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Carol-ing, carol-ing through the Hood, to Grandmother’s house we ride. Cause Granny likes to spike the cider with homemade hooch, from what we’ve heard.

TBAG Second Saturdays presents the annual Holiday Lights Ride on Saturday December 8th.

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When: Saturday 12/8 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Tempe Beach Park, NW corner of Rio Salado and Mill Ave
How Much: FREE

It meets, as always, at the entrance of Tempe Beach Park, NW corner of Rio Salado and Mill Avenue in Tempe. Because of the early sunset we will MEET at 6:30pm and the ride will DEPART by 7pm.

First on the List is a beachside viewing of the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade at Tempe Town Lake. Then the ride will wind through neighborhoods and look at the pretty (or corny) seasonal light displays.

Wear something warm, preferably red and trimmed in white fur. Trim your bike with tinsel and jingle bells. After our cheeks grow nice and rosy, we’ll end our ride at Papago Brewing Company for wassail.

Bring on the holiday spirit! And bring LIGHTS and LOCKS.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/434972736567017/

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TBAG Second Saturday Zombie Ride on Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 pm

Meet at TBAG Bike Valet, main entrance to Tempe Beach Park, Rio Salado & Mill Ave in Tempe. Park your bike at the valet (don’t forget your claim ticket!) then creep around till the horde gathers.

The Zombie Mob will stumble, slither and drag their morbid remains in a parade through the Tempe Oktoberfest main concourse, returning to the Bike Valet by 8:15pm.

Bikes will line up, pointed West on Rio Salado, out of the way of automobile traffic and pedestrians. After all Zombies are mounted, the Ride will progress clockwise from Tempe Center For the Arts, over the Pedestrian Bridge, around the lake and over Mill Ave Bridge before continuing to the first stop, Handlebar & Grill at 680 South Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ. (480) 474-4888

Tempe Oktoberfest is a fundraising event in support of Tempe Sister Cities, a non-profit organization. ABSOLUTELY NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL will be condoned. If you intend to drink inside the Festival, be prepared with your ID and cash. It’s strongly recommended to arrive early and get your wristband before the Crawl/ Ride commences.

Need to brush up on your Deutsch? http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/lexikon/

For costume ideas, try these sites:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-be-a-Zombie/
http://www.wikihow.com/Look-Like-a-Zombie
YouTube search: Zombie Makeup

And, hey, bring lights and locks… undead or not.

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Hey all you Token sellers, Beer slingers, Recycling crew, and all the rest of our hard working Volunteers… You already get a couple of mini rewards for your participation including the kinky tee shirt and fancy badge…

But that’s not all, oh no! In addition to these awesome things, TBAG & TdF Volunteers are welcome to bring your tired minds and bodies over to the SAIL INN for some live music and more good times.

STATESIDE PRESENTS has extended the invitation to our group to the party at SAIL INN, only a short walk or ride across from Tempe Beach Park – 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281. All Volunteers for TdF will get half-price admission at the door. Just show them your Tour De Fat credentials badge and matching proof of 21+ID (no one under age 21, sorry). The offer is good all night.

STATESIDE has put together a solid lineup of bands, starting immediately after the Tour de Fat stage finale, with DJs and live music from 5pm till closing.

Who’s playing? Tour de Fat-featured artists He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, along with Milo Greene, the phenomenal JEFF the Brotherhood (have you seen these guys live?!), and AZ’s own Dry River Yacht Club. Check the Facebook event for full details.

What time: from 5:00pm to 12:00am on Sat Oct. 6th
Where: Sail Inn – 26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281

Ticket Link – http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/138159?utm_medium=bks
Facebook Event Page – http://www.facebook.com/events/487954667882552/

You have earned it, come out and enjoy. We’ll see you there.

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Blasting through NYC traffic and unloading every fixie trick in the book, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the recipient of a high profile package that could land him in the hospital, or worse.

Check out the trailer

TBAG has been invited to an advance screening of the film. Join the gang for a ride to the theatre and you’ll get a chance to see the film for free for the first 20 riders. We’ve been extended up to 30 free passes, awesome! Meet at Tempe Beach Park at 6:00 pm, ride departs promptly at 6:10 pm. RSVP on Facebook.

Photo op at the ride start and in front of Harkins, about 6:40. Note: They’re kind of butts about riding in common areas at Tempe Marketplace (not the theatre’s fault), so be courteous with your whip-skids and then lock it up good to a permanent rack. It would be pretty unsavory to have your ride stolen while you’re in the theatre.

Everyone gets free swag just for showing up. Free sports bottles and posters will be given out. And if we got any extra stuff in the ol’ T-grab-BAG, we’ll bring it as well.

