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National Bike Month rolls on in Nashville

Earlier this week, Dottie mentioned all the awesome events going on in Chicago for National Bike Month. We’ve got lots going on here in Nashville, too! Last Sunday, I led a Bike Brunch + MetroCenter Ride, which miraculously was rain-free. Also a miracle: That another cyclist came by, the first we’d seen all day, just in time to take this photo.

MetroCenter Ride crew

MetroCenter Ride crew

Next week is the biggest week yet: Wednesday is the Ride of Silence, Friday is Bike to Work Day, and Saturday is the Tour de Nash! We just found out that Mike Wolfe from “American Pickers” will be leading the Family Ride. I’m hoping he’ll be on some sort of awesome vintage machine…

Check out the calendar for more details on those and other events.
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What’s happening in your city for bike month?

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Social Cycling Week 2 Roundup

Two weeks into the Summer Games and the entries are really rolling in! Reading every story is like unwrapping a little gift. Hearing how much fun everyone is having simply by riding bikes makes us so happy. See for yourself by checking out the pictures below. We encourage you to click on the links to read the full stories, visit the participants’ blogs, deepen the dialogue and spread the bike love!

Go on a bike date with a partner or friend–dress up!

Husband and wife touring Prague on two wheels (Academichic), a Portland bike date (Portlandize), a tex-mex bike date (Biking in Heels), a Friday night bike date while the kids are at a sleepover (Biking and Baking), a bike date picnic in Toronto (Bikeroo in TO), bike date with a friend (Via Velo), a bike date to the theatre (Portlandize), sunset on the beach (…After Coffee), and a sunny beach date (Space Rider Gal).

Ride with your family


Cycle Chic Sunday with mother and daughter in L.A. (LA Cycle Chic), Family bike date in Edmonton, Canada (Girls and Bicycles), three sisters in Iowa (Bike Bliss), family ride to Kindergarten open house in Toronto (Fletcher Five, Toronto), and an inspiring ride with little nieces (Knitting Lemonade).

Go on a group ride

Tweed Ride! (ZOMGBicycles), the Tour de Cure (Bike Skirt), a bike to work day group ride (Biking in Heels), a Lovely Sunday Ride (Biking and Baking), Chrissy’s first group ride (The New Me), ride to Portland farmer’s market (Portlandize), a critical mass in Canada (Carolyn’s Flight of Fancy), a blessing of the bikes group ride (Via Velo), New York City friends group ride (Thoughts of Mint Green), a symphony of bells for bike lanes in Toronto (Duncan’s City Ride) and more bells on Bloor (Because I’m Not Dutch), a Napa Valley group ride (No More Bad Town), a rainy breakfast ride with friends (Pedal and Coast), Texas Thursday night social ride (More than Rainbows), a lake house group ride (My 2010 is Here), going Dutch in Toronto (Duncan’s City Ride), and Tweed Ride! (Rose Read).

Leave a friendly note or say “hi” to another cyclist

A creative and fun sunflower seed bike note (Fletcher Five, Toronto), x-tracycle inner circle communication (Slow Bike Madison), saying hi to bmx teenagers (Girl on a Bicycle), leaving a fantastic note for a fantastic bike (Fashionable Academics), love note to an Electra Ticino (Knitting Lemonade), a bike date and red light chat in Vienna (Cycling Is Good For You), and chatting with an awesome older biking lady (My 2010 is Here).

It’s not too late to start–the Social Cycling event is going on through June 7. Check out our Flickr pool for more inspiration.

If you don’t see a link to your entry here, and you blogged about it, email us at LGRAB (at) letsgorideabike (dot) com with the details. If you don’t have a blog, no problem! Simply email us your picture(s) and story. We will be highlighting the entries we received via e-mail later this week!

Read the Week 1 Roundup here

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Social Cycling Week 1 Roundup

One week into the Summer Games, things couldn’t be off to a better start. We continue to be amazed and impressed at the number of people who are playing along! If you need some inspiration, here are links to the entries we’ve gotten so far.

Go on a group ride

Wondering what would be considered a group ride? Try one of these: dropping off the kids at school by bike with another family;  touring Munich by bike; attending a bike rally; tour your home city by bike; or join a Ride of Silence or the Tour de Cure.

Kara of Knitting Lemonade and her friend bikepooled to work in matching helmets!

Leave a friendly note or say “hi” to another cyclist

This one is a little harder than it sounds–we cyclists move fast and not everyone carries a pen and paper in their panniers! Still,  Sox at Pedal and Coast managed to snap a pic of the cyclist she said hi to at a red light.

Carolyn took the opportunity to leave a note telling another cyclist about Critical Mass.

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Ride with your family

How cool is this picture of Xander from 416cyclestyle on a ride with his wife & kids?

Mark took his family to dinner on an ebike, while E at academichic went with her husband and baby to pick up their CSA share.

Recruit a non-biking friend

Claire in Toronto convinced her husband to give bike commuting a try.

Go on a bike date–dress up!

S. and her husband T. took in the sights of Munich by bike.

Cyclin’ Missy grabbed a beer and dinner with friends.

It’s not too late to start–the Social Cycling event is going on through June 7. Check out our Flickr pool for more inspiration.

p.s. if you don’t see a link to your entry here, and you blogged about it: we don’t have it. Email us at LGRAB (at) letsgorideabike (dot) com with the details.

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Let the Games Begin! Part I: Social Cycling

Ladies and gentlemen, the Summer Games officially begin today. First up, the Social Cycling category. Local events going on during National Bike Month might make this even easier for you (for example, I plan on getting my group ride in on Nashville’s Bike to Work day this Friday).

Over the next three weeks, you need to complete at least two events from the following list. Be creative with combining events, but please go on at least two separate rides. Once you have completed your events, there are two ways to enter:

1) Email us links to your blog posts detailing the activities; or

2) Email us your story and photographs.

Please use the subject line [Summer Games - Part I]. At any time, you can also upload your photos to our Summer Games Flickr pool. By entering, you give us permission to publish your content here.

Remember, you must complete two events from each of the three categories (six events total between now and July 18) to be entered to win the Batavus BuB.  However, those who compete in this category – Part I: Social Cycling – will be eligible to win a set of Clarijs Panniers (My Dutch Bike), a Terry Botanika flare skort and Euro Halter (Terry Bicycles) or a Nutcase helmet (Nutcase). Prize winners will be determined by random drawing on June 8. A huge thank you to the sponsors for their support of bike fun!

Ready, set, RIDE!

May 17-June 6: Social Cycling

  • Go on a group ride
  • Leave a friendly note on a bike, or say hi to a cyclist at a red light
  • Schedule a bike date with a friend or partner — dress up!
  • Recruit a non-biking friend for a ride
  • Take a ride with your family
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