Rides


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Pack it up, grab some friends and roll out! There’s something magical about a sub 24 (under 24 hours) bike camping trip. It takes just as long to make a list, check it a thousand times and talk to everybody about the stuff they’re taking, need, don’t need, wish they had, wish you had etc. etc., packing up the bike, making sure it’s secure and stable and checking your list again than it does to actually ride, camp and ride back! So what’s the point? Why put so much energy into such a short ride? Because it’s. A. Blast. It feels like a mini family vacation; you let loose and get weird like nobody’s watching. And for those that take longer bike trips it’s a way to test out new gear, packing philosophies and general bike set-up in a safe environment. In case something fails, you’re not miles from nowhere trying to figure it out. It happens in a flash so enjoy every blurry second of it. At one point we were sitting in the middle of a country road staring up at the starlit sky chatting about whatever was on our minds. It was pretty and perfect.

SO, WHAT DID WE RIDE AND PACK?

The beauty of the these short rides is the freedom to pack as little or as much as you want. Riding with at least one other person is a good idea in case you forget something important because It’s likely your riding partner will have it.

Tanner was pulling a trailer behind his fixed gear Miyata! One tough cookie. He simply packed his tent, sleeping bag, pad and a comic book – he also hauled beer for us – Easy, fast, no frills. It’s a perfect example of making due with what you got!  Dylan and Alex packed just as light too. They both had their gear packed on the handlebars (Dylan rode his SS Krampus and Alex his Twin Six) keeping the weight up front and stable. They packed their sleeping bag, pads, pillows, extra clothes and tools. Alex had coffee, cup and some hidden bottle rockets too. Matt (bike not pictured) rode his Ogre packed with his tent, sleeping bag and ukulele. Matt is sort of uncanny, he can sleep in temps that a wookie would cower at. I’m surprised he actually brought a tent. I packed the Ice Cream Truck for the apocalypse: tent, pad, pillow, tools, bug spray, clothes, Toms, saw, stove, coffee, coffee cup, hard-boiled eggs and of course, fireworks. All necessities, right? Especially the fireworks.

It’s all about fun

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We stopped three times on a 20 mile ride. Three times! We stopped once on the bike path, once at a bar where we saw another rowdy group of Madisonians on a ride. And once in the middle of a country road. We drank, laughed, stumbled and shot off fireworks. It was 14 hours of shenanigans and I can’t wait until we do it again. Pack it up, grab some friends and roll out!

-Mitch

 

 

 

 

 

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I am really excited to announce that I will be representing Bell Helmets as a Joy Ride Ambassador for 2016! The program was founded to inspire AND enable female mountain bikers, of all levels, to ride and to ride more often.
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First thing first, why do we need women’s only events and rides?  As someone who has been working in a male-dominant industry, who had very few female friends up until the last couple of years, rides regularly with “the boys”, and is pretty content with it. Really, what is missing? Women have a lot of shared experiences because we are all women and we face similar challenges negotiating life. We have similar experiences from childhood and our relatively gendered upbringing. Our friendships are a kinship that is different than of those with the guys. When it is just women we make the rules. Society likes to be kind of judgmental towards women and occasionally it is nice to be judged a little less, especially when trying something that can seem kinda scary.
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My hope is to ENCOURAGE women to give mountain biking a shot. I want to provide resources and support to make every ride a positive experience. There is one too many stories of the dreaded first time mountain biking that ends in tears..one being mine. For me riding has become empowering. I am the first to admit I don’t have all the skills, I still jump off and walk my bike when I’m not feelin’ it, but riding your bike up rocks and over roots is undoubtedly an awesome feat that I would love to share!
Seriously tho, I just want to ride my bike and get rad, maybe there is some girl talk in the woods, then drink wine!
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We post ride and event information on the Revolution Cycles Facebook page  and the She Shreds Facebook page.
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Any questions feel free to email Amber at sheshredsmadison@gmail.com

-Amber