Lock it or Lose it! How to Lock Up Your Bike (Properly)

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Good theft prevention

Losing your bike to theft sucks! Just ask one of the many people who have had to deal with this terrible situation. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to help prevent this from happening. Check out the information in this article to help protect your ride from thieving hands.

Here’s a glimpse of what could happen if you don’t practice good lock usage, a poor bike left overnight during downtown Raleigh’s Hopscotch music festival.

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Results of poor lock usage

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The search for a home: Raleigh Bike Polo’s journey

Since its beginnings over a year ago, Raleigh Bike Polo has grown. It’s grown a lot. The first polo games were born at a downtown parking deck with 5-7 people. Now the weekly practice regularly has 20 or 30 people and the club has over 140 followers online. They host community picnics and attract out of town bicyclists to events both small and large.  Despite their success, founder Michelle Willcox says the group has been searching for a home the “entire time Raleigh Bike Polo has been in existence.”

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Oaks and Spokes joined Raleigh Bike Polo for polo picnic event in September 2013

SUPPORT RALEIGH BIKE POLO

Action:  Attend Raleigh Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting

NOTE THIS ACTION IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO AN ARRANGEMENT BEING WORKED OUT BETWEEN RALEIGH PARKS AND RECREATION AND RALEIGH BIKE POLO TO USE THE COURTS.  WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED!

Time:

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Ride: 

Bring: Your bike helmet to show yourself as a member of Raleigh’s burgeoning bicycle community and to show support for Raleigh Bike Polo. 

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Thank You. You’re Awesome.

Oaks and Spokes wants to say Happy Friday.

Thank you for riding your bicycle.  You’re awesome, #BikeRaleigh.

Thank you for riding your bicycle.  You're awesome.
Thank you for riding your bicycle. You’re awesome.

This photo is from Hopscotch 2013 where the Oaks and Spokes street team gave a little ‘thank you’ to everyone who biked to the shows on Saturday.  You make  Raleigh a better place to live.  Thanks!

Special September Off-Roading Events

With the fall season fast approaching, there are several special opportunities geared at experiencing some off-road riding in or within spitting distance of Raleigh.  These three upcoming events are a special off-road treat for Raleighite: Cyclocross Movie Night to get yourself oriented to the sport, Spring Hill Cyclocross Series at Dorothea Dix, and the Crabtree Dirt Jam which is sure to impress or inspire with a day of bmx jumps.

September Off-Roading Opportunities in Raleigh
September Off-Roading Opportunities in Raleigh

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Two Years of Benelux Cafe Social Ride

While the Benelux Café Social Ride started in May, 2011 this September signifies my second year being involved with the ride. Through the months and years I’ve tried to do my part as a photographer to support the growth of the ride, showing through social media how much fun a group of people can have on bikes, even in the dead of winter!

Below are some of my favorite photos from the past couple of years.  Starting in October 2011, through this set of photos you can literally watch us grow.  Enjoy!

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