Love helping others while sampling local beer, music, and fun? Come out and crank!

If you attended the Oaks and Spokes Festival last year, you might remember the two-wheeled charity and game extravaganza on Hargett Street known as Crank for a Cause. It’s back this year, organized and supported by Crank Arm Brewery. There will be bands, fun, Trolley Pub rides, and of course, delicious local beer. Bring some friends to make a team and ride a trainer to raise money for the American Diabetes Association.

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photo courtesy of Sam Bennett

There’s no minimum mileage or pace to achieve, just get on your bike and pedal. The whole point is raising money for a great cause, all the while highlighting Raleigh’s generous bicycle culture and community. Crank Arm Brewery will have plenty of beer and there will be food trucks on site to refuel hungry pedalers. Dylan of Crank Arm has also worked with Raleigh Trolley Pub for ’round the block rides during the event. All this, plus some great local bands.

You’ll want to sign up soon. All the registration info is in this link.

photo courtesy of Sam Bennett

Give input on Raleigh’s Parks Plan!

The City of Raleigh is currently reviewing the parks system to develop a plan for shaping the future of our parks and Greenways. The city needs input regarding how we use the existing Greenways and what changes we would like to see in use, expansion and maintenance. The Draft Plan is considering expansion of the current Greenways and closing gaps in the existing trails to provide better connectivity; installation of pedestrian and bicycle connections to the nearest transit stops; development of a safety and etiquette program to provide education to all trail users; and providing better maintenance for the trails.

Please click ahead for details on how to make a difference!

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What are you most looking forward to in the 2014 Oaks and Spokes Festival?

With the festival just a few short weeks away, Oaks and Spokes asks what people are most looking forward to in this year’s line-up. With so many events to choose from, it’s no surprise we got a lot of different responses.

What does this mean for you?  You probably need to check out every event! Of course, all the information is available RIGHT HERE.

NAHBS 2014: Bikes all over Charlotte



This isn’t the type of event that we would normally cover, but I’m here at the North American Handmade Bike Show in Charlotte, NC this weekend with Oak City Cycling Project. In addition to drooling over custom builds and new tech, I have the opportunity to check out some of the bike infrastructure in Charlotte and do a little riding around town. I’ll have a follow up post with my thoughts on riding in Charlotte, but until then jump past the break to check out a few cool things I’ve found so far.

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