Be Safe on your Bike

On Saturday, May 3rd, Hy-Vee will host a Bike Safety Rodeo from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. This Bike Rodeo is a bicycle safety clinic featuring bike safety inspections (from 10-12), a safety lecture about the rules of the road (5-10 minutes.

This will be followed by a ride on a miniature “chalk street” course set up in the parking lot where young cyclists will be shown where and how to apply the rules. Another popular activity will include a helmet fitting as long as supplies last. The main focus of the bike safety rodeo is cycling safety for young cyclists, ages kindergarten to 14 or so.

The Muscatine Fire Department was awarded a grant and helmets are being purchased with the grant money. These helmets will be distributed that day.

May is National Bike Month

League of American Bicyclists is once again declaring May to be National Bike Month. The league is promoting Bike-to-Work Week from May 12-16th and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 16th.

The City of Muscatine’s Mayor, Dick O’Brien has signed a proclamation declaring these dates as well.

With the prices of gasoline hovering around $3.50 per gallon, each and every one of us should ride our bikes to work more. Why don’t you consider posting some challenges and encouragement out to our Melon City biking community to ride to work as much as possible that week.

Cycling over Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day Ride – Meet/n ride 9:00 a.m. at Pearl City Station on the Riverfront by the clock. Plan on a 1+ hour ride. Road bikes if roads are dry. Fat tire bikes otherwise. Ride is in the morning so as not to rush those planning on eating at noon. Come out and get the metabolism going in preparation for the food feast later that day!!

Day-After Thanksgiving Ride(s) – Sign up now at the Y for an hour-long indoor cycling class from 8-9 am or 9-10 am and burn some of those calories off — you know the pumpkin pie, pecan pie and all the other goodies you plan on consuming Thanksgiving day. The sign-up sheet is located just outside the door of the cycling room. Free to members — sign up is first-come, first serve — so sign up ASAP!!!

Races

10th Annual Shamrock Ride – Saturday, March 17 – Dyersville, Iowa. 10:00 am – ??? Party Ride. Distance: 21 miles flat. FREE

Melon City Bike Club – St. Paddy’s Ride – Sunday, March 18 – 1:00 p.m.

Meet at Pearl City Station on Riverfront Road bikes if 30+ and roads are dry. Otherwise, mountain bikes.

Icicle Bicycle Ride – Saturday, March 24 – Clinton 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Distance: 28 miles flat. Cost: $15.00 includes sag stop refreshments, buffet lunch at Happy Joe’s Pizza Parlor and numerous door prizes. Registration is located at 408 South First Street in the Clinton Happy Joe’s Pizza Parlor, between 10 a.m. and noon. Walk-ins are welcome!

Spring Ride – Saturday, March 24 – Iowa City. Noonish to Duskish – Leave from Old Capitol Brew Works at 525 Gilbert in Iowa City. Party Ride. Leisurely pace (average speed less than 10 mph). Ride to Hills and back to Iowa City. Sand Run Road finally finished and has nice bike lane south of Iowa City.

April Fool’s Ride – Sunday, April 1 – Muscatine. 1:00 p.m. – Meet at Pearl City Station.

Sunday Afternoon Rides – 1:00 p.m. – Meet at Pearl City Station. Ride 25-30 miles. If the weather conditions for riding are questionable, call Joe Mann at 263-9403.

Tuesday Night Rides – Beginning March 13th. This early in the season we will start riding at 5:30 p.m. from Harper’s Cycling & Fitness. In April — rides will start at 6:00 p.m.

TOMRV is the Tour of the Mississippi River Valley , a Midwest cycling tradition. Each spring about 1,500 bicycling enthusiasts come to ride the TOMRV tour. They enjoy a challenging ride on scenic ways, through Midwest farmland and along the Mississippi River. Date: Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10.

Get the New Logo

Harper’s Jerseys/Shorts w/ Bike Club Logo – Greg has designed a new jersey & shorts package with the Melon City Bike Club & Harper’s Cycling & Fitness logos.

There is a short sleeve jersey available in men’s & women’s sizes and also a sleeveless jersey with full hidden zipper design. Bike shorts are available in men’s & women’s sizes.

Also available are bib shorts. If you can stop at Harper’s Cycling & Fitness to try one for size, Greg will make sure to order one for you. He would like to have size requests by Tuesday, March 14th. The order should arrive in early April.