Team O2 / Cadiuex Annual Meeting – March 1st

The Team O2 / Cadieux Bicycle Club Annual Meeting will be held March 1st, 2017, at 7PM at the Corners in West Bloomfield. Special guest Frankie Andreu will be in attendance. Non members and guests are welcome!

Preliminary agenda is below:

7 – 8:15 PM Business: Introductions, Elections, Sponsors, Awards, etc

8:15 – 9:15 PM Frankie Andreu. Local rider to 9x Tour de France competitor, Frankie will share his insight, stories, and thoughts.

The Corners is located at:
2075 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323

(South side of the Street – just West of Inkster Road)

Hope to see you there!

Join or Renew Your Membership Now!

Registration is now open, join or renew now!

To Join or Renew Membership to Team O2 / Cadieux Bicycle Club:

  1. Go to our online registration using the link below and sign up:  Https://
  2. If you have not filled out and hand signed the Waiver and Release previously, download a copy and send to: 28400 Northwestern Highway, Second Floor, Southfield, Michigan 48034  Attention: Janet S. Kehr. Please sign in blue ink, so we can identify the original form. We only need this form filled out and hand signed once, so if you are a returning member and filled it out previously, no need to do it again.
  3. If you are a new member, write a brief Bio that we can distribute to club members as an introduction. Talk about your cycling interests and experience of course, but don’t forget to include where you work and live, as well as family and other interests. Send your bio to
  4. Request membership to our Yahoo Group List. Go to:
  5. Join the Facebook Group Team “Team O2/Cadieux Bicycle Club” and “like”, “The Team O2/Cadieux Bicycle Club/Riders for Research”  Facebook page


Second and Final 2016 Team Kit Order is Open

The 2nd and final team kit order is open! Please find the link for ordering in an email from me, or contact me if you need the link. The order window closes on August 14th. This will be the final order for uniform in 2016, with the next order not til approx April 2017.

New this year – a newly designed thermal LS CX suit (different from last years), also custom (Cadieux design) long fingered gloves.

For those looking to ride in colder weather, there are some base layer options (this is Castelli and not Cadieux design), and embro.

Please check out website, order promptly and be flexible on the order in case we do not meet mins. Ensure your account profile is up to date in case I need to contact any of you.

The kit will arrive approx 6-7 weeks from order close.

Kit photos are on the Club Kit page, HERE.

Please contact me with any questions-

Tracey Mullis

52nd Annual Debaets Devos Pro-Am – Registration now open!

Sunday, August 28th, 2016 – Auburn Hills, MI


Course is a 1.35 mile circuit just off I-75.  Take University Dr. – Exit 79 EAST and follow signs to parking and registration located at:
Oak Tech Professional Building
3100 Cross Creek, Auburn Hills 48326


All USA Cycling rules apply. Free lap rule is in effect. Lapped riders may be pulled. All unlicensed racers (including lapsed annual licenses) shall buy a One Day, Category 5 License (additional $10) ON RACE DAY, unless able to meet the USA Cycling exceptions. Limit of 50 riders in Senior Category 5 races. Limit of 100 riders in all other races. The Chief Referee reserves the right to shorten races, combine fields, adjust starting times and distances, or cancel the race due to
dangerous conditions or hazardous weather. Junior roll-out occurs immediately after Junior races. Registration opens at 7:00am and closes 20 minutes before the start of each race. Race runs rain or shine.

Entries are non refundable. U.S. and Canadian currency accepted. Helmets mandatory for all races.

Check out a video from last year’s race.

Download the race flyer here.You can also contact us at

Team 02 Announces the First Annual Corktown Criterium

Team O2 / Cadieux Bicycle Club is excited to announce the 1st Annual Corktown Criterium, a race to benefit the MIU Men’s Health Foundation. A big thank you to Chris Donnelly for spearheading the effort to bring another great race to our area!


Stay tuned for more information.


