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CYCOLOGY- THE LANCASTER RIDE – A Social Community Bicycle Ride

We at Block Bikes realize that there is a huge bicycle rider community in the Antelope Valley. Unfortunately there has not been any harmony in getting all of the riders together. This summer we hope to change all of that with our Wednesday Night CYCOLOGY – The Lancaster Ride. For the past 3 years we have put a ride together that draws between 50 & 80 riders and travels all over the Antelope Valley. This year we hope to pull over 100 riders every week. The ride does a different route every week. it is totally social and averages between 10 & 12mph covering between 20 to 25 miles in just over 2 hours. 

The CYCOLOGY ride originates from the Lancaster City Park and Ride on the south west corner of 10th Street West and Ave K-8. We gather at 7:00pm and depart promptly at 7:30pm. Helmets and lights are strongly recommended and it is a good idea to carry a spare tube and toolkit in case of unexpected happenings. With over 50 riders there is always someone to lend a hand when needed.

This year we also have incorporated The LanCoaster BLVD Experience into the CYCOLOGY ride. What this means is that on the second Wednesday Night of the month we will meet at 6:30 at Lancaster City Hall (44933 Fern Ave Lancaster – just off of Lancaster BLVD). We will start riding promptly at 7:00 and head over to the Lancaster City Park & Ride to pick up the CYCOLOGY group at 7:30. The ride will continue for a total of 15 miles and end back at Lancaster City Hall. This ride is Police Escorted and will be a slow (10mph average) social pace. This is the safest and most accountable ride that you can do. The CYCOLOGY ride will continue on to finish it’s typical 20+ mile route.

The LanCoaster BLVD Bicycle Experience will happen the second Saturday of every month from May until October. It is totally organized with set routes, police escort from the front and chase vehicles behind. Everyone is invited and we hope you’ll comer out and join us!!!

For more info on either of these two rides call Block Bikes @ 661 729 2800 or got to our website:


May 3, 2011 Posted by | av bikes, bike clothing, lancaster bikes, lancaster block shop | , , | Leave a comment

6th Street Crit Practice Thursday Night – 6th Street West (north of Ave M)

  Thursday night road bike crit practice – meeting at 7:15pm and riding @ 7:30pm. We will meet up on Ave L-14 between 6th Street West and 7th Street West (just across from the Fire Station) just north of Ave M. It is a one mile street lit route and we will ride pace lines. It is relatively flat – one slight incline and a sloped back straight. We ride an hour to an hour and a half.

Some people come out for race training others for basic fitness. The group typically splits up into groups of riders with the same fitness. The fast group will average around 23mph. Depending on how many people show up we could have 3 groups (23mph, 20mph, 17mph averages).

The slower riders stay to the right and faster riders pass on the left so it is a safe environment. You can ride solo as well. There is accountability with riders around and no one is ever more than 3 minutes away. Weather is good right now so hopefully this will be able to continue on through spring.


May 3, 2011 Posted by | lancaster bikes | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Thursday Night MTB FUNdeMental Ride

FINALLY a mountain bike group ride that EVERYONE is invited to ride!!! A mile square flat area provides the perfect setting for pros to train and beginners to learn. Singletrack trails weave through the desert from a main hub. Riders of all levels can ride together and challenge themselves or just simply have fun. The best part is that you are never more than a mile away from the Block Shop for security and accountability.

The Block Jr Development Mountain Bike Team has been training for almost a year together and now you can join us. We work on simple skills, turning, shifting as well as fitness and training. Every week is a learning process as well as a solid training foundation.

The ride starts at 5:00pm from the Block Shop. Showing up late is not a problem as we are always less that a mile away and easy to locate. It is easy to take the dirt roads and take short cuts to catch up to the group. The trail system is starting off a little primitive but will improve week to week and become more detailed as the weeks go on.

From beginner level to pro – everyone will have a good time – TOGETHER!!! The all new Block Bikes location @ 604 West Ave L Unit 101 Lancaster, CA 93534 provides the perfect location for a mtb group ride. For any questions feel free to call us at 661 729 2800. The group will leave together from the Block Shop at 5:00pm and take the trail on the east side of the shop, next to the sand wash, heading south out to the trails. If you miss the start time don’t worry – you can follow the same road and once you cross the watch the group will be easy to find!!!

May 3, 2011 Posted by | lancaster bikes, lancaster cycling | , , , | Leave a comment

Bill would put job creation pressure on contractors

Companies would estimate in bids how many jobs a contract would create

Under a new House bill, an important factor in judging contract bids would be how many jobs a company says it could create if it was awarded a federal contract, but the company could suffer for an inaccurate assessment.

Companies would include in their proposals a “jobs impact statement.” The statement would tell the government the number of jobs a company believes it and its subcontractors may create, or at least not end, in the United States. The statement would also be “a guarantee from the offeror” that U.S. jobs would not be shipped overseas after the government awarded the contract.

Five House members introduced the American Jobs Matter Act (H.R. 1435) April 4.

The measure would require that, six months after making an award, the contracting officer would monitor the company’s numbers in its statement compared with actual job numbers. With those reviews, the contracting officer would have to track the numbers throughout the life of the contract, and compare the number of jobs with the jobs impact statement. The point would be is to see if the company was correct or missed its estimate.

The jobs statement and the agency evaluations would become a major factor for a company in future contract competitions.

“If the number of jobs that the agency estimates will be created by using the jobs impact statement significantly exceeds the number of jobs created or retained, then the agency may evaluate whether the contractor should be proposed for debarment,” according to the bill.

The bill was referred to the Government Reform and Oversight Committee and the Armed Services Committee.

 John Clancey  Don Rhea

May 3, 2011 Posted by | American Jobs Matter Act, sba, SDB, SDVOSB | , , , , | Leave a comment