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No, it wasn’t a race.
Local bike shop, Richardson Bike Mart, known for it’s connection to the local cycling community, had their first ‘Coffee Crawl‘ last month. Having one of the largest inventories of road, race and mountain bikes in the area, their stores appear to cater to more experience riders, athletes and aspiring racers. However, Richardson Bike Mart hasn’t forgotten the fun side of bicycling and makes efforts to encourage other cyclists to get out and ride. The Richardson Bike Mart Coffee Crawl is the perfect example of that.
The idea was to get us cyclists out on our own schedules and pace, to explore the city - something I totally embrace with Suburban Assault - and visit local coffee shops or breakfast destinations. We had the entire month of November to accomplish as many rides as possible, taking photos at each stop.
Since I love coffee and riding, I fully embraced this challenge – riding and drinking coffee as often as I could. It totally paid off, because I was the winner of the very generous $100 gift certificate from Richardson Bike Mart. Believe me, I’m going to put it to some good use.
Thank you, Richardson Bike Mart!
Here are some of my pics from my coffee crawl rides:
Last Friday, my local bike advocacy group, Bike Friendly Richardson, hosted our 5th annual Black Friday Bike Ride. The event isn’t a race, a charity ride or even an advocacy statement. The Black Friday Ride is just a nice, alternative way to spend the country’s busiest shopping day by riding a bike, instead of dealing with mad rush of crowds fighting over flat screen TVs. Unlike shopping, the ride is a relaxed, low paced, no-drop cruise around town.
This year’s group was amazing as always. On bikes ranging from mountain to road, a little over a dozen riders gathered at the new Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson. As a group ride leader, this is a good amount. Fewer is ok, but once the group gets over 30 riders, it becomes difficult to manage.
The cruise took us through some remarkable neighborhoods in Richardson. I always hear comments from folks that didn’t know these areas existed. As we rolled into the north part of town, past the University of Texas, Dallas campus, we stopped at the Pearl Cup for a nice little break.
On the ride back, we had to make a small emergency stop. One of our riders got a flat. The group waited patiently as the repair was made, which gave us a chance to visit with each other a little more – something you don’t get waiting in the long lines at Wal-mart.
At the end of the ride, which totaled a little under eleven miles, a few of us grabbed a beer at the Glass Half Full Taproom, which is connected to the Alamo Drafthouse. They had an amazing selection of brews on tap that would impress any craft beer aficionado. It’s great to have places like this and the Pearl Cup in Richardson.
Overall, the ride was great and the riders were happy. We hope to continue the tradition of the Black Friday Ride for years to come. Here are some pics:
It’s that time of year again. It’s the time to AVOID all the big crowds at the shopping mall, work off that Thanksgiving dinner and have a fun ride around town.
You are invited to attend Bike Friendly Richardson‘s FIFTH (that’s right, 5th) annual Black Friday Ride. Started five years ago as the inaugural ride that launched Bike Friendly Richardson, the Black Friday Ride gives folks an alternative way to kick off the holiday season. This is a casual paced ride that will explore many of the different route options available to Richardson cyclists. We will ride on back-roads, side-streets, multi-purpose trails and available bike lanes.
Come on out to the Richardson Heights Shopping Center, enjoy a tasty lunch at Haystack Burgers, or one of the many fine restaurants in the area. We’ll meet in front of the Alamo Drafthouse around 1:00 pm.
More details to come.
From the folks at local bike store, Richardson Bike Mart:
The weather’s getting colder, but here’s a fun way to stay warm and ride your bike!
Ride your bike (don’t forget your helmet!) to, or have a rest stop at any place that sells hot beverages (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, apple cider, etc.). Your coffee stop can be in traditional brick and mortar form, at a farmer’s market, a gas station, or a mobile vendor!
While enjoying your beverage, take a photo! Have fun with it! Be sure you show your hot beverage with yourself/your bicycle/your helmet. Label the photo with where you went and what you drank. Each photo you submit (one stop per day) will enter you in a drawing for prizes ($100 gift card to RBM, free bicycle tune-up, and others)!
How to enter your photo:
- post it on the Richardson Bike Mart Facebook timeline
- Instagram #RBMcoffee2013
- Twitter #RBMcoffee2013
- email your photo with “coffee crawl” in the subject to email@example.com
**If you submit with Instagram or Twitter, please email your contact info to match up with your screen name!**
Some coffee/hot beverage destination ideas:
Pearl Cup Coffee (Richardson and Dallas locations),
Sweet Firefly (they’re not just homemade ice cream!),
Alamo Drafthouse Dallas / Fort Worth (see a movie too!),
Wound Up! Cafe,
Dunkin’ Donuts or any other doughnut shop,
Nasher Sculpture Center,
and, of course, Starbucks!
