August 2013 Party Ride

If you've never been on a Pueblo Bicycle Party Ride, you haven't lived...or at least you haven't come close enough to dying.   Bikes, beer, fun, sun, rivers, swimming, music, awesome companions and crazy good times are what to expect on the party rides.  As usual, if you're the safety nazi, a bad drunk, or drama maker just stay home.  Party Rides are a time to enjoy the river, the fresh air, some good exercise while letting loose of your bunched up underwear that may be riding too high and tight.  Let's have some fun.  BYOB.
Date: Saturday 8/3/13
Time: 3:00 pm
Place: Runyon Lake Trailhead
Other stop points:  Angels and Demons mural, Kayak Park, City Park Frisbee Golf Course.




Pueblo Cruiser Bike Rides


Pueblo now has TWO different Bicycle Cruiser Ride nights in town.  Everyone is welcome, all ages and skill levels are accommodated.  Often there are prizes/giveaways before or after the rides. Go give one or both of them a try.

CRUISIN' PUEBLO
Group meets every Thursday at 6:00 pm at Bingo Burger.  The ride starts at 6:30 pm.

PUEBLO CRUISERS
Group meets every other Friday at 7:00 pm at Shamrock Brewing Company. The ride starts at 7:15 pm.


Third Annual Pueblo Bicycle Scavenger Hunt

For the third straight year, Pueblo will be having it's annual Bicycle Scavenger Hunt.  Teams of 2 will be collecting artifacts and taking pictures from around our town. This year's hunt will be hosted by Arkansas River Coffee at the Nature Center.  Everyone will meet before 5pm on July 21st at the coffee shop.  Teams will be allowed to come early, have a coffee or sandwich and receive the scavenger hunt list early in order to form a plan/strategy.  Teams will not be allowed to leave until the 5pm starting gun though. 
After the hunt, teams will meet at Bingo Burger, to socialize, tally up scores, and have a burger and brew. 
For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
Previous year's hunts have been great fun, for a few pictures of previous events, check out the following links.
2011
2010

Ride the Rio


June 9th at 2pm, there will be a 16-mile party ride along the Arkansas River Trail.  There will be multiple trailers pulling coolers, ice and music...you supply the beer, food, and fun.  We'll haul your stuff out to the reservoir and back, making numerous stops to swim, relax, make new friends,  play bike games, listen to music, socialize, and have a cold beer.  Come for a great ride, relax, and start your summer off right. Everyone with a positive attitude is welcome! No worry warts or bad drunks.

The start of the ride is on the north-side of Runyon Lake, near the Peace Rock Garden along the bike trail. For more information contact Javier at ridetherio@yahoo.com  Here is an interactive map to verify the starting location.


View Party Ride in a larger map

Bicycle Rentals, Hostels, Repairs, and Sales in Pueblo

The Cycle of Life, which is the "newish" bike shop in Pueblo, Colorado that has a focus of fixing up and refurbishing used bicycles for resale and providing inexpensive transportation options for folks in need, is now also offering bicycle rentals.  Their long term goal is to provide a full bicycle rental fleet, but for now, stop in and they will basically rent you whatever bike they have in the shop. 
They also offer full service bicycle mechanic work and sell new parts, tubes, etc in the shop.
Other future plans include having a cool "bicycle hostel" for cross-country touring bicyclists, which will offer them and inexpensive and centrally located place to stay while passing through Pueblo.   Among cross-country bicycle tourists, Pueblo generally has a bad reputation as a non-bicycle-friendly stop along the tour, so most people just stop and get out of town ASAP.   If that image can be changed, at least 2000 bicycle tourists per year could potentially stop in Pueblo and have a mutli-day stay over and contribute tourist dollars to our community.  Having a friendly bicycle hostel is a good start to changing that reputation.

Pueblo Road Bike Rides

Fall bicycle rides in Pueblo are the best.   Here is a list of a few local favorites.  All routes start from Historic Union Ave.

Downtown to Pueblo Reservoir - 16 miles round-trip - MAP

A nice leisurely cruise along the banks for the Arkansas River on the bicycle and pedestrian trail.  A great ride for people that don't like riding around cars, this route is nearly completely car free. 




