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The resources include waivers and forms, past newsletters, newsletter submittal guidelines, a short style guide for club publications, a list of local bike shops and club stats,


Local Bicycle Shops

Many area bike shops offer discounts to SLOBC members. Discounts may not apply to all items. Let them know you are an SLOBC member prior to having the sale written up.

Bike Shop Phone SLOBC Member Discount
San Luis Obispo
Art's Cyclery 805-540-7969  
Cambria Bicycle Outfitter 805-543-1148  
Foothill Cyclery 805-541-4101 15% - accessories
REI - SLO Bike Shop 805-329-4670  
Wally's Bicycle Works 805-544-4116 10% - accessories & parts
Morro Bay
Red Tail Bikes 805-225-1010  
Paso Robles
Cambria Bicycle Outfitter 805-221-2602  
K-Man Cyclery 805-461-8735  
Arroyo Grande
Village Bike Shop 805-489-2621 10% - accessories, non-sale items
Grover Beach
Trinity Cyclery 805-473-8324 10% - accessories & parts
Santa Maria
Main Street Cycles 805-922-5577 10% - accessories & clothing

Bicycle Rentals

Bike Shop Phone Equipment
San Luis Obispo
Art's Cyclery 805-543-4416  
Foothill Cyclery 805-541-4101 Road, Gravel, Mountain & E-Bikes
Wally's Bicycle Works 805-544-4116 All Types
Paso Robles
Paso Bike Tours & Rentals 805-440-5085 Hybrid & Road Bikes

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PDF Newsletter Archive: 2007 to 2020

Archived newsletters are available as Adobe Acrobat Files (pdf). Download Acrobat Reader.


Newsletter Submittal Guidelines

Please consider submitting materials that you would like to share with our members. Review and follow the guidelines to assist the editor in preparing your article for publication.


  • All articles, letters, stories of bicycling experiences, appropriate classified ads, artwork etc. are welcome. The club policy states that the SLO Coaster "shall not contain commercial advertisements, fliers for any cause or ads for other clubs' rides unless approved by the Board."
  • The editor reserves the right to edit or reject material. 
  • Each article is the opinion of its author and does not necessarily represent the opinion or endorsement of the SLOBC or the editor.
  • Nothing will be accepted verbally.
  • The newsletter will be distributed and archived online—do not submitted material that you do not want to appear online.

Submittal Deadline

  • All materials are due no later than 8:00 a.m. on the 15th of the month. Submit materials as early as possible so any problems can be addressed.
  • All materials must be emailed to

Text Submittal Requirements

  • Text may be submitted within the body of an email or as an attachment.
  • Text attachments must be in Word (.DOC or .DOCX) or Rich Text Format (.RTF).
  • Text should be submitted with minimal formatting using upper and lower case.
  • Text should use either Arial or Helvetica as the typeface
  • Place a single space between sentences within a paragraph.
  • Use bold to indicate emphasis and italic for long quotes or publication names.
  • Do not use underline or all caps for emphasis.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word in titles and subtitles.
  • Separate paragraphs with a single line – enter one return between paragraphs.
  • Text should be checked for spelling and grammar before submittal.

Image Submittal Requirements

  • Images must be submitted as separate email attachments – do not embed images in text documents.
  • Images must be submitted in JPG, TIFF or PSD (Photoshop) format.
  • Do not edit images in JPG format at any time as it will cause loss of quality.
  • Images must be a minimum of 700 pixels wide (1024 pixels wide or more is better).
  • Final image sizes will be either 700 or 350 pixels wide at 72 pixels per inch.

Newsletter Header Images

Everyone is encouraged to submit images for the header of our newsletter – the SLO Coaster. We are looking for images that relate to the Wildflower Century for January, February and March and the Lighthouse Century for June, July and August. We want images that celebrate the life of the SLOBC for the other six months.

All newsletter header images will be cropped to 700 pixels wide by 300 pixels high. Keep this in mind when you choose an image to submit.

Document Submittal Requirements

  • When submitting a document (e.g., poster, flier, etc.) that includes both images and text for inclusion in the newsletter, provide the document in PDF format.
  • The PNG format may be used for articles and images acquired from the web.


  • The editor reserves the right to reject material.
  • Images will be adjusted, sized and cropped to fit newsletter layout and support quality reproduction.
  • Text will be placed and formatted to conform to the newsletter design.
  • Feature articles (e.g., Presidents Message, Meeting Minutes, etc.) will receive as little editing as possible.
  • General articles (e.g., Reports, News, Announcements, etc.) may be more extensively edited.

