Get Ready for Bike Month

Sheriff Kenny and Muscle Powered advisor Lee Harter getting ready to ride - "Celebrity Ride" 2012

Sheriff Kenny and Muscle Powered advisor Lee Harter getting ready to ride – “Celebrity Ride” 2012

Next month is Bike Month and there are plenty of activities planned in Carson City. We kick off on April 24 with Nevada Moves Day at the State Legislature. Muscle Powered is organizing exhibits in the front foyer of the legislative building highlighting Nevada groups working for better walking and biking. Participants include the Reno Bike Project, Safe Routes to Schools, the Carson Valley Trails Association and more. Muscle Powered members will invite legislators on a one-hour walk from 7 to 8 am starting from the legislative building, highlighting complete and not-so-complete streets in downtown Carson City. Exhibits will be up all day long – this is a good opportunity to visit what everyone during the session calls simply “the building,” so come down and say hello.

Rides

Next up is Bike Habitat’s Tour de Carson on Sunday, May 5. This popular ride starts from Bike Habitat in the Topsy Lane shopping center, circles Carson City, then ends up back at Bike Habitat for a barbecue.

Jenny Scanland is leading Slow Spokes Rides every Wednesday at 5:15 pm through June. Contact Jenny at  jscanland@charter.net, 684 2787

Several years ago Jeff Potter picked up then-City Supervisor Shelly Aldean on his tandem and they rode to work together on the first day of Bike To Work Week. This has evolved into a  Celebrity Ride where community leaders are invited to join Muscle Powered members on a leisurely hour-long ride around Carson City’s west side. Last year we were joined by the mayor, the sheriff, and several City department heads. This year we have invited state officials as well, so we’ll see who shows up. The Celebrity Ride will be on Tuesday, May 7.

One of the most popular events of Bike Month, the Cruiser Ride, will take place on Wednesday, May 15. Ride your prettiest bike. Costumes – for both bikes and riders – are not mandatory but welcome.

Vietnam Veterans of America family bike ride will take place on Saturday May 18, just before the end-of-Bike-Week party.

Artists

Local Gallery Artsy Fartsy is hosting a tricycle yard art contest. The trikes will be decorated by local artists, and will be sold by silent auction. The gallery will also show bicycle-themed art throughout the month.

Bike to Work Week

Of course the whole purpose of Bike Month – besides to have fun, which is always important – is to encourage biking for transportation. Bike to Work Week is May 13-17. Bike to Work DAY is May 17. We are organizing another Corporate/Agency Challenge this year, so you can compete for most miles ridden during the week as an individual or team, and get your chance to hold on to our enormous Bike Trophy for a year. Contact Jeff Potter through this site if you want to take part. Jenny Scanland is hosting a Bike Commute Station in the state’s Bryan Building (901 S. Stewart St) on May 1,2, and 3 to share tips for bike commuting. There will be free coffee for bike commuters on Bike to Work Day May 17 at various locations – check here or on our Facebook page for details.

Parties and other events

The End-of-Bike-Week Party will be Saturday, May 18, 3-6 pm, on West Telegraph Street by Telegraph Square in downtown Carson City. There will be a raffle including 2 cruiser bikes, bands, food trucks, tricycle races, and more.

This isn’t all. Other events include a bike social at Tap Shack, a women’s bike clinic led by Muscle Powered board member Cortney Bloomer, a bike movie at Sassafras, potentially a showing of Rick Gunn’s popular Soul Cycler slide show and more. Check back for info as these events are lined up.

Flat Tire Repair Clinic at the Bike Smith

So you’re out on your bike, 15 miles away from home, and you get a flat. No problem! Just grab your spare tube, your pump, and… What’s that? You don’t know how to fix a flat tire?

Bike Smith Flat Tire Repair Clinc
Learn how to repair your own flat tires at the Bike Smith

A flat tire is the most common problem that WILL happen on your bike. Thankfully they’re pretty easy to repair with a little know-how. You can ride pretty far in a short amount of time on your bike, and having the skill to fix a flat will keep you from walking a long way back home.  The Bike Smith is once again offering their popular Flat Tire Repair Clinic on Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:00PM. They will go over wheel removal, inspecting the tire for damage and sharp objects, and replacing the tube. Other topics may come up as time allows.

