Thursday, December 08, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Bike Love - just saying it puts a smile on your face, right? Remember that first time you came down the steps or climbed that half flight in your parent's split level ranch? That was the moment you saw that gleaming chromoly frame twinkling in the christmas tree lights and your world changed for ever. Or, maybe it was a shiny aluminum BMX bike, at that moment you didn't care about the difference between beer can aluminum or airplane aluminum, it was yours and you were independent.
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
URGENT: Bike Donations are down this year. WAY DOWN. Bicycle Longmont is in serious need of additional kids bikes for the Kid's Holiday Bike Program. We've raised money to purchase parts, tires, tubes, and tools, however, we need kids bikes to be donated. We are less than 4 weeks from the Kid's Holiday Bike Day. So, If you or someone you know has any children's bikes, stryders, tricycles, or even scooters, bring them to a local Longmont Firestation or, bring them to either Oskar Blues' Tasty Weasel or Home Made Liquids & Solids, or to the Lefthand Brewery for a free pint of beer.
If you'd simply like to make a donation for the Kid's Holiday Bike Program simply mail a check to:
Longmont, CO, 80502
Monday, October 17, 2011
It's that time of year again! Bicycle Longmont has launched our Kid's Holiday Bike Program in conjunction with the Ed & Ruth Lehman YMCA.
Bicycle Longmont is accepting gently used kid's bikes 20" bikes and smaller. You can drop your gently used bike off at any Fire Station in Longmont.
Longmont’s Craft Brewers are supporting the Kid’s Holiday Bike Program, too!
New this year, Bicycle Longmont has partnered with Oskar Blues & Lefthand Brewing. You can trade your kids' gently used bike for a free pint of beer at the Tasty Weasel, Homemade Liquids and Solids, or the Lefthand Tasting Room.
How can I help?
People often comment that they would like to help but they don't know anything about bike repair. Surprise! You don't need to know anything about bike repair to help.
The greatest need we have is getting all the bikes cleaned and polished. We have an air compressor that can be used to inflate tires. If you can only help with those small tasks, that will be huge!!!
Our bike repair has begun in the warehouse at Sun Construction, 1232 Boston Ave., across from Left Hand Brewery.
During the past 5 days we completely cleaned and repaired about 25 bikes. Ther
e are currently 40 bikes inside the warehouse waiting for some bike love. Never fear, though, we have an entire trailer full, waiting, too.
Charlie Daniels of the Chain Whip?
For those who can handle bike repair, we need your help again this year. Please bring your own tools and a repair stand, if possible. There are 3 repair stands at Sun but we could use several more. If you can leave one there with your name on it, we can make good use out of it during the week and we'll make sure it is returned to you.
Don’t wanna cart your tools around, and you don’t wanna lose ‘em either? We’ve got you covered!
New this year - we have a secure place to store any tools you would like to leave there so that you don't have to lug them back and forth each time you come. Check with Tom, Pati or myself for details.
The warehouse is generally open on weekends at about 10:00am both Saturday and Sunday. It will close mid-afternoon both days.
Monday thru Friday, it is open from dark:30 until about 4:00pm.
Just show up when it's convenient and stay as long as you like. There is plenty to be done. It is easy to see which bikes need cleaning and some work. Inside Santa's Bike Workshop you'll find cleaner, polish, rags, tubes, repair parts and lots of bikes needing some TLC. It is all organized better this year and all parts are separated by type.
To get into the warehouse, enter thru the chain link fence that is just east of Sun's office. Go into the building that is just northeast of the offices. Look for the "Santa's Bike Workshop" sign.
Please contact us with any questions.
Monday, October 03, 2011
Thanks to everyone who helped make the Hops & Heifers cruiser ride a bucking success. We rode nearly 18 miles from Longmont to Hops & Heifers, ending at Homemade Liquid & Solids.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Saturday, October 1st
Cruiser Ride- 10am-2:30pm
If you are in Denver for the GABF Great American Beer Festival then, catch the OB bus up to The Tasty Weasel from Denver (or you can meet us at the Tasty Weasel at 10am) for a cruiser bike ride out to Hops & Heifers farm.
The cost for this ride is $25 and covers all this below:
After a brewery tour and a fuel-up in the tasting room, we’ll head out on bikes. The ride to the farm is 8 miles. We’ll re-fuel with water, ice cold beer & snacks while touring the farm. Farmer Geoff will give the nitty-gritty about the benefits and importance of farm-to-table sustainable practices.
We’ll have an option for those who want to take a van back to Homemade Liquids & Solids after the first leg of the ride. Once back in Longmont, we’ll have lunch at Homemade Liquids & Solids before heading back to Denver. We’ve partnered up with Bicycle Longmont to help out with bike rentals for the day– let us know if you’ll need a bike rental.
