer tour (formerly Flowerfest, now KalTour) on Sunday, June 29. Fliers are out. Look for them at your local bike shop, library, or fitness facility. Talk up KalTour to other cyclists, especially nonmembers. If you would like more than a few fliers or know some place where they can be distributed, particularly in surrounding communities, please let me know at

We are looking for people to help out with road painting on Tuesday, June 17, leaving from the KVCC Texas Township campus at 6:00 P.M.

We also need people for the following day of event roles:

  • Setup (beginning at 6:00 A.M.)
  • Registration (beginning at 7:00 A.M.)
  • Cleanup (3:00 to 5:00 P.M.)

Some of the people handling the above tasks will also ride; others may be non-riding spouses, children, or parents.

We also need one or two people to handle the Timber Ridge Sag Stop on the Century Route. This is the sag stop with the fewest visitors, but also the most grateful ones after completing almost 80 miles. The sag stop will be open from about 11:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. and supplies need to be picked up before 11:00 A.M. at the ride headquarters.

Thank you!

Mike Krischer, KalTour Director


Kalamazoo Bike Week - May 10-17

(The following is from the Press Release for Kalamazoo Bike Week)

The Kalamazoo Community is invited to celebrate cycling and all of its benefits during Kalamazoo Bike Week 2014, May 10-17, 2014.

While enjoying a variety of bike rides, family festivals, and short films, participants will have the chance to learn the benefits of cycling in the Kalamazoo area as forms of recreation and transportation. The continuing goal of Kalamazoo Bike Week is to promote cycling advocacy, awareness and education.

Kalamazoo Bike Week is a grass roots effort, which began in 2012 as a way to bring awareness to cycling as a means of transportation and showcase the benefits cycling can bring to the area. Kalamazoo Bike Week 2014 Chair David Warwick stated, "The popularity of cycling in the Kalamazoo area continues to explode. For the third year, we are happy to offer a week devoted to cycling."

KBW 2014 will kick off on Saturday, May 10, 2014 with four events. The Trailblazer ride, a fundraiser for the Kal-Haven Trail, will start at the Trail Head on 9th Street in Oshtemo Township at 8:00 A.M.

For the second straight year, Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell and Portage Mayor Peter Strazdas will lead riders on a Mayors' City-to-City Ride on Saturday, May 10, 2014 beginning at 9:00 A.M. at Portage Creek Bicentennial Park (PCBP). The 7.5 mile ride will give riders a chance to see the two cities from a new perspective.

Families are invited to bring their bikes to Mayors' Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. for the Spring into Summer Family Bike Fest. Everyone can learn bicycle safety, take a ride on the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail, visit the activity stations, and meet members of the inaugural Kalamazoo Growlers Baseball Team.

Cyclists desiring extra protection may opt for the Blessing of the Bikes at 10:30 A.M. at Hickory Heights at the Climax-Scotts Junior/Senior High School. Climax United Methodist Church will sponsor the blessing and bicycle safety program.

For anyone needing time off the bike, or anyone wanting to see great independent films while enjoying local brew, on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 beginning at 6:00 P.M. and again at 8:15 P.M. at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, the Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival will feature short bicycle-related films.

On Wednesday, May 14 at 4:00 P.M. at KRESA West Campus, Bike Friendly Kalamazoo and community planning representatives will offer insight on place-making efforts in relation to cycling, and its tie-in to major trends and community plans.

For those wanting to spend more time on the bike, several bike rides of varying lengths and difficulty are scheduled during the week, including a Ride of Silence tribute ride to honor those who have been killed or injured while cycling. This slow-paced, solemn ride will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 6:30 P.M. at Millennium Park in Portage.

Saturday, May 17 offers opportunities for cyclists to get out on local bike trails and follow up with local, thirst-quenching brews. At 10:30 A.M., Arcadia Ales and Alfred E. Bike will host a bike ride at the new Arcadia location in Kalamazoo. This event will include a one-hour ride, tour of the new facility, and a bike giveaway.

