Meet Brendan Taylor, Trailbuilder and Steward

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I had a chance to talk to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy Stewardship Director that's putting things back together after the Thomas Fire. 1. Hi Brendan, tell us about yourself. Are you from the Area? How long have you been mountain biking/doing trailwork?  I'm actually from the greater Philadelphia area and I relocated out here for the Stewardship Director position at the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. I'd previously worked in California back in 2007 out in the desert doing restoration projects before then working on the Pacific Crest Trail in the southern Sierra from 2008-2011, and so I jumped at the opportunity to return to southern California to work in the outdoors again. As for biking, while I don't mountain bike myself, I do love to bike tour and in fact…
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Crazy Car Films at the HUB

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Flyer by Winston Braun The HUB is a great place to get together and watch movies - movies about the real terror on our city streets - cars! It's free to attend, just bring whatever you'd like to enjoy other than popcorn - we've got that covered. Bring friends! Here is the schedule with some previews if you don't recognize any of these films:Feb 6 - DUELFeb 27 - MAXIMUM OVERDRIVEMarch 13 - RUBBERMarch 27 - CHRISTINEApril 10 - THE CAR The movies start at 8pm sharp after Volunteer night. See you at the HUB - we strongly encourage riding your bike to these events....
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Dr. Dan’s Food for Thought

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Meet Dr. Dan Fishbein. An epidemiologist formerly with the CDC, he now is active in the South Coast cycling community. His love of data and familiarity with research publications mean he is a great filter for important data related to bike safety, infrastructure, and riding trends. Below are three articles about helmet use - food for thought in your protected head! He has been kind enough to provide a brief summary for each article.Protective value of bicycle helmets re-affirmed (Hoye, A. Bicycle helmets - To wear or not to wear? A meta-analyses of the effects of bicycle helmets on injuries https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29677686): A meta-analysis has been conducted of the effects of bicycle helmets on serious head injury and other injuries among crash involved cyclists. 179 effect estimates from 55 studies from 1989-2017 are included in the meta-analysis. The use of bicycle helmets was found to reduce…
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Every Dog has his Day

Every Dog has his Day

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Nick Welsh, Santa Barbara's own 'Angry Poodle' reunited with his bike Bicycle theft is rampant on the South Coast, and is a reminder that we all need to be smart about the locks we use and where we leave our bikes. But there's another measure to prevent bicycle theft: a strong biking community. Nick Welsh, a columnist for the Santa Barbara Independent, lost his beloved Mike Celmins Bicycle - handmade for Nick when he was 30 years old - when it was stolen in Santa Barbara in September 2017. I remember seeing Nick gliding along on it in SB and admiring it for it's craftsmanship and place in local bicycle history. It was because I had stopped to look so many times that I immediately recognized it Saturday at a…
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Meet Bill Knorr

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'Wild' Bill Knorr If you've been in to visit the HUB in the last six months, chances are you saw 'wild' Bill helping someone fix their bike. He's been volunteering at the HUB day-in and day-out, and has become a member of the BikeVentura family. He is an unwaveringly accommodating and friendly presence; a transformative change from a past that landed him on parole. Bill Knorr became a daily volunteer after discovering the HUB through our work-trade program, but stuck around after he found the sense of accomplishment he got from helping out so satisfying. While he's had trouble in the past, Bill quickly states the change is definitely due to being in the constructive HUB environment surrounded by positive coworkers.  “When I come home from a day at the HUB, my…
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