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Get Your Tickets For These Events At The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival

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From June 11 - June 18, 2016, the Atlanta Cycling Festival is bringing you a week of bicycle rides, classes, parties, art, tech, and more.

We did the math and we have 46+ bicycle events this year. Yes, we know - That's a lot. We want to encourage and get as many people out on bikes as possible (Read more about the ACF Goals here). 

However, there are these pesky things called "costs" and "permit fees." Let's just say, it's not cheap to repurpose a parking deck into a bike-topia, nor is it easy-cash to host a bicycle night market and historic tours. 

Thus, to help offset some of these costs and remain in good financial health  we're hosting a few paid events this year. By purchasing tickets to these events, you're actively saying, "Hey, keep this week of biking magic alive, please." 

And with that, here's our list of, "Get Your Tickets For These Events At The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival!"

1. The Phoenix Tour

If you only purchase one ticket, it should be this. Join us Saturday, June 11, on this 17 mile ride as we discover where the Phoenix has soared and spread her wings over this great city. We'll travel around the SW, NW and SE Atlanta, exploring perhaps unfamiliar pockets of history, wonder and context.

  • You'll get an intimate, curated contextual tour
  • Learn about: Hidden flyovers, Dome construction view, subterranean streets, Snake Nation, The Gulch, Atlanta's #1 Most Champion Tree, jazz forests and so much more!
  • Lunch at Elliott Street Pub 
  • Snacks from Clif Bars and Suja Juice
  • Curated taste testing of The Official Tortilla Chip Of The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival: Paqui
  • See and learn wonderful things about Atlanta that you may not have known of before


2. The Big Opening Party!

Join us on Saturday, June 11, as we re-purpose the top two stories of the Georgia Tech Hotel Parking Deck! That's right, we're turning a parking deck into a rad bicycle event space for one evening. This event is going to be, well, awesome. TICKETS ARE LIMITED. So get them fast.

We'll be activating:

3. Easy Breezy Bike Part Art - Bicycle Totem

On Monday, June 13, we will be using old bike saddles, handlebars, brake levers, and other bike parts donated by Starter Bikes and Sopo Bicycle Cooperative to create the bicycle totem!

Personalize your bike totem further by bringing an old bike seat or handlebar that you have shared many riding memories but no longer have a use for.  The class fee is $15 to cover art supplies and hardware (Get ticket here).  Additional donations to Starter Bikes and SOPO will be accepted.

Eventbrite - Easy Breezy Bike Part Art - Bicycle Totem

4. MTB & Brew at SweetWater Brewing & Sope Creek Trail System

What better way to spend a day? Join REI's professional mountain biking instructors for a day to remember. Meet at SweetWater Brewing Company and shuttle in the REI van to Sope Creek Trail System for a dynamic and scenic trail ride accompanied by expert guidance and instruction. High quality full-suspension Ghost Brand mountain bikes are also provided. 

Beer + MTB + Bike Demos = Heaven. Get tickets here

And there you have it! Call to action: Get your tickets and please share this post! See you on two wheels very soon!

2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Promo Video Released!

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Since the start of the Atlanta Cycling Festival, we've been working with the talented, awesome and wonderful team at Tube Creative. Each year, they work with us to create an AMAZING promo video, releasing each year just before the ACF (Here's Year 1 and Year 2). 

We're proud to release our 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Promo Video - Come find your bike moment. 


Again, special thanks to the Tube Creative Team!

Also, special thanks to The Mobile Social for helping us make this a reality, Mike Schatz as the voice over talent and, of course - Our "No autographs, please - ‪#‎BikeFamous" cast: Jung-In, Ned, Barbara, Molly, Zach. Gino, Emily, Cassius and Marley.

Quick Release Art Show - Call For Artists

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Quick Release Art Show

CALL FOR ARTISTS

The Atlanta Cycling Festival is hosting a ART PRINT SHOW… for bikes!

Artists are asked to submit a portfolio of 10-20 artworks (either weblink or PDF <25MB) to art@atlantacyclingfestival.com. (No spec work. No contests. That’s not how we roll.) Please include your best phone number and e-mail with your submission.

Selected artists will submit art prints to be sold at the Atlanta Cycling Festival and on the ACF website throughout the year. Each artist will submit 20 copies of their final art print to the ACF by June 1st. Final art prints may be of any dimensions, but art prints will be sold for $35 each.

Artists will also have the option to submit art to be printed on limited-edition bicycle jerseys that will be auctioned off during the Cycling Festival. This art must be submitted by May 13th.

  • Deadline for portfolio submission: Sunday, March 27th
  • Notification of acceptance: Sunday, April 3rd
  • Jersey art submission:  Friday, May 13th
  • Art print submission: Wednesday, June 1st

Fine Print

Prints will be sold at select ACF events from June 11th - June 18th, 2016, after which time they will be sold on the ACF website for one calendar year. ACF will sell each art print for $35 and artists will receive 70% of each art print sale.

Jersey will be auctioned off at Quick Release Art Show. Artists will receive 25% from the final sale of the jersey. Well-performing jerseys may be sold on the ACF website throughout the year.

ACF may choose to discount art prints after the end of the festival, but will only do so with the permission of the artist. Artists will retain full copyright of their work and may reclaim any prints left unsold at any time after the end of the festival.

Artists are responsible for printing and delivering final art prints to the ACF. Art prints must be of professional quality, and may be letterpress, screen prints, lithography, high-quality digital prints, etc.

Only professional quality prints will be accepted. The ACF is a family-friendly event and asks that artists keep this in mind when considering the content of their prints. No prints featuring culturally offensive content will be accepted.

The 2016 ACF Grant Annoucement

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The ACF Create Grant

We at the Atlanta Cycling Festival love to create, especially in the city we cherish - Atlanta.

And we want more people to create and make their dreams happen, too. Thus, each year we offer a one time, $2,000 grant called the ACF Create Grant.

The purpose of this grant: To help start and create more bicycle culture, jobs and infrastructure in Atlanta. The ACF Create Grant does this by awarding $2,000 to fund a bike business/idea in the metro region.

The big announcement: Submissions are now open.

Last year's grant helped start a bicycle food delivery service in southwest Atlanta with the great folks at Carver Neighborhood Market!

Here's your chance to get seed funding to start, oh, a bike coffee shop, a bike bar, a bike clothing line, a bike [insert your idea here].

We're also excited to have some amazing judges this year:

Hurry - Submissions will close on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Apply For ACF Create Grant


The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates Announced!

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Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates

Hold on to your kits, kids. We at The Atlanta Cycling Festival have a lot of exciting updates to pedal through. Grab a water bottle and enjoy!

The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival Dates: Sat, June 11 - Sat, June 18!

Woohoo! We're heading into year #3 for the ACF and, boy oh boy, do we have a lot of great things planned! Some teasers:

  • We're launching the first ever pop-up MTB single track with REI
  • We're activating the first ever Atlanta Cycling Festival Village at Atlanta Streets Alive (Think Olympic Village - But better)
  • We're leading an art + tech + bike series thanks to the help of Wahoo Fitness
  • We're creating a whole "Class/Words" learning series, powered by Bike Law GA
  • We're hosting an "Unseen Atlanta" ride, taking you to places you didn't even know existed in Atlanta
  • We're incorporating rooftops and skylines - That's all we're going to say

We'll have MTB, road, tandem, lights, art, tech, words, volunteering, learning, advocacy, culture, doughnuts, beer and a whole lot more! Realistically, we're looking at 40+ bicycle events for the entire week. Take the whole week off: You'll need it. 

Call To Action: Signup for our festival updates

ACF Create Grant Submissions Are Open - $2,000 Grant

To help create more bicycle culture, jobs and infrastructure, we proudly host The ACF Create Grant. The one time grant gives you $2,000 to start your bike business/idea here in Atlanta, GA. Submissions are now open and will close on Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 11:59pm. Last year's grant helped start a bicycle food delivery service in southwest Atlanta with the great folks at Carver Neighborhood Market!

Apply for the ACF Create Grant now.

Bicycle Camping - Tickets Are Almost Gone!

Each year we and our good friends at Zipcar host Bicycle Camping to raise money for the year's festival. Permits, beer, swag and doughnuts aren't cheap - This event helps us cover a lot of up-front costs. Plus, it's incredible amount of fun. If you like bikes, beer, camping, yoga and burritos, then you should totally join us. Dates: Saturday, April 16 - Sunday, April 17.

Register For Bicycle Camping now.

Sponsorship Is Now Open

You're $$$ can make the 2016 ACF a reality. Plus get you all sorts of neat digital and in-person perks. If you want your message to reach healthy, active and passionate people that love Atlanta - Then you've come to the right place!

Lean How To Sponsor The ACF now.

Volunteer/Lead A Ride Is Now Open

Want to volunteer during the Festival? Or perhaps you want to host a fun bike ride or event? We love that idea! Around 60% of our events are community driven and organized. Here's your chance to show why you love biking in Atlanta. 

Volunteer/Lead A Ride now.

We Have An Awesome New Website

You might have noticed that our dot com has changed a little bit! We've launched a completely new, super fast, SEO-friendly website. It's mobile ready and will allow us to integrate/share events like never before. We had the honor, privilege and luck of working with the following to make it happen:

Phew! Last big announcement -You're awesome. But you already knew that. We look forward to riding bikes with you in June!

Ding Ding Ding,
The Atlanta Cycling Festival Team

Attention: Bike Technology Events Are A Go!

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Bike technology is a go!

After the 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival, we had a team meeting to discuss what went well and where/how we can improve future ACFs.

After much discussion, we kept coming back to our "big idea": We want the ACF to be the SXSW for bikes in Atlanta - Where people come to Atlanta for the week for bike rides, bike advocacy, bike art, bike technology, bike films, bike music and consumer focused-bike-everything.

Looking at the team, it was clear that we needed to hire some amazingly talented people. Fast. And we did - We hired a Bike Art Director and the (first ever) Bicycle Technology Director (more on them in the future). Once we found the talent, it was clear that they would need a budget.

And that's the purpose of this post: We've found our premier Bike Technology Sponsor - Wahoo Fitness.

Thanks to Wahoo, we've got the initial budget to build out some fantastic bike technology events. Events that have never, ever been done before in Atlanta. Think bike powered machines with 3D mapping lights, digital bike lanes, bike technology meetups and a whole lot more.

What's even cooler: Wahoo Fitness wants to hire local Atlanta talent to help grow their company (See their jobs here). That's right - An Atlanta based bike technology company is purposefully looking to hire technologically talented bicyclists in Atlanta. That's ridiculously fantastic.

So. Stay tuned. The 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival is going to be grand. We can't wait for you to attend.

P.S. Interested in sponsoring the 2016 ACF? We're looking for few more awesome thought-leaders in art and tech. Check out ourSponsor The Festival page for more info.

P.S.S. Image grabbed from this awesome video - Ghost Peloton.

The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival Officially Official Numbers And Analysis

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Let's just get this out of the way: The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival was a kickstandin', pedal pushin' success! 

Indeed, from what we've heard during the festival and through our follow-up surveys, it was a week of, "Bicycle magic in Atlanta, GA."

We've compiled the numbers, data, monies and a lot more. Here's how the 2015 ACF shaped-up. 



1. We Got New (And Kept) Sponsors!
From 2014 to 2015, we had a 75% sponsor retention rate! That means that awesome folks like Tube Creative, New Belgium Brewing, WABE, Scoutmob, Snyder Cycles, The Spindle and Zipcar liked/believed in us/our mission

What's more, we developed some awesome new sponsors. Some favs: Bond Intelligent Health, Podiumwear, MACC, MBIKES, Hypepotamus and more. Here's the complete list of the 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival Sponsors. Support them because they believe in Atlanta and biking. We think that's best mix ever.  

