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  • 21 May 2018 1:22 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The Verde Valley Bikes for Kids recently awarded 12 bikes to Cottonwood and West Sedona Elementary School students who exceeded standards in grades, attendance, comportment and citizenship.

    Brandon Stinebaker, Jose Soto, Faith Valentine, Johnny Cortez, Aylin Ramirez and Manuel Lievanos receive their new bikes from the Verde Valley Bicycle Company just prior to Cottonwood Elementary School's Bike Rodeo on April 6th. These students received their bikes just in time to join in the Mayor's Ride to School that morning.


    Aylin Ramirez showing off her newly awarded bike while VVCC President Marty Glinsky (L) and VVBC's Randy Young (R) look on

    Meanwhile, the May 4th combined West Sedona/Big Park Bike Rodeo became a casualty of the #Red4Ed Teacher's strike, but that didn't stop the Verde Valley Bikes for Kids program from awarding six bikes to students just as soon as classes resumed.


    Rotary Teacher of the Year and VVCC member Kaitlyn Propp and West Sedona Principal Scott Keller with four of the Verde Valley Bikes for Kids Program bike recipients from West Sedona Elementary School

    Each student also received a new helmet and lock with their bike along with free bike repairs for life with their bike as we want to keep them riding. The Verde Valley Bike Company provided the distributed bikes, helmets and locks at cost plus assembled the bikes for free.

  • 16 May 2018 4:56 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)



    We recently caught up with the VVCC's longest serving board member Doug Copp.

    Q. How long have you lived in Sedona?

    Doug - We moved here in the summer of 1994. I grew up in N. Az, but left after college. I always wanted to return.

    Q. What boards have/do you serve on?

    Doug - TRACS (Trail Resource Access Coalition of Sedona, a trail advocacy group in the 90's), Sedona Recycles Inc, on and off since 1996, current board president since 2014, SRRTF since the group formed approximately 3 years ago and the VVCC.

    Q. How long have you served on the VVCC board?

    Doug - Not exactly sure, probably since around 2005. I was good friends with Daniel Paduchowski, we mountain biked and did road rides. TRACS was defunct at that point so I joined VVCC.

    Q. Why are you a VVCC board member?

    Doug - I am a minimalist. I think the bicycle is one of the great inventions since fire and the wheel. I wish more people rode bikes. I also love Sedona's incredible trail system and the VVCC has been a great supporter of our trails and helping Sedona become a Bicycle Friendly Community.

    Q. What's been the VVCC's biggest successes over the years and why?

    Doug - Getting the USFS to be more friendly to mtbrs. Getting more trails, especially purpose built trails. The VVCC was also the driving force behind the SR179 bike lanes, the SR89A bike lanes and the Sedona Bike Skills Park and our bronze & silver Bicycle Friendly Community awards.

    Q. The VVCC will be celebrating its 15th anniversary soon, where do you see the VVCC 15 years from now?

    Doug - Bigger and better than ever, largely thanks to Kevin, Pam, Rich, Dan and Paul  who have transformed the VVCC.

    Q. Any last words?

    Doug - Ride more, drive less.

  • 7 May 2018 10:37 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)


    Sedona Mayor Sandy Moriarty (front red dress), Doug Copp (rear third from right) and other awardees at the May 2nd Sedona Volunteer Award Ceremony

    At the City of Sedona Volunteer Award Ceremony on May 2nd, Rachel Murdoch, Parks & Recreation Manager recognized Doug Copp for...

    "donating countless hours along side staff, sweating and freezing, doing whatever it took to make the bike skills park an awesome riding experience for our locals and visitors."

    Way to go Doug and congratulations for all of us at the VVCC!

  • 28 Apr 2018 9:07 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)


    Over 25 volunteers - from as far away as Flagstaff and Phoenix - attended the last Red Rock Ranger District (RRRD) volunteer trail work day of the 2017-2018 season. 

    The RRRD held over 40 volunteer work days this season with each one co-sponsored by various local organizations. Today, REI Flagstaff was the co-sponsor which explains the volunteer origination diversity.


    Kyle informed the volunteers that over 4,600 hours have been contributed by RRRD volunteers this season.