The final ride of KBW 2014 will be the Bells-to-Bells Bike Ride on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 12:30 P.M. This ride, which is a fundraiser to benefit the Kalamazoo Valley River Trail, will begin at Bell's Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo and take riders on the trail to Bell's Brewery in Comstock. Participants will have the chance to tour the brewery before a return ride to the cafe.

KBW 2014 will culminate on Saturday, May 17 at 6:00 P.M. at Maestro, with Bike-a-Palooza, a fundraiser to support the Open Roads program. Presenters will share the story of Open Roads, a program that teaches youths bicycle mechanics and social skills.

More information on these events and a complete list of Kalamazoo Bike Week 2014 events can be found at

David Warwick, Kalamazoo Bike Week chair


The 14th Annual W Ride Report

A very large number of riders (17) by W Ride standards showed up at the Vicksburg High School parking lot on the morning of April 26 for a most unusual W Ride, unusual in the sense that it didn't look like it was going to rain. Sure, the temperature was a rather chilly 45 degrees with a cold and rather strong northwestern wind, but, and this cannot be emphasized enough, it didn't look like it was going to rain. And so, after handing out this year's licorice twist W Ride maps and some instructions from the Ride Leader (e.g., turn left out of the parking lot and keep riding straight ahead), the 14th Annual W Ride began, fashionably late at 9:15 A.M.

Upon turning left onto W Avenue, the RL discovered that his cyclometer wasn't working. After stopping briefly, but not briefly enough, to fix it, he spent the next two miles chasing the main group of riders. The RL then discovered that was going to be difficult to Impose His Will upon this group of riders, while occupied with more important matters, such as trying to catch his breath.

As an unnoticed by the RL result, the pack began to fragment, as a stronger group of riders, led by Ryan and Dave began to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the group. The RL began to take chase, but thought better of it and led a group of several riders to the Calhoun County line. Shortly before the county line, the RL was surprised to see Doug and Dan riding in the opposite direction, since the RL had noticed that they had dropped off of the fast group earlier. So just where were these faster riders?

As it turned out, these fast riders (Ryan, Dave, Val, Flint, and Carl) did the almost impossible and will be celebrated in W Ride song and legend for years to come. That is, they actually went off course. Instead of stopping at the admittedly not-so-well marked Kalamazoo/Calhoun County line, they continued riding for about a half mile before noticing their mistake (the sudden appearance of numerous potholes turned out to be a clue). Although, to give them the benefit of the doubt, it might have also been the case that they had selected longer licorice twists.

So, as a result, the RL's group began the ride back to Vicksburg ahead of the fast group and into the crosswind/headwind. They were eventually caught by Dave, Ryan, and Flint and as these three riders pulled away, the not-so-attentive RL realized that his group had decreased to just Jim and himself with no other riders in sight. The RL then began to pull away from Jim and rode the last 8 miles back to Vicksburg alone. Not exactly the group ride that he had imagined.

However, upon arriving back at Vicksburg High School, in an impressive display of group riding spirit, all of the faster riders were there waiting for the arrival of the slower riders, and the group continued waiting until several other riders showed up. As it was early in the riding season, some riders opted to end their ride at the high school and do a "Half W Ride" or "V Ride." A group of 8 riders (Ryan, Dave, Flint, Val, Doug, Dan, Phil, and the RL) began their ride to the Van Buren County line. At this point, the RL was averaging 16.5 mph.

As expected by the RL, the pace was torrid, and Phil dropped off, but the remaining 7 riders stayed together until the Van Buren County line was reached. At that point, Flint continued riding back to his home in Decatur. Then, energized by the now crosswind/tailwind, Ryan and Doug pushed the pace even faster and dropped the remaining 4 riders who, in turn, dropped each other. However, all the riders eventually regrouped and finished together shortly after noon, where Gatorade, pretzels, and delicious W Ride maps awaited. The RL averaged 17.8 mph during the entire ride, indicating that the last half of the ride was rather frisky.

