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On 2 June 1817, Baron Karl Friedrich Christian Ludwig Freiherr Drais von Sauerbronn of Baden, Germany filed a patent for his Laufmaschine. Also known as the Draisine, velocipede, hobby-horse or dandy horse. Pedals were first added in 1863, and the “boneshaker” became a (short-lived) craze. Tensioned spokes and increased front wheel size led to the “ordinary bicycle” that prevailed (and wrecked havoc) until the introduction of the safety bicycle in 1885. Since then pneumatic tires, variable gearing, new metals and plastics have been introduced, but how much enjoyment has resulted for these humble (and painful) beginnings. Celebration is required!

The Ride: a leisurely ride of approximately 30kms around East Van. The hills are gentle and the riders kind. No one will be left behind.

The Party: after the ride we will head to Will Todd’s home (and makeshift bicycle museum) in Kitsilano to enjoy vegan and non-vegan; glutinous and gluten-free food, along with water and tea. If you want more range in your drinking options, you are invited to bring the drinks you enjoy (a very wide range of liquid options are available nearby, if you would rather not carry your drinks on the ride). Friends from UBC’s Bike Kitchen are also invited.

What should you bring: your marvelous self and your trusted steed and, other than any drinks for you, you are requested to bring only the following for sharing:

  • a functional spare inner tube (patches are welcome) to contribute to my tube library
  • bicycle-themed poetry and stories to share
  • cash to contribute to the migrant farm workers of Flora Farm who are supported by Bici Libre (who recently lost their belongings in a fire) – details here – this is a fun raiser, more than a fund raiser – no contribution is required or expected

To avoid any confusion: this is not a pot-luck, your cooperation will be appreciated.


Distance: approximately 30km

Start: 10am at Arbutus Coffee (Arbutus Street at W. 6th Avenue)

Route: here

Leader: Will – please RSVP by email, so food quantities can be adjusted

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May 15 Update: starting location changed to parking lot at Peace Arch Park to accommodate the parking needs of the vehicular. We have a “coyote” who will guide us through the border area (on bikes) to get us to 0 Avenue to the start of the ride.

I almost posted this ride for Cinco de Mayo, but was worried that the Tamales would be sold out before we could ride to Ferndale. As a lover of Mexican cooking, I am always disappointed by Mexican food in Canada, so we are riding to the country of my birth (and, yes, the orangutan child king) to get the good stuff! We will be riding at a medium pace (this is not one of Naiden’s leisure rides) along the border from near Peace Arch to the Aldergrove Crossing then turning south through Lyndon and on to historic Ferndale where we will stop for lunch at the New Mexico Tamale Company (website), which closes on Saturdays when they run out of tamales, so if you can email me your choices before Friday, I will order them on Friday

afternoon and they will save them for us. If you do not get your request to me in time, you run the risk that your chosen tamal will not be available or, worse, no tamales will be left (I may share a Clif bar, but not a tamal, even friendship has its limits). As we do not get to Ferndale until 52km, I suggest you bring some aqueous and calorie supplements to be sure you can stay happy in the saddle. Also, since we will be riding a more rural route, it would be wise for you to bring more than the mandatory replacement tube, tire levers and pump to keep your ride rolling. Note: the starting point is NOW the usual parking lot at Peace Arch Park, but you still need to bring your PASSPORT or you cannot ride into the US at Aldergrove (and I cannot comment on the rumours that ICE agents may be hanging around Mexican restaurants).

Distance: about 75km

Route: here

Leader: Will

Start: 9:30am at Parking lot for Peace Arch Park on the Canada side behind the duty free (do NOT go into the duty free) – BRING YOUR PASSPORT

RSVP: Email Will what tamales you want to have ordered before 4pm on Friday, June 15.


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Whether your taste in ice cream runs tall, wide, silly or fancy – all will be considered – and NO ONE does not like ice cream. Plan for the ride is to ride no more than 25km at a pace that does not exceed 18km/h to get the best ice cream! And where is the best ice cream? – bring your suggestions (within the distance limit) – and we will ride to the location those riding select. Feel free to post your suggestions in the comments, but be prepared to argue for your choice before we ride. Destination will be announced to WhatsApp Group before we embark.

Ride is subject to weather – check this post by 8am on the ride date in case of cold, rain, snow or volcanic  eruption.

