October 2005
Bicycling & more in Central Massachusetts & beyond


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As always, call the leader if the weather or snow conditions are questionable, or if you have other questions. Ride Categories explanation.

Sunday, October 9, is the deadline for the November newsletter.
If you can lead a bike ride, hike or other activity in November, submit the details by midnight Oct. 9 to Lynne Tolman, LTolman@LTolman.org , 508-831-0301.

Autumn means hunting season, and the presence of hunters in the woods means hikers and mountain bikers need to use extra caution. Most hunting seasons in Massachusetts run between mid-October and mid-December. While hunting accidents are rare (statistics show that hunting is safer than many sports, including cycling), cyclists can enhance their safety by wearing, a hunter's orange vest. These are available in the sporting goods departments of most department stores. Avoid white or brown clothing (you don't want to look like a deer). Hunting is not allowed on Sundays in Massachusetts. Key hunting season dates for the state:

More information: http://www.state.ma.us/dfwele/dfw

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Recurring Rides

Wednesday Outdoor Workouts, Easy Monday Evening Rides, Easy C Rider

Sunday, October 2
Activity: MAJOR TAYLOR CENTURY road ride, 25, 62 or 100 miles at your own pace
Location: Whitin Community Center, 60 Main St., Whitinsville
Time: Check-in opens at 7:15 a.m. Century starts at 8:00, metric century at
9:00, quarter century at 10:00
Cost: $12-$20
Contact: Arlen & Rose Hall, 508-234-9945, mtc@10thGear.com

10th Gear Christian Youth Cycling and Seven Hills Wheelmen present this annual ride on scenic roads of south-central Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, as part of Blackstone Valley Heritage Homecoming Weekend. Mechanical support provided by The Peloton bike shop from Woonsocket, R.I. ( www.thepeloton.net ). Proceeds benefit 10th Gear, Seven Hills, and the Major Taylor Association. Details, online registration and directions to the start are at www.10thgear.com/mtreg.htm .

Saturday, October 8
Activity: Road ride, C, 24 miles
Location: Dudley District Court, Route 197 & Lyons Road, Dudley
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Leader: David Liberty, djl2150@msn.com , 508-943-2725

Same ride we did in June and July. It’s a scenic ride into Woodstock, Conn., on rolling hills with an enthusiastic and sociable leader.

Friday, October 14
Activity: CLEAN YOUR BIKE NIGHT -- Open Shop & Club Social at Barney’s
Location: Barney’s Bicycle, 165 Chandler St., Worcester
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Leader: Pete Howard, barneysbicycle@rcn.com , 508-799-BIKE

Work stands, rags, degreasers and polish will be provided. It’s a great way to inspect your bike for safety and maintenance needs, as well as bond with your bike -- give it some TLC. We usually have refreshments at these get-togethers for Seven Hills members and guests, and an extra discount on bike parts in stock. Plus, it’s a great time to get in on outdoor plans for the coming weeks.

Sunday, October 16
Activity: Road ride, B, 60 miles
Location: Naquag Elementary School, Route 122A (Main Street), Rutland
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Leader: Bill Meduski, bmeduski@rcn.com , 508-756-2122

This ride was rained out in August; let's try again. It’s a scenic ride that goes through Templeton, Petersham and Hardwick. It’s a variation of the Major Taylor metric century route we used in 1999-2003, which is described here: www.sevenhillswheelmen.org/cuesheet/mtmetric.htm . But we’ll have a cue sheet and map showing the revised route, with the start at Naquag school instead of Finn Park. Everyone can ride at their own pace. (Note: half-hour later start this time to let it warm up a little bit.)

Saturday, October 22
Activity: Road ride, B, 45 miles
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Location: Book Mill, Greenfield Road, Montague
Directions: www.montaguebookmill.com -- Allow 75 to 90 minutes driving time from Worcester.
Leaders: Lynne Tolman, 508-831-0301, LTolman@LTolman.org , and Rick Krasnick, richard_krasnick@yahoo.com

This is a beautiful, hilly ride with an option near the end to bike up Mount Sugarloaf, approx. 1 very steep mile. Not many stores, and probably no lunch stop, so let's carry plenty of snacks. With luck we'll have colorful foliage. The Book Mill sells used books at half price and it also has a cafe, an antiques shop, a crafts shop and an artist's studio. Our aim is to get back there with time to snack and browse before it closes at 6. This ride is TENTATIVE, depending on RSVPs and weather, so let Lynne or Rick know if you want to go.

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