Krank It Up

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Passing through Tallahassee, FL; couldn’t pass up a chance to visit our bike co-op friends and former Bike Bike SE hosts Krank It Up. Unfortunately they were closed. I did talk to Russell and Jeff who were around. We talked bike culture, changes to the town, and the growing bike infrastructure.

Krank It Up is nicely located to a street that had a lot of bike traffic. In a college town, it was complete gridlock of cars. The quickest way anywhere on and around campus was by alternative transportation. There were already a lot of bikes being used because it’s a college campus and there is room to grow that number.

Wish we could have visited and stepped inside Krank It Up. We’ll see you next time.

SoPo High Five!

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Squealing V-Brakes

I found this helpful tip from BikeCommuters.com, to fix squealing brakes use a scouring pad on the rim to clean off the gunk.

Photo from bikecommuters.com here by RL Policar.

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Brownwood Bike Rally – Saturday, Sept. 6

The East Atlanta Kids Club is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Brownwood Bike Rally, this Saturday, Sept. 6. Sopo and the EAKC go way back, so we’ll be out in support both as volunteers and racers. Drop by Sopo’s table for bike safety checks and to do some general tuning.

Race-wise, there will be options for everyone from the little tykes and newbie racers up to the hammer-dropping Lycra crowd. For the kids, there’s a bike rodeo in the morning, and they can bring their own bikes and helmets or borrow one from EAKC. The 16 and up fun race is a closed-course criterium on the roads north of Brownwood park, and all bikes are allowed. The parcours for the adult A/B races is a “crit-cross”, which is to say multiple laps of a 1-mile circuit featuring dirt, grass and pavement without the dismounts of cyclocross. If you’re on the fence about trying cyclocross and you want a taste of it before the season kicks off, this is it.

For general information about the East Atlanta Kids Club and event specifics, go to www.eastatlantakids.org/brownwoodbikerally2014/, or call 404-627-8050

 

Brownwood Bike Rally - Sept. 6

2014 Brownwood Bike Rally
Celebrating 10 years of cycling, fitness and fun!

From the East Atlanta Kids Club:

 

Get your bikes in gear for the East Atlanta Kids Club’s 10th-annual Brownwood Bike Rally! Join us on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at beautiful Brownwood Park in East Atlanta for another great day of bike racing & other fun festival activities! The Brownwood Bike Rally is a festive event celebrating cycling, fitness and health, for kids and adults. This year’s festival includes street bike races and a bike safety rodeo for kids, crit-cross races for adults, a health fair, a food court and a festival area featuring family-friendly activities. Prizes are awarded for all races.  Proceeds will benefit the East Atlanta Kids Club, a nonprofit after-school tutoring and mentoring program for promising youth. Register and learn more about the 2014 Brownwood Bike Rally at active.com.

When: Saturday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Brownwood Park, 602 Brownwood Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 (and surrounding streets in East Atlanta)
Time: Registration begins at 8:00 am; bike races and bike rodeo begin at 9:30am and end at 2:00 pm.
Cost: Event admission is free for all. Races are free for children, $10-$20 for adults.

Become a Volunteer. Help is needed in all areas, including racing, registration, raffle prizes, fundraising and marketing!

 

One Love

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Before the riders set out at Metro Atlanta Cycling Club’s One Love Century ride. Hope everyone enjoyed their ride. And thanks to MACC for all their hard work to put on the event.

September Maintenance 101 and Bike-in Movie are cancelled

In observance of Labor Day, Sopo will not be holding our regularly scheduled Bike Maintenance 101 and Bike-In Movie on Monday, September 1. However, we do still encourage you to celebrate the holiday by riding and/or tinkering with you bike, watching bike-related films, and appreciating the establishment of the weekend and the 40-hour work week.

Ride Safe!

Sopo welcomes new Volunteer Coordinator Nik Nerburn

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(Nik is the tall one)

This week, Sopo bid farewell to our Volunteer Coordinator, Adam Nguyen, who is leaving Atlanta and heading to Chicago. We are thankful to Adam for his contribution to the cycling community in Atlanta both as our Volunteer Coordinator and as the Membership Coordinator for the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

While we say goodbye to Adam, we also enthusiastically welcome our new Volunteer Coordinator Nik Nerburn. Nik is a recent transplant to Atlanta from San Francisco,
California, where he worked as a bike mechanic and bicycle delivery boy.
Before that, he wrenched on bikes and coordinated the volunteers at the
Evergreen Bike Shop in Olympia, WA, a student-run DIY bike space founded in
1977. He’s especially committed to making SOPO welcoming to people of color
and womyn/trans community members who want to become volunteers. Outside of
SOPO, Nik sells popsicles on the street and makes experimental 16mm films.
He’s also a Gemini sun and Taurus moon.

9th Annual MACC “One Love Century”

This weekend is the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club’s 9th Annual MACC “One Love Century”. It’s one of the best and well supported rides. It’s not too late to sign up and ride. We wish MACC, our long time supporters, and all riders the best ride this weekend.

ONE LOVE!!  Metro Atlanta’s best charity bike ride is only a few summer months away, and we can’t wait for you to join us. Great roads. Better food. Not much traffic. And 700 of your best friends riding through the isolated roads of South Fulton County.   If you’ve done it before – welcome back!  If you have never been part of the One Love Century, come join us in 2014 and experience our new expanded weekend format! (Friday Pre-ride, Saturday OLC and Sunday Wrap Up)  More info below, or for a complete list of rides visit the website of the Metro Atlanta Cycling Club at www.maccattack.com/macc-calendar

WHEN:  Saturday, August 30, 2014
               8AM Mass Start (registration  starts at 6:45 AM)

WHERE:  Stonewall Tell Elementary School, 3310 Stonewall Tell Road Atlanta, GA

$$$$:   $30.00 through Aug. 10, $35.00 through August 28, and $40 onsite.

Options:  16, 27, 43, 63 & 101. The well-marked courses traverse rolling terrain through rural communities and horse farms in South Fulton, Rico, Palmetto and Coweta County. Proceeds go to organizations that promote cycling for inner city youth. Fee Includes: cue sheets, super good maps, T-shirt, rest stops, and post-ride party.

The ride is fully supported, with phenomenal rest-stops that provide mechanical assistance, sports drinks, water, and a large assortment of delicious handmade snacks, fruits and other goodies. The post-ride party will include a DJ, some killer Jamaican patties from Royal Caribbean, and some delicious end-of season last-chance watermelons

THE ONE LOVE CENTURY is more than just another century ride, it is ‘the best value’ you can find for a charity ride in Georgia, also it is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of local youth through your participation. Proceeds from the event help support the BRAG Dream Team, East Atlanta Kids Club, and the DLV Youth Cycling League.

We have also contributed to local cycling scene through WeCycle Atlanta, an organization helping to get the community more active through volunteerism and cycling.

Atlanta Bell-line

Bells are awesome!

From Access Atlanta here.