The Plants Loop - 24 miles round-trip - MAP

A cool ride out into the south and east county.  Ride past the old and new technology of energy production.  From coal-fired to wind and solar, you'll see it all on this ride.  Great views of the Wet Mountains and very minimal traffic once you get out of town.



Beulah and Back - 52 miles round-trip - MAP

A great ride out to the Wet Mountains and the town of Beulah.  Not the best shoulder, but traffic is minimal (especially on Sundays).  A consistent  climb on the way out and a much easier cruise on the way home.




Pueblo to Fountain -67 miles round-trip - MAP

You'll need a touring bike or mountain bike for this ride, since much of it is on a gravel road.  Zero traffic, great views of  Pikes Peak and the Spanish Peaks. 





Test Track Ride - 58 miles round-trip - MAP

Nice ride out a dead end road onto the eastern plains, with no traffic to speak of.  Many people choose to drive to the airport and then start the ride, but that's lame-o.
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County Loop - 40 miles round-trip - MAP 

Great fall ride out into Pueblo county through the farm lands.  Can link up with The Plants Loop to make a longer ride.  Great views of the Wet Mountains to the west.

Top Bicycle Themed Films

RAD - 1986 - TRAILER
This film's for the BMX bike racers of the world. A small town is out to raise funds by building a BMX racetrack and sponsoring a major race. They sponsor their own small-town hero Cru (Bill Allen) who's up against the big-monied sponsor's champion Bart Taylor







 BICYCLE THIEF - 1948 - TRAILER
If you've ever had your bicycle stolen, this film will bring up anger and frustration from the depths of your soul.
A workman spends a whole day looking in vain in the streets of Rome for the bicycle someone has stolen from him.







BREAKING AWAY - 1979 - TRAILER
A recent high school graduate in Bloomington, Indiana, who is caught with his friends coasting between high school and deciding what to do with the rest of their lives. The four friends are snobbishly looked down upon by the college students of the town as "cutters,". Dave wants to be a champion bicycle racer and he idolizes the Italian racing team -- so much so that he speaks, thinks, and acts Italian.  Dave falls for a college girl, but is ashamed to admit he is a cutter and poses as an Italian exchange student to impress her. 




QUICKSILVER - 1986 - TRAILER
Two words.  Kevin. Bacon.

AMERICAN FLYERS - 1985 - TRAILER
Two brothers, a former National caliber rider (Kevin Costner) and his enthusiastic 'newbee' brother, take an adventure to the 'Hell of the West' (aka Coors Classic) stage race.








THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE - 2003 - TRAILER
When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.






BEIJING BICYCLE - 2001 - TRAILER
Guei gets a job as a messenger. The company issues him a bike, which he must pay for out of his wages. When it is stolen, Guei hunts for it. A student, Jian, has it; for him, it's the key to teen society - with his pals and with Xiao, a girl he fancies. Guei finds the bike and stubbornly tries to reclaim it in the face of great odds. But for Jian to lose the bike would mean humiliation.






BMX BANDITS - 1983 - TRAILER
Three adventurous Aussie teens put their BMX skills to the test when they witness a crime and are pursued by the criminals.









JITENSHA - 2009 - TRAILER
Jitensha is a story about a young man struggling to find meaning in life. A co-worker confronts Mamoru on his apparent apathy toward life, and this results in Mamoru leaving his job out of humiliation.  Now alone and without work, just as it seems that things could not possibly get worse, parts of Mamoru’s bicycle begin to disappear, one by one. In frustration, Mamoru leaves a note for the thief, begging him to just take the whole thing. The note left in response is signed "God", leaving Mamoru only more confused.




MESSENGERS - 1999 - TRAILER
A successful fashion press agent, is having a bad day. Her business is shut down, everything she has is repossessed and she accidentally runs down a bicycle messenger with her car. To get out of paying for the messenger's medical bills, she agrees to take his place at the struggling courier company that he and his friend run








NEBRASKA SUPERSONIC - 2001 - TRAILER
In Omaha, Nebraska, three slackers--all sub-par French majors--start a business that should not succeed on the vast Great Plains: a bicycle courier service. Through comic adventures, personal challenges, and while charging only two dollars per 120-mile delivery, their business becomes a resounding success.







