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Girls Ride Out / Let's ride Wednesday, 16 April, 2014
« Last post by Bikemom on April 15, 2014, 10:33:05 PM »
GIRLS RIDE OUT Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 6:15 PM. Ride Leader: Kathy Boling
Location: Wells Street Bridge with parking north or south of the bridge. The start location and ride time will change for May through August. The GRO rides have been through many changes but the main purpose is to get girls out on bikes and teach riding skills, group skills and road skills all while having fun on our bikes.

The group ride is structured to ride side by side and in two lines (dual pacelines). In Spring the speed will be around 14-16 mph and we will do a 20 mile loop. We will gain in pace and distance as the year goes on. This is an out and back and we do not stop to rest.

What you will need; preferably a skinny tired road bike in perfect working order and with tires fully inflated, (do this at home so you are not so rushed) waterbottle, helmet, clothing for the weather, seat bag with tube, tire levers and inflator AND your ID with whom to call in case of an emergency. This is a must.

We ride when the weather conditions are favorable for a safe group ride. So, to me, that means not raining, winds under 15 mph and for this time of year, temps above 45. To communicate this on a weekly basis, I use the 3RVS Facebook group page and the forum Girls Ride Out section but most importantly, use your judgment for your abilities.
Looking forward to getting out and riding with you,   :)                               
Kathy – newsletter@3rvs.com
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Touring / Bad Roads Update 4/12/14
« Last post by o7o on April 12, 2014, 05:34:32 PM »
Roads reported closed, in bad condition, or gravel, not suitable for cycling                  

Date   Road   From   To   County   condition   Est. reopening date
Reported                  
4/10/2012   Roth   Notestine   Antwerp   Allen   rough   
4/30/2011   600e   500s   us30   Whitley   gravel   
5/28/2011   900s   700e   500e   Whitley   gravel   
9/16/2012   cr200S   300E   500E   Noble   rough   
5/1/2013   500E   400S   SR14   Whitley   major potholes   
4/6/2014   Hartman   Old Trail   CR300E   Whitley   closed     
8/13/2013   Carroll   US33   Ray   Allen   closed until 5/14/2014   
8/13/2013   Cedar Canyons   Auburn   top of hill   Allen   gravel   
8/30/2013   Old Ft. Wayne    Huntington   Fort Wayne   Hunt/Whitley   chip & seal   
4/12/2014   Cuba   Notesting   Hurshtown   Allen   major potholes   
4/12/2014   Roth   Hurshtown   Grabill   Allen   major potholes   
4/12/2014   Page   Witmer   Notestine   Allen   major potholes   
4/12/2014   Notestine   Bull Rapids   Ricker   Allen   major potholes
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Latest News / April 2014 club meeting minutes
« Last post by Patrick on April 08, 2014, 08:41:25 AM »
Club Meeting Minutes for April 3, 2014

*Officers present
Patrick Stelte President
Patrick Stelte Interim Treasurer
Steve Pequignot Touring
Phil Snider Off-Road
Jane Lewandowski Membership
Kathy Boling Newsletter
Wendy Vieyra Publicity
Tim Claypool Secretary
*Officers absent
Jerry Witham Racing
Mike Heyes Webmaster

Meeting called to order and welcome of guest and members 7:30 PM.

-Steve presented 2 candidates for the office of treasurer. Both were invited to the April meeting for election. Hugh Smith being in attendance and no other nominees presented, Hugh was welcomed as the treasure. Steve and Patrick explained the Excel spread sheet that has been developed to aid in the ease of the task.

-Reading of the minutes for meeting of March 6, 2014. One type error was noted. The date for the time trial series Colavita should read as May 18th of this year. Patrick made a motion to accept minutes and corrections Wendy seconded. Motion carried.

-Treasurers report by Patrick - explained the income and debits.  Phil noted the absent figures for Franke Park project (last reported as $1090.41), Jerseys (last reported as -$1783.90), and Jersey bins (last reported as -$130.00). Spread sheet to be up dated to reflect current numbers.

-Touring report presented by Steve. Opening day-Welcome ride is set for April 6, 2014. Steve explained the different skill pace levels and hoped to have ride leaders for each group. Welcome rides will continue once each month until September. The official club ride for April 27th will be the Ronald McDonald House fund raising ride starting at Kreager Park. Many 3RVS officers have been assisting with this program. Additionally club members are encouraged to assist with this effort by becoming a ride ambassador. Distance levels for the tour are 15, 26, 45, & 65 miles. The tour will have a full line of support and sag stops. Due to other commitments the leaders of the Courteous Mass rides have discontinued at this time. Steve will accept volunteers who wish to continue this event.

