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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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  1. Scott NMarch 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Wolfpack’s rules to getting a group ride popular.
    1. hold it on monday nights
    2. start at a donut shop
    3. make the ride a chalenge, but create stopping points so people have a chance to stop if they can’t finish. Thus making it so finishing the ride the prize.

    We shouldn’t need participation trophies.

    In all seriousness, having rides like this seem like a good idea. It’s a good chance for people who aren’t tied into the cycling community to get on a ride and be pushed by those who are better than them. Giving prizes may create a monster though.

  2. NathanielMarch 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks Mr Spitz for the kind article!

    Scott N – thanks for the input, I appreciate the ideas! Our prizes are given out for free to anyone who comes to the ride. So if you show up you’re going to get a prize from our local community or from bike businesses.

    We give out prizes and work with the local community because our city isn’t very bike friendly and we understand that the hammer will fall on us once our rides get too big. When that happens we will already have a rad community of cyclist supporting us and a long list of businesses that support us as well.

  3. kristinMarch 13, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    I just started monthly full moon night rides, socially, not a race. There’s a lot of interest in our tiny cycling town, which has a lot of commuters but no organization between them.

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