    Then we headed out from the Cultural Center trail head onto the Girdner Trail for our work day. We focused on erosion, rock work and rehab assignments. Girdner was specifically chosen to give everyone an appreciation for the upcoming Western Gateway Trail System, construction of which is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2018.

    We finished up and were treated to great eats and SWAG from REI.

  • 27 Apr 2018 6:35 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)


    The Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund (SRRTF) seeks a new President of the Board of Directors (BOD). The current President, Jennifer Burns, who has served 2 years, will step down and remain on the BOD. 

    This volunteer position requires a person who is passionate about our Red Rock trail system and its value to locals and visitors. An individual who appreciates how trails help sustain the health of the extraordinary and sensitive Oak Creek watershed is a plus. 

    If you are interested in serving as President of the SRRTF, please send a letter of interest and a brief resume to redrocktrailfund@gmail.com and at minimum, address the questions listed in the attached announcement.

    SRRTFpresident_outreach4_24.pdf

  • 26 Apr 2018 7:10 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)


    On Saturday April 21, 2018, the Arizona State Parks and Trails Board unanimously approved a $10,000 Safety & Environmental Education (SEE) Program Grant award to the Verde Valley Cyclists Coalition (VVCC) Red Rock Bike Patrol (RRBP). 

     The SEE Program promotes safety and environmental protection related to both motorized and non-motorized projects and the RRBP directly addresses three level two priority recommendations for non-motorized trail use identified in the 2015 Arizona Trails Non-Motorized Trail Plan.

    The Grant is for uniforms and equipment for the VVCC's RRBP and signage for the Western Gateway Trail Building Project. 

     This reimbursable grant, with a match component, will begin sometime in July 2019 and must be completed within two years of project agreement signatures.

  • 25 Apr 2018 6:02 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)



    We recently caught up with VVCC Sponsor Susan Amon owner of Sedona e-Bike Tours, at Oak Creek Espresso in the Village of Oak Creek.

    Hi Susan, thanks for meeting with me…

    Great to meet you.

    Let’s get to it. How long have you lived here in Sedona?

    21 Years. I got here in the fall of 1997. I came with my trusty 1987 Wicked Fat Chance, a non-suspension mountain bike that I used to ride on the trails of Mt. Tam in Marin where I grew up.

    Where did you live previously?

    I was last living in Los Altos, CA in Silicon Valley where I had a custom database development company that specialized in custom HR solutions for large corporations like Apple and Sega. Before that, I was a professional musician, clarinet, for the San Francisco Opera and principal in the Monterey Symphony. It seems like a quite a different occupation, but actually there's a lot of correlation. You're dealing with a symbolic language as a musician. And then programming is also a symbolic language.

    How long have you been involved in the local biking scene?

    After riding my Fat City bike on Bell Rock Pathway for a few years, I decided to buy a full suspension bike so I could explore more trails.  I rode every trail I possibly could, I was hooked. I joined TRACS, Trail Resource Access Coalition, which was the first mountain bike advocacy group here in Sedona. In one of those meetings Ken Anderson, head of the RRRD, told me the FS needed somebody to acquire an outfitter guide permit to conduct MTB bike tours. I said, well, that sounds like fun. I had already been leading a weekly MTB ride, which Mike Harris eventually took over from me and he's still doing that. I think. 

    So, I did get a permit for Sedona MTB Adventures in 2004 thru 2008. By then, I'd had a car accident…whiplash…and I thought I just can't do this anymore. Plus, there were a number of non-permitted mt bike tour guides under cutting me. It was annoying, and I couldn't do anything about it.

    I also joined the Chamber and added road bike tours to my operation. But I found it very difficult in Sedona because with the short steep hills, people just couldn't get up and down and they didn't like the traffic. And then when you get in the back roads it was slow riding and we couldn’t cover enough miles to get to points of interest. 

    I bought my first e-Bike in 2003 and I thought this is really the way to go for bike tours. But there weren't any e-Bikes that could really handle the hills here until I found these BioniX motor in 2015 ones which have a super high pedal assist, a proportion which is 250 percent on your pedal stroke! So to give you an example, most e-bikes max out at a hundred percent. 


    Now that you brought up e-Bikes, what are they?

    e-Bikes are a regular pedal bike that has either an integrated motor into the frame or a hub motor. The most popular of the hub motor is integrated into the rear wheel hub. There are front wheel motors, some of which you can take on and off to replace with a non-motor wheel so they are versatile.

