Ventura County
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News and Ride Schedule
[Last Updated January 16th]

Ride Schedule:

This Saturday January 20th, for our Third Saturday VCRR Group Ride, we will meet at West Channel Park in the Channel Islands Marina, at the corner of Harbor Boulevard and Barracuda Way about a half mile south of Channel Islands Boulevard. The weather services have apparently resolved their differences, now (at least temporarily) agreeing that rain is unlikely on Saturday. They continue to agree that it's likely to be the coolest day locally in midmonth: about 40 to 60 degrees. Please dress accordingly and plan to arrive about 9 AM for a projected ride away around 9:30. Kay and I hope to be there with the usual coffee and morning munchies. The proposed route is to take a partial tour of the marinas, then ride up the coast and the Arundell Barranca bikepath to have lunch at the Main Street Restaurant in Ventura. After lunch we'll ride over to experience the thrill of zooming down Seaward, mosey through the Pierpont and back down Harbor on our return. This route is about 25 miles, pretty much as flat as practical in SoCal. It's essentially a repeat of our First Saturday VCRR Group Ride of September last year. There's a route file in GPX format of that ride, edited for brevity, downloadable to view or plug into a GPS display. See the paragraph below for more info.

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

  • Saturday, January 20th: Third Saturday VCRR Group Ride: Channel Islands Marina to Ventura
  • Saturday, February 3rd: First Saturday VCRR Group Ride: SUGGESTIONS?
  • Saturday, February 17th: 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 to post new additions; more later... maybe better?

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Recent History:

RollingClick for More Pix 1/6/2018:The group met at Vineyard Park near The Collection in northwestern Oxnard. Gale and Jim2 joined us from the American River area, and it was great to have Pete and Linda riding with us again. In all this weekend's group totaled 17. After the usual coffee and munchies, we rode around the Riverpark area, then down Ventura Road and across the river on the freeway bridge bikepath. I picked up a rear flat on the climb up to Barranca Vista Park, where Pete discovered a problem with his chain idler that took a bit of time to repair. Thankfully, those problems were the first the group had experienced in weeks. We rode up the bikepath and eastward to Chumash Park for another brief pitstop, then back to the west along the bikepath beside CA-126 to meet Stephen, along with prodigal RVers Ann and Alan for our lunch stop at Gateway Plaza. After lunch we returned along Ralston, flew down Johnson and back through The Collection. This route is about 20 miles, with a couple of shallow climbs.

Rolling...Click for More Pix 12/30/2017: This weekend we made an all-too-rare road trip to ride the extensive network of Class I bicycle trails in the Santa Clarita Valley. About a dozen of us met at Valencia Heritage Park to socialize and/or indulge in coffee and morning munchies. We started the ride up the eastern bank of San Francisquito Canyon, then detoured to visit Chicago's home on the other side of the canyon. On the second climb we continued up to cruise one of my favorite downhill slaloms; I made (only) two wrong turns, and we finally made it to our pit stop at Bridgeport Park. We rode eastward along the Santa Clara River to Golden Valley Road and then back west beside Soledad Canyon Road to our lunch stop at Stonefire Grill. After lunch some of the group decided to shortcut back to Heritage Park, and didn't have any trouble at all persuading the rest of us to join them. This route has some moderate climbs (around 900 feet total), some short and steep, some a bit longer, and is about 23 miles long. Huffing and puffing up one of those ascents, I was somehow motivated to dredge up my (latent, of late) propensity to pen piddly poesy; resulting in this thread on BentRider OnLine, linked to the newest addition to our Poetry on Wheels webpages. As usual lately the pix were shot by Rolly.

Cantwell's ClosedClick for More Pix 12/2/2017: For our First Saturday VCRR Group Ride this month, we returned to a favorite venue that we haven't visited for awhile. However, to avoid the construction chaos at Carpinteria Creek and Casitas Pass Road, a dozen of us met at a new starting area: El Carro Park. The only newby was Michael's upgrade of his Porsche Boxster to a newer model Cayman coupe. Rolly set a high standard for enthusiasm by riding his trike up from Oxnard and back. He's added a video with excerpts of his 90-mile round trip to his YouTube page, accessible at the link below. The rest of the group was a bit less energetic, only riding up to Santa Barbara and back, about 20 to 25 miles. This route does, however, include a few short uphill grunts. We all thoroughly enjoyed the great weather and fantastic ocean views along the way. We separated into two subgroups going out, with the faster folks riding up to Stearns Wharf, while the Pokey Patrol peons flipped around at East Beach. Since we had noticed that one of our favorite lunch stops, Cantwell's Deli in Summerland, seems to have gone out of business recently, our choice for lunch on our return was pretty much unanimously for a detour down to Pizza Man Dan's in Carpinteria to enjoy their lunch special.

Leaving Enos LaneClick for More Pix TWeRKY TROT 2017:This year's TWeRKY TROT ride was markedly different from past years. The area surrounding the westernmost 7 miles of the trail historically could have been pretty accurately termed 'open dirt fields partially covered with dry brown brush', but this year it was unmistakably 'the Lower Kern River'. Water was flowing in the main river channel and noisily pouring out through the network of dams and distribution canals. Settling ponds were filled to the brim and well populated by thousands of water birds – huge white pelicans with wingspans of 6 to 8 feet, a variety of ducks, beaucoup coots, small sandpiper-like peepers and herons. On Friday morning the group rode to the west end of the bike path (Enos Lane) and popped into Panera's for lunch on our return at River Walk. The newbies for that day were George's nieces and nephew, ranging in age from 18 months to almost 18 years. On Saturday morning, with a mostly new group, most of us rode back out to the west, while Bob and Barb added some miles by going east before returning to meet us near the Enos Lane turnaround. This time most of the group opted to add a 4-mile detour to Golden Corral for lunch on the return.

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, and Rolly has posted a video of the Third Saturday Group Ride in November at the link below.

Other News:

As noted above there's a route map for this weekend's ride posted on and downloadable from the internet. This file is in GPX format, and will have to be edited to include waypoints for use as a route for most Garmin Edge GPS units. If there's enough enthusiasm I can add that format for some of our future rides where appropriate. FWIW: I've been experimenting with a Magellan Cyclo315 GPS that may appeal to anyone who's been tempted to try a cycling GPS with an overlay map of roads and bikepaths. This unit can use a GPX route file (like the one linked above) for guidance, creating its own waypoints from the base map. It's bright enough for sunlight viewing and is compatible with later twist-lock Garmin mounts. Battery life seems to be adequate for a day ride, even at full display brightness. Maybe best of all the Cyclo315 should be available for purchase between $50 and $100; check out eBay and/or Amazon.

Even if you have no interest in riding with a GPS unit for routing, I'd also like to suggest that even one of the simple units which have only 'bread crumb mapping' or none at all may be an appealing alternative to a wheel-driven speedometer/odometer. It can be a very pleasant way to avoid the annoyances of cable routing or wireless connectivity that doesn't work well, especially on a tadpole. Virtually all cycling GPSs will record the course (path) as you ride and allow you to transfer it to your PC for post-ride viewing and/or statistics (distance, speed, elevations). I wholeheartedly recommend using Google Earth's flyover for a dynamic (video) look at where you've been. You can also interact with one of the internet sites like RideWithGPS, GPSies or MapMyRide.

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 THOUGHOUT 2018, 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. We will continue sending email notices a few days before each upcoming ride, at least for the next couple of months. Please let me know if you want to make any changes to our email list.

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. Text messages will not work on our home phone, and are seriously discouraged for the cell phone. Don't even think about Facebook or Twitter! For convenience my email link is: