May is Bike Month and we are kicking things off with a bang! On May 1 we have two routes set as part of our bi-monthly road ride series. For the more ambitious riders there is a 42 mile route with 1700 feet of climbing. There will also be a 20 mile route with 600 feet of climbing for those looking for a more casual ride. Both will begin at the High School at 9:00am and follow the the same route for about 10 miles. We hope this will encourage more people to join us. As our routes increase in distance we will continue to provide a short route option for those that don’t have the time or inclination for the longer rides. The links to the rides for May 1st are here: Long route – https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/edit/4068076030/ Short route – https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/4325997109
On Monday May 3 we will be having our first casual ride or “slow roll” of the year. We will be meeting at 7:00pm at Jolly Circle Bike Shop (80 W Center Street). This is a nice casual cruise through the city of Springville Utah on your favorite bicycle. So bring the kids, bring the whole family, and bring your neighbors too. BONUS: Free Jolly Circle t-shirt for those who attend!
On Thursday April 15 at 6:00pm we are having our monthly meeting at the Snelson PhotoColor Lab at 80 W. Center Street in Springville. We will be watching and participating via Zoom in the Springville Parks and Trails Master Plan Open House, and then talking about upcoming events and activities of the HCBA. Come join us!!
On Saturday April 17 at 10:00 we will be meeting at the front entrance to Springville High School and then heading out on a road ride. The route will take us out to west Provo and will be around 32 miles. (If that seems like too long for you, come out anyways–the out-and-back nature of the route mean there will be chances to take a break and then join the group on the way back.) Biking is more fun in a group so come out and ride with us!
We had a really nice ride in gorgeous weather, rolling through the streets and trails of Springville, Mapleton, and a bit of Spanish Fork. There were seven of us in the group and we easily passed two dozen or more other riders out there. We ended up riding exactly 25 miles at a comfortable average pace of 15.8 mph. We hope to see even more of you in two weeks for our next ride!
Our bi-monthly road rides continue this Saturday–12:15pm at the main entrance to Springville High School. The weather is going to be beautiful and Mike Snelson has a nice route picked out for us. Let’s get out and have a fun ride!
Come join our second road ride of the year, March 20. We are meeting at 10:00am at the front entrance to Springville High School and will ride about 24 miles through Springville, Mapleton, and Spanish Fork. On our first ride we had a good groups of six riders and would love to have a few more join us. Come out and make some new bike friends!
Next Saturday March 6th is the Hobble Creek Bicycle Association’s first group ride of the season. We will be doing a group ride every other Saturday on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month March through October. Start times will vary depending on the route and the weather but they will be announced along with the routes. We will start easy and short and build up to longer rides as the season progresses with short rides interspersed.
The ride routes will be posted here on HCBA Facebook page a week prior to the ride as well as the day before the ride. Likewise the rides will be posted on HCBA’s Strava Club page and on the HCBA website. If you’re not a member of the HCBA Strava Club join now!
We invite all to join in on our rides. All rides will begin at the front doors of Springville High School. Riders are encouraged to meet there and plan on riding with the group. However, there are no restrictions on these rides. We understand riders are at differing levels of ability. You can join the ride anytime, anywhere along the planned route, you can ride at your own pace, you can drop out of the ride anytime. Our intention is to make these rides social, fun and challenging.
If anyone has suggestions for routes please send them to email@example.com. Eight of the 16 routes have been created. The other eight will follow soon but we’re happy to accept suggestions for your favorite routes. The route suggestions need to be a minimum of 15 miles.
The ride on March 6th will begin at the front doors of SHS at 11:00am. It will be a 16 mile easy ride to the end of the Mapleton Lateral Trail and back. Much of the ride will be on roads in addition to the trail itself. It appears from the weather forcast that the temps will be in the mid to high 50s. Here is the link to the route map:https://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/4067781283
This morning four members of the Hobble Creek Bicycle Association left the Springville Civic Center at just after 7:30am and embarked on a 40+-mile ride through Mapleton, Spanish Fork, Salem, Payson, Benjamin, and back to Springville. It was a beautiful clear morning with generally light traffic on the road.
A few interesting observations and lessons:
No flat tires and only one thrown chain means we were able to keep riding pretty well.
Lots of other people out riding too, which creates a good sense of community (as long as they wave–people, wave at other cyclists!)
We met a guy from Spanish Fork who was riding his bike to Sandy and back to deliver some sourdough bread as part of a charity project. He had a long ways to go when we saw him!
I noticed some cool birds (Mountain Bluebird, Lewis’s Woodpecker, Western Meadowlark, etc.) along the way. Biking brings you closer to nature.
Only one jerk yelled at us the whole time. She must have been having a bad morning since we didn’t even slow her down as she passed us in her truck.
For rides of more than 30 miles bring food. Trust me.
Grease your chain before you go.
Riding in a paceline rocks. This is why you should ride with friends.
We have been asked to help out some fellow Springvillains with some goathead removal. There is a nice multiuse trail that starts at 950 West 1325 South and winds through a newish neighborhood before joinining the 1200 West trail, but unfortunately there are goathead weeds growing on both sides resulting in multiple popped tubes. So come join us with your trowels, weed tools, shovels, buckets, garbage bags, gloves this Saturday (the 8th) at 9:00am! We’ll meet up with some local residents and fight back against those nasty thorns! Hope to see you there!
Tonight, July 27th, will be the fourth weekly repair clinic and slow roll. They’ve been a success so far, with dozens of people participating over the last three weeks. Griffin has taught some valuable skills about how to get our shifting to where it should be and the rides have been really pleasant. It’s great to have a large group of cyclists to create a sense of community and to make vehicles more aware of our presence on the roads. We’ll be holding these at Jolly Circle for at least the rest of the summer!
I’ve been wanting to do a goathead removal service project ever since we started this association back in 2018 so was thrilled when Michael Wood recently proposed a specific section of 800 South that needed some love. My wife and kids actually had a bad experience with that area a few years ago–all their tubes got popped, basically. So on Wednesday, July 8, we met at 7 with our weed tools and shovels and started digging them up by their roots. This section of road is about 3 blocks long and has unkept fields on both sides of the road, which means lots of goatheads! The propert owners of one section actually stopped by in their UTV with Snickers ice cream bars to thank us. They were quite nice and told us that most of the area will soon be sold by other family members to developers. That will certainly be good for us cyclists if houses do go into that area! In all we filled a couple of buckets quite full and look forward now to riding there this summer without worrying about flat tires!