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History of Broomfield Bike Club
Broomfield's history with bicycling started in 1909 when Pierre Lac Amora, a French immigrant, brought his safety bicycle with him when he immigrated to Broomfield. It was a modern safety bicycle with pneumatic tires which worked well on Broomfield's dirt roads at the time.
When Broomfield began its mid-century development boom, acres of farmland were paved, making the bicycle a perfect way to get around the compact community, and the growth of bicycling grew as the city did.
In 1964, the Broomfield Lions club formed a ladies' bicycle club. They rode on Wednesday and Friday mornings for socializing and exercise. This became Broomfield's first cycling club, and evolved into the Cycle Belles.
In the early 1970s, Pat bought his first bicycle and enjoyed riding around Broomfield. Pat was not mechanically inclined, so when he got a flat tire on the side of the road one day, he was at a loss. That's when fortune struck, and a beautiful young woman named Brenda happened by on her bicycle and stopped to help. Brenda was known for being handy and well equipped, and she made short work of repairing Pat's bicycle.

As Broomfield is a small community, Pat and Brenda happened upon each other regularly, and whenever they met, Pat usually had something wrong with his bicycle that Brenda would fix for him. Eventually, the two fell in love, and became inseparable. Eventually they were known to have purchased a tandem bike so they could always be close when riding (and partly because Pat was known to be a mishap-prone bicyclist who benefitted from Brenda's riding acumen.)
Before long, Brenda and Pat gathered a small group of like-minded bicyclists to ride with at the end of each week on Friday evenings. Before long, they took to decorating their bicycles with tinsel for visibility and style. This was the birth of Broomfield Bike Club, and the Friday Night Bike Ride.
Brenda and Pat and friends became advocates of bicycling in Broomfield, and in 1972 when Medema Building Corporation proposed a massive new development on the western edge of Broomfield, Brenda and Pat convinced the developer to name the development after Pierre Lac Amora to solidify Broomfield's connection to bicycling.
Broomfield Bike Club remained active in promoting social bicycling in the city. BBC hosted various bicycling oriented events in Broomfield, until a particular event went awry in 1976. After this, Broomfield Bike Club fell out of favor with the less good-humored residents.
Rather than adjust the club to suit everyone in Broomfield, the club became significantly more insular. The club stopped all public events, started riding on Friday nights without tinsel and decoration so they would not be noticed, and limited club membership exclusively to invited guests with excellent senses of humor. Club events were not publicized, and club members followed a strict code of not discussing the club with outsiders, and even discouraged the sharing of last names, with all members being known only by first name or nicknames.

Broomfield Bike Club continued to operate in the shadows for over forty years until the 2020 pandemic left Broomfield in need of outdoor social activities. When Broomfield is in need, Broomfield Bike Club steps up. It is long past due for Broomfield Bike Club to resume public operations and Friday Night Bike Rides.
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