Blinky Man Bike Ride

This Saturday evening, June 14th, will be the 2nd annual Blinky Man cruiser ride, a costumed night time bike ride with lights! This fun social ride begins at 7:30PM, and visits some of Carson City’s favorite hangouts. At 8:30 PM, the sun goes down and all the lights go on.

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Meet up at Caterpillar’s Hookah Lounge between 6:30PM and 7:30 PM. Ride leaves at 7:30 PM. Other stops will include the Timbers Saloon, Jimmy G’s, The Westside Pour House, and the Tap Shack. Due to the destinations on this ride, this is a 21 and over event. Bring your ID!

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Looking for lights? Our local bike shops have a good selection of headlights, taillights, and other safety lights. For decorative lighting, people have had good luck at the LED Light store at the corner of Fairview and Roop (open Mon – Fri until 5:00PM), WalMart, and the craft stores. Plastic Zip-Ties, available at hardware stores, work good to secure the string of lights and battery packs to the bikes, and ensure they won’t interfere with pedaling, braking, and steering.

More info: Blinky Man on Facebook.

National Trails Day 2014

(Originally published on MusclePowered.org by Jeff Potter)

We had a fantastic turnout on National Trails Day! Muscle Powered, Graceworks, Great Basin Institute and Starbucks volunteers (Thank you for the morning coffee!) showed up at the Waterfall Trailhead early Saturday morning to work on the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail. At the sign-in table volunteers were issued hard hats and were able to grab a bit of swag provided by Clif Bar through IMBA’s Clif Bars for Trail Work Days, and Adventure Medical Kits from the American Hiking Society. After sign-in and a bit of mingling, volunteers loaded up in vans provided by Carson City and Capitol Automotive and shuttled up to the worksite.

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At the worksite Muscle Powered Senior Crew Leader Oliver Lieder conducted a safety talk and tool demonstration before sending crews off to work.

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Crews lead by Ward Knous and Toby Welborn took the most difficult terrain, a steep cross slope with plenty of rock , which kept the crew busy the whole day, while crews lead by Mark Kimbrough, Oliver Lieder and Jeff Potter worked on slightly easier terrain. Keith Conrad lead our rock crew whose task was to pull rocks off the side slope, placed there during previous construction, and haul them to Church Bells Ravine to be used as rip rap.

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This was the first time we’ve partnered with Graceworks, and I believe this was the first time they’ve worked on trail as an organization. It was wonderful to work with a dedicated group of hard working individuals, from ages 6 to 80, all in an effort of enhancing the community we live in.

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Totally awesome Jenny! She brought MP and GW together. Thank you!

Great Basin Institute started working on Ash to Kings back in late 2012. In 2013 they worked a full season and built 2 miles of trail in the middle section of the alignment. In 2014 GBI conducted crew orientation, along with a couple of hitches, and together with Muscle Powered has built 4,000ft of trail since May 1st of this year. To have GBI with us on NTD was extra special. It gave everyone a chance to talk with the crews who are helping to build our trail, plus they’re a great bunch of people to hang around with.

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Britney form GBI

We broke for lunch at 11:45 which was made by Comma Coffee provided by a generous donation from longtime trail supporters Galena Fest and Eagle Vision. Thank you!!!!!!

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CJ working on the trail

After lunch we worked for a couple more hours. By 1:45 Mark and Oliver’s crew had finished their sections and moved up the trail to help the other crew leaders. At the end of the day crews had built 1,075ft of new trail!

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Billie and Rex inspecting the sweet single track

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We regrouped one more time, counted tools and took one last group photo before heading home. On the way out it was impressive to see the work Keith’s crew did with the rip rap.

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Keith at Church Bells Ravine

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Alex and Jeremy

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Nathan and Isaac

Thank you to all who made this the best NTD ever!!!