-Off road report presented by Phil. Due to weather and trail conditions few rides are planned. April will be trail work days. April 24th to the 27th will be the Subaru Trail Care Crew event.Phil hopes the trail to be dried out and usable for regular rides in May.

-Newsletter report presented by Kathy - reminder to submit newsletter worthy information to Kathy before the 18th of each month. All listings will be forwarded to the webmaster. Kathy wanted to assure club members are aware of events and news through the newsletter before being listed for the general public. This will also reduce work load to webmaster with updated and confirmed information.

-Membership report presented by Jane - total of 96 family (48 memberships) and 109 single members for a total of 205.  Jane reminds members to sign the form to assure proper coverage with the insurance.

-Publicity report presented by Wendy.  1000 new brochures are ready to go to print for a total cost of $283.43. 

-Racing up-date provided by Kathy. April 15th will start the racing season. Time trials will start Thursday, April 17th.

-Webmaster report sent to officers by e-mail. Update website operating software from version 2.5.16 to 2.5.19. Set up 3 Rivers Festival Tour page. Configured and activated Active.com registration for the festival tour. Mike is still waiting information for Colavita and MTB races.

-Additional items of interest.
-Patrick welcomed Josh Smith from Fort Wayne Trails, Inc.  Josh presented club members with information about the organization. This is a non-government group dedicated to promoting alternative transportation. They attend meetings that concern road repair and planning to assist implement of trails and sidewalks. They also attend DNR meetings to assist their new development planning. As a fund raising event Josh asked members if the club would be co-sponsors for Trek the Trails at $500. The group introduces riders to proper riding procedures and trail use. The rides are each Tuesday and the second Saturday during riding season and are attended by an average of 70 to 80 riders. Anne Ellis made a motion to support the group with Steve second. Motion carried.

-Jim Reilly provided an update for the 2014 overnight ride scheduled for August 23rd. The camp location will be the KOA in Bluffton Indiana. Camp sites have been reserved. Plans continue and registration to be announced soon.

-Anne Ellis with Bike Friendly Fort Wayne asked the club to consider sponsorship for the Ride of Silence. The event will be May 21st at 7:00 PM. The sponsorship is to insure liability for event organizers and insurance for club members.  3RVS members are encouraged to ride this event in memory of fallen riders. Phil made a motion to support the event with Patrick second. Motion carried.

-Fort 4 Fitness planning continues. Event planners have asked for 3RVS brochure’s to be included in the registration packet. Patrick made a motion to print 1000 additional brochures to assure proper coverage. A total of 2000 new brochures will now be printed for club use.  The updated expenditure (*April 3rd) is $344.74.  Phil second motion carried.

-3 Rivers Festival Tour planning continues. A Tee shirt design contest continues for this year’s event.

-Meeting adjourned at 9:00 PM.-Prepared by Secretary, Tim Claypool
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Latest News / April 2014 club meeting agenda
« Last post by Patrick on March 31, 2014, 10:29:12 AM »
Thursday, April 3rd @ 7:30pm 3RVS will hold our monthly club meeting at the downtown library, meeting room B.  All are welcome to attend.  Below is the agenda:

1.  Call to Order

2.  Treasurer Update

3.  Officer Reports:   

   Secretary - Tim Claypool
   Treasurer - Patrick Stelte (temporary)
   Touring  - Steve Pequignot
   Off-Road  - Phil Snider
   Newsletter - Kathy Boling
   Membership - Jane Lewandowski
          Publicity - Wendy Vieyra
   Racing  - Jerry Witham
   Webmaster - Mike Heyes

4.  Additional Items of Interest
      - Trek the Trails Sponsorship Proposal
      - Updates on Fort 4 Fitness and Festival Tour

5.  Good of the Order

6.  Adjournment
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Latest News / March 2014 club meeting minutes
« Last post by Patrick on March 18, 2014, 10:40:56 AM »
3RVS Club Meeting Minutes - March 6, 2014
*Officers present
Patrick Stelte President
Patrick Stelte Interim Treasurer
Phil Snider Off-Road
Steve Pequignot Touring
Jane Lewandowski Membership
Kathy Boling Newsletter
Mike Heyes Webmaster
Tim Claypool Secretary
*Officers absent
Jerry Witham Racing
Wendy Vieyra Publicity

