Sunday, June 7, 2009

New Kid on the Block

Hey folks we have a brand new shiny member! Marc Glass renewed his USAC License and joined ByBC at the same time. Welcome to the club Marc!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Tucker County Road Race, WVRRS #3!

"One of the Top 10 Hardest Races in the USA" says Velo News!
"Great lap w/ a real ball-buster of a climb at the end" says some kid from DC!
"I thought one lap was sufficient last year" says Chrissy!
"Next to the High Rollers finish, this may be the slowest sprint ever" says me!

It's back!
Tucker County Road Race

Only this year the finish is not at the gravel lot, but further up!
More punishment!
More vertical!
More for your money!

Last heard that we had 80 pre-reg, for the Motown RR we had 60 pre-reg and 160 for the race so who knows how many will be there at 11am on Saturday?

Come join us won't you?

A new member.

Jim Wright, from up in the Northern Panhandle of WV, home of "The Wheeling Feeling" is our newest member.

He is also part of the Nail City Velo Club so he wasn't sure if he could be a "real" member of the ByBc. That and he like things in strange dead languages, so he's our first Ex Officio Member. w00t, we got class!

Welcome Jim.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A little history.

The idea of the "club" started out of a need for me to permit my own USAC events. I really didn't care much about the name cause I really didn't plan on anyone joining. Then Nars got wind of the idea. He was hocked like a baby on sugar. Day one he started thinking of names. Then one night after return from a walk with Betsy and Jackie he called. Backyard Bike Club he said! From then on out it been all ByBC!
I was the first to "officially" sign up via USA cycling then came Chris, Nars and Betsy. I was very happy to learn of R.C. joining of the ByBC. You don't have to have a silly license to join but you do have to pass Gunnar's judgment! hehehe! Mean people need not apply..

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Newer and better!

Chris Nichols has been one that we've been keeping an eye on lately.
His eager disposition, willingness to get in over his head, and he's a really nice fellow. Perhaps too nice, but we'll let him slide on that one.
He got sick before the MTRR and so couldn't race, but came out w/ his son and helped marshal a corner.
He has reviewed our rules and obligations and seems to be in agreement with our mission.
So please welcome Chris Nichols to the Backyard Bike club!

Unbeknownst to some, maybe to all, Ruth Cunningham has taken the huge step of getting her USUC license and signed on with the Backyard Bike club.
Hooray, another female member! And once again, a gamy individual, ready to try and take on about anything.
Ruth also did not race the MTRR but also did help marshal a corner. So since she helped and has joined, we can't kick her out...
Would you please welcome Ruth Cunningham to the Backyard Bike club!

Whew, that's tiring.

Did you hear?

The MorganTown Road Race was a giant success!!

MoTown RR

160 riders and quite nary a complaint!
And as far as I can tell, this is a record for a road race (non Pro) in WV.
We were a bit inundated w/ the results, but everyone was very patient and we did at least double the prize list, so there really weren't too many reasons for folks to complain.
And the day turned lovely.

In emails and on facebook the praise has been high. And now so are we.
Hooray for the ByBc!

We are growing!

After the successful second big ByBc group ride we have had a few requests for membership, and since they did complete the ride and rode fine and such, we are happy to announce-
Mike Keane
Fred Frasch
as members in good standing of the Backyard Bike club.

These two gentlemen cyclists both work at NIOSH (the same as Betsy) and the all three comprise the core of the NIOSH Lunch Time ride.


Monday, March 30, 2009

Once noted

Twice left out to dry.

Bring tyres and wheels appropriate for the ride.
If there is any question, bring heavier and bigger stuff. NEVER lighter and smaller.
Deep Dish rims on training rides are stupid. They add to several problems.

Always have a spare tube, a tool, and a pump. ALWAYS.
A chain tool is also highly recommended.

If you can afford fancy stupid wheels then you can certainly afford a saddle bag for all your bikes.


Welcome new member

Matt Markus!

Been cycling longer than any of us.
Carries his own spares.
Knows how to work on bikes.
Knows how to ride all kinds of bikes.
Rides well w/ others.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Look how official we are!

We are everywhere-
Backyard Bike club at USAC

Man oh man.
Watch out.

You too can become a memeber!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Riding w/ slower folk

If they're not as fast or strong as you, just ride a little before going on the ride w/ them.
Also use some heavier equipment, then ride a little afterwards too.
Equalize the equation a little.

It's a win-win situation for both parties!
Don't make a big deal of it though.

Inviting others

If you invite someone along for a ride...
Then you never, ever, *ever* drop them for long, or leave them behind.

After some time you may encourage them to return home though.
But that's after you've already ridden w/ them for a while.


We always wait for each other on rides.
Especially at the beginning.
Each turn-off.
Important to ride as a group in the beginning.

This does not apply to racing though.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Backyard Bike Club

We permit USCF races.

We organize (somewhat) and go on rides.
Rides that are inclusive.

We ride w/ the group, then we ride some more.
We ride on roads, we ride on not-so roads.

We heart bikes.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Time to decide

Or at least just check them out.

Prospect #1-

Prospect #2-

Prospect #3-

Prospect #4-

JR, is it me, does Billy Hill look like he just peed himself?
Maybe that's just my interpretation.

Friday, January 30, 2009

It's true

We're a USCF Club.