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Come And Ride With Us!
Cream City Cycle Club is a Milwaukee-based bike
club with more than 140 active members. CCCC is locally renowned for our
schedule of weekly Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday group rides, many overnight
camping rides, and our annual Century Classic ride, now in its 31st
are suitable for beginning recreational riders and veteran long distance riders
alike. Our rides start from convenient Milwaukee metro locations as well as
more rural ride starts, and range from 20 miles to 100+ distances during the
CCCC works with the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin and is a member of the League of
American Bicyclists. We support local bicycling advocacy and cycling-oriented
Benefits of membership:
- participate in scenic and challenging bike routes
gain proficiency as a cyclist
friendship and camaraderie
safety and support on longer rides
- news of upcoming cycling events and bicycling lore
discounts at local bike shops
CCCC Century 2015 Alert! - Sunday, August 30 -Save The Date!
The Cream City Cycle Club Century 2015 date is set for Sunday, August 30.
As winter has a grip on us cyclists, we also need to look forward to better things. Another year and a another century will be here before you know it. We will be in need of some key positions in order to move forward with the 2015 century. We need the following commitments for key positions.
- Registration Chairperson
- Sag Chairperson
- Rest Stop Managers (for Lagrange and East Troy). Elkhorn rest stop manager is filled.
We will need to get these positions filled in order to move forward with the century for this year. We will need committments by March 1st, 2015. If you can help out, let me know.
Have You Checked Out The Cream City CC Forums??
The ClubExpress Forums feature has been a part of this website since it went online, but to date, it hasn't gotten any use. That's probably my fault for not making it a point to alert Cream City CC members to its useful features.
What Forums is, is a venue for any club member to start a discussion topic about practically anything, or to reply and comment on topics started by other members. That is, you can engage in wide-ranging monologues, dialogues, observations, suggestions, rants, pleas, and philosophical and trivial topics alike. You can do this without need to send emails back and forth to club members, although Forums does have an email send and receive feature that isn't enabled at this time.
I've started a few sample topics in the Forums section, which you can access by clicking on the Forums tab at the left of the Home Page. Below is some help from ClubExpress on the Forums feature. You can also read up on Forums features at Page 78 in the ClubExpress User's Manual, which you can find at the bottom of your Member Profile listing page. There's a video tutorial there too. The User's Manual is also in the Document Library under the ClubExpress folder icon.
ClubExpress includes a powerful discussion forums module, allowing members to participate in online discussions on a variety of topics. Original messages and their replies are organized into threads that are listed within a forum. Forums in turn are grouped into categories, allowing a club or association to organize forums for different purposes
Clicking the forum name displays a list of threads in the forum, as shown in the
Each row is a separate thread, showing the author of the first post, the thread subject, number of messages in the thread, the number of times the thread has been viewed, and the date and author of the most recent post. You can change the sort order by clicking the Subject and Last Post headings. Clicking on a heading a second time changes the direction of the sort.
A thread can be “pinned” to the top of a forum so that it’s always visible. Pinned threads are shown with a different background color and a pin icon. If messages were posted to a forum since your last visit, a special symbol is displayed in the Last Post column.
If there are more threads in the forum than will fit on a single screen (based on the number of messages per screen configured in your profile), the Prev, Next, and paging controls will be active, allowing you to move to any page of threads. To select a different forum, click the Go To Forum drop-down in the top right corner. To start a new thread, click Start New Thread in the top left corner. To modify your individual preferences for this forum, click the My Forum Preferences button. You will be taken to the preferences screen in your Profile, described in detail in Chapter 8 of the ClubExpress Users Manual.
New Mobile Format for Cream City Cycle Club Website
If you've used a smartphone, be it Android or iPhone, to check out the Cream City CC website recently, you've noticed the new mobile-friendly format. It's not an app, but it makes the creamcitycycleclub.com website easier to use. The layout seems to work OK with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari browsers.
New features include a toolbar at the bottom of the screen, with five icons therein.
1) The "bars" icon take you to the top of the Home Page and displays the Menu Tabs in a vertical row.
2) The "lock" icon displays if you aren't logged in. Touch it and it will change to a silhouette and display your login prompts, and your profile info.
3) The "monitor" icon displays the full web page format. The "phone" icon switches you back to the mobile layout.
4) The "printer" icon...never mind, it doesn't print anything.
5) the "arrow" icon sends you to the top of the page you are browsing.
The Events Calendar has a whole new look. It defaults to the Monthly List View, with event details shown when you touch the blue text link. A grid icon at the top of the events list toggles the monthly grid view on. Touching any event listing box displays the event details and description.
Check it out, and let me know if you experience problems with it. The feature may still have some bugs in it.
John Chaplock, Webmaster, email@example.com
Avenza PDF Maps Mobile - A Must Have for Smartphone Cyclists
Avenza Systems has made mobile GIS technology available on Apple and Android devices for everybody to use.
