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Stark County Bicycle Club
Canton, Ohio


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North Canton, Ohio 44720
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"Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles."   --J. Forester--

The Stark County Bicycle Club (the "SCBC"), located in Canton, Ohio, was formed in 1968.
The Club has grown to 309 members, and offers the most robust and diversified ride schedule in all of Ohio.
In 2017, Club members logged 273,969 miles over the course of 1515 rides.

                    Bicycling Safety

                      Club policy defined for intersections

At the Executive board meeting Sunday evening Aug. 5, the subject came up, as it often has,
about our club rides and stopping at stop signs. Dave Cardarella reported that within the past
month three fatalities have occurred in Ohio due to riders failing to stop at stop signs (reasons
are unknown). After lengthy discussion on our club riding habits, calling "clear" at intersections
was singled out as a practice we should stop.

We believe repeatedly calling "clear" creates a lot of risk for these reasons:
     -  The "clear" signal may not leave time for all the trailing riders to enter the intersection
     -  Riders can develop the habit of blindly entering an intersection when taking the word of
         someone else.
     -  It defeats the purpose of the stop sign, and is probably illegal for the bikers that don't
         stop. If cyclists want motor vehicle traffic to respect laws pertaining to bicycles, e.g. the
         3' rule, we should follow the traffic laws ourselves.
     -  The first rider at the intersection may make a mistake, and miss seeing oncoming traffic.

We want the practice to end. We voted unanimously to pass a motion stating: "Riders
should not call "clear" at intersections. Riders should announce approaching traffic from any
direction at all intersections." Our intent is that every rider should check that the intersection is
before entering the intersection.

It will probably take some time for this change to take hold. We don't expect the practice to end
immediately. We are asking ride leaders to talk about this before starting out, and all riders to
take it seriously. I believe this is an important change that will make our rides safer for all.

Rob Spalding

Club Merchandise Changes

After many years of handling club merchandise, Elaine Snively expressed a desire to pass this function
on to another member of the club. Since no one was forthcoming to assume this position, we have
accepted an offer from Ernie's Bicycle Shops to handle our merchandise going forward. Anyone wishing
to purchase a club jersey, jacket, mirror or logo socks may do so at Ernie's Lake Avenue Bicycle Shop in
Massillon. For questions on merchandise availability, members may contact Debbie Lehman at 330-832-
5111 or visit the Lake Ave shop at 135 Lake Ave NW, Massillon, Ohio. Yes, you will be able to use club
gift certificates when purchasing club merchandise. No, non-club members will not be eligible to
purchase our club merchandise. Yes, you will be charged sales tax when purchasing club merchandise
going forward. Keep in mind we are selling our merchandise at wholesale prices. You would not be able
to purchase any of these items at a comparable price anywhere else.

I will be handling the sale of small ticket items going forward. This would include items such as logo
towels, map cue sheet holders, mouse pads, bandanas, clear plastic wallets, license plate frames, etc. I
will be bringing these items to meetings where they will be available for purchase. No sales tax will be
charged on these items. Questions? Call or e-mail me - I'm in the Spokin' Word or in the member
directory on the SCBC site.

