Volume 48, Issue #1, August 1, 2016
President's Message
By Will Benedict
Bike SLO County
At the July SLOBC General Meeting, Tyler Wertenbruch and Lea Brooks from Bike SLO County gave a great presentation on the organization's programs and accomplishments over the past year and brought us up to date on issues and plans related to SLO County's developing cycling infrastructure. I came away from the presentation with a renewed enthusiasm for and appreciation of all that Bike SLO County does for cycling in our county - I was proud that we support them.

The fact that fifty percent of our donations budget goes to Bike SLO County is a reflection of our commitment to cycling in SLO County and belief that Bike SLO County is essential to continued advancements in local cycling infrastructure and policies. One challenge for 2017 will be to maintain our support of Bike SLO County while budgeting for 200 fewer riders at the Wildflower Century. As with all challenges, there are opportunities. The SLOBC Board will be working with Bike SLO County to investigate further opportunities for the two organizations to collaborate with the goal of keeping our rides vibrant and increasing support for Bike SLO County. If you have any thoughts or suggestions in this regard, send me an email at president@slobc.org.
News, Notes & Events
Nominating Committee Effort to Recruit 2017 Board Members

Every single day, the members of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club actively carry out our mission; To promote the safe and legal bicycle riding for recreation and transportation. Our members do this by:
  • Planning and leading at least 30 group rides each and every month;
  • Planning and hosting the Lighthouse and Wildflower Century rides, and;
  • Donating proceeds from our Century rides to support bicycle advocacy and events, the communities that host our rides and to advance our mission.
Our Board of Directors is made up of our members and works as a team to manage all of the club's programs, activities and financial responsibilities. Taking on a leadership role within the club is a challenging and rewarding experience. Every year we look for a group of enthusiastic, energetic and interested members to accept the additional duty of serving on our Board of Directors. It is time to begin looking for those leaders for 2017. We need people who are willing to serve our club and our membership. Some board members have indicated they would like to stand for election to their current position, but all positions are open.

Vice President (Dave Abrecht)
Membership Chairman
Ride Coordinator
Advocate (Dale Sutliff)
Safety Director (Ken Price)
Newsletter Editor (Susan McTaggart)
Public Relations Chair
Program Chair

You can review the duties of these positions by going to: 
You can also contact any current board member with any questions you have about the duties and responsibilities of the positions listed above. 

We are a great club! We have a common bond; we love riding our bikes. We are active, we are social, and we are occasionally vocal. It is time to lend your decision-making voice to a leadership position and to the continued success of our club. 
Call For Wildflower Jersey Designs
By Will Benedict, Clothing Coordinator

This is the second call for 2017 Wildflower jersey design ideas. All concepts must be completed and received by September 1st.

All ideas must be presented in the standard jersey format. For format specifications and assistance in illustrating your idea or putting your idea into the standard format, email me at clothing-coordinator@slobc.org.
Apple Harvest Ride and Picnic
Sunday, October 9
noon - 2:00 p.m.

Bike, trike or hike to this club-wide ride and bountiful picnic lunch followed by a special apple dessert at the spectacular See Canyon Fruit Ranch.

Everything will be provided by SLOBC. Come early (11:30 - 12:00) for apple, honey and cider tasting. Plentiful parking and bike racks will be available. 

This is a club members only event.  Please RSVP to Debbie Abrecht at dlabrecht@icloud.com by Friday, September 30, to reserve your spot.

See Canyon Fruit Ranch
2345 See Canyon Road
San Luis Obispo, CA  

Octagon Barn Trailhead Center 
Fundraising Effort

Last year, the SLOBC membership made a decision to make a substantial donation to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County to support the creation of the Bob Jones Trailhead Center at the planned Octagon Barn Center. The club made a $30,000 cash donation and agreed to match individual club member donations dollar for dollar, up to the amount of $10,000.

We are very proud to announce that club members accepted the challenge with great enthusiasm and donated a total of $9,690.10  The SLOBC will match that donation making the total donation to the Trailhead Center $49,380.20A huge "thank you" to our membership for their unselfish commitment to a project that will serve cyclists in San Luis Obispo County for generations. 

The SLOBC will be recognized with a yet-to-be-designed donation plaque at the Center that will acknowledge our club as a major supporter of a the Trailhead Center.

