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How to Survive Tour de Fat

New Belgium’s Tour de Fat is coming to Tempe this weekend and it’s a bike event you don’t want to miss! The event shines awareness on the environment and riding your bike instead of driving a car, and of course fun costumes and BEER! This will be my third Tour de Fat and I wanted to share some tips so you can have the best time ever this year!

Tour de Fat has arrived in Tempe!

When: Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, Event starts at 9 a.m., Bike ride is at 10 a.m. and the event lasts until 3 p.m.

Where: Tempe Beach Park: 80 W Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

Dress up for Tour de Fat!

These robots went all out for Tour de Fat!

The Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

  • Bring your bike! Don’t forget a bike lock.
  • Get there early. It will be crowded because look how much fun you’ll have!
  • Dress up! If you don’t wear a costume, you are more likely to stand out. Most people wear a fun costume of their choosing- there’s no rhyme or reason. Get creative! Think of Tour de Fat, as early Halloween!
  • Bring your ID, some cash and sunscreen. These items will be important if you want to drink New Belgium beer and avoid getting a sun burn- yes even in October it’s still hot and sunny in Tempe.
  • Drink water and bring some with you.
  • Eat breakfast! You will be better off having eaten something than if you were to start drinking beer in the heat on an empty stomach.
  • Check out your bike the day before. You don’t want a flat tire or busted chain during the bike ride.
  • Call all your cyclist friends and invite them! The more the merrier!

Avoid the hassle. Don’t drive your car.

Don’t:

  • Drive: This is a biking event that encourages you to “trade in your car for a bike”. So ride your bike or take the light rail there. The parking lot will be pretty full, especially the later you arrive.
  • Ride your bike like you’re in a race. There will be many people in the bike ride and it’s best to ride to a leisurely speed to avoid injuries.
  • Bring pets, unless you have a bike basket for them to ride in. They could get hurt being in a crowd of cyclists.

Check out the New Belgium website for more information! See ya there!

Thank you New Belgium!

 

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Second Saturday Bike Rides

If you have been wanting to join in on local group bike rides and enjoy activities that usually stop or end near a bar, you will have more chances each month on Second Saturdays, all year!

Thanks to Tempe Bicycle Action Group, also known as TBAG, for scheduling these rides, making them fun and open to anyone! You don’t have to be an experienced cyclist like Lance Armstrong to participate. But remember to be safe. Bring a bike light, reflective gear and your U-lock!

ALL RIDES BEGIN at the Tempe Town Lake entrance on the NW corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway.

Here is the bike ride schedule for:

TBAG SECOND SATURDAYS 2012

March 10– Mustache Ride: Whether you have a mustache or not, buy one, grow one or draw one on for this fun ride! Here are some fabulous ‘staches to aspire to!

April 14– Hotel Bar Ride: How often do you frequent the hotel bars in this area? Give them a chance tonight! Actual hotel bar locations to be announced.

May 12– Prom Ride: If you can still fit into your Prom getup from high school, wear it! If not check out a local thrift store or your parent’s closet for your evenings attire.

June 9– ‘Steers and Beers’ Cowboy Ride: The perfect excuse to wear cowboy boots and saddle up on your bike for a fun night!

July 14– Second Saturday Ride

Aug. 11– Trailer Park Ride: Did someone say jorts? Find a outfit that Kid Rock would appreciate.

Sept. 8– Second Saturday Ride

Oct. 13 Zombie Ride: Prepare for Halloween with the Zombie Ride.

Nov. 10– Harvest Ride: Enjoy a bike ride in the crisp fall weather. Celebrate the season in any way you see fit!

Dec. 8 Eggnog Ride: The annual holiday lights viewing ride. Wear an ugly, holiday sweater and bring a thermos of eggnog!

Beer, Brunch and Bikes

Do you want to indulge in beer flavored recipes on a delicious brunch menu….AND to bike all the live long day?

I thought you might! Remember to schedule an event alert in your iPhone for this Saturday, Feb. 18.

Arizona Beer Week is coming back to town with events scheduled each day! Saturday’s ‘Beer, Brunch and Bikes’ starts off the week of beer-related festivities. Arizona Beer Week is Feb. 18 – 25.

I love that we just celebrated the Centennial in Arizona and now we have a whole week devoted to beer!

This event begins at 10 a.m. at the SunUp Brewery, in Phoenix on Camelback Road and Central Avenue (Map). When you arrive, come hungry for a hearty breakfast and make sure to save some energy for a 3-mile bike ride to the Strong Beer Festival. The bike ride should be fairly easy and open to cyclists of all skill levels, but I’d assume you have to be 21-years-old to participate in the Strong Beer Festival. Two local bike groups, Tempe Bicycle Action Group and Phoenix Critical Mass, will be in attendance. They always love to get down on a local bike ride, especially if a nice cold beverage is waiting at the end destination! They will also be providing safety marshals to escort the bike ride to more beer!

