The New Provo Bicycle Collective Needs Your Donations Today!

DSCN1370Get ready for the most exciting bicycle news of the year: a bicycle collective is almost ready to start up in Provo. If you haven’t heard of a bicycle collective, you’re in for a treat. These non-profit groups offer residents a place to learn about bikes, use tools and space for repairs, and even buy restored used bicycles for cheap. With our family and student population, this is a project that will benefit Provo for years to come.

After months of planning, the new Provo Bicycle Collective is ready to start up. But, they need your help! By donating whatever you can (even if it’s just $5), you can help them afford the first month’s rent and set up costs. They already have tons of tools and bikes. Now, make the bike collective dream a reality by contributing to the cause.

You can donate any amount by contacting one of the representatives listed on the donation Facebook page. Thanks for your willingness to support bikes in Provo!

Creative Commons License photo credit: oneillkza

Mayor’s Rivalry Ride Friday October 28

It is that time of year again, Rivalry Ride time. What is the Rivalry Ride you ask? The Rivalry Ride is a bike ride challenge between the Mayors of SLC and Provo. The challenge is based on the BYU vs U of U game that is played in the fall. The losing city’s Mayor rides the 60 miles to the winning Mayor’s city. Since the last game between these two teams did not go so well for Provo we will be riding to SLC. However, and as always, bicycles are going to make our loss a win, but not without your help. In the past the ride has been a straight shot with no other distances to choose from, so if you were not a super biker, or at least a confident rider, it would not be very easy for you to participate. This year all of that is going to change. The City and the Provo Bicycle Committee have worked together to create a short version of the ride so everyone can come out and show the city that we (bicycle riders) really exist, and that riding safety is important to us. In fact the Provo Bicycle Committee is asking that all of us who are able to be at the event be there on our bicycles even if we can not ride the 6 mile short version of the ride. Here is all the info from the official Facebook event,

More Info
This year, bike six miles or 60. Your choice!The Utes won this year’s rivalry game, so Provo Mayor John Curtis (because BYU lost) and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker (because he’s nice) will bike approximately 60 miles from Provo to Salt Lake City, starting at the Provo City Center, 351 W. Center St., in Provo. There will be an opening ceremony on the north steps of the City Center at 9 a.m. with the bike ride starting at 9:30 a.m. It will end when all participants arrive at the Salt Lake City and County Building, 451 S. State St., in Salt Lake City.The public is invited to participate in the opening ceremonies and/or the ride at no cost. View the map of the route athttp://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/53901706.Those interested in a shorter route are invited to join in the first three miles of the ride to Lakeview Park, 2825 W. 1390 N., in Provo, about three miles from the City Center, for a total of six miles to the park and back.Participants are required to sign a waiver. Cougar fans should wear jerseys, shirts, or other articles of clothing in the color blue to show support for BYU. For more information at www.provo.org. Mad Dog Cycles will provide bike checks at the City Center prior to the opening ceremony and other support for the ride. (Thank you, Mad Dog Cycles.)Both mayors want to use the ride to encourage participation in the upcoming BYU v. U of U food drive that will take place November 12-26. Watch for more information about how to donate to Community Action Services and Food Bank.

We will make sure to keep you updated on the ride and keep you stocked full of reminders so that you can make sure to be there with us in support of our Mayor, and a lot of city staff, riding bicycles. For now make sure to head over to Facebook to invite your friends and let them know you are attending. Save the date, and see you there.

BikeProvo Rides With; Monday Night Night Ride

There are a lot of rides going on and a lot of people putting in hard work so that you have something to do on your bicycle even if it is getting a little chilly. We here at BikeProvo are going to be riding along and reporting on all the weekly happenings in Provo so you are in the know and the how.

It was a a chilly evening, the kind that are getting more and more common as the season rolls on. All I wanted to do was have some hot chocolate and polish up some reading I had. There was something that was nagging at me though, it was Monday night which meant that it was a Monday Night Night Ride. I had not been on one of these rides for awhile due to scheduling and family obligations, but tonight I was more or less free, and wanting to get another ‘BikeProvo Rides With’ segment out for all of you to read I threw on a light sweater, got my lights, and jumped on my trusty steed. With lights flashing and a bit of a chill in the air I rode over to Joaquin Park on 400N and 400E where the rides meets up.