Do you know someone who could use some sunshine?  Contact Gail Davis at roselady93442@yahoo.com or Gail Vanderline at ggvanderline@yahoo.com.
Century News
Lighthouse Century Sold Out

It is great to know that our Lighthouse ride has sold out. We now must turn our attention to filling the last few job openings and putting on a ride that is fun for both riders and volunteers. Email lighthouse-volunteer-coord@slobc.org and let Dave Abrecht know you are interested in a volunteer job.
Changing Weekly Rides
The Ride Calendar provides the full weekly ride schedule.
Flyers (9:00 AM, D3)
Coordinator: Russ Robinson
Phone: 805-781-0903

Date: August 3
Start: Bob Jones Bike Trail, Ontario Road
Leader: Steve Vines
Phone: 805-202-8114

Date: August 10
Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo
Leader: Russ Robinson
Phone: 805-781-0903

Date: August 17
Start: Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo
Leader: Russ Robinson
Phone: 805-781-0903

Date: August 24
Start: Heritage Square Park, Arroyo Grande
Leader: Craig Bowman
E-mail: cbowman@cr.edu 

Date: August 31
Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo
Leader: Doug Seidewitz
Phone: 410-337-2233

Frequent Feeders (9:00 AM, B2)
Coordinator: Frank Mullin
Phone: 805-602-2058

Date:  August 3
Start: Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo
Destination: French Bakery, Morro Bay
Note: Los Osos Valley Road, South Bay Blvd., Morro Bay Estuary, and return
Leader: Harvey Cohon
Phone: 805-234-2982
Email: hkcohon@gmail.com
Date:  August 10
Start: Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo
Destination: Starbucks, Los Osos
Note: Los Osos Valley Road, Turri Road, Los Osos and return
Leader: Dave Abrecht
Phone: 805-801-9211
Email: daveabrecht@me.com
Date:  August 17
Start: Heritage Square Park, Arroyo Grande
Destination: Trilogy, Nipomo
Note: About 28 miles.
Leader: Sandy Pitt

Date:  August 24
Leader:   Arlene Winn
Destination: Lopez lake
Note: Orcutt, (High Mtn. Rd. optional) Andreini's coffee, Arroyo Grande
Phone: 705-781-9466
Email: arlenebiker@gmail.com
Date:  August 31
Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo
Destination: Tea Leaf and Bean, A.G.
Note: Ormonde, Pismo, Shell Beach, 
Leader: Sandi Heller
Phone: 805-547-1628
Email: hellerart@gmail.com
SLO Pokes (9:00 AM, A2)
Coordinator: June Kramer
Phone 425-239-8692
Date: August 3
Start: Cloisters Community Park, Morro Bay 
Destination: Top Dog Coffee, Cayucos
Note: Via Toro & Cayucos Creeks 
Leader: Randall Husk
Phone: 408 858-1880

Date: August 10 
Start: Islay Park, San Luis Obispo
Destination: Honeymoon Cafe, Pismo
Note: Via Higuera, Ontario, Shell Beach Rds.
Leader: Pam Zirion
Phone: 805-215-0971 

Date: August 17 
Start: French Park, San Luis Obispo
Destination: Coffee at Talley winery 
Note: Tour of the vineyards 
Leader: June Kramer
Phone: 425-239-8692

Date: August 24  
Start: Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo
Destination: Carlock's, Los Osos
Leaders: Stu & Janie Goldenberg
Phone: 805-235-2149

Date: August 31 
Start: Lila Keiser Park, Morro Bay 
Destination: Cayucos Coffee 
Note: Via Toro & Cayucos Creeks 
Leader: Val Barboza
Phone: 805-264-5901 
Tortoises (9:00 AM, A1)
Coordinators: Stu & Janie Goldenberg
Phone: 805-544-4720

Date: August 5
Start: Goldenberg home & Sinsheimer Park
Destination: Nautical Bean
Note: 10th anniversary ride and potluck
Leaders: Stu & Janie Goldenberg
Phone: 805-544-4720

Date: August 12
Start: Food 4 Less, San Luis Obispo 
Destination: Hula Hut, Avila Beach
Leader: Bob Tuman
Phone: 805-545-5976

Date: August 19
StartMeadow Park, San Luis Obispo
Destination: McMansions
Leader: Mindy Nissen
Phone: 805-550-3386

Date:  August 26
StartMeadow Park, San Luis Obispo
Destination: Coffee at Prado Day Center
Note: Homeless Shelter tour
Leader: Barry Rands
Phone: 783-2038

Wandering With Will (9:00 AM, B3)

One Saturday Each Month

Coordinator: Will Benedict
Email: willbenedict@me.com
Phone: 805-441-4105 

Date: August 6
Note: Lunch After

Upcoming Program
By Barry Rands, Programs Coordinator

No meeting is scheduled for August.

