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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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JUNE 16, 2011
Introduction by Ashley “Stopping” Lanoue

Don’t let the heat keep you away from all the great events TBAG is involved with in the upcoming summer months. Keep cool with The Summer Solstice Ride and Chandler’s Summer Spash Festival! Another great way to keep cool is by sitting at an indoor air conditioned committee meeting!!! Volunteer for a committee that will keep your mind off the heat.

 
Upcoming Events and Rides by Ryan “Righ turn” Guzy and Jeremy “Slowing” Deatherage.
Calendar of upcoming events, and special notes about weekly rides in Tempe

We’ve begun planning for the 2011 Tempe Tour de Fat which is on Oct. 15th this year. If you are interested in helping with the planning and managing an area at the event, please contact ryan@biketempe.org

We also have two other events in October that need shift leaders and managers. First is the bike valet at the Tempe Octoberfest on Oct 7th-9th. We need shift managers for all three days of the event. Volunteers will receive free food and beer tickets.

We are also taking a larger role in helping the City of Tempe with the Tour de Tempe on Sunday Oct 23rd. We need a few people to help with the planning and doing route marking and setup of this event.

Volunteers at either of these events will get free beer tokens at the Tour de Fat, whether you volunteer at the Tour de Fat also or not. If you can help, please contact ryan@biketempe.org

TBAG THIRD FRIDAY RIDE: Get your lawn chairs and portable FM radios, TBAG is going to the movies. This is summertime blockbuster season, we’ll be going to see the new Green Lantern at Scottsdale 6 Drive-In. Check out the Facebook link for more info: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=193261737387981

ONLY HAPPENS ONCE A YEAR!!:  Join the second annual Summer Solstice Swimsuit Ride on Saturday June 19, starting at 3pm. Check out the facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122527391160837 . If you woul like to volunteer to fill up some water balloons and tie up some loose ends contact Chris George at cegeorge1@gmail.com

Advocacy Updates by Aaron “Rolling” Golub.
Updates on local, regional, and federal advocacy topics

There are several on-going advocacy projects, such the work on the Alameda St. bike/ped bridge and the recent bike count. TBAG is represented on several transportation planning committees – do let us know if you want to help out and represent TBAG.  If you have other ideas about what TBAG should be working on – please email Aaron Golub at aaron@biketempe.org




Bike Culture by Joe “Left turn” Perez.
Sharing the love of bicycles

Call to Illustrators: The City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department invites illustrators to apply for the Bicycle Safety Graphic Art Project, to work with the Bicycle Coordinator, the Phoenix Street Transportation Department, and the project team to design bicycle safety graphic art material for city of Phoenix.  Sumissions are due Friday June 24.  For more info contact joseph.perez@phoenix.gov .


Youth Education by Robert “Mechanical” Chacon
Information on upcoming classes and online resources

 Youth Committee is looking for volunteers to help out with upcoming kids friendly events.


Chandler’s 4th Annual Summer Splash Festival: This event will be held in downtown Chandler on Saturday, June 18th, 2011 from 10am to 3pm at the  Dr. AJ Chandler Park West were T.B.A.G will be hosting a bicycle safety booth and helmet giveaway.  There will also be bounce houses, water slides, misters, swimming pools, dunk tanks, and water balloon battles. Feature rides and attractions include Lil Splash Kiddie Zone, Bubble Mania, Water Safety Kids Zone, Family Chill Zone and Pet a POOLooza. There will also be entertainment, carnival games, vendors, food, drink and plenty of fun. For more info check out the link:  http://www.hdeagency.com/e_summer.html . If you would like to volunteer for this event contact robert@wecycleusa.org

Get Involved by Ryan “Right turn” Guzy.
Volunteer for upcoming events and join our planning committees

We’ve got a couple events this weekend that need some volunteer help.

