Bike Club Overview
Formed in 1974, the Bike Club promotes bicycling for
recreation and commuting, bicycle safety, and improved riding
conditions and facilities at JPL.
The Club is one of several organized JPL Recreation Clubs.
The Club usually schedules several rides each
month. In addition, the Club occasionally conducts technical clinics,
slide shows, training courses, etc. An Activities Calendar is
distributed electronically and includes special instructions, what to
bring, and who to contact for each ride listed. Most activities are
free. For most rides, the only advertisement you will receive about
the ride is in the Activities Calendar, so make sure you save that
announcement and refer to it frequently. Email announcements are used
to advertise short notice rides which did not make the Calendar.
All club correspondence will be conducted via
e-mail and the News/Blog (https://sites.google.com/site/jplbikes/news---blog). The club has an automated
e-mail mailing list for electronic distribution of event calendars
and newsletters - anyone with a valid Internet e-mail address can
join the list. Please try and use the appropriate forum for posting
your messages. Remember, the mailing list
(https://sites.google.com/site/jplbikes/email_list_instructions) is intended for *timely* information
and announcements. General information, discussion, and debates
should be directed to the newsgroup, and not the mailing list.
Contact the Club Secretary for more information about accessing these
electronic resources. The Club secretary will make special
arrangements for members without email access.
The JPL Bicycle Club does not actively
participate in amateur competitive cycling (on or off road) or
collegiate racing. However, there are several local racing clubs for
JPL COMMUTING ISSUES
As the focal point for the Club's commuting
activities, the Commuting Representative is always looking out for
the road warrior. However, Rideshare/Commuting concerns (showers,
lockers, subsidies, parking, etc.) should be addressed to the JPL
Rideshare Office. Although the Bike Club is willing to help, the
Rideshare Office is the place to start. As part of its commitment to
bicycle commuting, the Club provides monthly commuting mileage forms
available through the website. The Club also keeps
commuting/recreational mileage records and publishes them to
CALTECH COMMUTING ISSUES
The JPL Bicycle Club does not address commuting
issues at Caltech. A separate organization, Caltech Velo - TheCaltech Bicycle Club handles commuting concerns for people who work
at Caltech. General Caltech-related cycling inquiries can be directed
to Caltech Velo, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Affiliated with the Club is the Caltech Bike Lab.
On occasion the Club has made group purchases
of books, jerseys, jackets, T-shirts, tires, tubes, and helmets, at
discount for the benefit of the members. If you have an idea (and a
source!) contact the Club Secretary.
The Club owns many tools, including a bike
workstand and a wheel truing stand. In addition, the Club has
available for loan a hard-sided case for carrying bicycles on
airplanes, and a wide variety of magazines, catalogs, maps, and other
publications. The tools and library are kept on-lab by the Technical
Chairman and are available to members on request. Tools and
publications may be borrowed for a period of two weeks at a time. The
Club also subscribes to several monthly magazines. For information
about the current magazine subscriptions and about joining the
distribution list, contact the Technical Chairman.
General Meetings are held on the THIRD Thursday of each month. A
meeting of officers is held occasionally and is open to all
members. The date and time/place of each meeting is announced via the club email list. Torsten Zorn is the current president. Gene Wester is the current treasurer.