Boise Bike Week 2011 recap

Last week was Boise Bike Week 2011. The kids and I had fun on the pedicab. We were out with Kelly for the Thursday “LOOK! Family Ride for Safety” ride. The ride was a Greenbelt loop ride from Veteran’s Memorial Park, across the new 36th Street bridge, to Main Street, and then back to the park. It was a somewhat similar route to this recent episode of TV Cycle:

We didn’t make it to the Veteran’s bridge like that episode of TV Cycle did, but there was a lot of common trail. This is an unusually nice area to ride.

On Saturday, we participated in the Pedal Power Parade. I was short on time and could either shoot an episode of TV Cycle on the Schwinn or take the kids with me on the pedicab. I took the kids. It was a fun ride. The parade was a good ride, and there was food afterwards. The kids played with some other kids in the park, and on the way home we rang the bell outside the capitol building. Here’s some pictures:


 

 

…and yes, the pedicab is now advertising for TV Cycle. It’s not the prettiest sign since I made it by printing on six sheets of legal paper and then taping them together onto a piece of poster board, but it works.

Boise Bike Week ends on a high note

With some great passengers, Mom and Faye

Today was the end of Boise Bike Week, and it ended with the highlight day for me, the Pedal Power Parade. It was uphill to the start, where we waited until a good 30 minutes after the official start time to start. Blah blah blah! Mom shared the back of the Rickshaw with both Bryce and Faye (alternating) during the ride. Kelly rode along side with her Giant Simple Single and a kid trailer.

The ride to Julia Davis Park was nice. Having the speedometer is fun. I was peaking at around 11-12 MPH. Depending on the situation, I run out of gear.

Boise Bike Week 2008 at Julia Davis

At Julia Davis (pictured above), I got free pizza, a salad, snack mix, Oreos and water. Thank you Old Chicago and Boise Bike Week. I took the Greenbelt part way home, so Bryce got some tunnels in. The trip was 7 miles, putting the odometer at 18.4 miles.

More Boise Bike Week 2008
As seen in the picture on the right (click it for a large view), I added some letters for the back saying “RICKSHAW SEASON.COM” (about $2.30 a package at Wal-Mart, but it took multiple Wal-Marts to find two sets of the letters I wanted) and I heard at least one person say it during the event, so it was effective. It took two packages of letters to accomplish the task, and I had to fab a lowercase ‘l’ into a period. Cake.

Rickshaw at Boise Bike Week

I’ve been active in Boise Bike Week this year, attending an event every day so far. With one exception, I’ve been the only single speed cruiser guy, and that guy wasn’t a cruiser guy, he borrowed his son’s ride and forgot it even had a kick stand! Anyway, tonight’s event wasn’t a ride, but rather a gathering at Sachel’s in downtown Boise. For me that’s probably a hair over one mile each way. Well, the Rickshaw hadn’t seen action yet so I took it with Brother Bob on the back.

It was a good night. I need to air the tires up more often, especially the rear right one as it loses some air over 2 weeks, and I forgot my lock (again) for the second time this week. I just pedaled harder and we parked the Rickshaw in plain sight. Not a biggie. I’m going to dedicate a lock to the Rickshaw though, so I don’t have the lock problem again.

Boise Bike Week has been fun so far. The Rickshaw will return for the Pedal Power Parade on Saturday.

My odometer is sitting at about 10 miles now. A chunk of that is with no passenger, though.

Boise Bike Week is Coming

I was pleased to discover Boise Bike Week today:
http://www.boisebikeweek.org

There’s a schedule and of extra interest is Rickshawing the Pedal Power Parade. This an early season event being on Saturday, May 17. The route is cake though once you get to the start. All downhill through the north end to Julia Davis park.

This ride would be interesting for Rickshaw, but there’s a bench climb at the end and a jaunt out to the old penn. Oh well. Might have to take a bike instead.

I’ll also probably make the live music night via Rickshaw as well. Looks like fun.