Robert Chacon has recently joined the TBAG board as the new Youth Programs Director. One of the first youth events he is participating in is the Chandler Summer Splash Festival on Saturday at AJ Chandler park (Arizona Ave south of Chandler Blvd). TBAG will have a kids bike area at this festival. We’ll be talking to kids and parents about bike safety, doing some helmet decorating, and having other fun games and activities. Robert could use a few more people to help with this. If you can help please email him at robert@wecycleusa.org

Chris George has done a great job putting the second annual Summer Solstice Swimsuit Ride together. He could use at least one person to help him get water balloons filled and get everything else in place on Saturday and/or before the ride on Sunday. If you can help please email cegeorge1@gmail.com

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Yippee ka Yay, It’s the COWBOYS AND ALIENS RIDE this month for TBAG Third Fridays on May 20th. Throw on your best western duds or silver jumpsuit.

Heading out to a few saloons over on Washington including Draw 10 and the 1889 Saloon at Stockyard’s Restaurant.

Next we rendezvous at Monti’s where we’ll have late happy hour specials, then finish up at Boulders on Broadway.

MEET: At Tempe Beach Park, NW corner of Rio Salado and Mill Ave at 7:30 pm. Bring Lights and Locks.

Saddle up!

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Introduction by Ashley “24″” Lanoue

Wow, April was a great month for TBAG and all you awesome people! Help make May just as great by volunteering for the Advocacy team or check out the Cowboys and Aliens third Friday ride! And don’t forget about your artsy side! Check out the call to artist for the Mitchell Park area !

 
Upcoming Events and Rides by Ryan “29er” Guzy and Jeremy “27″” Deatherage.
Calendar of upcoming events, and special notes about weekly rides in Tempe

Thanks to everyone who came out to the first annual SanTan Wheelie Jam! The turnout exceeded expectations, especially for the event’s first year. We also want to say a special thanks to all of our great volunteers, our sponsors, vendors, and partners that helped make this event happen. Check out the TBAG Facebook page for photos from the event: http://www.facebook.com/biketempe

TBAG 3rd FRIDAY RIDE: Yippee ka Yay, It’s the COWBOYS AND ALIENS RIDE this month for TBAG Third Fridays on May 20th. Throw on your best western duds or silver jumpsuit. Saddle up! links: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=221663357860183

A Lil Something to Look Forward To: SUMMER SOLSTICE SWIMSUIT RIDE II: Sunday, June 19, 3 p.m.Summer in the desert is just around the corner, and you know what that means — it’s time for the sacred ritual of storming Tempe by bicycle, dressed in mere swimsuits, stopping to jump in every fountain, splash park and water feature we can find!  If you have ideas of places to stop and get wet, water related paraphernalia, or water to spare from your hose contact Chris George at cegeorge1@gmail.com .





Advocacy Updates by Aaron “700c” Golub.
Updates on local, regional, and federal advocacy topics

There are several on-going advocacy projects, such as the work on the Alameda St. bike/ped bridge and partnering with City of Tempe to encourage bicyclist and motorists to share the road. TBAG is represented on several transportation planning committees – do let us know if you want to help out and represent TBAG. For more details, check out:http://www.biketempe.org/advocacy-outreach/. If you have other ideas about what TBAG should be working on – please email us or come to the upcoming advocacy meetings, first Thursday of each month, at 7pm at Boulders on Broadway.

Bike Culture by Eric “650c” Iwersen
Sharing the love of bicycles

Bicycle Public Art:   TBAG is seeking to commission an artist (or artists team) to work with to create a permanent public art piece in Tempe, in the Mitchell Park Neighborhoods area.  The project commission is for $15K and is inclusive of all design and fabrication costs associated with the project.   TBAG, the neighborhoods, and the City of Tempe will work with the artist to see the project through to construction.  The intention of the project is to create a local landmark that supports bicycle culture in Tempe.  Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to apply.  Check out http://www.biketempe.org/public-art-project/ for more information.

Youth Education by Ashley “24″” Lanoue.
Information on upcoming classes and online resources

It’s starting to get warm out there. Watch those kids around water and make sure they are properly hydrated while participating in outdoor activities.


