The Prez Sez:
Greetings FCC members and fellow bicyclists.
BIKE THEFT ON THE RISE
The theft of high-end bicycles has been increasing in Fresno, as well as the rest of the country. One of my police friends was telling me that bike theft is significantly on the rise in the Central Valley, and law enforcement has been working hard to combat this. More and more, the criminals are breaking into back yards, vehicles, and garages to steal bicycles. Don’t leave your garage door opener in your car as they break into cars to unlock the garage door. Stolen bicycles end up on EBay and other online sights in as little as 10 minutes after being stolen according, to a recent article in Bicycling Magazine.
The Bicycling article says that:
“More than 2 million bikes are stolen each year in North America—meaning every 30 seconds, someone’s ride was going missing. And the problem has only been growing during the coronavirus pandemic, when more people have turned to bicycles as their main mode of transportation.
According to CBS News, riders in New York have filed more than 4,000 stolen bike complaints to the New York City Police Department. That's up nearly 28%, from 3,507 complaints over the same period a year earlier, according to the New York City Police Department. In other major cities like Denver, bike theft was up 23 percent year-over-year from January through September.
According to the research compiled by the world’s biggest bike registry, Project 529 Garage, bike theft across North America is a billion-dollar problem. Of the millions of bicycles stolen every year, police typically only recover several hundred thousand.
J Allard, the founder of Project 529, told Bicycling last year that those are pretty conservative estimates, too. They arrived at those figures after working with countless cities and police departments, a survey they put together, and by extrapolating FBI data.
In all, the best bet for recovering a stolen bike is by using the bike’s serial number. If the owner knows the serial number and can share it with police, along with make, model, and images, police can then prove ownership.
So, it’s not necessarily the fault of police departments, as Allard said many assume. Instead, it’s hard to reunite bikes with their proper owners largely because people don’t know their serial number, don’t register their bike, and don’t report the theft to police.
In fact, according to the organization’s data, only one in five bikes are ever reported as stolen, less than 20 percent of bike owners even know their bike’s serial number, and only 1 percent of bike owners ever register their bikes with some kind of registry, like 529 Garage.”
It is recommended that you register your bicycles with 529 Garage at https://project529.com/garage/users/sign_in.
During this pandemic, the best way to get out and ride is either by yourself or in small groups of 10 or less. Many of our Club rides have continued during this pandemic, with smaller groups riding together and practicing safe social distancing and mask wearing when required. There are groups who list their weekly rides on the FCC Ride Calendar, on Facebook pages, Messenger groups or email groups.
If you have a question about how to lead a ride, or find out more about the ride groups, contact either one of our two Ride Coordinators, (A/B Rides) Mark Locatelli (email@example.com), and (C/D Rides) Henry Pretzer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2020 ANNUAL OLD TOLLHOUSE TIME TRIAL
On Halloween, we held the 2020 OLD TOLLHOUSE Time Trial. If you're not familiar with what that is, it is a race against the clock on a nearly 7-mile stretch of Old Tollhouse Road, beginning in front of the Tollhouse Market and proceeding up the grade to the intersection with the Four Lanes of Highway 168.
Our TT Ride Director Richard Gabel his wife Hollie Gabel have taken over the baton of conducting this event from Nick Lucich and his wife Chris (who have done it informally for about 15 years). Over the last few years, Richard and Hollie have used a time keeping system to facilitate the event. Chris Hamilton and Nick Lucich continue to provide the after ride treats at the top of the four lanes. It was perfect weather, and there was a great turnout with nearly 30 riders. There were some PR’s and new KOM set. Congrats to Chaz Turmon for beating his past KOM with a 32.21 time.
BOARD MEMBER ELECTION
Since we didn’t receive any interest from other members to vie for a position on the FCC Board, and all the current Board members are willing to stay in their positions, we will be sending out a vote-by-email in November as per the requirements of our incorporation rules. Please vote.
Stay safe and Covid-19 free. Hopefully I will see you on the road soon.
The Prez, Dennis Ball