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A blog about HalloWheels 2016

Now that the dust has settled from HalloWheels 2016, I’ve been charged with documenting the event for all of the interwebs to see, and I’ve been putting it off for a week now partially because “life is busy” but also, I don’t know where to start.

Without a doubt, there would be lots of “Thank You’s” to give.

I would thank everyone who attended our events. It was the largest turnout we’ve had for our short history of HalloWheels festivals! I would definitely thank all of our partners who came through for us big time this year! From Camel City BBQ Factory and Hoots, who donated a portion of their proceeds to fund the event, to Marketplace Cinema, who gave us special pricing on the movie and snacks. Stella Brew, who gave out samples during the scavenger hunt and donated a gift certificate for some great beer. Camino Bakery, who hooked us up with coffee before the Tweed ride. Farm to Feet, who gave away over $500 worth of the world’s best socks! And our awesome friend in Ardmore who hosted a stop a group of riders and helped them craft something special for Halloween. I’d also call out Trey Hooper, the local artist who designed the awesome artwork for this year’s events and our volunteers who ran valet bike parking during the Bike-In Movie. Then, there would be the BeersNGears team that helped make it all happen with the hours and hours of emails, phone calls, meetings, idea pitches, planning and preparing. We couldn’t have done this without a single person who helped us along the way. (Thank you!)

 

Then, my creative process and my ridiculous need to try something new kicks in.

I don’t want to just post a bunch of “Thank You’s” and “See Ya Next Year’s” and be done with it. I want it to be insightful, maybe somewhat noteworthy, possibly even worth a read so I start thinking of highlights from all of the events like Dumptruck Junior finishing the Spooky Scavenger Hunt challenge in just over an hour — the dude is a beast — or how we took a quick detour while on the Tweed Ride to snag some beer samples and visit with some friends at Whole Foods. After some reflection, I’m still left with the question, “How can I take all these bits of fun and excitement and include them with things I’m proud of like, ‘there’s only one multi-day, annual bicycle festival in Winston-Salem and we’ve held it 3 times now,’ while also being entertaining enough to read?”

If only I could draw some sort of meaning out of all of this.

I thought I could maybe make a connection between seeing all sorts of different people including adults, kids, men, women, people on road bikes wearing kits and people on mountain bikes wearing fairy costumes, and some wearing jeans and T-shirts with our core value of Diversity & Inclusion. BeersNGears wants everyone to ride and feel welcome at every event we do, but that stuff is dry and boring. I tried writing about how we are building new relationships with local businesses and strengthening our voice as cyclists every time we have another event. We’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished in such a short amount of time and one of our top priorities has always been supporting local business and building community, but I just couldn’t find the inspiration to write the next best seller. So I gave up on trying to find any meaning.

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At some point, you just have to accept reality, for better or worse. Mine, I suppose is just writing a simple “Thank You” and “See Ya Next Year” and being done with it.

So if you came out to one of our HalloWheels events, sponsored a part of festival, or worked to help us be successful, sincerely, THANK YOU! We hope to see you next year (and at all the other events we do in between then)!

Every single person involved with this year’s festival helped us grow a little more and I’m so glad to have all of you as friends.

Until next time, keep the wheels spinning!

 

5 Pint Century

It was about 2 years ago exactly…

When I sat down to write about an epic ride I did with 2 friends in March of 2014, but I just couldn’t seem to get inspired by what I was writing and ended up putting it off… until now. We called it the “5 Pint Century” ride and I’m getting ready to do it again. Except this time, I’m opening it up for anyone, anywhere, anytime; in the form of BeersNGears’ first ever challenge.

BeersNGears is all about getting more people on bikes and that typically means having events and rides that anyone can do. So rides generally end up being under 20 miles but who doesn’t like to get out and stretch our legs from time to time and who isn’t a fan of a good challenge?

The challenge is simple yet epic

Put together your own century (100 mile) ride and include 5 stops for a frosty pint along the way. Preferably at breweries, but any local watering hole that sells pints will do. All 100+ miles need to be ridden within a 24 hour period. Send in your GPS route and copies of your receipts from the five stops along with $25 and you’ll get your very own official “5 Pint Century” finisher’s patch and a BeersNGears pint glass long with your route posted on the finisher’s page on the BeersNGears website.

