Archive for January, 2008

Ride Leader’s Ride and Lunch

| January 27, 2008 5:16 pm

by Franz Kelsch

With rain most every day the past week and the threat of rain today, there were fewer than usual riders who joined the morning rides that were part of the Ride Leader’s annual lunch. John lead the traditional Grizzly Bear ride with 6 riders. Donny lead a Billy Goat ride, also with 6 riders. Both rides went off with very little rain. Spencer took this photo of the Billy Goat riders as they were getting ready to head out.

Billy Goat Riders

Even though the rain kept many from riding, we had a large turn out for the lunch.

John Mazzella, our Ride Coordinator said, “Thanks to all you wonderful ride leaders who contributed to making today’s rides and party a rousing success. Special thanks to Merrily Evans and Mikes Bikes, Joe Farinha and Sun Bikes, Pat Grilione and Trek Bikes, JimJinks and Reed’s Bikes, Marcia Wire and Summit Bikes, and Bici Bikes for their solicitations and generous donations. The drawing for the free entry to our Sierra to the Sea tour was won by Richard Holtermann… Last but not least I want to say thanks once again George Kukar of House of Pizza for his generous donation of the room, soft drinks, and beer. ”

During the lunch the rain became much heavier so the traditional afternoon rides did not occur, except for those who had ridden to the lunch probably had no choice but to ride home in the rain.

Website New Look and Feel

| January 23, 2008 5:42 am

We have completed a new look for the ACTC website which hopefully will make it easier to find the information you want. So far only the home page will be changed, the the changes will be replicated throughout the site. We have had positive comments so far.

New Image at Top

The header is a combination of the previous image and new text.

ACTC Website Banner

New Side Menu

On the left side is a new collapsible menu.  The menu opens up initially with the choice Quick Links.  These are links to the mostly used sections of the ACTC website and will save time looking for these commonly used links in the other menus.

Quick Links

If you click on each major section, such as ACTC Rides, the menu options for that area are shown.

Left Menu

New Top Menu

Across the top is a duplicate horizontal menu. Just move your mouse over any section and a drop down sub menu will appear.

Top Horizontal Menu

ACTC News Member Posts

We also have added a RSS feed to the home page from the ACTC News website.

ACTC News Posts

ACTC Rides Member Posts

We also have a place where members can post information about upcoming or past rides and it will show up on the home page of the ACTC website.

ACTC Rides

ACTC Photos Posts

You can links to the most recent photo galleries here. If you are using Firefox or Safari you will also see a thumbnail image of one of the pictures from that gallery. Click on the link to go to the ACTC photo website.

ACTC Photos

Be sure to visit the ACTC Website and let us know what you think at

Guadalupe River Trail Clean-up

| January 21, 2008 10:52 am

Sunday, January 20th 10: 00 am

John riding his broom - 'r, bike - up the trail

Twenty ACTC’ers gathered in front of the Tamien train station for the inaugural Guadalupe River Trail clean up. ACTC has adopted a portion of the bike trail that runs along Hwy 87 between Curtner and Willow, and like every other activity we do, we hit this with high energy and a great sense of fun.

The club contributed 40 total hours to cleaning up the trail. We gathered up a lot of junk, swept up broken glass, painted over graffiti, and gave the city a good “to do” list for repairs and repainting. Though everyone worked hard, it was a fun, social event for all! After approximately 2 hours of work, we regrouped in the parking lot for a group picture in front of our newly formed pile of junk. We cleaned the trail, and it was now the City’s job to pick up the garbage!

Not quite ready for lunch, most of us took an entertaining tour of the crazy (but useful) Guadalupe River Trail. We then ended our day at Deb Wade’s house for a well deserved lunch.

Thank you Debbie and Randal for inviting us over! ACTC will be hosting “trail clean-up” days every month. Look for the next event on February 10, and join us for a fun, new, social event!
David, Deb, and Deb

New FAQ Section to ACTC Website

| 10:03 am

We have added a Frequently Asked Question section to the ACTC website. There are tabs for different areas.

