Bike Cases and Carriers for Sale

3 Bike cases available:  1 Road Bike and 2 road/mountain bike.  Road case is $150 and the road/mountain bike case is $300.  The road/mountain cases are new, never used.  Compare at $479 new for the larger one.

Wahoo Kicker in excellent condition with cassett, asking $300.  Price new $600.

CycleOps trainer, asking $75.00.  Price new $160.00

Saris 2 bike rack, asking $100, price new $229.00

Pedal the Petrified ride registration now open

Registration for the pedal the petrified forest ride is now open. On pavement in the petrified forest park in AZ sept 21. Distance is 32 or 63 miles. Out and back so can be shorter. Food stops, sag, etc. This is a one day ride to gain donations for Northland Pioneer College that serves the poor locals. I’ve ridden it twice and it’s a great ride for a good cause. I suggest you check it out online. 😉

Resumption of Sunday energetic ad hoc rides

If you are interested, and as always, weather permitting, we will resume regular ad hoc energetic  rides on Sundays from El Camino Academy.  Same time as all other rides this month (this coming Sunday 11:00).  Ride Saturday, Ride Sunday, Ride both, Ride neither.  Your choice.

As with all scheduled ad hoc rides.  There is no guarantee a ride leader will be there.  There is no guarantee anyone will be there for that matter.

Fat Bike

Fat bike, anyone? Surprisingly easy and fun to ride, they roll over pretty much anything—snow, loose rock, single track, mud, soft sand. I hate to let mine go but there is no longer room in the garage. The bike in question is an aluminum 3-year-old medium-size Framed Minnesota LTD well-equipped with 1 x 12 Shimano SLX shifters (30 x 10/51), SRAM disc brakes, and  27.5 x 4” Cake Eater tubeless tires. If you’re interested, contact Ron Schell at 608-233-1973 or Asking $600.

February 8 ride in ABQ

Start at Sandia Train Station at 10:30.   We plan to ride about 35 miles depending on the actual weather conditions.

Christine 505-979-4802

Blog email subscriptions

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NOX Citico 700c Gravel/Road Carbon Wheelset

Hi all, I have too many extra wheels and am trying to free up some space in the garage. The NOX Citico rims are my go to gravel rims (I have several sets….) that also work great on the road. They are 700c through axle wheels with 12 mm x 100 mm front and 12 mm x 142 mm rear center lock hubs. Rear hub is Shimano XTR or Shimano GRX hub (I have two wheelsets) Front hub is DT Swiss 350. The wheels were built up at NOX with Sapim CX-Ray bladed spokes. The wheels are in excellent condition. NOX wheels are made in the US and IMO, are one of the best carbon wheels out there. BTW, I am selling them without rotors or cassette, but do include the very cool 48 mm Soma Supple Vitesse tires. Asking 850.00 for the set. BTW, I also posted wheels Ebay with a bunch of pics if you are interested:

From the NOX website: Introducing the Citico rim; named after the Citico wilderness area in the Smoky Mountains. An area with endless amounts of gravel and dirt roads, creek crossings, climbs, and descents. The Citico rim was originally designed with these places in mind, but we ended up with an ideal CX race rim as well. The Citico is a disc specific hooked rim with an internal rim width of 23mm. The Citico features our innovative design and technologies including asymmetrical offset, UniWeave™ layup, RockGuard™ bead lip and our Anti-Burp Bump™, all of which work together to provide the ultimate in stiffness, durability, compliance, and tubeless compatibility at the lowest weight possible. Leveraging our experience producing durable carbon mountain rims, the Citico is ready to tackle the harsh conditions of all day adventure riding, gravel grinding and CX racing.

SOB Annual Tour

Our SOB annual cycling trip will be in September from the 10th to the 15th.  We will go to Grand Junction, Colorado on Tues.Sept.10 and leave on Sunday, Sept 15th.  Our tour will coinside with Grand Junction’s annual Tour of the Moon on the 14th, so for those who would like to do that tour you can sign up.  The Tour of the Moon can be either 41 miles or 60 miles and it is a beautiful, challenging ride.  On the other days, we will also have some great rides.  Our SOB tour will be a hub ride.  We will stay in Grand Junction and ride out from our hotel everyday.  I need to know who would be seriously interested so I can start making reservations. I have to start now to get a group rate and place.    So, pass this on if you know someone who may not read this blog.  My email is       Link for Tour of the Moon:


Joining for 2024

It’s basically the same as in prior years.  If you got your membership card then you are done.  If not then read further.  (We have 6 folks who have submitted waivers but not paid.  We have 2 who have submitted payment but not the waiver.)

If you did everything properly you should receive 3 emails.  Two almost immediately.  One will be a confirmation that we got the waiver.  It will include a copy of the waiver plus the information you submitted when you agreed to it.  If you don’t get an email then we did not get the waiver.  Check your spam folder.

Two will be a confirmation from Paypal that we got your dues payment.  If you don’t get an email from Paypal then we did not get the payment.  Check your spam folder.

