Month: June 2019

Monday Morning Bike Ride

Bike Ride in Tiverton and Little Compton!!
When: Monday, July 1st
Where: Meetup at the Tiverton Library – 34 Roosevelt Avenue (drive south on Stafford Road to 177, Bulgarmarsh Road – take left at Roosevelt Ave to the Library
Time: Meetup at 7:45am – Ride starts at 8:00am
Ride will be approximately 20+ miles – make sure to bring a drink and snack. Ride will go to South Shore Beach in Little Compton – All on road ride – Helmets highly recommended

Longest Day Of The Year Bike Ride

June 21st was a wash so Ten Speed Spokes bike shop in Newport RI rescheduled the ride to June 27.  The turn out was great and the choice of four mileage options made this a wonderful event for all levels of riders.

*****We did have to send out a search party for a 19 year old in my group.  He went out with the hammerheads and got dropped early.  We located him two towns off the arrowed 45 mile route.

2019 longest Day of the Year Ride from John Sullivan on Vimeo.

 

Thursday and Friday Night Group Rides

Longest Day Of The Year Ride, Newport RI

Thursday: June 27.

Time:  Wheels up at 6 PM

Where:  Ten Speed Spoke bike shop in Newport RI.  Across the street from the Newport Gulls baseball park .   Store is located at 18 Elm St. Providence, RI

Postponed from last week due to stormy weather. Click Here for the web page.  It’s a really good ride for any level.  There are four mile options and the routes are arrowed and there are also volunteers directing riders on the city sections of the route.

CLICK HERE for a video of a past ride.



Providence Critical Mass

Friday: June 28

Time:  6:30- 9:30 PM

Where:  Burnside Park, Providence RI.    Get Directions

A very casual ride through the streets of Providence RI.  It will be a very large group (safety in numbers), making a couple of stops for R&R and socializing.  The ride ends at a pub in downtown.  It’s different every month.  You can imbibe if you wish. Or not.

I will be leaving Ft. Hill in East Providence at 6 PM for the three mile ride to Burnside Park.

For directions to Fort Hill bike path access search for directions to intersection of Mercer Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway in East Providence through Google Maps or GPS. (1 Mercer St.) Parking is overlooking the river on the West side of the highway.

Monday Morning Ride

Partly sunny. High in the mid 70’s. North winds around 5 MPH.
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Tour de Creme Route Bike Ride

Monday June 17.  46 or 30 mile ride.  We will decide at the parking lot.

Meet at the Fairhaven Rec Center Next to Stop and Shop.  (227 Huttleston Ave)
CLICK HERE for map. This is a change from the usual Staples meeting place because of construction in the Staples lot. It’s easier too.

Time:  Gather at 8:15 for an 8:30 wheels up.

This is an on road 46 miles ride using the Mattapoisett Land Trust’s “Tour de Creme  route and arrows.  There are some spectacular sights and at least four ice cream shops on the route.  There are two near the end of the ride if the group wants to stop for a snack or maybe even lunch. Think lobstah and chowdah.  We’ll decide then.  There is a plethora of really good locally owned eateries close to the Rec center.  There is also junk food places like McDonald’s if that’s your preference.  Or you can go home and cook your own.

CLICK HERE for the 46 mile ride with GPS route

*****NOTES*****

This is a 46 mile route.   We will gather twice at bail out spots.  If the group wants to shorten the ride we will have two chances to do that.

Our final gathering spot is Captain Bonny’s Ice Cream on New Bedford Rd.  Here is where we deviate from the arrowed route.

Tour Is Approaching Quickly

Bike,beer and Amtrak
Bike, Beer and Amtrak

We did this ride in 2008 and 2012. Brandon and I have reversed roles since out 2008 ride. Back then, I was the full time worker and he had all the time in the world. Now, he is the full time worker and Captain of Tilt Racing in Austin. We decided a few months ago, that the Erie Canal would be a great reunion. So here we are.

I am driving to Albany from Fairhaven, MA on July 7th, and Brandon is flying in on the 8th. We will immediately drive to the Amtrak station, pack our bikes and travel (1st class) to Buffalo. After spending the night at a cheap motel, we begin our trek to Albany.

I don’t know how many photos there will be this time, but am confident there will be videos, (with music), for viewing pleasure. Stay tuned. Comments are always welcome.

Three Rides Scheduled Friday Night, Saturday and Monday Morning

UPDATE

Added a Saturday Ride

There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Friday 6/14/19.

It’s time for another Sunset/Moonlight ride.  The full moon is actually on Monday the 17th, but there should be plenty of “Moon” a couple of days ahead.  As an additional bonus the Moonrise is at 5:37PM.  By the time the sun sets the moon should be plenty high in the sky.
The Details:
Date: Friday 6/14/19.
Location:  EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.  65 Child St. Warren RI
Time:
Arrive: 7:00PM
Departure: 7:15PM promptly
Sunset: 8:20PM
Moonrise:  5:37PM
Name: Full Strawberry Moon
Distance is flexible.
Rain cancels the ride.
We will ride toward Providence till we decide to turn around.
Turn around point will probably be India Point Park unless we decide to turn around sooner (or later).
That’s around 22 or 23 miles round trip.
Bikes should have adequate lighting.
If you have a second headlight as a backup that might come in handy if the first one goes out.
Bring water, snacks, cameras and anything else you might want or need.


