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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. 
Feedback on the Club? Send it our way: jpl.bikes@gmail.com

Most of the Cycling Club correspondence is conducted through the Club's email list: jpl-bikes@jpl.nasa.gov   



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, súpərdomestik.cc. 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: https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipNdxJFPdp-4Anw1LZZWwV2TPKwrp6JevQnRXJO0.

Got any more pictures?  Send them to us at JPL.Bikes@gmail.com.

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.

Marc

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!: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byupe6tk7j8RcThxVjFZUjRTdHc/view?usp=sharing.

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: http://cityofpasadena.net/transportation/BikePlan/.  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: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnxqcGxiaWtlc3xneDoxMmMzYjFlYTE0YWY2YjA2

Election Nominations (so far)

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

Ron's Adventure Ride Series

posted Aug 12, 2014, 9:05 AM by JPL Bikes

Introducing Ron's Adventure Ride Series (RARS)! As some of you may know, a few JPLers are signed up to ride the Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour - a 2 day, 150 mile awareness and fundraising ride from Irvine to San Diego on October 18-19; for more info click here. In preparation for this mini-tour, I would like to invite you to join me for some smaller distance rides in where you use your bike to take you somewhere fun and exciting! 150 miles sounds like a lot; by coming out to these rides, you will realize how quickly the miles turn away when you're having a good time with friends and venturing to places you've never been to by bike. Discover how far you can really go under your own power and maybe you too would like to join us for this journey.

I plan to do at least one ride a month until then.
 
As an incentive to get riders to come out to these events, I pledge to donate $1 to our team, on top of my initial contribution, for every rider (JPLer or not) who comes out to ride bikes with me during this series! Even if you can't sign up for the team, you will be helping out just by doing something you already love to do – riding your bike. If every rider on this email list came out to at least one ride in this series, that would be $300+!

Ride 2
Next Saturday, August 23rd, will be the second of these events. We will start from the Del Mar Train Station at 6:30AM and head to Long Beach. The ride is 100 miles and I plan to be back around 2:30-3PM. The route is relatively flat, so I'm hoping we could hold a 15mph pace to get home at the target time. That being said, no one will be left behind; I don't even know if I can hold that speed for that long.
 
Meet up:
6:30AM

Route (roughly):
http://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/7596472 (Garmin's website has been acting up since they switched to 'modern')

http://www.strava.com/clubs/102845/group_events/11713

Your cycling buddy,
Ron


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