Heard about those cool bicycle drag races on the Continental Bridge? Or, how about the Lions and Lambs Alley Cat race that benefitted Crossroads Community Services? You can thank Shawn Summey for bringing organized bicycle street racing to Dallas. He started Just Ride Dallas in 2014 and keeps pumping out rides that keep the racing scene in Dallas interesting. His not to be missed next event is the Drag Races on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge during All Out Trinity Weekend March 4th-5th. It’s a chance to race on the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and prove yourself against some of the best sprinters in Texas. Get your legs warmed up and your carb loading on during the pre-race social ride and happy hour at Local Hub on March 4th from 7 pm-10pm. Durty Laundry will be spinning fresh beats, PBR and Cathead Vodka will be providing hydration. Read More
Melanie and Sean Clancy epitomize the active lifestyle in downtown Dallas. Melanie is the editor of the fitness website Active.com and an avid runner, cyclist, and triathlete in her free time. Sean is the Vice President of the Dallas Bike Coalition, certified running coach, spinning instructor and bicycle event planning specialist. He also has great hair. They moved to Dallas a few years ago and immediately immersed themselves in the urban bike culture by getting involved with the Deep Ellum Community Association then eventually taking over Bike Friendly Deep Ellum and making it the group it is today. Bike Friendly Deep Ellum has over 1,500 likes on their Facebook page and around 40 people consistantly showing up for their group rides every Thursday while the sun is still out after 5 pm. Their passion for living healthy runs deep and is contagious. If you don’t already have bike dates and volunteer in your community, you will after reading their profile.
We decided to take a different approach to our November Rider Profile after we received an email from Katie Fisher. We met Katie on Twitter of all places. We shared a couple of tweets about bike riding in Dallas, but had never met in person. She emailed us an essay about her experiences with bike commuting in Dallas. Her words were moving to the point of giving us chills. We could relate whole heartedly to the explanation of what keeps her riding her bike everyday. Katie was kind enough to let us tag along on her daily commute from North Dallas to Downtown that included a stop at Method Coffee, a jaunt through Exhall Park, and ride on the DART. Take a few minutes out of your day to read her essay. It might change your mind about how you see people who ride bikes as a mode of transportation.
Follow Katie on twitter: @katiefisher_km
Katie’s website: www.katiefisher.us Read More
Our favorite librarian Mark Draz has been an inspiration since we met him a few months ago at a Dallas Bicycle Coalition meeting. His brain is overflowing with ideas on how to make Dallas a better and safer city for cyclists. When we asked him to be a part of our rider profile series, we knew he would have some good things to say, but we were blown away by the wealth of information and fact based answers he provided. This blog deserves to be bookmarked as a reference tool for anyone that is interested in commuting by bicycle not only in Dallas, but is applicable in any city. Read More
We first met Ashley at a dinner and bikes event in Oak Cliff in May. Over the past few months I’ve gotten to know her on and off the bike. She is truly an extraordinary person who has a passion for making a difference in her community. Working a full time job, training for bike races 10 hours a week, and volunteering as a board member for Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is no small commitment. She’s a total badass whose wants to improve cycling in Dallas and get more people on bikes. Ashley was kind enough to take a break from her busy life and answer a few questions for us as the 2nd rider to be featured in our rider profile series. Be sure to read all the way down, especially if you are a women interested in racing. Read More
We met David on one of the first Bike Friendly Deep Ellum rides of 2015. This guy showed up on a fixed gear bike and crushed all of us roadies on the hills. I instantly nicknamed him legs. After a few rides and beers together, we learned he was the only person in his family to go to college. He also loved riding his fixed gear and with the help of a few like minded friends formed a new social ride in Dallas for fixed gear and road bikes called Mashin’ Mondays. I hope you find his story as inspirational as we do, and see why we selected David to be the first in our series of rider profiles.
Catch David and the Mashin’ Monday crew every Monday at 6:30 pm outside the future home of Local Hub in Deep Ellum. 2633 Main Street Dallas, TX 75226 Read More