What: Flat Tire Repair Clinic
When: Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:00PM.
Where: The Bike Smith, 900 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701
More info: (775) 883-3210

Carson City Family Bike Festival

The first annual Carson City Family Bike Festival, co-sponsored by Muscle Powered with Carson City Health and Human Services and Carson City Parks and Recreation, will be held on Sunday, May 20th, from 1-4 pm at Riverview Park.

Put Your Best Foot Forward
Riding at Riverview Park

In addition to the bike ride, Muscle Powered will be doing FREE bicycle safety inspections. Riverview Park is located at the east end of 5th Street out by the Carson River. Trails are hard packed dirt, suitable for all but the skinniest tires.

Free Coffee on Bike to Work Day

On Friday, May 18th, from the hours of 7am – 8:30am, Comma Coffee is offering one complementary cup of coffee to individuals who are commuting to work by bicycle. Keep an eye out for the special Muscle Powered scones to go with your coffee! Comma Coffee is located at 312 S Carson Street.

Comma Coffee
Inside Comma Coffee 

Also, though not a part of Bike to Work Day, Dutch Bros is offering all coffee drinks for $1 as part of their 5th anniversary celebration.

Bike to Work Week Party at the Firkin and Fox

It’s great to see the bicycle miles and trips rack up from our Corporate Challengers! If you haven’t been keeping track, go check out the previous posts to see the daily totals. We’re going to have a big party at the Firkin and Fox on Friday night the 18th to celebrate everyone’s hard work this week. In addition to announcing the winners of the Corporate Challenge, we’re going to have live music from Notch 8, and a raffle with prizes you don’t want to miss out on. Money collected from the raffle goes to benefit Muscle Powered, Citizens for a Walkable and Bikeable Carson City.

Bike to Work Week Party
Last year’s winners of the woman’s cruiser

The Bicycle Authority helped us with the grand prizes again this year, two Custom Beach Cruisers from Phat Cycles! These two bikes are the nicest we’ve given away yet, a little more custom than last year’s. We traditionally give the bikes away before it gets too dark, giving people without lights the opportunity to ride home safely.

Raffle Bikes
Women’s Cruiser

Raffle Bikes
Men’s Cruiser

In addition to the bikes from Bicycle Authority, there are plenty of other fantastic prizes to give away, all donated by our other Bike to Work Week Sponsors! And yes, you MUST be present to win. This year’s sponsors are:

  • Adele’s
  • Bicycle Authority
  • Bike Carson/Tahoe
  • Bike Habitat
  • Bike Smith
  • Capitol Automotive
  • Comma Coffee (Free morning coffee for bicycle commuters)
  • Cracker Box
  • Firkin and Fox
  • High Sierra Brewery
  • Muscle Powered
  • Red Bike Cycling
  • Sassafras
  • The Tap Shack

Notch 8 will entertain the crowd between the raffle items, and there will be drinks available outside during the party. Food will be available inside at the restaurant.

Notch 8
Notch 8 to perform at the party

Details:

What: Bike to Work Week Party 2012
Where: Firkin and Fox, 310 S. Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701
When: Friday, May 18th @ 5:30 PM.
Other: The party is outside in the back of the restaurant. Plenty of bike parking in view of the party.
Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/378436315525125/

West Side Cruiser Ride 2012

It’s almost time for Muscle Powered’s annual Bike to Work Week cruiser ride! This Wednesday, May 16th, bring the whole family down to Telegraph Square for a slow-paced fun ride around the quiet streets of Carson City’s west side. Sign-in for the ride at 6:15pm, ride starts around 6:30pm.

West Side Cruiser Ride
Wear your costume! Decorate your bike!

Last year we had a few riders show up in costumes and it was a lot of fun. So this year, we are strongly encouraging EVERYONE to wear a costume for the ride and/or decorate their bike.

West Carson Cruiser Ride
Join the parade!