These 6 riders dined on all or some of the aforementioned tasty treats and were soon joined by Phil, Bill, and Marc. As the RL left the parking lot to drive home, Paul on his recumbent was still on the course, but the RL was confident that he would also be a W Ride finisher. Later, Paul confirmed that that indeed was the case. And it didn't rain.

So, now that the 14th Annual W Ride is in the books, what has the RL learned from this experience? First, that he should be more attentive during the ride. Second, that he should eat more licorice.

Rick Whaley, W Ride Leader


The W Ride - A Photo Essay

by Paul Selden

The day was bright, filled with sunshine in our hearts, as Kathy Kirk snapped a great group photo.

A breakaway group of two (Dan Kallewaard and Doug Kirk) led by something like a mile at the turn into a 15 mph quartering headwind, not long after the Calhoun County line.

My view at 10:00 A.M.: still heading east, with no one in sight through my fairing.

Here comes our fearless ride leader (in yellow), holding his own.

Some 15 minutes later, my 48 pound long wheelbase fun-mobile has taken me to the turn.

The old (1874) schoolhouse east of Vicksburg made for a good photo opportunity on the way back into town.

By noon a group led by Doug Kirk and followed by Ryan Heidenfeld, Val Litznerski, Rick Whaley, and Dave Jarl had made the turn at the Van Buren county line and was well on their way home, this time pushed by a nice quartering wind.

An hour later, I'd made the turn and could almost smell the barn.

My view of the parking lot when I arrived some 12 miles and 50 minutes later.

Did I feel lonely? No, I felt great. There's a style of bicycling to fit just about everyone. Riding in my green limo, my 10 mph overall pace would have enabled me to finish my next timed randonneuring adventure feeling fresh, with plenty of time to spare.

Monthly Meeting Minutes

The April 8, 2014 meeting of the KBC was called to order by President Zolton Cohen at 7:00 P.M. Those in attendance were: Zolton Cohen, Terry O'Connor, Paul Selden, Michael Krischer, Marc Irwin, Doug Wales, Gayle Underwood, Mike Boersma, Tom Keizer, Rick Whaley, Bob Allwardt, John Olbrot, Karolyn Knutson, Brian Westmoreland, Jeremy Olszowy, Renee Mitchell, Gordy Vader, David Jarl, John Clark, Peter Post, Mary Gerger, and April Martin.

John Olbrot gave the treasurer's report:

Checking Account$5,513.32
Certificate of Deposit $11,134.64

Director of Road Safety Paul Selden gave an update on Kalamazoo Bike Week activities. Please see for a complete list of dates and times for Bike Week events. Volunteers are still needed for various activities. Please contact Paul if you are interested in volunteering. A brief discussion was held regarding the pros and cons of having our KBC rides posted as part of the Kalamazoo Bike Week activities.

April Martin, Chair of the Michigan Blind Athletic Association, spoke about the upcoming Sports Education Camp. The SEC offers training and participation in various sports to blind and visually impaired youth, ages 9 to19. In previous years, KBC members have volunteered their help with the tandem bike riding events. Volunteers are needed for this year's camp on Wednesday, May 7, Thursday, May 8, and Friday, May 9, 2014 (6:30 P.M.) at the WMU Office Park. Please contact April Martin, 269-910-0232 or e-mail, if you have any questions. April and her tandem pilot Gayle Underwood also mentioned they are organizing bike rides on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 P.M., riding at a comfortable pace of 12-13 mph for interested cyclists ( primarily adults). Please contact April for further information.

Education Committee/Bike Camp Chair Renee Mitchell updated everyone on this year's KBC Bike Camp. Information Night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14. Renee brought in the newly designed Bike Camp brochures and passed them out for members to distribute. Volunteers are still needed for ride monitoring duties at Bike Camp. Please contact Renee if you are interested in volunteering.

