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.


Get your groove on in Santa Barbara 6/7

Get Your Groove On…
in Santa Barbara at the next Bike Moves!

Thursday June 7 7:30pm meet at the parking lot on the corner of Cota and Anacapa with your instrument of choice. The traveling band will make its way up and down State Street then down to the pier for a seaside concert and some bike sumo. Afterward, follow the band and wet your whistle at Sharkez.


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!


May the 4th Be With You: Star Wars Day ArtRide–The Empire Bikes Back!

NOTE: Join us for the 2014 Star Wars Day Ride: The Empire Bikes Back 2! Details here.

May the Fourth Be With You! Celebrate Star Wars Day, Friday May 4 with The San BuenaVentura Artriders Bicycle & Social Club for “The Empire Bikes Back” ArtRide!

Meet 530pm
Ventura Beach Promenade: By the Fountain, Aloha Bar, Artists Union Gallery
330 So California St, Ventura CA 93001

Ride 6pm
Art Galleries & Studios

Afterparty? Follow us there!

Free! Family Friendly! Light Your Bike! Bring your own mug! Join our facebook group!


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!


Awesome Viral Bike Video: Motherf’n Bike

I could blog all week on this song…and the stickers these mad sons of science are producing! (see below and here).  Get the track and ringtones at http://sonsofscience.bandcamp.com. Also,  below: the lyrics to “Motherf’n Bike by Sons of Science  which are full of parental discretion words as you can imagine.

So get on your Motherf*n Bike and ride!! Our next First Friday ArtRide is the Bunny Hop April 6 followed by Secret Agent Man Ride May 4. Flyers up to download soon!

Read the rest of this entry »


Ventura December ArtRides? Santacon On?

Inquiring minds want to know:

Is there a First Friday ArtRide in Ventura tonight?

Here’s my answer:

There is if you show up and ride!

Following the news in October that I was stepping back and letting others come forward to help with the ArtRides, we held a meeting to discuss whether and how the ArtRides would continue.

While the consensus was to hold fewer rides and put more energy into promoting them, a couple riders said they would ride regardless of whether anyone else did or there was any publicity. As far as I know, Daniel and Matt plan to ride.

While we discussed the challenges of having a ride on a workday so soon after people get off of work, as far as I know the start time did not change. However, the truth is, folks show up when they can. Often people meet as early as 5pm to have drinks at Aloha before the ride. Since we meet at the Artists Union, that’s usually a first stop. So we rarely leave the Promenade much before 6:30p. If we hear that a rider is on the way, we try to wait or to communicate where we’re going.

We don’t leave riders behind; please tell lots of people if you leave the ride so we’re not searching for you.

So if you want to ride, meet around 5:30p around the Artists Union Gallery, Aloha, and the Ventura Beach Promenade. The Ride will commence when riders leave sometime after 6pm.

  Don’t be a darktard–take after Rudolf and light your bikes!

There does seem to be more enthusiasm for a Sunday Santacon Dec. 11. Meet 2pm at the Ventura State Beach by the Jolly Oyster. Potluck follows. Here’s a pdf of the flyer: Santacon version 2

There’s also a traditional pub crawl Santacon being organized elsewhere by others for Saturday night December 10.


Dia De Los Muertos ArtRide 11/4/11

This Friday Nov. 4, the San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club invite you to celebrate Dias De Los Muertos with an ArtRide con calaveras!

5:30pm: Meet and hang out on the Ventura Beach Promenade

6pm: Photos then ride off into the sunset

So find your bones or paint some on and

LIGHT YOUR BIKE!! It’s gonna be dark out there!!

(Seriously, you can get a ticket if you don’t have headlights and tail lights and reflectors on your bike! In Santa Barbara, we have seen several people written up for $150 tickets for not having appropriate lights on their bikes!)


Santa Barbara Bike Moves Theme: Lord of the Chain Rings Th. 11/3/11

Santa Barbara Bike Moves writes:

“Cyclists of Middle Earth,

On November 3rd of the year two-thousand eleven come gather at the Hobbit Wheelhouse. From there we will embark on an epic journey through Middle Earth down to the Pier of Orodruin where we will battle the Dark Lord Sauron in a game of sumo. Will good triumph over evil?

And for those that want to strut the costume early and enjoy a little time on the water, come out for an awesome joint party with Bike Moves and Paddle Sports Halloween weekend for a noon paddle departing from the harbor to benefit “Save the Mermaids“. ”

I wish I could be there!


Gothtober Quidditch Ride & other bike news

First Friday ArtRide “Gothtober”

Let’s show those Muggles how we roll! Pictured is Daniel on his broom bike–he’d fit right in at the Gryffindor table at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Meet 5:30pm
Ventura Beach Promenade and CA Street. Ride 6pmto Art Galleries & StudiosJoin the fun! Wear your best Hogwarts / Goth attire!
Family Friendly * Free * Pimp & Light Your Ride

The San Buenaventura Bicycle & Social Club invite you to a game of Quidditch and ride to Art Shows and Studios in Downtown Ventura. For more information visit
https://bikergogal.wordpress.com/first-friday-artrides-more-fun-rides/

VBU Bike Rodeo Meeting Tue,  Oct 11 7:00pm – 9:00pm
345 W. Center St.
, Ventura  (It’s a house, so we’re looking for a better location.)
– Our very first Meeting in preparation for our 6th annual VCCool Kids’ Bicycle Safety Rodeo, May 2013.
If you were involved, we hope to see you! Newcomers totally welcome too! There’s lots to do.

?Full Moon Bike Ride maybe? Wed, Oct 12
A local cyclist’s fun event – bike at your own risk, and bring lights!

Not a confirmed event: stay tuned–Downtown Ventura Mission Park

VBU Monthly Meeting Thu, Oct 13- Bicycle Advocacy meeting. 7:00pm – 9:00pm
345 W. Center St., Ventura
(It’s a house – so we’re looking for a new location.)
You can also check out our calendar at www.vccool.org !