As the saying goes, “the third time’s a charm” and this is our third time doing HalloWheels — Winston-Salem’s one and only bicycle festival — so I guess the pressure is on. Pressure or not, we’re excited about it! We had an amazing time last year and this year we’ve made it even better.
HalloWheels was dreamed up back in 2014 in an effort to provide local riders of all types and skill levels with unique, (mostly) free social bike events. One of the keys to creating a strong bicycling culture is having a variety of year-round bike activities and connecting seasoned riders with people just getting their bike tans. We work hard to keep these events free or super cheap for everyone by partnering with local businesses. We really appreciate their generosity and fundraising help.
We’re sure 2016 is going to be the best HalloWheels yet so we hope you come out to all three events. Did we mention a raffle? For each event you attend, you get a ticket for the raffle. Show up to all three and double down on your entries.
Here’s the lineup this year…
Bring your bike, lights, a bag, a camera and a sense of adventure to Camel City BBQ Factory at 6:45pm and we’ll give you a list of of clues and tasks to complete throughout downtown Winston-Salem. Ride at your own pace and complete as many tasks as you want. This event is family-friendly and halloween costumes are encouraged. There will be prizes for the three best costumes. If you are the type of rider who enjoys a good challenge, we’ll have something special setup just for you. Do you have what it takes to beat the clock?
Thanks to our friends at Camel City BBQ Factory for donating 10% of sales from HalloWheels participants to BeersNGears so come early for dinner and come back for drinks and to find out who wins the costume contest. The hunt begins at 7pm.
For this episode of our Bike-In Movie, we will ride from Reynolda Village to Marketplace Cinemas to watch the new Ghostbusters film and come back, 10-15 miles in total. Ride your bike to the cinema with us and take advantage of these HalloWheels specials: $2 ticket, $2 medium drink, and $2 medium popcorn. Secure valet parking will also be provided.
Meet us at Reynolda Village, in the parking lot near Silo Restaurant at 6:15. Be sure to bring a bike with front and rear lights for this casual, social ride after dark and plan to have a great time riding bikes and making friends.
If you missed last year’s HalloTweed, you missed the beginning of something great! It’s a tweed ride followed by a swap meet, food, beer, good times, and a raffle. This year, Hoots will be hosting us and donating a portion of their proceeds to help BeersNGears keep doing free community events.
HalloTweed kicks off at 10:30 with the Tweed Ride — a casual social ride through town that celebrates early 20th century bicycle culture with vintage bikes and clothing (hence the tweed). Come early to get some coffee and then ride 10-15 miles through town in all your dapperness. We’ll take a little break in the park, then head back to Hoots for the swap-meet.
The swap meet will be set up near Hoots. You can grab a beer, some grub from The Porch, shop bike stuff, listen to music and play some bike games — I know you want to show off your sweet bike skills. We’ll be giving out prizes to the best dressed male, female, and bike so be sure to dress us! We’ll also draw for the HalloWheels raffle prizes so you’ll want to stay until the end for your chance to win!
Tables to sell at the swap meet are free so make sure you fill out the form to reserve one soon!
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This year’s HalloWheels artwork was created by Trey Hooper.
Trey Hooper is a Greensboro native that primarily works with vector based digital art. He graduated from Guilford Technical Community College class of 2012, and currently has (four) years experience as a graphic designer. Trey does freelance work under the name Bluwolf design, but primarily works as a designer at a local sign corporation where he does layouts for vehicle wrap, billboards, and any other kind of business signage.
You can check out his work at bluwolfdesign.com