Mike Krischer reported on KalTour 2014, to be held on Sunday, June 29, 2014. The ride will start at the Bronson Athletic Club on 9th Street with a lunch stop at the Briar Patch Nursery. Ride distances will range from 13 to 100 miles. Volunteers are needed to help with various activities, including road painting, which will occur on Tuesday, June 17. Please contact Mike with any questions, or to volunteer, at

Those present sworn in as KBC Sanctioned Ride Leaders for 2014 were Terry O'Connor, Tom Keizer, David Jarl, Doug Wales, and John Clark.

Rick Whaley updated everyone on the upcoming W Ride.

Zolton reported that the Executive Committee had unanimously voted to grant the CMS Race Team $500.00 to help defray their expenses in 2014, and the KBC will be continuing Gold level sponsorship of the Miller Energy BTR Race, in the amount of $1,000.00.

Director of Road Safety Paul Selden gave a report on area road construction projects, as they relate to non-motorized traffic.

Renee Mitchell spoke about upcoming LMB law enforcement training opportunities. There will be five venues throughout Michigan offering the training between April 17 and June 6, 2014. Cities hosting the training sessions are Ann Arbor, Niles, Muskegon, Lansing, and Traverse City. The cost is $25.00 for a half day and $35.00 for a full day of the class. Paul Selden will e-mail various area law enforcement agencies offering KBC sponsorship to the training sessions to officers interested in attending them.

Zolton adjourned the meeting at 8:00 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Gerger, KBC Secretary



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Editor's Letter - Appreciating My Water Bottle Collection

A good water bottle is like a good cigar. Pleasing to the eye. Supple, but not too supple. Firm, but not too firm. A sensual pleasure to roll around ones fingertips. With a stopper that can be pulled and pushed with ones teeth without the risk of expensive dental work. And with an analogy that can be pulled and pushed only so far.

Actually, I know nothing about cigars, but I'd like to think that I know something about water bottles, having owned numerous water bottles throughout my riding years. Currently, I'm the proud owner of 21 of them that take up most of the space in the lower shelf of one of my kitchen cabinets. And this doesn't include the emergency water bottle I keep in my office in case I forget to bring water bottles from home when I travel directly from work to an evening KBC ride. Which, and you'd better be sitting down when you read this, I've actually done from time to time. (Wow, they say that confession is good for the soul and they're right!)

These water bottles are of various colors, sizes, and shapes. Most are white or clear, although I used to own a black water bottle, apparently because I had decided at some point in my cycling career that the water in my other water bottles wasn't turning lukewarm quickly enough on a hot summer day. Most hold 24 ounces of liquid, although a few hold only 20 ounces. Some are long and narrow, others are short and squatty; the ectomorphs and endomorphs of the mobile liquid transport world.

Some of these water bottles have sat in my cabinet for years without being used; for instance, my National 24 Hour Challenge water bottles from years that I associate with dry heaving and/or fighting off heat exhaustion. I also have a couple of water bottles where the plastic is too firm, but have yet to be thrown out, i.e., recycled, where they'll have the opportunity to be made into other too-firm water bottles and languish in someone else's kitchen cabinet. There are also a couple of rookie water bottles waiting to break into my water bottle rotation.

One of the reasons for my tribble-like collection of water bottles is that I haven't bought a water bottle in at least 20 years (with one recent exception to be discussed later, because I've heard that many fine writers use this sort of "cliffhanger" technique to entice their readers to continue reading articles devoted to subjects that fascinate only those fine writers). I've obtained them through races and tours, such as the aforementioned National 24 Hour Challenge and our own KalTour, although it can be reasonably argued that I did pay for them indirectly. I've obtained them through bike store giveaways and, as many of us can also claim, at KBC Winter Recovery Party raffles. I've received a couple of bottles as presents of the Christmas or of the "I don't want it, maybe you can use it" variety. This includes one of my favorites, my Vectren bottle, a company that distributes natural gas, presumably not via water bottles.

