Bright Lights, Bike City: SVBC’s Annual Winter Party

Your support of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition gives us a larger voice to advocate for bikes and fosters a community of cyclists that believe that bikes can be the change. We invite you to join us to honor these efforts at “Bright Lights, Bike City,” our annual Winter Party in the grand ballroom at the historic Lucie Stern Community Center in the heart of Palo Alto. We'll be lighting up the night starting with a lighted bike parade cruising the charming streets of Palo Alto, then roll up to the Lucie Stern Community Center ballroom where we'll celebrate the season with delicious food, refreshing beverages, and make a play on hot auction items. Then we'll turn down the lights, turn up the music by DJ QZR and dance under disco lights until they kick us out. Got amazing bike lights? Show them off in our Electric Light Bike Parade starting at the downtown Palo Alto Caltrain station at 5:45 (timed for the #375 & #370 trains). Route is about five miles along low traffic neighborhood streets. Meet near the bike lockers near Alma Street and Lytton Avenue. FREE valet bicycle parking will be provided at the Lucie Stern Community Center. Your RSVP is requested so that we know how many will be attending. Space is limited so please click here to RSVP today. REMEMBER – You must be a current member to attend the party! Want to bring a friend?! If you've let your membership lapse, click here to RSVP and renew yourself online for $20. Of course, first-timers are welcome, too; new members are always appreciated and can...

Auction items at the Sixth Annual Dinner

For many, the best part about SVBC’s Annual Dinner is the chance to score some amazing deals in our silent and live auctions. We are here to help you prepare your winning bid ahead of time by showcasing a few of our biggest tickets. Bidding generally starts at about 50% of the listed retail price. Of course, there will be much more to bid on than we can show here. What a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping. What would that special someone in your life prefer: socks or clipless pedals? A tie or some new riding gear? Books on tape or a new mountain bike? Bikes 2013 BMC Racemachine RM01 with Ultegra Di2 Suggested retail: $5,999 Donated by: BMC Switzerland If you are looking for a full-on race bike at a more affordable price point than BMC's benchmark teammachine SLR01, then racemachine RM01 was made for you. You will enjoy the race experience coming from a teammachine pedigree, with the performance level you expect from it. All sizes available. 2013 Scott CR1 Premium with Ultegra Electronic Shift System Suggested retail: $4,850 Donated by: Tread, http://treadbikes.com/ The CR1 Premium offers the perfect balance of performance and comfort. Designed to save the rider from shock and vibration created by rough roads, the CR1 is the ideal choice for the enthusiast or racer who wants to enjoy long rides but doesn't want to feel beat up at the end of the day. Sizes available M54cm or L56cm. 2013 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 29 Suggested retail: $4,000 Donated by: Specialized, www.specialized.com The FACT carbon Stumpjumper FSR Comp Carbon 29 has...

Having fun with Bay Area Bike Share

I almost feel like a little kid again when I get on one of the Bay Area Bike Share bikes. I can’t believe that these are here for my use, anytime! As a founding member and annual pass holder I am having fun using the new bike share program. Getting an annual pass wasn’t something that I needed, because it actually doesn’t work for me where I live in South San Jose, but I do attend meetings in Mountain View and Palo Alto and thought it would be the perfect way to get around in those cities. I’ve had the pleasure of using the Bike Share bikes on a couple of outings to Palo Alto. I like the step-through bikes and the feeling of being upright, as well as the front holder for my bag. It’s been great because I haven’t had to worry about my own bike when taking Caltrain; getting it on the train, jockying for position on the racks, keeping a watchful eye so no one walks off with it. Best of all I haven’t had to worry about locking up my bike at my destination or getting it stolen. I have found Bay Area Bike Share to be really easy to use. I just insert my key fob into the bike’s docking station, wait for the light to turn green, grab the seat and pull the bike up and out. Viola, I’m on my way! I’ve realized, though, after hearing other people talking about the program, that the system may not be as intuitive as I think. The instructions on the Bay Area Bike Share...

SVBC’s Sixth Annual Dinner

You are cordially invited to join SVBC on November 15 at the Palo Alto Hills Golf and Country Club for our Sixth Annual Dinner. This yearly supper is an important fundraiser for SVBC, and always a great opportunity to hear presentations from cycling world stars. This year we are excited to have the incomparable and hilarious Bob Roll joining us again, and giddy that we will also be joined by Andrew Talansky of Team Garmin-Sharp. Andrew is the new face of American cycling and just wrapped up an impressive debut in his first Tour de France as the top American finisher! Check out how much fun we had at our Fifth Annual Dinner and watch a video interview with Bob Roll. Click here to purchase your ticket or ticket package. Enjoy an elegant meal with fellow cyclists in support of your voice for cyclists in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties – SVBC! Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a silent and live auction, with amazing discounts on fine wines, vacation packages, bikes, and quality cycling gear. Not a member? Sign up to receive a discount on this and other great SVBC events. Don't delay! **Early bird special being offered on tickets until Friday, October 25.** Ticket sales will close at midnight on Monday, November 11. Click here to purchase your ticket or ticket...

A fine time for tea at Elizabeth Gamble Gardens

I had the pleasure of joining the Ladies’ Tea and Bike Social at the Elizabeth Gamble Garden last Saturday. The event was organized and lead by SVBC member Janet Lafleur. I have to say, she knows how to put on a party! Everyone was asked to bring their favorite tea cup and a tea time snack and Janet brought, in a trailer pulled on her bike, all the tea and hot water for over 15 ladies. We had a great time sitting around a park bench in the garden getting to know each other, enjoying yummy treats and sharing bike stories. Read more about the party by visiting Janet’s blog post at http://ladyfleur.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/hats-on-for-a-rolling-ladies-t…. To keep informed of more events like this, sign-up to receive our bi-weekly email...