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!

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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.

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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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Tech Tidbit: Tire pressure and you

We all know that we need to inflate our tires to prevent flats and to make riding easier. Do you know why? Why does a fully inflated tire resist flats more than a soft one, shouldn’t it want to pop? Bicycle tires are a wonderful thing and we don’t realize how much they affect our riding experience. You don’t have to be a seasoned racer to appreciate what a difference proper tire inflation can have.

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