CANCELLED: 5/18, 5/25 Tom & Fred’s ride and a Volunteer Request


My schedule and also Fred Smiser’s schedule for this Thursday makes it impossible to have a Thursday group ride on Thursday May 18, so



2. There is an “Out of the Box Ride on Wednesday May 24. Thus, to save all of you having to drive two days in a row, we will NOT hold a THURSDAY ride on May 25. Let’s substitute the Out of the Box ride on May 24 for it.

3. The “Out of the Box Ride” out of Manito on Thursday, June 1 is Combined, so that ride will cover both bases.

JUNE, 2017: My schedule for Thursdays is full for June, and Fred Smiser’s schedule is going to be erratic at best, thus, neither of us can commit to leading/planning any Thursday morning rides for JUNE, 2017. July isn’t any better.

Therefore, we need someone from our group to step forward and take over the Thursday ride planning for this season.

I have done the planning for the Thursday rides for 6 or 7 years, but this year just isn’t working out for either Fred nor I to be able to keep things running.

Whomever takes over, please contact me via e-mail and I will do my best to get you the listing of the group riders. Of course, if you save this message and then press “REPLY TO ALL”, then the peoples’ names are already there and all you have to do is to edit the e-mail in order to send out notifications for the next Thursday ride.

So sorry to have to pull the rug out, but I cannot be two or three places at once, and Fred’s family comes first and foremost.

Hope you see you on Thursday June 1 in Manito for the “Out of the Box” Ride.

Tom D.

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Are you in our mileage contest?

At the end of each year, IVW recognizes high mileage members. To make tracking easier, we pull the figures tracked by The National Bike Challenge. That service is free and allows automatic syncing with Strava and other methods. Here is a link that explains how to do it.

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4/24 Out of the Box Ride Picture

4/24 Out of the Box Ride

Are you riding yet? We are! This pic was taken at the 4/24 Out of the Box Ride.

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2017 National Bike Challenge is right around the corner

Incidentally, this is how we track and recognize mileage for our club’s end of the year recognition. Join and specify the Illinois Valley Wheelm’n as your club affiliation and you are automatically in the running for our recognition as well as that of the National Bike Challenge. If you configure it, this service can automatically connect to your Strava account as well.  


The National Bike Challenge is a nationwide event uniting thousands of current bicyclists and encouraging countless new riders to use bicycle to improve their health, save money and help the environment. In its simplest form, it is a logging center for users to record miles ridden and be part of the national community of bicyclists. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, friends, family, coworkers and the greater community to ride more. It doesn’t matter if you’re riding hundreds of miles a week or just getting back in the saddle, everyone is welcome to join.
The National Bike Challenge aims to unite 75,000 riders to pedal 35 million miles from May 1, 2017 until September 30, 2017. It is also a fun way for participants to interact with other riders in the online community, track improvement on a local, state and national level and win prizes. Yes, NBC has monthly prize giveaways just for participating. All mileage counts towards getting you to qualify the next level of prizes regardless if you ride your bike for fitness, commuting or grocery shopping. Even if you don’t get selected for the monthly prize, every participant is a winner with improve health, saving money and helping the environment by reducing carbon footprint. The Challenge is a successful partnership between PeopleForBikes and Kimberly-Clark’s Scott Natural Brand. To join in the fun for this year’s event, go to

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Last reminder for Membership renewal

This will be the last reminder for membership renewal as the club is prepping for the 2017 riding season. The email list will be updated in April and you will be left off the list for any club communication. Please use this link and follow the instructions on the page. You can print out a paper form and mail it in if you choose to do so though it will take longer to process. If you have any questions regarding your membership status, contact Membership Data-keeper Steve Kurt (

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Dangerous Situations to Avoid When Cycling

As a cyclist, you understand the importance of ensuring drivers can see you so you don’t get involved in a crash. You also know that you need to be alert when riding so you can act defensively and avoid a crash at the last minute. You know that you face numerous risks when you are riding, but some situations are much more dangerous than others. Here are few dangerous situations that you need to try to avoid so you don’t end up injured because of a crash.

Parked Cars

When you are cycling past parked cars, you need to be extra cautious. Drivers might not see you approaching and turn right into you. In this situation you should watch for turning wheels and listen for engines starting up so you can get out of the way if the need arises. If possible, avoid areas where there are plenty of parked cars.

Avoid the Right Side

You should never stop on the right-hand side of a vehicle. If you ar on the right-hand side of a car, you are stopped in the driver’s blind spot. If the car is planning on making a right turn, the driver might turn right into your bike. Always stop behind the car even if there is a bike lane. Wait until the car in front of you proceeds before you approach the intersection.

Don’t Get Doored

You are aware of the dangers of riding through areas where there are many parked cars. There is also a risk of getting doored when someone either enters or exits a vehicle. To prevent being hit by an opening door, you should ride at least four feet out in the lane so the door won’t reach you. Riding too close to the right of the street can increase the chances of being hit by a door and being injured.

Intersection Crashes

Intersections can be very dangerous. Make sure you keep your hand on the brake and make eye contact with all the drivers so they will notice you.  You should be ready to ride defensively and get out of the way if the need arises.


There can be problems when judging the distance between a car and a bicycle. In order to decrease the chances of being side-swiped, you should approach the area as “loud and proud.” Get in the center of the lane so cars passing you will have to go over in the other lane. By placing yourself in a visible spot, you are significantly reducing your chances of being side-swiped. If you ride over toward the right-hand side by the curb you are more likely to be hit.

Additional Safety Tips

By knowing what to do when you encounter these dangerous situations and by working to make sure you are visible when cycling, you can keep yourself safe while on the roads. Adhere to the traffic laws, and always research the traffic laws when you are going to be riding in a new area. Safety is the key to years of safe, fun, and healthy riding.

This article was created by Personal Injury Help, an organization dedicated to providing the public with information about personal injury and safety information. Nothing in this article constitutes legal advice or opinion, and is intended for informational use only. To find out more about them, you can go to or contact them at

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Bike Auction to Benefit the Kickapoo Rail Trail

Two incredible opportunities rolled into one! Get an awesome bike AND help build the Kickapoo Rail Trail!!

Neutral Cycle of Champaign is teaming up with the Forest Preserve Friends Foundation to offer a beautiful Surly Cross-Check at auction. The bike was built by hand with only the highest quality parts and utmost attention to detail, by the cycling experts at Neutral Cycle. The bike is valued at $2,400 with bids starting at $1,450. All proceeds, in excess of parts costs, will help to build the Kickapoo Rail Trail. Get yourself a great bike just in time for the first phase of the KRT to open in July, and help build future phases in the process!

To access the online auction go to:

To learn more about the Kickapoo Rail Trail, please see


Thank you,
Mary Ellen

Mary Ellen Wuellner, Deputy Director
Champaign County Forest Preserve District
PO Box 1040, Mahomet, IL 61853
(217) 586-3360

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Wanted to buy: good used hybrid

Pam Hoehne is looking to buy a quality good used hybrid to fit a person about 5′ 10″ or 6′. Hers that she shared with her son was stolen. Contact Pam at 339-9777.

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Bike Fridays for sale

Blue(1)and Green(1) Bike Fridays American made in Eugene, Oregon.  Purchased in 2003 for $862.30 each.  Bikes were used on about 5 airplane vacations.  Bikes were ridden about 30 to 40 days.  Sale includes all accessories which were all part of the original sales price:  1 air pump, 2 travel hard plastic cases, and 2 under seat accessory bags.  Asking price:  $550. Each.  One owner and well maintained.  Call Sandi or George Burrier, 309-266-5085
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