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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society: What an awesome name for a bicycle club

I'm a regular reader of Gene Bisbee's Biking Bis blog, but I somehow missed a recent post titled "Biking Bis Top 10 list of awesome names for bicycle clubs".

To my surprise, the Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society made the list!

I wish I could take credit for our club's name and its mascot, Weinerman, but they already had been established when I started riding with the group in late 1992. I've been active with the group ever since, first as a rider, then a ride leader, then the club's webmaster when I created the B.A.B.E.S. site in 2001 as a part of the Roger Kramer Cycling site.

Other top names on Gene's list include the Old Kranks Bicycle Club in Ventura, Calif., and the Slow Bicycle Club of Chicago. To find out the rest, read the article.

Speaking for the B.A.B.E.S., we appreciate the recognition Gene gave us!

In case you're wondering, the B.A.B.E.S. Wednesday Evening Rides resume in April in Collinsville, Ill. Later in the season, we'll have several Winery Rides, in which we tour the countryside near several Southwestern Illinois wineries, and some Donut Trail Rides, in which we explore some of St. Louis' best family-owned donut shops.

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Since I have never ridden with BABES (yet), my mind is left to consider the following situations, unencumbered by real-world expectations:
Pre-Ride Safety discussion: Wait an hour after eating to resume ride

Newsletter topic: How BABES Eat!

Mechanic's Workshop: How to deal with sticky handlebar tape;

and

Identifying the three chainrings... 7-course dinner (really slow), lunch portions (quick and satisfying), and espresso

Favored Meeting location: Cheesecake Factory

Endurance: Taking enough snacks for long rides over 3 miles

Loaded Touring: all food stops at Buffets

Club President: Pillsbury Doughboy or StayPuf Marshmallow Man

All meant in good fun of course
 
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