Chic and Happy Cyclists Overtake Nashville

Well, it’s over — and our first LGRAB-organized group ride was officially a success. Despite camera malfunctions, a last-minute venue change and me running my usual five minutes late, we made it to all three restaurants right on schedule and enjoyed delicious drinks and food. Oh, and the cool and breezy weather couldn’t have been better. I’m not sure Nashville has ever seen this many bikes in one place.

Almost everyone...

Almost everyone...

Without a formal RSVP we didn’t know how many people we’d have on the ride. So imagine my surprise when I pulled into Sevier Park to find this stylish family and their beautiful bikes waiting for us.

Awesome Bikey Family

Awesome Bikey Family

Diane and George had invited their daughter, son-in-law and grandson Oliver, who bike commute in Chattanooga, to their house for the weekend to celebrate her birthday and go on our ride. Liz and Daniel, in turn, invited their friends from David and Laura from Memphis. Yes folks, biking is contagious . . .

Memphis Riders!

David and Laura - Memphis Riders!

More of our merry band of bicyclists, including the women of Bike Skirt:

Slightly nervous ride leaders before setting out (OK, maybe only the one   on the right was nervous . . .)

Slightly nervous ride leaders before setting out (OK, maybe only the one on the right was nervous . . .)

Bike Skirt girls and their Nashville friend Britany, who was new to biking     (and her purple cruiser).

Bike Skirt Anna and her Nashville friend Britany, who was new to biking (and her purple cruiser).

Bike Skirt Elisa

Bike Skirt Elisa

April and Her Trek

April and Her Trek

Chiara and Purple Step-Through

Chiara and Her Mom's Purple Step-Through

Trisha and Chiara

Chiara and Trisha

Dottie and The Bat

Dottie and The Bat

Jim and His Surly

George and His Surly

The Surly's Golden Hub

The Surly's Golden Hub

Diane's bow-bedecked Peugeot.

Diane's bow-bedecked Peugeot.

Having a drink at Dan McGuinness.

Having a drink at Dan McGuinness.

The Bakfiets negotiates the Music Row roundabout

The Bakfiets negotiates the Music Row roundabout

We were all charmed by how happy Oliver looked to be riding in the cab of the Bakfiets with his mom at the wheel.

We were all charmed by how happy Oliver looked to be riding in the cab of the Bakfiets with his mom at the wheel.

Cars were very courteous to us the whole ride — the only honks we heard were friendly ones accompanied by waves. We turned heads as we rode by in such a large group. One car stopped next to us at a red light, and the driver asked why we were doing this. When Dottie said “for fun!” the driver gave her a knowing look. “Ah,” she said. “So are you . . . ” she leaned her head back while gesturing with her fist to mime tossing back a beer. I guess the idea of cycling for the fun of it when you’re not wearing spandex, sweating and/or intoxicated has a ways to go in Tennessee!

Thanks to the friends new and old who came out, especially those who traveled, loaned cameras and swept the back of the ride for us. We’re definitely going to have more of these.

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33 thoughts on “Chic and Happy Cyclists Overtake Nashville

  1. meligrosa says:

    this is way cool! I love seeing you all and the lovely bike skirts gals! <3
    Would love to ride out there when it isint freezing, maybe next summer me and the Frenchie will venture out yoru way.. mmhmmh.
    everyone looks great ;) good times

  2. Cosmo says:

    That looks like a really fun time. I love that everyone was dressed so nicely.

  3. anna says:

    Lovely, looks like you had a lot of fun (and good weather too :-))!

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  5. Jennie says:

    Oh Trish! It looks like everyone had a blast! And April came too! Awesome! For sure, the next one in Nashville – count me it! Congratulations on its success!

  6. Elisa M says:

    Twas a lovely good time! Birmingham chic ride is up next! :)

  7. Daniel says:

    Excellent! We all had a blast! A couple small corrections, my name is Daniel, my wife Liz and I own the bakfiets, my father-in-law’s name is George. Our Memphis friends are David and Laura. Hopefully we can organize a Chattanooga ride sometime soon.

    • dottie says:

      LOL. Thanks, I think I made all the corrections. We’re so glad you and your friends and family came on the ride! It was great to meet you and your bikes :) Definitely keep us updated on the Chattanooga ride.

  8. Melissa Hope S says:

    Looks like so much fun! I’m in for the next one in Chi-town!

  9. Charlotte says:

    WOW, what beautiful photos! Looks like a great party.

  10. Ashley says:

    Oh looks like so much fun! I love little Oliver. He looks so happy! What a fun ride!

  11. Dean Peddle says:

    Wow, can you come to my town and organize one of these !!!! If you come up and do it in Toronto…I promise you it will be PACKED !!!!

  12. Ghost Rider says:

    That is an awesome event…so many stylish, happy people on bikes makes me smile!

    Props to the ladies from Bike Skirt, too — Chucks in full effect!!! It’s true: they DO go with every outfit.

  13. we have organized group rides literally just about every day in nashville. you guys are all welcome to come…

    • Trisha says:

      Devan, are you with Slow Ride or on the urban bicycle league? I have been meaning to join in on both of those, but the urban rides aren’t usually at convenient times for me.

  14. RidingPretty says:

    So nice that the Bike Skirt Girls were able to join you. Looks like it was a fun ride.

  15. no, but my boyfriend usually posts the rides up on the urban bicycle league google group and on facebook. i ride with skumlife and an all girls group my friend blake and i started.

    • Trisha says:

      Sounds fun! I would love to join you one of these days, if you want to drop me an email next time: letsgorideabike[dot]wordpress[at]gmail.com.

  16. Anna says:

    yay! it was so much fun!

  17. sara says:

    Don’t you all look spiffy! Gotta say that I am quite excited to see a Bakfiets there as well. Yay, biking family!

  18. Allison says:

    Love it Trisha! And, LOVE your dress!!! It looks like so much fun!

  19. Allison says:

    PS: Wes said he would like one of the “bucket” bikes. I’m not sure if he means for him or a supposed child one day. Either way, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be doing the peddling!

  20. Nothing like getting gussied up and heading out on the bikes! The more the merrier! It always puts the car drivers in a good mood and it’s a good reason to pull out the nice duds : )

  21. Diane says:

    So nice to meet you and Dottie. :) We had so much fun!! Looking forward to seeing everyone again on future rides.

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  24. Rebecca says:

    Love, love, love the blog! Congrats on catching the bike-ness. We just started a ride called Heels on Wheels to encourage more women to bike, and to raise the visibility of regular people biking in regular clothes. We go out together on a Friday night and bike around Midtown Atlanta, then go to this bar we found with 8 bike racks, right on our signature Peachtree St.

    If you ever find yourselves in Atlanta, we’d love to meet you! The next Heels on Wheels is Nov 20.

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