-Meeting call to order & greetings. 7:30 PM
- Patrick welcomed 3RVS sponsored bicycle shops Fort Wayne Outfitters and Summit City Bicycles for Bicycle Expo.  Presenters were Tim and Kara Hall from Fort Wayne Outfitters, and David Coar, James and Al from Summit City. The shops were on hand to show new bikes and equipment. Bikes presented were Trek, Scott, and Specialized. A very wide range of cycles from extreme off road to elite road-race bikes. Members also had a look at shoes, helmets and other clothing and parts.
-8:20 Members were invited to adjourn to the business meeting or check out the offerings from the shops.
-Gary Painter presented to the officers information on the Colavita Time Trial series. Gary asked if 3RVS would be interested in sponsoring an event in Fort Wayne on May 18th of this year. Patrick made a motion to support the event with a financial commitment.  Steve second.
-Reading of minutes for meeting of February 6, 2014. Motion to approve Patrick second by Steve.
-Treasures report by Patrick.  Minimal activity with 2014 membership revenue added to account.
-Off Road report by Phil. Bryan Kelsey asked Phil if 3RVS would add to our newsletter and web site information on a charity ride. This would be a mountain bike ride called “With Love Left Over” in Huntington County on August 9th.  Officers asked for further information before proceeding. 
-Touring report by Steve. Steve provided details for the April 6th 2014 opening day/season of bicycle touring. Steve is expecting a large turn out and is asking members and officers to assist as ride leaders. The pace groups will be from 10 mph to 20+ mph. Steve presented an update on Ronald McDonald House ride to take place on April 27th 2014. 3RVS is a sponsor and assisting with this event.
-Membership report by Jane. The membership cards have been sent to all members. Total members are 66 family and 88 single for a total 154.

-Newsletter report by Kathy. Kathy asks that information be submitted by the 18th of each month for newsletter consideration.
-Mike answered questions concerning web site postings.
-Meeting adjourned at 8:55

-Prepared by Secretary, Tim Claypool
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Touring / Re: Tips for becoming a road biker
« Last post by mheyes on March 05, 2014, 10:04:35 AM »
My favorite in the latest marketing crap: Strava. Like the vid said, if your ride isn't on Strava it didn't happen.
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Latest News / March 2014 club meeting agenda
« Last post by Patrick on March 03, 2014, 12:21:46 PM »
This Thursday, March 6th @ 7:30pm 3RVS will hold its monthly club meeting at the downtown library, meeting room A.  All are welcome to attend.  This month, we will have a Bicycle Expo by our local shops showing off bikes and accessories for the coming season.

1.  Call to Order

2.  Bicycle Expo - Summit City Bicycles and Fort Wayne Outfitters

3.  Officer Reports:   

   Secretary - Tim Claypool
   Treasurer - Patrick Stelte (temporary)
   Touring  - Steve Pequignot
   Off-Road  - Phil Snider
   Newsletter - Kathy Boling
   Membership - Jane Lewandowski
          Publicity - Wendy Vieyra
   Racing  - Jerry Witham
   Webmaster - Mike Heyes

4.  Additional Items of Interest

5.  Good of the Order

6.  Adjournment
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Latest News / 3RVS club meeting minutes for February 6, 2014
« Last post by Patrick on February 11, 2014, 11:59:46 AM »
Below, are the monthly 3RVS club meeting minutes:

February 6, 2014
Call to order 7:30 pm by President
*Officers present
Patrick Stelte President
Patrick Stelte Interim Treasurer
Phil Snider Off-Road
Wendy Vieyra Publicity
Jane Lewandowski Membership
Kathy Boling Newsletter
Tim Claypool Secretary
*Officers absent
Steve Pequignot Touring
Jerry Witham Racing
Mike Heyes Webmaster   

-Meeting call to order & greetings. 7:30 PM
-Reading of minutes meeting of January 2, 2014. Motion to approve Jane second by Patrick.

-Patrick welcomed special guest David Coar from Summit City Bicycles. David presented club members with the new discount point system to be replacing the present percentage discount. Starting March 1st 2014 Summit will offer 5% of all purchases in the form of points. The points collect on all sales including bikes, repairs, equipment, clothing, sale items and fitness equipment. Points accumulate and spend as follows. Earned Sept-Nov must be spent Jan-Feb *earned Dec-Feb must be spent April-May *earned March-May must be spent July-Aug *earned June-Aug must be spent Oct-Nov. Points would be e-mailed to the club member. Member must supply store with e-mail address at time of purchase. This discount will be offered to only paid members of 3RVS. Questions and clarification of system followed presentation.

-Treasurers report by Patrick. For January we had 2 debits and 1 credit. The club continues to receive revenue from membership renewal.  January expenditures were minimal.

-Touring report from Steve by Patrick. Steve is working with 2 members forming a group of riders in the 10 to 14 mph pace. The group would be flexible yet still utilize the same route as faster groups on the weekend rides.  Steve will report further once plans are confirmed and personnel are committed.

