JUNE 2024

 9/11 MEMORIAL RIDE - June 23
Sunday, August 18!

Volunteers still needed in  many key areas.  You can participate in the Rally as a volunteer and still ride the Rally. Help out on Friday or Saturday before the Rally, and you'll be rewarded with a delicious catered lunch. There's lots of fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Register NOW for the low member price of $65! 

The price goes up on July 13. 

Click below to sign up to ride, volunteer, or both!!
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Saturday, June 15!

Where:  Pascack Brook County Park 150 Emerson Road, Westwood

Mark your calendars for a fun-filled day of riding followed by delicious food.  Definitely a day in which we will "Eat to Ride and Ride to Eat." 

THE RIDES:  Rides, at all levels, are posted on the club web site, returning to the park between 11:30 am and 1:00 pm.  

THE FOOD:  The club will provide beef burgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers.  Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share, assigned by last name.  Click on MORE INFO for the list of what is requested.

THE SWAP - From jerseys to tire irons and beyond; do you have some excess bike related clothing and gear in good shape that other Club members might love to have?  Marnie Vyff will once again be holding the much-loved Gear Swap at a table set up for clothing and accessories, showcasing these treasures. Please bring your swap gear to the designated table prior to your ride in a bag with your name on it.  We ask anyone who takes an item to make a reasonable, nominal donation.

REMINDER:  If designated parking places in the park are full, park on nearby side streets.  DO NOT PARK ON THE GRASS INSIDE THE PARK.

Contact Chris Nerrie or Bob Goodfriend to volunteer to help with the picnic!

Ice Cream Social!

When: Thursday, July 11, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Where: Ridgewood Library, 125 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood

Tina Boyer and Barbara Klein are back again to lead this favorite and famous Club event, a highlight of the Club's summer calendar.  There will be lots of ice cream and some special toppings.  Be sure to get there on time!
Sunday, June 23 from Jersey City to the 9/11 Museum

As published in the June MasterLink, BTCNJ is honored to have been invited to participate with the 9/11 Memorial Tour riders on this one-way ride from Jersey City to the 9/11 Museum with a return to Jersey City by Ferry. The ride is expected to be at a C* pace but is meant for all ride categories who wish to participate and are able to ride that distance. The ride is now posted on the Club web site.

As stated in the ML, this ride leaves from Liberty State Park (free parking) at 8:00 A.M. We will meet our riding partners from the 9/11 Tour there and ride up the Hudson waterfront trail to the GW Bridge and then down the West Side bikeway to O'Hara's Pub for lunch and then tour the 9/11 museum with discounted tickets and special entrance. It is a 37 mile ride and almost all of it is on bike trails.

Total cost with the return ferry is expected to be $45-$50 (PLEASE BRING CASH). See the ML for further details. THIS IS AN ALL DAY EVENT, HOWEVER YOU HAVE THE OPTION TO DO JUST THE RIDE AND THEN RETURN TO JERSEY CITY ON YOUR OWN. Please comment on the website signup page if you are joining for lunch.

The Tour Leader is requesting we limit participation to 20 BTCNJ participants. Any questions, please contact Len Ruvolo by text or phone.

(973) 723-6676
September 28

The Cookie Ride is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, with a rain date of September 29.  It is being combined with the New Member Ride, which was rained out  in the spring.  Rides at all levels will be posted, with cookies to enjoy  after the ride.  Stay tuned for more details on this ride.  Probable location, to be confirmed, is Pascack Brook County Park.
Promote the 4-Foot Passing Law

The New Jersey Department of Transportation wants your suggestions on where to place road signs to promote the 4-Foot Passing Law. An example of a good place for a sign is Route 202 North at the intersection of Changebridge Road or Route 202 South at the intersection of Indian Hill Road.

Submit your suggestions to Harold Leibovitz ([email protected]) for forwarding to DOT.
Starting Fall 2024

Our wonderful newsletter editor and resource for all things publicity, Amy Avitabile, will be editing her last Masterlink in November 2024.  The ML Editor is a Board-level position with the Club.  The editor solicits content, including articles, listings, and images, from other Board and Club members and compiles them using Marq (FKA Ludicpress) into a monthly newsletter published on the first of each month. Ideally, the new editor will start in the early fall, working with Amy's training and guidance to co-produce an issue of the Masterlink. The new editor would take full editing responsibility for the January 2025 issue. Club members are encouraged to step forward and take on this important role.

For questions about being ML editor, contact Amy, [email protected].

To volunteer as Masterlink editor, contact David Goldstein, [email protected].
Lead one now!

As a club, we want to ensure we are servicing all our categories as best we can.  Starting May 1, ride leaders will earn two points for leading a D ride.  To qualify, the ride must have signed-up riders who actually go out on the ride and who are not from the same household (as stated in Club rules for earning points).  The two-point reward will continue through August. If this strategy is effective in increasing the number of D rides, the two-point reward for leading D rides may continue into the fall.
This Month's Topic Is...

...riding single file.  Among the many safety tips posted on the Club website, here's one that's easy to remember:

Do not coast! It takes practice, but try to spin all the time. Otherwise, riders behind may think that you are stopping, and brake. Control your speed by sitting up, feathering the brakes (lightly!) and/or slowing (but not stopping) pedaling. Always protect your front wheel!

Click below to read the full article on the Club website.
Big bargains!

June 15 only: 25% off everything!
Get your listing in front of club members!

Simply send a description of your item, price, photo, details you want to share and contact information to [email protected] by the 8th of July to be included in that month's news update.  

There are 2 ads in this issue. If one of the ads is yours, please be aware that the ads run for one issue of this newsletter unless you request that the ad be carried over for one additional month. Please contact [email protected] if the object you've advertised has been sold.

Junior Mountain Bike
Free from Greg Ferrone

The bike is an Iron Horse Junior (14") mountain bike. It is about 30 years old and was casually ridden by my son for 3-4 years.  Since then it has been hanging in the garage.  It has center pull brakes, a Shimano 3 x 7 Altus C10, and is looking for some TLC.  included are two newer Vredstein Tiger Paw tires. Located in Ramsey.

Yakima Bike Rack
Sold by Don Schlenger

Includes two crossbars; extra towers; Q-Clips 14, 23 and 99; windscreen;  locking bike rail; wheel holder; locks and cores. $25 for everything.

973) 953-3083
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