John Shaeffer

          Recent Web Site Updates
09/19/2018 Year To Date mileage statistics added on the Mileage Stats tab.
09/06/2018 added September Spokin'Word on the Spokin'Word tab. A link is also provided on bottom of this page.
09/01/2018 Revised Map 145. THE QUEEN'S WORKOUT starting at Southgate Shopping Center.
                    A 34 mile ride starting at Southgate Plaza originated in 1991 by Sandy Scherer and Linda Zaleski.
                    Minor route change eliminates turns onto Weaver and Millport. RideWithGPS, elevation profile,
                    elevation info, index boxes, and History added.
09/01/2018 Revised Map 107. TUSKY VALLEY HEIGHTS starting at Fort Laurens.
                    A 28 mile ride starting at Fort Laurens originated by Mike Abrams in 1995. RideWithGPS replaces MapMyRide.
                    Elevation profile added.
09/01/2018 updated membership list on the Member Directory Tab.
08/30/2018 Revised Map 316. THE POE LOOP starting at Loyal Oak Park.
                    A 35 mile map starting at Loyal Oak Park originated and drawn by Dave McKinley in 1991. RideWithGPS,
                    elevation profile, and History added.
08/30/2018 Revised Map 146. ROLLIN' ON THE RIVER starting at Grounded Coffee Shop.
                    45 mile ride starting at Grounded Coffee Shop. RideWithGPS link, elevation profile, elev. info, History,
                    index boxes, title box and route outline added. Cue updated. Total miles change from 44 to 45
                    Thanks to Mark Coventry for sending a RWGPS link.
08/21/2018 Revised Map 918. VENICE TO MYAKKA starting at either Island Sun or Rialto.
                    Changed start option to either Island Sun or Rialto. Minor cue correction.
08/21/2018 Revised Map 265. LONG WAY TO MAPLETON starting at Metzger Park.
                    38 mile ride starting at Metzger Park. RideWithGPS added.
08/21/2018 Added September ride schedule on the Ride Schedule tab.
08/20/2018 Revised Map 480. CROSSROADS AND CREAMSTICKS starting at Crossroads Plaza.
                    38 mile ride starting at Crossroads Plaza. RWGPS replaced MMR. Elev profile added. Rest stop added in
                    Sommerdale. (Steineck's Bakery in Mineral City closed indefinitely on Jan 1, 2018).
08/19/2018 added August Exec and Membership Meeting Minutes on the Spokin'Word Tab.
08/19/2018 Revised Map 372. WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE WE? starting at Crossroads Plaza.
                    48 mile ride starting at Crossroads Plaza. RideWithGPS added. Thanks to Mark Coventry for sending the link.
                    I've made some cue clarifications, mileage corrections, added a rest stop to the ride, and changed the map
                    to the RideWithGPS format. Total mileage increased from 46 to 48.
08/14/2018 Revised Map 532. FIREHOUSE GRILLE LOOP starting at Lake Community Park.
                    A 20/23 mile burger ride starting at Lake Community Park. Cue correction at mile 15.4 long route.
                    Thanks to Dave Cardarella for mentioning the correction.
08/12/2018 New Map 946. WILDERNESS BACKROADS starting at the Wilderness Center.
                    A new 46 mile ride originated by Paul Tucci starting at the Wilderness Center, 9877 Alabama Ave, Wilmot, OH.
                    Paul says "the road surface conditions include loose gravel, ruts/buggy ruts, potholes, deteriorated pavement,
                    possible shallow standing water in a few spots and road apples". You might want to leave the skinny tires at home.
                    Hills add to the challenge with 2936 ft of gain. There is a lunch stop in Mt Eaton. Rest rooms are available at
                    TWC even when the building is closed.
                    Jeff Corney Executive Director at the Wilderness Center said that TWC welcomes cyclists and is currently talking
                    with Stark Parks regarding a connection to the Towpath Trail system. This would be a great addition to the Towpath!
                    Bike club members who are also Friends of Stark Parks might want to talk this up with the folks out there at Sippo Lake.
08/10/2018 Revised Map 416. POST BOY TOUR starting at Grounded Coffee Shop in New Philadelphia.
                    55 mile ride starting at Grounded Coffee Shop in New Philadelphia. Route line colored, RWGPS added,
                    elevation profile and info added. New cue and header tables, food stop, and trail option added. Mileage
                    changed from 56 to 55. Thanks to Mark Coventry for providing the RideWithGPS route.
08/04/2018 Revised Map 945. MAGNOLIA GRAVEL starting at Magnolia Village Canal Park.
                    A route change on the long ride to avoid OH-171. Total mileage changes from 55 to 58. Change suggested by
                    Chris Smith the ride originator.
08/03/2018 Revised Map 945. MAGNOLIA GRAVEL starting at Magnolia Village Canal Park.
                    A 55 mileage option originated by Chris Smith has been added to 945. Chris describes this 55 mile ride
                    as "A very challenging gravel circuit around the Atwood Lake region. Plenty of climbs to feel the Burn,
                    and beautiful scenery to make it worthwhile!!"
07/29/2018 Revised Map 200. NEW BALTIMORE ICE CREAM RIDE starting at Lake Community Park.
                    15 mile ride starting from Lake Community Park. RideWithGPS replaced MMR. Elevation profile added.
07/27/2018 Revised Map 532. FIREHOUSE GRILLE LOOP starting at Lake Community Park.
                    A 20/23 mile ride starting at Lake Community Park. Corrected map route line on the 23 mile ride return.

       Current Spokin' Word     General Information


                     Click here to view current Spokin' Word

Membership Renewals

Dues are due March 31, 2018. If you have not already done so, send in your renewal today.
Click Here  to go to the Membership Application tab

50 Anniversary Contest

Click Here for printable Contest Rules (pdf format)
Click Here for printable Contest List (pdf format)


Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Ride Altitude Gain Data Collection

You will need an altimeter cyclometer or a GPS with barometric altimeter and about 5 min. of time each ride.   We will be averaging all the data on each ride so recording data on the same ride two or more times is helpful!   The more data we collect, the more accurate the results!   Record the total Altitude Gain & any comments.   When you get at least ten rides recorded, give or send them to me.
                Don Royer
Ride Altitude Gain Worksheet

Ernie's Bike Shop discount

Members: Please present your SCBC membership card/Ernie's Bike Shop discount card when you make a purchase at Ernie's. Please mention you are a member before the sale is rung up.

The Stark County Bicycle Club Patron's List

On behalf of the Membership, we would like to thank the following people for their support to our Club

Shane & Lisa Beyer & Family
Cathy Daniel
Raymund & Dawn Durkee
Justin & Carol Hamilton / Youngblood
James(Bill) & Carol Johnson
Dave Keller
Nate Ray
Melvin & Donna Siebert
Jim & Susan Sloan / Madura
Lance Stillings
Tom Stuecheli

Carl Humenik
Robert Morris
Ed Schenck
James Weinschenk

Paul & Mindy Borowski
Ken & Karen Brott & Family
Bob & Shelley Doerschuk
Robert Eicher
Kenneth Knabe
David & Lynne Kotte
David McKinley
Bill & Karen Mishler
Dan & Jill Nonno / Lane
Chris Redmond
Foster II & Foster Sr Rose
Bud & Marjorie Scott
Rob & Janice Spalding
Bruce Treiber
Bob & Valerie Valentine

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