President's Page - July 2018

Monday, July 2, 2018

I hope that this finds you all enjoying the pleasures of your wheeled, human powered conveyances regardless of the number of wheels; regardless whether you are leaning forward, sitting upright, or sitting back; regardless of whether you are wearing spandex or a tee shirt and jeans.

How many of you use Groupons? This is where you pay an amount of money to buy a coupon to save even more on a product or service. For instance, you may spend $10 on a Groupon for a restaurant to save $20 off your bill. Sounds like a great deal, doesn’t it?  Of course it is when you know that you are going to buy that product or go to that restaurant. Your Club membership is like a Groupon. Let me explain.

An individual, one-year membership in the Club costs $35. Sign up for two years and this cost drops to $33.50 per year. Many non-members I talk to about becoming a member say something to the effect of “Why should I pay for membership? I can see and ride any of your rides for free.” What they say is absolutely correct. We do not hide our ride calendar from non-members. In fact, we encourage both members and non-members to attend our rides. But let’s look at what this statement ignores.

Check out the bike shop discounts offered to Club Members at Most shops offer ten percent (10%) off on accessories, clothes and parts to members. Most offer five to ten percent (5-10%) off on new bicycles. So, your membership would save you $100-$200 on a $2,000 bike, using the bike shop discount. That more than pays for your Club membership. Purchase $350 or more on accessories, clothes and parts and you have again been reimbursed for your Club Membership dues. That's better than any Groupon.

Do you use RideWithGPS? You can use the starter RideWithGPS but if you wish to do any of the following, it will cost you unless you are a member of the Club. The basic RideWithGPS is $50 per year. Once again, using the Club's RideWithGPS Club account, you have more than paid for your dues. You'll be able to:

  • Print customized cue sheets for Potomac Pedalers rides
  • Download GPS files to Garmin and other GPS devices
  • Print route maps for Potomac Pedalers rides
  • Download Potomac Pedalers rides to smartphones with the free RWGPS App and get turn-by-turn prompts, including optional voice prompts (i.e., use your smartphone like a Garmin-device)
  • Download routes and maps for Potomac Pedalers rides so you can access them without Internet coverage

Let’s talk about the Back Roads Century. Your registration fee includes the following:

  • Cue Sheet showcasing historic regions
  • On-Road Route Directions
  • Mechanical Support along the routes
  • Rest Stop Food and Drinks
  • End of Ride Celebration at Popodicon Mansion with catered meal and entertainment after your ride
  • Free Showers at Shepherd University Wellness Center
  • Free Parking at Shepherd University
  • Rider numbers mailed to your home
  • Saturday pre-rides, events, and entertainment

Now you could register and get all these great benefits as a non-member or you could be a member and get the exact same benefits for $15 less.

You don’t attend the Century weekend! Ignoring the important question as to why you would not attend THE best value for a century, let alone an entire weekend, what about the Special Events the Club offers? The new Longwood Weekend promises to be a great weekend of cycling on beautiful roads in a great area. Admission to Longwood Gardens is included (normally $23 or $20 for those of us with longitivity).

So you see. Your $35 membership buys you many cost savings on items and activities you would participate in anyway. You don’t have to be an accountant or economist to figure out that being a member is advantageous. Just do the math!

Thank you and keep the rubber side down.

Bob Bernstein

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