Thursday, February 10, 2011

Knoxville Bicycling News

Weekly Bike Rides

Helen Picou organizes Friday rides (weather permitting) at an enjoyable pace of 14mph or so.

SMW offers Thursday rides at 13-16 mph from Cycology Bicycles, 10:30 a.m., call for additional details 865-681-4183 - ask for Lindsay. 2408 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. No one gets left behind!

SMW also offers 35- 40 mile Friday rides from Louisville Point Park; 15 to 17 mph. No one gets left behind!

Check their calendar for more rides and details:

River Sports has greenway rides every other Tuesday as part of their Training Program for the 2011 Urban Wilderness Challange. Front and rear lights required. 6:00 PM from the Earth Fare on Forest Park Blvd in Bearden

Bicycle Maintenance Classes

Wed, Feb 23 @ 7pm and Wed, March 23 @ 7pmCycology Bicycles, 2408 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, MaryvilleThis 2 hour class will cover tube and tire repair, adjusting gears and brakes, diagnosing loose bearing assemblies, bike cleaning and more. Participants will receive a goody bag with bike maintenance swag and a $20 gift card to the store. Participants will also have the opportunity to purchase maintenance products at 10% off the night of the class. (In stock items only) Cost is $25.00 per class. Space is limited to 6 people per class. Please call 865-681-4183 to sign up.

Feb 22 and every other Tues, 6 p.m.River Sports Bike Shop, 2918 Sutherland Ave 37919Have a squeak that won't go away? Gears shift on their own? Brakes that don't stop? Come find out how easy it is to DIY! Don't forget to BYOBike. Please RSVP by calling 865-523-0066,

From Elle Colquitt:
Jon just finished updating the map for Ross Marble Quarry with all the new trails completed this winter. There are several other trail updates plus some new trail systems in Oak Ridge. This link will take you to the updates page - then scroll down and click on the link to print off a pdf.

The 5th and 6th KnoxieCross races are Feb 12th and 13th. Knoxiecross is a cyclocross racing series located locally here in Knoxville, with a total of 8 races. Cyclocross consists of many laps of a short (2.5-3.5 km or 1.5-2 mile) course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, steep hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike whilst navigating the obstruction and remount.

Short Track Racing
It's like cyclocross, BMX, criterium, mountain bike all put together. Racers go around a short track as many times as possible for 20-30 minutes, through mud, grass, wood, hay bales and other hoop-la. It's fun, fast, spectator-friendly, and it's coming to South Knoxville, starting Feb 26!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Knoxville Bike Events

Bike Month is coming up in May, and I wanted to let you know about a few events. More details will be coming in March and April.

Friday, May 20th is Bike to Work Day

Sunday, May 22nd will be our first annual I Bike KNX Fest at Tyson Park from 2 - 5 p.m.

Also, there are a couple of fun bike rides coming up in April as part of the Dogwood Arts Festival:

Saturday, April 9th from Ijams and through Island Home, 10 a.m.
Sunday, April 10th from Laurel Church of Christ through Sequoyah Hills, 1:30 p.m.

Thanks to Smoky Mountain Wheelmen and Knox Revolution for leading these rides.