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Away ride - Sat. June 22, 2019

Tel Aviv Yafo Area:


Start Time: 7.00 am
Meeting Point: Parking lot of the Sports Center Hadar Yosef on Behor Shalom Shitrit Street approx 300m west of the Wallenberg - Pinchas Rosen intersection

Waze Link: https://waze.com/ul/hsv8y8ktxd

Ride Report - Sat. Feb. 10, 2018 -  By David

Participants - 19 bikes assembled at the start, among which we welcome a shiny new blue Giant Anthem. Good to have you riding with us New Blue Anthem, and we hope this will be the first of many more rides with Cyclenix (just by the way, New Blue Anthem’s rider is Sami - enjoy Sami). With the recent spate of high quality "newcomer" bikes the Cyclenix stable has upgraded out of all recognition to the early days. Proof is that compared to years past, the number of mechanical failures in the course of our rides has reduced to almost zero. Long may this continue!

Route - From Ra'anana up to Udim and back home. This sounds like our regular route, and so it would have been but for the fact that our leader today was Merrill, whose variations on a well-worn route made all the difference. Thanks Merrill for a most enjoyable ride.

Riding Conditions - Ideal weather (warmer than usual as the weatherman would say) and very little mud. A few rather daunting water crossings for the more adventurous and for those less, detour and avoidance was the better option.

Bottom Line - A fun ride, ideal conditions, great company!

Ride Report - Sat. Feb. 3, 2018 - Sea View -  By Frances

16 of us set off on a 23 km ride with a bit of everything: sun, sand, sea, mud, uphills, downhills, people jumping out of aeroplanes, greenery...

We rode from Ein Carmel mostly along the coast - Nachsholim, Dror and on. Each bay was tranquil and inspired a kind of Mexican wave with lifting our bikes against the backdrop of the sea. Merrill attempted an obstacle but flew off and has a lovely purple bruise for her troubles...

The weather was perfect and the inlets remind me of the Clifton beaches in Cape Town - one lovely bay after another. David led us along mud puddles and into a bit of mud too - I guess I will be cleaning my bike with a toothbrush again this week.

So, in the spirit of Wordsworth and his daffodils (with a LOT of poetic licence):

We cycled happy and with glee
And whizzed over mud and sand
When all at once we saw the sea
Stopped and were so glad
We lifted up high our bikes
Fluttering and dancing with many likes

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 27, 2018 - By the Numbers -  By Ted

Statistically this ride...

  • Six riders dared the cold
  • Departed 07.37 , Temp 9 deg
  • Rode 25 kls
  • Men 4 ladies 2
  • No rain no mud
  • Strong winds
  • Mixed clouds and sunshine
  • To Tennis centre RH, to Cinema city, to
  • Marina, to Ra'anana
  • Beer and coffees at Arcafe Ra'anana
  • No photos only Ya'acovs clips
  • 6 wows for great ride

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 20, 2018 - Ride Report - Holy MUD and other surprises! -  By Michal

20 riders pitched up for the home patch ride on this chilly winter morning. We welcomed my friend Nitsa for the ride and hopefully for others as well.

The aim of the day was a nice easygoing home patch with a couple of fun surprises planned by David for Ingrides 20 th Birthday. So we started pedaling up Ahuza towards Herzelia where we hit an unplanned turd (sorry I have a cold). Holy MUD! And we were deep in it! Trying to push our way through, while constantly cleaning off our wheels and derailers to prevent any costly damage.

At last we found clear grounds! Still cleaning off our bikes we were happy with every puddle that would wash away the mud. The mud detour had David shorten his original plans due to surprises that would be later throughout the ride. it was quite amusing listening to David brush off THE question of the day: where are we going to have breakfast? I happened to be in the loop of things because of my interfering on the previous day in the ride plans. We headed to the Herzelia beach cliff on the cleanest way that we could to enjoy a nice birthday celebration for Ingrides birthday. Ingride had brought a couple cakes and Haim brought his infamous Limoncello. We sang, had cake and got a nice buzz going on for the rest of our ride.

Continuing back the way we came and alongside the 531 leaving everyone wondering where we were going. Still with the repetitive question in the background like a mediation mantra: where are we going for breakfast? David nonchalantly brushed them off with the simple answer that we haven't decided yet.