2. We Grew By 48.54%
Sure, we could round up and call it 50% growth, but we really like significant figures. This makes us excited because we held more events in 2015 than 2014 (specifically, more on each weeknight, not in one sum). This tells us that, yes, if you hold events, more people will come. This also means that there are more cyclists coming out to events than last year. AKA - The biking community is growing in Atlanta!

3. We Gave Back Over $3,742.38 To The Community
Built into the ACF model is making sure that with everything we do, we give back. From links to rides, tickets, swag and beer sales, everything has a built-in mechanism to give back to the community that supports us. Where did the money go? It went to fantastic orgs/ideas, like the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Living WallsMetro Atlanta Cycling Club and many more. 

4. We Helped Start A Bicycle Delivery Business In Areas Lacking Fresh Markets 
Not only did we give the money above, but we also awarded The ACF Create Grant - A $2,000 grant to start a bike business/idea in Atlanta, GA. The winner of this year's grant: Carver Neighborhood Market. Jeff Delp and his fantastic team at CNM used the money to employ neighborhood kids to deliver groceries, by bike, to residents in areas lacking access to fresh food. We think that's rad.

5. We Still Made Money
Despite incorporating "giving back" into our financial model, the ACF still came out net positive. That means we have money in the bank to start building out awesome programs/rides/events for ACF 2016! We've got a list of, oh, 3,762 potential ideas. 

6. We Helped Prove (Again) That Atlanta Is Becoming A Biking City
As we stated, we grew. We think that's because there are more and more bicyclists in Atlanta. We found them, and they found us. And we're pretty sure that those numbers will continue to grow. We love Atlanta and firmly believe that she's on the cusp of huge biking-things, especially in the next 3 years. 

Need more proof? Watch the...

7. 2015 ACF Wrap-Up Video

From the talented and handsome Matthew Mammola, here's our 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival Wrap-Up video. Grab some earphones, a tissue and relive that 2015 ACF. 

And with that, we're done. For now. Within the next few months, we'll start planning the 2016 Atlanta Cycling Festival. With all the fantastic things going on in Atlanta, we can't wait. ACF 2016 is going to be awesome. Stay tuned. 

Until then...

Much Bike Love,
The ACF Team

We're Looking For Two Talented People For ACF 2016

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The Atlanta Cycling Festival is a weeklong bicycle Festival, proudly made in Atlanta, Georgia.

Drawing inspiration from European bicycle festivals, the ACF took off the kickstand and shifted into the big ring in 2014, with the first ACF successfully pedaling into 2,000+ Atlanta cyclists’ hearts. Based on feedback and surveys, the ACF again pumped the tires and wheelied into another successful year in 2015, this time bringing out 3,000+ Atlanta cyclists.

Based (again) on feedback and success, we’re poised to #BikeATL for another successful year come 2016, all while staying true to our community and festival goals.

Broadly,though, the Atlanta Cycling Festival wants to become the SXSW for bikes in Atlanta: Where people take a week off work, travel to Atlanta to experience bike rides, bike art, bike tech, bike films, bike music and all things biking in the city that we love – Atlanta. (Note: We don’t make small goals here).

And that’s where we need help. Maybe your help.

We’ve got a lot of big things planned for the 2016 ACF, but in order to help achieve our goals, we’re looking for two key players. These positions are paid – We value your time and will pay for it, as much as we can. 

Here are the two open positions:

