Des Moines AlleyCat…May 18th!

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“RedBeard” Mike of Rasmussen’s Bike Shop is hosting a social Alleycat May 18th at Finder’s Creepers, 515 18th St. Des Moines (Near Channel 13 and Central Campus)

Main Race starts a 6, show up early and get social with some fellow Fixie riders.

There will be a Foot Down (Trackstand) competition, street sprints, and a Veggie potluck. What more could you ask for on a Tuesday night? Even if you aren’t riding, come hang out and meet new people. Let’s get the fixie scene a little more united and work together on some fun summer rides & races.

Link to more info below:

http://www.bikeiowa.com/asp/calendar/RidePopUp.asp?m=&e=4850

Phil & Sam Guest Bartend at the Underground, Monday 5/17

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Below is a link to the information listed on Bike Iowa for Phil Shires of Cafe Di Scala and Sam Auen (me) Guest Bartending/Bike Month Party Blowout. There will be drink specials all night and a super secret drink specials for cyclists who ride down. Even if you don’t feel like riding, come down and feel the love! We will be slinging drinks from 8pm til close!

Hosted by The Underground, 500 East Locust, Des Moines, East village.

Click below for the info!

http://www.bikeiowa.com/asp/calendar/ride.asp?e=4802

PHIGG Roundup Report Thing.

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The innaugural Pink House Invitational Gravel Grinder was held yesterday, Sunday May 2nd, and was a right good time. I was Joined by Steve Fuller (bike maniac), Scott Sumpter (Bike Iowa), Bob Moural (Cumming Tap), and “Big Ring” Brant from D.C. for a friendly gravel ride south from the Pink House. The route went through Cumming, Churchville, past a house w/ a friendly Dobermann who wanted to join the ride but Steve rode the pup home, then on to Martensdale for a little grub at the gas station which ended up being a hang out/loitering sesh for us boys and a few other waterlogged riders when thunderstorms and hail set in. The ride then took us to a shelter at the Martensdale trail head for a few more drinks, jokes, stories, and wet Roadies. There we waited out the storm then headed north on the GWT for our end point, the Cumming Tap for some pork sandwiches, potato salad, and some of Bob’s Killer Corn.

It was a fun day of sun, gravel, friends, beers, dogs, NHRA fans, square tires, great “hiding from the storm” and turkey stories, food, and biking in general. Even with thunderstorms and hail! We managed to get in about 25 miles (a hair shy of the original 50) and land at our destination right on schedule.

And no one got goat-y.

Thanks to Steve, Scott, Bob, and Brandt for joining in on Sunday Funday.

The next PHIGG will be announced soon (and with a different name), look forward to seeing the original crew plus a few more next time!

Happy May Day

Today is traditionally a workers’ holiday, but here in the Great State Of Iowa it marks the begining of “Bike Month.” You know, the month you are supposed to bike places like work and stuff.

New bike lanes on Ingersoll Avenue! Saw plenty of people using them today, a good sign for sure!

And tomorrow we have the Pink House Invitational Gravel Grinder. The pork is done, the gravel is dry, and beers will be flowing. For those of you not in, I will give you a ride report and a more formal invite system for next month.

Until next time,

Keep the rubber side down.