Submitted by: Ken Urban
Do you have some favorite memories to share from QCBC rides and events from 2017? A digital slideshow is being put together that will play during the social hour at the QCBC Annual Banquet.

Please collect some of your favorite photos with a brief description. Forward to Ken Urban at by Friday, October 27.

Submitted by: Dave Thompson
It's time for the QCBC around the World awards for lifetime mileage.

We give out plaques starting at once around the world:
  • once: 25,000 miles
  • twice: 50,000 miles
  • 4 times: 100,000 miles
  • 6 times: 150,000 miles
  • 8 times: 200,000 miles
These miles don't necessarily have to be ridden as a QCBC member. If you have kept accurate records of outdoor riding, those miles count.

If you qualify, contact me by October 29, 2017 to let me know your mileage award.

The awards will be handed out at the annual dinner in November 2017. If you are not planning on attending, please let me know so I can get your award to you.

Contact info: David Thompson or 309-752-3266 leave a message. Anyone who has verbally informed me over the course of the year please call, text or email with and refresh my memory.
Submitted by: Dave Ring
Guest speaker Chris Sweet, from Illinois Wesleyan University is standing with an 1898 Sylph Model S bicycle. Chris will be the clubs featured speaker at the Sunday November 5th QCBC Annual Banquet being held at the Camden Centre in Milan IL. The event will kick off with a social hour from 4:00 - 5:00 pm followed by a buffet dinner from Bridge's Catering of Rock Island. Professor Chris Sweet will present "The History of Cycling in Illinois". In addition Steve Depron owner of Bike & Hike of Rock Island will have a display of vintage bike at the banquet.

Following Professor Sweet's presentation the club will recognize club members having ridden their first Century, Award of Merit, Volunteer of the Year, as well as the Hall of Fame recipient. Registration will be on "Get Me Registered" beginning September 15th. Cost is $15.00.

For additional information contact Dave Ring at

Submitted by: Dave Ring
The QCBC is honored to have Professor Steve McGuire who is Professor of Metal Arts and 3D Design, in the School of Art & Art History at the University of Iowa as our guest speaker at our fall General Meeting.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday October 10th at Moe's Burger and Brew, 1524 4th Avenue, Rock Island, IL.. The social hour will begin at 5:00 pm followed by a light dinner at 6:00 pm.

Most recently, Steve has created a handmade bicycle curriculum, teaching Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle I and II since 2010. The University of Iowa Hand Built Bicycle Program, comprised equally of art and engineering majors, emanates from the pedagogical belief that purposeful exploration is the best tool for teaching and learning skills, concepts and tools-in this instance welding, modeling, 3D concepts, fabrication tools, aesthetics and materials. The University of Iowa was the first academic institution to be selected to exhibit the work of students at the North American Hand Built Bicycle Show, the most prestigious venue of its kind internationally. Since 2014, engineering and art students have traveled annually to the North American Hand Built Bike Show (Charlotte, NC; Louisville, KY; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake City, UT) to exhibit the bicycles they built, in the process garnering national recognition for their quality work.

Steve's current project is, Blue Dot - Building a Bicycle and Racing the Iditarod Trail Invitational. This project is centered on building a bicycle for accomplishing a 350 mile winter endurance race in Alaska on the Iditarod Trail February 2018, and doing a video documentary of the building and racing of the bicycle.

In addition to Professor McGuire's presentation, election of offices and a short business meeting will be conducted. Additional information about the evening will be published on the QCBC Web Site as well as the QCBC Facebook page.

Questions can be directed to Dave Ring at
Submitted by: Don Luth
This year's Chili Ride will be held Saturday, Oct. 21st and will start and end at Bettendorf's Middle Park Lagoon shelter (2098 Parkway Drive Bettendorf, Iowa 52722).
  • Fast and mid paced rides will start at 10 a.m.
  • Leisure/social ride will start at 11 a.m.
Submitted by: Don Luth
Come join us for 2017 Fall Tailwind Century Ride which will be held Saturday, October 7th.

Registration is open at GetMeRegistered. Registration will be open through October 1st.

Submitted by: Deb Mathias
Now is the time to make plans to join Deb and Dean Mathias on the hills with others for the QCBC Fall Foliage Ride in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, on October 14, 15. The ride starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14 from the Military Ridge Bike Trail parking lot and will be 50 to 60 miles. The ride starts at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday from the same location and will be 40 to 50 miles. The Mathias' will drive to Mt. Horeb on Friday, October 13.