Phoenix Critical Mass

SunUp will be opening at 10 a.m. for the beer brunch buffet, which costs $15. Here ‘s what you can expect on the menu: coffee and tea, Hefeweizen pancakes with lemon beer butter, breakfast potatoes, Amber poached breakfast sausage (regular and vegan sausage), assorted quiches, steel cut oatmeal cooked in soy milk served with bananas and brown sugar, and assorted pastries. Happy hour prices will be in full effect all day to kick start Arizona Beer Week off right!

Important Info:

Date: Saturday, Feb. 18

Time: Brunch: 10 a.m., Strong Beer Festival:1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Cost: $15 for brunch buffet

Where: SunUp Brewery, 322 E Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ, 85012
(602) 279-8909

http://www.arizonabeerweek.com/

Minutes From the Tweed Ride

Speeding my bike along the lake was the perfect way to commute to the Tweed Ride on Saturday evening at Tempe Town Lake.

When I arrived I saw a group of well dressed lads with their bikes near the entrance of the park.

Where did you buy your tweed?

The weather had been warm all day, but at the 5:30 p.m. meeting time, the breeze was just right for wearing tweed!

People gathered with their bikes for photos taken by Ryan Guzy, of Tempe Bicycle Action Group. We know the bike activist group in Tempe, as T.B.A.G.

Finally the ride began!

Someone bellowed, “Off to Robbie Fox’s Public House!”

(Remember to practice bicycle safety and use a bike light or two after dark.)

A line of cyclists took off down Mill Avenue towards the first destination.

The group chimed bells throughout the ride signaling we were on our way.

At a stop light, near Mill Avenue and Fourth Street a man in a large white truck asked about the bike group. Someone quickly explained about T.B.A.G. The man nodded as he told us to “be careful”!

Robbie Fox’s had a few tables on the patio reserved for the crew. We all locked up bikes behind the patio.

Plaid looks good on you!

The next stop was Canteen Modern Tequila Bar, which did not require a ride- just a short walk, as it neighbors Robbie Fox’s.

I sat at the bar for a quick shot of pineapple infused tequila, which was recommended by the bartender.

The group enjoyed a cocktail or beer while chatting and getting to know the newcomers.

After a few drinks and socializing, prizes were awarded for the best dressed and other categories.

Then the signal was given to move on to the next location, Casey Moore’s Oyster House.

Sampling from the beer selection

The sun went down and everyone needed to use bike lights and attach extra reflectors. While crossing the street, one cyclist pointed out an instance when bikers should wait for a car speeding by.

Once the crew had all showed up at Casey Moore’s, Ryan took a group shot. Although it was difficult to see in the dark, he did a great job!

The Tweed Crew

Other bars on the map were Yucca Tap Room and Boulders on Broadway.

Upcoming bike ride:

Excuse me. I must asche you a question.

Photos by: Lauren Fach and Ryan Guzy

Rockin’ the Tweed

So you heard about the Tweed Ride, and really want to go, but not sure what to wear?

Or even what Tweed is?

No problem!

I’ll give you the deets on the always fashionable fabric of tweed!

Tweed: a coarse, nubby woolen fabric woven together.

 

 

According to essortment: The Fashion Comeback of Tweed in Designer Clothing and Accessories, Tweed dates back for centuries in the United Kingdom, where it was woven into cloaks.

Then, it was used mostly for:

  • horse riders uniforms
  • warm clothing

And then in the 1890s:

  • women wore tweed for work coats
  • also people keen to the new trend of cycling dressed in tweed

In the 1950s and 60s:

  • Coco Chanel used tweed in high fashion in matching suits or accessories

More recently, we know tweed from 2003, when:

  • tweed was used in pastel colors paired with jeans for a casual look

As you can see, tweed can come in the form of shoes, dresses, jackets, hats, accessories, etc.!

 

So, look for these type of threads. If you don’t have anything tweed, check out Goodwill, Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet, Sunset Clothing or the closets of your friends and family.

  • Remember the Tweed Ride is              Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, @5:30 p.m.

  • Meet at Tempe Town Lake!

Tweed Ride in San Francisco

 

Tweed Ride in D.C.

 

 

 

 

Community Bike Rides

In the Tempe and Phoenix area, many local bike organizations have scheduled bike rides occurring each week.

The best part is that they are free and open to anyone. That means you or I could show up at any of these scheduled rides and participate.

As Winter Break is quickly approaching, I made of list of things to do and going for a long bike ride tops the list!

Below is a listing of weekly bike rides:

**FYI- According to the active.com website, a “no-drop” ride means that no rider is left behind and you can count on an experienced rider to stay with you.