Tidbits by Ashley “24″” Lanoue
Bits of information that do not fit anywhere else

Your friendly neighborhood co op, Bike Saviours, is auctioning a 58cm Colin Laing! Don’t wait to check it out, auction ends today May 12th at 7pm. Just search for it on ebay! 

 


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Introduction by Ashley “Chain Whip” Lanoue

What a whopper of a month for TBAG and all you great people! Start filling up your calendars with all the fun Bike Month events! Tell your friends, your friends friends, and your friends friends friends about the “Call to artists” for bike culture related art in the Mitchell Park area! Get in on some advoacy action with several on-going projects!

 
Upcoming Events and Rides by Ryan “Tire Lever” Guzy and Jeremy “Multi-tool” Deatherage.
Calendar of upcoming events, and special notes about weekly rides in Tempe

SanTan Wheelie Jam - Saturday April 23rd – Steele Indian School Park in Downtown Phoenix TBAG is sponsoring a new bike and beer festival to benefit our non-profit partners in Phoenix. Come down and have a beer to support local bike advocacy, and bring all of your friends too! If you would like to volunteer to help run this event, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/stwjvolunteer

RSVP on the main Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198355436849933

Ride from Tempe to the event with State Bicycle Co: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121691557908860

Ride in the bike parade: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=209279869099628

Enter you custom Cruiser, Chopper, Lowrider or Freak Bike in the bike show: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122004684544651

More Bike Month Activities-:To help TBAG at any of the following events, please signup here: http://bit.ly/2011bikemonthsignup

The Great Bike Chase – Sunday April 17th – Chase Field Ride your bike to the ballpark to watch the game. Valley Metro has discounted tickets and a bike expo outside the ballpark. TBAG is providing staffed bike parking at the event. Rides to the event start valley wide, click on the group rides button here: http://www.valleymetro.org/be_bright/events_detail/great_bike_chase/

Bike to Work Day – Wednesday April 20th – Tempe and other valley cities Ride your bike to work, this day and every day! The City of Tempe and local businesses will be providing free breakfast and t-shirts at 7 locations around Tempe. TBAG volunteers will be at each location to talk to people about bike advocacy, and will lead rides from each location to the Center Bistro near City Hall. See http://www.tempe.gov/tim/events/BiketoWork.htm for the list of locations. Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale are also participating in Bike to Work Day Check out: http://www.valleymetro.org/bikemonth/bike_work_school_day for more details.

TBAG Third Fridays presents The WRITE-OFF Ride, Friday, April 15. It’s Tax Day, USA. Get to the bank early and cash that check – this Friday we RIDE. Meet up at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park, Rio Salado and Mill in Tempe at 7:30pm and we’ll roll out to destinations around Tempe and So Scottsdale. RSVP on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205359309487714 and be sure to invite your friends.

Advocacy Updates by Aaron “Spoke Wrench” Golub.
Updates on local, regional, and federal advocacy topics

There are several on-going advocacy projects, such the work on the Alameda St. bike/ped bridge and the recent bike count. TBAG is represented on several transportation planning committees – do let us know if you want to help out and represent TBAG. For more details, see our recent blog post at: http://www.biketempe.org/april-2011-advocacy-update/. If you have other ideas about what TBAG should be working on – please email us or come to the upcoming advocacy meeting on Monday, April 25th, at 7pm at Boulders on Broadway.

Bike Culture by Eric “Headset Wrench” Iwersen
Sharing the love of bicycles

Bicycle Public Art:   TBAG is seeking to commission an artist (or artists team) to work with to create a permanent public art piece in Tempe, in the Mitchell Park Neighborhoods area.  The project commission is for $15K and is inclusive of all design and fabrication costs associated with the project.   TBAG, the neighborhoods, and the City of Tempe will work with the artist to see the project through to construction.  The intention of the project is to create a local landmark that supports bicycle culture in Tempe.  Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to apply.  Check out http://www.biketempe.org/public-art-project/ for more information.