Three will be your membership card.  As long as we got your waiver and your payment you will get your membership card within a few days to a couple of weeks depending.  Check your spam folder.

If either email one or two is missing then go back and try again.

Beware of Dog(s)!

Steve P writes:

While returning from a pleasant ride through La Cienega on Saturday, I encountered 3 dogs running loose in the vicinity of La Luna Rd. and West Frontage Road. I lost track of the largest of the 3 canines, but quickly located it when I got bit on my lower right leg. Luckily, I was wearing my thickest bicycling pants, which helped limit the damage (no puncture wounds!). I’ve been in contact with Animal Control, but the offending dog wasn’t found when they visited the area a few hours after the incident. This isn’t the first time I’ve come across loose dogs in this area, so be advised to watch out for them.

Pojoaque frontage road chipseal

Well, the frontage road down to pojoaque that got chip sealed is rough (and I have 42 mm tires and only 45 psi). Cracks are still there. Some loose gravel on the shoulder, but not a lot. I rode out in the road, not on the shoulder. Good news is that they had to sweep the road and shoulder clear of glass before sealing it. Also the roughness should come in handy if there’s icy spots. So, FYI

Bosque ride Thursday Feb 1

Bosque ride this Thursday Feb 1. Start 11:00 am from Alameda open space. Stop at Bike In Coffee on the way back. Any distance up to 34 miles since it’s an out and back route. Any speeds. Bring your supplies since there’s little along the way. Toilets at Tingley Beach about 10 miles from the start. (And at Bike in Coffee). Weather looks great but check before going down. I won’t go if the wind picks up bad. Questions email me😁

Thanks, but …

We received lots of attention to the Join contest.  Thanks for that.  However, a number of you paid but did not submit your wavier.  For full entry into the contest we need both the payment and the waiver.  I guess I forgot to indicate that in yesterdays message but I figured the join page might have jogged your memory to do both.

We have some funkiness with the date field in the form.  If you think you filled in the waiver and submitted it but you did not get a return email with a copy of the waiver then it did not go thru.  Please try again.  I have made a minor change to the date field and it should be more straightforward now.  Note that to fill in the date field you have to click on todays date.  Thanks.

Your lucky day

Be the first on your block to join the SOBs for 2024.

Prizes are limited to the first 500 who join on January 26.

First prize:  No cost ride led by Judy.

Second prize:  No cost ride led by Lynn.

Booby prizes:  Ride led by Bob, but you have to buy him a beer at the end.

Winners will be announced in April 2024.  You can only win one prize but multiple paid entries appreciated.

Thursday December 28

Ride in Bernalillo, start at Sandia Train Station at 10:30 am. Depending on wind situation we plan to ride up 313 to Placitas and then back down towards the Bosque.  Hope to get in about 35 miles.



Membership summary 2023

Wow.  It is almost 2024.  Don’t tell anyone.

In 2023 we had 175 paid members and 9 active elite eighty’s.  So a total of 184 members.  Good job.

We will let you know when it is time to sign up for 2024.  Stay safe, Stay warm.

Albuquerque Bosque Ride

Meet Thursday, 12/7/2023, in Albuquerque at Sandia Pueblo railroad station for an 11AM start.  Ride will be along the Bosque River trail including the Chavez loop and back.  Distance about 42 miles with shorter option available (35 mi) by turning around at Rio Bravo Blvd.  Directions to the RR station:  I25 southbound, turn west on Tramway Road (which becomes Roy Ave), then turn right on 4th St (distance from Santa Fe:  50 Miles, 1:15 min.  The RR station will be on the right just after the turn on 4th.

Giving Tuesday – World Bicycle Relief

Every Buffalo Bicycle is life-changing. Your contribution makes a difference.

I’m raising funds and awareness for World Bicycle Relief, a global nonprofit organization committed to helping individuals in low-income regions around the world overcome the barrier of distance.
In areas where transportation options are limited, a bicycle can be a life-changing tool that helps students increase attendance, improve performance, and show up ready to learn. Bikes also give communities access to healthcare and provide entrepreneurs and farmers the opportunity to improve their businesses.
Please consider supporting this worthwhile cause For those in need, it is more than just a bike. It is a tool for economic and cultural empowerment.

Thank you for your support,
Rich Irell

Revised Blog email process – please read

We have changed the system behind sending emails to you when there are one or more blog posts.  It will still only send one email at most per day.  If you were on the “old” blog email list then you have been added to the new list.  If you no longer want to receive these emails there is an unsubscribe button at the bottom of every email which you can click to remove yourself.

If you have any questions, feel free to email admin at

Ruben Cedeno Appointed to TAC

Ride Leader and SOB Extraordinaire, Ruben Cedeno, has been appointed to the county Traffic Advisory Committee (TAC), making an opportunity for the SOBs to have input related to traffic safety and pathways.  Here is a quick summary of what the purpose of TAC is and what they will be working on this year.

You may email Ruben with questions, comments and suggestions: He will keep us informed about the progress of these items.