Meet: Arbutus Coffee (W. 6th Ave at Arbutus St)

Time: 10am

Instigator: Will and Naiden (email if you want us to be sure you are there before we set out)

Route: only the shadow knows…

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I was so pleased with the Vancouver to Vancouver ride that David and I completed earlier this month that I have decided to spend another week riding and camping at state parks in the Pacific Northwest. Plan will be to take buses from Vancouver on August 11 to Astoria, Oregon (total cost US$64) then ride south staying at Oregon State Hiker-Biker campsites for 6 nights. Then ride back to Eugene, Oregon (spending the night in a municipal campsite), from which I will catch buses back to Vancouver (total cost US$62) to be back on August 18 around 10pm. Camping costs will be $6-8/night, so the total cost of the trip, before food and tubes should be less than US$200. The pace would not be the scorching pace that David and I suffered, but I expect the days would be something like (I am open to changing the distances and camping locations):

August 11 – Astoria to Fort Stevens State Park  (14.3km)
August 12 – .. to Nehelem Bay State Park (59.7km, 615m elevation gain)
August 13 – .. to Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area (118km, 637m)
August 14 – .. to Washburne State Park (99.1km, 656m)
August 15 – .. to Tugman State Park (73.1km, 779m)
August 16 – .. to Honeyman State Park (43.6km, 415m)
August 17 – .. to Richardson Park Campground (87.5km, 417m)
Augustt 18 – .. to Eugene bus stop (25.4km)

Best of all, in the summer the prevailing winds blow south, so (except for August 16) we will be just trying to keep up with the birds. I will be bringing tools and a first aid kit, that I am happy to share.

If you are interested, email Will.

This tour will be a reconnaissance ride for planning a club tour for summer 2019.

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This is a classic VBC Leisure Ride. We’ll break for treats and coffee in Lonsdale Quay. The ride home will go through the Spirit Trail in North Vancouver and the now completed bike path on the Ironworkers’ Bridge (both completed since the route was mapped), which are not shown in the route link below, and will involve a steep but short climb. Cross your fingers and hope for good weather. Ride will be canceled in the event of rain. Keep an eye on WhatsApp on the morning of the ride for updates.

Meet: Arbutus Coffee (Arbutus Street at W. 6th Ave) at 9:30am

Route: click here

RSVP: Dov if you plan to come

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As the weather turns cooler, I am always inclined to food from warmer places. Dosas at Dosa Corner (8248 Fraser St.) meets this inclination. We will follow Naiden’s favourite route to UBC, continue around Point Grey in a counter-clockwise direction and then follow Kent Avenue to Fraser (route below). We will ride at a leisure pace and wait to regather the group at regular intervals – no one will be left behind.

Ride may be cancelled or modified due to weather with an announcement here and on WhatsApp around 8:30am on the day of the ride.

Meet: 10am at Arbutus Coffee (Arbutus Street at W. 6th Avenue)

Route: see here

Leader: Will (and Naiden). If you want us to know you are coming email here.


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A classic leisure ride to a familiar destination – Iona Beach. Flat, smooth pavement to ease the way and a beautiful seascape to view at our destination, then we will reverse the route back to Ikura Sushi on Granville near 70th Avenue for everybody’s favourite bento box selection. Leisure ride with pace 15-18km/h; no one dropped. Bring the tools and parts you need to keep rolling.

RSVP: email to Will

Meet: 10:00am Arbutus Coffee (Arbutus St. at W. 6th Avenue), or 10:30am at corner of SW Marine at Milton St (South end of the Arbutus Strollerway).

Route: South via the Arbutus Strollerway to Arthur Laing Bridge, then following Ferguson Road to Iona Beach (return on same route). Detailed route map here.

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This ride is clear weather dependent – I will post by 8:30am on day of ride if not riding.  I just looked at the weather forecast for the weekend and it looks like Colin’s Sunday ride may be in jeopardy, leaving Saturday as the only clear day. What will be have to be thankful for if there is no ride this weekend? Ride proposed is another of my “riders get to pick” ride – I am thinking we meet at Arbutus Coffee and ride to the North Shore and then on to the consensus of either Horseshoe Bay (Marine Drive route both ways) or Deep Cove (over the hills going east and along the water coming back). Are you in?

Meet: 10am at Arbutus Coffee (Arbutus St at W. 6th Ave.)

Leader: Will (email me here, if you want me to know you are planning to ride)

Route: to be determined by those who are riding, either Deep Cove  (approx 22km) or Horseshoe Bay (approx. 26.3km), plus return.

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Leisurely ride around Richmond ending with a stop for lunch at the group’s choice of: Flying Beaver, Doshas or Shanghainese. Terrain is flat and pace will be moderate (~18kmh). All are welcome and no one will be dropped.

Meet: 10am at SOUTH end (Richmond side) of Skytrain bridge (this is on River Drive at Van Horne Way). Note this is not the usual meeting spot for recent leisure rides.

RSVP: Email to Will if you are coming and we will make sure you are there before we depart.

Route: simple circumnavigation of Richmond, about 30km; something like this.

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This is a classic VBC Leisure Ride.  We’ll break for noshings and coffee in Lonsdale Quay. The ride home will go through Moodyville Park, much more pleasant than the Lower Level road, which is not shown in the route link below. Cross your fingers and hope for good weather. Ride will be canceled in the event of rain. Keep an eye out on the website the morning of the ride for updates.






Meet: 1:00PM at coffee shop at Arbutus and 6th Ave

Route: click here

RSVP  Will (with Naiden) if you plan to come, and want to get an email if the ride is cancelled.

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