Sopo Gem: Ross Hi-Tech Mt. Whitney

A piece of mountain bike history is in the shop!  Behold, the Ross Mt. Whitney.  Read up on this bike, as well as the history of Ross Bicycles at the Museum of Mountain Bike Art and Technology, located in Statesville, NC.

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Nice Rack!

Atlanta has some unique bicycle parking.  These are two of my personal favorites, both hailing from Avondale Estates.

This one is outside Pallookaville, the best corndog joint this side of the midway.  The rack features an ice cream cone, fries, milkshake, and of course, a corndog.  I believe an employee custom made it.

 

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This rack is outside Second Life Thrift Store, a thrift store that helps local animal rescue.  This rack offers up a nontraditional answer to the age old question, “what do I do with all these extra golf clubs and skis?”

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Is your business or organization in need of bike parking?  We offer it!  Check out our program here or contact us at info@sopobikes.org.

 

 

The kestrel…who will take it home?

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This gem has been in the shop for quite some time.  Stop by our front space, check it out, and marvel at it.  Try not to drool, please.

Throwback Thursday: That time we were on WABE’s Atlanta Sounds

Came across this gem the other day.  Enjoy!

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Sopo manager goes international

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If you’ve ever been in Sopo on a Tuesday night, then you’ve seen Dub.

What you probably didn’t know about our beloved Tuesday night manager is that over the past several months he’s been sweating, training, and working his saddle off to ride in Paris-Brest-Paris, one of the world’s oldest cycling events.

Paris-Brest-Paris is an amateur randonneur “race.” Participants get 90 hours to ride 600 km, from Paris to Brest, and 600km back, for a total of 1200 km (or 750 miles). Time is only recorded in the case of hours and everyone’s considered a winner as long as they complete the challenge in the allotted time. Paris-Brest-Paris only occurs once every four years and participants must qualify for it by doing other sanctioned randonneurs.

The event kicked off this past Sunday, August 16 and ends Thursday, August 20. That means Dub is en route! Keep track of him by following his Facebook page. If you’re feeling charitable, donate to his Go Fund Me campaign to help him offset the costs of traveling (he is, after all, representing the ATL in France on his own dime).

Of course, you could also track him on the official Paris-Brest-Paris website. That is, if you can solve one of Sopo’s greatest mysteries: What is Dub’s real name?

Weekend Bike Happenings

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If there’s one thing we love about Atlanta, there’s always plenty of things going on.  Everywhere you turn there’s festivals, events, art, concerts, sports, literature, history and everything in between.

Especially in a town that might not seem very bike-friendly to the outsider, there’s almost always something bike related to do.  This weekend is particularly jam-packed with bike events for everyone.

Friday, August 14
The Mobile Social, 7 p.m., Woodruff Park
Join the monthly casual, no-drop ride.  This month’s ride is themed around Business+Bikes.  Click here for more information about the ride. 

Saturday, August 15
EAV Criterium
Why should you care about this race?  Crits are fun to watch because they’re short and fast, but it makes it all worth the while when it’s in a cool place.  East Atlanta Village is easily reachable by bike and there’s plenty of local eateries that cater to cyclists.  Probably the best thing about this race though is the FREE community race wedged in between the pro races.  More information here.

Sunday, August 16
Little Bellas and Prissy Tomboy Mountain Bike Clinic for Girls
4-6 p.m., Blankets Creek MTB Trails, Woodstock

Little Bellas, a nonprofit building confidence for girls ages 7-14, is starting a new chapter in Georgia.  Join them on Sunday to get a taste of what mountain biking is all about at their FREE clinic.  More information here.

Grant Park Criterium
It’s a classic.  It’s in our backyard.  It’s super fun.

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Back to School, Bike to School: Resources and Tips

Several counties across Metro Atlanta have already started back to school.  So long, summer days of fun.

But just because the wee ones are back in school, doesn’t mean your summer bike riding is over.  Here’s some helpful tips on how to encourage kids to bike to school.

1. Plan your route. The most direct route to where you’re going might not always be the safest or most bike-friendly commute.  Try researching your route on Google Maps using the bike option.  Another good resource is Ride the City; it even lists bike shops along the way.  Or, check out this bike suitability map from Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

2. Test ride the route. It’s always a good idea to spend an afternoon or a weekend test riding the route.  That way, you can be sure of any problem areas or areas you might feel uncomfortable and make proper adjustments.  This is especially helpful for teaching kids to ride to school.  Knowing the route will boost their confidence.

3. Nervous? Don’t go it alone.  Getting a neighborhood group to ride together (think of it as a ride pool) can be a great idea, especially for those new to the concept.  It’s a great way to meet people in the area and at your school.  Plus, there’s always safety in numbers.

4. Be the example. Kids learn in a lot of different ways, but one of those ways is by example.  If you already commute to work by bike, take a longer route so that you can incorporate your child’s school route and they can ride alongside you.  We highly recommend riding with children 12 or under!

5. There’s plenty of resources out there. Check out these helpful sites for more information:

Safe Routes to School

Walk Bike to School

Walk Bike Schools–Although this is Seattle-based, there’s lots of resources on how to get a program started

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Civil Bikes Featured in Bicycling Magazine

Civil Bikes, an Atlanta cycling tour company, was recently featured in Bicycling Magazine!  Civil Bikes is a wonderful organization that pairs two of our favorite things–bikes and education.  Taking a tour with Civil Bikes would be a wonderful idea for a corporate retreat, a camp or school field trip, showing visitors around the city, or just getting to know your own city better.

Check out the full story here.

Keep up the good work, Nedra and company!

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Sopo Teaches YMCA Summer Campers How to Build Bikes

Last week Sopo taught about 40 East Lake YMCA Summer STEAM campers how to build bikes from scratch.  The week-long program consisted of learning bike terminology and the proper use of tools.  At the end of the week, 10 bikes were built by the the campers for the East Lake Y Youth and Teen Development Center to enjoy!

For a more in-depth look at this project, be sure pick up the next copy of Atlanta Velocity Magazine.

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Fun at the Velodrome

This past Saturday Sopo managed the bike valet at the Dick Lane Velodrome Omnium Pro Race Series.  Riders met up at The Spindle to hang out, then rode to Sopo to pick up others and fix any mechanical issues, then on to the Velodrome in East Point.  About 30 people made the 10 mile trip by bicycle to enjoy the amateur, pro, and even youth races.

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Local youth take the track between pro races. The Dick Lane Velodrome has a free youth program to encourage youth cycling. For more information, visit their website.