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The JPL Bicycling Club is a group interested in all aspects of cycling - commuting, recreation, technology and safety.  Come back here for the latest information on current JPL cycling events. 
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Most of the Cycling Club correspondence is conducted through the Club's email list:   

Bike Month Wrap-Up

posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:40 PM by JPL Bikes

The Lab celebrated Bike-to-Work week from May 8-12th and the Club organized several events over the week. We hosted a noontime bike maintenance and repair clinic, led Bike Trains and rode to Happy Hour at the Altadena Ale House. 

The Club cooperated with the Commute Options (Rideshare’s new name) Office to organize a noontime Bike Fest, which included a terrific raffle, refreshments and a Security vehicle escorted parade ride around the Lab on closed roads.

On Metro’s Bike-to-Work day on May 18th, Jim Chaffee (Section Manager for Security) and John Miranda (Commute Options) presented the commuting analytics from the 2016 AQMD commute survey and solicited ideas to promote bike commuting at the Lab. Feedback included:
  • Monthly $15 gift card: Give the reward more often than 1x monthly; higher $ value (transit subsidy increase to $50/month was cited); less administrative overhead to distribute.
  • Lab Bike Space: workspace, tool and supply storage, bike wash station, showers, lockers
  • More and better maintained showers
  • Lab support for bike contests, events etc. Fitlab or another employer-led effort, not done by the volunteer labor of the Bike Club
  • Lab bikes e.g., Bikeshare program


JPL Cycling Club Kit

posted May 10, 2017, 7:32 PM by JPL Bikes   [ updated May 10, 2017, 7:50 PM ]

The JPL Cycling Club kit was designed by local cycling apparel brand, súpə We asked súperdomestik to volunteer their time and talent to design a kit and they produced two beautiful options for our club (black and white) that surpassed all expectations for a kit we're proud to wear. We know the kits are cool, but here's some background on the design from Nic Griffiths of súperdomestik:

With this kit, there wasn’t really a design brief other than just make it look good! Fortunately it's JPL, which has a lot of inspiring source material. My instant thought was space and spacecraft. The simple black and white markings seen on rockets and shuttles make for a good canvas. Hence the black front, white arm and back with a checked arm band and the USA flag echoing the arm of a space suit, or the side of a rocket.

I tried experimenting with simple white vector illustrations of satellites approaching a large moon on a black background but this made it seem too literal and too NASA. It still had to be a cycling kit and not just a nice diagram of a spaceship. I wanted to show something that gave more of nod to travel and distance, something that instantly suggests space but also relevant for the people who will be wearing it. This is where the blue lines on the front and rear come from. While they make for a lovely abstract visual they are in actual fact loosely based on the spiraling transitions and different orbits of Cassini. It was impossible to depict this literally, as it would have been too dense with lines and not as clean, so I had to take a few liberties. It suggests rather than depicts.

By combining the simple markings of a space craft with relevant logos and flags along with using the front and back of the jersey to depict a flight path (or orbit), you quickly get to something that looks fit for purpose as a kit for JPL.

We sincerely appreciate súperdomestik's generous contribution to the JPL Cycling Club. We're looking forward to another round of kit orders in the next month and proudly representing JPL thanks to súperdomestik. Watch the Club email list and this site for details on the 2017 kit order.

Gate Closure at Gabrieleno Trail Access Road

posted May 3, 2017, 11:05 PM by JPL Bikes   [ updated May 3, 2017, 11:12 PM ]

The gate at the foot of the Gabrieleno Trail access road outside of the east gate will be periodically closed until further notice. There is an opening you can go through with your bike, but you'll need to ride on dirt for about 10 meters.

The East Gate entrance to JPL is not closed. The closure is on the other side of the bridge, preventing car access to the Gabrieleno Trail.

In the email thread on this topic, it was noted that not everyone rode to Lab on the Gabrieleno Trail, which is safer than Explorer Road. 

If you've never taken this route, here's a northbound photo journey from the intersection of Windsor Ave. and Ventura St.:

There's a fork near the Lab, take the LEFT FORK

Closed gate, but it's surmountable -- stay to the right for ~10 meters:

Opening in the fence within sight of the East Gate JPL entrance:

Reverse these steps when leaving Lab:

Safe travels! 

2016 Amgen Tour of California

posted May 24, 2016, 7:19 AM by JPL Bikes

There was no better way to kick off Bike Week than to have the Amgen Tour of California race past the Lab on Monday during lunch.  The JPL Bike Club organized a bike ride down to the Oak Grove/210 bridge where the pelton flew past.  Here's a few photos:

Got any more pictures?  Send them to us at

Construction at the JPL Gates

posted Feb 29, 2016, 11:55 AM by JPL Bikes

The Bike Club Board met with the representatives of the construction project to enhance the infrastructure at the JPL entrances.  The Club provided input on how to best accomplish the construction while still providing easy access for bicycles.

Please read the meeting minutes and view the slides.

New Club Calendar Tool

posted Feb 17, 2016, 12:37 PM by JPL Bikes

Cyclists, John has created a JPL Bike Club Calendar that anyone with the link can post rides or events to.

The calendar is on the TeamUp website.


John's Excellent Adventure

posted Oct 15, 2015, 3:11 PM by JPL Bikes

John May went on a 6-day bikepacking trip in Oregon this summer.  He made a slide presentation and shared it with the Club at the September 17 meeting, enjoy!:

City of Pasadena Transportation Plan

posted Oct 15, 2015, 3:03 PM by JPL Bikes

Rich Dilluvio, Pedestrian and Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Pasadena gave a presentation at the October 15, 2015, Club meeting on Pasadena’s master plan and current progress for bicycle lanes.  The full plan is posted on the City’s website:  A copy of the presentation can be viewed here.

Getting Ready for Bike Week...

posted Apr 21, 2015, 7:06 AM by JPL Bikes

Call for Nominations

posted Oct 28, 2014, 3:34 PM by JPL Bikes

It’s time for elections again! 

Below are the people nominated for each position during today’s club meeting.  Please REPLY (not reply all) with any additional nominations you have.  Please get approval from your nominee then REPLY (not reply all) to this email with nominations.  All are welcome to nominate themselves or others.  We'll have an online ballot once we're sure we can't talk anyone else into joining...

All who are nominated will provide a brief description of their plans and goals for the club and why they feel they are appropriate for the position.

For details position descriptions, please see the ByLaws:

Election Nominations (so far)

  • Ron
  • Charles – would be last year
  • Tushar
  • Gene
  • Marc
Social Chair
  • Ron
  • Carlo
Tech Chair
  • Jonathan
  • Carlo
Tech Learner / Assistants
  • Neil
  • Duane

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