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Well folks, we have done this every year with the Oak CLiff Spandex crew since we opened in 2009 so guess what – we ARE doing it this year too! This year we will skirt on to the Trinity Forest Trail for a bit and then the rest of the ride is going to take us through as much SUNSHINE as we can find. I know, I know, everything is working against you getting out of your comfy new holiday pjs early on a cold new years day, but don’t you want to start the year off with energy and great folks having fun? We sure do! I’m old as hell and the curmudgeon in me thinks NYE is amateur night anyway so I’ll be sure to not have too much eggnog at my themed costume party and will see you January 1st bright and early.
OCBC | 01/01/2016 | 8:30 roll out
You’ll see in the route that it is easy to shortcut at Dowdy Ferry, Wintergreen, Pleasant Run, Beltline, or even cut out only 5 miles at Ovilla road in Ferris where we will stop for a water refill etc. Essentially there could be distances from 30, 40, 50, 57 and 63 miles that way. We can probably get someone to lead the 40 mile route if that would help anyone get out of bed, just let us know.
Well the fall leaves are about to call us out to join them and the folks from Oak Cliff Spandex riders are going to give you a few options to put that beauty in your life with friends and nature, what more could you want! There is a stop about 27 miles in where the routes split. That’s a good time to get a bite and decide if you may want to head back on the 40 mile route or continue on on the 63 miler. For anyone wanting the most treerrific(ha) expereince there is an 87 mile option as well.
8:00 AM at OCBC
(I believe you may have to follow Jeremy Ordaz on Strava if you would like to see and upload the routes. Also, the 63 and 87 start just a hair different if you do use your Garmin so don’t worry about it saying “off course” as we will all be together anyway, you could always leave the route off until the first stop to avoid any confusion)
Come bite off a portion or all of this 90% gravel expedition that traverses from Texarkana, AR to Tucumcari, NM., presented by our homies at Spinistry. The Mini RAT is a three day option that ends at Johnson Branch State Park where OCBC will have a support tent set up for all riders. Even Mini RAT participants will get the chance to ride the NETT (North East Texas Trail/Chaparral Trail), a beautiful and developing rails-to-trails project. Check out the Spinistry site for all the details.
I personally love touring for many reasons: the vast open road, time to think, ever changing scenery, camping, challenge, and on an on. I have found that the gravel roads lend themselves to be less traveled and offer nicer views that most people do not get to see. If you have ever thought of doing a long tour or something crazy like Tour Divide then this is a great option for you to see what it’s all about — education! Extra nice that there will be many people out there in case you do have mechanicals or just plain get too tired or burn out.
Oh and if you do enjoy it, maybe you will be lucky enough to win a Salsa Fargo! Any participant could win this beautiful burly bike in the raffle. Register here.
Nov. 1, 2014
ANOTHER GREAT SPINISTRY EVENT!
Coming soon to a cyclist near you! We wanted to make a kit strong enough for a man but pH balanced for the awesome women out there. These beauties have some of our favorite local WOMEN owned businesses all nascar-ed up on them so you’ll look like a sponsored rider(ok, well maybe just a supporter of local business). We love them and hope you will too. We are going to order a few this Friday so let us know if you want us to grab you one Rizzo.
* This is not finalized, actual kit will have slightly smaller polka dots and a slightly smaller Oil and Cotton logo.
We’re coming to the end of another wonderful year, and as Sunday Spandex does every year, they are gonna start the next one of right too, with good friends, exercise, beautiful journeys, and BIKES! They will take you on a 63ish mile route with some great country roads and lots of picturesque scenery away from the city and traffic. If you haven’t gone out with them before they’d love to see you this year. Here is their route.
01|01|2014 9:30 a.m.
Yeah, we’ll be opened on Francis Black Friday. While you’re out, these are some places we like to go to. I know I’m leaving a ton of places out. You know what’s around you, and if you don’t maybe you should give look around.
Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters Duh, coffee. I can tell you right now they fit in my stocking. (Hint hint)
F is for Frank Jewelry, hardware, custom… uh anything, check ‘em out.