PURPOSE: The purpose of the TAC Transportation Safety Subcommittee will be to serve as a technical working group to review and provide oversight to County road safety plans and strategies with a focus on infrastructure, behavioral, and operational safety.

These are items of most importance to the SOBs and the cycling community.  Ruben can help leverage this opportunity to have our voices heard.

  1.  Current Transportation Projects Updates (Public Works/Planning)
    – NE/SE Connector Projects and Tesuque Safety Study Implementation
    – Other Pedestrian, Bicycle, Trail, and Transit Project Updates
  2.  Summary of Transportation Safety Subcommittee Meeting (Chair/Planning)
    Transportation safety sub-committee
  3. Here is a summary of what will be presented:

1.  Zafarano Drive Extension Study

2.  Tesuque Safety Study Implementation

3.  Other Pedestrian, Bicycle, Trail and Transit Project Updates

4.  Santa Fe Greenway Construction (Siler Road to San Isidro Crossing):

5.  Avenida de Compadres Trail

6.  Arroyo Hondo Trail Segments 2&3 (Turquoise Trail park at NM Highway 14 to       Richards Avenue for a length of 2.8 miles total.

7.  Nine Mile and Avenida Eldorado Trailheads

8.  Rail Trail Segment #6 (New trailhead/parking off of highway 285 on SF County        property just south of rail crossing of highway 285.): 

The Power of Mobility


Here is what your contribution to World Bicycle Relief can do:

Stella began her day at 3 a.m. to care for her daughter and complete her chores—fetching water, tidying up and cleaning dishes—before setting off for school on foot.
Despite her ambitions and determination to make a better life for her family, Stella could not change the obstacles that remained: fear of violence and sexual overtures on the road to school, the exhaustion from rising early, walking 24 km a day, and the consequences of arriving late to class.
Then she received a simple tool that empowered her to change her life overnight: a bicycle.

Read the whole story here.
Contribute by clicking here.

Congratulations SOBs

 SOBs’ donations totaled $1393 which is more than double their donations last year.  It was all the participating groups who beat last year’s total and delivered nearly $400,000 in donations to Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N)and The Food Depot.  THANK YOU!!!!!!!  Because of this large community effort, N2N will produce 1.6 Million meals for our neighbors in need..                                                FABULOUS!


Winter Rides

There is one more Thursday ride in October and then we move to the winter schedule for Thursday rides.  Tuesday and Saturday rides remain the same all year.  The winter schedule for Thursday rides is explained on the Ride Schedule page.  (what a concept).

Start time for November will remain 10:00.  Stay Safe.

84/284 service road update

I just received this from Paul Brasher, DOT District 5 Engineer:

“Last week, our District crew chip-sealed about 5 miles of the US 84/285 Frontage road, followed by several passes of sweeping. The work has been left to cure, and our crew will return to it next Monday to sweep again then fog seal it. After the seal, it will be striped.”

Parking for Galisteo ride on Oct 19

We have been asked NOT to park at the church where we have been parking of late.  Our resident Galilstean is investigating an alternate location.  Stay tuned.  (Figured this was better than another test post).

Part of the test is render of an image.  From today’s Eclipse ride.

blog emails

As you may be aware there have been recent issues with prompt sending of emails for blog posts.  Sometimes they do not get sent until the following day, witness the recent message about the Thursday ride being canceled.  A new system is being setup and tested.  Besides this blog post, there may be a few others that you see that are only being used for testing.

Once the new setup is ready for prime time you will be advised and then the old system will be disabled.

Special Eclipse Program and Community College

SOB  Member George Gamble, who is also retiring as Chair of the Trustees of Santa Fe Community College alerts SOB members to a special program Saturday, October 14 at the college. Special glasses will be provided.

Experience the annular solar eclipse at 9:00 a.m. to noon. The peak of the eclipse will be at 10:30. Location probably near the Planetarium.

Submitted by Bill Pollock

Notes on Oct 12 rides for A group

The ride to Sandia has only one signup so far.  Mark is the leader and without more signups the ride will be cancelled.  We will decide on Tuesday.  A post will be made and hopefully you will see it in time.  Or check the blog page.

The local A ride leaves at 10:00, not 0900.  There are two options.  Bonanza Crk plus cell tower or 599 to Stagecoach.  Rich I is leading.  If he chooses to lead Bonanza Creek there will be no ride to Stagecoach.  If he chooses to go to Stagecoach then I will lead the Bonanza Creek ride.

So you lucky A riders have at least two or maybe three choices.  Enjoy.

Thursday, Sept 28, Villanueva Ad Hoc ride

Some of us are doing the Villanueva ride this Thursday. Many members did not do this ride this year for various reasons and some new members have never done this ride. It is a favorite that goes along the Pecos River and passes rural farms. Head east on I-25 past Pecos, and take exit #323, it may say Rt 3, or Ribera. After you exit, stay right for a few hundred feet and you will see a dirt parking lot on the left near the frontage road. The distance from DeVargas to the exit is 45 miles, so allow about an hour travel time (+/-) depending where you live. The ride distance is 27 miles round trip to Villanueva State Park, mostly slight to moderate downhill going out, 1300′ elevation gain, so not bad. See GPS link below. Depending on who comes there may be two groups; the Relaxed Riders, and the Real Relaxed Riders. (The Real Relaxed Riders generally see no need to pedal furiously on a downhill greater than -3%).

