Charles River Wheelers

A Better Devo Experience

2024-01-29 9:23 PM | Anonymous

A better Devo Experience.

My friend Gary Cziko* retired to Los Angeles to be with his family, after 34 years as a college professor in Urbana, Illinois, and a career as a Masters bicycle racer. 

In the first 5 minutes of the video, Gary applies humor to the story of how he got in with a crowd of fast cyclists in Los Angeles: he had to prove himself by getting to the front, at least briefly, on a devo ride. This led to his being called on to serve as an expert witness when police cited club members for riding that was in fact legal.

At 7 ½ minutes, the video becomes serious with a clip from a TV news report of a bike club member’s fatal encounter with a truck. This rider was fast and highly experienced, but he made an uninformed decision that cost him his life. The realization came to club members the hard way that the cyclist could have prevented this crash, and they turned to Gary, for advice.

Gary Cziko’s work with Los Angeles area clubs planted the seed for the free CyclingSavvy group riding online course. It covers group dynamics and interaction with motorists – the “got your back” lane change, negotiating intersections as a group – and how to prevent crashes, and much more.  CRW members are encouraged to sign for the group riding mini course – you can sign up for it here.

"Gary is an instructor at CyclingSavvy, an organization dedicated to making a difference in people's lives by empowering them to use their bikes to go anywhere they want, safely and confidently. Below is the link to the video where you can learn more about his experience and passion.  

And here is the video


  • 2024-01-31 4:27 PM | Doug Cornelius (Administrator)
    Is this article meant as a criticism of the CRW Devo group? Does Mr. Allen think the Devo group is not riding safely?
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  • 2024-02-01 3:37 PM | André Wolff (Administrator)
    Sure initiatives can be improved. Perhaps the author would be interested to join us at the HH on the 15th to brainstorm ideas on how to make things better? There's a point to be made about speed and crashes, or have you ever heard of ppl falling off their bikes while stopping at traffic lights??? LOL BTW: I see this posted as Anonymous🧐
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  • 2024-02-05 12:34 PM | John O'Dowd (Administrator)
    In the second paragraph it says this guy Gary Cziko was doing a devo ride in Los Angeles. Unless Andre is running rides in LA and not telling us, I don't think this is about our devo group specifically. But I have seen poor riding habits on our regular weekend rides, too.
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  • 2024-02-06 9:33 PM | Barbara Jacobs (Administrator)
    The WheelPeople has the article authored by John Allen our Safety Coordinator. Unfortunately the articles are posted on the website as Anonymous. Since I was putting the WheelPeople together this month for Eli I changed all Anonymous authors to the correct authors in the WheelPeople posting.
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