Push America Cyclists to Visit Western Nevada College

Western Nevada College and the Nevada Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities will host a ‘Journey of Hope’ Celebration Friday, June 6, for 35 bicyclists traveling from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. to support those with disabilities. This is a community event free and open to the public from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Carson City campus. Food, speakers, music, dancing, karaoke and a free raffle will entertain, and flu/T-dap shots and disability resource information tables will inform visitors.

Journey of Hope

The Governor has declared the week of June 6th – 10th as Journey of Hope week in Nevada. This team of cyclists is participating in a 67 day, almost 4,000 mile ride from San Francisco to Washington DC, stopping in Carson City and other cities in Nevada along the route.

More information on the Journey of hope on their website here: pushamerica.org/journeyofhope.aspx

Bike Month Wrap Up

As May comes to a close, it’s time to look back on all the fun events we had during Bike Month and thank our volunteers and sponsors who made it all possible!

Tour of Carson City

On May 4th the Bike Habitat hosted the Tour of Carson City, a nearly 30 mile ride around the perimeter of the city. The warm and pleasant morning help set the tone for the ride, as organizer Denis Coyne gave his pre-ride talk. After instructions, dozens of riders headed out to enjoy the ride. A rest stop was included this year over by the hospital on the north side of town. Before making the final ride south to the Bike Habitat, riders refilled their bottles with cold water, and treated themselves to ice cream, popsicles, and licorice. I worked the rest stop this year, and had just as much fun talking to all the riders as I would have doing the ride itself! The ride wrapped up at the Bike Habitat where owners Denis and Viola provided a delicious lunch.

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Denis Coyne gives his pre-ride talk

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Rest Stop volunteers Kristy and Anna

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Tour of Carson City Rest Stop

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Ice Cream and Popsicles were a big hit at the rest stop

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Daly and John came down from Reno to join the ride

More photos from the Tour of Carson City HERE.

Celebrity Ride

The annual Celebrity Ride was on the morning of May 5th. This event has really grown since its inception when only one city supervisor was involved. This year we had the Mayor, the brand new City Manager, members of the Board of Supervisors, the Sheriff, leaders of Parks and Recreation and Open Space, the City Transportation Manager, the Superintendent of the Carson City School District, members of the press, and more! It was a great opportunity to get all the city leaders out together to talk about bikes and enjoy the warm Spring morning with a leisurely bike ride.

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City Manager and Mayor

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City Leaders talk bikes

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The Press

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Cortney Bloomer, Safe Routes to School Coordinator

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Heading out on Minnesota Street

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Riding up King Street

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Rob, and Juan and Roger from Open Space and Parks and Rec

More photos from the Celebrity Ride HERE.

Ride for Reading

A new event this year was the week-long Ride for Reading starting on May 5th. The ride began over at Carson City Health and Human Services, where we loaded bikes, bags, and baskets full of donated books. From there we pedaled over to Bordewich Elementary school, where a few hundred kids were awaiting our arrival. We entered the playground and made a parade lap as the kids cheered loudly for bikes and books. After a short safety talk by event organizer Cortney Bloomer, the kids were able to go pick out their own book. The Ride for Reading was definitely one of the highlights of the month for me. This event continued the rest of the week, with deliveries being made to other area schools.

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Arriving at Bordewich Elementary

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Delivering books to a most appreciative audience

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Ride for Reading Riders

More photos from the Ride for Reading HERE.

Bike to Work Week

May 12th was the start of Bike to Work Week. Businesses all over town competed in the annual Corporate Bicycle Commuter Challenge throughout the week. Good weather encouraged participation this year, and cyclists in the challenge collectively logged 4,398 miles, and made 680 trips by bicycle! Good job everyone. The final results for this competition and other statistics can be found HERE. Local coffee shops Capital Coffee and Comma Coffee treated bicycle commuters to free coffee on Bike to Work Day as a reward for their efforts.

