Welcome! | 9/21/2021

The Western Pennsylvania Bicycle Club was founded as the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen (WPW), in 1969, is the longest lived bicycle club in Western PA. Our purpose is to promote the general interests of bicyclists, to educate bicyclists in safe riding methods in adherence to the State Vehicle Code, to defend the rights of bicyclists, and to advocate the use of bicycles for pleasure, health, and transportation. Plus we ride bikes.

All Paid Club Members Should Sign Up in These Two Places to Receive Regular Club Communications:

Google Group Email:       https://groups.google.com/g/wpwbikeclub

Members Facebook Page:     https://www.facebook.com/groups/WesternPAWheelmen/



We also are a club on Strava: Strava - WPW


We have a paid club account with RideWithGPS. It is primarily our club ride repository: Ride with GPS - WPW

Our club RideWithGPS account may have other useful features we aren't using. Bob Kerr is reviewing. We've had the account since 2016. I'm not sure we've added any members to it for a long time. If you want access to it, email wpwjim@gmail.com and we will figure it out.

What's Up With the New Name?

"Wheelmen" a century ago and more was a very progressive term. Today you look at our photos and we tend to look like a MAMIL (men in lycra) club. However in the zenith of our club, when we had over 1000 members decades ago, we were very much a co-ed club.

Whether right or wrong, members of that generation very much thought of "Wheelmen" as a quite progressive term. Not only were Wheelmen at the forefront of the evolution of paved roads as a political movement, but bicycles, women's suffrage, and the feminism of the day overlapped and intermingled.

Explaining without defending it, our club has been slow to change our name, as our members viewed themselves of that proud legacy than went back more than a century.

Today (and for the last several decade or more), "Wheelmen" has grated on the ears of people that aren't drinking the cool-aid.

We kicked off a slow name change yesterday at the 2021 Fall Picnic, with a banner with the new name "Western Pennsylvania Bicycle Club". While our legal name will remain Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen, expect to see our online presence to slowly morph. We likely will use WPW for some time. But we are transitioning our web domain from wpwbikeclub.org to wpabike.club. Perhaps our new acronym will be WPABC.

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Clubs Online Resources - Social media, email groups, Strava, and Ride with GPS

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