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Yoga & Beer 4 Bikes

Yoga Beer For Bikes Final WebCycling events and beer drinking almost seem to be inseparable, but yoga and beer drinking? Regardless, Indianapolis craft brewery, Sun King, is hosting an event titled, Yoga and Beer for Bikes. The event consists of donation-only yoga classes held inside their brewery with beer tastings held afterwards. It’s an event open to all types, of course, and you can expect a traditional yoga class, but without the calm, quiet atmosphere. The canning machines will be humming, clanking and banging in the background as you downward dog your way to the beers available after.

Cycling fits into this mix as the class payments go to Nine 13 Sports, an organization that introduces young kids to bikes in order to promote health, wellness and exercise.

The next class is on May 13th and you can register here. Future benders (pun intended) take place every two months. It’s a popular event, so register early.

Damian Kevitt & Finish the Ride

In February of 2013 Damian Kevitt was hit and dragged by a car before being dislodged on the 5 Freeway on-ramp. This Sunday Damian will finish that ride. Join him at Finish the Ride and support safer streets in Los Angeles. Find out more about the ride and how to be a part of the movement at FinishtheRide.com.

Bike Cult Show

bikecultNYC is hosting their very own Hand-made bike show titled, Bike Cult, on August 16th and 17th at the Knockdown Center. This is the show’s second year. Bike Cult boasts a true “show”, without awards or prizes for builders, just the best of their creations for you to drool over. There will also be bicycle-related non-profits, music, food trucks, and all sorts of other events going down over the weekend.

“Our mission is to showcase the industry of small-scale hand- and machine-made bicycle products to promote the pedal-powered tools of sport, transport & recreation that transcend ordinary throw-away consumer products and to revitalize people and places with one of the world’s best inventions.”

Show specifics are as follows:

Bike Cult Show
2nd Annual Hand-Built Bicycle Show in NYC

Knockdown Center
52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens, NY 11378

Saturday, August 16, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Sunday, August 17, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Entry:
General admission, $10 per day, Children under 14 free.

www.bikecultshow.com

Iron City Bikes Grand Opening Party

ICB_lvillegrandopen_webLongtime Urban Velo supporter Iron City Bikes is celebrating the grand opening of their second location with a serious party. We’re talking free beer, food, giveaways and live performances by 10 time national trials champion Mike Steidley.

If you’re in Pittsburgh on April 27th, stop by anytime from 10 am until 8 pm. Visit www.ironcitybikes.com for more.

Kaleidospoke Santa Fe

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Kaleidospoke2014 copy Kaleidospoke is back for a fourth year. This Santa Fe, NM bicycle festival is coming up on May 16-18 at Railyard Plaza with bicycle art, rides, parties and fun going on throughout the three days. Check www.thekaleidospoke.com for more information.

Sea Otter Cyclocross Gallery

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The Sea Otter Classic is the race season kick-off event, with three days of mountain and road racing centered around the midfield of the Laguna Seca Raceway. The expo area is always home to new product announcements, the race courses new faces and teams. Not a bad place to find oneself in mid-April, and I managed to turn my lens towards the Women’s and Men’s Cyclocross Pro/1/2 races between other engagements. ‘Cross in the sand and sun may seem out of place, but it makes for some great racing ripping through the expo. The packed men’s run at the very end of the day proved to be a rowdy time, as expected after a couple of days of sun where beers at 9 am was hardly a rare sight. Good times. Results available for download at www.seaotterclassic.com

Am I Invisible? Opening

am i invisible?Bicycle portrait contest and gallery show, Am I Invisible?, is opening Tuesday, April 8th at the Old Stone House in New York City. The portrait project is meant to “encourage greater awareness of issues of sustainability, health and cultural diversity in the urban space.”

Attendees of the opening can participate in a bike and photography part raffle and view the 5 winning portraits. In concert with the opening, Am I Invisible? “will combine online experiences with a series of community events taking place throughout April and May at the Old Stone House. The public art installation uses image recognition technology to connect viewers of large-format images placed around the city to videos via their mobile devices.”

More info about the opening and following events are here.

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New York Bike Jumble

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Are you going to be in the NYC area May, June or September? In conjunction with Transportation Alternatives, The NY Bike Jumble will be hosting 3 swaps in the coming months, billed as the “anti-craigslist”, allowing you to see, hold and possibly test the products before you buy them.

The locations this year are as follows:

Saturday May 17th – Park Slope 10AM – 4PM
The New York Bike Jumble returns to Washington/JJ Byrne Park around the Old Stone House at Fifth Avenue and 4th street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. for the sixth year in a row. Fulfill all your cycling needs for the summer! Get yourself a new or used bike, new and used accessories, clothing, collectibles, artwork, overstocks, and bargains galore.

Sunday June 1st – Red Hook – 10AM to 4PM
The New York Bike Jumble presents The Red Hook Bike Jumble in conjunction with Transportation Alternatives’ Tour de Brooklyn. Join us by the Red Hook Ikea for a day of awesome bicycle flea-marketing.

September – Park Slope
date TBA

North American Bicycle Week

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North American Bicycle Week will kick off in Detroit, and in its sister city of Windsor, this Thursday. The four-day event will celebrate the culture and healthy lifestyle of cycling. With so many multi-day bike events staged across the continent, we caught up with co-founder Mike MacKool to get the 411 on the big shindig.

Urban Velo: What sets North American Bicycle Week apart from other large-scale bike events (like Interbike, NAHBS, Sea Otter, etc.)
Mike MacKool: We have always embraced the rider, in all forms, so we naturally tend to organize around the culture, the social aspect, and community growth through riding bikes together.

We also created a consumer show with an open market—not a lot of larger trade shows allow people to purchase on site. We see the NoAm Bike Week and Detroit Bike City EXPO to be not only where manufacturers and suppliers can meet, but where everyday people can enjoy buying a bike. Plus a lot more riding, music, parties, group rides and races.

UV:What prompted you to organize an event of this scale?
MM: We started Detroit Bike City a few years ago, knowing that we wanted to create something big like the Auto Show, but for bikes. After two successful shows at Cobo Center and an incredibly successful 2013 season of Slow Roll, we felt it was the perfect time, for us and for Detroit.

UV: So the previous Detroit Bike City events were precursors to NoAm?
MM: Yes.

The third Detroit Bike City Expo will return to the Cobo Center on Saturday, March 29. Check out the North American Bicycle Week event schedule and more at NorthAmericanBicycleWeek.com.

Indianapolis Radder Day Rides

Radder Day Rides ColorOrganizer, Nathaniel Tact, has begun throwing monthly, casual bike rides around downtown Indianapolis called Radder Day Rides. Simply for the love of riding and communing with other cyclists, these rides are not billed as Critical Masses, Alleycats or any other such association. They do, however, give you the chance to take home raffle prizes from local businesses…just for showing up! Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but I really like the idea of a no-stress bike ride that still gives everyone something to take home.

This also seems like a decent alternative to avoiding the sort of prize debacle Brad linked to in this article.

The first ride held in February suffered from low turnout, but that was due primarily to the demotivating winter weather and the March 29th ride promises to be better attended. If you’re in the Indy area or just passing through, join in on the fun. Check out the Radder Day Rides Facebook page for all the updates and prize offerings.
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