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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
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
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!
2014 CCCC Club Banquet Set for November 7
The annual Cream City Cycle Club banquet is coming November 7! For 2014, the banquet is being held at Aliot's Restaurant, 3041 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa WI 53226.
Socializing, with a cash bar available, happens from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Then the banquet and annual club meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., and winds up at 8:30 p.m.
There will be five choices for entrees, and all include a dinner salad, baked potato, coffee, tea, or milk, and dessert. You don't need to choose an entree in advance, you can decide at dinner time.
Don't miss this last chance of 2014 to get together with your fellow CCCC members and enjoy an evening of good food, conversation, and bonhomie.
Get the application at the link below and return it with your check by November 1!
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.
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.
My City Bikes Introduces Smartphone Cycling Apps
My City Bikes is a public health project to benefit communities across the United States and Canada by providing a simple mobile resource to encourage cycling. Whether for fun, fitness or transportation, My City Bikes serves as a definitive guide to each participating community’s cycling opportunities. Local bike shops in cities across North America are bringing My City Bikes to their home towns to empower individuals to improve their physical and environmental health by simply pedaling a bike.
There are Milwaukee and other cities iPhone and Android smartphone apps available for download from iTunes and the Google Playstore at: http://mycitybikes.org/
Check them out and see if you find them useful and worthwhile.
Western Wisconsin's 400 State Trail Draws Thousands of Cyclists
By Brian E. Clark, Special to the Journal Sentinel
After Kathy De Nure tumbled down some stairs and broke her arm a decade ago, she was reluctant to get back on her bicycle.
"I'm a musician, and I didn't want to risk any further damage," said De Nure, who represents Wonewoc on the board of the Friends of the 400 State Trail, a 22-mile-long bicycle route that runs along the scenic and free-flowing Baraboo River in Juneau and Sauk counties. For two years, she reluctantly went without riding.
"I couldn't stand not getting out on a bike," she said. So De Nure traded in her conventional, two-wheeled cycle for a more stable, low-riding three-wheeled Sun trike and ever since has been happily cruising the former rail line-turned hiking/cycling path that is just blocks from her home in Wonewoc.
She's not alone. Each year, as many as 40,000 cyclists take a spin on this relatively flat trail of crushed limestone on the old Chicago & Northwestern Railroad line. The trail's depot and starting point is in Reedsburg. It then runs through La Valle, Wonewoc and Union Center before ending in Elroy. Each of the towns is four to seven miles from the next.
In Elroy, the 400 joins the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, which runs 32 miles and travels through several tunnels. That trail connects with the La Crosse River State Trail at Sparta, which goes for an additional 22 miles. The last route in the link is the Great River State Trail, which is 24 miles long and ends near Trempealeau.
All together, these trails total 100 miles.
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.”
New 2014 Wednesday Rides Scheduled!
Cream City Cycle Club rides are scheduled on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The June and July rides are on the calendar, and the schedule is filled out to mid-September. Each ride leader chooses his/her starting point, which is usually at a café or restaurant. The ride length is usually between 25 and 35 miles and is a “no drop” ride. Riders stay together, keep a comfortable pace, and check out the scenery. Cue sheets are are provided.
May 14 Jane Stoltz - South Milwaukee County - Sheridan's
May 21 William Dames - Sturdevant - Route 20 Outhouse Restaurant
May 28 Sharon Kliegman Nancy Notley - Fresh Eco Cafe - Mequon Pavilion Shopping Center
June 4 - Renee Couture - Peachtree Restaurant - New Berlin
June 11 - Bill Dames - Elm Grove
June 18 Glenn Pastella - Cedarburg
June 25 - John Chaplock - Hales Corners - Open Flame Grill
July 2 - Mike Sommers - Hubertus - Crossroads Restaurant
July 9 Don Kuehni - Butler - Butler Inn
July 16 - Jane Gellman - Big Cedar Lake - Cookout Lunch
July 23 - Glenn Pastella - Hubertus - Crossroads Restaurant
July 30 Renee Couture - TBD
August 6 Mark Steckhahn - Hubertus - Crossroads Restaurant
August 13 Jane Stoltz - Vermond Park - Pt Wash Deli
August 20 Jane Gellman - TBD
August 27 Glenn Pastella - Cedarburg - Covered Bridge Park
Sept 3 - John Chaplock - Hales Corners - Ferch's Grille
Sept 10 Don Kuehni - TBD
Oct 8 Mike Sommers - Hubertus - Crossroads Restaurant
See the Ride and Event Calendar and Wed Ride Listings pages for detailed information.
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.
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
Contact Lee or Mary Fiegel @ 262-363-2679 (land line)
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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.