Alan K


Thursday Ride Leaders for Remainder of Season

A rides:
Sept 28 Boyd
Oct 5 Boyd
Oct 12 Rich
Oct 19 John V
Oct 26 Christine
B rides:
Sept 28 canceled (see earlier post)
Oct 5 Las Vegas Lynn
Oct 5 Las Campanas tbd (We need a leader for this ride. Please volunteer or it will be canceled.)
Oct 12 Denise
Oct 19 Denise
Oct 26 Rob
C rides:
Sept 28 Julie
Oct 5 Ian
Oct 12 Rubén
Oct 19 Judy
Oct 26 Adrian

Moab Trip, Sept. 11-16th

18 SOBs travelled to Moab, Utah for 4 days of road cycling and fun! Some of us stayed in a town hotel and a few stayed in RV parks, but we got together every night to raise a glass to a glorious day. We all biked the Potash road along the Colorado River the first day. The road took us past petroglyphs, arches and rock climbers. The next day, we all took different routes. One group rode a new paved bike path for 11 miles out to the canyon past Arches towards Canyonlands.   It drizzled rain on us all the way out and back! And there was a vegetarian dinosaur.  That night we did a BarBQ dinner and a night cruise on the Colorado. The


walls were lighted with amazing lights and we heard tall tails. It was fun. The next day we rode in Canyonlands to the the Grand Vista – see some of our group in the picture. The last day was a day of exploration – new routes, hiking or riding in Arches National Park! And the drive home is one of the most beautiful drives in our country!

September 28 B ride

Is cancelled due to inability to find a ride leader and apparent lack of interest.

B riders are free to self-organize a ride through the e-mail list. If there is a ride leader willing to lead, it will be a sanctioned SOB ride; if not, not.

B riders are also free to join the C ride in Pilar. It is a lovely ride along the Rio Grande in the Orilla Verde Recreation Area. The paved road is six miles long, so it’s a 12 mile out and back (or a 24 mile if you do it twice or a 36 mile if you do it three times). There’s sometimes different wildlife to look at each time you do it (big horn sheep, eagles, ducks, other birds).

Cycling related message from Homewise developer.


My name is Isaac Hammond-Paul, and I am the Director of Community Development at Homewise. I’m reaching out to invite your membership to a free talk: “How Our Cities Became Parking Lots” taking place on October 4th from 6-8PM at the Scottish Rite Center in Santa Fe. Henry Grabar, journalist, and author of the new highly anticipated book Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World, will discuss the impact of parking on the character of neighborhoods, the size and cost of new construction, traffic, transportation, and even the course of floodwaters. He’ll also share how cities like Santa Fe can reform parking in ways that actually make it more convenient for drivers while increasing affordability, walkability, and livability. You can sign up to attend the event here:

Also, we are hosting a casual group ride to the event and see first hand some of Santa Fe’s own paved paradises. The ride will meet at 5pm at the Railyard Water
Tower and roll at 5:15pm sharp. Free bike valet provided by Bike Santa Fe will be available at the event location. Bring your lights to get back home and a lock for good measure!

Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or would like an image/flyer you can post to social media accounts.

Isaac Hammond-Paul

Perfect Weather for working on the Rail Trail Mural

We are down to the last days and I know some of you SOB’s are dying to get out and help on the Generations Mural Project. Sunday Sept.17th is the Santa Fe Half Marathon so I will be arriving very early to watch that and then tile or grout. Monday, Sept.18th I will be there at 8am. A big shout out to Carol Ketterman , Lucy and Tom for all your help this year! for more information ( Rail Trail just North of Siringo)

End of Season Luncheon at Hidden Mountain Brewery – October 26 from Lore (repost)

Mark your calendar!!


We are gathering for our annual End of Season luncheon at:
Hidden Mountain Brewery for our SOB luncheon on Thursday, October 26 @ 12:30. 
 (Hidden Mountain Brewing Company, 4056 Cerrillos Rd, NM 87507)
 After a fun bike ride we will be enjoying a delicious lunch and some social time
Please make your reservation before Monday, October 23rd by sending $15 per person, by PayPal via the Button below.


SOB Treasurer, Steve Gitomer will check you in at the restaurant.
Looking forward to some fun times together.

2023 EOS Luncheon Reservation for:

SOB End of Season Luncheon, Thursday Oct 26th. From Lore T.

Mark your calendar!!


We are gathering for our annual End of Season luncheon at:
Hidden Mountain Brewery for our SOB luncheon on Thursday, October 26 @ 12:30. 
 (Hidden Mountain Brewing Company, 4056 Cerrillos Rd, NM 87507)
 After a fun bike ride we will be enjoying a delicious lunch and some social time
Please make your reservation before Monday, October 23rd by sending $15 per person, by PayPal via the Button below.