At this point we were very close to our destination and I could hear Ingride telling Frances about how their daughter lives near by. Surprisingly we just happen to ride right past the entrance to her house as David remembered that he missed a turn. A maneuver that could only afterwards be seen as a small decoy. Entering Simonas garden it still seemed as if Ingride Innocently hadn't picked up on the surprise! waiting there was a lovely spread organized by her loving husband, daughter, son in law and grandchild.

I have to mention the small details... David made two infamous traditional birthday cakes. A cheese cake and a chocolate cake they were both yummy! Simona prepared a lovely book with photos of precious times for all of us to write in it for Ingride. Haim prepared birthday hats because it ain't a B-day without party hats! Last but not least little Eden brought down the house with the cutest little smile and confidence that one can expect from a toddler.

P.S no tell Simona but I'm sure he had more strawberries than he was allowed to have

Happy Birthday Ingride and many more to come! Love from all Cyclenix members!

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 13, 2018 - Ride Report  -  By Michal

Away ride - Hazorea

Two bulletins were sent out. the first one announcing another home patch ride. While reading I could hear Davids disappointment to another away ride postponed due to the weather. Lucky for us the gods listened to his prayers and the moment there was a hint to decent weather another bulletin was sent out.
IT'S AN AWAY RIDE!
15 Cycelnixers gathered for the blessed occasion. Arik arrived with his new purchase: A brand new carbon Rocky Mountain which got well-deserved "ooh ahhs".
After an absence of a few weeks I surprised a few people and I am glad that it seems that I was missed. The ride was not the regular KKL ride in the singles but a route that we have previously done about two years back.
At the beginning of the ride Kobi asked if it will be very hilly I replied without any knowledge what so ever that it won't be too bad and the pace will be easygoing. The pace was definitely nice and slow however I think I owe him an apology since we did cover about 500 meters of climbing.
Anna wasn't feeling good, already at the beginning. But Anna being Anna she continued and finished the ride. We hope you are feeling better for next weeks ride. When we arrived to the water spring we enjoyed a short stop and some of Raffis nuts. Then we made our grand attempt to cross the river. It was hopeless it could not be crossed without getting your feet wet. While that is fun on a hot summers day, not so much in winter... even if it is our sissy Israeli winter.
We all sucked it up, crossed the river with help from the chivalrous Cyclenix men and could continue with our ride. We now found mud. I did make sure to mention to David that this wouldn't have happened if we would have done the KKL route, however the water and mud definitely added to the fun factor of the ride... my pointless remark probably a bit less.
We had a few challenging uphill's that raised our heart rates and a few wrong turns which always add to the character of the ride. Surprisingly I had a brilliant moment which shortened an uphill towards the end of the ride, but don't expect that to happen too often. It is a rare occasion that I remember previous paths. We all enjoyed a great ride in nice chilled weather with signs that Israel does get a few drops of rain a year. The ride itself was fun and challenging and the company was relaxed and easy going.
We covered 25 kilometers with about 500 meters of climbing and the majority enjoyed breakfast at Yankale.
The signs of the upcoming spring are already visible so make sure to join so you don't miss it.

Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 13, 2018 - Ride Report  -  By Michal