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Bike Technology Director:
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With wearables, apps, alternative energy options and more, right now it’s a great time to be in tech. And we want to bring that to the ACF. For this position, you will be responsible for:
  • Concepting, organizing and realizing 2-4 bike technology events. Think bike tech hack night, powering an event only with bikes, wearables challenge, light-up the night with Bluetooth connected/synced bike lights… You get the idea.
  • Bringing in tech brands/businesses/ideas to help make these events happen. This will mean talking to people and helping them understand the vision of ACF, connecting the dots on why that’s important and then making the magic happen. A great thing to do, especially if you want to carve a niche for yourself in the bike tech world. 
  • Other responsibilities: Attend all ACF meetings, work closely with festival director and ACF team, be in Atlanta and able to help/organize/lead events during the 2016 ACF.
  • Must haves: A bike/be a bicycle rider, work well in teams (collectively and independently), be able to delegate, able to manage people/volunteers, 100% honest/truthful, able to admit weaknesses and shortcomings, a positive attitude and a desire to positively change Atlanta through cycling.
  • Nice-to-haves: “Know how to talk tech” – Coding, programming, electronics, awesome “nerd” stuff like that, previous event experience, startup/tech connections.
  • Managing expectations: This is most assuredly a part-time, side-gig position. You will be paid for your work at the end of ACF 2016. Compensation is based on how well the ACF does. The more we, “make” the more we can, “give” – To you, to nonprofits, to the Atlanta cycling community. 
  • Apply Here (application closes Sept 26th)
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Volunteer & Digital Resource Director:
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We’re looking for someone that loves, loves, loves (!) working with people. Someone who is also very detailed oriented, not afraid to pump out a well-organized Excel doc that is color-coded, alphabetized and easy to understand. For this position, you will be responsible for: Organizing Volunteers for ACF 2016:
  • Organizing Volunteers for ACF 2016: We will hold volunteer trainings and ride leader trainings, then assigning those people to events/nights/tasks for ACF.
  • Organize materials and routes for ACF 2016: One of the, “hardest” parts of this position is making sure all the routes, descriptions, needs and other digital items are given by event hosts. 
  • Other responsibilities: Attend all ACF meetings, work closely with festival director and ACF team, be in Atlanta and able to help/organize/lead events during the 2016 ACF.
  • Must haves: A bike/be a bicycle rider, work well in teams, be able to delegate, able to manage people/volunteers, 100% honest/truthful, able to admit weaknesses and shortcomings, desire to change Atlanta through cycling.
  • Nice-to-haves: Previous event experience.
  • Managing expectations: This is most assuredly a part-time, side-gig position. You will be paid for your work at the end of ACF 2016. Compensation is based on how well the ACF does. The more we, “make” the more we can, “give” – To you, to nonprofits, to the Atlanta cycling community. 
  • Apply Here (application closes Sept 26th)

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Interested? We’d love for you to apply. Our goal is to make these positions game-changers for you and ACF.

How To Get Ready For The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival

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How To Get Ready For The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival

The 2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival is almost here! We've got 40+ bike events all over Atlanta! If you haven't yet, check out our Atlanta Cycling Festival Events Calendar.

So! To get you ready for all the bike fun, we've put together this step-by-step guide! Follow it exactly and you're bound to have wonderful and memorable 2015 ACF.

Step 1: Watch The Promo Video
Our great friends at Tube Creative have put together yet another amazing promo video (check out the 2014 promo video). Discover what biking in Atlanta means to you at The Atlanta Cycling Festival!

2015 Atlanta Cycling Festival from tube on Vimeo.

Step 2: Get A Bike

If you haven't taken your bike out of storage in the last 9.29 years... chances are, you need a new bike. If you're lookin' for love on two wheels, we recommend the following fantastic bike shops:

Step 3: Tune-Up Your Bike
If you're set on that 9.29 year old bike... Well, then at least take it out and get it tuned up. You want it to be ready to roll. Please see the above shops. They do amazing wrench work. Or! Call Snyder Cycles Road Wrench - They'll come to you to fix your bike!

Step 4: Get All The Supplies
For a successful [and safe] Atlanta Cycling Festival, we recommend that you have these items with you at all times:

  • Helmet
  • Bike lock
  • Bike lights
  • Bike tubes
  • TONS of water (It's June, people - it will be hot)
  • A few snack bars
  • Charged phone

Also, since it's June, you will perspire. Like, probably buckets full. Proper clothing will help with this. Our favorite place to get the right (and super fly) attire: The Spindle ATL.

Step 5: Sport The Jersey
Another thing that will help with the heat: An awesome ACF jersey. Well, actually, it might do the opposite - because we're sure you're going to look hott in it < - - - Yes, two ts. Podiumwear put together these for us and we couldn't be happier with them!
Podiumwear Swanky Jersey  Podiumwear Swanky Jersey 2

Podiumear - Your Source For One Sexy Lookin' Bike Jersey®. 

