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2nd Annual Quarry Ride & Camp-Out

UPDATE: Registration is now closed

May 21-22: We couldn’t wait until August to head back to our favorite swimming hole; so in continuing celebration of National Bike Month, we are hosting our 2nd Annual Quarry Ride & Camp-out!  If you ride with us from the Bike Recycling Program Shop, it’s a beautiful 35 mile ride through Watson Mill State Park, ultimately ending at a private quarry with a campground, swimming, grills/campfires, and canoeing. The quarry is located outside of Comer, Ga. and features a gorgeous swimming hole, full-service camp kitchen (with running water, covered dinning area, working stove, fridge, electric outlets, and plenty of camping spots).   Just look at the pictures from last year!

Interested? Ok, here are the details. In many ways, this is a DIY event–we’ll be leading an informal ride that will roll-out from BRP at 10:00am.  The route is unmarked and there are no SAG stops, but we’ll probably stop for a snack break along the way (we’ll post a turn by turn queue sheet soon).  Some folks who have work obligations may announce a second wave that will ride up later in the day.  If you want to go full bike-tourer, we encourage you to take this opportunity to load up your bike and kick-off the summer bike-camp season in style.  However, if you bring your camping gear to BRP, we’ve arranged transportation, and we’ll gladly ferry your gear up and back.  Sack lunch will be provided for all riders.

35 Miles too far, or maybe you don’t think you can convince the whole family to ride?  No worries! If you and the family want to drive-up, cool!  The quarry has plenty of car-parking! If you want to create your own route and meet us at the quarry, awesome!

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BikeAthens / Athens 2016 Twilight: Party on the Backstretch!

Twilight New Location

For the 3rd year in a row, BikeAthens will be at Athens Twilight to raise money for BikeAthens and the Athens Area Habitat for Humanity! This Saturday, May 7th, we’ll be perched at the top of Hancock, with views of the racers whipping around Turn 2 and flying down the backstretch toward Turn 3.  Our cafe area will be full of food and drink from 5:00PM until the end of the final Pro Race!

This year, in honor of Twilight shifting to National Bike Month, early bird tickets will be just $5! (plus tax) Seriously.  So grab your tickets and get ready for a night of racing under the stars!   Thanks, and see you on the 7th!  (If buying multiple tickets, in the “special instructions to the seller:” please give us the names of the other people in your party, so we can add everyone to the VIP list).  UPDATE: Early-bird sales are now closed.  Of course, you can still purchase entry wristbands at the door! We’ll be set up by 5:00pm, just in time for the start of the MTB races!

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Twilight Cafe Area Volunteers Needed!

Yep, that’s right! BikeAthens will be back at Twilight, hosting a Cafe Area for the 3rd time!  We’ll be watching the races from 5:00PM till the end of the Men’s Race.  It’s going to be epic, as always.

To organize such a fun event, we will need your help!  We are looking for volunteers to work “back of house” selling drink and food, and we will need a few folks at the door to handle tickets and wristbands.  Once your shift is over, all volunteers are welcome to stay and watch the race!

Current Sign-up Sheets

Title Date Open Spots  
Moving!!!! May to Early June N/A 15

 

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Kids Bike Safety Rodeo!

April 2, 2016 UGA Veterinary Medical Center Parking Lot

10:00am-2:00pm

This Saturday, we are once again teaming with Safe Kids Athens to host a kids bike safety rodeo, as part of their Safety Day events at the UGA Vet School. The kids bike rodeo will provide elementary school kids a safe (and fun) space to practice essential on-bike skills, such as avoiding obstacles, signaling turns, and stopping on a dime.  BikeAthens and Safe Kids Athens will also provide helmet fit checks and basic bike checks.  For more information, check out the flyer!

This Saturday!!!

This Saturday!!!

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Become a BikeAthens Ride Leader!

BikeAthens has been hosting our popular monthly group rides since…forever? It sometimes seems that way– we’ve been hosting fun, safe, and comfortable social rides since at least 2004.  Now, we are offering y’all a chance to add to the BikeAthens Monthly Group Ride legacy!  This year, we are looking for about 12 folks to be our official “Ride Leaders.”

More specifically, we are looking for friendly, personable ambassadors to interact with people new to the ride, be a resource to answer questions about riding Athens streets, and model safe on-bike behavior. As the year progresses, Ride Leaders may create and share their favorite routes. All Ride Leaders will receive the one-of-kind BikeAthens Ride Leader t-shirt to wear on the rides (and wherever else you’d like). We have 9 rides scheduled for the year (though there may be a few more added). Ride Leaders are not required to attend every ride, (of course, the more the merrier)! If you’re interested, send an email to executivedirector [at] bikeathens [dot] com!

#RideBright

#RideBright

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2016 Monthly Group Ride Schedule!

Look here for background on our Monthly Group Rides; we’ll be using this page to post all the route maps.  All rides leave City Hall at 6:00PM!

March 25

First up, a beautiful route that winds through campus, riding past Sanford Stadium before heading south to skirt the Intramural Fields, then returning via 5-Points and the Cobbham Neighborhood.  A classic tour of the Classic City!

One of our favorite routes through campus!

One of our favorite routes through campus!

