Welcome to CBBC!

cbbc-logoWelcome to Casco Bay Bicycle Club. We host road rides in and around Portland, Maine, and in the White Mountains of Maine and New Hampshire. We are a social club, and not a bunch of hammerheads*. So if you like to socialize, eat, and ride at a conversational pace (give or take), we might be a good fit for you!

To find out more about our rides, check out our rides page. We also host a fully supported ride and century, the beautiful Fryeburg Frolic. Non-members are welcome to ride with us, and of course, we’d also be happy to have you as a club member.

*Though you might find a few folks here who are willing to hammer with you for short stretches. But really, we tend to hammer donuts more than we hammer the pedals.

Annual Meeting and Proposed Dues Increase

Our Annual Club Meeting will be held on Monday, October 10th, 2016 at the Yarmouth Community House at 6:00 PM.

Pizza and beverages will be provided, and besides a lively agenda, we will have a guest speaker, so be sure to RSVP and mark your calendars!

Club members will have received a ballot for online voting in advance. If you prefer to vote in person, you may do so at the meeting.

Below is an earlier email Dave sent outlining a proposal to raise our club dues.  We will be voting on this proposal at the Annual Meeting.  Details and rationale are outlined below.

Thank you for being a member of the Casco Bay Bicycle Club!

 

Dear fellow cyclists, and members of Casco Bay Bicycle Club.

For our last two meetings, the board has discussed the possibility of increasing our club dues.  At the August meeting, we voted to initiate the process of increasing our dues from the current rate of $15/individual $25/family to $25/individual $40/family.  The proposed effective date of the change is to be 1/1/2017.

The rationale for the increase is that our current rate, our dues don’t cover our expenses, and the dues have not been raised within any one’s memory – perhaps since the inception of the club!  Given the convoluted process for changing the dues (see below), we also also thought we would “future proof” and raise the dues to a level that will sustain the club for some years to come.  That was our rationale for raising to $25, rather than $20.

Raising the dues requires an amendment to our club by-laws, with a vote at a meeting open to all members.  All club members are welcome to all our board meetings, but we thought the best time for this vote would be our annual all-club meeting, traditionally held in October or November.   When the board meets next Monday, we’ll set the date for the all-club meeting.  Please consider this email notification that the issue of raising the dues will be on the agenda.

Here is pertinent excerpt from the Club’s by-laws (posted on our website):

6.2 Amount of dues. Dues shall be determined by a majority vote of all members of the Club present at a regular meeting providing that at least fifteen (15) days within written notice is given to the membership, such notice to include the proposed change in dues and date proposed change in due is to be voted. Unless, or until changed, the dues shall be as set forth on EXHIBIT 1 to these By-Laws. All subsequent changes in dues shall be certified by the Club President or secretary and attached to these By-Laws as an exhibit.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the annual meeting, and hopefully on the road before that!

Respectfully submitted,

Dave Collins,
President, Casco Bay Bicycle Club

The Bailey Island Ride Is Back – August 20, 2016

The Bailey Island ride is still on for Saturday, August 20th, 2016. This replaces the regular Saturday ride out of West Falmouth.

Due to several requests we will do the ride in reverse of past years. We will ride to Bailey Island, have lunch, then take the ferry to Portland. The total distance is about 50 miles. The ferry leaves at 2 PM and arrives in Portland at 3:45 PM. This is an all day affair.

We will start at the Northgate Shopping Center in the parking lot to the right of Shaws (as you face Shaws) at 8:00 AM for those who live nearby. We will ride (about 10 miles) to the Hannaford shopping center on route 1 in Yarmouth where we will meet up with those who live in the Yarmouth area. We will meet in the
far left side of the parking lot as you face Hannaford’s (usual starting location for the Wednesday evening weekly ride). We will leave Yarmouth for Bailey Island (about 30 miles) at 9:00 AM. We should arrive by noon for lunch, then leave on the 2:00 PM ferry.

Cost for the ferry, one way plus bike, is $24.50. Since we pay on the boat they only accept cash or check.

After the ferry ride people return home individually if they like, or in groups back to either Northgate Shopping Center or Yarmouth.

Ride sheets will be available at each starting point.

Please let me know if you are going and where you would like to start.

If the weather is bad I will notify any cancellation via e-mail and Facebook.

There is no rain date.

Steve
sjcapri@maine.rr.com

No West Falmouth Ride This Saturday, 7/23/16

…REMINDER…

There will not be a ride out of West Falmouth on Saturday, July 23rd, 2016. In place of this ride is the York Beaches ride…see the club website, newsletter and e-mails from Ron for more information. Consider joining the club for this ride…it is a very nice ride to Portsmouth. I’ve done it a few times and have always enjoyed it very much!

The West Falmouth ride will resume Saturday, July 30th, 2016.

4th of July Bayley’s Ice Cream Ride

Steve will host a ride out of West Falmouth on the 4th of July 2016. Starting at 9 AM at the Hannaford parking lot across from exit 53 of the ME turnpike. Plan on around 40 miles with a stop at Bayley’s Ice Cream on Pine Pt Road (they open at 11 AM so we will take our time going out there).

New Beginner Ride

We’re trying something new on Wednesday evenings. Once a month, starting Wednesday, June 1, 2016, we’ll be offering a beginner ride alongside our regular Wednesday group ride (the one that leaves from the Yarmouth Hannaford parking lot).

What is a beginner ride? Let’s say you love riding your bike, and you’d like to meet other people to share this passion with. On the other hand, you’re not sure you want to put on lycra shorts, jam your feet into locking pedals, and ride in the type of cycling peloton that gives drivers fits. In keeping with our mission, Casco Bay Bicycle Club would like to introduce you to group cycling of another sort. You don’t have to be a speed demon, you don’t need a bicycle with drop handlebars, you don’t even need lycra shorts (although we do recommend them).

Steve Buxton will be leading the beginner ride on the first Wednesday of each month, starting June 1st. Steve estimates that distances with be in the 8 to 10 mile range, but could be higher or lower, depending on the composition of the group.   Steve will cover topics like safety,  signals, road etiquette and more. He may even show you his “cat ears” helmet attachments!

This ride does not replace our regular Wednesday ride, it merely provides another option on nights when it is held. Participants are encouraged to join the rest of gang post-ride for stories, food and beverage at Romeo’s!

We hope to see you there, and bring a friend!

Saturday Ride Leaders Needed

The club is looking for ride leaders for our Saturday rides out of West Falmouth. The rides start at 9 AM and are usually 25 to 35 miles long. Ride cue sheets are available on the web site. At this time we need leaders for all Saturdays in May (except the 14th) and the first three Saturdays in June. Please contact Steve Capriola at sjcapri@maine.rr.com if you can lead any of these rides. Thanks for your help.

Post-Annual Meeting Update

The club elections and annual meeting have been held, and we have a new board for the 2015-2016 term! We thank Marlin Conrad, who is leaving the board, and welcome new board member Andrea Mullen. The other board members are all returning for another term to continue their good work on behalf of your club – be sure to thank them.

Keep your eyes peeled for a postcard announcing our annual holiday party, which is to be held on Wednesday, December 16!