A little while ago Sara and I had our bicycles stolen. Very, very sad. I have to blame myself a little since I shared this link on both the Brewcyclers' Facebook and Twitter. It shows you how to lock up a bike properly. Let's just say I didn't follow it and both Sara and I were sans bike. Being without a bike when you are planning bike rides presents a problem.
We now have bikes and serious locks (Protip: never lock up your bike with a cable. Use a u-lock.) To get these bikes we spent an unhealthy amount of time on Craigslist. Here are a few things in Craigslist ads that drove me crazy:
Frank and I had the opportunity to take another travel adventure to celebrate our birthdays this month to the Pacific Northwest. Our trip consists of two parts, first stop was in Portland then to Seattle. Choosing to travel up north was easy because neither one of us had ever been and we have some friends who live up there that we were wanting to visit. The fact that there are breweries galore in bicycle friendly cities had nothing to do with it at all......right?
Staying in Portland, we found the Friendly Bike Guesthouse on Yelp that had a lot of good reviews. It's located just a few miles north of downtown. Everything about this place exudes cycling. Everything form the framed cycling photos and decors to the convenient maintenance station located on the bottom floor with bike racks to store your bikes. Our guesthouse was just a short walking distance to many eateries including the Hopworks Bike Bar, a bicycle themed restaurant that brews their own beer. One of the best things I love about this restaurant, besides the bike frames lined up above the bar and the bicycle rim beer sampling trays, is that they have these stationary bikes outside the front door that is connected into the building. Basically, if you ride it, not only will you get a $1 off your beer, your hardworking pedaling will be generating power into the building. Discount on beer, your burn the calories AND have the power to produce energy to the business? Count me in!
Two weeks, four group rides, almost 100 miles ridden and Brewcyclers was created. It took exactly that amount of time for two Libran adventurers to brew up this cycling group. You probably get the cycling but why add the booze? It’s simple, because we love beer and with so many microbreweries popping up all over Southern California, why not get your cardio workout with a rewarding pint (or two) of delicious cold beer, all the while enjoying the beauty of Southern California’s weather and discover new brews you wouldn’t have otherwise known about.
Even being a health and fitness freak, I still like to enjoy a good brew once in awhile and when you add cycling into the mix, it just doubles the pleasure. So all those counting calories, not to worry, you’ll burn off all the calories during our rides.
The past couple weeks, I had the opportunity to participate in group rides ranging from hundreds of mostly Gen Z hipsters zipping through the streets of LA, hopping from spot to spot, to a group of 15 laid-back wanderlusts on a relaxing urban ride. Two common factors are shared between every person I met during the rides, and that is the passion for cycling and the passion for fun. We want to create the same environment with our Brewcyclers events and bring like-minded people who share the same love for cycling and beer.
We have plenty of ideas distilling in Brewcyclers HQ but we welcome any recommendations whether it’s a specific route, a particular brewery or partnership opportunities, the more we collaborate, the better our events will be. Currently, we have two events planned, but many more will be announced so please stay connected with us on Facebook and on Twitter @brewcyclers
Frank & Sara.