The Oskar Blues Ordeal- Saturday Cruiser Ride Schedule- 8:30am-4pm
8:30am: Pick up in Denver* (if you happen to already be, in Denver)
10am-11am: Drop off at Tasty Weasel. For those not taking the bus from Denver, arrive at the Tasty Weasel by 10am. Brewery tour and beer stop. Get geared up with bikes from a local shop.
11am-1:30pm: Bike to Hops & Heifers farm Cruiser Bike Ride (8miles one-way, 16 mile round trip. Half way option available)
1:30-2:30mp: Homemade Liquids & Solids for lunch
4pm: Arrive back in Denver*
To register go HERE
Smiles all around!* PICK UP & DROP OFF: The Falling Rock Taphouse in Denver, 1919 Blake Street
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Thursday, September 08, 2011
All of us at Bicycle Longmont are teaming up to bring you the best end of season blow out in HISTORY! As a matter of fact you could call it “G’Knight Lite!” We’ve gotten together with the Dickens Opera House and the band Running with Scissors.
Running with Scissors is based in the area and they are a lot of fun. If you came to the G’Knight Ride then you’ve heard Running with Scissors. They play classic rock cover tunes, originals and they ROCK!
The ride is free as always but five bucks ($5) gets you in the door! The $5 cover helps to cover the costs of the band. Anything we raise over that will be donated to the Aspen Center for Child Development (formerly the Our Center Childcare Center). We’ve donated our end of the season blowout bash cash to these guys for quite sometime.
So get your party on, light up your ride, and join us next Wednesday September 14th, 2011. We meet at 6:30pm at Roosevelt Park and roll around 6:40p. We will do a shortened trip around Old Town ending at the Dickens Opera House. Bring you bike lock.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Friday, August 05, 2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
This week is Wild West Wednesday! Come in yer best duds, chaps, boots & hats, life is good. It's also the kick off to the Boulder County Fair this week. So - I guess - Wild West Wednesday is appropriate. I couldn't have planned it better if I tried.
The LAST Concert at Roosevelt Park for the season .
Tuesday, July 26 6:30 -8pm, Roosevelt Park
Rebecca Folsom Band – I’ve been looking forward to this Concert all summer. Hope for hot temps and lots of wind to keep the Mosquitoes at bay.
Wednesday July 27th – BIKE NIGHT – Theme – Wild West
Howdy Partners & Mams, we’re heading to the greenway for the first time this season. Git yer giddy-up and come on along. We’ll go west to Golden Ponds then east to Martin Street. The Lefthand Brewery will be on the way so feel free to stop in. If the Lefthand isn’t your thing then stay on the greenway to Martin Street. We’ll get you back to Old Town without having to climb those annoying hills.
Also on July 27, 7pm – 8pm at the Longmont Museum
Southern Exposure will be playing. They are a talented Bluegrass band.
July 28, 10:30 – 11:15am – Longmont Library
Colin O'Brien - Bluegrass Banjo
Kick off to the ColoRODan Weekend
July 29, 5:30 – 8:30,
Car Show on Kimbark 5pm to 8:30pm
Bicycle Longmont Bike Valet Service. 6pm – 8:30pm.
Music 7pm – 8:30pm, 4th Avenue Downtown
Flash Cadillac (Classic Rock)
Boulder County Fair Parade & Chuckwagon Breakfast
Breakfast starts at 6am ends at 10am.
ColoRODan Main Street Cruise-in 6pm – 11pm.
Bicycle Longmont/Bike Night cruise starting at 7pm. Meet at Roosevelt Park near the Senior Center
ColoRODan Car Show and music at Roosevelt Park, Food Trucks etc.
Then we’re back to Monday……
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Lastly - Oskar Blues gave us a bunch of Can Bling. If you don't know what Can bling is then, by all means grab a friend and come on over. There will be a prize for the person who has the most beads/can's at the end.
See you tomorrow night! Face Painter arrives at 6pm.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Last week we had between 130 and 135 people out in the rain. If you weren't there you missed out on what I think was one of the funnest if not the funnest, Bike Night ever. It dumped atleast an inch to two of warm summer rain while we celebrated Christmas in July. The ride was capped off with hail. White Christmas - YES!
This week we will meet at Roosevelt Park at 7pm. The theme is Mardi Gras, bring your best costume and we'll supply the bling. Oskar Blues has donated a lot of "can bling" look for a photo in the coming days. Also - there will be a face painter at Roosevelt at 6pm. Come early and get your face painted or, your child's or any combination thereof.
