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Ride The Drive

btb5This past Sunday, Madison B-cycle took to the streets of downtown for the annual Ride The Drive. John Nolen Drive (amongst other streets) were closed to cars so bikes, roller blades, and strollers could rule the streets. B-Team was ready to rumble real early to set up the tent, arrange the coveted B-cycle sunglasses, and assemble the temporary station for bike check-in and check-out. Windy conditions threatened the existence of the B-cycle tent, but after some creative bungee-cording, the station was ready to go!

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20130602_095102Last year we saw a lot of success with our dueling B-cycle mounts, but we upped our game this year with B-cycle basket toss and the ever popular Smoothie Bike. Thanks to our friends at Saris, we were able to have a full on smoothie bar at Ride The Drive – a bike-powered smoothie bar. The “Blender Bike” was a huge hit with young and old riders alike, and I think it is safe to say you will be seeing it at future events.

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crushin’ ice and takin’ names.

Ride it like you stole it.

Ride it like you stole it.

The temperature rose progressively throughout the day and by 1 PM the sun was shining and everyone was smiling. Well..most of us anyway.

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Huge thanks to all those who came out to Ride The Drive and participated in all our fun and games. We are so grateful to be a part of this bike-loving community and can’t wait for next year!

B-Basket Toss!

B-Basket Toss!

The Trike! With coffee! For the win!

The Trike came to the rescue half way through the ride – coffee and bagels in tow!

We like your game face.

Now that’s a game face.

the after-math.

the after-math.

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Brats and Bikes.

So. There is this not-so-famous song by the not-so-talented Ke$ha. But hey, we love to hate her, hate to love her. Today is one of those days where ya just love her. The holiday weekend is upon us and party music is in the air – as well as the smell of brats. We couldn’t help but take a little creative liberty and re-work Ke$ha’s not-so-classic “Boots and Boys” as an expression of our deep excitement to be a part of the annual Johnsonville Brat Fest. We’ve re-written the lyrics below to be more our style. We present to you “Brats and Bikes.” Music video to follow? Maybe. Just maybe.

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world’s cutest b-cycler

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Brats and bikes. Oh.

I think it’s time that I mention
I’ve got myself an obsession
For the smell, for the touch
For that mustard-covered stuff.

I know I’ve got myself a habit
But I gotta bike now.
To the Brat Fest, right in town
Let me break it down.

20130524_184844I check it out, and I ride off.
So see what I got?
I got brats and bikes.
I can fit so many on my trike.
I gotta say it.
I eat my brat so pretty as I ride my bike in the city.
Watch out, brats and bikes.

Give me brats and bikes.

Give me brats and bikes.

Bikes.

20130524_184858I’ll buy quite the collection.
For the excellent condiment section.
Johnsonville brats, big red bikes.
Oh, don’t forget the trike.
My basket holds brats like a champ.
All along the bike path.
Check it out, ride it ’round.
Oh, lookie what I found (a special brat fest station!)
Brats and bikes!
I can fit so many on my trike.
I gotta say it, I eat my brat so pretty as I ride my bike in the city.
Watch out, brats and bikes.

20130524_184908Give me brats and bikes.

(Crazy for you, crazy for you)

Give me brats and bikes.

(I’m crazy for you, you yummy brat you)

Give me brats and bikes.

(Crazy for the trike)

Give me brats and bikes, oh, oh.

 Long story short – ride a B-cycle to Brat Fest. Grab your gang and go. The $5 access fee is waived all weekend and 30 minute trips are free, per usual. It’s basically free to ride all weekend. So get your brat and bike on. B-Team will be waiting for you with swag and smiles. And send us all your best Brat and Bike photos – @Madison_Bcycle

clear eyes. full mouths

clear eyes. full mouths

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From Camp Randall Station to Willow Island. 26 minutes flat.

view from the John Nolen bike path as we cruised home from Brat Fest

view from the John Nolen bike path as we cruised home from Brat Fest

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The First Tour de TRIKE!

Recently, a brave soul by the name of Steve Wasmund took the B-trike on a Tour de B-cycle. Steve was thoughtful enough to document the experience and share it with the world! 

Read his account of the day below!

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(Photo Credit: Nathan Vergin) 

I was B-cycling back from work and needed to stop by Trader Joe’s. Out of the corner of my eye I see the elusive B-cycle trike parked at the Camp Randall station! I knew my evening had just taken an interesting turn. I did my own u-turn, checked in the 2-wheeler I’d been riding and was in the process of rolling up my sleeves to arm-wrestle the nice lady who was getting ready to check out another cycle at the station when she informed me she wasn’t planning on riding the trike. Whew. That would have been a tough fight. I dropped my bag in the trunk, swiped my card, un-docked the trike and, immediately, Travis Youman (of Stray Cat Bicycles) and his wife, Shannon, ride up… I thought to steal the trike, but we just chatted for a bit and Travis took it for a quick test ride. He approved, although mentioned that the Sturmey Archer shifter was stiff… and backwards (it’s English). 

We parted ways and I continued on to Trader Joe’s. Not daring to lose my grasp on the trike, I locked up to the bike rack instead of docking it. Greedy, for sure, but I was willing to commit that sin in order to continue riding. Five minutes and a salad later and I was spinning again, trying to decide where my test ride should take me. I contacted a couple of friends from the Church of the Spoken Wheel, Martha and Nate, who always seem to be out riding and sure enough, they were planning a leisurely spin around Lake Monona. It didn’t take but 10 minutes of chatting, brainstorming, daring, test riding and laughing and we’d devised the ingenious plan of tackling the Tour de B-trike! Martha’s neighbor, Sam (of Scram Couriers) was so entertained by our antics that he decided to hop back on his bicycle after a full day of delivering and join us on our mission. Almost 7pm on a beautiful Monday evening during Bike Week in Madison and we were off! 

West through campus to the University Hospital, south to Monroe & Knickerbocker, along the shoreline of Lake Wingra and back east to the Sheraton Hotel, up John Nolen Dr, along the shore of Lake Monona down Willy out to Olbrich Gardens, Tenney Park then back downtown to sweep up the density of stations available there. We were going to make it!

It was an amazing tour and we gave it our best. We live to tour another day.

My thoughts on the trike… it needs a bell. There need to be more of them, and they need bells.

Thanks B-cycle. 

An incredible account of an incredible day of events. 

If you have an stories you would like to share with your fellow B-cyclers email them to connor_macwilliams@trekbikes.com or claire_hurley@trekbikes.com

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