BikeArtShow-3July2015The Bike Art Show happened last week, but the helmets that were debuted that night are still on display in the Downtown Artery Cafe. You can bid on your favorite helmet all the way through the end of the month.

Have you signed up for the National Bike Challenge yet? It’s not too late.

And without further ado… here’s the deets on upcoming bike related events. Check’em out!

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– July Events –

Family Bike Ride to the Watson Fish Hatchery – Saturday, July 11, 10am – 1pm

All ages are welcome to join this family, fun-filled guided bike ride on the Poudre Trail hosted by FC Bikes. We will ride 10-miles round trip. Pack a lunch to enjoy at the half-way point at the Watson Fish Hatchery. Please be sure children are will and able to ride all 10 miles, either with their own bike or with a tag-a-long or trailer. Bike and helmets are required. Cost $12

Register through the City of Fort Collins Recreator (Recreator Program Number 309992-01)

Movies on Mason – Saturday, July 11th, in front of Life of the Party, 1933 Brewing Co, and Recycled Cycles, 7pm

Saturday, July 11th! You are invited to the first ever Movies on Mason hosted by Life of the Party, 1933 Brewing Company and Recycled Cycles. Movies on Mason is a fun outdoor movie experience provided to south Fort Collins. Biking to the event and costumes are highly encouraged.

It’s the 30th anniversary of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.

Tickets will be $10 for adults (with a FREE beer) and $2 for kids. Tickets are available at any of the host businesses.
The event will be held in front of Life of the Party, 1933 Brewing Company and Recycled Cycles at 4025 S. Mason Street.

Ride your bike! The Mason trail is a popular bike trail that runs next to the railroad tracks North-South in Fort Collins. The location is between the Horsetooth and Troutman MAX Stations.

Adult Learn to Ride Class – July 16, 6 – 7:30pm

Regardless of your age, it’s not too late to learn to ride a bicycle! Adult Learn to Ride is a free class by the City of Fort Collins for adults (+14 years) interested in learning how to ride. Through a safe, easy, and effective method, Students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop and steer a bike. You will also learn how to properly fit a helmet. Many learn to ride a bicycle while taking this class, and we’re confident you will too! You will leave with a new set of skills and access to resources to continue to improve.

If you do not have a bike or helmet we can provide them for use during the class. Contact or 970-221-6987 if you need a bike and/or helmet.

Register for Adult Learn 2 Ride through the Recreator

Traffic Safety 101 – Saturday, July 18, 8:15am – 4pm, Westbridge Medical Suites

Traffic Skills 101 is a course for beginners, returning and seasoned cyclists alike that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, on-bike skills and crash avoidance techniques. We recommended this class for adults and youth above age 14. Participants should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion to this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are required. A water bottle is recommended.

FoCo Cafe’s 2015 Bike-In Music Festival at Shire CSA – July 19, 3 – 7pm, 713 E. Prospect

Bicycle-in for great music, food, and beer on beautiful Shire CSA. Experience the best of Fort Collins in one Sunday afternoon! Gates open at 2:30pm, music begins at 3:00pm and the event will happen Sunday, July 19, rain or shine! Only 300 tickets will be sold, so this will be an intimate experience! Get all the details on the event page on Facebook.

Women & Trans* Wrenching Night: Brakes – Thursday, July 23, FC Bike Co-op, 6:30-9pm

Always wanted to know how to fix a flat, adjust your brakes, or re-grease your hubs? Come learn how in this women-led, 6-class series. No registration necessary. Just bring your bike!

This week we’ll cover brakes. You need them to stop, so it’s a pretty important class. We’ll cover v-brakes, side-pull, cantilever, you-name-it, and how to adjust those buggers.

The Bike Co-op is located at 331 N. College Ave.

Bikes-N-Ales – the weekend of July 24-26, Pateros Creek, Horse & Dragon, 1933 Brewing, and Black Bottle.

Bike Fort Collins is holding its third Bike-n-Ales event during the weekend of July 24th- 26th! Bikes-n-Ales is an event that encourages folks to get out and visit local businesses and drink local craft brews, all while riding bikes and supporting BFC!

Three Beer Tokens: $15
Three Beer Tokens & a Commemorative Pint Glass: $20

Members Only!
Four Beer Tokens: $15
Four Beer Tokens & a Commemorative Pint Glass: $20

Each of the beer tokens are good for one beer at BFC’s designated sponsors: Pateros Creek, Horse & Dragon, 1933 Brewing and Black Bottle. You can pick up your tokens at Pateros Creek on Friday July 24 4-7pm and Saturday July 25 from 2-7pm.

Want to know more about becoming a BFC member? Check out the membership page on their website. It’s a great way to support their educational programs and advocacy with the city/campus/county.

Adult Learn to Ride Class – August 6 & 13, 6-7:30pm.

Women & Trans* Wrenching Night: Bottom Bracket – Thursday, August 6, FC Bike Co-op, 6:30-9pm

USA Pro Challenge Celebration – Wednesday, August 19, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, 1601 W. Drake Rd. 
Join FC Bikes for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening to celebrate the 2015 USA Pro Challenge.  The evening will feature a bicycle rodeo, helmet giveaways, food and more!

Women & Trans* Wrenching Night: Drive Train – Thursday, August 20, FC Bike Co-op, 6:30-9pm

USA Pro Challenge – Stage 6 – August 22 — Loveland to Fort Collins (I know. This is a race, not a transportation event. But it’s also a celebration of bikes event. So I’m including it here.)

Tour de Fat – September 5th

Open Streets – Sunday, September 20, probably on Remington between Mountain and Lake.

Traffic Safety 101 – September 26, 8:30am – 4pm.

Traffic Safety 101 – November 14, 8:30am – 4pm.

nbc-offsite-imageNational Bike Challenge! – May 1st to September 30th

The National Bike Challenge is an opportunity for cities and states to compete against each other in terms of bike miles and bike trips logged. You can pick a team, a workplace, and a school to log miles for. Bike Fort Collins and the FC Bike Library have a combined team you can join.

– Bike News and Views –

Cyclepreneurs: Boston’s Metro Pedal Power, by Allan Ishac in Momentum Mag (July 7, 2015). Metro Pedal Power is a bike-based business delivering fresh food to Boston residents by cargo trike. I love what they’re doing. But even more, I like the word Cyclepreneurs. 🙂

Drivers’ antagonism toward cyclists termed ‘classic prejudiced behavior’, by Susan Perry in MinnPost (July 2, 2015). This one’s kinda scary. Drivers aren’t being rude because they’re they don’t know any better. They’re being rude because they’re bigotted against cyclists.

What lessons can we learn from serious bike crashes?, by Rick Price in the Fort Collins Coloradoan (July 6, 2015). There are things cyclists can do to help prevent accidents.