Also - Keep the weekend of July 29th free - specifically Satuday July 30th. We're going to take part in the "Coloradon's Cruiser weekend". City Council has or will repeal the "no cruising" ordinance in Longmont for that night. I'm planning a Cruiser ride for that Saturday night. We will meet at 7pm at Roosevelt Park. My theory is that the custom cars and other cruisers will slow traffic on Main so that we may be able to make a few passes.
More to follow.
In addition we found out RAAM - Race Across AMerica - is planning a qualifier race begining and ending in Longmont. They've asked us to do a cruiser ride based in Prospect. We're hoping to partner with the Prospect Peddlers to do this ride. Look for that on August 6th. More info to follow. This ride will be free and will most likely begin and end in Prospect.
Lots going on! See you on Wednesday at 7pm.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Tomorrow night is Bike Night and that means Christmas in July! So tonight, dig through the closet and pull out whatever you can find, red/white/green/gold, maybe a little mur, whatever, just knock your socks off.
Last week we had 122 folks join us on the ride. Our weekly average so far this year is about 132 people per ride. Last year at this time we averaged 71 riders. We’re only half way through – so tell a stranger and bring a friend to the ride tomorrow!
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Next week the group decided the theme should be "Christmas in July". Dig out your Santa Hat! There maybe caroling, too.
See you tonight!
6:30 PM, Roosevelt Park, 910 Longs Peak Avenue. We meet in front of the Senior Center in the turnaround area.
Monday, June 27, 2011
It must be summer because there's a LOT going on in Old Town this week.
First lets jump ahead to Wednesday. Bike Night will meet at 6:30 at Roosevelt Park in front of the Senior Center - 910 Longs Peak Avenue. This week's theme will be Red, White & Blue, because it's the Fourth of July and all.
We're sticking to the Old Town as most of the Greenway underpasses are under water.
So please join us. Like I've said before - Bring a friend, Tell a stranger, and we'll see you at Bike NIght on Wednesday.
If you're looking for more to do this holiday week here's a run down of things I'm into:
Tuesday - Concerts at Roosevelt Park, Kutandara will play. They are described as fusing ancient African music traditions with Latin, jazz, gospel, classical, and world folk influences.
Wednesday - Bike Night! But you already knew that...
Thursday - Morning Concerts at the Library - 10:15 to 11am. Get your Kilt and the family plaid and enjoy some Celtic Music
Friday Night - Ride your bike to the Downtown 4th Avenue Concert Series. We'll be rockin' the Bike Valet. This weeks band is "The Receders" described as playing Funk -Jazz - R&B. Should be a good time. If not - Lefthand and Oskar Blues Brewing will be there. Which, reminds me of a friend's college band - the bass drum had a message for listeners - "the more you drink, the better we sound". Which reminds me of a saying my Great Grandmother told me - "Everything in moderation, Ryan J."
Fourth of July don't forget to dust off the picnic basket you got at your wedding and bring the family to Thompson Park for the Longmont Symphony. Nothing like 76 Trombones under the elms.
Have a great week -
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Like I said we had a great turnout. Next week, should the flood waters subside, we will tour the St. Vrain Greenway and Golden Ponds. So until then - tell a stranger bring a friend to Bike Night next week.
See you at the Farmers Market or Downtown Concert Series.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Anna and I are readying ourselves for our big commute downtown Longmont for PANCAKES!
I hope everyone can get out and ride today. Bike Night tonight will meet tonight at 6:30p and get rolling about 6:40. We will stay in Old Town.
See you tonight and enjoy Bike To Work Day!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
From the organizers to the volunteers to the sponsors to all of you, THANK YOU!
More later, I'm a bit exhausted and there's only three days til "Bike Night!".
Thanks for the love.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
G'Knight kicks off in less than 48 hours. Can you dig it?
We had an excellent turnout tonight for packet pickup - over 250 folks nabbed their registration bags tonight. Tomorrow we'll be hanging out at Oskar Blues on S. Hover Street 1555 between 11 & 1pm. Drop by and pick up yours, then.
I had a great day nailing down the details for the ride on Saturday. I think you're gonna have a great time. We're really shaping things up and pulling things together. Looks like we'll have a few neighborhood parties going on, and we're going to have a lot of fun and energetic marshals rocking the corners!
Tonight we had our volunteer meeting at Oskar Blues. I am impressed with the number of folks interested in marshaling and generally helping out. If you're interested in volunteering drop in to OB Liquid & Solids tomorrow between 11 & 1p. We'll hook you up.
Lastly - Bike Night on Wednesday rocked. We had nearly or maybe a little over 150 riders. Great turn out. Wednesday was the first night we ventured to the Greenway. We are pleased to report no flooding. If you haven't joined us for Bike Night yet this year or you've taken a few years off, join us next week when we return to 6:30p. Also - July is coming that means theme nights so get your requests in early.
