Category Archives: Social Rides

Spring Cycling Events in the Triangle

Spring is finally here! Take advantage of the warm weather and get on the saddle again with these upcoming events throughout the Triangle. Know of a group or event that we’ve missed? Feel free to comment or send us an email at info@oaksandspokes.com and let us know!

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

  • May 5th-14th–5th Annual Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival!
    • Friday May 5: Raleigh Bikes Art Show & First Friday Bike Ride
    • Saturday May 6: Marbles Bike Rodeo & Bike MS Picnic
    • Sunday May 7: Mural Ride
    • Monday May 8: Bike-In Movie
    • Tuesday May 9: City Market Ride
    • Wednesday May 10: Light Up the Night Ride
    • Thursday May 11: Raleigh Bike Polo NewbieQ
    • Friday May 12: Bike Fashion Show
    • Saturday May 13: Raleigh Cat
    • Sunday May 14: Cyclofemme Ride
  • May 10th–National Bike to School Day
  • May 17th–Ride of Silence
  • May 18th – Oak City Cycling Third Thursday Cruiser
  • May 19th–National Bike to Work Day
  • May 20th–Crank for a Cause at Crank Arm Brewing

Weekly Group Rides in Raleigh

Cranksgiving 2016 is this Sunday!

Join us this Sunday for our annual Food Drive Bike Ride, Cranksgiving! Last year more than 100 participants rode their bikes to area grocery stores to collect over 1400 lbs of food to donate to Raleigh Rescue Mission, more than double the amount collected in 2014. We hope you’ll come out this year to help us beat last years record. Find more information and RSVP on the event page.

This year we will also be collecting new or gently used winter coats to donate. If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please send us an email at info@oaksandspokes.com.

 

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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

Summer 2014: Raleigh’s Weekly Social Rides!

Let’s face it.  Club rides can be a bit of a turn-off for a lot of folks but Raleigh now has a growing number of alternatives.  It’s becoming ever-more popular to roll Raleigh’s city streets with a large group of folks and cruise through historic neighborhoods, city parks, and commercial nodes stopping at a destination or two along the way.  The atmosphere of these rides is markedly different and that’s what is appealing.  The pace is slower, there’s more to look at, and much more chatting.  Not surprisingly, there is always an opportunity to grab a beer and keep socializing post ride.  Let the weekend warriors troll the suburban and rural back roads of the Triangle in a lycra-induced daze and join in on one of these weekly rambles:!

[This post is an update from September 2013]

Monday: Tasty Beverage Weekly Group Ride

Tasty Beverage now has a casual Monday bike ride!
Tasty Beverage now has a casual Monday bike ride!
  • Tasty Beverage Company @ 327 W. Davie St
  • Meet at 6:00PM, Rolls out at 6:30PM
  • More Info

As the folks at Tasty say, “Come ride you bike and be awesome!”  I haven’t yet  been on this ride  but it appears just about as fun as the rest.  If you’re not about having fun, this is probably not the ride for you.  The “Tasty Ride” rings in at somewhere between 8 and 10 miles, with three routes that hit neighborhoods, greenways, or low traffic areas like Centennial Campus and Dorothea Dix. New Belgium has partnered to provide giveaways, snacks, and special New Belgium beers before and after rides. Also, the tap beers rotate regularly and are typically delicious here.

Tuesday: Benelux Cafe Social Ride 

Benelux Cafe Social Ride Tuesday Raleigh Bike
The Benelux Cafe ride often takes some gorgeous photo stops.  This one is  at the Museum of Natural Sciences globe courtesy of Sam B.
  • Blake Street at City Market
  • Meet at 6:00PM, Rolls out promptly at 6:30PM.
  • More Info

This weekly original been a standing event for a few years now and has become somewhat of a downtown Raleigh institution.  Larger groups of fifty or more can appear in the summer months but the ride is sustained through enthusiasm all winter long.   If it’s warm, the group will likely go out rain or shine.  The ride currently rotates between three routes of 10-12 miles all within Raleigh’s belt: Centennial, Lions Park, and Churchills.  Expect a diverse mix of riders and skill levels.  If you want some experience riding in larger groups without the speed of traditional club rides, Benelux is a great way to get more confidence.  There are always pumps and a limited amount of tools available for public use.

Wednesday: Crank Arm FUN Ride

Oak City Third Thursday Cruiser Bike Ride Raleigh
Crank it up at Crank Arm Brewery on Wednesday, a craft brewery that is located in the Warehouse District of downtown Raleigh.
  • Crank Arm Brewery @ 319 W Davie St
  • Meet at 6:30, Rolls out at 7:00.
  • More Info

This ride is a social jaunt around the city, hence the “cruising” in the name.  If the Benelux Ride has gotten too serious for you, there’s an ample amount of opportunity to socialize on this ride.  There is often a “guest mechanic” who works on Wednesday nights that is eager to help with minor bike issues.  The brewery keeps an extensive set of  bike tools behind the counter and also offers a truing stand for public use.  Also, the ride departs from a Brewery for those seeking a rewarding pint afterward.  This ride usually comes in around 10 miles.  Keep your eye out for special events from these folks!

Third Thursday: Summertime Cruiser

Oak City Cycling Project Third Thursday Summer Raleigh Cruiser Ride
Cruise with Oak City on the Third Thursday of every month. This photo in the cemetery courtesy of Julia G.
  • Oak City Cycling Project @ 212 E Franklin St
  • Meet at 7:00, Rolls out at 7:30 
  • Dates:  June 19th, July 17th, August 21st, September 18th
  • More Info

This ride is for those seeking a very casual crowd.  The pace is that which the title implies: a cruise.  The roving cyclists have been known to stop for a quick frisbee toss, to see a Volkswagen junkyard, grab some ice cream, or meander up to Dix Hill to take in the Raleigh skyline.   If you’re looking for some heart pumping, you may not find it here.   This ride usually comes in under 10 miles and explores parks, graveyards, alley ways and parking decks and ends at the Person Street Bar around sunset.  This ride is a fantastic way to get more comfortable biking in the city due to the leisurely pace.

Saturday: Crank Arm Weekly Fun Ride

Crank Arm Brewing and Oaks and Spokes
If you want to do double duty at Crank Arm, just hit up the rides on both Wednesday AND Saturday.
  • Crank Arm Brewery @ 319 W Davie St
  • Rolls out at high noon
  • More Info

On Saturday, you can choose your own adventure.  A leisurely group goes for a 10 mile ride. A portion of the ride typically goes through the city’s greenways which means that if you attend, you should be cautious and respectful of people on the path since Saturdays can be busy for recreating. Guest mechanic services are offered afterwards.  If it’s hard for you to find time after work or if you prefer the daylight hours, this ride might be for you.

Social Rides: Raleigh’s Not-so-serious Alternatives

Let’s face it.  Club rides can be a bit of a turn-off for a lot of folks but Raleigh now has a growing number of alternatives.  It’s becoming ever-more popular to roll Raleigh’s city streets with a large group of like-minded folks and cruise through historic neighborhoods, city parks, and commercial nodes stopping at a destination or two along the way.  The atmosphere of these rides is markedly different and that’s what is appealing.  The pace is slower, there’s more to look at, and more chatting.  Not surprisingly, there is always an opportunity to grab a beer and keep socializing post ride.  Let the weekend warriors troll the suburban and rural back roads of the Triangle in a lycra-induced daze and join in on one of these weekly rambles: Continue reading Social Rides: Raleigh’s Not-so-serious Alternatives