-Off Road reported by Phil. Phil offered members present a DVD copy of the Chilly Challenge ride. Phil is working with parks department to reroute a trail at Franke Park. The reroute is behind schedule due to change in personnel in the parks department. Phil expects to soon be back on track with project.  Off-roaders at present are cross country skiing due to weather conditions. Phil presented the club with a program aimed at High school MTB riders. National Interscholastic Cycling Association or NICA is a nationwide program that provides leadership and governance of local leagues to produce quality mountain bike events and supports every student-athlete in the development of strong body, strong mind and strong character through their efforts on the bike. A club member is interested in forming –promoting the group. Phil asked if the club would be interested in supporting this group. After discussion Patrick asked if an NICA member would collect data and present to the club with facts and findings before moving forward with support acceptance. Members present agreed with Patrick to entertain a presentation by member.

-Newsletter reported by Kathy. Kathy has changed the format with the newsletter for ease in use and presentation. Kathy would like information for newsletters by the 15th of the month and no later than the 18th to assure sending out in a timely manner.

**Kathy and Jane have been working on membership cards. The cards will have members name and activation date. Cards will be sent by e-mail to members. These will be needed for discounts at local bike shops. Kathy will send out an alert to remind members to renew their dues.
-Membership reported by Jane. 58 family memberships and 76 single memberships -134 memberships with a total of 192 members. For members signing up on line the registration qualifies as their signature for the release waver.
-Publicity reported by Wendy. Working with Kathy to improve and update 3RVS brochure. Cost and quantity were discussed. The best value was printing of 1000 at $264.89 once the final designed is approved by officers. The Festival ride has been listed with Bicycle Indiana.

-Webmaster Report:  1) updated Forum with latest security update.  2) Removed two spam accounts from the Forum membership. The number of these has slowed down lately, but still require periodic checks to remove bogus accounts and posts.  3) Provided a link to Gary Painter at the 2013 World Time Trial Championships in Italy. I don't remember seeing this anywhere, so I added the story to the website. It would be nice to see more racing and other stories on the website. The last racing story before this was in 2011!!!  4) Renewed the Private Registration add-on for the website. It costs $41.97 for three years. What this does is hide the domain registration information that anyone online can see by using Whois.
-Additional items of interest. Patrick is on the board with Fort 4 Fitness. The organizers continue to make strides to improve the event. The largest concern by attendees was cost. The board is working to drastically reduce the cost. The goal is to increase ridership in all levels of the event. Fort 4 Fitness will partnership with Arts United, IPFW, Downtown Improvement District (DID), Fort Wayne Trails, and City of Fort Wayne to make this year and future events a ride to remember. 

-Overnight Ride/Camp is being proposed by Jim Reilly. Jim led a ride to Pokagan State Park last year with great success. This year’s proposal is to a park-camp at Ouabache State Park in Bluffton with a shorter distance and to encourage more riders to the event. Jim asked for support from different levels of the club. During the July 3, 2013 meeting officers approved providing funds to reserve camp sites. All funds were repaid through rider fees for those participating. Members voted for and passed Jim’s proposal. The date is set for August 23rd & 24thth.  Jim will follow up with more details during riding season.

-Trail Care Crew In sponsored by Subaru. Diana Carranza (NITRO) provided the information on this event coming April 24th to the 27th.  A full schedule of events to include meeting with the land management. Assessment of the target project. Training and hands on trail building-improvement project with a group ride the last day of the event. Diana asked for help and support from the club.

-Three Rivers Festival Tour will be directed by Luis DeVeyra. Luis has been working to line up all aspects of this event. Patrick, officers, and members present expressed their appreciation for Luis continued efforts and success in the quality of this event.
-Good to Order. There are tentative plans to invite area bike shops to March meeting to show new products. Details should appear in March newsletter.

Meeting Adjourned 8:55 pm.

Prepared by Tim Claypool
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For Sale / Re: Ladies fit Trek 2000 roadbike for sale
« Last post by the_bad_fish_2 on February 06, 2014, 05:27:02 PM »
Is this still for sale?
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Latest News / February 2014 club meeting agenda
« Last post by Patrick on February 03, 2014, 09:38:39 AM »
The 3RVS monthly club meeting will be this Thursday, February 6th at 7:30pm at the downtown library,meeting room B.  All are welcome to attend.  Here is the agenda:

1.  Call to Order

2.  Presentation by Summit Bicycles - discount pricing

3.  Officer Reports:   

   Secretary - Tim Claypool
   Treasurer - Patrick Stelte (temporary)
   Touring  - Steve Pequignot
   Off-Road  - Phil Snider (NICA introduction)
   Newsletter - Kathy Boling
   Membership - Jane Lewandowski
          Publicity - Wendy Vieyra
   Racing  - Jerry Witham
   Webmaster - Mike Heyes

4.  Additional Items of Interest
     - Fort 4 Fitness Spring Cycle Update
     - Jim Reilly Proposal for Overnight Ride/Camp in August 2014

5.  Good of the Order

6.  Adjournment
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