The first will be "Favorite Children's Book" come dressed as your favorite story book character.
See you this weekend and if not then, then definitely on Wednesday.
Happy Fathers Day and to all the mom's congratulations on enduring your dudes.
Monday, June 13, 2011
See you tomorrow night at 7pm. If you've got friends who commute home later, let them know. We're starting late to let them catch up with us!
Our route tomorrow will go to the Greenways. I'll check in the afternoon for flooding, if the Mighty St. Vrain runneth over, we will be back in Old Town.
One thing to do with your kids between now and then is make sure they know how to use their brakes. We will tackle the Bowen Hill. Don't worry we'll rock Martin Street back into Old Town. We will pass by the Lefthand. Feel free to stop, I will lead the remaining group back to Old Town.
See you Wednesday.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Also - We surpassed the 400 mark on the G'Knight ride with a week to go. Are you registered? If not get in gear.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend.
See you Wednesday!
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Lastnight was a night of firsts for Bike Night.
Until this week I had never thought anyone would be married on Bike Night. I was honored when Randy Burgess and Libby Taylor asked me to “officiate” their wedding. Randy & Libby were officially married earlier, however their love for eachother, biking and Bike Night lead them to renew their vows publicly.
Congratulations to Libby and Randy - may you ride many miles together!
Last night beat our biggest ride ever. The largest ride prior to lastnight was 110, on the same night one year ago.
Will it be the same next week? I hope so!
Next week the ride will start at 7pm. This is to let those folks who commute home have a chance to get to the ride. Our next 7pm ride will be July 20th. If you have friends or co-workers who can’t make 6:30p let them know we’ll meet at 7pm, start at 7:15, and will be going to the St.Vrain Greenway – unless it’s flooding.
Thanks for a great week, see you next Wednesday at 7pm. I see you on the greenways, at the Farmer’s Market or around town first!
Don’t forget to register for the G’Knight Ride, too! I’m excited that such an amazing event is coming to fruition. Check out www.gknightride.org for more information!
Sunday, June 05, 2011
What a weekend - finally - the first "Warm" almost down right hot weekend. Summertime for sure. Let the DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince play!
Speaking of all things Jazzy & Fresh - Bike NIght will be back on Wednesday. Something special is going to happen this week. So, please, wear black and/or white. It's gonna be cool!
It's been a heck-uva-week. I spent Thursday cruising the streets of Boulder. Riding the Boulder Cruiser ride was a lot of fun and somewhat intimidating. I hadn't ridden with them since we raised money to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
I heard from multiple cruisers they'd heard of Longmont Bike Night and were impressed with the cycling options we had here. Several people were there who were regulars with the Boulder ride and had done our ride, told me they said Longmont's ride reminded them of Boulder's ride in the '90's prior to it's explosive growth.
Boulder now draws nearly 500 riders, regularly. From a ride leader's perspective it was interesting to see how 500 people can move organically through a city like Boulder. It's really something to behold. I encourage you to check it out.
Both are very fun, but in different ways.
The most interesting thing i witnessed was the "Rave in a Box". Something to behold, for sure.
Congrats to the folks who make Boulder's Ride very unique, and very Boulder.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
There is a great article in the Times Call. The article covers the excellent turn out last night.
I hope everyone had a good time. I wanted to take a minute and give a shameless plug to the G'Knight Ride.
What are you doing on June 18th? Those of you with fathers in the household, what are you doing for Dad on Fathers Day weekend? Another tie? Grilling on the patio? Nascar?
Might I suggest - Bikes, Live Music and Beer? Trifecta - I think so.
Bicycle Longmont and Oskar Blues present the first annual G'Knight Ride. There will be two routes that will begin and end in Prospect. The first is a short 3 mile loop, ideal for the younger riders, relatively flat, and scenic. The longer route is 10 miles and will loop around South Longmont to the Historic Eastside Neighborhood, Downtown and to the Westside neighborhood, then back to Prospect.
We will have family friendly events between 4pm & 6pm. The first waves of the cruiser ride will depart at 6pm. The bands will hit the stage at 7:30pm and continue until 11p. Oskar Blues will open the beer garden around 6:30pm. Food will be available at Prospect businesses and the Denver/Boulder Gourmet Trucks will be there, too.
How much does it cost? Well, comparable rides require upwards to a $35 for registration. We're not. Our registration is $10 for individuals and $25 for families. The day of the event these prices will increase.
Learn more by going to the G'Knight Ride website. Or you can go directly to Active.com to register.
Have you already registered? Great! Tell a friend!
Proceeds from the G'Knight Ride will go to benefit the programs of Bicycle Longmont.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Point is we had fun! Lots of first timers came out, again, tonight. I hope to see you all back out there again next week.
