Monday, October 13, 2008

Geezer Jersey

Some of the Geezers have expressed interest in a Geezer jersey. Custom club jerseys usually cost from $65 to $85 each in quantity, but the cost could be lower if sponsors were found, whose logos would also appear on the jersey. So far, no one has stepped up to take charge of the project, which in my esitmation would involve determining how many people might find a jersey, contacting potential sponsors, designing the jersey (not that difficult with the online design tools that some custom jersey suppliers offer), ordering the jersey, and selling it to riders. Personally, I think it's a good idea, but I'm not sure that we can find someone willing to take on the work involved.

If you have any ideas, please most them to the comments section below this blog entry. -- Jack Quinn

Friday, October 10, 2008

Pork barrel benefits for bicycle commuters

Among the unrelated expendatures added to the $700-billion bailout package are some pork barrel benefits for bicycle commuters. Below is the link to the article in the Arizona Republic about how to get paid for riding your bike to work. Some refer to it as the "bike bailout". :) -- Jack Quinn

Monday, October 6, 2008

Update on Bob Campbell's conditon.

Monday, October 5, 2008 -- I just received the following word from Lou Morgen on Bob Campbell's condition. -- JQ

Bob Campbell is undergoing surgery on Tues to remove blood from his lung which was pierced by a fractured rib, in addition to breaking his collarbone.He is in considerable pain but spirits high. He had me call the Bike Haus to let Kale know he would be responsible for any damage on the Specialized he was trying out on Sat. He is at Scottsdale Osborn in ICU for the procedure & will be there for several days. I plan on waiting until Wed to visit, but anyone whom would like to check in with Bob after Tues, should. Lou

Crash and new photos on Website

For those of you who were not on last Saturday’s ride, there was good news and bad news. The bad news is that riders Bob Campbell and Carl Bond crashed when Bob hit a temporary traffic sign that was out in the bike lane. The front of the pack moved to the left to avoid the signs and pointed out the obstacle, but apparently farther back in the pack the communication was lost and people did not realize the danger. Bob and Carl were riding at the back. At the last report I had, Carl had been treated and released from the hospital with a broken collar bone and Bob was kept overnight for observation after suffering a concussion.

The good news is that three members of the pro cycling team that VeloVie sponsors were in town for the Tour de Scottsdale, and they joined us for the Saturday ride. Photos of the ride, courtesy of Ueli Zaugg, are on the Geezer’s Website in the Photo Gallery section.

Ueli writes that Michael Stevenson from Sweden was the fastest rider in the Tour, smashing the old record time by 12 minutes and averaging 30 miles per hour. Yuriy Metlushenko from Ukraine was 3rd, and Phil Cortes from Canada placed fifth. The pros were real gentlemen on the Geezer ride, however, and rode at our old folks’ pace.


Schuhmacher tests positive

I read in the German online press today that Germany’s Stefan Schumacher (Team Gerosteiner) tested positive for a blood sample from the Tour de France. Many of you may remember that he was in the Yellow Jersey for two days after winning an early time trial.