Drink Beer to Donate!

Special Announcement!

We are excited to announce that Oaks & Spokes is partnering with New Belgium Brewing in the coming months for a special fundraising campaign.  Attend awesome cycling events and drink a pint to contribute!  Oaks & Spokes is raising funds for a bicycle counter and will work with the city to have it installed in Raleigh.  Yep you read that right, starting now until March 15, whenever you buy a Slow Ride Session IPA, a portion of the sales will be donated to Oaks & Spokes and matched by New Belgium when purchased at the following participating locations: World of Beer – North Hills, Tasty Beverage Company – Raleigh, Boxcar Arcade – Raleigh, Tyler’s Taproom – Raleigh, and Rally Point – Cary. We have some really fun and unique cycling events or “Slow Ride Sessions” coming up.   Continue reading

Warm Your Buns: Oaks & Spokes’ Winter Fundraiser


It is frigid outside. Take a break from the icy breeze of you bike commute and come Warm Your Buns with Oaks & Spokes at an indoor Happy Hour Ride benefiting our 2015 Spring Festival. The ride will take place at FlyWheel, Raleigh’s newest indoor cycling location. FlyWheel’s classes are incredibly fun featuring custom playlists, and allowing each individual to challenge themselves at whatever level they choose.

Friday, January 23rd
6:30 – 8:30pm (ride begins promptly at 7pm!)

Fly Wheel Sports
402 Oberlin Road, Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27605

Please join us at 6:30pm to check in, get ready, buy raffle tickets and socialize. The ride will start promptly at 7pm, and will be followed by a Happy Hour with snacks and drinks provided by local sponsors.

Attendees must register in advance, here is how:
Bikes are limited, so remember to buy your ticket in advance! Reserve them by:
1. Creating an Account at Flywheel at www.flywheelsports.com (remember your username as you will need it to provide it in step 2)
2. Filling out the following google form: http://goo.gl/forms/4E2JbhKyMN
3. Donating what you would like, and are able to, at or above $20 via paypal to: info@oaksandspokes.com

All proceeds will go directly towards the Oaks & Spokes’ Third Annual Bicycling Festival to be hosted in Downtown Raleigh, Spring of 2015.


Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting cycling in Raleigh!

Crank Arm Brewing Company, Lucettegrace, BREW, Brixx Pizza – Cameron Village, Edge of Urge, Night Kitchen Bakehouse & Cafe & of course FlyWheel Sports Raleigh

Ladies Army 2014 Recap

For those of you who don’t know what Ladies Army is- it’s the most popular all women’s bike polo tournament with participants from all over the world. There is a lot of debate around growing the presence of women in bike polo, which is currently a bona fide co-ed sport. So the idea of an all-women tournament has some people who totally support it and others who are against it. I’m not going to go much further into that because that would require its own blog post all together. I’ve been playing polo for around two years and never went to Ladies Army before. But this year, I found myself surrounded with two killer girls in my club that I can connect with on the court better than I do with most players in general. So, I had the perfect opportunity to go and play with Melanie and Christina as ‘She Hulud,’ if you’re nerdy enough to get the reference.

Sam Bennett was dedicated enough to travel all the way out to the tournament to shoot photos for the tournament

Sam Bennett was dedicated enough to travel all the way out to the tournament to shoot photos for the tournament. In white, Christina (left) and Melanie (right) represent Raleigh in Ladies Army 2014.

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Taking the #Coffeeneuring Challenge

I think the #coffeeneuring challenge comes at the perfect time.  Running from October 4 – November 17, it spans through North Carolina’s fall colors and into the beginning of colder temperatures where you need a reason to get up and get out on a chilly morning.   Although there are several ways to explain what coffeeneuring is, my favorite way of putting it is this:

Getting a cup of coffee with a bunch of rules.

Curvy mountainous roads?  No problem!  I just had a zillion caffeine points!

Curvy mountainous roads? No problem! I just had a zillion caffeine points just outside of Asheville, NC.

Now who would want to do that, you might ask??  Why can’t you just go get a cup of coffee on the weekend and be done with it?  There are folks all across the country getting cups of coffee, following simple rules, and enjoying both small and large adventures in the process.  You can read all about the rules, but I’ll give you the main idea: take a casual bike ride to get 7 cups of coffee in 7 weeks, one cup per weekend day if you work a regular M-F job, at a variety of places and document your experience.  Other beverages such as tea qualify as well.  Read on to learn more about my adventure and hopefully next year you will join myself and others in the challenge!   Continue reading

Come Ride for a Cause this November: Raleigh Cranksgiving 2014!

Cranksgiving Raleigh 2014!

I’m excited to announce a new Oaks & Spokes event just around the corner: Cranksgiving, a mobile food drive on two wheels (or three if you have a tricycle!) where riders collect food and donations from local stores by bike. Cranksgiving is a national concept that started in New York in 1999 and has spread to countless other cities since. It is such a fun and excellent way to bike your city, build community, and help provide for the needy during the holidays. Continue reading