Away ride - Hazorea

Two bulletins were sent out. the first one announcing another home patch ride. While reading I could hear Davids disappointment to another away ride postponed due to the weather. Lucky for us the gods listened to his prayers and the moment there was a hint to decent weather another bulletin was sent out.
IT'S AN AWAY RIDE!
15 Cycelnixers gathered for the blessed occasion. Arik arrived with his new purchase: A brand new carbon Rocky Mountain which got well-deserved "ooh ahhs".
After an absence of a few weeks I surprised a few people and I am glad that it seems that I was missed. The ride was not the regular KKL ride in the singles but a route that we have previously done about two years back.
At the beginning of the ride Kobi asked if it will be very hilly I replied without any knowledge what so ever that it won't be too bad and the pace will be easygoing. The pace was definitely nice and slow however I think I owe him an apology since we did cover about 500 meters of climbing.
Anna wasn't feeling good, already at the beginning. But Anna being Anna she continued and finished the ride. We hope you are feeling better for next weeks ride. When we arrived to the water spring we enjoyed a short stop and some of Raffis nuts. Then we made our grand attempt to cross the river. It was hopeless it could not be crossed without getting your feet wet. While that is fun on a hot summers day, not so much in winter... even if it is our sissy Israeli winter.
We all sucked it up, crossed the river with help from the chivalrous Cyclenix men and could continue with our ride. We now found mud. I did make sure to mention to David that this wouldn't have happened if we would have done the KKL route, however the water and mud definitely added to the fun factor of the ride... my pointless remark probably a bit less.
We had a few challenging uphill's that raised our heart rates and a few wrong turns which always add to the character of the ride. Surprisingly I had a brilliant moment which shortened an uphill towards the end of the ride, but don’t expect that to happen too often. It is a rare occasion that I remember previous paths. We all enjoyed a great ride in nice chilled weather with signs that Israel does get a few drops of rain a year. The ride itself was fun and challenging and the company was relaxed and easy going.
We covered 25 kilometers with about 500 meters of climbing and the majority enjoyed breakfast at Yankale.
The signs of the upcoming spring are already visible so make sure to join so you don’t miss it.

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Ride Report - Sat. Jan. 6, 2017 - Local Ride  -  By

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Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 30, 2017 - Local Ride - Cyclenix Year End Ride -  By Stephen Schulman

It was grey winter morning when at our usual gathering place, the multicolored Cyclenix Flying Phalanx gathered for its year end foray into the wilds of the Sharon. The weather was perfect for cycling: overcast and with a little nip in the air (just like the forecast before the attack on Pearl Harbor) that invites you to pedal long and hard without breaking into a sweat. (Kindly note: ladies do not sweat, they glow).

Leaving the rear outskirts of Raanana and proceeding along the orchards, we soon reached Bnei Zion where turning right, we went through a tunnel to emerge in Sde Warburg, a most prosperous looking moshav whose homes would do any residential area proud. Soon we were once more in the fields and thankful that the kindly rains had damped down the earth to make it passable, an otherwise impossible task in summer where we would have had to drearily trudge through the sand!

Reaching Moshav Tsufit, we passed through it to finally arrive at Kibbutz Nir Eliyahu. Personally, the kibbutz was a bit of a disappointment as I didn't encounter any of its members wearing shorts, sandals and "kova tembels" making the most of their Saturday morning by dancing the "hora" in the main square to the accompaniment of an accordion. It seems that our country's pioneering spirit is now well and truly deceased!

Our phalanx then rode along the kibbutz's perimeter path, exiting and returning via the fields to the northern suburbs of Kfar Saba where, turning right at the junction, we returned to Raanana. Our homing instincts were well honed and David faithfully and swiftly led us to Cyclenix's favourite watering hole the Café Landwer. There, suitably ensconced, fed and watered, the jolly company engaged in light bantering, jocularity and exchanging of wisdoms before wending our way homewards full of goodwill towards our fellow beings.

All in all, a good ride, a great morning and an excellent way to see the old year out. May we enjoy many more such year endings and all in the best of health

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 23, 2017 - Local Ride - When Dust Gets in Your Eyes -  By Frances

A large group - at least 20 of us - breathing in the fresh... oh not so fresh early morning air as we set off. Dust still lingered in the morning air, but this did not put us off to ride around 30 km backwards. Well, the route was familiar but we did it backwards...

Suffice to say, it was a great ride with some old and new faces. Of course, refreshments were also enjoyed by part of the group at the end. Some enjoyed their refreshment along the way by liberating some of the rather delicious oranges....

With a lot of lyrical licence - apropos the dust:

They said some day you'll find
Loving cycling is blind
When cycling is your fire
You must realize

Dust gets in your eyes

They asked me how I knew
My true love was true
I of course replied
Something here inside
Can not be denied

They, said some day you'll find
All who love are blind
When your heart's on fire
You must realize
Smoke gets in your eyes