If you click on the ACTC Rides tab you will see this.

FAQ Rides Section

If you have a question and don’t see the answer here, it is a good question to add to the FAQ page. Just send your question to

New Garmin GPS for Running and Cycling by Franz Kelsch

| January 18, 2008 8:41 am

While visiting Mac World I stopped by the Garmin booth to see what new items they had. I found three very interesting new products.

Forerunner® 405

1st Quarter, 2008
Part Number: 010-00658-10
Suggested Retail Price: $ 318.74 USD

This unit is much smaller than previous Forerunner units and was finally down to the size you would expect for a runner’s watch. It had a most unique user interface. Instead of pushing buttons to move through the menu options, you just run your finger around the watch front, and tap it when you find what you want.

There is no mapping function but it does support heart rate, and has optional bike speed and cadence, and supports a footpod. It automatically transfers your data to a computer.

Edge® 605

1st Quarter, 2008
Part Number: 010-00555-00
Suggested Retail Price: $ 430.75 USD

This unit appears to be a much improved unit over the previous Edge 205, which it appears to be replacing. It now includes a true GPS mapping function in a package no larger that what I recall the 305 to be. Included is only the base map so that means buying mapping software to get other than major highways. It has support for a MicroSD card so you can add your own maps. This unit does not support a bike speed/cadence sensor heart rate and does not include a barometric altimeter, so you may want to opt for the Edge 705.

Edge® 705

1st Quarter, 2008
Part Number: 010-00555-20
Suggested Retail Price: $ 541.65 USD

This unit appears to be a much improved unit over the previous Edge 305, which it appears to be replacing. It now includes a true GPS mapping function. It adds support for heart rate and cadence and will also support Power with third party ANT+Sport-enabled power meters. You can also send your course wirelessly to another Edge 705. The battery life is suppose to be 15 hours, an improvement over the Edge 305, but still a bit on the short side. Even though the price of the 705 is more than $100 more than the Edge 605, I would recommend it because of the added features the serious cyclists would want and if you are not a serious cyclists why would you bother in the first place with one of these expensive units.

I asked about Mac computer support. All of the above units currently will only work with Windows, but Mac support will be coming later in 2008 (as Garmin has been saying).

February Ride Schedule Online.

| January 16, 2008 7:59 pm

Sierra to the Sea Tour is Full

| 7:45 pm


Sierra to the Sea registration opened last evening and was filled at 5:30 pm today. We are still accepting registrations for the standby list. To register go

February Black and Blue Bottom

| January 14, 2008 10:26 pm

Black and Blue Bottom Logo

The online version of the February Black and Blue Bottom has now been posted on the ACTC website. Go to

Included in this edition is an article on sports nutrition by Deborah Lefferts, Tour Tested by Rick Madden, Traveling with a bicycle by Michael McGeough and an article by Karen McGeough, along with many other features. The printed version is currently at the printer.

REI Clinic – Winter Cycling on 2/5/2008 – posted by Jim Woo

| January 11, 2008 1:00 pm

Winter Cycling: Tips for Riding in Cold & Wet Weather
2/5/2008 7:00 PM

Come find out how to improve your comfort and safety, while riding your bike in cold and wet weather. REI bike specialist Andy DeGregorio will show you clothing designs and fabrics that are perfect for winter, how to outfit your bike to handle the demands of the season, and the features of the variety of lighting systems on the market. Keep your wheels turning smoothly all winter long with Andy?s tips on basic bike tuning and maintenance.

Location: REI Fremont
Contact: For more information contact REI Fremont Customer Service Department (510) 651-0305.
Cost: Free
Registration Required? No.

url for Fremont Clinics and Events:

Trail Watch Program – posted by Franz Kelsch

| January 10, 2008 2:50 pm

The following information was received about the Santa Clara County Parks Volunteer Program Trail Watch Team. Click the following link for a PDF flyer.

Trail Watch Bike Flyer