You also have the option of entering the BeersNGears sanctioned “5 Pint Century” with support.5 Pint Century 2016

I have put together a 110 mile ride which includes stops at Joymonger and Gibbs Hundred in Greensboro, Four Saints in Asheboro, Brown Truck in High Point, and last but not least, Hoots when we return to Winston-Salem. There will be a sag-wagon available to put extra food, water, or clothes in and pick you up in case of a mechanical. Yours truly will be leading this fiascoe at a 10-11 mph pace.

I would be pumped to see many of you complete your first ever century ride with us, and I would suggest that you feel comfortable doing 60 miles with minimal support before attempting your first century. I will be riding at a easy-moderate pace but it will still be difficult physically, and probably more so mentally.

We will meet at Hoots Roller Bar on Saturday, September 24th at 8:45 and roll out by 9am and the whole ride is expected to take roughly 12 hours. The entry fee is $50 and includes pizza at Four Saints Brewing and a limited edition 5 Pint Century jersey with the artwork by done by Ian (only available with your entry fee). If you’re interested, but need more info, leave a comment below or send us a message.

Life, like riding a bicycle, is about taking on new adventures, challenging ourselves, experiencing new places and making lots of friends along the way. I hope you’ll take the 5 Pint Century challenge, earn the coveted finishers items and have a ride to brag about for the rest of your life!

If you’re up for the challenge and have a love for adventure, you can reserve your spot on the ride by clicking below.

 

The ride:

Artwork provided by Ian Bredice

Ian Bredice ArtistIan Bredice, local artist of the Winston-Salem area started his life in Michigan where he once told his principle that his parents didn’t have a phone to avoid getting in trouble. Flash forward to those delicate college years; Ian attended a bougie arts-based university called Albion College, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with special focus on bronze sculpture. After college (and a big move down south) Ian put paint to canvas for the first time in his artistic career and it was like when Shadow comes back at the end of “Homeward Bound”. There was no looking back. With inspiration taken heavily from 1950’s atomic design, classic horror movies and anything not on the beaten path. A signature theme throughout most of his artwork, Ian enjoys painting robots more than anything else. From small little rocket-bots to giant Robotopolis with towns and forests all over him. Ian’s day job is a sign artist at Trader Joe’s, he is married to his lovely wife Kelsey and they enjoy spending time with their five pets.

You can find his art at www.facebook.com/ianrobotartist

Group Ride: Discover Your City

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” – Ernest Hemingway

no drop group ride: discover your city | Winston-Salem, NCHow else would you Discover Your City?

At BeersNGears, we have taken what Ernest Hemingway once said, and created a no-drop, group bike ride from it. It’s called “Discover Your City” and the point of these rides is to discover the city we live in atop our favorite bike.

We ride our bikes to local businesses to learn about the owner’s, their story and what they sell, and in the process, discover ways to navigate by bike throughout our city that you may have never considered.

One of my favorite stories is from a ride we did to Twin City Hive where we learned about Coffee Co-Mission from the founder, Daniel Ehrlich. Daniel wanted to start a coffee roaster because of his passion for creating the best coffee roasts possible from the best ingredients possible, but he quickly realized how much poverty was linked to the coffee industry. Something he ultimately was not able to overlook and made it part of his business’ mission to support ending poverty and inspire social change. And he’s right here in Winston, roasting away on some coffee beans and changing the world, one bag of coffee at a time!

So take it from Ernest Hemingway and come “Discover Your City” with us, it’s the best way to learn the contours of our city.

Check facebook for the next Discover Your City Ride.

Bike-to-the-Ballpark

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As the infamous song goes:

Take! Me out to the ballgame
Take! Me out to Thirsty Thursday
Buy me some Porters and tasty snacks
It’s going to be fun riding my bike back!
Let’s drink brew, brew
From the home beers
Who’s playing again? I should be ashamed
Aahh.
For it’s one,
Two,
Three pints when you’re out
At the old. Ball. Game.

Artistic liberties my own and I’m hoping you’re seeing the point.