Another reason for the magnitude of my collection is because water bottles don't wear out easily and I like to assume that my dishwasher keeps them clean. Although if this assumption is false (unlike the assumption that ignorance is bliss in this case), I do own a recently purchased Clean Bottle. This was a bottle that I purchased for ten dollars along with another gift from L.L. Bean last Christmas in order to get a ten dollar gift certificate, so perhaps I didn't actually buy this water bottle either. For those of you who have never watched the Tour de France on TV and, as a result, are not having nightmares about being chased by the Clean Water Bottle Man, the Clean Bottle opens at both ends of the bottle in order to facilitate, that's right, the cleaning of the bottle. I've used this bottle once, and I'm happy to report that after being washed, it's not covered with mold.

Yet another reason for the magnitude of my collection is that it's hard to lose water bottles. I've had the occasional water bottle fly out of my water bottle cage after running over a pothole or over railroad tracks, to be missed several miles later, when it was time to take a drink, but that rarely happens, although I once lost two water bottles within two weeks that way. I took that as a subtle hint to adjust my water bottle cage. Once, I ran over a deep pothole during a Wednesday night KBC ride about 12 years ago that jarred my water bottle from the cage, and I was aware of my loss immediately, but in the heat of battle, the battle to not get dropped, I decided not to retrieve it. One must keep ones priorities straight. Actually, this incident was noteworthy only because the pothole put a dent in the rim of my front wheel, but, somehow, did not result in a flat tire.

And then there was that strange incident that occurred about 20 years ago during a Century Tour. I was riding my Fuji 12 speed, a bicycle that did not have water bottle braze-ons, so I had to secure the water bottle cage using two clamps around the down tube. I hit a pothole, and my water bottle cage along with the water bottle in it went flying. I was riding over a bridge at the time and I found my water bottle, but the cage was nowhere to be found, and I strongly suspected that it had disappeared into the creek below the bridge. Since this was in the day when my preferred cycling top was a t-shirt, I had no pockets in which to place my bottle, but, fortunately, I had a rear bicycle rack, so there it went. However, this proved to be rather inconvenient whenever I wanted a drink during the remainder of the ride.

But I've been able to continue owning many of the water bottles that I've accumulated over the years and I guess I've taken them for granted. Which is a shame, really, because where would we be without our water bottles? Would we carry water cupped in our hands? Steering could be a problem here. I suppose we could all wear canteens (wouldn't that be comfortable) or Camelbaks, but I, for one, prefer to drink my water, not to wear it.

So, let's pay tribute to the underappreciated water bottle. Because we all know that a good water bottle is like a good woman. Pleasing to the eye ...... and with an analogy that I probably shouldn't push any farther.

Rick Whaley, KBC Newsletter Editor

Some Upcoming Rides of Interest

Saturday, May 10. Trailblazer. Kalamazoo and South Haven. 25, 35, 45, 70, and 100 miles.

Ride Around Kent County. Walker. 50, 100, and 145 miles.

Sunday, June 1. Three Rivers Bicycle Ride. Three Rivers. 46 miles. Mary Warren at (269) 273-8860.

Saturday, June 7. The 100 Grand Bicycle Tour. Grand Rapids. 17, 35, 65, 105, and 141 miles.

Saturday and Sunday. June 14 and 15. National 24-Hour Challenge. Middleville. The Pedal Press Editor's cross to bear.

Wednesday through Sunday, August 27 - 31. 44th Annual Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw (DALMAC) Bicycle Tour. Four rides over 4 or 5 days, ranging from 290 to 411 miles. Registration has begun and all rides fill up quickly.

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Shop Notes

Alfred E Bike

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Billy's Bike Shop

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Breakaway Bicycles

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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.