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President's Message


GSW Welcomes You

Message from the GSW President

The Granite State Wheelers are pedaling into summer!

With the “Wheelers” name effective on February 25, a new logo, new merchandise designs, and an on-line store for you to purchase custom-fitted gear shipped directly to you, the GSW has started a new chapter in our 48-year history. Look for all the new GSW jerseys and other gear that you will see soon on our riders far and wide. Details about ordering your own GSW gear will be found on our web site.

Note that changing “everything” to the new name will take a while as we also determine what to do with existing stock. Membership cards have been replaced with a light blue version sporting the “Wheelers” name while stationery is being marked-up until the next order is placed. Our window and bike decals are relatively expensive and discarding a three-year on-hand stock might be painful but necessary. But that is why we have a Board to make decisions, right?

Meanwhile, the term “Wheelers” for the GSW is not a new idea for 2019. Long-time member Linda Gould found a photo of our 1979 Vermont tour in which a hand-drawn sign displays the name. How many GSW members can you identify in this photo? (Sorry, I don’t know who took this shot.)

On other matters, be sure to check-out our weekend events as planned for one each month, May through September. Local rides including on rail trails, back roads, and many evening road rides will be found on the printed ride schedule and the on-line MeetUp calendar. If you have a favorite route, share it with a Ride with GPS link for use in the club route directory or lead your own ride. We are always looking for new routes and additional ride leaders, especially in areas where we don’t have current rides. Info about how to plan a GSW ride is on the web site – just click the “Ride Info” link.

Concerning our 46 th annual Seacoast Century Weekend on September 20-22, please see the article in this newsletter or our web site to volunteer before, during, or after that weekend. We need about 100 positions filled and using the Sign-Up system is easy. You can also enter a name for someone who does not have access to a computer – just get their permission first!

Our monthly social meetings continue to be offered on the second Monday evening of the month and in various locations to attract members and guests without them driving too far. These meetings provide a good way to chat with Board members from the GSW and BWANH, see area cyclists whether members or not, catch-up on local “bike news” and enjoy some free snacks. See page 5 for the May-June meeting schedule.

If you have any questions about the GSW or suggestions, please give me a shout! This is your club and there is always room for improvement. All it takes are good ideas, willing volunteers and time to keep the wheels moving ahead.

Enjoy your cycling and stay safe!

Dave Topham
GSW President

Granite State Wheelmen