Ventura County
Recumbent Riders


News and Ride Schedule
[Last Updated November 19th]

Ride Schedule:

This (Thanksgiving) weekend, some of the folks who ride with our local recumbent group (Ventura County Recumbent Riders) are returning to Bakersfield for 2017's TWeRKY TROT (Thanksgiving Weekend on the River Kern: A Yearly Trikes and Recumbents Optional Tour), on Friday, November 24th and Saturday November 25th. Most of the folks who stay overnight will book in at the River Run RV Park or Hotel Rosedale, located just off US-99 at Exit 26B. Beach Park, directly across the river, where the bike path crosses 24th and Oak Streets, will be the quasi-official start area for our rides again this year.

This year's TWeRKY TROT ride schedule will be a bit different from past years. On Friday morning we'll offer a staggered start; those who want a few extra miles should show up early, prepared to ride away at 9 AM sharp. This group will ride to the east end of the bike path and return to meet the later arrivals. This subgroup should show up about 10 AM, planning to ride away at about 10:30 for the 30-mile out-and-back ride to the western end of the Class I bikepath (Enos Lane). Everyone will be invited to stop for lunch on the return at River Walk. On Saturday morning the group will meet a bit earlier, at 9 AM, riding away around 9:30 on the shorter (7-mile-long) eastern section of the trail, to the Old Alfred Harrell Highway crossing. Some folks will probably extend this route (to as much as 45 or 50 miles) by continuing up (somewhat literally) to the Kern River County Park area. Others may detour on Chester Street on the way back for lunch, or add a 4-mile detour to Golden Corral for lunch on the return.

This is a brief listing of preliminary plans for upcoming VCRR Group Rides:

  • Friday & Saturday, November 24th/25th: Thanksgiving Weekend on the River Kern Yearly Trikes and Recumbents Optional Tour (TWeRKY TROT)
  • Saturday, December 2nd: First Saturday VCRR Group Ride: SUGGESTIONS?
  • Saturday, December 16th: Third Saturday VCRR Group Ride: SUGGESTIONS?

PLEASE[!]: If you have a suggestion for any of our next few rides, please share. We're always especially eager to hear from anyone who's been aching to plan, execute and lead the gang on his, her or their favorite venue.

RECUMBENT CYCLES AND SUCH FOR SALE:

We've added this new section and service to our webpage: free listings for recumbent bicycles and tricycles up for sale, trade or wanted, either by or of potential interest to the folks who frequent this website. In its first weeks of operation, this new option may have helped, along with BROL's Classified section and the local Craigslist, to transition more than a dozen trikes and bikes from unwanted clutter to actually used cycles. We're also planning to add a section for cycle parts, accessories and clothing. If you'd like to post here and/or if you need help putting any cycles gathering dust in your storage areas, please ping me by email or by phone for the info you'll need to get your ad into the mix. CAVEAT AND RED-FACED ADMISSION: I have been procrastinating a bit over the Summer to post new additions; more later... maybe better?

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Recent History:

Pit Stop at Surfer's PointClick for More Pix October/November 2017: OUr group has been active for the last few weeks, but with fewer folks showing up for most of the rides. We've ridden from Mission Park up the Ventura River Trail, from Marina Park up to the fire station at Seacliff, substituted a Bad Weather Bunch Brunch for a real ride on a Saturday with iffy weather, ridden from Pitts Ranch Park in Camarillo down to lunch at CSUCI's food court, and finally from Rio Lindo Park in Oxnard down to the Port Hueneme lighthouse with lunch at Pho Oxnard. The pix are from BobF.

Pit Stop at Surfer's PointClick for More Pix 9/16/2017: This weekend about 15 folks in our group met at Marina Park in Ventura for an up-the-coast-and-back cruise past the pier, with a quick pit stop at Surfer's Point, then continuing on up the Class I Omer Rains bikepath and the (now nicely paved) old beachfront highway. Our group remained pretty coherent this time, and almost everyone turned around at the Seacliff Fire Station. On the way back, almost everyone still riding popped into Carrow's on Seaward for lunch. Kay and I had to skip that (favorite?) part of the outing and make a mad minivan dash back up to Emma in a futile search for the credit card I'd lost along the way. This route is about 25 miles, with no semi-serious climbs; temps maxxed out in the low 70s, and we did manage to find gentle tailwinds going and coming. The only mechanical concern of the day was a valve stem that failed on Kay's trike as we were prepping to ride. This really is a very nice way to spend the last weekend of Summer along the SoCal coast...

Channel Islands HarborClick for More Pix 9/2/2017: We started this ride in the Channel Islands Marina, with 10 of us braving the warm, muggy weather for an easy flat ride. After munchies and coffee we rode down to the mouth of the harbor, then back up the coast, pausing for a couple of quick pitstops at appropriate intervals. After a short tour of Oxnard State Beach and a detour to cruise the northern section of Seabridge Marina we pedaled up Harbor Boulevard to the Arundell Barranca bikepath. A quick informal riders' meeting there resulted in changing our lunch stop from Carrow's on Harbor to the Main Street Restaurant. Lunch took a little longer than expected but we finally rolled away westward to indulge in the downhill delight of zooming down Seaward back to Pierpont. From there we rode a pretty direct route back to West Channel Park and subsequently home for a well-earned shower. Our route stayed pretty close to the ocean, avoiding the worst of the weekend heat wave, and added about 25 miles to our yearly totals.

