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  • 06/07/2021 7:32 PM | Dan Doyle (Administrator)

    Well known in local cycling circles for many years, Dan Rappoport of Princeton, is primed and ready to go for his next title.

    PRINCETON: June 7, 2021 --Known as Dashing Dan, the Perimeter Man, for his pursuit of miles logged for the Perimeter Bicycling Association of America, Inc, Rappoport is part of an elite group that specializes in circumnavigating geographical locations. These rides precisely follow the outlines of towns, counties, states, lakes and anything that can be ridden around. Rappoport has logged well over 4,000 perimeter miles since 2008 when he began his quest.

    Dashing Dan is out for the record of famed cyclist Joan Joestling-Mahoney, who cycled the perimeters of Australia, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Iceland, Ireland and many more countries. His ride, started on Memorial Day weekend 2021, and to be completed the first weekend of June, covers the perimeter of Somerset County and will tie Joestling-Mahoney’s record for most counties circumnavigated. He aims to break her county perimeter record of 26 with a two-day ride around Middlesex County with a ride on Labor Day weekend.

    “In the winter of ’08, an ad in “Adventure Cycling” for The Perimeter Bicycling Association of America caught my interest. Since then, I’ve done 25 county perimeters, two states, two mountains, three rivers, and a township.” Rappoport’s routes have taken him through Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. Each perimeter route must be at least 50 miles. “Unfortunately Princeton is not on my list because our town is too small,” he says ruefully.

    To qualify a ride for the record book, the rider must secure written statements from businesses along the route attesting to the date and time that the rider passed by, validating the route and the distance.

    Rappoport has been an avid rider for years and was one of the original incorporators of the Princeton Freewheelers. He is a member of the Central Jersey Bicycle Club, as well as other biking groups in the area including the Western Jersey Wheelmen where he is an at-large Trustee. He also serves on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee for the town of Princeton, which promotes walking and bicycling and advises the Mayor and Council on pedestrian and bicycle accommodations.

    Contact Dan Rappoport at bikefar@hotmail.com or Sallye Williams of the Perimeter Bicycling Association of America at perimeterbicycling.com

  • 01/08/2021 6:06 PM | Arne Olsen (Administrator)

    Remember to sent Hubert King your total ride miles for the 2020 bicycling year.

    He needs to have these by Sunday, Jan 10th.

  • 11/20/2020 7:02 PM | Arne Olsen (Administrator)

    One obstacle to using Herman Thau Rd has been eliminated.

    The other obstacle - the steep hills and rolling contour, remains.

  • 03/17/2020 12:37 PM | Dan Doyle (Administrator)

    Due to the Corona-virus emergency, the League of American Bicyclists recommends that bike clubs not sponsor club rides for the next several weeks.

    The Western Jersey Wheelmen will follow this recommendation and is suspending group rides until further notice. Solo rides are encouraged.

    Let's hope everyone stays healthy.


    Kurt Grabfelder, President

  • 02/11/2020 7:58 PM | Dan Doyle (Administrator)

    As you may or may not know, memberships in the Western Jersey Wheelmen run from March 1 to the end of February. If you've already renewed your membership for this year, thank you. If not, please consider renewing now. By renewing your membership, you help us 'keep the lights on' and help pay for the hosting of the website and other expenses the club incurs during the year -- such as insurance and the club's membership in the League of American Bicyclists -- to keep the club running. Membership dues also help pay for the events the club hosts throughout the year, like the Club Century in July, the Ride-a-Palooza in October, and the Longest Day and Shortest Day rides in June and December, and of course the Winter Party in January.

    NOTE: If you joined after November 1 of last year, your membership for this year has automatically been extended until next March.

    You can renew your membership in 2 ways:

    - Either click on the avatar/picture in the upper right corner of the homepage, click on 'View Profile', then scroll down and click on the 'RENEW' button, and then follow the instructions to complete the renewal process. You can pay either by credit card or check, but note that if you pay by check, the renewal won't take effect until payment is received.

    - Or alternatively, click on the 'Join Us' link from the menu bar on the homepage. You'll see a message that you're already a member, followed by a link to 'Edit your member profile'. Click that link and follow the same instructions indicated above.

    If any difficulties send an email to info@bikewjw.org.


  • 11/03/2019 9:12 PM | Dan Doyle (Administrator)

    Observant web surfers will notice a slight change to the club's homepage.  Under the slideshow, at the top of the center column you'll now see a link to the full Ride Calendar.  If you click this link, you'll be taken to the full-page Ride Calendar.  (You can also reach this by clicking 'Events' in the menu bar at the top of the webpage.) 

    Below the link to the Ride Calendar, you'll see details on some upcoming rides and events.  Below that, you'll see a list of all of the past rides for the year.

    If you have any questions, email info@bikewjw.org.

  • 10/16/2018 7:57 AM | WJW Bike Club (Administrator)

    Cooler weather means your body needs a little more time to adjust to riding. To get your muscles ready, do a warmup loop near your home. If you’re the one making the route, loop by your house or car early in the ride so you can shed any layers that seemed like a good idea before you started pedaling. If not, gear up with easy-to-shed layers such as light jackets or vests, arm or knee warmers.

    You might also enjoy feeling faster. During the summer months, the heat can sap strength and make intervals feel a lot harder because your body is under more load and struggling to cool itself. The brisk fall weather means that you will probably see improvements in your power and even a slightly lowered heart rate and perceived exertion. This is the perfect time to keep your base strong before the winter.

    Got Gear?

    The key with transition-season gear is to add pieces that are lightweight and removable to your current summer kit instead of switching out your whole summer wardrobe for winter gear. Adding accessories like arm warmers, which you can easily peel off mid-ride and stash in a pocket, means that whether the day warms up or the clouds roll in, you’re prepared. Try these must-haves:

    • Arm Warmers
    • Knee Covers
    • Toe Covers
    • Vest
    • Pocket Rain Jacket

    Don't forget hydration!

    When it’s not super hot out, it feels less crucial to reach for your water bottle. But that’s a huge mistake. Make sure you’re drinking around one bottle per hour even if you don’t feel as thirsty as you did when it was 100 degrees out, you still need to hydrate. If it’s really cold, you can even start your ride with warm or hot water.

    Ride smart this Autumn, but get out and ride!

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