I want to congratulate Kelly Sanseverino on winning the one hour massage by Ms. Pati Walker, Thanks to Pati for giving BN the gift certificate! Look forward to another in July and August. I forgot to mention Bicycle Longmont members get special pricing, too.
One last thing - we're three weeks from the G'Knight Ride - if you liked our ride tonight imagine doing it with 500 others! You can find more information at the G'Knight Ride website. Registration is $10 or $25 for a family. This event will be a lot of fun for the whole family especially, Dad on Dad's day weekend. I'm just sayin'. If you're thinking about going please register soon. Thanks!
Also, don't forget to pick up your copy of the TImes-Call tomorrow, should be a good story in the paper, too!
Did I mention we had 107ish people? Nice.
Seems like a random title, right?
Just a quick reminder - Tonight is our Kid's Bike Safety Class. The class will be held at Central Elementary School at 4:30pm. We'll be in the activity field behind Central Elementary. You can access the field off of 5th Avenue. The class will end around 6pm. So bring a camera, your bike, your kid's bike, helmet and a snack. See you this afternoon.
Also tonight the adult with the coolest bike will get a gift certificate for a free massage! So do what you can to decorate/pimp/trick out your ride. The kids will be on the prowl, choosing the coolest ride.
Thanks to Pati Walker for the gift certificate. We will give away a massage certificate once a month!
Take Care - see you in a few!
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Anyway, if you missed us lastnight, never fear, we'll be back next week at 6:30pm. Plus we'll be giving away ANOTHER gift certificate! This time for a free one hour massage! More to follow. I know we really don't need gimmicks like give aways to get people to spend some time spinning through Old Town, but, hey - Why not!
Lastnight we had 65 riders. That is an excellent turn out by any measure. We were lucky enough to have a reprieve from the rain, gloom and clouds. I don't think the weather could have been much better! Fun was had by all.
There were a number of first time riders, too. I had an opportunity to talk to most of these folks. It was fun and interesting to hear how they heard about BIke Night. My favorite answers were: "My friends won't shut up about it" and "You guys have passed my house every week for the last 8 years. So, I finally decided, "What the hell, so I bought this bike at the Pawn Shop and here I am."
Have you heard a better story? I think not!
The point is: Whatever brings you to Bike Night, persistent cruisers, obnoxious friends, whatever it is, you'll be welcome here! So get off the porch, off the couch, out of your car and join us this summer. To borrow a phrase I just read in Bicycling Magazine - It's about Exhilaration not acceleration. Bike NIght.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I just checked the weather forecast. Tomorrow, we’re down to a 30% chance of rain, so, I’m hoping, crossing my fingers that, we’re back into our spring 3 O’clock shower, 6pm sun cycle.
Having said that, it’s Bike Night rain or shine, baby. Lastweek it dumped. Not in a good way. Well, on second thought, maybe it was a good thing, I’m sure there are people who have moved here from the Pacific Northwest and have been longing to use their favorite umbrella or raincoat. However, I think, it was unanimous among the three of us, who rode through Old Town the weather conditions were pretty crappy.
Tomorrow will be different, though. We will meet at 6:30pm at Roosevelt Park, I’ll do my little spiel and we’ll get rolling by 6:40ish. Our route will stay in Old Town.
We’ll see such sites as Sunset Golf Course, hopefully a sunset over the Indian Peaks and the always interesting and evolving Grant Street “Art in the Alley” project. Good times.
About Kids & Rider Safety:
Kids are always welcome on Bike Night, however if your child is riding a bike with training wheels or a stryder – you should have them ride in a trailer or on a tag-a-long/tandem. If your child is going to ride with the Bike Night group, which can be as large as 130 riders, ask yourself if you’re sure he or she knows how to ride safely. Bike Night is not a race, and is not a time to show off their mad BMX skills. Take a minute tonight and talk about bike safety with your kiddo and how to ride safely.
I’ll touch on this tomorrow night prior to our ride. The important thing to remember is your child is your responsibility and he or she should always be within your eyesight and within the sound of your voice. It’s fun to be the leader of Bike Night and over the past 8 years I’ve noticed kids really like to be in front with me. That’s great, but if your child likes to sprint between stop signs or repeatedly gets ahead of the group – I will give them a gentle reminder to stay with the group. If this happens repeatedly, I may ask your child to stay with you during the remainder of the ride and the entire next ride.
Tomorrow we will be on the streets of Old Town, where, generally there are few cars. We do ride on streets with bike lanes. These are typically busier streets. So tonight go for a walk or if you pick your child up from preschool or elementary school point out the Bike Lanes and remind your child that they should always be in the bike lane – even on Bike Night.
