Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Tire Repair Class and Route 11!

Hi Gang!

This post is to announce our next ride - Route 11 - this Sunday, Feb. 18, meet at Fred Fletcher Park (802 Clay Street). In addition to the ride, Kit has generously offered to teach us all how to change a tire and fix a flat - important in emergency bicycle repair situations! He'll be bringing all the necessary equipment, all you'll need to do is bring yourself, your bike, and if possible a couple dollars to help cover equipment costs. If you don't have money on Sunday, well, buy Kit a beer sometime on the next ride. Kit will begin instruction at 1PM. If you'd like to skip instruction and just come along for the ride, we'll be leaving Fred Fletcher for Route 11 no later than 2PM.

A little bit about Route 11: As some of you may have noticed, Route 11 is the longest route in the Raleigh system - over 15 miles. We will be doing the Route in thirds, starting with the southern-most third this Sunday. As a precaution for you all, this ride will be more technically difficult than all the others, with a lot of busy streets. Here's what the Raleigh Bike Map has to say about Route 11:

"This north-south route along several major thoroughfares on the east side of the city connects Durant Park to Sanderford Road Park while crossing five other routes. Defensive cycling techniques should be used with additional caution during rush hours."

Click here for a link to the route.

In spite of the potential traffic, this route should be a lot of fun. Plus, we'll be learning necessary make-it-back-home skills thanks to Kit! As usual, we'll probably go for food/drinks after the ride.

I hope to see you this Sunday, Feb. 18, at 1PM at Fred Fletcher Park!

Cheers, Jennifer


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