Don’t have a cruiser? No worries. Any bike will do. Cruiser rides are all about riding slow, enjoying the scenery, and socializing.

West Side Cruiser Ride
Easy pedal through Carson’s quiet west side

When: Wednesday, May 16th, 6:15PM
Where: Telegraph Square (Corner of Telegraph and Curry Streets)
What: Easy 4-5 mile pedal around Carson’s West side.
Kid Friendly: Yes! Kids are encouraged.
Do: Wear your costumes and decorate your bikes.  Wear your helmet.
Don’t: Miss out on this fun event!

Bike Movie Night at Capitol Automotive

Saturday May 12th at 5:30PM is Bike To Work Week Movie Night hosted by Capitol Automotive! Ride your bikes down at 5:30 pm for FREE pizza and beverages, and enjoy two fun bicycle themed movies. Marcus does a great job at converting his garage into a little theater, and there is plenty of secure bike parking within view of the seating.

Bike Movie Night
Marcus at the controls of his state of the art bike-in theater

Where: Capitol Automotive, 1000 N Plaza Street
When: May 12th, 5:30PM

Bicycle Maintenance Class at Bike Habitat

The Bike Habitat will be giving a free class this Wednesday the 9th at 6PM. The topic of the class is “Home Maintenance for your Bicycle”. Learn how to keep your bike running safely and efficiently between bike shop tune ups. This clinic will cover both MTN and Road Bikes.

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This FREE clinic covers:

  • Safety Inspection
  • Brake alignment and adjustment
  • Front & Rear Derailleur Adjustment
  • Headset adjustment
  • Flat repair

Where: Bike Habitat – 911 Topsy Ln. #238, Carson City, NV 89705
When: Wednesday, May 9th @ 6:00PM
Phone: 775.267.5053

2012 Tour of Carson

May’s Bike Month is almost here, and so is Bike Habitat’s Tour of Carson!  This is a very fun, moderately paced road ride around the perimeter of Carson City.  The route is 27-30 miles, but short cut options are available through town if you don’t think you can ride the whole distance.  Here’s the scoop from Bike Habitat:

Please join us for the 5th Annual Tour of Carson City Bike Ride & BBQ Sunday May 6, at 9am!

Tour of Carson 2011

  • The ride will begin at 9:30. The route tours around the perimeter of Carson City for a moderately paced 27-30 mile bike ride.
  • Lunch will be provided and all are welcome.
  • Kick-Off Bike Month with Denis and Viola as they celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of Bike Habitat.
  • This is a Free Event.
  • Donations are being accepted to support Muscle Powered of Carson City to promote a more bike friendly community.
  • The ride will begin at the shop and tour around the perimeter of Carson City for a moderately paced 27-30 mile bike ride.
  • Click here to view a map of the ride.
  • The Bike Habitat is located next to Best Buy in the shopping mall off Topsy Lane.
  • Call Denis at the Shop for Information 267-5053

Tour of Carson 2011

Bike Month 2012 Planning Meeting

Spring is here, and May’s Bike Month celebration will soon be rolling into town. With this year’s high gas prices, many people are seriously considering transportation alternatives. If you’re new to bicycle commuting, Bike Month is the perfect time to network with other cyclists that can give you tips, ideas, and support for using the bicycle as transportation. If you’re a seasoned bicycle commuter, this is your chance to help others get on their bikes. The more bikes that are on the road, the more visible and safer we all are.

West Side Cruiser Ride
Bike Month will soon roll into town!

Once again, Carson City will be observing the national dates for Bike to Work Week, May 14th – 18th. In addition to Bike to Work Week, we’ll have social activities, how-to clinics, and group rides.

  • Who: Muscle Powered (musclepowered.org)
  • What: Bike Month planning meeting
  • When: Wednesday, March 28th, 5:30 PM
  • Where: High Sierra Brewery, 302 N Carson Street, Carson City, NV
  • Contact: For more info, jeffmoser@musclepowered.org

To accomplish all this, we’re going to need a plan and some help. Join Muscle Powered for the Bike Month planning meeting this Wednesday, March 28th, 5:30 PM at the High Sierra Brewery. Hope to see you there!