New Belgium has announced the dates for their ever popular Bike-in Movies.
Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at dusk. Movies will be every Thursday from Aug. 21-Sept. 11 at New Belgium Brewing Co., 500 Linden St., Fort Collins. Admission is $2. Information: www.newbelgium.com
Be sure to bring chairs/blankets and bug spray.
Filling the void left behind when the Bellvue Bean abruptly closed last year, Morning Fresh Dairy has opened The Howling Cow coffee shop on the "dairy loop". The shop is located in the brand new Morning Fresh office building at the dairy near the base of Rist Canyon and is open to the public. The menu includes coffee, espresso, breakfast burritos, chocolate milk shots and Noosa Yoghurt. The shop has air conditioned seating inside and the partially covered Southwest facing patio will have bike racks and a small bike repair area. Hours are 7am-6pm daily.
This is an opinion piece by Reno Toffoli. Reno's opinions don't necessary represent the opinions of Your Group Ride or its advertisers but I always enjoy his rants. If you'd like to write an article for YGR, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on that title, I bet you thought this was going to be about downhill, didn’t you? Nope, it’s not. Actually, I did write up a whole article on why I think it’s absurd that images of downhill, freeride, and dirt jumping have become the public face of mountain biking since really, who does that stuff? Based on the riders I end up stuck behind on descents in races, I can tell you that my guess would be ‘very few’. As much as I really really love descending (I should have been one of those downhiller guys), I do like to earn those descents by climbing to them and I also like the sense of adventure and feeling of actually going somewhere that cross country, or ‘trail riding’ or whatever they call it now gives me. Maybe someday I’ll dig that one up, but I digress…
This little article is about bike components. This is the point where I confess that I am a fully recovered component snob. A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, this wasn’t the case. Back in the days when Ren and Stimpy was my favorite thing to watch after school (by school I mean college) and everyone thought that Nirvana was pretty cool, there were really only two levels of components that I would even consider using on my bike. They were both made by Shimano and one was the tried and true XT while the other was the same thing with the R at the end. Anything lower on the food chain than that was, for some reason, laughable and no serious rider would be caught dead with it. I also searched out the weirdest and shiniest, most jewel like CNC’d components from the smallest and most obscure companies. Companies like Ringle, Machine Tech, Nuke Proof, Kooka, and many others. The only real reason I could afford this stuff was that I could buy it at cost since I was working at a shop. And honestly, at the time, a lot of the mid range to lower end stuff just wasn’t up to the task of serious off road riding and it tended to wear out rather quickly.
By Tessa Greegor
FC Bikes program manager
The city is developing a comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan to shape the future of bicycling in Fort Collins. The plan envisions Fort Collins as a world-class city for biking; a city where people of all ages and abilities have access to a comfortable, safe and connected network of bicycle facilities; a city where bicycling is an integral part of daily life and the local cultural experience.
On July 30, the city will host a Bicycle Master Plan Open House to share initial recommendations for the future of bicycling, based on best practices from around the world and input from around 2,000 local residents who’ve shared their thoughts through community bike audits; an online survey and WikiMap; a citywide transportation open house; a bike plan update open house; a visioning workshop with advocates, city departments, and business leaders; an interactive exhibit at the Lesher Middle School Tour de Fit; and most recently, Bike to Work Day.
We also are taking into account recommendations made by the League of American Bicyclists, or LAB, bicycle friendly community specialist, who recently was in town. He toured Fort Collins by bike, both solo and with a group of stakeholders. Afterward, he shared many suggestions about how Fort Collins can improve conditions for all levels of cyclists.
At the open house, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the city's proposed approach to developing a low-stress bicycle network, including recommended locations for future improvements and state-of-the-art bikeway designs to create a comfortable environment for bicycling. We'll share strategies for developing a wayfinding system to help people safely navigate to destinations around town; new bicycle program ideas to increase safety and promote a culture of respect and responsibility among all transportation system users; how we're proposing to advance public transit through an expanded bike share system; and much more.
Stop by anytime between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Columbine Room at the Lincoln Center for an engaging, informative and family-friendly open house. And, of course, it will be another chance for you to make sure your voice is heard.
If you can't make it to the open house, bring your family and friends to the city's inaugural Open Streets event on Laurel and Whedbee from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. FC Bikes will have a Bicycle Master Plan booth at the event. It will be another place you can share your thoughts about our new bicycling plan. The Open Streets event also will feature fun and healthy activities that will take place in the street. You won't want to miss it.
For more information about the Bicycle Master Plan, visit fcgov.com/bikeplan, and to learn more about Open Streets, visit fcgov.com/openstreets.
Tessa Greegor is the FC Bikes program manager, a Bicycle Ambassador (www.bicycleambassadorprogram.org) and a League Cycling instructor.