Thank You all who attended the Bike Banquet!
88 members signed up on April 7
That’s pretty amazing!
With so many members we are afforded the opportunity to give back to the community as is stated in our mission statement. We have a few ideas in mind, like sponsoring a mile on the Fox River Trail, making an artistic bike rack and donating it to the city or a favorite establishment, hosting bike maintenance workshops for high school students, or maybe just donating funds to a worthy cause. Thankfully, we have time to decide and we’ll listen to everyone’s input.
Bikes and biking are definitely enjoying an upswing in our community and for good reason. Bikes are affordable, easy to transport, green, and you can deck your bike out or build it however you wish. That’s a big part the fun for us at the collective. We enjoy building and restoring bikes to put them back on the road and showing ‘em off. We even have a bike show on September 28th where folks can bring their bikes and the spectators vote on their favorites. It’s also a swap meet, so one can find their next project bike or parts for a current project. Keep your eyes on the calendar at the top of the page and follow the GBBC facebook page as well. There’s so much going on and now that the weather is starting to cooperate, things are going to happen pretty quickly. So on to our next ride…
Coffee Clunker Classic
When: May 4th, 10 AM
Where: Kavarna Coffee House
Hosts: Rat Riders
Why: Because we can… We’ll visit one or two more cafes in the area.
Remember, Kavarna has a discount if you bring in your own coffee travel cup.
Fabulous prizes for the coolest, rustiest, clunkiest, retro,custom, etc bikes.
So dust off the old bike and come out for the ride. Bring a friend or two!
See you at the bike rack!
Well done 99%ers for showin’ no fear!
Not bad for our first ‘ride’ of the season. The weather may not have cooperated, but that didn’t stop a few brave souls. We had a good size group and we thank Hagermeister Park for hosting us for dinner and Hinterland for beverages. If spring ever decides to show up and we see the same enthusiasm we saw for this ride, the next ride should be a good one!
Cheers and Ride On!
Heyo! Get yer bike and wear that snowsuit
We gonna get some fish!
Sad to say, the weather isn’t working out, so we’ve decided to cancel the ride portion for this evening. We’ll still be having dinner at Hagemeister Park at 7pm, so come on out and have a fun Friday Fish Fry with your fellow bikers.
Note: I’ve updated the event time and location below.
When: Friday, March 15th, 7:00 pm-?
Where: Meet at Hagermeister Park for dinner, and stop at one or two establishments after dinner.
Details: Dress for the cool weather. We will most likely be crossing some busy streets, so be visible. In the event of inclement weather, we’ll just meet for dinner.
A belated recap of 2012, which was an excellent year for the collective…
The year began with back to back rides, the very popular Coffee Clunker Ride and our first ever Bike Banquet. Both were a success in getting everyone geared up for the summer. The Bike Banquet brought out bike enthusiasts from all over the Green Bay area in support of our newly connected bike community with multiple bike ‘gangs’. The 99%ers won our bike gang logo contest, but we also had the pleasure of welcoming The Cha Cha Chain Gang, the Green Bay Bike Polo Team, The Bay city Creepers, and The Slow Riders.
Coffee Clunker Ride
We hosted some new rides, including a leisurely Father’s Day ride to Green Isle Park and a fund-raiser for The Golden House (The Mustache Ride…hilarious). Awards were given to those with the best mustaches, which was a blast. We will definitely be hosting this ride again.
Next, we hosted what we hope will be an annual event, The Beja Bike Bash. This event has the potential to become quite large, as it consists of a bike swap and show. Vendors can sell their bicycle-related wares and folks can enter their bikes into the show to be judged by spectators. The Beja Shriners provided all the space, food, facilities, music, and held raffles. People brought some beautifully restored bikes, a whole range of vintage originals, and some one-of-a-kind custom bikes. Winners in each category received a plaque and a shirt. I am very much looking forward to this year’s show.
Bike Bash Awards
Then, the largest group ride of the year…The Chocolate Ride. This ride was started years ago by the Rat Riders and is by far the most popular. Always held on Sweetest Day in October, this ride averages 100 or so riders. We visit 3 area confectioneries and show off our sweet rides. Awards are given out to those with unique or old bikes that are still ride-able. An absolutely fun ride.
The Chocolate Ride
While we don’t sponsor or host every ride, we are more than willing to promote other group’s rides and events because as a collective we want to get the word out about what’s going on in Green Bay and the surrounding areas. If you have an event, ride, or idea that you would like to get the word out on, let us know about it. Post it on our Facebook page, or email us at email@example.com.
So stay tuned…we are already planning this year’s events and it’s all about bikes, bikes, bikes.
Chocolate + Bikes =
Saturday, October 20th, 2012
10 am, Kavarna Coffee Shop
Come on out to our sweetest ride of the year!
Visit local confectionaries and enjoy
a beautiful fall day in Green Bay, Wisconsin
We set a slow pace and encourage y’all to dust off those old single speeds and bring the whole family
Win a prize for clunkiest, funkiest, or sweetest bike!
See you there!
Heyo! Get yer bike and take that cholesterol medication.
We gonna get some fish!
When: Friday, October 12, 5:30 pm-?
Where: Meet at Jimmy Seas. We’ll have a beverage, get a head count before we ride to Bourbon Street for dinner, and stop at one or two establishments after dinner.
Details: Dress for the cool weather and we will most likely be crossing some busy streets, so be visible. In the event of rain we’ll reschedule.
Come one, come all!
We’re havin’ a free bike show, so shine up those bikes and show ‘em off or come vote for your favorite bike!
This event is going to be a blast. The Beja Shriners are providing darn near everything for this event, such as the space, wash facilities, food & beverage, raffles, and even those hilarious shriner bikes that you know you want to ride!
The show will consist of three categories (unless you have something we’ve never seen),
Custom, Stock, Restored
There will be trophies and prizes for the winners of each category and the spectators will be the judges.
Vendors and show participants are welcome to set up as early as 8 a.m. and spectators are welcome at 9 a.m.
We’ll also have bike events during the day and a ride to follow.
See you there!