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January, 2012

Happy New Year to all! Here is hoping you are in good health and ready for a BIG riding year in 2012.  


With the lack of snow in the Midwest, we may start riding this month!       

What's New?



Shuttleguy and staff will be supporting two new rides in Wisconsin during the upcoming year.  


Stay tuned for more information next month . . . .




Article: How to Choose  Bike Club
Although it might not be riding weather in many states right now, what better time to seek out your fellow bikers, make new friends and really get to know them BEFORE Spring riding starts.

How to Choose a Bike Club
By Fred Matheny for

Cycling can be a solo sport. Long rambles through the spring countryside, hard rides in the hills, weekend tours to scenic areas-all can be enjoyed with only your own thoughts for company.

In fact, many cyclists prefer to go alone. Then they can choose their own route and are free to ride hard or stop and smell the flowers, as their fancy prefers.

But cycling is also the perfect group sport. Here are just five good reasons for riding with others:
* Part of the thrill of riding a road bike is drafting other cyclists in
   close proximity.
* A group lets you meet people, expanding your social horizons.
* Racing is inevitably a group activity, so if you plan to compete it's
  almost mandatory to train with other racers at least part of the time.
* Small group rides are fast because you can share the work at the
   front. You can cover more ground during your training time.
* Small groups are safe because a pack of several riders is that much
   more visible to motorists. And if you have trouble of any sort, help is
   right there.

To get these benefits, it's a good idea to join a bike club even if you ride alone much of the time due to preference or your schedule.
But if there are two or more clubs in your area, how do you know which one to join? It depends on what you want to do and how you want to do it. Are you interested in recreational rides or racing?

Get to know area cyclists and ask why they joined the club they did. Go to club events to watch the organization and feel the atmosphere. Sit in on a club's monthly meeting to hear about issues and see what kind of people are at the helm.

Participate in club rides and tune in to the tenor of the group. Is it supportive or critical of other riders? Remember, if you enjoy cycling, you should enjoy it even more in the company of fellow riders. It pays to pick your club carefully.

Featured Riders: Gail Velten and Marla Drewel-Lynch

Marla and Gail


Let us introduce ourselves - We are Gail Velten and Marla Drewel-Lynch - We began riding state tours in 1997 when Marla asked me to do the Bicycle Tour of Colorado.  I agreed, but only after Marla said "yes" to running in the Chicago Marathon. Now 14 years and 13 states later we realize  that biking is the perfect way to see the world, meet interesting people and exercise.  The perfect vacation.

Our tours have included Tour de Wyoming, Bicycle Tour of Colorado, twice.

Marla and Gail riding the Oklahoma FreeWheel

It was so beautiful we had to go back and climb those mountains one more time!  Shoreline Tour of Michigan,  BRAGG -(Georgia), GRABRAW (Wisconsin), TRIRI (Indiana),  Lighthouse Tour of Ohio,  MOOSA Tour - (Portland, MA to Quebec) Bike Virginia, RAGBRAI (Shuttleguy), Oklahoma (Shuttleguy), and this past summer Tri-State Ride (Shuttleguy).

Our ultimate goal is to do a tour in every state.  We are both teachers of health and physical education in St. Louis, Missouri.  Our husbands do not ride and encourage us to head out year after year.  Ok guys, we get the message.  

We absolutely love having our tent set up and ready for us as we pedal those last few miles into camp - not to mention the hot coffee in the morning.

We are looking forward to retiring in the near future, enabling us to tour the rest of those states on our bicycles - the perfect vacation.

"With Shuttleguy, all you have to do is ride!"


Featured Video: A New Beginning
Many of us ride for recreation. See Beene and her family empowered by simple, sustainable transportation.

new beginning


Shuttleguy specializes in superior bicycle touring services for bicyclists with discriminating taste. Let us make life easy for you this summer on one of the many tours we support.  
Tym Allison
Shuttleguy and Shuttleguy Tours