The Richmond Area Bicycling Association (RABA) has been offering cyclists of all levels and abilities many avenues from which to enjoy their favorite pastime since 1967. The club offers:•Regularly scheduled on and off-road rides held on weekdays and weekends,•Impromptu rides (notices sent or available to members only), •A monthly newsletter, The Pedaler, containing schedules, activities and articles pertaining to all cyclists, •An opportunity to keep track of your cycling mileage via the premium membership features of Bikejournal.com (a $20 value), •Meetings featuring presenters speaking on topics of interest to the club membership, •During the summer, events combining a ride with dinner and socializing, •Discounts at bike shops, and•Catastrophic medical insurance while on club rides. We’re also very active in the community by way of charitable concerns and governmental advocacy efforts. We’d love to have you join us! Do it on-line now!
Every year RABA raises money to purchase bicycles to donate to area Christmas Mothers so they in turn can give them to kids less fortunate in our community.With your support we can achieve our goal of buying more than 250 bikes, assembling and delivering them. Any amount you can give helps. Large bikes for teenagers cost about $100, mid-size bikes $75 and small bikes $50.Go here now and make a tax-deductible donation. Don’t put it off!
●Great way to become more involved in the clubFor more information or to volunteer to lead a ride or pace group, contact:2015 Ride Director (Monthly Road Rides):Kim Mooreluvs2cycle@yahoo.com358-09352015 Ride Director (Weekly Road Rides):Charlie Thomascharlievthomas@gmail.com804-747-3428
Remember that The Pedaler deadline is the 15th of each month.
Take a look at the wide variety of available rides in the schedules and calendars. Consider volunteering to lead one yourself. In fact, if you look at the current schedule and don’t see anyone leading a group at the pace you want to go on a particular ride, you can do that, too!
I’m sure you’ve seen these on GRTC buses before. Maybe you’ve wondered how they work. You can also see a video (Video No. 7) of the procedure at this link.
We’d love to have you join and become a RABA member. Dues for a 12 Month Membership are $20 for an Individual,$25 for a Family and $10 if you’re less than 25 years old.
•Pedal Power Bicycles, Broad St./Staples Mill Rd (former Rowletts location), 10% discount.•Conte's of Richmond, 4300 Pouncey Tract, Ste H, Glen Allen, VA 23060 15% discount.•3Sports, 6241 River Road Road, Richmond, 10% discount on apparel, bike shoes, parts, but it does not apply to labor. Complete bikes are 5%. •Molly's Bicycle Shop, 2126 E. Hundred Rd, Chester, VA 23834, 10 percent discount on parts and accessories, 5 percent discount on bikes other than Felt.•Bikes4UShop, 11000 Three Chopt Road, Suite E, Richmond, VA 23233, 804-447-4460, 20% off any item, sale or retail price.•Outdoor Adventure Store, 318 N. Main St. Farmville 23901. 434-315-5736. 10% discount.Note: If anyone knows of any other bike shops that offer RABA members a discount, please contact Gregg Hillmar at firstname.lastname@example.org.Get a membership “card” by following the steps here.
About that Goal number... The more money we raise the more bikes we can give away! Last year we spent more than $13,000 for bikes and helmets. So, please, continue to give generously. Thanks!
At this meeting, RABA will recognize the club’s mileage leaders for 2014. In addition to presenting awards to the individual male and female leaders, the club will give certificates to all club members who accumulated more than 1,000 miles on RABA rides during the year.The club will provide pizza and soft drinks so we know how much food to provide.Please RSVP by February 9.
Larry SkalakRABA member Larry Skalak passed away suddenly on September 3, just after he had started another of his cycling adventures. A remarkable person, he had accomplished much as a sailor, hiker, cyclist, builder, and family man. You can find out more about him here.He will be missed.In lieu of flowers, one of the family’s suggestions was that donations be made to the Richmond Area Bicycling Association Bikes for Kids fund. If you’d like to help, please go here.