Monday- Hardcourt Bike Polo

  • Hosted By: AZFixed
  • When: Every Monday from 8-11 p.m.
  • Where: Perry Park at 32nd Street and Virginia Avenue
  • Description: Bike polo, anyone welcome, sometimes we start earlier
  • Check official Bike Polo thread on AZFixed.com for updates

Tuesday- CRAP Ride= Bikes, Food and Beer

  • Hosted By: Car Resistance Action Party (CRAP)
  • When: Every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Tempe Beach Park entrance at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue
  • Description: Social no-drop greenbelt ride to the Orange Table restaurant in Scottsdale
  • More Info: azcrap.org
  • Click for a map

Wednesday- PISS Ride

  • Hosted By: AZFixed
  • When: Every Wednesday evening, meets at 7:50 p.m. rolls out at 8 p.m.
  • Where: Tempe Beach Park entrance at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue
  • Description: 30+ miles, fast-paced night ride on curvy roads with hills, sprints and plenty of drafting. It is mostly fixed, but any bike that can keep up is welcome. An understanding of group riding etiquette is essential for this ride.
  • More Info: azfixed.com
  • Click here for a map
Here are websites to learn about group riding etiquette.

Thursday- People’s Ride, LUX Ride, Tribe Ride

People’s Ride
  • Hosted By: TBAG- Tempe Bicycle Action Group
  • When: Every Thursday morning at 6 a.m.
  • Where: NE corner of Fifth Street and Mill Avenue
  • Description: A friendly no-drop 1.5 hour, ~20-mile ride, Essence Bakery for breakfast and coffee after the ride
  • More info: www.biketempe.org
LUX Ride
  • Hosted By: AZFixed
  • When: Every Thursday, 10:30 p.m.
  • Where: LUX Coffee Bar, 4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
  • More info: azfixed.com
Tribe Ride
  • Hosted By: Tribe Multisport
  • When: Every Thursday, meet at the shop before 7 p.m. because it rolls out at exactly 7 p.m.
  • Where: Tribe Multi Sport on Scottsdale Road just north of McDowell Road
  • Description: Fast paced ~10-mile ride around North Tempe and South Scottsdale.
  • Click for a map

Friday- First Fridays Ride, TBAG Third Fridays, Phoenix Critical Mass

First Fridays Ride
  • Hosted By: TBAG and AZFixed
  • When: The First Friday of every month, times vary
  • Where: Tempe Beach park entrance at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue
  • Description: Ride from Tempe to Phoenix First Fridays Art Walk.
TBAG Third Fridays
  • Hosted By: TBAG
  • When: Third Friday of the month at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Tempe Beach Park Entrance at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue.
  • Description: pub crawls, drive-in-movie rides, bowling alley rides, theme and costume rides. You name it and we’ll make it a ride.
Phoenix Critical Mass
  • Hosted by: Critical Mass Phoenix– a bicycle celebration to create awareness of bikes and cars sharing the road
  • When: The last Friday of every month at 5 p.m.
  • Where: Steel Indian School Park at Third Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix
  • More info: Look for a thread at azfixed.com

Critical Mass bike ride- Oct. 29, 2010 (Courtesy of Facebook)

Weekend Rides

Monthly Cruiser/Chopper Rides
Cupcake Ride
  • Hosted By: TBAG
  • When: Approximately once a month, dates vary
  • Where: Tempe Beach Park entrance at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue
  • Description: Easy beginner ride to Sprinkles
Farmers Market Ride
  • Hosted By: TBAG
  • When: Some Saturdays
  • Where: Tempe Beach Park entrance at Rio Salado and Mill Avenue
  • Description: Ride to the Phoenix or Scottsdale farmers market, sometimes combined with the cupcake ride.
CRAP WIPE
  • Hosted By: CRAP and the Extreme Picnicking Society
  • When: Times vary
  • Where: Bike Saviours on 601 W. University Dr.
  • Description: Hot Fresh Local Bike Touring. Ride from Tempe to one of the local mountain parks in the evening, eat a giant picnic, sleep under the stars, ride back the next morning. More Info: www.biketempe.org/forum, or ask anyone you see singing sea shanties while riding.


Video: Tour de Fat bike ride and festival

Each year, the bike and beer festival called Tour de Fat goes on a 13-city tour in the United States. It is locally sponsored by Tempe Bicycle Action Group and the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colo., who both share a love for cycling as transportation. The Tour de Fat mission to persuade people to commute by bicycle is supported by a program where people can donate their car for a bike. In each of the 13 cities, one participant is chosen to trade-in their car for a handcrafted, New Belgium commuter bike for a one-year commitment. This marks the fourth year of the trade program. For more information on the car/bike trade program click here.

The Tour de Fat festival starts the day off bright and early with a bike ride parading around town. Many participants tend to dress in costumes, decorate their bike or build a unique bike for the occasion. It has become a popular tradition to attend Tour de Fat in Tempe, because of the strong cycling influence from the City of Tempe and the Tempe Bicycle Action Group. It seems that its popularity has grown in recent years by the large crowd of costumed people clustering at the entrance of Tempe Town Lake before the bike ride. Afterward bike riders lock up their two wheelers and enjoy New Belgium beers and entertainment. The event is really a one-of-a-kind festival and a great location to people watch and take photographs.

Below is a video from Tour de Fat on Oct. 15, 2011, in Tempe . I was an active participant in this years’ Tour de Fat, as my video will show.

Does Tour de Fat visit your city? Here’s the tour line-up:

  • Durham, NC
  • Nashville, TN
  • Chicago, IL
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Boise, ID
  • Ft. Collins, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Austin, TX