Step 6: Follow Us On Social Media For Last Minute Updates
All day-of event updates will be posted on our Twitter and Facebook event pages. If there are any last minute changes/updates, go there. Oh, and we're on Instagram

P.S: Official ACF hashtags: #AtlCyclingFest #BikeATL

Step 7: Clear Your Calendar
Again, we've got 40+ bike events from June 13th-June 20th. Clear your calendar. For the whole week. 

  • Tour de BeltLine: This ride explores the current and future Atlanta BeltLine project on the completed sections of paved trails and nearby bike-friendly roads. Proceeds go to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Awesome orgs.
  • Easy Breezy Bike Part Art:  Learn from artist Catherine A. Moore how to take old bicycle rims and other bike parts and make some amazing, artistic BIKE CLOCKS!
  • "Bikes Vs Cars" - Georgia Premiere Documentary Screening! Atlanta VeloCity Magazine is proud to bring you this opportunity to take a broader look at the issues, challenges and obstacles that cities and towns across the globe face when striving to become bike-friendly.
  • Living Walls Bicycle Tour: The ACF is partnering with the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club to take you to see some of the best Living Walls Murals in Atlanta! Proceeds from the ride will go to making ACF and Living Walls 2016 a reality, as well as MACC's awesome cycling programs. A trifecta of great causes. 

Did we mention that there are over 40+ biking events? Events to have fun at? If you honestly don't have a good time during June 13th-June 20th it's probably because you're dead inside... And you should see a happy doctor about that. Soon.

Phew! That's 9 Steps! We think you can handle it. We can't wait to ride with you!

Much Bike Love,
The Atlanta Cycling Festival Team


WABE Is Giving Away Two Bikes From The Atlanta Cycling Festival

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Full disclosure #1: We at The Atlanta Cycling Festival love, love and love NPR.

All Things Considered? More like All Things Amazing.

Marketplace? Only the best financial news, like, ever. 

Splendid Table? AKA Hunger Town. 

Fresh Air? We'd get in a bar fight for Terry Gross any day, anytime, anywhere.

Full disclosure #2: We at The Atlanta Cycling Festival love, love and love our local NPR affiliate, WABE, for bringin' 'em to us. And keeping us informed with their great Atlanta news coverage and interviews.

Sure, WABE has been critiqued for its enjoyment and promulgation of the harshly termed, "old people jams" (AKA - Classical music). 

But, in our humble opinion, they've really upped their game with a new programming schedule. Now, you get local news/info all morning and international coverage during the day! Oh, and you can still listen to classical music all day, everyday, with their app. 

So, when we got the chance to work with WABE, we jumped at the opportunity. And we're pretty darn happy with the results.

Why?

Because you now have the chance to win TWO (2) fixed gear MBIKES on Thursday, April 16th, from 10am-2pm. 

MBIKES - The Man In BlackMBIKES - The Regal

That's right - WABE is giving away two MBIKES during their Spring Fund Drive, care of The Atlanta Cycling Festival. You could win The Man In Black and The Regal, two fixed gear bikes that are not only beautiful, but ridiculously fun. 

What's even better - You'll get to hear ol' Lois Reitzes talk about them on air! That's right, Lois Reitzes, the curator and champion of classical music everywhere, will be talking about fixed gear, single speed bikes. On public radio. For you to hear.
Lois Reitzes Loves Bikes

Lois Reitzes: Educator on the finer points of baroque era composers and single speed bicycles
We. Love. This.

So! How do you get these great bikes? Simple: Donate to WABE during their Spring Pledge Drive this Thursday, April 16th, from 10am-2pm.


Sadly, there are only two bikes to win.

But! No worries! MBIKES will be at The Opening Bash (Saturday, June 13th) giving bike demos! You'll get to try out all their bikes on the BeltLine, perhaps while jammin' to some classical tunes by ol' Franz Schubert. We think Lois would agree with and appreciate this.