Upon arriving I was the only one present, and was not sure if the ride was going to still be on or not, however one by one riders showed up out of the night like white and red blinking fireflies. As the group gathered my reluctance about taking a break from my reading began to melt away. Once we were all assembled we started devising a route to ride. The Monday rides have always been about fun rides and a slow pace, as a result many of the rides end at parks around Provo. As we chose a route one of the riders spoke up and said he thought he knew a secret route to Bicentennial Park! If you do not know, Bicentennial Park is one of the most awesome parks in Provo. This park has a pond, an awesome play ground, wide open spaces, a wetlands boardwalk, and for those interested a pretty awesome Frisbee golf course; and all though it is only 2.5 miles from my house I never get to go there because riding your bike on State Street in Provo is a death wish (the city and Bike Committee are working on that problem). Needless to say I was now very excited to be at this ride and had completely forgotten about my reading which was waiting for me at home.

I love riding with people I have just met. Bikes set such a great pace for conversation and, if you run out of things to talk about you can always talk about riding. The ride made its way to a secret road which dumped us out into some windy (the direction not the weather) neighborhood streets. Everything was on the up and up and then… psssssssss…the sound of defeat. Ridge, one of our riders, had picked up a thorn and gotten a flat tire. As we all assessed the situation Logan, one of the other riders, felt the same way I did and did not want the ride to end so he offered his handle bars (hence the picture above). With Logan riding Ridge the rest of the way we arrived at the park.

We played on swings, and ziplines, we road a slippery spooky boardwalk, and discovered a flock of sleeping ducks, in short we had a ton of fun. On the ride home we picked up Ridges flat bicycle, we also ended up getting that hot chocolate I had so badly wanted. Upon dropping off Ridges bike high fives and contact information were passed around and I cruised home happy that I took an hour out of my day to get to know my city, and some great people in it, a little better. Upon arriving home I also noticed that my reading went a lot smoother after stretching my legs for a little while.

If you can not tell from my write up I highly recommend joining the Monday Night Night Ride group on Facebook, as well as taking some time out of your schedule to come out and ride. Every ride is different and every ride is an adventure. Best of all if you have a ride you really love, or some awesome secret we should all know about you can come lead the ride! And, if you were wondering, the ride does ride in any weather all year so plan on a sweater or jacket as it gets cooler. The rides leave from Joaquin Park every Monday at 9pm sharp. See you there.

Halloween Night Ride!

Halloween is just around the corner and I can not think of anything better than dressing up, covering my bike in lights, and riding around our fair city with a bunch of other cyclists. The event is being put together by Sam Layco and Kate Chandler so you know it is going to awesome. Here is the info from the Facebook event;

Hey everybody for now this ride is in the works but is definitely happening on HALLOWEEN night.Some details:1) We want everyone to come and decorate their bikes with as many lights as you possibly can. Think Christmas lights, bike lights, glow in the dark accessories, and anything your imagination can come up with.

2) It’s Halloween come dressed up yourself, maybe with some lights perhaps.

3) Bike sound systems are welcome. Please contact us ASAP if you want to provide music for our ride.

The above are not required (except for the basic head and rear lights for your bike). Just bring yourself, some friends and your bikes!!!

Also, knowing Kate and Sam I know that this ride will be family friendly by three year old is already super excited about riding around with lights and costume. There is not a set meeting place yet but there is a date and a time. We will keep you all updated over the next few weeks as things unfold. But for now head over to the event page add your name to the attending list and get ready for some spooky bicycle fun.

BikeProvo Rides With; Fun Fun Underground Forest Race

There are a lot of rides going on and a lot of people putting in hard work so that you have something to do no your bicycle even if it is getting a little chilly. We here at BikeProvo are going to be riding along and reporting on all the weekly happenings in Provo so you are in the know and the how.

                (On the Salsa in Costume)

As we reported on in the last post the Fun Fun Underground Forest Race (FFUFR) has been going on all summer long and has been a great success. They claim that the race is all about fun with no stress on entry fees, or any of those other barriers/concerns you get with a more conventional race. Having been to the race (and helped with some organization) multiple times throughout the season I can attest to this fact, and this last race of the season was no exception. The field was pretty sparse, there were only 8 racers but everyone of them was happy to be there and happy to race for a little bit of glory.