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Free Coffee at Capital Coffee

Westside Cruiser Ride

If one had to pick the most fun event of Bike Month, the Westside Cruiser Ride would be it. Well over a hundred people gathered at the Brewery Arts Center, the staging area for the ride. Costumes and bike decorating are encouraged for this fun parade style ride, and the riders did not disappoint! There were helmet antennae, tutus, capes, wigs, and even one crocodile costume. We encountered very little traffic along the route, and it was fantastic to see all the smiles and waves from the neighborhood residents. It was also great to see even more participation by the kids this year. After the ride, many of us went over to the Firkin and Fox for refreshments and live music. After dark, we lit up the lights for another fun ride home.

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Preparing to Ride

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A finely dressed gentleman and his penny farthing

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Some great costumes!

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The parade on Mary Street

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Lots of bikes on Ormsby Blvd

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It’s a mob!

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Post-ride posing

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Live music from Jenera Paxton & Josh Procaccini at the Firkin and Fox after the ride

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The ride home

More photos from the Westside Cruiser Ride HERE.

Bike to Work Week Party

On May 16th we had our Bike to Work Week Party. Riders began rolling in after work on Friday to the Firkin and Fox ready to celebrate the week. People lined up to get their raffle tickets for all the wonderful prizes we had collected from our local businesses. Notch 8 played music between events and giving away raffle prizes. There was a helmet decorating table for the kids, and we had a couple bike games this year. The Slow Drag was funny to watch, with the last rider to cross the finish line declared the winner. We also had a few games of Bike Polo. Originally the adults were going to do a polo exhibition, but it ended up being the kids that dominated the games. Bike Polo continued throughout the evening until we had to reopen the street at 9:00 PM. The Corporate Challenge results were announced, and all the raffle prizes were given out including the two highly sought after cruiser bikes. Not only was it a fun party, it was a very successful fund raiser for Muscle Powered.

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Get your beer and raffle tickets here!

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Lee and Kelly helped decorate helmets

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Bike Polo

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Lots of kids got in on the bike games this year

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Music by Notch 8

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Raffle prize time!

More photos from the Bike to Work Week Party HERE.

Bicycle Movie Night

On May 20th we had our Bicycle Movie night at Sassafras. The weather really changed this week, and it had rained most of the day. Most of us opted to drive to the movie that night. Mike Wiencek hosted movie night, where we showed the cycling classic, Breaking Away. Moviegoers enjoyed a night of movie trivia, great food and drinks, raffle prizes, and a fun film.

Thank You!

What a great month it was! Thank you to everyone who attended the events and made them so fun, all the Muscle Powered volunteers that gave their time at the events, the bike shops for keeping our bikes running, and a very special thank you to all our Bike Month Sponsors who make the events possible and help raise money for all the great bicycle and pedestrian projects happening around town. What a great community!

A very special thank you to (and I hope I have them all!):

  • Bella Fiore Wines
  • Bike Habitat
  • Cafe at Adele’s
  • Capital Coffee
  • Capitol Automotive
  • Carson City Orthodontics
  • Carson City Visitors Bureau
  • Comma Coffee
  • The Cracker Box
  • The Firkin and Fox
  • High Sierra Brewing Company
  • The Horseshoe Club
  • The LED Light, Inc.
  • Lumos & Associates
  • Nevada Bicycle Advisory Board
  • Nevada National Guard
  • NDOT
  • Notch 8
  • “Out West” Storekeeper
  • Sassafras
  • The Tap Shack
  • Vitamin Research Products
  • Webster Wealth Management LLC

Bicycle Movie Night at Sassafras

For the final scheduled event of Bike Month, Muscle Powered and Sassafras will be presenting Bicycle Movie Night on the evening of May 20th. Ride your bike down and enjoy a classic bicycle movie with free popcorn, food and drink specials while you watch the movie, fun movie trivia, swag bags, and a lot of great raffle prizes including gift certificates and bicycle accessories! It’ll be fun for the whole family.

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What: Bicycle Movie Night
Where: Inside Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, 318 N Carson St, Carson City
When: Tuesday, May 20th @ 6:00 PM
Activities: Bicycle themed movie, movie trivia, raffle prizes, bike swag, free popcorn, food and drink specials, and more!
Admission: Free, but donations to Muscle Powered are always appreciated.

Bike to Work Day Coffee!

Friday, May 16th is national Bike to Work Day! Many of you have been commuting by bike all week for Bike to Work Week, but if you’ve been on the fence about giving it a shot, Friday is your day to go for it. Need more incentive, or a shot of energy? Two Carson City coffee shops will be giving out FREE coffee to bicycle commuters between 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM! Show them your helmet, and tell them you rode your bike to work.

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Bicycle commuters enjoying a Cup of Joe at Comma Coffee

Comma Coffee has been supporting Bike to Work Week for the 8 years I’ve been involved with the event, both as a commuter and an organizer. They have a fun atmosphere, and a nice outdoor courtyard with a Muscle Powered bike rack. Comma Coffee is located at 312 South Carson Street across from the Legislature Building. Comma Coffee on Facebook HERE.

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Enjoy a coffee on the patio at Capital Coffee!

Relatively new in town is Capital Coffee. Friendly service, great coffee, pastries, and outdoor seating is available. Capital Coffee is located at 504 E Musser Street. Capital Coffee on Facebook HERE.

Happy riding everyone, and don’t forget the party at the Firkin and Fox Friday evening! Ride on.

Bike to Work Week Party 2014

I hope everyone’s Bike to Work Week is going well. You really couldn’t ask for better weather here in Carson City for encouraging people to get out on their bikes. Last night we had 94 adults and 29 children signed in for our Westside Cruiser ride, and the miles and trips are really starting to rack up for the Bicycle Commuter Corporate Challenge. To say thank you for all your hard work, we’re going to throw you a street party!

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Bike to Work Week Party at the Firkin and Fox!

Join us this Friday night, May 16th, after work at the Firkin and Fox. The party will start ramping up after 5:00 PM on 3rd Street, where we will have live music from Notch 8, lots of raffle prizes including two Phat Cycles beach cruisers, bike themed games, helmet decorating for the kids, and plenty to eat and drink. We will also be announcing the winners of the Corporate Challenge!

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Win one these Phat Cycles cruisers!

In between music and giving out raffle prizes, we’ll have a few bike games. Slow Drags – a game everyone can get in on. It’s the opposite of a drag race. Last person across the line wins! If you stop, track-stand or put a foot down, you’re out of the race. We’ll also have a few riders doing a bike polo exhibition.

In addition to the cruiser bikes that Bike Habitat helped us acquire, we have a lot of other great raffle prizes and giveaways. More bike goodies from the Bike Habitat and Carson City Orthodontics, gift certificates from our awesome local businesses like Capitol Automotive, Adele’s, Sassafras, The Horseshoe Club, Agency 36, and the prizes keep rolling in! Raffle tickets will be 1 for $2, 6 for $10, and 15 for $20. You’ll also receive a raffle ticket with each High Sierra Brewing Company beer purchase at the party.

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Bicycle themed games! Slow Drags and a Bike Polo Exhibition.


Live music from Notch 8!

While this is a big party, it’s also Muscle Powered‘s biggest fund raiser of the year. Your beer and raffle ticket purchases at the party will go to benefit Muscle Powered. If you have enjoyed the Bike Month activities, please consider joining Muscle Powered. Your help is needed to make Carson City a more bike friendly community. Muscle Powered volunteers assist with these events, lead community rides and walks, work with city government to build better biking and walking infrastructure, and build recreational trails in our nearby open spaces.

What: Muscle Powered’s Bike to Work Week Party
Where: The Firkin and Fox, 310 S Carson Street, Carson City
When: Friday May, 16th
Time: Come over after work. Party will start ramping up after 5:00PM.
Activities: Live music, helmet painting for the kids, raffle prizes, bike games, food and drink.