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DFW February Bike Events

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There’s lots of DFW biking going on in February. Besides the weekly rides from 75208DCM and FMD, there will be some great events to check out:

February 7:
3rd Annual Great Southwest Bike Swap: If you happen to be in Cowtown between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm at the Tarrant County Resource Connection (Building 2300), come check out some cool bike sales and swopping.

Mardi Gras Parade Ride: ride with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff on a 1.2-mile parade ride, traveling down North Bishop Ave. and through the Bishop Arts District. This will go from 2:00 – 3:00 pm.

February 14:
Love Your Lane | Valentine’s Day Ride: again, Bike Friendly Oak Cliff will meet up at Main Street Garden Park at 2 p.m., cruise through downtown to Cedar Springs, down Turtle Creek Blvd., and over to Uptown where they’ll make a stop at The Ginger Man before heading back to our nice new park downtown.

ALSO, DON’T FORGET

February 20:
Raffle Ramble:
Bike Friendly Richardson is hosting a fun little ride it north DFW. Come out to Richardson to support a good cause and win some cool prizes. Details to come very soon. Until then, you can save the date!! Sign up early for the raffle and save.

Written by dickdavid

January 22, 2010 at 7:00 am

Oak Cliff Bicycle Company

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Logo courtesy of Oak Cliff Bicycle Company. Please visit their site.

There’s a new bike shop in town: Oak Cliff Bicycle Company. I stumbled upon them when I saw that one of my friends on Facebook joined their group page. Of course I did the same.

The first thing that caught my eye was their cool logo. Call me easy, but being an art director and graphic designer, if you catch my attention with your graphics, you’ve made the first step to winning me over as a customer. The next thing that caught my attention was they’re ‘about us’ page. They appear to share the same ‘get out and ride’ philosophy that we have over here at Suburban Assault.

Image linked from the OCBC. Site. Please click to visit.

Image linked from the OCBC. Site. Please click to visit.

The last thing that wins me over as a customer is customer service. I haven’t visited their shop, so I can’t report on that yet. Their grand opening was last weekend and I’m sad to say that I missed it.

My plan is to drag the family out to Oak Cliff this weekend and stop by the shop for a visit. After that, I’ll post my initial impressions as well as a few pics. If you want to stop by and visit for yourself, they’re open Monday 12 – 7, Tues-Fri 11-7 and Sat&Sun 8:30-5. You can find there shop in Oak Cliff, one of the older neighborhoods of Dallas:

The shop is on the west side of Tyler, between 7th and Davis – 410 N Tyler Street, Dallas, TX 75208

Stay tuned.

UPDATE:

We went by the shop today (August 22). It took a while to find it because I forgot to write down the address and Oak Cliff is a bit unfamiliar to me. When we found the place, we discovered that parking is non-existent – which I guess shouldn’t be a big deal for a bike shop.

First impressions: The shop is small, but nice. Their inventory is what you would expect with a small, start-up – a bit limited. However, they have no problem ordering from their vendors. The two brands that stood out from all the used and repair bikes were Swobo and YBS, a local bike builder.

The shop had a very similar feel to West Village Bicycles, featuring more of an urban lifestyle – a niche that is a bit limited in the DFW Metroplex. I hope to see more shops like this pop up around town. Hopefully, folks will start riding more as these shops become more main stream.

The guy I talked to was a bit reserved, but managed to open up once I started talking to him. I’m hoping that I can make it down there more often and actually bring them some business.

Overall, I liked the place and I hope they have great success.

P.S. Sorry about knocking over the bikes displayed out front. It was like a horrible scene in a movie where I lifted the price tag to the bike on the end, it fell over and started a domino effect with the rest of the bikes. Thanks for being really cool about it.

Written by dickdavid

August 18, 2009 at 11:41 am

Welcome To Suburban Assault

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Believe me, there are tons of other great bike blogs out there, and I’m not even going to compete with them for your attention. If you want quality blog postings, go to Change Your Life Ride A Bike or Bikes And The City. Suburban Assault is just a place to dump some thoughts and stories about riding around my neighborhood. Maybe, if I find the time, I’ll post other people’s stories.

For the most part, you’ll be able to discover what the Suburban Assault is all about by clicking on the Flickr, Twitter and Facebook links to the right.

Written by dickdavid

July 6, 2009 at 2:02 am