To offset the cold there was a group who brought hot water, chocolate mix, marshmallows, tea, and all the things you need to consume a wonderful warm beverage on a brisk day. Having fueled/warmed up the first heat was ready to go. This heat was comprised of mostly new racers which would take a two lapped shorter version of the track. There was a BMX bike (Suzy), 80’s Schwinn beach cruiser/mountain bike (Parker), beater mountain bike (Jordan), and a Salsa Mukluk (no shifting only rear brake; Dylan), which raced this first heat. The race was very close with Parker and Dylan battling it out for first place. On their first lap through both Parker and Dylan slid out on a slick bridge and crashed. They regained their focus quick and kept on pushing through the twisty bumpy forest track. In the end Parker eeked out a win over Dylan with Jordan coming in a close third, and Suzy spinning her 20″ wheels after him. Once the beginners heat came to an end it was time for the advanced heat to begin.

                     (First Group or Racers)

I ended up in the advance heat with Brian (80’s Schwinn again) and Mike (awesome beach cruiser). I think the only reason I ended up in this heat was because there was no one else who wanted to race against these guys. Both Brian and Mike have podiumed at the race multiple times. As a result of being in this group I took every advantage that I could and rode the Salsa. At the start we were all poised to go. 1, 2, 3….. GO, and we were off! Immediately Brian boxed me out of the small single track course with Mike breathing down my neck, but right as we slipped between a grove of trees something happened to Bryan’s bike and he went down. As a result I was in the lead and decided to give this thing my all.

(Brian on the Ground)

The only problem was that I still had a full two laps left. I turned off my brain and spun the pedals like there was no tomorrow. I realized pretty quickly that I had picked too high of a gear and was spinning like a mad man to keep moving. As I rolled through technical spots and ducked under trees I figured that I would be over taken any moment. “Just keep pedaling, Just keep pedaling. Ignore the fire in your legs and butt and just keep pedaling.” This was my montra and I stuck to it. First lap down and I was still in front this gave me a little extra burst and I buried my self even more into the pedals to keep the lead that I had. Then, sure enough, I heard the whizz of a freewheel behind me and knew that my number was up and that Brian would be passing me soon, but it never happened. Once I dared look back I realized that no one was behind me! This just stoked my fires even more, and due to the speed I almost went head over heels into the river. Luckily the Salsa was very forgiving. As I crossed the finish line I could not believe I had won my heat, and could not believe how much my legs and butt hurt from the poorly chosen gear I had raced in. Right after I collapsed off my bike dizzy and happy all at the same time both Brian and Mike sped into the finish. As it turned out they were both held up with Brian’s crash providing me with the win (the freewheel noise that I heard was actually a stick stuck in my spokes :)).I was ecstatic about my win until I realized it meant another two laps against the best of the best.

(Brian and Mike Going For It)

Since Brian crashed right out of the gate we all decided that anyone who wanted a second shot at the final race could race a one lap, winner takes all, heat to qualify (again this is more about fun than egos or points). So, once again Brian and Mike lined up to determine who would ride in the final race. They were both off like a shot, and while they were neck and neck throughout the whole course Brian swung in first with Mike right on his rear wheel.

(Some Spectators Warming up and Chatting)

With the final round being determined as Brian, Parker, and myself, and Brian deserving a rest before the final race, we all loaded our cups up with wonderful warm beverages and talked about bikes, and each of our laps, not to mention that everyone took the Salsa for a spin and dreamed about how awesome it would be if one of us could actually own it (it was a demo bike). It was great standing around just hanging out with other bike nerds. Aside from talking about the slippery bridge, and how technical the course was we also talked about how to jimmy rig fenders to your bike, as well as some of techniques everyone uses for riding in the snow/cold.

With Brian all rested we lined up for the final race. My little girl Karen got to do the count down, and we were off. Somehow I got out of the trees first, and once again decided to give these two laps my all. In the Tour De France they have a saying, “Once your in Yellow you ride with the strength of two men.” In other words once you are winning you do not want to lose, and on this wonderful fall day in October I finally understood what that meant. I gave the pedals everything I had and then some. I did not see trees, rivers, bumps, or turns I simply saw a line from start to finish, in essence I was floating, or ‘in the zone’. In the end I squeaked by in first place with Brian hot on my wheel and Parker chasing down Brian. As I came across the finish I was too out of breath to really celebrate but, as the oxygen came back to my head I was very excited about my win, and super excited about the race in general.

