Wow! What a week full of events, and what a great turn out! I’m going to need a few days to recover.
On Thursday, Dan Turner from the Bicycle Authority did a flat tire clinic at the Comma Coffee courtyard. The outdoor setting, warm spring evening, and raised stage made this a fun event. This hands on clinic allowed students to pop and patch tubes.
We had our Bike to Work Week party on Friday night at the Firkin and Fox. We started setting up a little before 5 PM, and then people started rolling in. New Belgium’s Team Wonderbike was there to greet the party goers, where many a rider pledged to drive less and ride more. Jen and Cody provided plenty of New Belgium swag for the pledges. Just around the corner, Fat Tire Ale and Mighty Arrow Pale Ale were being served. I believe I had the honor of the first and last glass of Mighty Arrow!
The raffle ticket station was hopping! Everyone wanted to win the two cruiser bikes. I wish I could’ve been like Oprah and given everyone a bike, but there were only two. Mel and Teri were the lucky winners of the night. Thanks to your generous contributions, we raised a lot of money for Muscle Powered to further bicycle advocacy in Carson City. Luckily, many of you won some other great prizes and drank a few delicious beers along with your donation!
A big thanks to the three musical acts that performed. Hick’ry Switch, a few members from Anouaze Beat, and James Wilsey kept the crowd entertained until after dark. A very eclectic selection of music for sure!
Who would’ve thought you could ride a wheelie on a utility bike? Leave it to Keith to teach us how! The Kona Ute was a party favorite that night. A few people took a ride on the back, and Scott R even got shuttled down to the Carson Nugget at the end of the evening.
Another special thanks to Jim and John at the Firkin. The back parking lot was the perfect spot for our event. Thanks for helping to make it such a nice evening!
We had one day to get caught up on the chores at home, and then my family joined other riders for the Bike Habitat’s 2009 Tour of Carson and BBQ. The ride was a 28 mile loop around the outskirts of Carson City, beginning and ending at the Bike Habitat. To celebrate the Bike Habitat’s 2nd Anniversary, there was a tasty BBQ waiting for all the riders when they returned. Congratulations on your Anniversary, Denis, and thank you for all your support during Bike Month!
Once again, Keith Conrad setup a sports drink stop on King Street for us. It was getting hot when we rolled up, and the cold drinks gave us the energy we needed to make it back to the Bike Habitat. Thanks, Keith!
I volunteered to ride sweep at this year’s Tour of Carson, but as it turned out, I would’ve been back there anyway! My son and I rode the juggernaut of all bicycles, our KHS tandem. I wasn’t able to get the slicks on the fat rims, so I put the lightest mountain tires I could find on it. Charlie and I made it though, flying down the descents and crawling up the climbs. We were both excited to complete the whole course. It was Charlie’s longest ride ever, and my longest ride of the year!
Stay tuned for Jeff Potter’s Corporate Challenge results. We have lots of exciting data to share with everyone, and the results may surprise you. I was shocked!
Once again, thank you to all Bike to Work Week participants, planners, organizers, and sponsors. It was the biggest bike event Carson City has ever seen, and we all made it happen.
Also, don’t forget that the Bike Habitat is doing two more bicycle clinics on the remaining two Tuesday’s in May. See you there!