SOB Treasurer, Steve Gitomer will check you in at the restaurant.
Looking forward to some fun times together.

2023 EOS Luncheon Reservation for:

Your input is requested (from Lyn P) – repost

The City of Santa Fe has applied for Gold status as a Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists. The SOBs supported that effort. Now the League is asking for anyone’s input (you will probably have to copy and paste the link):

“To help us gain a better understanding of local bicyclists’ experiences in your community, we would greatly appreciate your help distributing the following public survey link so that bicyclists in your community can provide their input as well.

Public Survey Link:

Please distribute this link as broadly as possible to residents and local area bicyclists. . . .

The survey will remain open through Friday, October 20th.”

Your input is requested

The City of Santa Fe has applied for Gold status as a Bicycle Friendly Community from the League of American Bicyclists. The SOBs supported that effort. Now the League is asking for anyone’s input (you will probably have to copy and paste the link):

“To help us gain a better understanding of local bicyclists’ experiences in your community, we would greatly appreciate your help distributing the following public survey link so that bicyclists in your community can provide their input as well.

Public Survey Link:

Please distribute this link as broadly as possible to residents and local area bicyclists. . . .

The survey will remain open through Friday, October 20th.”

Start Times for September (repost)

Sorry for the late post BUT it remains annoyingly warm.  So we will start ad hoc Sept at 0900 thru Sept 15.  Will advise after that.  Also the Thursday start times for the first two September rides have been moved up 1/2 hour.

Photo Day

Club pic of those at Caja at 0830


Elite Eighty’s at 0845

Message from Yuko Crosswhite

To all those who wrote tributes to Edwin, I am heartened by the expressions of appreciation and fondness for a man who lived and breathed the SOBs and all things bicycling .

When Edwin would come home from a riding or other SOB event, he was soon busying himself with other SOB business, and I did not hear a lot about the happenings that took place or the personal contacts he made.

Your comments helped me to understand and appreciate more, what a dedicated and big hearted person he was.

To me he was all that and more. His kind, nurturing qualities helped me to grow as an individual over the 57 years of marriage, and our love continued to grow. Losing him is the most difficult thing I am having to experience.

I am grateful to the SOBs for bringing joy and purpose into his life. Your comments fill me with affection and make this time more bearable.

With sincere appreciation,

Yuko Crosswhite

Celebrate Edwin

Our Thursday ride starts in El Dorado.  Since many of us missed the Tuesday ride to celebrate Edwin, let’s do it after this ride.  If you can stay for coffee/lunch after the ride, meet at Cafe Fina.  We can share our memories of the wonderful man who mentored, led and helped us make the SOBs the club it is.  Join us after the Thursday ride!

Tuesday Aug 22 – ride in honor of Edwin

We will leave DeV at the stroke of 0900 for Café Fina (where else?).  Coffee then figure out our return based on the wind.  Join us for the ride or meet us at Café Fina.  We should be there no later than 10.30.

Remembering Edwin Crosswhite

Edwin Crosswhite Passed Away on August 18, 2023

Edwin Crosswhite prepares for his last bike ride.

Yuko Crosswhite and Edwin enjoyed 57 years of marriage. Yuko took the picture of Edwin above as he prepared to go on what was to become his last bike ride. At this time he was diagnosed with Lymphoma and given the prognosis that he had few choices available. Edwin, along with Yuko, chose Assisted Death by Physician. Members who want to send cards to Yuko, please use this mailing address: 2105 Paseo Ponderosa, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

In his will, Edwin said he did not want a funeral or any kind of ceremony.  Still, we can comment, especially since he was such a wonderful person in the memories of all of us.

Yuko has graciously provided some of the information to provide us with information out of Edwin’s past.

Edwin taught elementary schools in Fullerton, California and Santa Fe. He still found, long after he had retired,  his connection to the education of children by teaching chess at least once a week after school in various locations in Santa Fe, including Eldorado, almost until he died.. He just thought being right there with them was born in him. Edwin worked two contractual terms teaching in the  Cairo American College in Cairo, Egypt. He helped found a bicycle riding club in Egypt. We often saw him riding here wearing his Cairo jersey. Talk about a hot ride! Edwin could do that! Edwin recognized that the club was attracting older riders who wanted to resume long ago passions for riding but who were excited about the “Group D” that Edwin formed. These riders would arrive at the Thursday rides and Edwin, with assistance from other members, would plan and lead a ride just for them. Just the right ride–just the right guy to lead it.

And we all remember Edwin in his SOB kit sitting at the registration for the Santa Fe Century to invite new members to join. Or Edwin attending meetings of the Santa Fe Cycling Community urging concerns for safety and better road conditions. And he organized and led training sessions for Ride Leader certification. And who can forget going to a city park to organize and direct a safety program for children between five and 10 years old, showing them how to wear a helmet for the first time?

Edwin was a veteran, having served for four years during “peace time.” Edwin told Yuko that to toughen up in the Navy, he boxed. But he was quickly knocked out and immediately found other interests before discharge. He volunteered many hours and weeks to Boy Scouts of America and to many other educational activities. While in high school, he  played as a running back on the local team. I wish I could tell him that I recently read that NFL teams no longer use or want running backs. I know he would get a laugh.

