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Pics From The Switching Gears Grander Opening Party – Dallas

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A little over a year ago, bike friends Colin and Andee, opened one of the coolest bike shops in Dallas: Switching Gears Cyclery. It started as a small, boutique shop in a small storefront in the Fair Park area.

Just recently, Switching Gears Cyclery has grown their business and moved into a larger space in the same Fair Park area. You can now find them at 3615 Parry at Exposition – just across the street from the DART Fair Park Green Line station. We thank them for being a big part of the north Texas cycling community and we wish them great success.

Here are some pics from their Grander Opening Party (click here to see the set):

Fantastic Mural

Bikes

Checking Out The New Shop

Heading Out To The Race

Retro

Helmets

BTW, I have my eye on that Surly CrossCheck.

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November 12, 2012 at 8:49 am

My Favorite Bike Blogs – Local Dallas/Fort Worth

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One of the things that I’ve been wanting to do is give a shout-out to some of my favorite bike blogs.

With this post, I’ll start with a few of my favorite, local DFW blogs – with the intent of posting more links in the future. Eventually, I will give a shout-out to some of my favorite blogs from around the country.

Bike DFW - One of older and better resources for biking in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Not only are they great advocates for cycling, but they do so with great information and local training. BikeDFW is a Texas nonprofit organization working for safe, healthy, and more livable communities by promoting bicycling for transportation and recreation. Through their individual membership program, and bicycle club and industry sponsor programs, BikeDFW represents nerly 2,000 cyclists in North Texas.

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff - There is nothing more inspirational than a community of bicyclist who have a passion for change. Jason and the Oak Cliff gang have made incredible strides at motivating cyclist to get involved with bringing a bicycle friendly infrastructure to Dallas. Hosting several successful group rides and cycling events, BFOC has gotten the attention and support of Dallas City Hall and has spawned several other local bike friendly groups.

Biking In Dallas - If you’ve been on any of the casual group rides in Dallas, I’m sure you’ve met Chris, Hubbard and Justin – the guys behind Biking In Dallas. They post about anything from vintage bikes to support for a local biking infrustructure. They truly have a great sense of the Dallas casual biking scene.

DFW Point-To-Point - I’m not what you would call Vehicular Cyclist, but I do strive to be a more confident bicyclist on the road – therefore I really appreciate all perspectives of riding. Steve’s blog –  based out of northeast Tarrant County - is a very informative source for transportation cycling. Although he doesn’t refer to himself as a VC either, he’s an experienced cyclist who understands the principles in Effective Cycling.

Doohickie - Based out of Fort Worth, Paul has a pretty cool perspective on riding – probably one that I can relate to most. He rides when he can, alone or with the local groups, and really appreciates his city. His blog is a great showcase of exploring Fort Worth by bike – featuring some great photos as well as insightful reviews of local destinations.

Green Commotion and IBrompton - Chandra is one of the coolest guys that I’ve never met. He’s a vegetarian cyclist who writes about his riding experiences. Chandra strongly believes that bicycling helps him stay in shape and minimize his carbon footprint. This inspires me to eat healthier foods and live a greener life.

Pedallas - With an urban spin on Dallas biking, these guys give another great perspective on local cycling. Raul and Michael do a fantastic job representing the cooler, more hip side of the Metroplex. You’ll probably run into these guys tooling around downtown – perhaps hosting or supporting the local alley cats.

Pedestrian! Two points! - Victoria sent me an email weeks ago, asking to share blog links. Admittedly, I didn’t read her blog until recently. I’ve since discovered her site to be a very entertaining, with a very clever and honest perspective on cycling. She’s not afraid to speak her mind or drop a few f-bombs every now and then.

Pondero - There is something very enlightening about Chris’ blog. Based out in Sanger, his posts are reflections on the bicycle, living, and spiritual matters. I find it to have really good content, with well written stories (and photographs) that really articulate the greatness of open road cycling.

Rat Trap Press - Myles is another one of my favorite local bloggers, who I also relate to. Based out of Fort Worth, he blogs about his rides around town, his random discoveries and some of his really cool bike projects. He shares everything from testing restoration techniques to finding an interesting way to brew coffee.

In case you were wondering, I haven’t forgotten about the rest of the local Bike Friendly groups or the other great, local blogs. Those will come later.

Written by dickdavid

September 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

OCBC Hosts: Bike Bingo Adventure Race – Sunday, April 3 at Noon

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Our friends at a local bike shop, Oak Cliff Bicycle Company, are hosting the Bike Bingo Adventure Race this weekend. From their site:

The OCBC BikeMS team is raising money to ride from Frisco to Fort Worth April 30–May 1.

Join us for our Bike Bingo Adventure Race fundraiser on Sunday, April 3, from 12 to 2 at Eno’s. Show up and register at 12. Get your bike bingo card at 12:45. Ride to local Oak Cliff spots, look for clues, and text in the secret phrase. Be back by 2. Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place winners. Minimum suggested donation to support our MS cause: $10 per rider. This is a family-friendly event. It’s not just about speed—it’s about strategy, wit, enjoying Oak Cliff, supporting a good cause, and just getting on a bike and having fun. Wear a helmet. You can ride as a team or an individual. Don’t forget to get a $10 raffle ticket for your chance to win a 53cm or 55cm 2011 Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Sora.

