August 13, 2003
MnHPVA Meeting
Meeting Report: Tim Dunsworth
Photos & HTML: Mark Stonich
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People hung out in the parking lot for quite a while because it was a pleasant evening and because some of the interesting goodies to check out were to be seen only in the parking lot

Parking lot goodies.
John Reese's SWB Jetty St John came tonight to tell us about a project at the White Earth reservation. The goal is science and math enrichment, to see if that major deficiency in the education of reservation high school kids can be improved. They have funding from Toyota to do special projects involving math and science for a group of 45 kids, and they have decided the theme of the projects will be human powered vehicles of ALL kinds (from snowshoes to faired HPVs). She would appreciate it if any of us could come up there for show and tell, skill demonstrations, and miscellaneous helping in class. They have science, math, and shop teachers, so we would just be helping out, not trying to run the whole thing. She wants to fill some slots this Fall with people who could drive up for just one day a month. Further info will be posted on the listserv soon. Another area they could use help on is in finding useful HPV resources on the Web. Denis also suggested that she talk to the former Yellow Bike people about getting extra frames and parts to use in the projects.

Ray Allison's Low Cost Trike

Chris Burbank's Aluminum SWB

EZ-1 Geometry Experiments
The MnHPVA Fall Century Ride will be on Saturday, September 6th. There will be a total of three training rides building up to the biggy. There will be three mileage options for the century ride itself, all starting in Cannon Falls at various times:
  1. Full century with breakfast and lunch stops
  2. Metric century to Red Wing via Hastings, and back on the Cannon River Trail
  3. 40 miler - Out and back on the trail to Red Wing for lunch at a deli there, meeting both other groups.
Jon Sharratt showed a very small 1921 Hope-Jewell torch that is much less tiring to handle than a regular torch. It is small, light, well balanced, and has valves (resembling old sink taps in miniature!) that can be adjusted with one hand after the initial set-up. Calhoun Cycle hosts a Sunday afternoon ride each month for the Hiawatha Bike Club to expose more people to recumbents. The rides are fairly short (about 25-35 miles), then there are refreshments at Calhoun and try-out opportunities. The remaining rides in the series this season are on September 7th and October 5th, and each one starts at 1:30 pm.

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