January 2013 News

Tweed, Moxie and Moustaches: C.I.C.L.E.’s Tweed Ride!

Ladies and Gents, dress in your finest tweed to roll through history for C.I.C.L.E.’s Los Angeles Tweed Ride on Saturday, January 19th!

The ride will make two stops. The first stop will include an introduction and tour at SPARC’s Great Wall of Los Angeles, one of Los Angeles’ true cultural landmarks, a half-mile long mural of the region’s vibrant history of struggle and resistance (curated by Susan Baca). Next, the ride will continue on to El Portal Theater, a historic landmark in the heart of North Hollywood. Originally built as a vaudeville house in 1926, this site will serve as a perfect photo op for riders dressed in their best tweed! You won’t want to miss this exciting historic ride! As with all Urban Expeditions, this ride is under 8 miles, family-friendly, and leisurely paced.

After the ride, participants are welcome to join C.I.C.L.E. at the Federal Bar for drinks, an exciting New Belgium Cruiser raffle and prizes for best dressed, best moustache and best hat! Please bring cash if you’d like to purchase raffle tickets for a limited edition New Belgium Brewing Cruiser!

When: Saturday, January 19th, 2012

Meet at 10:00am. Ride Leaves promptly at 10:30am.

Where: Meet at Valley Village Park, 200 Westpark Drive, North Hollywood, California 91601

What to bring: Bring water, snack and a bicycle in good working order. This ride is FREE and open to anyone, but all participants should be able to ride a bike safely with the ability to brake, change gears, and balance while stopping and starting. All participants under 18 MUST wear a helmet and be escorted by a parent or guardian. Children under age 8 should be on a tag-a-long, bike trailer, tandem, or other safe child-carrying device to participate in the ride.

Recapping the SM Family Bike Fest & Meals on 2 Wheels Ride

On Saturday, December 8th from 10am to 2pm, Santa Monica held their first ever Family Bike Fest! As part of the festival, C.I.C.L.E. led the Meals on Two Wheels Ride, a 3 mile, family friendly ride.  Participants (on two-wheels, trailers and tag-alongs!) rode to Meals on Wheels West and learned about this great community organization in Santa Monica that delivers hundreds of meals each month to those who cannot provide for themselves.

Thanks to everyone who joined and thank you to Meals on Wheels West for sharing so much about the wonderful work you do and welcoming us with open arms, water and snacks!

Upcoming Workshops

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics: 1/26/13 at 11am

Did you know that you can avoid many of the car-bicycle collisions by knowing how to ride properly in the street?

In the class, you’ll learn basic principles of bicycle and traffic safety.  For the second part of the workshop, you’ll need your bike, because we’ll be hitting the road for an easy ride that will put what you learned into practice.

This class is generously subsidized by the Caltech’s BikeLab.

RSVP to: bike@cicle.org.  Space is limited.

To attend this class you must be able to:

-Start your bike with confidence and ease.
-Balance and steer your bike
-Bring your bike to a smooth and controlled stop.
-Use your gears effectively
-Remove one hand from your handlebar to signal without veering.
-Look over your shoulder without veering.

Learn to Ride: 1/27/13 at 9am

Have you always wanted to ride a bike but never learned how? This class is for adults who are getting back on that bike for the first time. This class is full, please email bike@cicle.org for future class information.

Lifestyle Tip of the Month: Create your own bicycle basket!

Create your own bicycle basket! Here are some easy steps to build and create your own bicycle basket to carry your favorite goodies or groceries!

Things you’ll need:
-Basket or crate
-Fork struts or a bike rack
-Zip ties
-Bungee Cords (optional)

1. Find something to use as a basket: Options might include a milk crate (which is functional and classic), a whicker basket or a wine crate. Choose something compact and lightweight (careful, something bulky up front can throw off your balance!).

2. Secure a pair of struts or a flat-topped bike rack to the front fork hub or over the rear wheel.

3. Hold the box on top of the struts or bike rack and secure it with zip ties. If there are no holes, create your own holes with a drill.

4. Secure the back of the basket with more zip ties. If the basket is mounted to the front, fasten it to the head tube or handle bars (make sure the basket doesn’t interfere with the brake cables or turning!)

5. Put something in the basket and take it for a test drive. Keep a bungee cord in the basket to use to keep items in place.

6. Decorate your basket and make it your own!

Upcoming Events on Two Wheels

Open House and Public Hearing for the West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Community Plan Update
January 15th at 5:00 PM
Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

C.I.C.L.E.’s Tweed, Moxie and Moustaches Ride
January 19th, 10:00 AM -1:00 PM.
North Hollywood, California 91601

C.I.C.L.E.’s Traffic Basics Class
January 26th, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Pasadena, CA

C.I.C.L.E.’s Learn To Ride (for adults)
January 27th, 2013 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Los Angeles, CA (Eagle Rock)

C.I.C.L.E.’s Wild, Wild West Ride!
February  16th, 2013: 10:00 AM – 1:00PM
Join us in Chattsworth for a wild west themed bicycle ride in partnership with Council Member Mitchell Englander.

2013 LA Chinatown Firecracker Bike Ride
February 23rd, 2013: 9:00 AM
The Firecracker Bike Ride will offer cyclists the choice of a 20 mile or a 30 mile route, along the Los Angeles River and through Elysian Park and Griffith Park.

LACBC Bike Prom
February 23rd, 2013: 7:00PM
Mark your calendars, because the LACBC is biking to the past for a totally 80s-themed bike prom!