Most of us knew Edwin as one who knew everything there was to know about bicycling. He could build a bike from scratch as he did the one he rode with us. He could repair and replace parts. . Edwin could give anyone a tip or method to improve the fun of the ride. Riding through new scenery, he would stop at a local winery to taste the products and even bring a bottle stashed on his bike.  We wouldn’t be surprised to find ourselves with riding 5 or 8 more miles to get to a winery whose sign he saw out on the highway.

When Yuko and Edwin decided to move to Santa Fe, they were already living here. Yuko was enrolled in he Southwest Acupuncture College, and Edwin was teaching in the district. Yuko’s father had been interned during World War II in the nice-sounding War Relocation Camp here in Santa Fe. Connections have a way of re-connecting. They liked it up in the hills above on the Ski Road.

In his earlier days with the SOBs, Edwin used to ride the group ride–but that was after his downhill ride from his house. And after the ride over, after coffee or lunch, Edwin then got on his bike and rode all the way back up to their house. His decision to drive his car to and from the house made the rest of us feel stronger, somehow.

If members feel inclined, post a couple of sentences on this SOB website to share them.

Edwin always made us each feel better. Thank you, Edwin.

Submitted by–Bill Pollock

Mural Volunteers needed from SOB Group or friends

First off, a big thank you to all the SOB people that have helped me out so far. I couldn’t complete this three year project without your help and support. I am looking to get a big section of the rail trail mural done by mid September(fingers crossed). You can find the times I am out there working each week by going on the website:
You can also donate monetarily if you can’t physically. I just got a non-profit fiscal sponsor if you want to write off the donation for taxes. This week Wednesday and Friday, which are non-ride days, I will be there.
Cheers, Julie Deery

Really? Almost September ??

Well at least it’s close enough for ride leaders to sign up for September rides.

Click this link, submit the form.  

And welcome to two new A group ride leaders – Boyd Smith and Mark Stevens.  Yeah!  Say hey to them if you can catch up close enough to be heard.  Good luck with doing that BTW.

Stay Safe.

Bandelier Loop 8/17 B group

Will be canceled unless five people sign up before Wednesday at 8 pm. Due to construction at Tsankawi and the general poor condition of the road between Tsankawi and White Rock, the B route will be changed to an out and back starting clockwise before reversing.

Start times redux

So I know I said we’d keep the rest of August at 0830.  But it’s kinda dark in the mornings now AND the temps seem to have abated for the foreseeable future, so….  Effective August 18 and for the rest of August, unless you hear otherwise, we will start ad hoc rides at 0900.  No changes to Thursday rides.

Hit & Run Go Fund Me

Perhaps you heard about the cyclist killed by a hit and run driver on Old Pecos Trail on August 1st.

Apparently his family is suffering financial hardships on top of everything else. Someone has set up a Go Fund Me page for them.

Cochiti Loop ride Aug. 10th

Today was gorgeous.  All three groups got to ride the Cochiti/Santo Domingo Loop for the first time in three years.  The fields were green with corn as high as an elephant’s eye, well, a little elephant, and everyone seemed happy to see us.  As people passed us in cars and trucks they waved and smiled.  And we finished before it got too hot.  Here is the C group on the Rio Grande bridge heading into Santo Domingo.  Everyone seemed to be enjoying it.

Cat-Ears for wind noise reduction

I noticed some riders at the luncheon wearing furry things on their helmets. I inquired and they are called Cat-Ears and are worn on your helmet’s strap in front of your ears in order to reduce wind noise. Never one not to try a new gadget I ordered them. My first experience today indicated they indeed work at reducing that annoying wind noise and I was very impressed at how simple and effective the design. Amazon link below, I ordered the Classic Slim model….and to answer the likely question from the ladies, “No, the only color is black.” Cat-Ears New Classic Slim Cycling Wind Noise Reducer : Sports & Outdoors




Cochiti Thurs ride loop possible

Ride Leaders: FYI about the route. On the way to ABQ today I drove the Cochiti ride. While Tent Rocks access is still closed, the road from the Visitors Center, through Cochiti and Kewa Pueblos was opened and the nice loop ride that we used to do is now possible.


Neighbor to Neighbor Drive

The Neighbor to Neighbor Drive of the Food Depot is back!  The SOBs participated last year  and we helped make food available to our neighbors here and in Northern New Mexico.  This year it is even more important.  The Food Depot is helping to feed more of our neighbors in need throughout Northern NM.  I hope that the SOBs will join and make this a great year.

Every dollar donated provides 4 meals.  The goal of this Food Drive is to raise $300,000 to provide 1,200,00 meals.  If you can donate any amount, just mention that you are an SOB and we will get credit for it.  There will be a celebration on October 6th at the Food Depot for all participants with special awards for the groups raising the most money.  But mainly, it is helping our neighbors in times of need.  Neighbor to Neighbor runs from June 6th – Sept. 17th.  You can mail a check, noting that you are an SOB to Food Depot 1222 Siler Rd SF 87507 or visit their web site at   Thank you all.  We can make a difference in our friends and neighbors’ lives.