ISLAND ETUDE - 2006 - TRAILER
A film about an aurally handicapped college student who grabs his bike, backpack, and guitar and goes on a 7-day, 6-night round-the-island tour. On the way he discovers the natural and cultural beauty of Taiwan and during his encounters with different people he is exposed to local arts, folk customs, approaches to environmental protection, traditional family values, and a host of other cultural enlightenments.





PREMIUM RUSH - 2012 - TRAILER
Is an upcoming 2012 American action thriller film directed by David Koepp.  Setting around a bicycle messenger who is chased around New York City by a dirty cop who wants an envelope the messenger has.








BICYCLE DREAMS - 2009 - TRAILER
They are seekers, madmen and angels hell bent on riding across America on a bicycle in less than ten days. What began as the adventure of a lifetime is transformed in an instant when one of their comrades is killed in a head on collision. Documentary.







THE FLYING SCOTSMAN - 2006 - TRAILER
Is a 2006 British drama film, based on the life and career of Scottish amateur cyclist Graeme Obree. The film covers the period of Obree's life that saw him take, lose, and then retake the world one-hour distance record.








WITH MY OWN TWO WHEELS - 2009 - TRAILER 
 It focuses on five individuals from around the world: Fred, a caregiver from Zambia who rides from village to village visiting AIDS patients; Carlos in Guatemala, who invented a pedal-powered device that offers a small-scale alternative to diesel-fueled machines; Sharkey, who avoids gang life by working in a Santa Barbara, California neighborhood bike shop; Bharati, a young girl in India who gets an education because she has a bicycle to ride to school; and Mirriam, a bike mechanic in Ghana stricken with Polio.




JOUR DE FETE - 1949 - TRAILER
Jour de fête tells the story of an inept and easily distracted French mailman who frequently interrupts his duties to converse with the local inhabitants, as well as inspect the traveling fair that has come to his small community. Influenced by too much wine and a newsreel account of rapid transportation methods used by the United States postal system, he goes to hilarious lengths to speed the delivery of mail while aboard his bicycle.





THE AMATEUR - 1999
On the outskirts of a provincial town, Pajaro is determined to enter the Guinness Book of Records by breaking the longest bike-ride record.
He rides around the fountain in the square with the help of his friend, Lopecito. He is willing to face many challenges that face him, in attaining this new record.

Pueblo Hipster Scene

The cycling community is being invaded by a hipster scene that tends to use the bicycle as an accessory to their "look".  As with most posers, they attempt to camouflage their lack of cycling experience with aesthetic layering.  Here is a list of possible ways to spot the imposters.

Skinny Jeans - (Example) There is no fucking way, that if you ride a bicycle every day, that your thighs would EVER fit into a pair of skinny jeans.  Cyclists don't have baby legs. (Truth)

Chrome bag / Black hoodie - (Example) - Why in the hell would you spend $150 on a bag?  Even a normal, "non-hipster" messenger bag will only cost you $15-$50 at the most.   I know, it wasn't featured on Urban Velo though.  And the outfit wouldn't be complete without a dark black hoodie.  (Truth)

Tattoos / Ear gauges - (Example) - Not 100% accurate, but if and tattoos and ear guages are coupled with a fixed gear, PBR, and a set of keys dangling from their belt that don't serve a purpose, you can calibrate your hipster radar with near 100% accuracy. (Truth)

Hipster glasses / Mustache -  (Example) - Glasses always fog up on winter days, and if you're going to have facial hair, rock a beard for winter commutes.  (Truth)

Colored Deep-V rims / Aerospok - (Example) - Whenever a bicycle part offers no mechanical advantage and are for appearances only, I become suspicious. (Truth)

Fixed Gear - (Example) - There are a few people that ride their fixed gear every day, but most likely, they only picked up the hobby a few years ago when the "fixie" scene started to blow up.  It might be hip, bu riding without brakes just isn't intelligent. (Truth)

Bike Racks - (Example) - If you think you see an imposter,  after they do their shopping and unlock their bicycle from in front of the coffee shop, grocery store or bar, follow them for a bit, most likely they will ride a round a bit, then circle back to their car and load their bike on the back to drive home. (Truth)

I'm all for having style, but create your own look, you look like sheep...just ride your damn bike.

Happy Trails and Hippie Tales.


Hypocrisy has crushed the soul 
Caterpillars will metamorphose
The usurper needs your attention
Turning a blind eye should make you see
That a dragon can't ride a bicycle
Poaching is free
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