Ride last Sunday and history lesson.

Ride recap

We had a great ride Sunday. This proved to be an especially stoic and hardened group of 10 riders. Not because they came out in cold and cloudy conditions. Rather not one person complained about the announced 25 mile ride actually being 32 miles. Of course the flat course and weather changing to warm and sunny, mid-ride, with a bright blue cloudless sky, may have had something to do with that. We peddled to the Historic Cornell University Biological Field Station on Oneida Lake and enjoyed the view before turning back.

The history of the field station:

The field Station property was acquired by Alexander T Brown in 1901. Brown was an industrialist and prominent inventor with over 300 patents. Including the “clincher” tire for bicycles, a 2 speed gear, typewriters, automatic telephone switch boards, and automotive products. He formed the company Brown-Lipe-Chapin and co-founded the H. H. Franklin Automobile Company. He was also on the board of College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Son Charles Brown purchased his parents interest upon their deaths in the late 1920’s and his brother’s interest in 1936. There was housing for his family and staff as well as a kennel for Great Danes, numerous gazebos, barns, an office, library, greenhouse. Sawmill, blacksmith shop, maintenance shop, maple sugar shack, windmill, bath house, poultry house, firehouse, dairy barn (that never saw a cow), and radio station. Incidentally, the kennel was built in the late 30’s at a cost then of over $40,000. The dogs had their own car and chauffeur, a dog hospital with a solarium on one end. When a dog died, a casket was made and they were buried in the dog cemetery with their heads facing North. The property was left to Cornell on Charles Brown’s death in 1953.

Susan Jenkins joined and showed up for her first ride. Jeff and Sandy Palmer, Steve and Harlan Share, Janet Ohlsen, David Neff, Scott Shannon, and Shelly Kempton all rode. In other big news, Shelly showed up on time.

Ride info

Pat Demyan sent this link that included rides she thought looked like fun. They require travel and are on 6/11, 6/25, 7/16, 7/29, 8/27, and 9/24.


35 telltale signs that you’re officially a cyclist (congratulations):

2. There’s never room on the top shelf of the dishwasher for anything other than water bottles — and no matter how many times you’ve scrubbed them, they still look dirty.


Paul Silverstein

Ride this Sunday 4/2/17

Ride Sunday

Meet at my house 809 Oakwood Street, Fayetteville NY to leave at 9:30. The house is in a bit of disarray but the bathroom works so we are good to go. I expect a 25 to 30 mile ride but all flat. The weather, although cool, will be partly sunny and mostly dry.

Welcome new member

Meredith Albert, a therapist at the Chittenango Therapy Center, may be joining us.

Ride Yesterday

Wednesday was pretty sunny so I took off on a 25 mile early season bike ride. I went up Chittenango Falls road then up Stanley Road. It was early Spring and I felt like a teenager again. Unfortunately, it was not the “young, strong, and invincible” teenager feeling. It was more like “what incredible bad decision making and what was I thinking” feeling. Still, it was good to be out on a bike. Hope to see you this Sunday. (remember there will be no hills!)

We finished 101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Entire Cycling Lifeby Jason Sumner. I started these 11/8/14 and just finished 3/8/17. Here is a new list. The rituals, habits, idiosyncrasies and quirks that bond us riders together mean that some things we take for granted aren’t universal to nonriders. Here are 35 telltale signs that you’re officially a cyclist (congratulations):

1. You can’t recognize your biking friends when they aren’t wearing Lycra. And you haven’t known whether to be flattered or offended when one of them has seen you in your street clothes and said something like, “Wow! You look really good!”

Paul Silverstein


Senior Bowling

Senior Bowling:

It is all a bit hazy now, but Jeff Palmer bowled something high in the 200’s and Jim Francis also was smoking hot. I have include a picture of us so you can see where I excelled. By the way, that massive piece of Lasagna was $7.95 and good.

Motivation from Shelly Kempton

I just wanted to send a quick motivational note to our cycling team. I was going up Cody Hill from Peterboro to Caz. IN MY CAR. I could see a cyclist climbing the steep part of the hill without standing up. I noted they were moving at a pretty good clip, especially for this time of year. As I pulled alongside of them I realized it was a young Amish girl riding an old bike in her dress and dress shoes. Oh my goodness, do I have some work to do to get in as good a shape as she is in right now!!!

(editor’s note: I have it on pretty good authority that the Amish girl was juicing. Paul)

From Bicycling Magazine: 101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Entire Cycling Life by Jason Sumner

Every time you put a new tire on your bike, take it as a signal to do an otherwise overlooked but important task: Grease the quick-release and mounting-bolt threads on your car rack to prevent corrosion.

I started sending out these tips starting 11/8/14. This was the last of them. Stay tuned for an exciting new collection…

Paul Silverstein


Senior Bowling in Cazenovia Wednesday, $3

Senior Bowling

$3 gets 3 games, shoe rental, cookies and coffee. Bowling starts at 1:00 PM at the Cazenovia Sports Bowl. Let me know if you are thinking of coming.

Why no event last Sunday?

Sorry, I had to recuse myself from activity due to my contacts with the Russian Ambassador. Yes, we talked about Hillary, but it was only about her bicycle (it is a Trek) and how she handled hills. I can categorically state we did not plot to let the air out of her tires.

From Bicycling Magazine: 101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Entire Cycling Life by Jason Sumner

NO. 99 Two easy (and most overlooked) ways to improve your bike’s performance: Inflate the tires before every ride, and keep the chain lubed.

Last Saturday’s bowling


If bowling is fun, then we had fun last Saturday. Jeff Palmer read on line “how to bowl” and apparently put it into practice. He did the best of us with a near 200 game. Mary Bartlett, while not our strongest bowler, managed to be most entertaining. There is no describing why, you just need to know Mary. The automatic scoring machine surprisingly also measured ball speed. We averaged 15 or 16 miles per hour, only slightly better than our bike speed. It was good to have members we rarely see round out this new (for us) event. Judy Drucker and Van Bartlett, long time members of the Erieville Bicycle Club were there bringing up our average. Along with Mary, Sandy Palmer and Janet Ohlsen were also on my team. We did not knock down the most pins, but we did have the highest word count total. For moral support (and dinner) we also had Dan Hurley, Lisa Baker and Colleen Stevens.

I am not good at restaurant reviews, because I generally like everything. But I have to say the Cazenovia Sports Bowl food was great. I had the Pork Quesadillas, tasted great plenty of food and it cost only $7.95. We fed 10 people with drinks and the total was $94. I can also personally attest to the popcorn shrimp and French fries being good as I snagged other unsuspecting diner’s dinners. It was a short menu and service was a little slow, but all in all a worthwhile casual dinner out at an amazing price. If you go, mention the Erieville Bicycle Club.

Working on next weekend.

Looks too cold to ride in the 30s. But no chance of rain, if a little cloudy.

From Bicycling Magazine: 101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Entire Cycling Life by Jason Sumner

NO. 98 To keep a bottle of water from freezing on a long, frigid ride, carry it in your jersey pocket so it can absorb some warmth from your body. (Like most of us have to worry about riding in freezing temperatures, Ha!)

Paul Silverstein