Youth Education by Sam “Pin Spanner” Bollinger
Information on upcoming classes and online resources

TBAG is teaming-up with friends, some new & some old. WeCycle USA (www.wecycleusa.org) & the Rusty Spoke will help run the kids activities at the San Tan Wheelie Jam on 4/23. Features: Helmet & bike decorating, bike games & an Easter Egg Hunt.

Get Involved by Sam “Pin Spanner ” Bollinger.
Volunteer for upcoming events and join our planning committees

Tempe Bike Count: Initial results from the first Tempe Bike Count will be released on 4/20 @ Bike to School & Work http://www.valleymetro.org/bikemonth/bike_work_school_day We’ll also post them on our blog www.biketempe.org.

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It’s Tax Day, USA. Get to the bank early and cash that check – this Friday we RIDE.

Meet up at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park, Rio Salado and Mill in Tempe at 7:30pm and we’ll roll out at 7:45.

Destinations will be around Tempe and So Scottsdale. Keep your eyes on the Facebook event page for updates the day of and throughout the ride of the various stops.

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TBAG Third Fridays is a social ride held, of course, on the third Friday of the month. These twilight Rides include the occasional Movie nights, Holiday themed cruises, costumed Rides, and more.

Lights – Tempe law requires a front headlight and rear reflector when riding after dark.

Locks – bring your own or risk walking home.

Free? Yes, free.

RSVP? No need to call ahead, just show up at the start.

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It is March. A season for riding. To feel the gentle Arizona spring air rustling through silken whiskers… Wait. What? Why it’s Moustache March!

Where does it come from? What does it mean? There are many claimants as to the origin, but Moustache March now is in the hands of the populace – owned by none, but celebrated by all!

The rules are simple (and silly).

Men: Begin at once by not shaving. On the 18th of March, give your self a fresh cut and reveal your splendid moustache to the admiring eyes of all at the TBAG Third Friday bar crawl. Your face may be adorned by sideburns, a beard, but your moustache must be a clearly defined island of hair upon your upper lip, not immediately adjoining any neighboring areas of growth.

Women: You are certainly not left out! What lovely lady is not even MORE attractive with a fuzzy fringe under her nose?

Home-grown, home-made, or store bought, all are welcome!

Where: Meet at Tempe Beach Park, Rio Salado & Mill Ave in Tempe
When: Friday. 3/18 at 7:30 pm

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Tempe Bicycle Action Group will host a Social gathering of Cyclists this Third Friday of February.

Don your most dapper casuals for the return of the Tweed Ride, an evening adventure.

From Tempe Beach Park at Rio Salado & Mill Avenue we’ll have a wee tour of Mill Ave and begin our evening at Robbie Fox’s Public House. Robbie & Mike have offered draughts to our group at a Dollar off. From there we’ll turn our wheels t’ward Boulders On Broadway, one of Tempe’s most bicycle-friendly restaurants.

Then, for those brave and bold, a fair steeple-chase up and about the Green Belt where we shall arrive at last upon the British Open Pub for a final pint and a basket of English Wallys.

Proper attire is most important; may we suggest your favorite woolens – skirts, capes, and shawls for the ladies and jackets, vests, caps, and of course knickers for the gents.

On the hunt for Tweed and for fashion ideas? Here are some articles that may inspire the curious:
Catcubed | A Tweed Primer
Dashing Tweeds blog
London Fixed Gear and Single-Speed Tweed Ride 2009-01-24 Sat – The Tweed Run
Divine Caroline “I Feel the Need … The Need For Tweed”

So buff your leather, brush your corduroy, and hitch your chequered stockings… but remember TWEED is KING!

Brought to you by TBAG Third Fridays

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This Friday, January 21st – join us for the monthly TBAG Third Friday bar hop ride. It’s a short, slow and fun cruise around Tempe. Meet at the Tempe Beach Park entrance at 7:30pm on Friday. More info in the Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=138827572844041

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