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 firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
“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.”
“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
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:!
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.
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.
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 @ 212 E Franklin St
Meet at 7:00, Rolls out at 7:30
Dates: June 19th, July 17th, August 21st, September 18th
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.
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.
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→