The PDF Maps app is a geospatial PDF, GeoPDF® and GeoTIFF reader for your Apple iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Easily search for and browse thousands of professionally made maps available in the PDF Maps Store. Interact with spatially referenced maps to view your location, record GPS tracks, add placemarks, and find places.
For the geospatial community, PDF Maps complimentsMAPublisher and Geographic Imager, both of which have the ability to export to geospatial PDF and GeoTIFF. The formats are also supported by common GIS applications including ArcGIS.
Check the website for details on downloading the app and finding mobile GPS maps:
Posted by Doug Shidell, March 17th , 2014. on Bikeverywhere.com
The Milwaukee and SE Wisconsin Bike Map is now available for your phone or tablet. Called the SE Wisconsin Bike Map, it covers bike routes and trails in SE Wisconsin from the Illinois border to Port Washington and as far west as the South Kettle Moraine. With this map you can comfortably navigate from Milwaukee’s Downtown to the upscale tourist town of Lake Geneva or the Kettle Moraine.
Explore the Oak Leaf Trail, Glacial Drumlin Trail, Ozaukee Interurban Trail, Hank Aaron Trail plus dozens of smaller trails and hundreds of miles of bicycle friendly roads. Version 1.0 is a prototype. The routes and trails are current, but it still needs some tweaks and design work. This version is free for testing and feedback. Please send comments through bikeverywhere.com.
Get the App, Get the Map. (Note: The SE Wis map isn't free any more, it's $3.99, but very much worth it! - John C, Cream City CC)
1. Go to the App store or Google Play and search for “Avenza.”
2. Download the free app. You only have to do this once.
3. Then go to the Avenza Map Store by opening the App and clicking the “store” icon at the bottom of the page.
4. Search for “Bikeverywhere” in the search box. You will see all the maps developed so far by Bikeverywhere.
I’m looking to make this the best bike map you will ever use on your phone. Your feedback will help me make the improvements that you want the most.
2014 CCCC Club Banquet and Annual Meeting Wrapup
On Friday November 7, Cream City Cycle Club held our annual banquet at Alioto’s restaurant in Wauwatosa. Thirty-nine CCCC members, spouses, and friends attended. Many of them arrived at 5:30 p.m. to join in the social, with beverages available at the cash bar before the 6:30 p.m. dinner and club meeting. Banquet Committee Chairperson Brian Musha welcomed all attendees and insured that everyone received a raffle ticket.There were dozens of raffle prizes,worth more than $500 total, awarded. Almost every attendee came away with a nifty prize.
The dinner featured five entree choices - steak, chicken, fish, or veggie. Diners were very happy with the great food, which included a dinner salad, baked potato, vegetable, beverage, and dessert.
As the club members finished dining, the annual club meeting got under way. Brian Musha welcomed all the attendees and introduced CCCC President Harriet Pfersch to give her annual review speech. Harriet thanked all of the volunteers who made the CCCC ride season successful and enjoyable. A high point of 2014 was that there were no serious injuries on any club ride. The 2014 CCCC Century, headed by Brian Musha and Tim McAdams, was a notable success, and the club earned a welcome profit, after all the bills were paid.
Harriet announced that the CCCC Board of Directors for 2015 will be: Harriet Pfersch (again!), President; John Chaplock, Vice President; Lois Gresl, Secretary, and Ken Werley, Treasurer. It was a close election, drawing from a large group of candidates.
Brian Musha delivered a summary of the 2014 century. He thanked all the many staff and volunteers who contributed to the century's success. It wouldn't have been possible without them.
Tim McAdams, our Ride Committee Chairperson, reported the rides summary and rider statistics for the season just ended. Tim distributed recognition awards (gasoline gift cards) to all ride leaders, several of whom led multiple rides during the season. Phil Fellner was the top ride leader and club mileage leader for 2014.
Mark Steckhahn, Camping Committee Chairperson, reviewed the camping ride season and distributed awards to the several camping ride leaders. Mark announced the 2015 camping ride season schedule is in the planning stages, taking shape rapidly.
The banquet and club meeting wrapped up with Brian Musha thanking all attendees and wished everyone a fine year-end and 2015 Cream City Cycling Club season.
The final club event for 2014 is the Holiday Party, slated for Sunday, December 7 at Rick Ripple's home. See the CCCC Event Calendar for details and directions.
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CCCC Website Handy Tip #1
Here's an easy way to open the CCCC Ride & Events Calendar with one click, right from your Windows Desktop. (Sorry, Mac users, you'll have to do this with a Mac function).
1. Right click anywhere on your PC desktop.
2. Select New > Shortcut from the popup menu.
3. In the Create Shortcut window that opens, in the field labeled "Type the location of the item: then enter "http://www.creamcitycycleclub.com/calendar" (without the quotes).
4. Then click the Next button at bottom right of the window.
5. Type a name for the new shortcut, like "CCCC Web Calendar"
5. Click the Finish button at bottom right of the Create Shortcut window.
A new desktop icon should appear where you right-clicked to start the shortcut. Double clicking the icon should open the CCCC Events Grid View calendar for you.