May the Fourth Be With You! The Empire Bikes Back for Star Wars Day!

May4ArtRide14Happy Star Wars Day!

Please join the San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle and Social Club for a Star Wars Day celebration!

Meet: 1:30 Art City 197 Dubbers

Ride: 2pm

Free. Family friendly. Creative attire requested.

Visit Art Predator for more details and to see photos from the 2012 ArtRide.


Off the Wall: Grab Your Bike & Go For A Ride

What is it about bikes and brew?

While the kid was at a birthday party, we grabbed the tandem out of the garage and rode to Barrelhouse 101 on Thompson at California in Ventura for Happy Hour beers and burgers.

Lucky for everyone, happy hour lasted all night in celebration of the Drakes Dry Hopped IPA and the Beer Fest in downtown across the street from the Mission. If you go during Happy Hour (usually M-F 4-7pm), you MUST get the $2.5o house made chips!

Also this weekend,according to the New Belgium Website,

New Belgium Brewing’s cycling circus, Tour de Fat, is coming back to L.A. for one day on Saturday, September 15 at L.A. State Historic Park. Tour de Fat rookies and veterans alike are encouraged to grab a bike and join us for a whimsical day of entertainment and two-wheeled revelry, all while raising money for C.I.C.L.E., Bicycle Kitchen and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition.

For those who haven’t experienced Tour de Fat, it is a thrilling rite of passage that includes an unparalleled costumed bicycle parade, New Belgium beer, eccentric entertainment, local food, unusual bike contests and much more.  The Bike Parade begins at 11 am from L.A State Historic Park, but be there early to register.Performances by: Los Amigos Invisibles, Sssnakenstein, Yo-Yo People, and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.

Sounds a bit like an ArtRide, eh?

One of these days, we’re going! But tomorrow is picture day for soccer, then we’re going camping.


Treat Yourself with this Irresistible Candy Bike

Life got you down? Having a hard time recovering from Burning Man? Missing your daily rides around the playa seeing art and having adventures and sweeeeet times?

Go for a sugar high and an adrenaline rush!

Treat yourself with this irresistible Candy Bike made from sugary treats by art student Britta Hope!

Or use this as inspiration for your bike for next year’s Burning Man or ArtRide!


Invited You Are: Empire Bikes Back Star Wars Day ArtRide & Lotsa Nat’l Bike Month Fun

It’s CycloMAYnia and National Bike Month is officially here in the US! With longer, milder days in the northern hemisphere, it’s time to recognize bicycling for the multitude of benefits it provides – improving our health, economy, and environment.

Here in Ventura, weather is a crapshoot. We’ve had rainy first Fridays every single month of the year–and 70 degree night rides too! Fortunately, for tonight’s Star Wars Day First Friday ArtRide “The Empire Bikes Back” the weather should be PERFECT.

So light your bike like your favorite Star Wars vessel, energize your light saber, find your robes, gather your buddies and meet us at 5:30pm tonight at the Artists Union Gallery or outside Aloha Steakhouse on the Ventura Beach Promenade for a ride to various galleries and art studios around downtown and the west side.

Because INVITED YOU ARE!

Here are three more ways to make the most of this year’s National Bike Month from the PeopleForBikes.org crew:

1)     Go for a type of bike ride that you normally wouldn’t: If you’re a road rider, try a mountain bike ride. If you’ve never ridden your bike to work, give bike commuting a shot. And if the ride to work isn’t something you can tackle this year, ride your bike to run an errand you would normally do by car, even if it’s just a trip to the coffee shop or ice cream parlor.

40% of trips Americans take are two miles or less, an easy bicycling distance.

2)     Introduce one other person to bicycling. Whether it’s your partner, a coworker, a family member, or just a friend, help someone find a bike and go for a fun ride. Bicycling is a pretty amazing thing, right? Why not encourage someone else to discover the activity that brings you so much happiness.

Invite them on an ArtRide! June 1 is Secret Agent Man!

3)     Participate in one or more National Bike Month events. A list of community rides can be found at the League of American Bicyclists, and here are some key national events:

This May and this summer should be an amazing time for bicycling in America. An increasing percentage of our national leaders recognize bicycling as a simple solution for transportation challenges, jobs and economic development, and health and obesity issues. Communities are investing in bike lanes and paths more than ever, helping bicycling to become safer and stress-free. We encourage you to take advantage of these new places to ride by participating in National Bike Month!

Happy riding!


Happy Earth Month! Go for a bike ride!

More cool green posters

at Green Patriot.

Go for a ride with the San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club every First Friday in Ventura! Meet on the beach promenade at 5:30, ride around 6pm to art galleries and studios! Subscirbe to this blog to find out about rides and other important bicycle news!!


Spring Has Sprung! And the Bunny Will Hop! First Friday ArtRide Ventura April 6, 2012

Join us for the Bunny Hop! Hop on your bike in your bunny ears and your easter best for the April ArtRide around town!

We meet at 5:30pm around the fountain on the Ventura Beach promenade by the parking garage and Aloha (where you can get your bunny ears a bit fuzzier! Bet we an get some drink specials for wily wabbits!) We’ll take photos and visit the show at the Artists Union and roll off into the sunset sometime between 6 and 6:30pm. We usually lap Main and cruise Ventura Avenue during this leisurely, fun, family friendly and FREE ride!

Bring your own cup for libations! Decorate and light your bike!

Please invite your friends! You can download a full size Bunnyhop pdf flyer and the Bunnyhop 4 up flyer here.

Save the date! We’re planning a second Bunny Hop on Sunday April 15–escape from the tax man! Meet at 11am at the Jolly Oyster, ride along the Beach and River Bike Paths to Old Creek Ranch and Vino V wineries for picnic, poetry, egg hunt, and tasting! More details to follow!


Jelly for President & Active Transportation!

Delightful new song from the Ditty Bops supporting Jelly, the first stuffed koala to run for president in 2012.

Jelly says: “Check out my Official music Video for the hit song “Koalas in a Tree”. Don’t be fooled by imposter kopy kats. This video was made by and for koalas, friends of koalas, and all my constituents. Enjoy! And if you like it don’t forget to buy my new album featuring me, Jelly and my band of Guys called, “Jelly for President-Yes We Jam”

Perhaps we should do a “Jelly for President” ArtRide in November! See you on the next First Friday ArtRide–April’s Bunny Hop! Plans afoot to do a Bunny Hop ArtRide from the Jolly Oyster to Old Creek Ranch Winery Sunday April 15! More details soon!

PS Don’t you just love the term “active transportation”??? So much better than the clunky and somewhat derogatory “alternative transportation!” I mean, alternative to what? More on this in a blog post soon, I bet! Subscribe so you don’t miss another word–or another ride!! (You know you want to, so do it! Plus it makes me feel good to know you love me enough to want me in your inbox…)