Wow. That was kinda heavy – The cool thing with all of this is, if you do Bike Night regularly you will see your child become a better rider – and – they will start self-policing themselves and the other kids on the ride. It’s a fun process to watch and be a part of.
Bicycle Longmont will offer another Kids Bike Safety class this year. The class will be prior to Bike Night on June 1st at Central Elementary School at 4:00 pm. If your kidinski attended last year’s, come again this year. A refresher is always a good idea. There is no cost for this class.
The class will end with enough time to grab a quick bite to eat prior to Bike Night beginning.
The following link will lead you to the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycling Tip sheet. I’m trying to find something a little more kid friendly but, haven’t found it yet. Anyway, you’ll have to do some translating to break it down for your child, but click here. If you find a top 10 list or something please let me know. I’ll post the link here.
See you tomorrow night!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I'm looking forward to a great ride tonight. Hopefully that "chance" of rain will pass us by.
I finally dusted off the Chopper, spruced up Andrea's Electra Deluxe, and even pimped Anna's tag-a-long. It's late so I'm gonna make this short.
Tonight we're going to keep it simple. We'll meet at Roosevelt Park at 6:30PM as usual, I'll have some fun announcements, go over a few Bike NIght guidelines and chat with the kids about riding in a group.
We'll stay in Old Town. From Roosevelt we'll circle Thompson Park and meander west through the streets and alleys to Sunset Hill. At the top of Sunset we'll hang out and catch our breath then jump on our bikes and cruise the long downhill to Francis Street. From this point we'll begin meandering east to the Historic Eastside Neighborhood. Circle Collyer Park then, end at 5th & Kimbark Street behind the Great Frame-up.
If you're coming to Bike Night for the first time and you have kids, please talk with them ahead of time about being safe and watching out for other people. The important thing is to have fun and ride safely.
Helmets are encouraged for the kids, too.
See you in a few!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I have a check list that gets me ready for Bike Night -
Bike - Check
Tag-a-long - Check
Bike bell - Check
- cup holder - check
- light - not yet - but soon
- new seat - not yet - but soon
Good friends - CHECK!
NEW THIS YEAR!
This year we're going to try something new. Over the years more than one or two people have asked to move the time to 7pm. So we'll give it a go. Every third Wednesday we'll meet at 7pm rather than the usual 6:30pm. We'll probably get rolling around 7:15pm. The dates for these "late start nights" will be June 15th, July 20th, and August 17th.
Saturday, Saturday, Saturday!
The other new thing we're adding is a Saturday Night cruiser ride. Stay tuned for future dates. We're shooting for one Saturday each month, beginning in June. Dates TBA.
Where Did Bike Night Come From?
I hope you're looking forward to the first bike night of our 8th year as much as I am. Last year we started the season with over 70 people. That number continued through June - by the end we had an average of 75 people per ride. Our largest was 134 riders. Not bad! I can remember just a few short years ago when 5-10 people was an excellent turn out.
Bike Night started as a way for my wife and I to get to know our neighbors and other people who wanted to ride around town in a fun and friendly way. We were somewhat nervous about riding in traffic and basically wanted an excuse to get ice cream. So we started riding around. It seemed like folks always appreciated others on cruiser bikes.
Andrea and I would ride through old town to Dairy Queen and down to Lefthand Brewery. We enjoyed getting to know other cyclists we'd meet and we also liked talking to folks about our bikes. Turns out there were a lot of other people who enjoyed doing the same things.
After a visit down the road to Boulder for the Thursday Night cruiser ride, I challenged Pete at Acme BIkes to start a shop ride on Wednesdays. Without a beat he turned it around and said "Why don't you?"
So after about a month of talking it over with friends Bike Night began in June 2003. Since then we've had the times of our lives on two wheels.
I hope you'll come join us on Wednesday May 18th at 6:30pm. We meet at Roosevelt Park near the Senior Center.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The only flooding you'll hear about at the Social will be talk of Bicycle Longmont flooding the streets of Longmont with recreational cyclists!
Truth be told you might hear from me about my intense fear that the St. Vrain will flood the G'Knight Ride. BUT beyond that we'll be having a lot of fun and merriment.
Please join us. All are welcome. 5p-7p at the Dickens Tavern, Downtown Longmont - 300 Main Street.
See you soon!
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
It's that time again. Time to connect with your fellow cyclists and to learn about what's happening this summer.
Bicycle Longmont will host its spring social on Thursday, May 12th at 5pm. We're going back to the Dickens Tavern. If you joined us in February bring a friend. This time we'll be in the larger, Presidents Room.
We will update you on the events Bicycle Longmont will be hosting around Longmont. We've planned a full summer that will keep you busy.
I hope you will join us, tuxes and cocktail dresses, not required.
