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PDF Newsletter Archive: 2007 to Present

Archived newsletters are available as Adobe Acrobat Files (pdf). Download Acrobat Reader.

Members automatically receive the newsletter. Non-members/slobc friends can subscribe using the Newsletter Signup Form.

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Newsletter Submittal Guidelines

Please consider submitting materials that you would like to share with our members. Review and follow the guidelines to assist the editor in preparing your article for publication.

Articles

  • All articles, letters, stories of bicycling experiences, appropriate classified ads, artwork etc. are welcome. The club policy states that the SLO Coaster "shall not contain commercial advertisements, flyers for any cause, ads for other clubs’ rides, or comments derogatory to local businesses. If space permits, advertisements for bicycles and accessories may be included in the newsletter."
  • The editor reserves the right to edit or reject material. 
  • Each article is the opinion of its author and does not necessarily represent the opinion or endorsement of the SLOBC or the editor.
  • Nothing will be accepted verbally.
  • The newsletter will be distributed and archived online—do not submitted material that you do not want to appear online.

Submittal Deadline

  • All materials are due no later than 8:00 a.m. on the 15th of each month. Submit materials as early as possible so any problems can be addressed.
  • All materials must be emailed to newsletter-editor@slobc.org.

Text Submittal Requirements

  • Text may be submitted within the body of an email or as an attachment.
  • Text attachments must be in Word (.DOC or .DOCX) or Rich Text Format (.RTF).
  • Text should be submitted with minimal formatting using upper and lower case.
  • Place a single space between sentences within a paragraph.
  • Use bold to indicate emphasis and italic for long quotes or publication names.
  • Do not use underline or all caps for emphasis.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word in titles and subtitles.
  • Use a single space between paragraphs.
  • Text should be checked for spelling and grammar before submittal.

Image Submittal Requirements

  • Images must be submitted as separate email attachments – do not embed images in text documents.
  • Images must be submitted in JPG, TIFF or PSD (Photoshop) format.
  • Do not edit images in JPG format at any time as it will cause loss of quality.
  • Images must be a minimum of 700 pixels wide (1024 is better).

Document Submittal Requirements

  • When submitting a document (e.g., poster, flyer, etc.) that includes both images and text for inclusion in the newsletter, provide the document in PDF format.
  • The PNG format may be used for articles and images acquired from the web.

Editing

  • The editor reserves the right to reject material.
  • Images will be adjusted, sized and cropped to fit newsletter layout and support quality reproduction.
  • Text will be placed and formatted to conform to the newsletter design.
  • Feature articles (e.g., Presidents Message, Meeting Minutes, etc.) will receive as little editing as possible.
  • General articles (e.g., Reports, News, Announcements, etc.) may be more extensively edited.

Editing will only be done to achieve the following:

  • Correct spelling or grammar
  • Improved clarity
  • Communicate the same meaning with fewer words
  • Conform to newsletter layout and style patterns
  • Produce consistency & reinforce patterns
  • Reduce the occurrence of widows (short lines at the end of paragraphs), Orphans (single lines at the top of columns) and rags (irregular or uneven margins)
  • Reduce redundancy within an issue
  • Fit content within layout and space limitations

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Local Bicycle Shops

The following area bike shops offer discounts to SLOBC Club members.  Discounts may not apply to all items.  Let them know you are an SLOBC member prior to having the sale written up.

Bike Shop Phone SLOBC Member Discount
San Luis Obispo
Art's Cyclery 805-540-7969 10% - accessories & parts
Cambria Bicycle Outfitter 805-543-1148 10% - free shipping on orders over $50 in SLO county
Flanders Bicycle 805-439-2900 10% - accessories & parts
Foothill Cyclery 805-541-4101 15% - accessories
SLO Bike & Run 805-548-2660  
Wally's Bicycle Works 805-544-4116 10% - accessories & parts
Morro Bay
The Bike Shop 805-772-2697 10% - accessories & parts;
Paso Robles
Best Bike Zone 805-237-2453 10% - accessories & parts
Cambria Bicycle Outfitter 805-221-2602 10% - free shipping on orders over $50 in SLO county
K-Man Cyclery 805-237-2453  
Atascadero
K-Man Cyclery 805-461-8735  
Arroyo Grande
Ira's Bike Shop 805-489-2621 10% - accessories, non-sale items
Grover Beach
Trinity Bike Shop 805-473-8324 10% - accessories & parts
Nipomo
Hart Velo Enterprises 805-929-2258 10% - all non-sale items, including bicycles
Santa Maria
Main Street Cycles 805-922-5577 10% - accessories & clothing
Central Coast Cyclery 805-934-2003  
Pedal Power Bicycles 805-349-2294  
Orcutt
Cycle Star Bikes 805-347-1950 10% - accessories & parts

Bicycle Rentals

Bike Shop Phone Equipment
San Luis Obispo
Art's Cyclery 805-543-4416 Specialized Rockhard mountain bikes
Cambria Bicycle Outfitter 805-543-1148 High end road and mountain bikes
Wally's Bicycle Works 805-544-4116 All Types
Paso Robles
Paso Bike Tours & Rentals 805-440-5085 Hybrid and Road Bikes
Best Bike Zone 805-237-2453 Road and mountain bikes

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Public Directory

The Public Directory provides email links to key club positions. The email communications will be forwarded to the member currently holding or covering the position.

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Club Stats

Since 2000 the the club has maintained a site where its members could maintain statistics about their riding (and other activities). Over the years more than 100 members have made use of this capability. It is easy to use, maintains a record of your efforts and may give you some tools to help you challenge yourself to accomplish more.

Go to the Club Stats website (opens in a new window).

Site Use Pointers

  • When you first go to the site, you will be asked to register. You give you name and log in information. Then you pick the type of stats you want to post. You can also assign goals if you want. Save this and you’re ready to go. You may have to log in the next time your start. But after that it will happened automatically (unless you clear your cookies).
  • Enter your stats on the Add Activity tab. Usually all you need are values picked off your bike computer.
  • You’ll see that there is a tab with your name on it which shows the activities you’ve posted. There are three view available there.
    • Table: It shows summary totals for each month. But if you click on the month, you can expose all the activities you’ve posted. You can edit or delete an activity by clicking it’s date.
    • Annual: This show annual totals for all your activities. It takes a while for this to be interesting, but open one of the other users and you can see their tab.
    • Graph: Here you can look at your data in a lot of different ways. These won’t be very useful until you’ve got a fair history of data. I’ve got 15 years and I can have lots of fun with them. You can compare your achievements against your goal or what you did in another year.
  • You review the other members at the member tab. If you click on a member there, you open up a tab that shows that members data.