Monday, January 27, 2014

[RESCHEDULED TO MAY DUE TO RAIN] FREE Safe Bicycling Class at the Caltech Y / Sat Mar 1st, 11-1 pm / taught by C.I.C.L.E.


Don't ride on the sidewalk! Did you know it's safer and faster to ride on the road? Learn how to be a smart cyclist and ride your bike safely in the road.

Learn how to:  
  • Take back the road
  • Be alert and safe
  • Know your rights as a cyclist
  • Make the best use of your bike!

When: Saturday March 1, 2014
11 am - 1 pm 

Where: Caltech Y
505 S. Wilson Ave, Pasadena CA   
What to Bring: Your bicycle, in good running order and a helmet.

Price: FREE! This class is subsidized by Caltech Transportation on behalf of Caltech Bike Lab. The class is taught by local organization C.I.C.L.E

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.

To attend this class you should 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.

Space is limited, so RSVP online here:

Caltech/JPL have priority signup but members of the public are welcome to join.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Brown Mountain (El Prieto Loop) Trail Ride -- Sun February 2
A rider on the El Prieto Loop
Time: Sunday February 2, 10AM

Length: 8 mi (with an option to do 14 miles)
Duration: About 1-2 hours (for 8 mile loop)

Meeting Place: We will be riding from the east side of JPL. Meet at the parking lot at Ventura and Windsor (

Aerobic Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Difficulty:
Moderate (with a few difficult maneuvers, walkable)  (with an option to bail out of technical descent for beginners)

Map of the longer option (14 miles, basically this involves climbing another few miles to an upper saddle and coming back down)

We will ride the Brown Mountain El Prieto loop in Altadena.  Starting from JPL it is a few mile ~1000ft fire road climb up to the first saddle. This is a moderately strenuous but not not technical climb. From the saddle beginners can turn around and return the way they came.

More experienced riders go down about a 1mi narrow fire road descent to the top of the El Prieto single track.  El Prieto is a little under two miles of single track with somewhat technical switchbacks into a wooded canyon.  It is ride-able for a first time mountain biker who is otherwise confident on a bike but challenging enough for advanced riders (I've ridden it well over 50 times and it is still a challenge).

Additionally, anyone interested can climb to the top of brown from the saddle adding 6 miles and another 1000 vertical feet.  Depending on interest and the number of ride leaders this may be led by me or someone else.

Reminder: This is a mountain bike ride, so you will need a mountain bike. Full suspension is not required, however you will need something that works well, can shift, and most importantly stop.  Walmart bikes may be able to make the fire road climb and descent, but would not be advised on El Prieto.  Bring spare tubes for your bike and anything else you will usually take on a ride.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Reeve ( See you then!


Hubs 'n Spokes Class - Sat Feb 22 (6 people maximum)

We will cover:
- Truing a wheel
- Adjusting/Lubricating hubs
- Replacing freewheels/cassettes

When: Saturday February 22, 1-3 pm
Where: BikeLab (see the map on the left)
What to bring: your bicycle to work on

Teachers: Jonathan and Sho

Required RSVP here: Signup is closed. Thank you

If you are interested in more of our events, subscribe to our club email list, cyclists AT caltech DOT edu (announcements go out here first! our next class will be a beginner repair) 

Please include your email when you sign up! Class is for members of Caltech/JPL only. Thank you.

If you cannot make it, let us know ahead of time at bikeshop at caltech dot edu and we will let those on the 2 waitlist spots know.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Annual Caltech Bikes and Barbecue Social on Friday Jan 31! Join us!

Come join us for a fun evening of grilling burgers, dogs, veggies and s'mores at the Annual Caltech Bikes and Barbecue Social/GUSH! We'll have beer, barbecue, bicycles... all fun things that start with the letter B.

Where: Outside Broad Cafe
When: Friday January 31 6pm -9 pm

All members of Caltech and JPL are welcome! 21+ rules to beer & alcohol apply

Supported by the Caltech Graduate Student Council (GSC) and brought to you by Caltech Bike Lab!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

San Marino Bike/Ped Plan Meeting -- Jan 28, 2014

San Marino: Your input is needed! The City of San Marino, in conjunction with planner Ryan Synder, are soliciting feedback to improve conditions for bicycling and walking in town. 
San Marino Bike/Ped Plan Meeting
When: Tuesday, January 286:30 p.m.
Where: Crowell Public Library, Barth Room - 1890 Huntington Dr., San Marino, 91108
Unable to attend the meeting? Feedback can also be provided to Ryan Snyder directly via phone (310-475-3895) or email (