    There’s a class system for e-Bikes.  Class 1 is pedal assist only, no throttle. Class 2 is a pedal assist with some sort of throttle motor cuts out at 20 mph, and Class 3 bikes that are pedal assist only and motor cuts out at 28 mph. You can certainly coast far faster than 20 mph, but you don’t have any pedal assist after 20.

    So, most e-Bikes you have to pedal to get them to work?

    Yes.  Your pedals are your accelerator, just like a regular bike. And, I think that’s a good idea. Throttles get people in trouble. 

    How heavy is an e-Bike?

    They're ranging around, you know, 50 pounds with the cheaper big bikes or get up into the 75+ pound range. 

    How long does the battery last?

    It has to do with weight and riding speed. The more weight you have on a bike, the shorter your range. And the faster you ride the power is used. As of 2018 it looks like e-Bikes are shooting for a minimum of 30 miles, max of 60 miles. My e-Bikes have an 80-mile range because they have regeneration mode, in other words whenever you use your brakes or use regeneration mode on descents, the system switches to regenerating the battery.  I've had customers finished a tour with the battery completely charged. That impressed me. I didn't know that was possible. 

    Are e-Bikes more expensive than regular bikes?

    Typically. A big part of what you are paying for is the warranty. And you need a warranty because things go wrong and the companies are not regulated very well. You get all kinds of goofy things go wrong.  Although e-Bikes today are much more stable.

    What about service?

    If you need work done on your e-Bike you’ll need to go to a certified e-Bike shop or risk losing your warranty.  Currently Absolute Bikes is certified to work on Specialize, BionX, Bosch motors maybe others.  Not sure where Pedego owners will be taking their bikes now. So it is important to buy an e-Bike from your local bike shop that will likely continue to support e-Bikes. 

    What happens if it rains and I’m riding an e-Bike, will I get shocked?

    Laughter. No. You don’t want to submerge your battery in water to find out. I would be reluctant to ride in a heavy rain. You’re going to have more problems with the bike itself than the electric parts because they're mechanical and they're not housed. I think that it would matter if you had an e-Bike kit put on an existing bike. An integrated frame would probably be safer if you were going to be riding in the rain.

    You mentioned earlier that the bikes shops needed to have specialized training, is that just for the motor component or is that for the entire bike?

    The motor component. But of course it's on a bike. So mounting it on a bike is critical because my bikes have a lot of extra wires, more wires than most because regeneration mode. It matters. Those connections can come loose. And then you get sporadic current going through the wiring. So there is an element of how it's situated on a bike, but then again, if it's integrated in the frame, then that's really not as big of an issue.

    What about working on the bike itself?

    Well, I don't because I'm using them for commercial purposes. I don't want to do any repairs myself for liability reasons. If I have a motor issue the shop connects the e-Bike to a computer which runs diagnostics and sometimes upgrades the firmware.

    Regarding fixing flat tires; if you have a hub motor, you've got to deal with the heavy wheel, cables, and some other issues. In my case, a flat means the tour's over because you've got a four inch tire there. That's a lot of air . The rear wheel plugs into the electoral system. So you have to unplug everything and it's a really tight fit on the rear wheel. So yeah, there are issues about doing the repairs with rear wheels on rear hub motors. I don't think it'd be that difficult on the front hub.  E-Bikes with a center frame motor are easier when it comes to fixing a flat, just like any bike. Because everything is internal to the bike you’d probably take to a shop. Some of the integrated frames have phone apps that you can use to change settings on your bike.  

    You’ve recently become a VVCC Sponsor, thank you so much.

    Yes.

    Why?

    Now that my company looks like it's solid…Pedigo went out of business. I can see the difference between last year and this year. I'm getting people who are looking to buy e-bikes and they're looking at them for a variety of reasons. I can see this is going to catch on really big time. I want the bicycle community to be prepared and informed to help people because these are new riders and I have seen that there will be more traffic safety issues.  

    Any last thoughts?

    Well we covered a lot. I think e-Bikes are a great opportunity for cyclists, whether you've been an avid cyclist, like I have all my life or new to cycling. At a certain point your balance starts going, aches and pains, and maybe you don't have enough time to work out enough.  E-Bike bikes are just an additional bike to add to your fleet. 