This looks like a pretty awesome addition to the barely-there genre of bike cinema, we hope you can make it.

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Way to go, Arizona! Three AZ cycling communities received top-20 status as BICYCLING Magazine’s “America’s Top Bike-Friendly Cities”: Tucson, Scottsdale and, of course, Tempe. It’s an honor to get a mention as long strides have been taken by these cities to build momentum in cycling advocacy.

But totally snubbed: FLAGSTAFF… wut? Let us know your thoughts.

Check out the complete rundown at BICYCLING.com (heads up – the article loads one page at a time for 50 entries. Get some coffee.)

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Beer, Brunch and Bikes! The 12th annual Strong Beer Festival kicks-off a week of events dedicated Arizona’s craft brew industry. If you’re heading to the festival, why not get there by bike?

Join TBAG and Critical Mass Phoenix on a Ride hosted by Sun Up Brewery. Sun Up has planned and prepared a special Beer Brunch Buffet to get the day started off right. Dishes like Heffeweizen pancakes with lemon beer butter, Amber poached breakfast sausage (vegan too!), and more will be served. Plus happy hour prices on pints and appetizers the whole day. They open at 10 a.m. and the ride will depart at 1 p.m. For more info, head to http://arizonabeerweek.com/event/?id=67. Then saddle up and enjoy an easy paced ride to Steele Indian School Park.

Ride Map: http://bit.ly/A87HkR
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/288435221216087/.

Note: Tickets to the Festival are additional and can be purchased online or at the gate.

Sun Up Brewing Co.
322 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ, 85012
RSVP: (602) 279-8909

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Get some fresh local produce and maybe a few last-minute, hand-crafted gifts at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market this Saturday.

Join the group for an easy paced bike ride, meeting at Tempe Beach Park and leaving promptly at 8:30 a.m.

The ride will include using the new pedestrian bridge to cross the river and then up Indian Bend Wash to Osborn. Hope to see you there!

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For once, the “cold November rain” actually holds a meaning in the Valley of the Sun. It’s been a great start to the fall with a little cooler weather and — we just about can’t believe it — a couple of good days of rain. Despite that, we cyclists still find it really enjoyable to get out and ride in it, because we’ve earned it after a super long, hot summer.

With the turning of the leaves also comes a little experimentation from brewers as they take the best of the season’s bounty and turn it into delicious beer. Pumpkin, pomegranate, cinnamon & cloves are some of the things that go into harvest ales.

Join the TBAG gang on a wistful evening, pedaling hither and thither in search of the superior seasonal. Be at ye ol’ Tempe Beach Park entrance about 7:30 on Friday, November 18th. Bring your lights and locks, you’ll need ‘em.

If you’re on facebook, RSVP here.

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This week’s TBAG Third Friday Ride is utilizing the light rail to get us out of Tempe and into downtown Phoenix in air-conditioned style.

RSVP now!

As always – Meet at Tempe Beach Park at 7:30 pm (and absolutely bring lights and locks). We’ll head as a group to the station on 3rd & Mill.

1st Stop) The FilmBar
Phoenix Central Ave & Roosevelt
http://thefilmbarphx.com/

2nd Stop) CYCLE at The Lexington
Phoenix Central Ave & Portland
http://cyclephoenix.com/

3rd Stop) George and Dragon
Central Ave & Indian School Rd
www.georgeanddragonpub.net/

The light rail accommodates 4 bicycles per car, but some may stand while riding. While we’ll try to fit as many at a time as we’re able, a ride leader will be at the back to make sure everyone makes it.

The last ride back East as a group will be at 1 am, after that you might be on your own.

Lost? Late? Check the Facebook page the day of the event to see where the group is hanging out.

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Friday Oct. 7 – Sunday Oct. 9
Strike up the POLKA! Once again, Tempe Bicycle Action Group will host a free ‘bike valet’ – a secured and monitored bicycle parking area at Tempe Beach Park during the Tempe Oktoberfest celebration. And we need YOU.

Volunteers are needed to park and watch event-goers bikes. You’ll get free food & beer tickets just for helping out.

At least 3 volunteers are needed per shift per day, but as many as 6 for the peak times which are afternoons and closing time. Sign up for several shifts and invite your friends to do the same.

How to sign up? Fill out the Volunteer Registration:
OKTOBERFEST BIKE VALET VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP FORM

Info on Tempe Oktoberfest:
OKTOBERFEST at Tempe Town Lake
Friday: 5 pm to Midnight
Saturday: 10 am to Midnight
Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm

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