If you have any questions, post them up here, or email Theresa – firstname.lastname@example.org
We stopped by the Texas Custom Bicycle Show last weekend to check out all the local bike builders. The show included True Fabrication, Violet Crown, Phantasm, Southwest Frameworks, Gallus Cycles, Millennium (Massengill), DalTex, Gjertsen, Kirklee, Edoz, Clyde James Cycles and more. As usual, the bikes on display did not disappoint. I only wish we could have stayed longer to visit with more of the builders.
I even picked up a couple of cool t-shirts from the event. My only complaint of the event is purely selfish. I wish the venue was a little better lit with less clutter in the background – mostly so that I can get better pics of the beautiful bikes.
Here are just a few of the many bicycle events that are happening this weekend in the Dallas area.
AURORA Ciclovia 2013
When: Friday, October 18, 2013 (tonight)
Location: Pearl and Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201
Details: Calling all Bike Friendlies, save the date! Get ready for the biggest lighted ride in Dallas. Held in conjunction with AURORA 2013, AURORA Ciclovia will meet at Main Street Park for a Best of competition, then ride the town to show off the lights, finishing at AURORA. Be a part of the largest independent arts event in Dallas!
More Info: On Facebook
Texas Custom Bicycle Show 2013
When: October 19-20, 2013 (Saturday-Sunday)
Time: Saturday at 10:00am until Sunday at 4:30pm
Location: 2642 Main St., Dallas, TX
Details: True Fabrication, Violet Crown, Phantasm, Southwest Frameworks, Gallus Cycles, Millennium (Massengill), DalTex Handmade, Gjertsen, Kirklee, Edoz, Clyde James Cycles and more to come.
More Info: On Facebook (and here as well)
Bike Swap Meet: Cyclesomatic 2013
When: Saturday, October 19, 2013 (Tomorrow)
Location: Community Beer Company – 1530 Inspiration Drive, Dallas, Texas 75207
Details: Join us for our first-ever swap meet at the Community Beer Company in Dallas for an afternoon bikes, bartering, and brews. This event is one of a series of events in BFOC’s 5th annual Cyclesomatic.
Want a table at the swap meet? Get one for only $10. Here’s where you sign up: http://goo.gl/OT96Vz
More Info: On Facebook
Cycle to the Nasher Sculpture Center
When: Sunday, October 20, 2013 (Sunday)
Time: Ride Start: 1:45; @ the Nasher: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Ride Start: Oak Cliff’s Oddfellow’s; Arrive: Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201
Details: A few folks will be gathering at Oak Cliff’s Oddfellow’s at 1:45pm, to depart shortly thereafter.
More Info: On Facebook and on the Biking In Dallas website.
ALSO: Don’t forget that the Bike Friendly Richardson Bike and Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt is still going on.
When: October 2013 (all month long)
Location: Various Richardson Locations
Details: You are invited to participate in Richardson’s first Ride And Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt. Throughout the month of October, we are inviting and motivating folks to get out and ride their bikes, explore their neighborhoods and win prizes! This year’s theme will be “The Sculptures of Richardson”.
More Info: On Facebook and the BFR Website
Bike Friendly Richardson, is hosting Richardson’s first Ride And Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt. Throughout the month of October, they are inviting and motivating folks to get out and ride their bikes, explore their neighborhoods and win prizes! This year’s theme will be “The Sculptures of Richardson”.
Date: October 1- 31 (all month long)
Place: Various Richardson, Texas Locations
Prizes: A few partners have donated prizes that we will give away to participants via raffle
Sponsors: Richardson Bike Mart, Alamo Drafthouse, DART
HOW TO PLAY:
- Self-paced ride and hunt around Richardson, Texas
- You must capture images of your bike next to (up to) 14 specific sculptures (or fountains) around town (listed here)
- All images must be taken between October 1-31, 2013
- Each image submitted will equal 1 raffle ticket for prizes; Complete Set (all 14 images) = double bonus tickets
- All images must be submitted (see below) by Thursday, October 31, 2013
- Bonus tickets will be given to any shots of your bike with any OTHER sculptures (than listed here) around town
- Must be taken in October 2013
- Does not count as part of the “Complete Set” for bonus tickets
IMAGE SUBMISSIONS (choose one of the following):
- email (images or links) email@example.com
- BFR Facebook timeline: https://www.facebook.com/groups/BikeFriendlyRichardson/
- Instagram #bfrhunt2013
- Twitter #bfrhunt2013
- Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/groups/2296216@N24/ (you must join this group to submit)
EACH IMAGE SUBMISSION MUST INCLUDE:
- Your full name
- Your email address
- Your phone# (optional)
(flickr, twitter and instagram users can email BFR this info to match up with your alias)
For more details, lists, images and maps, please visit the Ride And Seek, Photo Scavenger Hunt page.