    Getting into the “cheater” thing, it isn't a threat to regular cyclists because it's just a different kind of bike. It's great for doing all your errands so you don't have to worry about how much you put in your backpack. The problem most of the time you don’t get much exercise. When I first got the bikes I was out riding and a guy with lots mt bike stickers on his car yelled out the window calling me a cheater.  Wow,  I had to laugh because he’s in a car!  

    E-Bikes are a great addition to the bike market.  For example, spouses/friends who may not be strong riders can keep up with stronger riders and enjoy riding together. People with health or physical limitation can get back on a bike, etc.  They are good physical therapy bikes as well. Many of my customers are families looking to ride together and stay together from 12 years old into their 70’s.

    Lastly, e-Bikes take the competition out of cycling because the motor cuts out at 20 mph and everyone has the same motor. The gearing stays along with the motor and everybody can enjoy going out for a ride without the feeling that the slow rider is dragging everyone behind or competing for who gets there first. It doesn't matter, and that's a great, great thing.

    I find e-Bikes make doing tours just such a delight. That’s it. See ya!


  • 22 Apr 2018 2:02 PM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Three days after the Arizona State Congress passed legislation amending the Arizona Revised Statutes to add electric bicycles; definition and use provisions, Governor Ducey vetoed the Bill along with 9 others. The vetoes were in response to plans for a teacher walkout. The Governor called for legislators to craft a budget that includes his plan to increase teacher pay by 20 percent by 2020.

    Republican legislators did not immediately react to the vetoes, and they have not commented on the decision to walk out.

    Stay tuned for more updates.

    Background

    The Arizona House passed HB2266 (e-Bike legislation) in a 48-10 vote and the bill passed the Senate unanimously the week prior.

    The legislation created three classes of e-Bikes granting e-bike riders the same rights of the road as traditional bicyclists. e-Bike manufacturers are required, beginning January 1, 2019, to permanently affix a label, printed in at least 9 point type, in a prominently location on the e-bike containing the classification number, top assisted speed, and motor wattage of the e-Bike.

    Class 1 and 2 e-Bikes may be used on bicycle and multiuse paths unless the local authority having jurisdiction prohibits their use. Class 3 e-Bikes may not be operated on a bicycle or multiuse path unless it is within or adjacent to a highway or roadway or unless the local authority having jurisdiction permits their use.

    This legislation is not applicable to Federal public lands which currently prohibit e-bike use on non-motorized trails.

  • 14 Apr 2018 7:55 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    Support the Trails you Ride by Riding them!  It's that easy!


    The VVCC is excited to partner with Trail Care to raise funds for our local trail projects.  All you have to do is follow the directions below and RIDE!

    Trail Care makes it super easy for Strava users to support the trails they ride by enabling fast, easy and fun micro donations.

    Each time you upload an activity to Strava, Trail Care will process it and check if it matches the jurisdiction of any participating organizations. If it does, Trail Care will send you an email asking if you'd like to complete your donation.

    You choose the amount to donate based on your cents/mile setting. You can change it anytime, or opt out of donation emails altogether. It's up to you.

    Trail Care will never make donations on your behalf without your explicit permission, so there's no commitment when you sign up. You can even use Trail Care without a credit card: Trail Care will still tell you how many miles you've ridden on maintained trails.

    The idea is to make the act of charitable giving more closely tied to the ride itself. Basically, if you're stoked from a great ride on some amazing trails why not throw the people responsible for maintaining them a few bucks right then and there? 

    Want to give it a try? 

    #1. Visit:  https://www.trail.care/

    #2. Click on "Connect with Stava" 

    #3. Choose your cents per mile and connect payment card if desired

    #4. Go ride.  If you ride a segment marked on the VVCC's Trail Care Profile Map and you upload your activity to Strava, you will receive an email that will ask you to complete your donation based on the number of miles you completed.  

    Now, go ride!


  • 13 Apr 2018 9:50 AM | Kevin Adams (Administrator)

    The West Sedona Elementary Mountain Bike Club was the recipient of "awesome new packs" courtesy of Verde Valley Bikes for Kids through Absolute Bikes Sedona. Check out how great the kids look with their new packs!


                                         

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