[*BCM*] "Best Local Cause", the big Ride, & FREE TRAINING RIDE SERIES

jasmine laietmark jasmine at bikesnotbombs.org
Thu Apr 16 16:47:39 EDT 2009


*First of all, CHECK THIS OUT!
Thanks for making Bikes Not Bombs the "Best Local Cause"**!!!*

Second of all, please note that if you register for the BNB Bike-A-Thon
before next Thurs, April 23, you will be invited to an exclusive party for
riders at our Hub! www.bikesnotbombs.org/bat09. That's right- register NOW! All
you Boston riders!!! A ride for everyone, and a WICKED cool after-party: The
Green Roots Festival. Really, amazing lineup at the fest too.

THIRD OF ALL: There are *training rides *(2 sets of 'em) EVERY WEEKEND UNTIL
see www.bikesnotbombs.org/BAT09rides
One leading up to our 62-miler, and one leading up to the 25er. And don't be
intimidated! :)

is 45 miles and 2 are 15 miles. They start in JP and Concord! Get in on
this. And they're FREE.
45 miles  Hello riders!
Join us on our fifth ride in preparation for the 62 mile Bike-A-Thon route.
While we encourage you to register for the Bike-A-Thon before joining us,
you don't have to be registered to attend training rides! All are welcome.

We will be meeting at the BNB Hub (284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain) at 9am on
Sunday, April 19. The route can be viewed

Contact Esther (ecervantes at abml.org) or JP (jferguson at abml.org) for more

15 miles (#1)
Our friend and volunteer Bruce has a ride going through Concord for those of
you North of the Charles river! This ride is not affiliated with Bikes Not
Bombs, but may provide another ride opportunity for those who can't make our
normal ride on April 19.


The ride meets at 9:45am in Concord Center and rides through Carlisle and
Contact Bruce Lederer at 617 710-1832 (c) for more info!

& 15 miles (#2)
Apr 19 2009 - 11:00am
Join us on our second ride in preparation for the 25 mile Bike-A-Thon route.
While we encourage you to register for the Bike-A-Thon before joining us,
you don't have to be registered to attend training rides! All are welcome.

The meeting location is yet to be determined, but we will be meeting at 11am
on Sunday, April 19.

Contact Esther (ecervantes at abml.org) or JP (jferguson at abml.org) for more

*General Information for all the BNB training rides:*

Everyone is getting excited for our 22nd Bike-A-Thon! Our biggest fundraiser
of the year has everyone talking. We are leading training rides to help
prepare for the 25 mile and 62 mile Bike-A-Thon routes. Rides will be
leaving from all sorts of places (and going all sorts of distances!) so
check the website for the most updated ride details. As the training rides
get underway, we have gathered some information to help make everyone's
riding more enjoyable.

What do I have to bring?
- Helmets are required! This safety implement is the most important one you
can use. We have a limited number of helmets available for loan. Please
contact us if you will need a helmet for any of the rides as soon as you

What should I bring?
- Riding sure works up an appetite. Be sure to bring a snack.
- $5 in cash - you never know when you will need it! Dollar bills make great
emergency tire boots.
- We do not recommend BMX bikes or mountain bikes with knobby tires for
rides over 20 miles.
- An emergency bike tool kit.

How should I prepare my bicycle?
- Riding is taxing on bicycles! Get your tune-up early to make sure your
bicycle will work correctly leading up to the Bike-A-Thon. Inspect your
bicycle for dry rotten tires; dirty worn chains; rusty cables; crooked or
loose wheels, handlebars, or pedals.

Riding bikes is fun, but it can get tiring! What if I get tired?
- We will have a volunteer rider leading and following on each ride. This
means that you will not be left behind!
- We will be taking rest stops at areas where we will have safe space to do
a little stretching, catch our breath, and have a snack.
- The pace will be casual! Rides will average 10 to 12mph, including rest
- You can leave the ride whenever you would like. Be sure to bring
directions from the point you plan on leaving the group.
- We are excited to have people pushing their mileage potential, but make
sure that you are riding in addition to our training rides to ensure you
will be comfortable with the ride length. Please do not come out for a 50
mile training ride as your first long ride of the season.

What if it's raining?
- Please check the website for any rain cancellations. If there's no
cancellation, think dry thoughts!

Please contact Esther (ecervantes at abml.org) or JP (jferguson at abml.org) with
questions about the ride, and we'll see you out there!

Jasmine Laietmark
Director of Grassroots Fundraising and Events

617-522-0222 x106

Delay no longah!


Bikes Not Bombs promotes bicycle technology as a concrete alternative to war
and environmental destruction. For 25 years, BNB has been a nexus of bike
recycling and community empowerment both in lower income neighborhoods of
Boston and in the nations of the Global South. BNB's programs involve young
people and adults in mutually respectful leadership development and
environmental stewardship, while recycling 6,000 bicycles annually.
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