Editing will only be done to achieve the following:

  • Correct spelling or grammar
  • Improved clarity
  • Communicate the same meaning with fewer words
  • Conform to newsletter layout and style patterns
  • Produce consistency & reinforce patterns
  • Reduce the occurrence of widows (short lines at the end of paragraphs), Orphans (single lines at the top of columns) and rags (irregular or uneven margins)
  • Reduce redundancy within an issue
  • Fit content within layout and space limitations

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SLOBC Style Guide

Club Name

The club should only be referred to as either the SLOBC or the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club in all communications. The legal name of the club is San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club Incorporated.

Club Logo


The Webmaster can provide the SLOBC Logo & Seal in various sizes and formats as needed.


The SLOBC uses Arial/Helvetica (standard Sans Serif typefaces/fonts) for all its digital publications. Helvetica Neue LT Std is the font family used in all print publications.

  • Standard text layout is flush left, ragged right – do not center text.
  • Separate paragraphs with a single line – enter one return between paragraphs
  • Place a single space between sentences within a paragraph.
  • Use some combination of text size, bold and or italic to create emphasis and visual hierarchy.
  • Do not underline text for any reason except to designate a web link.
  • Capitalize the first letter of each word in titles and subtitles.

Standard Colors

The following are our standard colors shown in HEX versions.

standard SLOBC colors

Color Specification Table

Colors CMYK Print HEX Digital
Bike Logo Gray C50, M50, Y50, K10 #827572
Light Gray C15, M11, Y15, K0 #d7d8d2
Yellow C0, M20, Y100, K0 (#ffcb05) #ffdd00
Red C25, M100, Y100, K0 (#c1272d) #991111
Orange C0, M50, Y100, K0 (#f7941d) #ff9911
Blue C100, M90, Y5, K0 (#233f93) #003399
Purple C80, M100, Y5, K0 (#5d2e8b) #552288

Note: The HEX specifications are simplified when possible. The HEX numbers following the CMYK specifications are as close as HEX can get to the CMYK color.

Base ClubExpress Text Element Settings

Apply the following base settings to any ClubExpress email text element.

Element Style Choices

Adding Text to a ClubExpress Text Element

You can enter text directly into a text element. Navigate to the desired text block. Click on the Pencil tool and then click in the Text Editing window and start typing. Make changes within the Text Editing window to create headings, emphasis, links, etc.. Use line feed/return to create vertical space between paragraphs.

Pasting Text into ClubExpress

Text may come to you in a variety of forms. Use the following process to transfer text into an email text block/element.

  • Print a copy of the original document as a guide during the creation of the email.
  • Highlight the text in the original digital document to select it
  • Copy the selected text
  • Navigate to the email element/text block into which you want to add the text
  • Click on the Pencil tool to open the element's Text Edit window
  • Place cursor where you want the new text to appear OR Select the exiting text to be replaced
  • Choose Edit > Paste and Match Style from the browser’s menu
  • Click Save to close the Text Edit window
  • Click Save and Continue at the bottom of the page to save your email
  • Proceed to make formatting changes within the element – titles, links, returns, soft returns, etc
  • Always click Save and Continue after any changes
  • Click on Preview Email at the top of the window to check progress
  • Click on Send Test(s) button at the bottom of the window, enter your email address and click Send Test(s). This is an important last step to see how the email will look like when delivered.

ClubExpress Categories

The following chart lists the existing Email Templates and the related Email Folders and Web Graphic Folders used to store emails and images.

Email templates and folders

ClubExpress Email Notes

The ClubExpress Email Creation Process (pdf) document provides more detailed information concerning setup, adding text, formatting text, formatting and inserting images and inserting links. A typical simple standard email will look like this.

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Club Stats

Since 2000 the the club has maintained a site where its members could maintain statistics about their riding (and other activities). Over the years more than 100 members have made use of this capability. It is easy to use, maintains a record of your efforts and may give you some tools to help you challenge yourself to accomplish more.

Go to the Club Stats website (opens in a new window).

Site Use Pointers

  • When you first go to the site, you will be asked to register. You give you name and log in information. Then you pick the type of stats you want to post. You can also assign goals if you want. Save this and you’re ready to go. You may have to log in the next time your start. But after that it will happened automatically (unless you clear your cookies).
  • Enter your stats on the Add Activity tab. Usually all you need are values picked off your bike computer.
  • You’ll see that there is a tab with your name on it which shows the activities you have posted. There are three view available there.
    • Table: It shows summary totals for each month. But if you click on the month, you can expose all the activities you have posted. You can edit or delete an activity by clicking it’s date.
    • Annual: This show annual totals for all your activities. It takes a while for this to be interesting, but open one of the other users and you can see their tab.
    • Graph: Here you can look at your data in a lot of different ways. These won’t be very useful until you have a fair history of data. I’ve got 15 years and I can have lots of fun with them. You can compare your achievements against your goal or what you did in another year.
  • You review the other members at the member tab. If you click on a member there, you open up a tab that shows that members data.