Friday, February 26, 2010

Help Bici get to Bike!Bike!


Bike!Bike! is an annual conference for community bicycle shop organizers from around the country (and abroad) who come together to explore, share, affirm, and critique our work. The organizers of Bici are planning to attend the annual Bike!Bike! Southeast regional conference, taking place in Louisville, KY March 19-21.

Unfortunately this trip is not going to be cheap, so we’re looking for some donations to help us get there! If you’re interested in helping us out, go here:

The $400 raised will go toward gas, food, housing and registration for all 3 Bici Founders.
AAAAND if you donate $25 or more, you will recieve your choice of one of our race poster prints!

Thanks everyone! Bike love!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Heartbrakes Recap

The main lesson to take away from the 2nd Annual Heartbrakes Alley Cat benefit is, if you don't do Karaoke, you're a pussy.

Well, ok maybe that's a little harsh, but that's what I think anyway.

The evening's race participants traversed all manner of experience, gender, age, race, and regional loyalty (as well as one threesome), and it's interesting to note that each race is marked by the significant number of new faces. Which I think is great, because they all roll up to the finish line completely exhausted and by the end of the night can't wait until the next race.

Stops included a dance competition and a fortune teller that had racers doing math problems, spelling derailleur, or generally making fools of themselves in front of strangers. At one destination a shot called the "ashtray", if taken, would give the racer a 4 minute time bonus. When I questioned the racers afterward as to whether it was worth the terrible burning sensation, the responses were mixed.

Prizes went out to first, second, and third place, as well as first out of town team, first mixed gender team, first junior, and DFL. Which means that most participants won something in the end. They liked that.

The after party consisted of ridiculous photo booth fun, dance party time with DJ Nastique, karaoke, and pie. Oh the pie. It was absolutely delicious and savored by all. Especially considering the amazing group of people who brought it up from Greensboro, AL from their Pie Lab. You should take a moment and check out what they've got going on over there; it's inspiring to say the least.

The karaoke was of course fantastic. Duets, medal renditions, and extreme tone deafness stand out as beautiful moments.

The beer was flowing, the company was wonderful, and I think it's safe to say that good times were had by all.

One last thanks to all our sponsors and donators - we couldn't have done it without you: Chrome, Knog, Rickshaw Bags, Good People Brewing, Higher Ground Roasters, Masi, T Photographic, DJ Nastique, Magic City Wholesale, and Pie Lab.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Heartbrakes is TOMORROW NIGHT!!!

We're gearing up for the race and party tomorrow night, which will be taking place regardless of weather conditions.
$10 enterance fee for racers and attenders alike - beer, pie, karaoke, and DJ NASTIQUE await!

Racers, bring a lock and some dollars for challenges along the route, and please please please bring a helmet.
Non-racers, there are plenty of stops along the route to hang out, observe the action, and heckle, but these locations will not be revealed until race time.

Hope to see you all, 7:00 pm, Magic City Wholesale: 417 25th Street South, Birmingham, AL, 35223 - Maaaaaaaaaap

Email if you have any questions!