Spotlight on our members - Rich Robinson


 It Can’t Just Be About The Bike

Vacation seemed to be an appropriate subject for a June message. Thousands of words of inspiration came to mind; places, experiences and unique adventures. However, Rich Robinson recently wrote a poignant piece of prose which has been received as beautifully inspirational and he has given permission to have it reproduced in this newsletter. It captures so much, everyone will relate to something here, more so than vacations.

“For me it can’t be just about the bike. Bikes are cool. They’re all cool. It doesn’t matter if it’s a Colnago, or a Raleigh. You probably love yours. Or maybe you lust after a newer ride. A lighter, faster, more aero ride. We talk about them over coffee or dream about them on our pillow. We clean, polish, lube and adjust them. We wrap new bar tape and mount new tires. We even buy them jewelry. Or bike jewelry for ourselves.

If you truly want to get the most out of cycling I think it has to be more than just about the bike. Sometimes I wonder if I ride for the ride or for the friends. Some people want to get it going, ride, finish, and go home. I want to get there early, discuss the ride while we mount some wheels, pump tires and preen. Yeah, cyclists preen. I want time to meet the new guys and greet the friends who always ride.

Pretty sure almost everyone I have ridden with has wanted to shut me up at some point during the ride. Sorry!

After the ride I want to share some libations, pizza, tacos and chatter. We’ll brag about the last ride and plan the next. Planning rides is almost as good riding; figuring out routes and planning stops.

I like my bike and am always lusting after another. But bikes in reality are just the link that connects me to so many friends. Thanks to all of you who have ridden a mile or a thousand miles with me. You are what keeps it fun. Thousands more to come. It can’t just be about the bike.”

Of all the articles that have appeared in this newsletter about camaraderie and the love of cycling, Rich’s article may have said it best. Here is one cyclist’s spontaneous response: Rich, you are a true friend, and inspire us all both on and off our bikes. I am lucky to have found you and the group. Thanks for all the positives. You have helped me become a better cyclists and helped me feel connected to others through our mutual passion—cycling. From J & D.

Thanks Rich—  Patty



Some people think I'm crazy and what I do for fun may seem a little off. OK I know that. But I'm a triathlete .

I completed the Half Moon Bay triathlon on April 23. By placing in the top 10% of my age group. I qualified for the USA National Championship in August. Yes I'm happy about that!

One of the reasons I ride with the Shasta Wheelmen is because this group pushes me to ride farther. Another thing I like about the club is how friendly everyone is.

A little about the Half Moon Bay Triathlon. It was what is classified as a Olympic distance race. The swim is 1500 meters, the bike is 40 kilometers, and the run 10 kilometer. Yes the water was cold. We swam in the harbor. The water was calm and I didn't see any marine life. The bike was a flat Time Trial loop and the run was a flat out and back along the bay. So the total distance traveled is about 32 miles. I plan to ride a lot with the Wheelmen this summer. Hope to see you out there.😄

The World Wide Ride Of Silence - Meet At The South End of the Sundial Bridge

The World Wide Ride Of Silence - Meet At The South End of the Sundial Bridge

Join the Shasta Wheelmen, Wednesday May 17, at 7 pm. 

On May 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM, the Ride of Silence will traverse and unite the globe as nothing before it. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed. (Read the full history here...)

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no registration fees.  The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.

President's Message - May 2017

My Happy Place

On a recent Tuesday ride one of our members said “my happy place is on my bike and in my garden or out in the freshly fallen snow”.  That was such a nice thing to hear. So now I ask, where is my happy place?  Yours?

Happy is like money: when you have it you can philosophize about its place in your life and options you have for it.  However, a life without happiness (or money) is intensely grim and difficult.  Happiness affects not only your outlook but your decisions, your health and relationships. Where does it come from and how do we get it. Prozac works sometimes but evidence points to other means.

Philosophers define happiness as living a good life rather than simply an emotion. And, now there is scientific evidence that suggest happiness actually is rather stable over time and not some fleeting emotion.  It is genetically based. From twin studies it has been determined that 50% of a given humans happiness level is genetically determined, 10% affected by life circumstances and 40% subject to self control. When circumstances change as they do with time and you make a plethora of life decisions it seems your happiness can be effected or change.



However, if  we can control 40 - 50% it is worth pursuing!  Thomas Jefferson knew how important happiness is to a nation's well being and productivity when in 1776 he penned into the Declaration of Independence  the universal right “to the pursuit of happiness”. Now we know, and there is solid science - that feeling happy and optimistic reduces your risk of  heart attacks and strokes, it improves one's resilience in managing cancer and has a protective impact on immunity. Happiness is undeniably worth pursuing - especially as we age!


So here is the recipe (components of an optimistic/happy life), as published by Martin Seligman, PhD in his 2011 book Flourish:

  1. Accomplishments

  2. Pleasure (tasty food, warm bath, etc.)

  3. Engagement (an enjoyed yet challenging activity)

  4. Meaning (a perceived quest or belonging to something bigger than self)

  5. Relationships

A happy place must be the place you can savor your happiness. I hope we all find happiness and our happy place.  I hope most of us can find it on our bikes!


Spotlight on Wheelmen

Gary Schalesky - will be giving his speedy legs a rest and taking his wife, Darlene, on  vacation to Washington DC.   Gary, please convince the nice folks of the Trump administration to ride their bikes to work as this would likely improve their behavior!

Dan Coats - has been cycling for about 9 months, he has passed the 5,000 mile mark and rides almost every day - rain or shine! He is an inspiration.

Steve Nielsen - will be absent from California Cycling for 5 months while he builds a home in Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, WA. Check out his facebook page to see some of the rides he is doing there.  Then hope he invites us all to his house warming party!

Ted Palfini - loyal Wheelmen, but rarely seen, finished the Red Hawk  century and is training for the Davis Double.  He has 5 pairs of cycling shoes - just sayin!

Beware of the Wheelmen Spotlight - it may be on YOU!