The Date, Time and Location of 
SLOBC meetings can be found
on our 
Events Calendar webpage. 
SLOBC Board Meeting Minutes
By Gary Havas, Secretary
Air Pollution Control District Auditorium
3433 Roberto Court, San Luis Obispo CA
Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Meeting was called to order at 5:03:05 pm.

Board Members Present: Will Benedict, Dave Abrecht, Gary Havas, Larry Rutter, Susan McTaggart, Dale Sutliff, Ken Price, and Bill Martin. Absent: Barry Rands and Harvey Cohon.

Minutes from the May Board Meeting were approved (MSC McTaggart/Sutliff).

Presentations: Frank Mullin.  Frank appeared as a representative of the Past Presidents who have been requested to form a Board position nominating committee.  His report concludes that there is limited enthusiasm within the group and that an alternate vehicle be developed for recruiting Board members.  He also suggested reducing the number of board positions by converting some of them to ex-officio positions.  He charged current members not planning to return to recruit their replacements. 


Following the Board Recruitment discussion, Dave Abrecht agreed to draft a recruitment advertisement.

2017 Wildflower date change. Will Benedict requested final confirmation on the Wildflower Century Ride date change to April 8, 2017.  After some discussion, t Board confirmed the change.

Treasurer's Report: Bill Martin.  With filled registration, Bill notes that contributions associated with the Lighthouse are beginning.  It was noted that the expense/profit ratio of the 2016 Wildflower was 61/39% and was in easy proximity to the desired 60/40% distribution. During discussion, Susan McTaggart requested $500 be put aside for an upcoming ice cream social.  Will Benedict would confirm with Programs Director Barry Rands. 

2016 Lighthouse: Will Benedict.  The ride is sold out and waitlisting begun. Additionally, Will noted he is working on budgeting food for rest stops on the number of rider visits each could expect.  Route modification discussion covered a slight change to use Moonstone Drive returning south to Shamel Park.

Morro Bay Fourth: The SLOBC supported the cost of Bike Valet at the just-past date.

Constant Contact email service: Will Benedict asked for a motion to maintain the Constant Contact account setup for Wildflower and Lighthouse Century ride mass mailings at an annual budget of $600/year (MSC: Price/Rutter).

Financial Reviewer position: Will Benedict presented a description for the Financial Reviewer positions and after some discussion agreed to speak with Craig Armstrong about details to be brought back to Board.

Board Makeup: Will Benedict.  Will offered background on board and non-board jobs leading to a discussion concerning the value of being on the board and its size. Ideas discussed included holding a board meeting in North County and actively involving the board in recruiting and supporting standing non-board jobs. Final consensus was that every effort should be made to fill the board as currently configured for 2016 and reevaluate board and non-board jobs before the 2017 process begins.

2017 [Club] Budget: Will Benedict.  Will Benedict presented a case for beginning budget planning before the traditional October budget meeting. He submitted some budget thoughts in handouts for examination and requested Board members review and comment on an electronic version to be distributed subsequent to this meeting.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:36:05 pm.

SLO Coaster

The SLO Coaster is the monthly newsletter of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club that is automatically sent to all members. Everyone is welcome to view and subscribe to the digital edition of the SLO Coaster. To subscribe, use the Newsletter Signup Form.


All articles, letters, stories of bicycling experiences, appropriate classified ads, artwork etc, are welcome. Each article is the opinion of its author and does not necessarily represent the opinion or endorsement of the SLOBC or editor.

Submittal Guidelines

All materials are due no later than 

8:00 a.m. on the 15th of each month. Nothing will be accepted verbally. 

The editor reserves the right to edit or reject material.


All materials should be emailed to newsletter-editor@slobc.org.


Complete submittal guidelines are found at: Newsletter Guidelines.

  San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club, Inc.

  Website: www.slobc.org        

  Email: info@slobc.org

  Phone: 805.543.5973