The new OBS web site is now active. You can find it at www.OKCBike.org
OBS members can log on to access the premium content. Visitors can see helpful information about cycling in central Oklahoma, as well as information about the benefits of joining OBS and joining instructions.
Visitors that wish to be added to the mailing list can also do that from the new web site.
Here is an image of the web site accessible by OBS members:
And here is the screen available to visitors.
The Floating Crapgame Ride (FCR for short) is a Nov thru Mar only ride that had it’s beginnings many years ago when a few friends would contact each other by phone (this was before social media and even before most people had email) and decide on a location and destination for a ride on Saturday morning. Since the ride location “floated”, the FCR moniker was suggested by one of the participants and it stuck.
The ride now has four fixed starting locations, one for each Saturday of the month and always leaves promptly at 9:00 AM. For the weekly locations, see the link below. The ride distance is usually between 25 and 30 miles.
This is a casual ride with emphasis more on socializing than on “training”. the average pace is around 12-14 mph with regroups as needed. We stop for “brunch” about midway.
The FCR weekly schedule is on the OBS website at this URL:
OBS ordered a few extra jerseys when we placed our order this spring. You may purchase one of these fully custom jerseys for only $50 (same quality as $80-$90 jerseys in bike shops). If you would like to have the jersey mailed to you, add $4 for that.
Men: Large, X-Large, XX-Large, XXX-Large
Women: Medium, Large, X-Large
These jerseys are cut on European patterns, so they are about a full size smaller than American patterns. If you are not sure of your size, email John Wente at email@example.com and he will send you a sizing chart that will pretty much guarantee you get the right size IF you already have any cycling jersey or t-shirt that fits you well and know how to use a ruler or tape measure 😉
To order send an email to John Wente at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or call 405-354-2301 (leave voice mail if no answer) and he will give you further instructions.
May Getaway will be at Osage Cove camping area at Kaw Lake near Ponca City. Tent campers will stay in group camp #3. There are plenty of RV sites nearby. OBS is picking up the tab for the group camp, so tent campers will not have to pay a fee! 🙂 For more details, map to the campgrounds and maps of the routes, go to this link: http://oklahomabicyclesociety.com/may-getaway-2/
We need more casual pace riders at the Wednesday night Lake Overholser ride. We leave Route 66 Park (west side of the lake at NW 23rd Street) at 6:00. The ride goes around the north side of Lake O and then down the new West River Trail. The total distance is about 23 miles, but since we go down the trail, there is always the option to turn around at any point. The “Socialite” group is advertised as averaging 12-14 mph, but if you can manage 11 mph you are welcome to join us. This is a NO-DROP ride (meaning no one is left behind). The success of the Edmond casual pace ride indicates that there are riders out there who want to ride at this pace. If you are one of them, come give it a try. We’d love to have you join us!
Ride Leader: John Wente 354-2301 or email@example.com
Ride meets at Rt. 66 Park on the west side of the lake at NW 23rd Street. There are groups at speeds ranging from 19+ mph down to 12-13. If you are new to the ride, ask someone about the groups to be sure you join the one best suited for you.
Rides leave PROMPTLY at 6:00 pm (we don’t wait for stragglers). Rides leave in order of speed, fastest first.
The annual OBS Spring Fling Thing cycling/camping weekend will be held April 30 thru March 1 at Lake Arbuckle (near Sulphur, OK). For those who want to camp, we will be staying at Buckhorn Landing. To get there take I-35 south to the Davis-Sulphur exit (Hwy 7) and go east to Sulphur. You will go to the east side of Sulphur and turn right on Hwy 177 (it will appear that you are entering the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and you are). Go about 5 miles and there will be a sign indicating Buckhorn Landing. Turn right and follow the signs to the campsite.
For those who don’t like to camp, there are several motels in Sulphur and Davis. Of course there is no requirement to stay overnight. You may choose to ride on Saturday or Sunday only.
The Saturday ride will begin at 9:00 AM. The Saturday route is about 47 miles with shorter options available. Maps will be provided at the event.
As at all OBS weekend cycling/camping outings, Saturday evening will feature the World Famous OBS Pot Luck Dinner. Be sure to bring something to share with the group and don’t forget to bring your own plates, bowls, knife, fork, spoon and something to serve your delectable delight.
Sunday morning we will depart camp at about 8:00 AM (unless announced otherwise Saturday evening) and ride to a restaurant in Sulphur for breakfast. The round-trip distance is about 20 miles.
The area around Lake Arbuckle is very scenic. There are hilly areas interspersed with relatively flat stretches, and it’s all beautiful. If you haven’t cycled there before, you owe it to yourself to give it a try.
Gary Cannon has led this ride for many years (thanks, Gary). He always promises we will have “typical Oklahoma spring weather” and he has never failed to deliver on that promise. 😉 For more information, you may contact Gary at (405) 354-8412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Allegiance Credit Union for being recognized as the state’s first Bicycle Friendly Business. Cyclist Amy Downs ( pictured top right ) is an officer of the credit union and submitted the application for B.F.B. The L.A.B. announced on Dec 10 that Allegiance was awarded the Bronze designation – quite a feat for a first time applier.
Would you like to nominate your business to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists?
Click HERE to find out how.
OBS will be accepting orders for the OBS Jersey ($50) and other OBS apparel. Ordering will close Nov. 28th, so be sure to get your orders in before then. Order HERE
The Oklahoma Bike Summit is scheduled for Nov. 13th and 14th in Stillwater.
Click Here for the agenda for Friday and Saturday, and for registration info.