8/19/2017: This weekend about 14 of us met near Fire Station 25 at Seacliff, including non-stranger, but officially first-timer Charlie. The first five miles of this venue took us up the coast, mostly via the recently constructed Class I trail between the freeway and the beach, with lots of bike traffic with the folks riding Cool Breeze. After that fairly challenging half-mile grunt beside the highway up Rincon Hill and a zippy little downhill zoom, we made a pit stop at Viola Fields, picking up the folks who opted to skip the climb up Rincon. With the Carpinteria Creek bikepath closed, the group spread out as we continued the descent down Carpinteria Avenue into downtown Carp. Some folks rode fairly directly up to Montecito, while our Pokey Patrol people detoured along El Carro north of the freeway, then did the flip at the top of Padaro Hill. The timing worked out well so that we all arrived for lunch at Pizza Man Dan's in Carpinteria at almost the same time, just as the sun was beginning to peek out from the overcast. After lunch, most – but not all – of the group managed to bypass Foster Freeze, and everybody made it back to the starting spot. The highlight of the return for most of us was the slalom run down Rincon Hill Road.

The PeletonClick for More Pix 8/5/2017: Our First VCRR Group Ride of August started from Pitts Ranch Park in Camarillo, with a dozen folks, including newby Tony who had just purchased Dawn's GT3, showing up for this muggy mid-Summer cruise. After the usual coffee and donuts, we split into two groups, with the Faster Folks heading straight to the coast and down to Sycamore Canyon. The Pokey Patrol turned left on the Calleguas Creek bikepath, heading for Upland Road. We had to deal with a chain lockup and an odd innertube failure before the climb, but the group stayed together as we flew back down from the heights to a pit stop at Mission Oaks Park. With fluid balances restored, we zoomed down Oak Canyon, along Santa Rosa Road and Mission Oaks back to the creek. After a quick loop around Camarillo Village we rode on down to the food court at CSUCI. The good news there was our timing was pretty close to meet the Faster Folks; the bad news was that all the reasonable lunch spots were closed. Some of us indulged in mini-market snacks before the direct return to Pitts Ranch Park. This route varied from about 25 to 40 miles with some climbs, the most serious of which, oddly enough, was reserved for the foo-foo riders. The temperature was fairly decent, but it was a bit muggy, with some sunshine and a gentle tailwind for our return.

Prepping to ride...Click for More Pix 7/15/2017: We had a fairly typical turnout this weekend, with 14 of us, including 'minimal participant' Lora meeting to cruise around the Oxnard marinas and down to the Port Hueneme Pier and Lighthouse. It was great to have Cheri riding with us again. The weather was also pretty nice, beginning with an overcast that was almost cool enough to be chilly as our cycles began moving through the dampish air. Very unusually, everyone was riding on three wheels this time around. It was also one of those delightfully rare group outings where no one had any hint of mechanical trouble, not even a flat tire. The riders kept together as a single group, except that Deena and Stephen (on his first ride after his recent head injury) took a cautionary shortcut after we had looped around the Seabridge MUPs. I chose the most direct but sort of unappealing route, using Hemlock Street to take us across to J Street. We cruised down J to a quick pitstop, then down the Bubbling Springs bikepath to the pier and over to the lighthouse. Since it was open for tours, seven people from our troup checked it out, some even spiralling up the top for the breeze, the views and the photo op. They eventually succumbed to the pressure of less patient trikeys to get back on the road heading to lunch. Phil persuaded us to take the 'sort of bikepath' along the west side of Ventura Road back to Channel Islands, and finally we pulled into Panda for a well-earned bite (or two) to eat. Just before the end of this route, it's always a mix of grunt and grin to pop over, then under the CI bridge, and cruise back beside the boats to where we'd parked. Bottom line: 25 easy, very pleasant and sociable miles; pix are from BobF and me.

On the Road Again...Click for More Pix 7/1/2017: This weekend a dozen members of the group met at Vineyard Park near The Collection in northwestern Oxnard; it was great to welcome DaveM back for a ride. We started the ride with a loop around the Riverpark area, then down Ventura Road and across the river on the freeway bridge bikepath. On our way up the Johnson Barranca, our newby Bonnie opted for an early turnaround, accompanied by JimH. The rest of us hung in for the rocket ride down Montgomery (maybe the highlight of Rolly's Video) and the (bumpy but still fun) ess-curves of the Riverview Linear Park before climbing up to Chumash Park for a pit stop. Riding west along the bikepath beside CA-126, we met up with JimH again and continued on to meet Dawn for our lunch stop at Gateway Plaza. After lunch we rode a fairly direct return along Ralston, zoomed down Johnson Drive and back through The Collection. This route is about 20 to 25 miles. Pix are from Rolly and me.

Other News:

RIDE VIDEOS AND OTHER PIX: Rolly has posted videos from several recent VCRR Group Rides for public viewing on YouTube at this link. We are expecting to post more videos over the next few months, and, of course, your feedback is eagerly solicited. There is also a series of older video clips posted on YouTube, on 'TheVCRR' channel, at this URL. There is a VCRR photo archive on Flickr; to view it, start at this URL. Vincent has posted some of our ride pix to the Recumbent Trikes Group on Facebook (one of several).

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON'T FORGET!: COMMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS ARE EAGERLY[!] SOLICITED FOR OUR REGULAR GROUP RIDES FOR 2017, AS WELL AS FEEDBACK FOR THIS WEBSITE, RIDE NOTICES, PHOTOS, RIDE VIDEOS, ROUTE SHEETS, MAPS AND VIDEO FLYOVERS. We are seriously looking for fairly immediate suggestions for the next few VCRR Group Rides, either in person, by phone or email.

If you newbies or folks who haven't ridden with the group for a while need help or more information for getting to any of our rides, please email or phone me. Our home phone number – usually the best way to talk to us – is 805-981-0339. If we're not home you can also try my cell phone: 805-201-5107. If you have any other suggestions for rides, new topics or other contributions, please ping me. For convenience my email link is: