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Date: 8/1/2020
Subject: SCU August Chainletter
From: SCU Announcement

Vol 34  l  No  8  l  August 2020
President's Message

The Dog Days of Summer are upon us. And we still have this doggone coronavirus to deal with. One requires us to stay hydrated, the other to stay masked and socially distanced. Yet, I am hearing and seeing that SCU-er's are still out there on their bikes racking up the miles and gathering up the smiles. Some of us are out on club rides following the mitigation measures, others are riding only with a small group of friends and there are those that are continuing to ride solo or only with spouses or others in their household. We are all being careful to avoid giving or getting the virus in our own way. We've also had some fun virtual events so far this season: The Socially Distanced Quad, the Scavenger Hunt and the Photo Contest, which just finished up at the end of last month. Perhaps this Fall we'll have some more. If you have any ideas, please share them with me or any Executive Committee member. 


There have been a rash of cycling deaths in the Philly area. It's not our place to pass judgement on either the riders or the drivers involved, but that doesn't mean we can't use these tragedies as reminders to take steps to reduce the risk of sharing the road with masses of steel and plastic that outweigh us by a factor of ten or more. Using front and rear blinkies, especially at dawn and dusk, helps us be seen. Riding in a steady and predictable manner helps drivers maneuver safely around us. Staying to the right except when we need to 'take the lane' encourages drivers to be patient then pass safely. Stopping to wait for your friend while they cross a busy intersection helps them avoid the temptation to cross before it's safe. Overall, we must ride defensively at all times. Taking risks in traffic is just plain foolish and has no glory in it. The only podium position for reckless riding is in a box.


So, enjoy the peak of Summer riding, but please be careful of both virus and traffic at all times. Hope to see you out on a ride soon!


Steve "Live to wimp again!" Muth

SCU COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

SCU COVID-19 Mitigation Measures


SCU will continue to practice the Mitigation Measures (found here: . The virus is not gone, and we need continued vigilance to prevent a resurgence and a retreat to greater restrictions.  Thank you to all members and ride leaders who continue to act responsibly!

College Settlement Camp

10,706 Kilometer Challenge

College Settlement camp sign

As many of you know, SCU has been a long-standing supporter of The College Settlement Camp in Horsham.  SCU supports the Camp through donations from proceeds of the Quad and has partnered with The College Settlement Camp in various events..


This year, a group of Summer Camp staff from all over the world are raising funds to help the Camp continue to provide on-line and on-site programs to campers and their families this summer even though Camp has been cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic.

This group has challenged themselves to collectively walk, run, cycle and jog the total distance from Edinburgh, Scotland to College Settlement Camp and back, 10,706 km. They are off to an amazing start! 

You can make a donation to support them here: 


Follow their story here: 


And learn more about our summer programs here: 

College Settlement camp counselors with camper
College Settlement camp counselors

SCU Photo Contest
Submit Photos by Today!
SCU Photo Contest

SCU is celebrating all the talented photographers in our club, as well as the awesome scenery in our cycling region!  We will be accepting photo submissions  during the month of July.  Photos should be taken anytime between April 1st  – July 31st with the deadline for submitting photos on August 1st. 


 Photos should have been taken while enjoying bike rides.  Contest Categories for photos include:

  • Inspirational - Promote SCU Cycling Activities
  • Views and Vistas – Urban or Rural Views While Out Cycling
  • Cyclists, Bikes, Bike Gear - Your Cycling Friends, and/or "Cycling Stuff"
  • SCU Power! - - Bicycle Club Camaraderie, and Community Involvement

Prizes:  Winners for each category will win either a $25 WAWA gift card or a one-year free family SCU membership extension.  Three honorable mention prizes will also be awarded.  Honorable mention winners will get a choice of a Quad water bottle or cap. All winners will be notified by email.


Submit your photos and complete the required information, using the link on the SCU Home Page at or CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT

Contest Rules and Procedures


Photographs will be judged and winners selected by the these SCU Photographer Judges:

  • Michael Albany
  • Gary Trapuzzano

Each member may submit up to 2 photos per category.  Any submissions after their first two in that category will be discarded.


Free to all club members who are eligible to enter. For non-members, if you would like to participate, please visit our SCU website and become a member by clicking here.

For further information,  please contact Linda McGrane at


The Fine Print

Contestants will retain all rights to any photograph submitted other than those rights licensed in the next sentence. By entering the contest, Contestants hereby grant to Suburban Cyclists Unlimited (“SCU”) (i) a nonexclusive license to publish the photographs submitted in future SCU publications, and (ii) the right to use Contestants name and picture descriptions associated with the photographs in future SCU publications. Each Contestant is responsible for ensuring that he or she has the right to submit the photos to SCU.

League of Cyclists

Enthusiastic cyclists of all types and abilities interested in improving their skills by attending a League of American Bicyclists Skills 101 course along with at least one other experienced SCU rider. This course will give you the tips, tools, and techniques to confidently ride in traffic. Take it just to improve your own skills. Or, if you agree to continuing on to become a League Cycling Instructor and offer this course to SCU members, the club will pay for your tuition.


For more information contact Thomas Mcadams at

A Tribute by Jim Howat
4th of July Ride
Jim Howat
It was July 4th, Independence Day
Awesome biking weather came our way
I joined Linda, Joanne, Jeff, and Stan
A 42 mile bike ride was the plan
We gathered together at UDHS, we took off at 9
Everyone was feeling fine
We pedaled our way through Montgomery and Bucks scenery
We got a good workout, we sweated profusely
Our trip included a stop at WaWa in Jamison
The need for reinforcements was quite a good reason
We enjoyed each others company, we were a good team
After the ride, we went to Sweet Briar for some ice cream
We enjoyed our treats, paid for by Stan
Thanks so much!  You are the man!
The celebration of the 4th is a big highlight of summer
Many celebrations were eliminated, that is indeed a bummer
Many of us got out on our bike
And found out later that Covid cases did spike
We need to enjoy life, we need to have fun
But the battle with Covid is far from done
When it comes to slowing the spread, it is a very small task
To maintain social distance and wear a mask
Enjoy the remainder of summer, let us stay strong
Hopefully this pandemic will end before too long!

Cancelled and Postponed Events

Cancelled and Postponed Events
 Be sure check Jack Elias' famous Calendar of Regional Events for an updated, chronological list of cancelled or postponed regional events. Many of the postponed events have not announced new dates. Jack is updating the list as information is provided.

Save the Dates!

BCP's Annual Fall Foliage Weekend

BCP's Annual Fall Foliage Weekend

in scenic, historic Hanover/Gettysburg, PA
October 23-25, 2020

**Based on the timeline for COVID recovery, re-opening of PA, and rescheduling of BCP rides & events, we will provide updates in the next few months.


Complete package:

  • 2 nights at the Hampton Inn & Holiday Inn Express of Hanover,
  • Ride packets with a wide array of cue sheets & maps,
  • Schedule of group rides with Leaders,
  • Cycling around Gettysburg Battlefield,
  • Friday & Saturday dinners,
  • Saturday & Sunday breakfasts,
  • Cycling snacks and sandwiches to take along with you on rides,
  • Post-ride therapeutic massages on Saturday afternoon,
  • Parties, SAG, road markings, live music, & more, including 
  • “Wheely Good Smoothies” made on a “smoothie (blender) bike”. 
  • Plenty of sightseeing and local attractions for non-cyclist companions, also.
  • For any questions, please contact Linda McGrane, at:
    267-251-7862, or
Details will be posted on soon. 

Mileage Tracker and 
Universal Mileage Logs are available
The universal mileage log features include:

- A universal log that is good for any year.

- An automatic summation of mileage and number of rides and computation of the average ride distance.

- Displays six charts of mileage, number of rides and average distance.

The mileage logs can be found in the Documents Library on the SCU website.


Go to SCU's Documents Library and scroll down to "Ride Documents" and  “Mileage Log”

Welcome Our New Members
Please give a warm welcome to SCU's newest members

Sharon Hansen- Collegeville, PA  
Michael Richmond - Wayne, PA

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SCU Executive Committee
Steve Muth

Marc Katz

David Kaplan
Signature Event Director
Chuck Herbert

Digital Communications Director
Amy Brumbaugh

IT Director
Scott Siegfried

Membership Director
Robin Einhorn

Public Relations Director
Linda A. McGrane

Ride Leader Director
Curtis Schwartz

Social Director
Judith Pyle
Safety & Legislative Director
Jay Sitkin
Regional Calendar Editor
Jack Elias
Merchandise Manager
Dina Adams