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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 Guidelines

All articles, letters, stories of bicycling experiences, appropriate classified ads, artwork etc, are welcome. Please consider submitting materials that you would like to share with our members.

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 must 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.
  • 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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SLOBC Ride Rating System

All scheduled SLOBC rides are designated as to Average Speed and Terrain to give riders a better idea of how hard or easy the ride will be. Both Average Speed and Terrain designations will appear in the descriptions of each ride. In some instances rides divide into multiple groups with different ratings.

Code Average Speed
AA
Very Slow
Less than 10 mph. This pace is for families with children and for those recreational riders who like to "stop and smell the flowers." Regroups often. Waits for the slowest of riders.
A
Slow
9 to 12 mph. Leisurely, easy pace, allows riders to visit while riding. Some riding skills required. Waits for slower riders. Regroups occasionally, usually after a hard hill or just before a route change.
B
Moderate
12 to 15 mph. Good riders. Social pace. Regroups every 30-45 minutes but still waits for slower riders.
C
Brisk
14 to 17 mph on reasonably level terrain. Requires experienced riders. Regroups at roughly every hour or so. Requires occasional pace line riding.
D
Fast
Over 16 mph. Race training, infrequent stops. Mostly pace line. No obligation to wait for other riders
Code Terrain
1 Generally flat.
2 Easy Grades, Some Hills. Most of the Frequent Feeder and SLOPokes Rides.
3 Rolling Hills. North county hills like Vineyard Drive and Peachy Canyon.
4 Hard Hills. Highway 46 from coast to Paso Robles, Santa Rosa Creek.
5 Very Challenging Hills are the focus of these rides. Fortunately, not many in our area.

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Email Groups

The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club has created a set of email groups that members can join. As a member of a group, you can contact or be contacted by other members of the group. New groups will be listed as they are formed.

The moderator does NOT filter messages before they are distributed. If we find that spam or email content outside our guidelines is creeping in, we will look for ways to deal with that.


SLOBC General Email Group

Purpose

For communication between all SLOBC members within the following guidelines: 

  • It should be used for bicycle related news (road hazards, for example) or news about our Partners (Bike SLO County activities or Slabtown Roller events for example).
  • It should be used when a published ride is canceled to notify everyone.
  • It may be used to send 1-3 announcements to make people aware of a new ride.
  • It may be used if a member is seeking others to join an impromptu ride.
  • It should not be used to announce non-bicycle related activities, fund raisers, funny stories, personal experiences, etc. 
  • It should not be used in place of the following email groups that have been established for communication between published ride group members.
Join Email a blank message to slobcGeneral-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Send Email your message to slobcGeneral@yahoogroups.com
Quit Email a blank message to slobcGeneral-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com


Tortoises Email Group

Purpose For communication between Tortoise ride participants.
Join Email a blank message to slobcTortoises-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Send Email your message to slobcTortoises@yahoogroups.com
Quit Email a blank message to slobcTortoises-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com


Flaming Tortoises Email Group

Purpose For communication between Flaming Tortoise ride participants.
Join Email a blank message to slobcTheFlamingTortoises-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Send Email your message to slobcTheFlamingTortoises@yahoogroups.com
Quit Email a blank message to slobcTheFlamingTortoises-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com


SLO Pokes Email Group

Purpose For communication between SLO Poke ride participants.
Join Email a blank message to slobcSLOPokes-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Send Email your message to slobcSLOPokes@yahoogroups.com
Quit Email a blank message to slobcSLOPokes-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com


Frequent Feeder Email Group

Purpose For communication between Frequent Feeder ride participants.
Join Email a blank message to slobcFrequentFeeders-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Send Email your message to slobcFrequentFeeders@yahoogroups.com
Quit Email a blank message to slobcFrequentFeeders-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com


Yellowjackets Email Group

Purpose For communication between Yellowjacket ride participants.
Join Email a blank message to slobcYellowjackets-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Send Email your message to slobcYellowjackets@yahoogroups.com
Quit Email a blank message to slobcYellowjackets-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com


SLO Velo Email Group

Purpose For communication between SLO Velo ride participants.
Join Email a request to join the SLO Velo group to ronstarkey@exocet.com
Send Email your message toSLOVelo@googlegroups.com
Quit Email a blank message to SLOVelo+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com


Vacillators Email Group

Purpose For communication between Vacillators ride participants.
Join Email a blank message to slobcvacillators-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Send Email your message to slobcvacillators@yahoogroups.com
Quit Email a blank message to slobcvacillators-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com


Wandering With Will Email Group

Purpose For communication between Wandering With Will ride participants.
Join Email a blank message to slobcWanderingWithWill-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Send Email your message to slobcWanderingWithWill@yahoogroups.com
Quit Email a blank message to slobcWanderingWithWill-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com


Buy / Sell / Trade Equipment Email Group

Purpose For members looking to buy, sell or trade (or maybe even give away) bicycles, bicycle parts and/or bicycle accessories. This is also the place to "Try Before You Buy" for people who are considering the purchase of a bike-related item and who would like to find a club member who has the item and is willing to let them test it out.
Join Email a blank message to slobcBuySellTrade-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
Send Email your message to slobcBuySellTrade@yahoogroups.com
Quit Email a blank message to slobcBuySellTrade-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com

Volunteer Directory

The Volunteer Directory provides email links to key club positions. The email communications will be forwarded 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.