PS 2 weeks til Bike Night, Baby!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
This morning I was listening to National Public Radio and the announcer interviewed a poet who had started a Renga. A Renga is a poem written by a community of people where each person writes their own stanzas based on the 5-7-5, or 7-7 syllable (or sound units) pattern. With BIke Night beginning in a few weeks I thought having the Bike Night "community" write a Renga, might be fun.
To learn more about what I'm talking about click here.
I'll give my weak verse first in the 5-7-5 format. The next must be a two line stanza in the 7-7 syllable format. Alternating by stanza. 5-7-5, 7-7, 5-7-5 etc. Verses/stanzas can be posted in the comments below.
Also, your verse must draw from the idea in the previous verse.
I will assemble them and the final Renga will be read prior to the first BIke Night. This should be fun!
1. Shiny Cruiser Bike,
A big crowd gathers
Waiving neighbors laugh
Thursday, April 07, 2011
As you can tell we had a great time.
Quickly - I need to say one thing - THANK YOU MIKE DION! - We were given the incredible surprise tonight when Mike Dion the filmmaker of Ride the Divide showed up out of the blue to answer questions. It was a great time, made even greater by having him there. So - Mike - Thank you!
Tomorrow night will be equally as great.
If you liked Ride the DIvide come and check out BIcycle Dreams. It's similar to Ride the Divide in that you can see extraordinary human beings accomplish amazing feats. It's truly a movie that will stick with you.
If you haven't gotten tickets, tickets will be $15 at the door. However, know that there will be a panel discussion and an after party at Oskar Blues Brewery at Pike and Sunset. I think you'll get your $15 worth, really.
Having said that.... We will drop a bunch more Bicycle Dreams tickets off at Crackpots tomorrow morning. These tickets will remain $10. It's Friday and we need easy math on Fridays. So that means you get a deal so - ya' know - I wouldn't complain.
A little bit about the Panel Our panel will include Rick Boethling - Race Across America - Race Director, Terri Gooch & Tim Case both have competed in Multiple RAAM rides. We will also feature Ryan Van Duzer. Ryan has ridden across the USA a number of times and will share his insights into RAAM as well.
Also if you need to hedge your bet on the cruiser bike - we'll be selling tickets tomorrow night too at Vance Brand.
We hope to see you there.
Allrighty, it's late and time to refuel for tomorrow. S
Sleep well St. Vrain Valley!
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Over these two nights you will have the opportunity to traverse the U.S.A West to East and North to South.
To say that these two movies are "moving tales" is more than a pun.
Come and see. Decide for your self, what will you do this weekend? Summer? Year?
Tickets are available here: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Ride the Divide (trailer)
DIcken's Opera House
300 Main Street
Bicycle Dreams (trailer)
Vance Brand Auditorium, Skyline High School
600 East Mountain View Ave
Saturday, March 26, 2011
There is a lot going on so hold on tight. First, an apology today is not March 15th. I said on March 14th I’d have an update “tomorrow”. Usually “tomorrow” means within 24 hours you can look forward to something, however – that didn’t happen, sorry.
As you know Bicycle Longmont has a film festival coming, and it’s going to happen. Bicycle Longmont is also working to put together a cruiser ride on June 18th. There are a lot of details and agreements that were and are still needed and those have all gotten in the way of a timely update.
This is probably the fourth time I’ve started writing an update and it’s about now that I start focusing on all the unknowns and begin to consider waiting to do the update until all is known, sewed up, and tied with a pretty bow. Well, that ain’t happening. So lets boldly move forward. Here’s what I know and please spread the news.
The film festival is moving forward. Tickets are on sale at Bicycle Longmont’s website www.bicyclelongmont.org. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
I’m pleased to tell you Oskar Blues is our partner and will be offering drink specials on Thursday night at the Dicken’s Opera house, before, during and after Ride the Divide. We have a 300 person capacity so hurry and buy your tickets! Friday night, following Bicycle Dreams there will be an after party for those 21 & up at the Tasty Weasel. Oskar Blues is extending their hours to accommodate our event. Your ticket stub will get you in AND, not only will you be in a brewery after hours, but (BONUS) you will also be getting a dollar off Oskar’s Blues beer. If beer isn’t your thing, but you’d like to hang out with fellow cyclists after the show, Oskar Blues makes a great rootbeer, too.
Our other partners are Crackpots, Old Town Outfitters (opening this fall at 5th & Main Street), Old Town Realty, Lefthand Back & Body, The Dicken’s Tavern, the Longmont Clinic and the Merchants of Prospect.
We’re Raffling something!
Did you know Bike Night starts May 18th? Wouldn’t it be great to start the new season on a new cruiser? We have a Phat Cycles Cruiser that we will be raffling off on Friday night during intermission of Bicycle Dreams! Tickets will be available at Ride the Divide and Bicycle Dreams. (Specifics about times, addresses for shows etc. are below).