BeersNGears has teamed up with the Winston-Salem Dash to hold a Bike-to-the-Ballpark event. We are inviting you to take advantage of our free valet bike parking service and a special ticket price on Thursday, May 26th. The game starts at 7pm so ride in on your own or join our group ride leaving from Marketplace Mall at 6pm. Did I mention this is a thirsty Thursday so many beers are $1 throughout the ballpark until the end of the seventh inning!

Be sure to purchase your tickets by Tuesday, May 24th to get the discount rate of $11. Come celebrate National Bike Month with a bike ride and enjoy a great American pastime!

Click the “Buy Now” button below to purchase tickets.


Artwork provided by Taylor Hayes

Taylor Hayes HeadshotTaylor Hayes is a mixed media artist living in Winston-Salem, NC. She adventured to Winston-Salem in 2009 to pursue a degree at Salem College where she studied Arts Management and Studio Art and began teaching art as a youth summer camp instructor at Sawtooth School for Visual Art in 2012. She now works full time as the Digital Media & Special Projects Coordinator at the school, maintaining the website, online marketing, and digital art programming. She also works as a Studio Assistant at Artists in Cellophane: Art-o-mat, a small business that converts old cigarette machines into functional art vending machines. In recent months, Taylor has become a co-op member of Artworks Gallery. You can find out more about her work and follow along at www.taylorhayesart.com.

Discover Your City

You may remember our first ever Discover Your City ride where we hijacked the Community Bike Ride and planned a special trip to Twin City Hive. It’s been awhile since that happened so we’ve planned another one. There is no hijacking required for this edition of Discover Your City, just one strategic stop along our route.

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During this ride we will be making a pitstop at Small Batch Beer Co. where they brew beer one barrel at a time right here in downtown Winston-Salem. There we have arranged some delicious appetizers to sample and a tour of the brewing setup from the Brew Master. You can check out the equipment and get the low down on the operation while drinking your favorite beer. And if you’re nice, he might just answer some questions for you.

We’re meeting at the Marketplace Mall parking lot at the entrance of the Salem Creek Greenway. We will ride for about an hour at a no-drop, casual pace before stopping at Small Batch for 30-45 minutes and returning to Marketplace Mall after.

You may be asking: What makes it a “Discover Your City” and not just another local group ride? I’m so glad you asked — to be a Discover Your City ride the group must visit a business at some point during the ride. That business should be local and do or sell good stuff. Most importantly the ride should show people how they can ride their bikes to these places and enjoy all that our City has to offer.

Come ride along as we discover our city one awesome business at a time.

Bikes, Beer, Food Trucks, and Tiny Houses! Oh My!

Bikes are to cars as tiny houses are to single-family homes. No, this isn’t Freshman English class but bicycles and tiny houses do go together like PB&J. They’re both the answer to an expensive, noisy, smelly, bigger problem. So after learning about Alexis and Christian’s project, Tiny House Expedition, we were hooked.

Alexis and Christian are a couple living in Winston-Salem who have set out on a journey to build a tiny house on wheels, travel across the country to learn about tiny house communities, and make a documentary about it. Their goal is to teach the world about building sustainable, eco-friendly, affordable communities by inspiring us to build small. So it made sense to say “yes” when Alexis asked us to be a part of their Tiny House Expedition on the Green event on June, 20th, in Downtown Winston-Salem.

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This FREE community event is sure to be a fun way to spend your Saturday and let’s face it, who doesn’t want to walk around inside of a tiny house? Based on the corner of Arts and Innovation (a.k.a. 6th & Liberty St) there will be 3 tiny houses for you to tour and see for yourself what all the hype is about. There will also be music, art, yoga, demos, and activities for the kids too. When you get hungry you can choose from several food trucks that will be onsite. And what would a party be without beer? Not a party at all. So our friends at Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Co. will be there to make sure it’s a party!

BeersNGears is making it easy to roll to the party in style. We’ll have free valet bike parking so you dont have to worry about where to lock up your bike. You can just drop it off at our booth, get a ticket, and we’ll keep your bike in a secured area. When you’re ready to ride away into the sunset, just come by with your ticket and we’ll grab your bike and get you on your way.

We will also be hosting a group ride from the event through downtown. We’ll meet at the BeersNGears table at 1:00 and ride our bikes around town for about an hour, at a seriously leisurely pace. Returning to the event to continue the party!

Check out the event page for all the details. We hope to see you there!