Category Archives: Social Rides

Busy week for cycling enthusiasts

The weather is beautiful, and there’s something fun nearly every day this week for those looking to get outside and get on their bikes! Here’s a select list of events we think you’ll enjoy.

Monday, April 17th we’re partnering with the NC Composting Council for Sustainable Spirits to showcase two transportation related projects: the art installation Particle Falls and a Linear Cycle Track Project. This event is a casual monthly gathering for the sustainability community organized by the NCCC and other environmentally conscious organizations.

Tuesday, April 18th, Salsa Cycles is holding a FREE bike demo at Lake Crabtree County Park. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to try one of their awesome products before you buy.

Wednesday, April 19th,  join Raleigh Bike Polo for their monthly WTF (women/trans/femme) Night. This is an event that strives to create a positive space for women (trans & cis-gendered) and gender non-binary folk who are interested in learning what bike polo is about.

This month’s Third Thursday Cruiser by Oak City Cycling Project is going to be extra special. Join us and OCCP on Thursday, April 20th at 7pm as we celebrate the life of our dear departed friend Carl Barnett with happy anecdotes, a bike ride, and a silent auction to benefit the Historic Mordecai Park.

Saturday the 22nd is Earth Day! Celebrate your mother with Botany by Bicycle, a collaboration between Extra Terrestrial Projects, Clean Air Carolina, and the East Coast Greenway Alliance. Explore the spring plants of the Walnut and Crabtree Creek Trails on an 18 mile ride, followed by drinks and a viewing of the Particle Falls exhibit downtown.

Get your miles in for a good cause at the annual Ride for Choice in Carrboro on Sunday, April 23rd. Two ride lengths are offered (24 or 54 miles) through the rolling hills of outer Carrboro, followed by beers and brats at the Looking Glass Cafe.

Round off your full week of bike-eventing with the Liv Women’s Fix-a-Flat Clinic at the Ridgewood All-Star Bike Shop on Monday, April 24th. Get hands on, step-by-step instruction on how to change a flat tire and remove/reinstall a front and rear wheel. All levels, riding styles and experience encouraged to attend!

Monday the 24th is also the (new) deadline for artist submissions for our Raleigh Bikes Art Show, the kick-off event for this year’s annual  Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival.  Send your submissions to bikeart@oaksandspokes.com to be considered.  Don’t forget to check out the line-up for the rest of our awesome festival events while you’re at it!

Happy riding!

Get excited–Festival time is near!

This year’s Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival will take place Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 14th. We proudly present to you: the 2017 Oaks and Spokes Bicycle Festival official poster! Many thanks to one of our new Board Members, Athena Wollin, for it’s creation.

Event descriptions and individual Facebook event pages will be available by the end of the week, so stay tuned!

 

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