Team O2 / Cadieux Store Open 6/14-6/24

Team O2 / Cadieux Bicycle Club is excited to announce the creation of the Team O2 / Cadieux Bicycle Club Shopify Store!

Through this storefront, we will sell our new line of casual clothing. Please note for that this first run of orders, the store will only be open and accepting orders between 6/14 and 6/24. We will be looking into expanding the product line and store availability in the future.

Major thanks to Roan Isaku for getting the store up and running!

Tip of the Week (2016-1)

Tip of the Week, 2016, number 1

If your answer to the following question below is “I don’t know” or “I don’t recall” the advice is: You probably need to change your chain!

The question is: When did you last replace your chain?!

So when do we replace our chains? Several seasons ago I sent out a general survey to our local ride groups asking the general question: “When do you replace your chain?” We had an interesting and generally thoughtful array of responses. The general consensus is that we should probably all be changing our chains more frequently than we do. Riders reported that they changed as frequently as 1,500 miles to 3,000 miles with many taking a quantitative approach to changing the chain. The final suggestion is that it is ideal to check the chain with a chain checker which is a simple device (several on the market) such as the slide tool from Park which for a 10 speed chain it is time to replace the chain when it measures out at 0.75. A new 10 speed chain will measure about 0.50. For an 11 speed chain the scale is moved down I understand to 0.50 as the time to replace it. One can physically measure the chain in lieu of using a chain tool but I’ll keep this discussion simple.

So why change a chain frequently? It is often put forth that replacing a bike chain is analagous to changing the oil in a car and the reason is to prevent undue wear and tear from frictional forces on the engine or in this case the other parts of the drivetrain from wearing out prematurely, specifically the rear cassette and the chain rings up front.

It is really quite remarkable to me even after all these years that a metal chain elongates to the extent that it does but they do! So what contributes to chain wear? Well, riding hills puts more frictional stress on a chain especially if you push a hard gear or “mash” on the pedals. Larger riders compared to petite riders should in particular stay on top of checking their chain. Spinning easier gears will generally get you more miles per chain. A clean drivetrain will perform better and wear less as well. Clean your chain frequently especially if after a rain day or a dusty route and lubricate the chain frequently as well. Experienced riders will suggest at least once a week. Riders who sprint will push a chain causing it to stretch as well. Even single speed riders need to check their chain frequently, perhaps even more than on a standard road bike, because the single speed set-up puts wear on the bike since there is only a “hard gear” when climbing.

The term chain-stretch is actually a misnomer. What happens is that wear occurs in each bearing/pin of the chain from friction caused mostly by dirt and grit. As the chain gets dirty it acts as sandpaper would and causes wear on each link of the chain. Multiply that wear by the average number of links of about 110 and the result is a chain that gets longer. In effect chain-stretch means the distance between the links have gotten longer which contributes to wear on your cassette and chain rings as well. The metal does not stretch but the bearing holes elongate.

So why bother changing a chain frequently? Just check out the prices of chain rings and cassettes. While a Dura-ace chain may cost $45.00 a Dura-ace cassette may cost over $200.00. If you stay on top of replacing your chain you will go many thousands of miles further without replacing the cassette or rings. When you replace your chain you will be amazed how it makes your bike ride smoother and easier. If you don’t change the chain frequently you will incur undue wear particularly on the rings of the cassette you find yourself in most frequently, in my case the 14 or 15 tooth gears. When it wears out you may get a skip and the trick it to replace the chain so that when you do there is no skip along the cassette or perhaps a drop from the big ring to the smaller ring when you are in a semi-crossover gear. [By this I mean, for example, the big ring in the front and a bigger easier gear in the rear.] We want to eliminate phantom shifts which are more likely to occur when the chain is worn and/or the gears of the cassette are worn as well. A phantom shift is when the gear changes without a concerted effort. It can be disconcerting, even risky, especially if in a climb or in a race scenario.

E.J. Levy
Directeur Sportif

Special thanks to Philip Huyghe for his significant contributions to this article