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Oaks and Spokes Bicycling Festival 2016

Being on a bike brings you closer to community, to nature, and to yourself. From community comes ideas, and from visibility comes reality. Be a part of Oaks and Spokes Festival 2016.

Sun May 1stRaleigh Cat Get your fix on in a bicycle-powered scavenger hunt engaging you, your friends and your community.  Get rolling and get prizes.
Mon May 2ndBike-In Movie: No Hand King Rodney Hines is a familiar sight in Raleigh, riding his bike on one wheel, flags attached and flapping, through city streets. Ride on in and catch this flick on the big screen.
Tue May 3rdRaleigh Roots Ride  Join us as we explore downtown Raleigh’s most intriguing historical sites by bike. Find out just how much you really know about Raleigh’s unique history.
Wed May 4thCrank Arm Social Ride Get your butt in gear and drink beer.  The ride departs from a downtown Raleigh brewery every Wednesday, and we’ll kick it up a notch for the Festival.
Thu May 5thRaleigh Bike Polo: Rookie Invite Night Come out to find new friends, cruise leisurely, and learn some skills at bicycle polo!  Enjoy a BBQ and snacks with the crew!
Fri May 6thRaleigh Bikes Art Show (SUBMIT Art until April 18!) Mingle and mix among custom hand-made bicycle frames, bike related paintings, photos, sculpture, sketches, prints, crafts and more.  Featuring work from local artists!
Sat May 7thMarbles Kids Museum Bike Rodeo If your tyke has a trike or a bike, bring them to the skills course where kids will learn a slew of bike safety smarts.
Sun May 8thLady Bike Gang: CycloFemme Ride Join women around the globe as they celebrate women, create communities and remember how good shared momentum feels.
Davon Bruno's winning entry for the Oaks and Spokes 2016 design contest
Davon Bruno’s winning entry for the Oaks and Spokes 2016 design contest!

Oaks & Spokes Presents Raleigh’s 2nd Annual Cranksgiving : A Food Drive Bike Ride to Benefit the Raleigh Rescue Mission

Oaks & Spokes presents the second annual mobile food dive, Cranksgiving Raleigh 2015. This event is a Food Drive Bike Ride to collect food donations to support the Raleigh Rescue Mission.  Registration begins at 1 pm at Crank Arm Brewing Company on Sunday November 22nd. Riders will set out on this self guided grocery ride will start at 1:30 pm and can participate as an individual or a team.

Cranksgiving Raleigh
At Cranksgiving Raleigh, there’s a lot to be thankful for.

Registration is free for this ride, but be sure to bring a small amount of money ($15-$20 suggested) to purchase food donations.  Bicyclists are encouraged to bring a a bag , panniers, or cargo trailer to carry goods in addition to a bike lock.  After shopping, partncipatns will return to Crank Arm Brewing Company for the “weigh-in” of their collected items and enjoy an after party with a raffle drawing for prizes.

Cranksgiving Raleigh 2014
At the 2014 Cranksgiving Raleigh, bicyclists collected 620 pounds of food including a dozen frozen turkeys and hams!

“It’s a unique opportunity to combine holiday giving with getting a little exercise. It’s not a race. Families come out and friends work in teams to carry the items they will donate. They have a good time and get to experience shopping by bicycle in the city.  Oaks & Spokes hopes that by participating in Cranksgiving people will be encouraged to take more short trips by bicycle in Raleigh” said Oaks & Spokes member Kristy Jackson.  Julia Garland added, “Cranksgving is a great way for new riders to get to know Raleigh because you can go at your own pace. When you map out the different places you need to go, chances are you’ll end up discovering routes you have never taken and parts of the city you’ve never seen.”

Cranksgiving Raleigh
Ride your bikes to grocery stores and the farmers market with friends and give back to the community. Oaks & Spokes hopes events like Cranksgiving will encourage people to utilize sustainable forms of transportation, like bicycling and walking around our city.

“Last year we road our bikes  around Raleigh, from the farmers markets to the grocery stores, and collected food. It was so rewarding to give back to the community while having fun,” extended Oaks & Spokes member Evan Brigham.  So come out this Thanksgiving season and have a little fun while supporting your local community!

The first Cranksgiving occurred in New York City in 1999 and now is a national bike event throughout the United States. In 2014, Oaks & Spokes hosted Raleigh’s first Cranksgiving where participants collected 620 pounds of food, including a dozen frozen turkeys and hams for the Raleigh Rescue Mission.

If you go:

  • Oaks and Spokes Cranksgiving: A Food Drive Bike Ride
  • Sunday November 22nd
  • Registration @ 1PM, Ride at 1:30PM
  • Crank Arm Brewery, 319 W Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Bring:  A bicycle, lock and means to transport groceries (bag, panniers, cargo trailer)

Cranksgiving Raleigh 2015 Poster

Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival is May 1 – 10, 2015!

Save the date and Ride on Raleigh!   May 1 – 10, 2015!

Save the date and Ride on Raleigh!
Oaks and Spokes 2015 Festival Logo Design Winner:  Brian Cox of Raleigh Brands


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 Drink Beer to Donate!

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 (remember your username as you will need it to provide it in step 2)
2. Filling out the following google form:
3. Donating what you would like, and are able to, at or above $20 via paypal to:

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