Rider looking for support next week

I have pasted his email below.  Feel free to contact him if you have any interest.  He may also appreciate some folks to ride with him.  (yes there is a, I checked)

Hello. I’m an old guy, 67, from deep south Texas; Harlingen.
I’m coming to Santa Fe to climb a big hill; Santa Fe Ski area. Plan to do the ride/climb Monday morning 7th Aug; between 8-9 AM.

I’m looking for someone to ‘support’ me, going up; drive my truck, stop every 4-5 miles so I can get more drink/snacks. Figure it should take me 4 hours, possibly a little more. If no heart attacks.

If you know of anyone interested, I’d pay them $150 for the help.

Also, plan to try Sandia Peak Wed/Thurs (North approach and South approach). Same payment if any takers.

I know this is a long shot, not holding my breath. I’ll just carry lots of water in backpack.

five one two 970 two five nine five

-Bobby Crouch ( )

August Ride Leaders

August 3, Espanola start: A Bob B; B Lynn; C TBD
August 10, Cochiti: A Rich I; B Rob B; C Ruben C
August 17, Bandelier from White Rock: A Boyd; B Lynn; C Judy
August 24, Eldorado start: A Mark; B Ruben C; C Shirley
August 31, Caja start (photo): A Christine; B Lynn; C Judy

ebike riders and Strava

We welcome e-bikes and their owners on Strava. Here are some things to be aware of when you record and upload your e-bike rides to Strava:

E-bike rides have their own activity/sport type on Strava. You’ll want to ensure all your e-bike rides are categorized correctly.

  • One way to do this is to record with a device or app that supports recording in e-bike mode, since these will automatically sync to Strava as e-bike rides.
  • Recording with a device that doesn’t yet support e-bikes? No problem, simply record in “Ride” mode and change the activity/sport type to “E-Bike Ride” after the activity syncs to Strava.


Rabbit Road Repaving Update

I contacted my County Council Commissioner and somehow the Constituent Services LIasion person. There is a Public Works Dept meeting on July 21 with some of the County Council Commissioners. I was told that the Rabbit Road issue (read previous post) will be mentioned at this meeting. Now is the time to voice your concerns about the exclusion of the bike lanes in the resurfacing project. Contact your County Council Commissioner. Don’t know? Google Santa Fe County Council website and find out. Their contact info (email) is posted.


Photography before Thursday’s ride

The New Mexican will have a new publication called Vida sometime soon, and a reporter interviewed Judy and me last week for an article on the SOBs. His photographer wants to take pictures of the group before the ride on Thursday, and he also wants some action shots during the ride. I told him to show up at Rancho de Chimayo before 8:40 because the rides would depart at 9 on the dot. I also directed him to the website for the route and told him that he would be on his own for the “action” shots. Please cooperate, although if you don’t want to, that’s up to you.

Rabbit Road Repavement Unsafe

On a ride today down Rabbit Road from the intersection with Old Pecos Trail, we noticed that the road was repaved, but it did not extend to the bike lanes. Thus, there is a small lip at the edge of the bike lane when moving over to get on the road. Such a short-sighted repavement job was disappointing and dangerous. Perhaps it is not too late to have the Road Dept address this issue before lines are painted. This is a County issue and I have already sent a letter about this to my County Council Representative, but with copies to City Council Representative, and Mayor Weber to make them aware. I mentioned that this action is counter to the alleged Bike-Friendly stance of the county and city and disrespectful to the safety of the cycling community. I also mentioned that there is a possible county and city liability case if a cyclist is injured on this poorly paved section of road. The squeaky wheel gets the grease so write to your representatives if you want the road repaved properly and safely.

Alan Klein

Gravel tootle

Short exploro from Rabbit rd parking lot at 0830 on Saturday the 15th.  Goal is to ride the new road that will become Richards rd or some such. Up to 15 miles. No more. Gravel or mtn bikes recommended.

Many thanks to so many SOBs

So many of you have emailed me support that I am overwhelmed by the support. I like to say that SOBs are more than just a bike riding group. Individual members are so supportive of each other that we must be some kind of family. I don’t have a press agent, so I am serving as my own to write and appraise you of the situation.

Judy Costlow reported on my fall at the program recognizing deceased members last Thursday. As I turned to cast roses into the river, I slipped on the sand covering a large rocks. Judy and Lynn, did too, but I fell over flat on my chest and my forehead hit a rock protruding through the sand. Got  a hole in my forehead skin, plus abrasions on my elbows. So many of those immediately jumped to my aid and retired nurses quickly patched my wounds.

Judy did not report on a related matter. The week before on June 29, I was riding with C group and we were within 3 miles of finishing at 599 rail parking. I remember seeing the National Guard building ahead. For some reason, I don’t remember much else except this: my front wheel was touching the rear wheel of Pam Proffit. Then my saddle was next to her saddle. Then I seemed to be going past her front wheel and to the right. I know now that I ran off the road and into the dirt and grass. Knocked out, I have been told that Dana and Kris moved me so that my head was pointed up.;Pam told me that she called 911. I have been told that Julie was there. And so were Shirley and Mike.