April 29

We have a special program for April: this ride will be lead by long-time greenway advocates John Devine and Dick Field. Additionally, the April 29 ride will highlight the Athens Greenway with a tour and 2-3 stops to share plans for future projects. For this unique twist on our classic ride, we will gather at the UGA Arch and launch the ride there starting at 6PM.
April Ride

May 27

We’ve been busy with bike rodeos and proms and twilight, and quarry rides, but of course we are still having Group Ride in May!  Friday, May 27th, we’ll embark on the “Healthy Loop” as we circle the two of the medical campuses (campii? ;-). As usual, we’ll start at City Hall at 6:00pm.  Here’s the route:

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June 24

The the first group ride of summer, we’ve crafted a very cool route–one we haven’t done in years! This Friday–June 24–we are circumnavigating Lake Herrick! Ok, not literally, but we are going to visit!  This route is a little longer than usual, and it is summer, so be sure to bring plenty of water.  As always, we’ll meet at City Hall and ride at 6:00PM!

June Lake Ride

 

 

 

July 29

August 26

September 30

October 28 (date may change to coordinate with Wild Rumpus)

November 25

December 1 or 8

(ACC Parade of Lights Holiday Parade)

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BRP’s Thursday Night DIY Hours

THURSDAY NIGHTS ARE FOR WORKING ON YOUR BIKE!

Do you have an older bike you want to fix up, but don’t have the tools or the space?

Did you buy a bike on Craigslist that needs a tune up?

Do you need to grease your bearings, but can’t do it in your apartment?

Do you need to adjust your derailleurs, but don’t have a stand to hold the bike up?

Did you buy handlebar grips online, but aren’t sure how to swap out the old ones?

Our regular hours Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday are when volunteers help fix bikes that we donate to individuals in need of free transportation options.  Starting February 11th, THURSDAY NIGHTS are for working on YOUR bike in our shop.

We will have someone on hand to help you get set-up in a rack with the tools you need and let you fix your bike.  We won’t fix it for you, but we will be there with advice, support and repair manuals if you need it.

We can’t guarantee that we can solve all of your problems, but we can give you the space to work them out.

WHEN: THURSDAYS 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

HOW MUCH: A $10 per hour donation is suggested to BRP

Your donations will help fund the Bike Recycling Program to ensure that everyone has access to affordable transportation options.

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MLK Day of Service–Thank You to All who Volunteered!

UPDATE: Thank you to all the volunteers who helped us clean the warehouse!  See read more about the event and pictures here!

Monday, January 18th–BRP Warehouse

As the t-shirts say, it’s not a day off, it’s a day-on.  And this MLK Day–Monday January 18th–the Bike Recycling Program needs your help recycling bikes and preparing our warehouse for a new year of providing free transportation options to fellow Athenians.

Like past years, a bulk of the work involves separating the wheat from the chaff so to speak, to determine which bikes stay in the warehouse and which bikes will go to the CHaRM Center. We will working from 10:00am to 1:00pm to strip unsalvageable bikes, sort quality parts, and reallocate storage space.  This event is kid friendly, as long as they are accompanied by parent or guardian.  Please wear closed-toed shoes and clothes that can (and will) get dirty.  We will provide water, some snacks, and all the tools you’ll need.

Thank you!!!

Current Sign-up Sheets

Title Date Open Spots  
Moving!!!! May to Early June N/A 15
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Ride That Owns Itself II

Back for a 2nd year, the Ride that Owns Itself II, will once again wind its way through the most beautiful roads in all of Georgia. This year, we have 3 fully supported routes–26.2; 42 and 66 miles–that tour the bucolic countryside north of Athens.  This year’s ride and after-party is sponsored by Ted’s Most Best, where your ride registration ($30 / $40 day of)  includes a pizza/calzone and beer (or non-alcoholic beverage).  What a deal!

All the ride profits will go to support our Bike Recycling Program’sHoliday Bikes 4 Kids Drive.”

Ride registration includes the fully supported ride, dinner / drink, and a BikeAthens Membership.

Here at BikeAthens, we love cycling for the way it builds community.  Like last year, we are doing something different with our ride.  Rather than having a group start, we are aiming for a group finish. Our check-in / registration table will be open from 8:00am-12:00PM; you and your group may hit the road whenever you’d like, with the goal that we’ll all finish around the same time, about 2:00PM.

Suggested start times: 9:00AM for the 66 miler.  10:00AM for the 42miler. 11:00am for the 26.2 

REGISTER NOW!

This is how we roll

Even though it rained hard last year, this group was all smiles!
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The Fall Classic Group Ride

UPDATE: Due to the cool, wet weather, we are canceling tonight’s group ride.  The streets are too slick and the weather too uncomfortable.  We’ll see y’all next month!!

The weather is cooling, the Dawgs are winning, the trees are turning–it must be getting close to fall–the perfect time of year to ride! As always, the last Friday of the month–Sept. 25th–BikeAthens will be leading a short, easy, casual, and sociable ride around downtown Athens.  We will start at 6:00PM at City Hall (the College Avenue side).

These rides are a perfect opportunity to bike Athens with the safety of a large group of fun people.  Plus, Joe Kmiec, has planned another great route on some of our favorite scenic streets.  Look forward to seeing you on the 25th!  Oh, and bring water and bike lights!  If you need bike lights–send us a note, and we’ll bring some for you!!

Group Ride 9.25.2015

A variation of one of our favorite routes

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