Last night was Cycle Cross Night at our weekly Pub Pedal where you are to ride a bike meant for the opposite gender. This night was originally called Ladies Night and was started as an excuse for the guys to bring out the ladies bikes in their collections. The name was later changed to give the women an excuse to ride something different also and to include the option of cross dressing.
I built up this bike starting with the frame and rear wheel I got from the free pile at last weekend’s swap meet. Also from the swap were the handlebars, grips and stem which were given to me and the basket which I purchased. The rest of the parts I had. I attempted to paint the fenders and chainguard I had to match.
The girl’s bikes pictured below were ridden by men and the man’s bike was ridden by a woman who won the bike in a raffle at the swap meet last Sunday. Others participated but I didn’t get photos.
This past Saturday morning we made an impromptu decision to drive 3 hours to the abandoned mining town of Picher, Oklahoma. We loaded the bikes as we figured the bikes would be a great way to explore the area and we packed a change of clothes just in case we decided to spend the night (which we did in nearby Joplin, MO).
The mining for lead and zinc in the area created the town but later destroyed it due to lead contamination from the mountains of tailings surrounding the city and cave in risks. My maternal grandfather once worked in the mines there.
Yesterday we participated in a group ride. It was a short ride along the river on pre 1970 bikes with a stop for refreshments at a club member’s house. Was a nice time. The ride is modeled and named after a monthly ride that takes place in Denver.
For this ride I drug my old Western Flyer skiptooth from the basement, regreased the hubs, oiled the chain and swapped out the tires. The other tires were original and cracked pretty badly.
Our final day riding this trip was in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express on Cerrillos road which was just across the arroyo from the Arroyo De Los Chamisos trail. We rode this trail northeast to where it connects to the Santa Fe rail trail and then rode the Santa Fe trail south to within 2 miles of the trails end before turning around. The Santa Fe rail trail runs alongside a railroad and is paved in town and turns to dirt at the edge of town. On our return trip we rode the Santa Fe trail beyond where it connects with the arroyo trail to visit the Second Street Brewery which is right on the Santa Fe trail. After veggie pitas and a beer we headed back to our hotel making one more stop a mile shy of our hotel at the Blue Corn brewery.
It had rained hard the night prior to the ride but the arroyo which we rode/pushed our bikes across and the dirt trail were dry.
This was our 2nd time riding this trail, the first back in 2004.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express on Grant street right alongside the Diamond Street Loop trail.
Day 1 we rode South on the path to it’s end point where we turned around. We stopped downtown for lunch and beverages and spent some time exploring by foot before returning to our hotel. Around 20 miles total riding.
Lunch was a jackfruit torta and a hummus and veggie sandwich for Nova at Even Stevens. Pueblo Vida, Thunder Canyon and Borderlands were the breweries we visited.
The day prior to this ride was a travel day and when we arrived in Tucson we drove through the Saguaro National Forest. After, we realized we could have ridden our bikes through the park which would have been fun. Here’s a Facebook Live video I did while there.
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Peoria which was right on the the New River Trail. From there we rode down to the Skunk River Trail and then on to the Arizona Canal Path. For being an urban path we thought it was pretty enjoyable. Most times you are riding alongside a canal but at one point the path along with a park are down in the drainage canal (river?). We rode to the other side of Scottsdale and then back stopping twice at O.H.S.O brewing right on the canal path where we split a veggie burger and sampled a couple of their beers. Food and beer were both good.
The first ride of our Fall vacation was in Albuquerque, NM. Our hotel (Holiday in Express old town) was real close to the path system. Day 1 we caught the nearest path and took it to the Paseo del Bosque trail which runs along the Rio Grande River. To our surprise their was a charity ride (Day of The Tread) happening on the trail. We joined in the ride but didn’t make use of the sag stops and other perks. We did go to the rides end point and purchased a couple t-shirts to help their cause. After that we rode more of the trail and around town stopping for a beverage at Monk’s Corner Brewery and eating at Cocina Azul. Rode about 35 miles.
Day 2 in Albuquerque we trucked the bikes to Fiesta Park and rode the canal trail out and back for a total of about 16 miles. A nice trail but not a lot to see. That evening from the hotel we rode a few miles to Tractor and Rio Bravo breweries for beer and food at the latter.
The big city held it’s first Open Streets event yesterday. 4 miles of the city’s east/west main street was closed to motor vehicle traffic. We met up with friends from our bike club at our usual meeting place which was at one end. From there we rode to the other end and back with stops along the way for food and beverage. I rode the some what tall bike which everyone seemed to enjoy. I even made special stops to demonstrate how I get on and off whenever someone would ask.
Our final ride in Colorado was the Mineral Belt Trail, a favorite of ours. It’s about 12 miles of paved path that takes you around the edge of Leadville and through all of it’s mining history. Following the ride as is our tradition we ate at the Golden Burro. We also checked out Periodic Brewing the (world’s highest craft brewery) and the historic Silver Dollar Saloon and the Manhattan.