Suburban Assault

Down The Katy Trail With Fleetwood’s Kit Kat

with 6 comments

I wrote about Fleetwood’s Kit Kat in an earlier post and discussed how cool the shop and it’s owner were. When we were visiting, Fleetwood asked us to join in one of his group rides. Not being on a bike in years, I figured my wife would be less than interested. To my surprise, she scheduled us for one of his rides.

We were some of the first to arrive at the shop, off Mockingbird and Interstate 75, right next to the SMU campus. Since I had my own bike (non-cruiser), I opted to bring it and leave the loaner open for any extra riders. Wendy got a fancy pink cruiser as a loaner that totally clashed with her personality – it was the perfect bike for her first ride. As we waited for the ride to start, more folks, mostly couples and small groups of friends (all different in age and personality) began to arrive. Nobody looked like a seasoned rider, which was perfect for a casual ride like this. Instead of spandex, jerseys and cleats, there were dresses, shorts and flip flops. We were all like a bunch of kids, reconnecting with our youth on fun and stylish comfort bikes.

Eventually, the ride started. It was really cool seeing a huge mass of colorful bikes hitting the streets all at once. The pace was slow but perfect for a warm Saturday evening. We headed down one of the side streets which eventually connected with the head of the Katy Trail. A few minutes later, we were at our first stop – a wine bar called Crush on Knox Street. The plan was to hang out here and watch Fleetwood’s sister Kerri Arista perform a few sets. The place had a great atmosphere and the wine was tasty (even though my wife and I just shared one glass – we weren’t sure what to expect on the rest of the ride). Eventually, the sun went down and the streets started to cool off. The group sipped the last of their wine, then made it back to the bikes to continue the ride.

Cruising With Fleetwoods Kit Kat

The rest of the Katy Trail seemed to go downhill. Again, with a nice slow pace perfect for a Saturday evening, post wine bar ride. What was amazing about this part of the ride was seeing Dallas from a different perspective. Wendy, who lived in Dallas most of her life, got a new look at her old home town. Mark, Fleetwood’s bike guru, entertained us with a few fancy jumps and stunts while keeping an eye on the group’s emergency repair needs. No worries about flat tires on this ride.

A few miles later, and we arrived at the American Airlines Center in uptown Dallas. The main mall was lit with all sorts of lights and video screens which made it an exciting destination. We all lined up for a group shot, Mark made a few bike adjustments and we all took a free ride around the area. It was a blast.

The ride back to Fleetwood’s shop was fun as well. Since it got late, some of the Katy Trail’s lights went off. Fortunately, the loaner cruisers all came with riding lights and lit the whole way back. Fleetwood had some speakers and an iPod that blasted some great Michael Jackson tunes for us to enjoy. What a great time.

When we arrived back at Fleetwood’s shop, folks turned in their loaners, I loaded up my bike and we all gave our goodbyes. This was one of the best evening that I have spent in Dallas in a really long time. Wendy had a great time too and we hope to do it again soon. Next time, I may try one of Fleetwood’s cruisers.

If you want something fun to do in Dallas, keep an eye on the Fleetwood Facebook page for future bike rides. Seating is based on first come, first served so call and get scheduled. You’ll be happy you did.

Advertisements

Written by dickdavid

July 26, 2009 at 7:13 am

6 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Richard:

    Thanks for writing about your impression of the ride. Your pics were great (or maybe those were Wendy’s??) and what I enjoyed most about your writing (great job) is the fact that you had some fun and it was different!!! It was great to have both of you on board and I hope to see you again soon. We have something going on every weekend, so just let us know whenever you wanna ride. See ya soon and Thanks for taking the time.

    Fleetwood

    Fleewood

    July 27, 2009 at 2:14 am

  2. Thanks Fleetwood! You truly have something special with your shop. Kit Kat is something this town really needs and I hope more folks find out about you. We’re definitely in for another ride!

    dickdavid

    July 27, 2009 at 5:42 am

  3. Great story, Richard. I still haven’t made it down there, but maybe soon my wife and I can join them on our Townies.

    bibliosk8

    July 27, 2009 at 2:27 pm

  4. Thanks, Bob! You’d love the group and the ride.

    dickdavid

    July 28, 2009 at 10:34 am

  5. I took my Townie out for a while yesterday, after riding my Fuji road bike a lot for the last couple of months. Man – the Townie felt all squishy and nice, like a comfy sofa! hahaha.

    bibliosk8

    August 10, 2009 at 9:36 am

  6. […] next part of the route was the Katy Trail, which I’ve only been down once before with a Fleetwood’s Kit Kat cruiser group ride. This is a beautiful ride down an easy trail that leads to Victory Train Station located […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: