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Jerome Thomere

Different Spokes
San Francisco
P.O. Box 14711
San Francisco, CA 94114

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Different Spokes San Francisco

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Different Spokes is the San Francisco Bay Area’s recreational bicycling club for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. Founded in 1982, the club is open to all members of the LGBT community and its friends who have a shared interest in bicycling.

We offer a variety of cycling rides and social events throughout the year.

The club currently has 81 members, 7% of them are female. The annual membership fee includes the ability to set up your own rides on the calendar, an online subscription to the club's Yahoo!Group and other benefits, such as discounts at many bike shops.

Membership is not necessary for participation in any club ride. To have a better idea of what is going on at Different Spokes, check out our blog or our photo gallery.

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Helmets are required for all club rides. Addresses and telephone numbers are used solely for club purposes and are not available to other sources. If you have any questions about the club, call any member of the board.

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March is Saddle Challenge!

Every March Different Spokes hosts the Saddle Challenge. Originally a not-so-serious intraclub competition to see who could rack up the most miles in March, it quickly became an informal fundraiser for Project Inform. The goal is to ride as many miles as possible in March and either through self-pledging or by persuading friends, family, or acquaintances to chip in, to donate much needed funds to Project Inform. How you pledge is up to you; you can do it per mile, lump sum, or any formula you choose. To participate in Saddle Challenge you do not have to donate to Project Inform, but you do need to register so that we can see all those miles you’re riding! And you’ll be able to see how many miles everyone else is riding too. Not only can you help Project Inform but you’ll get in shape for Northern California’s traditional century and gran fondo season.

To spur you on we have a robust calendar of club rides during March--just check out the Ride Calendar! And to make our friendly competition a bit more interesting, this year we have prizes for members who do the most miles on our club rides and those who donate the most money! We’ll be giving away a Spurcycle bell, a Bontrager Flare R taillight, a Bontrager Ion 100 R headlight, and the book Road To Valor: A True Story of WWII italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation. And maybe some other mysterious goodies will appear… To register just hit the Saddle Challenge link on the left sidebar.

And remember: to win a prize you must be a Different Spokes member, so join up!

Upcoming rides: March 24 - 9:30AM - Saturday: Darth Veeder/Chiles Valley Challenge (55 miles, B, 4)
March 25 - 9:30AM - Sunday: The Spirit Ship (54 miles, B, 3)
March 31 - 9:30AM - Saturday: Diablo WIldflowers (38 miles, C, 5)
April 07 - 9:00AM - Saturday: Evil Step Sisters (60 miles, B, 4)
April 08 - 10:00AM - Sunday: Social A Ride: The Ohlone Greenway to Rustic Tavern (29 miles, A, 2)
April 14 - 9:00AM - Saturday: Jersey Ride (27/47/59 miles miles, A, 3)
April 15 - 10:00AM - Sunday: Sebastopol Apple Blossom Ride (37 miles, B, 4)

Special Events Calendar for 2018: Events 2018

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