Last Saturday, August 24, a group of BikeDFW board members and volunteers helped out the City of Allen with the Back to School Bash, at First United Methodist Church. The event offered lower income families in Allen a chance to get physicals, schools supplies, haircuts, participate in a Bike Rodeo and more, all at no cost.
With some help from the Allen Turning Boys 2 Men Leadership Group, we set up a Bicycling Skills 123 Youth, Bike Rodeo in the parking lot to teach some basic handling and safety skills. Many of the kids weren’t able to show up on their bicycles, so we ended up having many of them run or walk the course. They were still able to learn the fundamentals of bike safety and practice their hand signals.
Also, McKinney Velo Club partnered with Texas Medical Association and purchased bicycle helmets for us to give away to any kids that needed them. I’m happy to say that we gave away over 120 helmets. Overall, it was a good day for bicycle safety in Allen, Texas. We hope to bring more of these event throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
This is my fourth year to ride in the Richardson WildRide! Against Cancer rally. Previously, I rode the 16 mile loop in 2010, the 40 mile loop in 2011 and the 40 mile loop in 2012. This year my goal was to complete the 64 mile loop. This might not seem like a big deal to some of those weekend warriors out there who do 64 miles before breakfast – but let me give you some perspective. If you read this blog, you’ll know that I’m a practical cyclist who only rides for fun or transportation. I am not athletic, I don’t ride for sport, nor do I even own a ‘proper’ road bike. Most of my longer rides are 14 mile (each way) commutes to my office, and my last, longest ride was last year’s 40 mile WildRide loop.
So, the 64 mile loop was a big deal to me.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to ride it alone. My buddy, Jason, who just got back into cycling this year, decided to join me. I was glad, because he was just the motivation that I needed to complete the task. Jason rides a lot, but hasn’t completed a 64 mile ride either.
Like the previous 3 years, the start of the rally was really impressive. There were hundreds of cyclists at the start, arranged in staging areas for each group of riders (64,40 and 16). You can see the difference in types of riders as you move from the fully-kitted 64 mile group at the front, all the way to the more casual 16 mile group in the back. With our baggy shorts and heavy, fat-wheeled bikes, Jason and I looked a little out of place waiting in the 64 mile staging area. With all due respect to those in tight shorts, who ride super-slick road bikes – we just don’t ride that way. Quite frankly, until this 64 mile ride, I didn’t think there was ever a need.
It’s very impressive watching the start of this rally, where you see a huge mass of riders rolling down Plano Road. As always, with fresh legs and high spirits, I really enjoy this part of the ride. This good feeling kept up for the first 20 miles of the ride, so much that we skipped the first rest stop. By the time we reached the second rest stop, just past Lake Levon dam (which happened to be the 40 mile loop turnaround) we were still feeling pretty good.
This was the point at which we needed to decide to push on and do the 64 mile loop, or turn back. We pushed on.
Since this was the first time for both of us to venture out this far, we didn’t know what to expect. Unfortunately, we were greeted with a couple of really nasty rolling hills. We still had some good strength, so they weren’t too bad. Facing them on the return trip was a problem. Beyond that, the extended 24 mile loop took us deep into open country, where there were some amazing views.
We started to get tired.
On those long country roads we were exposed to some nasty wind, paired with the late morning sun. Our baggy shorts were sails and our bikes felt like they were loaded with bricks. The energy level dropped fast. By the time we returned to the rest stop at Lake Lavon dam, our bodies were starting to shut down. Bonk was hitting us hard and we still had 20 miles to go. We drank and ate as much as we could at each remaining rest stop, but recovery was getting harder and harder as we pushed to get back to the start. The last few miles were the worst, but ultimately we made it back.
It wasn’t a fast ride – an average of 14MPH – but we succeeded with our goal (and we weren’t DFL).
To add insult to injury, we had the brilliant idea of riding to the rally, which meant we had to ride back home. That was the worst 2.6 miles of my life.
Would I Do This Again?:
As we were making our way up Shiloh Road, hitting all headwind, we were saying never again. But, since we’ve had a day to recover, our thoughts go back to those riders wearing skin-tight shorts, rolling on ‘proper’ road bikes and had practiced on prior weekends. Perhaps, if we are better prepared, we would do it again.
Here are my pics from the ride. Click here to see the entire set.