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October Club Meeting
There was no September club meeting. As such, there are no details to report from it. The October meeting will be held on the 1st Monday of October (typical meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month). It's Monday, October 6th at Blue Ridge Bicycles. Bob Morris will be presenting a slide show of a summertime bicycling trip. Headcount will be made at 6:00PM, pizza order will be made, business meeting will start, receive pizza, and start slideshow of summer cycling trip photos. Please bring a camp chair or similar. The club will provide pizza, soda pop, and water.

Update on Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum Generator Bicycle
Charmaine Shaw

At last year’s July Club meeting new member Mary Braun brought up the idea of the Wheelmen constructing a Generator Bike for the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, A Museum for Children, of which she is the Executive Director. The Discovery Museums mission is to "ignite creativity, spark curiosity, and inspire learning in visitors of all ages by providing a rich variety of interactive, hands-on exhibits and programs that focus on the sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the arts." ( ) Mary hoped we could assemble a generator bike in time for their opening at their new location 19 West Cork St in Winchester. After some discussion and voting on the project at the August meeting the following month we decided to attempt making the bike and donating it to the Museum. So, you may ask, what is a generator bike? The bicycle generator project is an experiment to show that the act of pedaling the bike, the motion, has the potential of creating energy. When you move the pedals on the bike you can create enough power through the generator (motor) to light a bulb, move a fan, power a blender or computer or store energy in a battery.

How much power a person produces is somewhat dependent on size, age, and physical fitness. Kids under 12 can put out 50 to 100 Watts of power for an hour. An adult who works out every day can put out between 100 and 150 Watts of power for an hour. Someone who is a competitive cyclist can put out up to 500 Watts.

For safety and stability reasons we chose to use a spin bike rather than a bicycle on a stand. The 36VDC motor, kindly gifted to the WW by Shane Curtis of Curtis Electric and modified (a soft rubber wheel was attached to allow spin wheel to rub against it) by Carl Corbin of Miller Machine and Tool Co., was attached the front wheel of the bike rather than the back as we had seen in most blueprints.

We decided that for the kids to see that they were creating energy we would give several small examples of energy and chose to have two small fans, volt meter, amp meter, and a row of lights that changed color as child pedals. These props were attached to a plate designed and constructed by Ken Tenney and cut by Carl Corbin at the machine shop. We then attached the plate to the handle bars of the bike running all wires through the frame of bike for safety. Electrical work, wiring, fuses, soldering and assembly was done by Neil Crowe.

Woodwork done by Shawn Carrico. Information for display (with donated pictures from various WW members) written and submitted to museum for printing by Charmaine Shaw.

After countless hours designing and assembling the bike was completed and delivered in time for the Museum’s grand opening this spring. Maintenance on the bike will be an on-going responsibility and modifications may be done at some point; perhaps a larger light fixture or fan. Recently the bike was taken to Blue Ridge Bicycles and a fly wheel was put in place to make pedaling and stopping safer for all. I visited the Museum and I can say with all honesty the bike is being used and enjoyed by children and adults and is a fine example on how movement is energy.

Many thanks to Ken Tenney and Neil Crowe who initially agreed to help me with this project and without whom I would never been able to attempt or complete on my own. Many personal hours were put into this project. Thank you to the Carricos for allowing us to store the bike and all our bits and pieces in their garage and letting us come as needed to work on it. Additional thanks to Robert Golightly for his connection to Miller Machine and Tool Company.

Element Sports Update

Element Sports, now located at 2009 S Loudoun Street, has a new owner. Josh Lewis has purchased the store from John Todd. Lewis is an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast who first entered the cycling industry a decade ago as an operations manager at Performance Bicycle in Manassas in 2004.

From 2006-2010, Lewis worked full-time at Element Sports under the previous owner John Todd. He continued part-time on and off over the next several years while pursuing other interests. In February, Lewis returned to work at Element Sports; negotiations on purchasing the store from John Todd began shortly thereafter.

In 1996, John Todd purchased Winchester Bicycle Center, moved it to Apple Blossom Corners and renamed the store Element Sports. Over time, the store expanded into various outdoor sporting equipment: skateboards, watersports, and snowboards among other sporting goods.