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So, if you’re in Dallas, head on down to Oak Cliff this Sunday, have a great ride and help support a good cause.

Written by dickdavid

March 30, 2011 at 5:23 am

Ride Into Spring With Bike Friendly Knox-Henderson, This Sunday

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Our friends over at Bike Friendly Knox-Henderson are hosting another Ride Into Spring group ride. Head on down to Mockingbird Station on Sunday and enjoy a fantastic cruise to White Rock Lake.

Date: Sunday, March 27, 2011
Time: Meet at 1:30, Ride at 2:00 pm
Place: near the Angelika Theater at Mockingbird Station

Details: The first part of our ride will be through the M Streets to Sunflower Market on Henderson, where we will fill up our picnic baskets! Loaded up with tasty treats we will pedal onwards to our final destination of the day, White Rock Lake for a picnic by the water! Bring your kites, Frisbees, guitars, and blankets.

RSVP: Via Facebook

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March 25, 2011 at 1:08 pm

SXSFixed Number 2

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They’re doing it again. A team of really devoted, cycling enthusiasts are riding from Dallas to Austin for the South By Southwest Festival – all on fixed gear bikes. This started at last year’s SXSW, just to see if it could be done. Since then, the group made another trip to Austin for the ACL (they called their ride ACHell) event in October.

For this year’s SXSW, 13 fixed gear riders will heading out on Sunday to make that journey again. Check out their blog at SXSFixed.com or follow them on Twitter @sxsfixed. They are also having a SXSFixed Send Off Party tomorrow night from 8-10 at the Texas Theater. Part of the proceeds will go to support the riders.

We wish them a safe ride with lots of tailwind.

Written by dickdavid

March 9, 2011 at 6:39 am

Villy Customs Lounge Grand Opening – Saturday, November 20

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Image From TripleDub Images

Villy Customs is having their Grand Opening event which is coinciding with the Annual Cedars Open Art Studio Tours this coming Saturday. Please mark your calendar and come down to their new beachcruiser showroom and enjoy some food, drinks, music and some mouth-watering Gaufres (Belgian Waffles) made by Thuy at I Heart Gaufres. They will also have incredible Savoy Sorbet! All of the Cedars Art studios are “open to the public” from 12 pm – 6 pm so it will be like a festival down there!!

They have 10 beachcruisers you can jump on for a li’l spin around the neighborhood and shop mascot, DeVille will be  there as their host. Bring yourself, your friends, your dog and come out for a good time.

Host: Fleetwood
When: Saturday, November 20 at 12:00 PM
Where: Beachcruiser Bike Showroom
1407 S. Akard Street Dallas, TX 75215

Written by dickdavid

November 16, 2010 at 9:29 am

Local Bike Friendly Group Brings Back Cyclesomatic for 2010

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Our friends and the founders of the DFW Bike Friendly movement, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff, are having their second Cyclesomatic event. This year they’re packing all of the bike love into four days – October 14 – 17. Click over to the site to get more details.

They are also hosting another Dallas Bikes To City Hall event during Cyclesomatic. Stay tuned for more details about that.

Written by dickdavid

September 27, 2010 at 5:41 am

Villy Customs In The Dallas Morning News

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Our friends at Fleetwood’s Kit Kat were forced to leave their establishment on Mockingbird Lane because SMU is putting in a tennis center which had been displaced by the new Bush Library along with a power plant and data center for the school (thanks for the update Kevin).

Moved, but not gone. Fleetwood’s has evolved into their already established custom bike brand called Villy Customs. Their new headquarters is based in south Dallas, in the transitioning industrial district on Akard.

If you pick up a copy of today’s local Dallas newspaper, check out the business section and read a great article about Villy Customs and their plans for future growth.

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September 12, 2010 at 9:31 am

Thanks For The Really Cool Spoke Cards

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As I reported earlier, my good friend and Flickr contact, Claire Sambrook of Portsmouth, UK, helped organize and host one of the coolest bike events on the planet: Love Your Bike Portsmouth. One of the coolest because they were able to tap into a great pool of local talent to create the art for their swag.

Claire had posted pics about the event in this flickr set, showcasing the many cool designs used as posters, stickers and spoke cards. Being a big fan of the work, I had commented with my desire to obtain a set for myself. Well, Claire hooked me up with a nice little care package from across the Atlantic, including a handy tote, a button, a tabloid brochure, some rad stickers and a set of the really awesome spoke cards.

Written by dickdavid

June 21, 2010 at 8:20 pm

DORBA Needs Volunteers

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Looks like our off-road friends are in need of some help over at the L.B. Houston Trail.

Back in the day, when I road the trails more often, I used to frequent L.B. Houston. It’s an awesome, ride that’s flat with lots of turns. If you enjoy a quality dirt ride, do the guys at DORBA a favor and help them maintain their trails.

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May 13, 2010 at 7:43 pm

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