June 18th Cruiser Ride: Also now known as “The G’Knight Ride”.
The best way to describe what’s been going on with this is “It’s sort of kismet”. June 18th Bicycle Longmont has planned our first night time cruiser ride. As fate would have it, Oskar Blues is also holding their Brewery Festival known as “Burning Can” that same day. Burning Can is an opportunity to sample finely crafted micro-brews that breweries from across the country are canning. Among other things this is an opportunity to check out brews that are not available in Colorado. It’s pretty cool.
We began talking with Oskar Blues in February and everything came together a couple weeks ago. Oskar Blues has rebranded their “Gordon’s brew” to “G’Knight” it’s good. At the same time we’ve been trying to name our ride. The two seem to work, pretty well.
During our meeting the ride was named the “G’Knight Ride”.
Fear not, we know Bike Night is a family affair so we are planning family friendly festivities prior to the G’Knight Ride.
We need to meet with the City of Longmont to discuss our route but currently our start is in “downtown” Prospect near the Two Dog Diner. We will have family friendly activities in the park adjacent to Propects downtown area. As I mentioned the ride will begin there and proceed to Oskar Blues’ brewery, where a second wave will join the ride.
Riders will have the option to do one of two routes a long route and a short route. To see the routes check out our map in the sidebar. The long route is approximately 10 – 12 miles and the short route is closer to 2 miles.
Once back in Prospect there will be fun activities. There will be an after party that will begin around 8:30 pm sponsored by Oskar Blues and we’ll have a band, too.
This is going to be a lot of fun. As I mentioned we will be meeting with the City so the route might change but the start/end will remain the same. The projected timeframe for this event is 4pm to 11pm. The ride will begin around 6pm. The after party/beer garden will most likely open around 8:30 with the band beginning around 9:30pm.
Proceeds from beer sales will benefit Bicycle Longmont and our Holiday Bike Program.
Details about the activities and times will follow.
Thanks! See you on April 14th & 15th.
Film Festival Particulars:
Ride the Divide, 7pm, Dickens Opera House, 300 Main Street, Longmont
Tickets $10 advance, $15 at the door.
Ride the Divide movies and t-shirts will be on sale the night of the show. We will have the movie on Blu-Ray and standard definition DVD’s.
Bicycle Dreams, 7pm, Vance Brand Auditorium, Skyline High School, 600 East Mountain View Avenue, Longmont.
Tickets $10 advance, $15 at the door.
After Party – Tasty Weasel, Oskar Blues Brewery Pike & Sunset Street in SW Longmont, following the show.
Friday, March 04, 2011
From that article and from the buzz over our film series, we've had quite a few people take interest in our little endeavor. We've done some great fundraising and we've still got a little way to go.
Today I got off the phone with the film guys and just received the artwork for our posters. Expect to see those online and at your local bike shop, soon. I'll also have them on all of our sites, pages, and blogs. If you'd like to have a copy of either the Ride the Divide Poster or Bicycle Dreams poster I'll send one with the Longmont info on it, digitally. We're sort of launching a guerilla marketing campaign.
We want to pack the Dickens and Vance Brand. By the way - Vance Brand has 1,375 seats. So, We, Me and You have some work to do.
I hope you all have a great weekend and I'll be back next week with another update!
Friday, February 25, 2011
Bicycle Longmont will hold a “mini-film festival” on Thursday April 14th, & Friday April 15th.
As we mentioned at our winter social, 2011 is going to be a big year for Bicycle Longmont and Cycling in Longmont. We hope you will pass the word and will help us by getting people to join us at both showings. Both movies are great and we're super excited to be showing them!
On Thursday, April 14th at 8pm Bicycle Longmont and the Dickens Opera House will present Ride the Divide. This movie has gotten great reviews and has played all over the world. We will have copies of the movie along with other Ride the Divide items for you to buy, too. This showing will be ages 21 & up.
To see the trailer go to www.ridethedividemovie.com
On Friday, April 15th, 7pm at Vance Brand Auditorium, (All Ages) Bicycle Longmont will show Bicycle Dreams. This is a documentary that follows cyclists as they race across America or RAM. RAM has a cult following and this documentary is incredible. Bicycle Dreams has won many awards including the Boulder International Film Festival in 2009. We are excited to be showing this movie.
To see the trailer go to www.bicycledreamsmovie.com
We are still in planning stages and many details remain to be worked out. However, we want you to start spreading the word and save the dates. Please join us! Bicycle Dreams will be an all ages show.
Proceeds from ticket sales will go to support the Bicycle Longmont Cruiser Fundraiser coming this Spring on June 18th and the Kids Holiday Bike Program.