The Sydney Rides Festival starts next week and runs until 28th October. Riders are spoilt for choice when it comes to events, so here is our picks:
Spokespeople Street Fair & WOOP! Rolling Festival – Saturday 13th
Join thousands of other cyclists and ride up and down the Bourke Street Cycleway from Woolloomooloo to Waterloo. We will have a stall at Forbes Street and there is tons of other stuff happening along the route. Last year went off like a frog in a sock and I expect this year to do the same. Great for the kiddies.
Brompton Picnic – Sunday 14th
For proud owners of the most excellent folding bicycle in the world. Bring your Brompton and meet outside Cheeky at 10am then ride to Darling Harbour wharf then after a mass bike fold we will catch the ferry to Cockatoo Island for some very civilised fun and games.
Try2Wheels – Tuesday 16th, Friday 19th & Tuesday 23rd
Are you or a friend bicycle curious? Use your lunch break wisely and come try some different types of bikes. Better still, cajole a non-riding friend (is there such a thing?) or workmate to come with you. SydneyCycleways will also sweeten the deal with free coffee and barbeque.
Newtown Ride2work Breakfast – Wednesday 17th
Ride2Work day means two things – an opportunity for people who don’t normally ride to their workplace to have a crack at it, and free breakfast. The Green Living Centre in King St Newtown is throwing bit of a bash in Hollis Park practically on our doorstep. Not at all out of the way for Wilson Street commuters and a worthy detour for everyone else. There will be free coffee, chai, muffins and fruit. Team Cheeky will be there with our Blender Bike churning out banana smoothies. If that is not enough free goodness, the kind folks from the Bicycle Garden co-op will be doing bike tune-ups.
Being the glutton that I am (for both food and punishment) I have instigated the inaugural ride2eat challenge. Starting at Willoughby at 7am I will attempt to visit as many different Ride2Work breakfasts as I can that morning. If all goes to plan I should visit six different breakfast happenings between 7am and 9:30am. Lots of riding hard and eating harder, pretty much like an average day for me but compressed into two and a half hours. Look for the #ride2eat hashtag on Twitter or post photos of your own progress if you are up for the challenge.
DIY Panniers Workshop – Thursday 18th
We sell some pretty sweet panniers, but the DIY thing can be pretty cool too.
2 Years, 2 Bikes – A Touring Odyssey – Thursday 18th
Aaron and Jacqui spent two years on their bikes crossing the continents. We will be having an exhibition of some of their photos in the store. Come and get inspired for your next (or first) dream tour. More details to come.
Green Square Community Fare - Saturday 20th
Lots of family activities at this one, plus bike tune-ups and try some different bikes.
The Youth Food Movement Ride On Lunch - Saturday 20th, (Saturday 27th sold out)
Fully catered, ride at a conversational pace. A bit more dignified than ride2eat.
Pirrama Park Family Fun Bike Day - Sunday 21st
The emphasis is on Families. And Fun. And Bikes. So if you are in a family, and like fun, and like bikes, you should go, and take your family and your bikes with you. We will be there with the Blender Bike, the Spring Cycle masses will roll through, there is jumping castles and bungee runs. I’m going to try to ride my bike on the jumping castle, and NOBODY WILL BE ABLE TO STOP ME.
Bicycle Film Festival - Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th
Looks good, the new location at Cathedral Square is a stroke of genius. Program # 5 looks best, might organize an official Cheeky junket to that one.
Culture Cycle Sydney Rides Tour - Sunday 28th
Brought to you by our good friends at ArtCycle.
Parent and Child Bicycle Skills Workshop by Bikewise – Sunday 28th
The awesome people at Bikewise will be running two workshops at Sydney Park, one for kids aged 7, 8 and 9 and another for kids aged 10, 11 and 12. Get in quick with your registration because these should be popular.