Dolly Python Since Jean Paul Gaultier shops there, I think you can find some wonderfulness too.
we are 1976 If you haven’t been, it’ll be your favorite new store.
Re-Geared Amazing artistic gifts made out of bicycle parts donated by us and some of your other favorite bicycle shops.
Oil and Cotton These lovely ladies can teach you how to make anything your imagination can dream of. I made a unitard for the shop cat.
Salvage House Boutique Beautiful vintage inspired dresses, and vintage furniture. You can also let this beautiful young lady restore, redesign or tailor your favorite threads. She put some awesome and stylish reflective details on a friends jacket so he is safer but doesn’t look like a road worker.
Sweet 200 The best hairdos to fix your hair don’ts and manicures for the cuticle blues in town. Grab your S.O. some product or a gift certificate cuz you know everyone wants to look like a million bucks for new years.
While it’s only a few weekends before we get our BOO-BIKE-Q on, you can get in the spirit of things early by snapping up a few raffle tickets to win your choice from a selection of Salsa Vaya or El Mariachi framesets. Tickets are available at the shop, or the evening of the little shindig at Boulder Park on November 2. $5 per ticket, with the proceeds going to Promise House here in Oak Cliff. You don’t have to be present to win, but you can trust us when we say that you don’t wanna miss this party.
We finally got these sexy suits on our backs! Your rides just got a bit safer and exponentially more kick ass thanks to the feel, reflectivity, and stellar design of these get-ups so get down on yer bikes. We of course sold out of these instantly and need to place a new order. Now, if you think you can handle the silly folks hatin’ and not understanding the world surrounding them or the flattery you be getting from the folks who do, then send us an email explaining how you are ’nuff legit to wear this kit and we will put you on a pre-order list after your initiation. We don’t like getting burned so we WILL NOT save you a kit if you don’t pre-pay, don’t trip! It’s not about a salary it’s all about reality.
We will post a link to pre-order in the coming weeks.
Thank you all who helped make it so perfect…
Amanda Pounds, “Commander” : Graphic Designer (not only did the layout of the kit, also did our logos and Oddfellows logos)
Marc Montoya : Photographer BillySurface
Robert Snedden : Hincapie Rep.
Dallas/Kristina : Gangster Modeling (last names left out for their protection)
Are you as Fred as me, or even more so? Well, we just got in a couple B&M Luxos U Dynamo lights from Peter White Cycles’ first shipment of this brilliant (the pun stays) new product! Not only is it a wonderfully wide spread of light, the U has a handle bar mount button to control functions and is also a USB port to charge devices – the greatest light EVER!!! So handy for long remote tours. My personal preference is to take an external battery that charges off the USB port and use it when your Garmin, iPod, rear light, phone, etc needs more juice. It’ll give your device a steady load rather than fluctuating with your speed. These sold out immediately, but we have one left at the moment. Peter says the next shipment is expected in a few weeks, so holler if you want us to save you one from our next batch of pre-orders. Also, we have a few other B&M dynamo lights on hand, and with the declining cost of hubs reaching as low as $47, it’s a great reason to rethink your illumination options.
In case you forgot, or maybe had no clue, we are Peter White Cycles dealers. We also partner with other Fredtastic suppliers like Compass Bicycles. What does it all mean? You can custom order a full on double rainbow selection of amazing books, great tyres, Rene Hearse parts, or even a SKF bottom bracket—because lord knows it’s time you finally got that! Sick!
Aright kids, I know you’re all HUGE American football contest fanatics, but for those of you who would rather ride your bikes and enjoy some art and good memories then we have something just for you! Or maybe you missed the Sunday Peoples opening, it’ll be a great chance to take a peak at great work as well as the silliness that will ensue from our little bike race event thingy. Don’t want to give away too many details yet, but this should be a interesting race for spectators as well as the riders. We will be tailgating so bring your drink hats and bras or veggie dogs etc. for the grill.
Meet at The Public Trust February 3rd 5:00 to register
$3 and your own bike to race (everyone will get a gift)