“I am bringing enthusiasm for cycling and the outdoors, a fresh perspective and new ideas to the store,” said Lewis. “We will be offering new services, bike brands, and products.” Indoor cycling classes during the winters and certified professional fittings are two upcoming new services Element Sports will offer.

The staff at Element Sports consists of the owner Josh Lewis, Jayson Jongquist, Caleb Halbersma, and Gus Martin. As well as operating the store, Lewis serves as the head mechanic.

Element Sports carries bicycles and sporting goods for all ages and abilities. Bicycle lines include Fuji, Kestrel, SE Racing, Breezer, Haro, Masi, and Del Sol. Watersports are headlined by Old Town Canoes and Kayaks. Element Sports also carries quality accessories to complement their cycling and outdoor sporting goods.

For more information about Element Sports and its new owner, go to or

2014 Apple Cross Reminder

Notice that was posted in last month’s newsletter still applies to September, though closer at hand. Winchester Apple Cross is the first CX race of the MABRA “Super 8” series. Race day is Sunday, September 28th. Jon Hicks will be returning as race director and things are moving along. Our race has been extremely successful over the years and Jon feels that it is the “queen” race of the mid-Atlantic Cyclocross schedule. If you have not seen a CX race, you need to see this one. It is filled with good racing on all levels so mark it on your calendars.

Jon will need help on the setup on Saturday, and the breakdown after the race on Sunday. Nothing difficult to do, he just needs hands to help set up the course. Let Jon know if you can help: (540) 974-0436 or

Dave Albecker

The North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show, NAHBS, started in 2005 when the talented, entrepreneurial framebuilder, Don Walker, decided to put together an annual show that would highlight the craftsmanship of framebuilders in North America. That 1st show was in Houston, TX and had 23 exhibitors and 700 attendees. Each year the show moves to a different location in the USA and I went in 2010 when it was in Richmond, VA.

It has grown to about 170 exhibitors which are mostly framebuilders with a handful of component companies like Chris King mixed in. The last few shows had around 7000 attendees each. The 2015 show is in Louisville, Kentucky on March 6-8, and here is the 2014 exhibitor list for anyone interested in the builders they might see if they go. For about a week after each show, the cycling news websites post hundreds of photos of the gorgeous frames.

One thing is apparent from this: craftsman-quality, artistic frame building is alive and well in the USA.

Rollin’ Coal in America
Mike Perry

Well folks, the idiots of the pickup truck world have come up with a new way to waste money, spoil the environment, and annoy, or “p…. off”, the rest of us. Only in American, it seems, can people continue to be so terribly stupid.

The following is quoted from an article in Bicycle Retailer Magazine, August 14, 2014. “Here is how the Urban Dictionary describes this newest social aberration, Rollin Coal: ‘When stupid-ass white trash turn the injection pump up on rickety-ass broken down 12V Cummins-powered diesel Dodges and subsequently install 5’ smokestacks in the bed of said Dodge.’ ”

OK. Not all of you may have heard about Rollin Coal as yet… Here is how it works. Essentially tinker with that big diesel engine’s injector system so that it dumps a couple of gallons of fuel into the engine and then punch it. The result? Plumes of black sooty smoke akin to a volcanic eruption spews from exhaust pipes.
For those truly serious about Rollin’ Coal, afficiandos will dump a couple of thousand dollars into modifying their exhaust systems to further enhance their joy in fouling the air and thumbing their noses at the rest of us.

Yes, only in America could such tomfoolery take on the status of a genuine cultural phenomenon. But Rollin’ Coal generates glee among Obama haters, environmentalist haters, Prius haters, and, naturally, cyclists wearing shiny black pants who are targets for all sorts of roadside abuse including a blast of thick, black smoke”

In case you think our area is immune to this idiotic, a local pickup was noticed this week proudly displaying his decal for “Rollin’Coal” in his rear window as he rolled along one of our local highways. His license plate was a “Virginia Firefighter” special tag. Public servant or public menace? Can you be both? Maybe we can find a local farmer who would be willing to start a new phenomenon called Rollin’ Crap. When one of these rednecks unloads his rollin’ coal on someone, we find out where he lives and ask the farmer to run across his yard, and right by his truck, with a manure spreader running in full sling mode!

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