Ride Report - Sat. Dec. 23, 2017 - Local Ride -  By tba

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Rider Profile

HAIM KARSHEN






1946 Born in Poland
1957 Made Aliya with family and lived 4 years in Kfar Shalem
1961 Moved to Kiryat Shalom ; went to ORT technical college
1967 Was drafted to IAF ; served as anti-aircraft missiles technician
1970 Married Judith ; started Engineering studies in TLV
1971 Moved to Holon ; Michael was born - father of Noa and Jonathan
1973 Spent 3 months in "Africa" - Fayid air base
1974 Got an engineering degree and later has been working for 40 years with IDF Signal Corps , Telrad , Tadiran , RAD and Elbit mainly in Reliability and Quality management
1976 Ziv was born - father of Tamar and Shachar
1983 Liana was born - expects to give birth in 12/18
1997 Moved to Raanana
2013 Retired from work

Over time was involved in a variety of sports :

  • Basketball
  • Judo
  • Diving
  • Tennis
  • Biking: :In 2004 I fell from a ladder and crashed my hip joint (recovery took about 2 years). The professor In hospital suggested that biking might assist cohesion (putting pressure on the joint).
I started biking since - it had indeed a good effect

The Cyclenix Group
2013 - I joined after Hylton Sher draw my attention to the Group
Since then I enjoy biking weekly with this friendly group of people it's a lot of fun too

My Away-Away biking history:

2015 Danuba trail (Vienna Budapest)
2016 France (Loir valley)
2017 Poland (Zakopane/Krakow)
2018 Bulgaria/Greece (Sofia Halkidiki)
2019 Czech republic (Ceski Krumlov Prague)

My bikes history:

1960 Diamant (East Germany)
2006 Fuji (Japan)
2008 GT (USA)
2014 Santacruz (USA)
2018 Megamo (Spain)

My Happy hobby:
Making Lemonchelo : Lemons from my tree + Vodka/Ouzo
Sipping/Drinking with friends

BASIC MOUNTAIN BIKE ETIQUETTE

  1. ARRIVE ON TIME - Your time is no more important than anyone else’s. Check the night before for air in the tires and that all is in proper working order.
  2. RIDE PACE - This usually determines itself depending upon who and how many are riding. A smaller group is almost always quicker, while larger rides tend to be more relaxed and chatty – accept this reality!
  3. KEEPING UP - Try to keep up with the pace of the group – it makes for a more enjoyable ride for everyone. If there is consensus that the pace is too fast, tell the leader!
  4. NOBODY GETS LOST - Make sure that there is someone behind you who sees your riding direction. If not, wait until someone sees you before you continue… that person behind you will do the same. If everyone in the group does this, nobody gets lost and the group does not have to stop as a whole. We need to have space between riders – it is acceptable that the group is spread out, as long as you have sight contact with the rider in front of you.
  5. YIELD – YIELD – YIELD - Always keep to the right unless you are passing. If you want to pass, make sure they are aware of your intention. Never change “lanes” before making sure you are clear to do so – sudden moves with no warning can cause an accident.
    If you have to dismount due to sand, mud, a technically difficult uphill, etc., pull off the path, so as not to impede the momentum of the riders behind you.
    Always yield to pedestrians, hikers, horses (all are unpredictable!).
    If a rider approaches from the opposite direction and there is no room to safely pass, be prepared to pull off the path and stop.
    The rider going uphill ALWAYS has right of way.
    Restricted Line of Sight? Slow down, increase your awareness and be ready to stop. If you are coming to a blind curve, ring your bell or yell “BEEP, BEEP”.
  6. STAY TOGETHER –If you head up to the front of the ride or pulling away from the group always wait at the next junction for everyone to catch up. If you need to head back to the carpark, phone the leader, or at very least make sure you ask someone in the group to tell the leader.
  7. TECHNICAL SECTIONS – Always wait until there is a safe distance between you and the rider in front before beginning a technical section. If you end up behind a slower rider don’t ride too close behind, it only increases the pressure on that rider and can cause an accident. Hang back and give both of you space to enjoy the trail until you can overtake safely.
    On a section that you would prefer not to ride, walk well clear of the track.
  8. BE PREPARED - Ride with spare inners and/or puncture kits, tools, pump and basic first aid kit. Always wear a helmet, sunglasses, sunscreen, have plenty of water and some snacks. Do NOT wear earphones when riding – hearing what is happening around you is important.
RIDE SAFELY AND HELP OTHERS TO DO THE SAME

Contact

Contact Info.

If you have any questions or want to get in touch for any reason, feel free to get in touch with David or John:


Email: jcandy@inter.net.il
David: 054-474-1424
John: 050-942-2788

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