Saturday, January 12, 2013

2013 Ride Planning Meeting

From Photo-Manipulations by Erik Johansson
Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club Planning Meeting
Monday, January 28, 2013, 7:00-8:30 PM
Location: Bicycle Coalition of Maine Headquarters
341 Water Street (2nd Floor), Augusta
The BCM Offices are at the beginning of Water Street as you come off the circle, and there is a free parking lot across the street.  Map & directions can be found at the BCM website:, 623-4511.
Purpose of meeting is to put together the KVBC ride calendar for the year.  We will also discuss holding other events and get-togethers, possible joint events with other clubs, and other KVBC issues - including a new vacancy for the Club Treasurer/Membership Coordinator position.
Pizza and other refreshments will be served.  All members and interested individuals are welcome to attend.
The Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club (KVBC) is a recreational road riding club located in the central Maine capital district.  An all-volunteer club, the KVBC offers weekend rides on scenic local cycling routes designed by its members.  Most of the club's rides start within a 30-mile radius of Augusta, with some further afield.  KVBC rides vary in distance and terrain, and are intended to offer regional day tours that will appeal to riders of different abilities.  Riders are free to ride at their own pace - non-members and newcomers are welcome.  Helmets and signed waivers are required for all participants at KVBC cycling events.  Annual membership dues - $10 for individuals, $15 for households - are collected in early April (we can take dues at the ride planning meeting if you wish) to raise funds for the club's liability insurance and its affiliate membership in support of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM).  KVBC rides and events are posted on the BCM's events calendar (both on-line and hard copy versions), with further details distributed by e-mail to everyone on the club's free contact list.  If you are in our area and are interested in participating in a KVBC scheduled ride, please feel free to join us!

The 2012 Year in Review - In Pictures

Here is a link to an album of photos of the 2012 Kennebec Valley Bicycle Club Year in Review! Many of the photos have been published here in the past year, but others are compiled here for the first time.

Many of the photos were taken "blind" - with one hand on the handlebars and the other holding a compact digital camera behind-the-back - so they hardly merit any artistic consideration composition-wise. In many cases I didn't even know who was behind at the time, and some people may not have been aware that they were being photographed. So if you should find yourself in one of these images, and you would prefer that it not be plastered all over cyberspace, just let me know and I will take the photo down, or photoshop you out of it somehow.

Now, if you are crestfallen that you photo is not among these pictures, there are several ways to remedy this in the future:
  1. Ride as slow as Jim
  2. If apprehensive on an unfamiliar route, ride with Jim under the mistaken impression that Jim knows where he is going (people usually only do this once)
  3. Ride with someone else who has a camera
If you are requesting removal of a photo, we are assuming that it is your photo. Otherwise, if you want us to remove someone else's photo, there is a right way and a wrong way to do so:
  • Incorrect: "I can't stand the sight of so-and-so. Please take their picture down at once."
  • Correct: "I can't stand the sight of so-and-so. I'll volunteer to lead a club ride and buy you coffee if you take their picture down at once."
And as always, hope to see you on our rides in 2013! "Smile!"