When I arrived at ER at St. Vincent’s, the ambulance crew gave me my helmet which contained my Garmin computer. I am very happy that it was rescued. While sitting in a wheelchair I looked at the Garmin and it gave me a message:” Congratulations! You have set a new personal speed record.” The Garmin was still running while the ambulance was taking me. 26 miles hour average speed over 22 miles. I will keep the log on my Garmin. I may submit it to a Tour de France team to document my  speed. Maybe I will be there next year.

X-rays found no broken bones. A CT brain scan was negative for blood. From  a concussion 5 years ago, I know a second scan is critical because blood may show later. That time it did and I had brain surgery to relieve it. I set up medical appointments to acquire a second scan. Then I attended the Pecos River ceremony and fell. From the first crash, I had blurred vision close up, and I went to appointment with my eye doctor last Thursday afternoon. Optic nerve and retina in both eyes were good. Blurring may disappear in a couple of weeks. He ordered a new scan. Friday morning I had monthly blood test for a thinner I have taken for 20 years. And the nurse and supervisor insisted I go next door to ER for an immediate scan. I did. Since it was a Thursday, the same doctor was on duty and he recognized me being there for another scan in just a week. I observed that his facial appearance suggested some frustration. I said to him. “I suppose that at my age you think I should be sitting in a recliner chair watching Fox News on tv. Dr. Severy laughed and told me he would get me back out on my bike as soon as possible and that he applauded seniors who ride bikes.

But he had bad news. Blood showed up. Immediate treatment to  “reverse” the blood thinner and other medicines inserted into veins and by 10 pm I was in a room in the newer west wing. Great room. At 5:30 a.m Saturday morning a new scan that showed bleeding had stopped. No surgery necessary. Sonogram done on old clot and that round the old clot was dissolved. Taken off thinner and then home. Some followup appointments ahead and another scan. And, in time, I will be back on my bike. And here’s something exciting. St. Vincent’s has an excellent high speed wi-fi for guests. While there, I could read all my newspapers and magazines, I would watch the Tour de France on Peacock, I watched a Met Opera and concerts and ballets from Europe on the several streaming channels I have on both my phone and tablet. I have decided, and recommend that you do so too–always carry your tablet with you because you never know when you will end up in ER and your mind will appreciate the entertainment.

Thank you all once again.

Bill Pollock

Note route changes for Thrs July 13

Road construction has closed roads that we had originally planned to use.  New routes are posted in the usual place.  Labels say “July” at the end of the route.  All 3 rides are impacted and have been revised.  A group change also due to the ride on July 27 going partly on same route.

Stay safe.

Bill Pollock

Hi Everyone, An update on Bill.  Bill did end up in the hospital for two days after the fall in Pecos.  He needed to be checked out thoroughly.

He is now home as of yesterday (Saturday).  He cannnot drive and needs to heal!!  So, send him an email, call or even send a mailed card.

Ahh Summertime(s)

Where is the monsoon when you need it?   Anyhoo, we are going to start 30 min earlier effective Sunday July 9.

Sunday July 9 ad hoc and all subsequent July rides will be 0830 or later if out of town.   Will reassess August at the end of July.  Stay safe.

SOB Memory Ride 2023

Today a large group(s) of around 30 riders, widely spaced on the narrow road, cycled from the Pecos Ranger station towards Terraro, for the annual SOB Memory Ride.

The ride out was done in silence (apart from the shouting of car warnings) and was a pleasant gently climbing experience out to the Pecos River bridge just before Terraro.

At this point we parked our bikes and moved down to the river. Bill Pollack gave an introduction and listed the SOB riders who had passed away, with a short comment on the particular characteristics that past members brought to the group. The next step was for Bill and Judy to cast a rose into the waters in memory of each past member. At this point Bill slipped down the bank and almost went into the river with the roses. Fortunately he suffered only minor cuts and bruises and was rescued and attended to by a local Park Ranger who was nearby.

Roses were cast into the tumbling Pecos by Judy, Lyn and John V.

Here are some pics of the event, courtesy of Pam Parfitt.

Bill introducing the past members.


Bill being treated for his wounds.

Bill, Judy and Lyn preparing to toss the roses.

Gravel/Mountain Bike Ride

Gravel/mountain bike ride on Saturday, 7/8/2023, 8:30 am on the Rail Trail from the Rabit Road trailhead to Lamy and back. About 28 miles round trip.  Call 505-231-9341 if you have questions.

Pecos B rides

I will be leading the B ride. Rob will lead the B- ride. Rob’s ride will go to Terrero. My ride usually goes to the campground, but sometimes to Cowles, and sometimes all the way up to Jack’s Creek. It’s an out and back, so one can turn around at any time. Scott says there are lots of potholes, so that might cause my ride to be shortened.