Saturday, June 15

Where: East Bay Bike Path

— When: Meetup at 8:00am – Ride Starts 8:15am
This is a perfect ride for new cyclists – and a perfect ride for experienced cyclists – distance will be determined by individual riders – whether you want to do a 10 mile ride to a 30 mile ride this is your ride. Bring water and a snack – possible stop at a coffee shop for delicious pastries, coffee and great conversation.
Take Route 103 to Warren RI. Right after the Del’s lemonade take the next left and park on the left – hope to see you there

Set GPS for 65 Child St. Warren R.I.



Tour de Creme Route Bike Ride

Monday June 17.  46 or 30 mile ride.  We will decide at the parking lot.

Meet at the Fairhaven Rec Center Next to Stop and Shop.  (227 Huttleston Ave)
CLICK HERE for map. This is a change from the usual Staples meeting place because of construction in the Staples lot. It’s easier too.

Time:  Gather at 8:15 for an 8:30 wheels up.

This is an on road 46 miles ride using the Mattapoisett Land Trust’s “Tour de Creme  route and arrows.  There are some spectacular sights and at least four ice cream shops on the route.  There are two near the end of the ride if the group wants to stop for a snack or maybe even lunch. Think lobstah and chowdah.  We’ll decide then.  There is a plethora of really good locally owned eateries close to the Rec center.  There is also junk food places like McDonald’s if that’s your preference.  Or you can go home and cook your own.

CLICK HERE for the 46 mile ride with GPS route

*****NOTES*****

This is a 46 mile route.   We will gather twice at bail out spots.  If the group wants to shorten the ride we will have two chances to do that.

Our final gathering spot is Captain Bonny’s Ice Cream on New Bedford Rd.  Here is where we deviate from the arrowed route.

 

Shakedown on the Touring Bike

IMG_2434It’s been a while since I did a tour with #3 son.

Next month we will, for the third time, bike the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany, NY.  Over the years, I have used crazyguyonabike, and will do so again this time.

Brandon will fly from Austin and meet me in Albany. We will box our bikes and take the Amtrak to Buffalo, spent the night and begin our trek the next morning.  We chose this because of how much we enjoyed the last two times.  The people we met, the history we experienced and the general fun we had riding our bikes for hours every day.

I took my Novara Randonee touring bike out of mothballs, so to speak, and got everything tuned up for the tour.  Today I took it for a ride to make some minor adjustments. Saddle, pedal clips, etc.  I had planned to do a 50 mile ride from home to the Cape Cod Canal, but thing got busy during the day which delayed my ride start till 4:30 PM.

I rode a good part of the Mattapoisett Land Trust Tour de Creme route and got a little under 30 miles.  Everything is a go for the tour beginning on July 8th.  We are both stoked for this tour.

Longest Day of the Year Bike Ride

longest day ride pic

We are just T W O weeks away from the solstice which means it’s time to kick off the summer riding season!

Please join the Ten Speed Spokes family in celebrating the start of summer and all things cycling with the 22nd Annual Longest Day Ride!

There are four route options, which include 15-mile, 25-mile, 35-mile & 45-mile ride. All routes will have signs and arrows. Be sure to join us back at Ten Speed Spokes after you complete your ride to eat pizza & refresh with cold beverages.

Ride starts at 6 but arrive between 5 and 5:30 pm to ensure plenty of time for registration.

Safety first, so helmets are required.

CLICK HERE for the video of a previous ride

Full Strawberry Moon, Night Ride

strawberry-moon
There will be a Sunset/Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Friday 6/14/19.
It’s time for another Sunset/Moonlight ride.  The full moon is actually on Monday the 17th, but there should be plenty of “Moon” a couple of days ahead.  As an aditional bonus the Moonrise is at 5:37PM.  By the time the sun sets the moon should be plenty high in the sky.
The Details:
Date: Friday 6/14/19.
Location:  EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.  65 Child St. Warren RI
Time:
Arrive: 7:00PM
Departure: 7:15PM promptly
Sunset: 8:20PM
Moonrise:  5:37PM
Name: Full Strawberry Moon
Distance is flexible.
Rain cancels the ride.
We will ride toward Providence till we decide to turn around.
Turn around point will probably be India Point Park unless we decide to turn around sooner (or later).
That’s around 22 or 23 miles roundtrip.
Bikes should have adequate lighting.
If you have a second headlight as a backup that might come in handy if the first one goes out.
Bring water, snacks, cameras and anything else you might want or need.