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Come And Ride With Us!

 

Cream City Cycle Club  is a Milwaukee-based  bike club with more than 120 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 year.

 

CCCC rides 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 season.

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 charitable organizations.

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

 Ride Leader Signup Instructions


CCCC Ride Leader Sign-Up

To volunteer to be a Ride Leader on a CCCC ride, click on the button below to send an email to the Ride Committee. Be sure to note the Ride Name, Ride Date, and Distance you want to lead, and your contact information, if it isn't in the CCCC Member Directory. 

Current ride policy is that if a Ride Leader is not assigned to an upcoming ride by 3:00 p.m. of the Sunday preceding the ride date, the ride will be CANCELLED!



  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

following screen:

 

 

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, johnius43@gmail.com


   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. 

 

  2014 Cream City Holiday Party - Join Us December  7

 
Join Cream City Cycle Club for a holiday celebration on Sunday, December 7th, 2014. The festivities get underway at Rick and Karen Ripple's house, located at W151N7449 Woodview Dr., Menomonee Falls, WI  from  1:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.  Please bring appetizers, beverages, or a dessert of your choice.  Some soda and beer will be provided.

 
Location : west of Lilly Rd and east of Pilgrim Rd, just north of Good Hope Rd.  From Good Hope, going west, turn right (north) on Paseo Lane, then a quick jog right onto Woodview Dr.  If you are coming from Pilgrim Road, turn east onto Colony and then turn right (south) when it dead ends onto Woodview.  Ripples house is the second one from the corner, just south of Stoneridge Dr. 
 
Look for the Gold Oldsmobile minivan in the driveway. 

  League of American Bicyclists Equity Report 

  
bikeleague.org - 11/19/2014
 
EQUITY INITIATIVE
 
The goal of the League of American Bicyclists is to make bicycling safe and comfortable for people of all ages in all communities, but we recognize that youth, women and people of color are underrepresented in many bike advocacy efforts and local transportation decisions.



Equity issues have been a source of discussion in the bicycle movement for many years. However, there has been a lack of dedicated staff capacity, direct knowledge, and guidance from local leaders of color in engaging in a sustained, strategic dialogue about these issues. Currently there are few resources to address disparities on the ground and equity as it relates specifically to bicycle advocacy.


The League's initiative works to innovate solutions to this problem by working directly with diverse leaders to change the culture and programming of the League itself, which will contribute to transforming cycling advocacy at the local and national level.


Through its Equity Initiative, the League engages leaders from traditionally underrepresented demographics and bridges the current gap between diverse communities and bicycle advocates. By adding staff capacity, undertaking an internal equity assessment and transformation process, and partnering with equity advocates in strategic and sustained relationships, the League will leverage its position as the longest-standing and most-trusted source of bicycle advocacy resources to develop diverse leadership and cultivate effective local partnerships to advance inclusion and, ultimately, equity in the bike movement...

 

...read more  http://bikeleague.org/equity

Wisconsin Bike Fed 1:43pm Oct 30
How does an incredible, behind the scenes tour of the Reiman Aquarium at Discovery World sound to you?

You could win that + even more in the raffle at Bikes & Beats next Thursday at Turner Hall in Milwaukee!

CLICK HERE to register:http://bit.ly/1u8LBmV

   Join Us On A Wednesday Ride!  

 
Wednesday Morning Rides
By Mike Sommers
 
So far this season, our Wednesday morning rides have been very well attended. We’ve had rides start from all corners of the area. We’ve ridden on many nice roads and a few trails followed by good meals at area restaurants. If you haven’t done one of these rides, and you have the opportunity, please come and join us. They start at 9:30 and are between 25 and 35 miles long.
 
See the club web site for the upcoming starting locations. There are still two Wednesdays (Oct. 1 and Oct. 15) that need leaders. Since most of our June rides were washed out, those leaders may want to consider rescheduling their rides for these weeks.

  Bublr Bikes Are On Milwaukee's Streets!

 
  
 
We love Milwaukee, and we know we’re not alone. That’s why we launched Bublr Bikes: to help thousands of us explore the city we call home.
 
Bublr Bikes offers safe, user-friendly bikes docked at a network of unmanned stations throughout Milwaukee. The bike share system provides a necessary point-to-point transportation option for short distance trips. When you join Bublr Bikes, you’ll be able to take a bike from one station, enjoy a carefree ride around the city, and return the bike to any station within our network.
 
On the bubble about investing in a Bublr Pass? Think about the “Point A to Point B” trips that Bublr Bikes could simplify, like a quick round of grocery shopping during your lunch hour, or a trip to the Milwaukee Public Market. If you don’t have the time to walk, waiting 15 minutes for the next bus is out of the question. No one wants to deal with crowded downtown parking unless absolutely necessary.
Bublr Bikes makes traveling around Milwaukee easy, simple, and convenient.
 
What, exactly, does Bublr Bikes have to offer you? Learn more. http://bublrbikes.com/about/
 
About Midwest BikeShare, Inc.

Bublr Bikes is brought to you by Midwest BikeShare Inc., a Milwaukee non-profit. Ten Bublr Stations will be operational in 2014 with dozens more following in 2015. Midwest BikeShare plans to launch at least 100 stations in Milwaukee and surrounding suburbs in the coming years.

Recent Club Event Photos

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Weekly Ride Photos

 

 Lock Your Bike!!!


Spring is finally here and with that, comes the start of riding season. As cyclists dust off their bikes for the first ride of the season, they should be sure to grab all of their gear – including a good quality bike lock. Bicycle theft is an unfortunate occurrence and an increasing trend these past few years, and cyclists from the US are no exception.

According to the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report, from 2007 to 2011, bicycle theft in the United States rose (on average) 14% each year. On average, over 188,500 bicycle thefts are reported stolen each year in the United States, a statistic that in itself is staggering when one also considers the number of bicycle thefts that go unreported. 

Some US cities are starting to fight back against bicycle theft. In San Francisco, the city issued its first ever official look at the bike theft problem in 2013 and issued a goal to reduce bicycle theft in the city by at least 50% over the next 5 years. The city also created a bike registry to help combat the 70% rise in bicycle thefts since 2006. In both Los Angeles and San Diego, law enforcement is starting to fight back against bike theft by placing bikes with hidden GPS technology around the city and beach areas in hopes of catching a bike thief. In Boston, MBTA Transit Police created two-life sized cardboard
cutouts of police offers and placed them in two busy bike rack cages at Alewife Station to help prevent theft.

“It’s amazing how easily a bike can be stolen,” says Audrey Hanken, President of Markel Personal Lines Insurance. “We hear stories about bicycles being stolen from locked bike racks, cars, or even directly outside of their homes. We have also heard about thieves targeting hotels during bicycle road races, looking for opportunities to grab expensive bikes and run.”

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Mobile Milwaukee Bike Map Now Available


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. 

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. 

Problems? Comments? Suggestions? Contact me through http://www.bikeverywhere.com/topic/milwaukee/ or on Facebook.
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.

 Cream City CC Buy & Sell Shoppe


FOR SALE Burley Duet Tandem – Red   - $1,300

Wide range of gearing suitable for both Climbing and Fast Cruising
Front gears 27 – 53, Rear Cassette 14 - 35
Avid Caliper Brakes, Arai Drum Brake
Shimano Ultegra STI Shifters
Separate Computers for Captain & Stoker
48 Spoke Front & Rear  Wheels
Front handlebar - Drop handlebar
Stoker handlebar - Flat upright handlebar
Rear rack

Contact Lee or Mary Fiegel  @  262-363-2679 (land line)
lmfiegel @centurytel.net



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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.

That's it!











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