Category Archives: Social Rides

2017 Cranksgiving is this Sunday!

It’s time to finalize your strategy, round up your team, and get your bike ready for a good ol’ fashioned self-powered, two-wheeled food drive bike ride!

Last year, we hauled in over 2,300 pounds of food with the collective effort of more than 120 cyclists. Let’s get out there this year and benefit the Raleigh Rescue Mission once again! Registration begins at 1pm.

Date: Sunday, November 19th
Location: Crank Arm Brewing (319 W Davie St)
Time: 1pm-5pm
Bring: A bike lock, bags/panniers, money for food ($15-20), and your friends!

This year, we have several prize categories to participate in and we’re featuring mini-missions! The Pedal Pusher category  will have its own circuit that is required to complete in order to qualify for the prize of a Surly 24-pack rack and porteur house bag. Otherwise, it is up to you which routes you take and which locations you visit. (Please note that teams are limited to 5 individuals per team in order to qualify for team prizes.)

Before the ride, the Trek Bicycle Raleigh Holly Park crew will be doing bike checks to assure you’re ready to roll!

Cranksgiving 2017 Categories
Cranksgiving 2017: Mission #1
Cranksgiving 2017: Mission #2
Cranksgiving 2017: Mission #3

Check out our event page to see more about the event details, prizes, and participant curiosities.

Thank you for riding your bike!

Busy weekend for biking!

It’s finally the first official weekend of Summer, and it’s full of opportunities to get out and ride! Here are a few events worth checking out this weekend:

Start your Saturday off with the Bike MS Training Ride sponsored by Carolina Brewing Company! Route lengths vary from 2.5 to 60 miles, and there is no registration or fee required. After the ride, you will have the opportunity to register for a Fall Bike MS event at a discounted price, get your bike inspected for Bike MS ride weekend and hang out with fellow cyclists and Bike MS staff. Beer and food will be available for purchase.

Quench your thirst for adventure on the Swift Bike Campout with Oak City Cycling Project on Saturday  night. Campers will meet at OCCP at 5:30 for an 18 mile ride to Umstead State Park,  mostly on and in bike lanes, greenways, and crushed gravel roads. The event is self-supported, and all participants should come prepared with their own camping gear and food. This is a family friendly event!

For those of you who can’t make the campout, considering joining us at The Well Fed Community Garden for their First Annual Blackberry Festival from 4-9pm. There will be live music,  fun activities for the whole family, and blackberry cobbler from Irregardless Cafe made with fresh blackberries from the garden! We’ll be providing bike parking at the event, as well as talking to people about our  Cycletrack Project, the RDU Forest Trail Center, and other advocacy issues we are currently interested in.

Close out your weekend with The Welcome Ride, a fundraiser sponsored by USCRI NC to raise money for their continued efforts to support the needs of recently placed immigrants and refugees in North Carolina. Choose between a 26 or 53 mile route to be completed at your own pace, with mechanical support and rest stops along the way. End at Trophy on Maywood and enjoy a spread of international foods representing the cultures and countries of refugees and immigrants! Pre-registration has ended, but you can still sign up the day of with cash or check.

Have a great weekend, and happy riding!

Keep the momentum going with these June events!

Bike Month may be over, but there are boundless opportunities to get out on your bike this Summer! Here are a few of our picks for June.

We’ve joined forces with the East Coast Greenway Alliance for a series of Second Saturday rides! Come out this Saturday, June 10th for a 4 mile greenway bike ride to the NC Farmers Market. We’ll be meeting at the Chavis Community Center at 10:00am, and we encourage participants to wear a helmet and bring a backpack or panniers. This is a ride for all ages and abilities. If you can’t make it, join us next time on July 8th!

The evening of June 10th in Durham you can take a night ride on the American Tobacco Trail with the Full Moon Fever Ride, hosted by the Durham Community Trail Watch. Choose from a 30 mile or 15 mile route, each with a different start time and location.

On Monday, June 12th join Teamancipation for a Bike Fitting Clinic at 7pm in Carrboro. Learn the basics on bicycle fitting and how it relates to your efficiency on a bike, as well as how to find a bike that best accommodates you or modify your own bike.

For the truly adventurous, check out the Pennsylvania Sojourn Bike Tour with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy from June 18-23. This week-long summer bike excursion will allow you to experience Pennsylvania’s famous scenic wilderness, charming towns, beautiful tunnels, iconic sites and can’t-miss destinations, all on your bike!

If you want adventure a little closer to home, join Oak City Cycling Project on Saturday, June 24th for an overnight bike campout sponsored by Swift Industries. They will be leaving from the shop at 5:30pm for a 18(ish) mile ride on road, greenway, and gravel to Umstead State Park to set-up camp. This is a semi-self supported event, check out the event page for more information.

On Wednesday, June 28th at 7pm, OCCP will also be hosting a W.T.F. (women, trans, femme) Bikepacking Clinic where women can share their experiences with bikepacking and get some useful knowledge from a local bikepacking connoisseur. This clinic is in preparation for a W.T.F. Campout on Saturday, July 15th. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for event updates.

Come enjoy a fun day of riding bikes, feasting, and supporting refugees and immigrants in your community at USCRI-NC‘s first annual fundraiser, The Welcome Ride, on Sunday, June 25th. All profits from registration fees will help USCRI continue to provide housing, legal services, ESL, mental health services, job placement, and case management services to recently arrived refugees and immigrants. Pre-registration is required.

For more event updates, stay tuned to our Facebook page or sign up here to receive our monthly newsletter!

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!