(Half the first place trophy was missing)

The trophies were presented with Parker taking a space holder trophy until the third place trophy could be delivered (the trophies float from winner to winner and the third place from last race forgot to drop off the trophy for transfer). On top of the the top three finishers getting trophies everyone who showed up got an awesome sticker compliments of UrbanDownfall. The stickers read “I’M A HARDCORE MOTHA FFUFR”, or, “HARDCORE MOTHA FFUFR.” I took one of each and each will find a place on two of my bicycles. Needless to say everyone was happy with the outcomes, and the stickers; and I was pleasantly surprised with my own effort. In the true bicycling spirit of camaraderie most every one ended up at Rice King together to celebrate.

Even if I had not placed at all this event would have been a ton of fun. Everyone who came was just looking to have a good time and ride bikes. The whole thing felt like we were 8 year old kids on the block jumping our BMX bikes off some home made ramp. Some of us would jump big, some of us would not jump at all, but we were all there having fun because of the bicycle. While this was the last FFUFR of the season it was announced that there would be one race this winter called, “The Worst Race of The Year”, in which any one who comes out to race will ride the same course once there was about two feet of snow on the ground. You can bet we will keep you updated on when that race rolls around. The normal FFUFR is going to fire back up again next year with the return of the sun. So that means you need to hunt down an old beach cruiser or mountain bike strip it down to one gear, and get ready for fun, friends, and bicycles. Thanks for the great summer FFUFR, and all those who have raced and watched. We will see you next year.

Last Fun Fun Underground of the Year

Ever hear of beach cruisers? Ever heard of cyclocross racing? Ever heard of a beach cruiser cyclocross race? Well that is exactly what the Fun Fun Underground Forest Race has been all summer long (see our post on it here). The idea of the race is that you get a beach cruiser or beater bicycle (think full suspension walmart bike), a helmet, and you race it against other people riding the same thing. Over the summer there has been over 8 different variations of the course that they race and each one has been as epic as the last, on the really good races they have a river crossing where you have to either get off your bike and carrier it across the river, or for the really brave you can just ride right through like the photo below illustrates.

The race is open to everyone, and the more who race the more fun everyone has. If your not the racing type there is always the very important role of spectator to cheer racers on. The spectators usually line up along the course and cheer and shout for the riders and then, on the last lap, they run over to the finish line to cheer everyone on. You may be asking what is the point of this race? The point is to have fun, plain and simple. There are no sponsors, no teams, just a bunch of awesome people getting together for an awesome ride. There’s that, and the awesome trophies for the top three finishers, first place trophy is about 5ft tall!

Simply put, grab your bike, get ready to get muddy, and come out to get a taste of the glory. If you do not have a bike that is suitable there is always at least two bikes for people to use so do not let that stop you. Again, if you are not going to race the role of spectator is just as important and just as fun. Check out the Facebook event for all the information and to ask any questions you may have. BikeProvo will be there to get pics and report on all the awesomeness so, if you are there your picture will make it on the blog! Here is all the important info.

When: 5:30pm sharp

Where: Meet in the parking lot at 500N and Independence Ave. in Provo

Why: For fun, for bikes, for glory.

 

 

 

 

 

Some Things You Need To See

We hope that everyone has been getting out in this wonderful pre-fall weather we have been having. It is really great to look up at the mountains and watch them light on fire with the colors of fall. There are some videos that have been out and about on the Interwebs that we want all of you to be aware of.

Starting off easy we have this great video put together by the newly formed Dutch Cycling Embassy. Beautiful bikes, beautiful infrastructure. Check the bike specific bridge at the end.

Cycling For Everyone from Dutch Cycling Embassy on Vimeo.

Next up is a fun and whimsical how to video. My favorite is, ‘The Gentleman.’

“Golden Tree” by Martin Brooks from Ninian Doff on Vimeo.

Personally I think it is hard to top the last video but, Brooks Saddles just released a pretty cool video about the Hell’s Belles Ladies Polo Tournament. While I think the video is cool I would have liked a little more polo playing.

As always I have saved the best for last. This video is about a ride that is done in France which honors vintage bicycles as well as vintage riding. It captures the time period they are representing so well that for the first little while I thought I was watching old footage. All I can say is that we need to have a Tweed Ride, or Sunday Best Ride, or a (insert name that indicates old bikes and style) Ride.

LA PATRIMOINE from Benjamin Donadieu on Vimeo.

Hopefully you will enjoy some if not all of the videos, but more importantly we hope that you are all out riding enjoying this wonderful time of year in our great little city.