December 2012 News

A Great Day that was Made In L.A.

On Saturday, November 17th, the rain let up, the sun came out and C.I.C.L.E. led a group ride, “Made in LA” through downtown to discover and learn about goodies manufactured and created in the City of Angeles.  Cyclists met at the Los Angeles State Historic Park and made three stops throughout the ride. At the San Antonio Winery we learned about deep history of the Ribaldi family and the significance, overflowing presence and tradition of wine! Afterwards, riders rode over to Walker Foods, Inc. where the infamous El Pato Salsa is produced. Family and staff welcomed us with a tour through the factory and sent us off with free cans of deliciousness! Our last stop included the Southern California Institute of Architecture. Staff welcomed us, sharing the institute’s history and prominence and riders then explored the campus, including its coveted and dynamic robot room.

Thank you to everyone who donated during Made in LA and congrats to our lucky raffle winners!  Thanks to everyone who came out (in the wet, unpredictable weather!) and as always, extra thanks to our incredible ride leaders and volunteers! Lastly, we’d like to say a warm goodbye to Brian, a long-time CICLE supporter, instructor, ride leader and incredible teacher and mechanic! Wishing you well in San Francisco!

Upcoming Workshops

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics: 1/26/13 at 11am

Did you know that you can avoid many of the car-bicycle collisions by knowing how to ride properly in the street?

In the class, you’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety.  For the second part of the workshop, you’ll need your bike, because we’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

This class is generously subsidized by the Caltech’s BikeLab.

RSVP to:  Space is limited.

To attend this class you must be able to:

-Start your bike with confidence and ease.
-Balance and steer your bike
-Bring your bike to a smooth and controlled stop.
-Use your gears effectively
-Remove one hand from your handlebar to signal without veering.
-Look over your shoulder without veering.

Learn to Ride: 1/27/13 at 9am

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting back on that bike for the first time. To sign up and for more information email.

Santa Monica’s Family Bike Fest & Meals on Two Wheels Ride

Do you want to start riding with your kids?  This is a perfect event to get those wheel rollin’.

On Saturday, December 8th from 10am to 2pm, Santa Monica will hold their first ever Family Bike Fest! Activities include a youth bike skills course, parent bike safety class, bike check-ups, demos, route planning advice, and a short family ride with C.I.C.L.E.

C.I.C.L.E. will lead the Meals on Two Wheels Ride, a 3 mile, family friendly bike ride in the streets. We’ll be riding to Meals on Wheels West to learn about a great community organization in Santa Monica and to drop off some holiday gifts to homebound members of the community that cannot shop for themselves this season.

The ride is open to everyone at no charge, and families are encouraged to participate in the ride. Bikes should be in good running order, and all participants under 18 must wear a helmet.

Bring donations the day of the Santa Monica Bike Fest/Ride or drop them off beforehand at the Santa Monica Bike Center at 1555 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.

All gift and clothing donations should be delivered new and unwrapped. Donations should be portable by bike and can include:

• Socks
• Gloves
• Slippers
• T-shirts
• Other holiday comfort items

The ride meets at the Santa Monica Family Bike Fest:

Date: December 8th, 2012

Time: Ride Meets at 12:30pm and departs promptly at 1:00pm. (SM Bike Fest is from 10-2pm).

Location: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St. Ride Meets in the parking lot.

What to bring: Your bicycle (in good running order) and a donation for Meals on Wheels West. All participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 must wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

Pasadena’s FoldNGo, Get Your Bundle of Joy

Pasadena has launched a new “Folding Bike” program, called FoldNGo Pasadena, to encourage Pasadena commuters to use folding bikes as part of their commute. If you live, work, or study in Pasadena, you are eligible for the program and a $220 voucher!

Eligible riders apply online at, commit to connecting to transit twice a week with their new bike, and redeem their voucher for $220 off the purchase of a Dahon folding bicycle. Folding bikes are fun and easy to carry with you on the bus or train and fold into a small bundle for easy storage at home, work or school.

SAFETY TIP of the Month: Essentials to carry with you on your bike!

Ensure a smooth ride! Bring these essential items with you whenever you roll out and be ready for anything!

1. Spare Tube: The most likely problem you may roll into is a flat tire. Keep an extra tube with you for emergencies (or friends’ emergencies!). Tubes are cheap, small and pretty lightweight.

2. Tire levers, hex wrenches, and a mini pump: Get a flat? Keep these tools with you (or in your wedgie pack!) to be fully prepared for any situation. You’ve got your spare tire, now you have the tools to change it.

3. Patch Kit: Don’t know how to change a flat? Patch kits are an easy way to get you rollin’ after a flat. Patch it up, fill it up, ride on. Patch kits also serve as extra insurance, in case your flat gets a flat!

4. Cash/ID/Medical Insurance card: Hoping for no emergencies, but just in case, these items are essential! It is also a good idea to write down any emergency contact numbers on the back of any of these documents. Cash always comes in handy… for water, purchasing an extra spare, or for a bacon-wrapped hotdog or fruit bag along your route.

5. First Aid: A first aid kit comes to the rescue for small scrapes or cuts. First things first, clean up any scrapes to prevent infection!

Keeping these items on you and being prepared makes hard, unexpected situations less stressful. Be ready, be set, ride!

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

Santa Monica Family Bike Fest
December 8th, 10:00 AM -2:00 PM.
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Baum Bridge Rededication
Tom LaBonge and L.A.D.O.T. will be re-dedicating the Alex Baum Bicycle Bridge on the LA River Bike Path December 13th, 11:00AM to 12:00PM. Come out and join this exciting celebration.

C.I.C.L.E.’s Tweed, Moxie and Moustaches Ride
January 19th, 10:00 AM -1:00 PM.
North Hollywood, California 91601

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics Class
January 26th, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Pasadena, CA

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
January 27th, 2013 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA (Eagle Rock)