(excerpt from 'Notes from the Chair' by Alma M. Kasulaitis Oct. 1985)
In October 1966, Clay Grubic, who owned Tow Path Cycles, and
approximately a dozen other cyclists got together to form a recreational
bicycling club, called Potomac Pedalers Touring Club. Monthly meetings
were held at Tow Path Cycles, which was then located on M Street
in Georgetown, and the 2 monthly rides started from that shop. The
members owned single speed or 3-speed bikes, and the rides rarely went
over 35 miles for that season. It was rare to see a 10-speed bike and if
you felt a driving desire to own one, you had to order it and wait
about 8 weeks for it to come in.
A lot of the groundwork for bike paths in this area was laid by Potomac Pedalers under the direction of Clay Grubic.
The goal of the club was to reach a membership of 200 people. They had no idea how big it would become.
In order to join the club, you had to qualify as a cyclist by going
on 3 club rides. Once you were a member you had to go on 3 rides a year
in order to renew your membership.
The triangular emblem which we utilized for over 4 decades as the symbol of our club, was designed by Bill Ballard in 1968. The
newsletter was 1 to 2 pages and didn't always come out monthly.