Rideyourbike.us – April Events

April has seen a dramatic shift from the cold overcast days of March to warm sunny days.
Spring is upon us So unless you are laid up like me after a mishap at Rays get out and Ride 

Trail Maintenance

Jorba volunteers have made great progress during their first day in 2013. Section 1 of 5 of the proposed trail re-routes has been cleared and raked with a great start to bench cutting and rock working. We plan to continue with tread work over the next series of work days, until this section is complete and open for riding. 

Dirty Thursdays begin on April 4, 4:00-7:00 pm.
For those looking to get in some week day work. Meet at the work site when you can by foot or bike. RSVP Art White for location by 2:00 that day, so he has enough tools. Art plans to pull tools in to work site by bike and trailer.

Monday, April 8

Bike and Walk Morristown is hoping the weather will be nice by this date for the return of their Meatless Monday ride. This ride will leave at 6:30 pm from Drip Coffee on the Green (whether it is open or not), and head over to Carmel Haifa in Morris Plains for what organizer Kendra declares is ‘New Jersey’s best falafel and hummus.’

Tuesday, April 9

Paramus REI is holding one their popular FREE Bike Maintenance Basics classes from 7:00-8:30 pm.  If you ride a bike, you’ll want this class – I know, as I’ve taken it myself.  In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to properly lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience is necessary and the class is free, but space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.

Wednesday, April 10

Marty’s Bike and Brew Mountain Bike Ride is a mountain bike ride that leaves from the Marty’s Reliable Cycle Hackettstownstore on Wednesdays at 6:00 pmsharp. The shop closes at 5:00 on Wednesday so the employees can go on the ride. There will be intermediate and expert paced rides. The ride will go through Stephens State Park, Saxton Falls and Deer Park. The ride will be awesome, mostly because Megan Schmidt and Mikey Shank will be guiding you. After the ride everyone is welcome to gather up at Bea McNally’s for brews and food!

Thursday, April 11

Missed the Tuesday class? You can still get to Paramus REI for their popular FREE Bike Maintenance Basics class from 7:00-8:30 pm.  In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to properly lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience is necessary and the class is free, but space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.


Saturday, April 13

Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association’s Trips for Kids heads to Allaire State Park in Farmingdale.  Meet up at the Hospital Road Lot at 10:00 am.  The event lasts until 3:00 pm, and lunch will be provided.  Your RSVP is required and parents not riding must stay at the meet up location.  Waiver forms will need to be completed for all riders.  If needed, bikes and safety gear will be available on a first come/first serve basis.  Email TripsforKids@jorba.orgto RSVP or with any questions.


Sunday, April 14
Ringwood Trail Maintenance – Meet at the Ryerson Middle School (130 Valley Road, Ringwood, NJ 07456) at 9:00 AM
Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. Tools will be provided. Steady rain cancels
If you have enjoyed any of the trails in Ringwood this is your chance to give back and make the trails better.
Click Here to see what a day of trail maintenance looks like.

Tim Sullivan will be hosting a 12:00 noon Bike Tour through Newark Branchbrook Park’s famous cherry trees. Come see the largest collection of cherry trees in the US in full bloom. The blossoms will be better and the group will visit the official Branchbrook Park Bloomfest at the halfway point of the tour. The noon start to gives  you time at the festival for Japanese cultural demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, a crafter’s marketplace, food choices, and more.  The meet-up is at the Prudential Concert Grove between the lions. If you can look across the lake and see the cathedral, you’re in the right place. The course is about 8 mostly-flat leisurely miles long, and you’ll be walking your bike through cherry groves. It’s easy for beginners and kids.  Riding rain or shine, and PLEASE wear a helmet!  Post-ride, Tim will lead the group down to the Ironbound (just east of Penn Station) for some food and sangria! He knows all the back street spots that are cheap and dee-licious! There is no fee for the tour. Wear pink in cherry solidarity if you want. Qs?: Call Tim at 973-997-6461 or email tim@tsoup.com

Wednesday, April 17

Marty’s Bike and Brew Mountain Bike Ride is a mountain bike ride that leaves from the Marty’s Reliable Cycle Hackettstownstore on Wednesdays at 6:00 pmsharp. The shop closes at 5:00 on Wednesday so the employees can go on the ride. There will be intermediate and expert paced rides. The ride will go through Stephens State Park, Saxton Falls and Deer Park. The ride will be awesome, mostly because Megan Schmidt and Mikey Shank will be guiding you. After the ride everyone is welcome to gather up at Bea McNally’s for brews and food!

Sunday, April 21
Race #1 of the H2H 2013 Race series (NJ State Championships)
Blue Mountain is a great venue with many tight technical sections, rock gardens, power climbs, steep descents. The course is fast and sets up riders for a lot of side by side racing.
Event:Chain Stretcher
Location: Blue Mountain, Peekskill, NY
Promoter WMBA
  

Introduction to Mountain Biking – Hosted by REI Paramus Class takes place at Lewis Morris County Park
REI’s instructors will teach you the proper techniques of shifting, braking, hill climbing, descending, body and pedal position, and navigating minor obstacles on the trail. Proper trail etiquette and safety will also be addressed. Class will begin at 10:00 am, and is expected to last about 7 hours.  The cost for REI members is $65.00.  Non-members will pay $85.00.  This is designed as an educational ride, not a guided tour; the idea is to teach you how to get more out of your mountain biking experience. This event is recommended for those 14 and older – and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  Please feel free to bring your own personal helmet, but they will have helmets available for those that do not have a helmet. Space is very limited for these classes, so pre-register now at REI.com.

Ride for the Wildis a benefit ride for Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, a non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and releases injured wildlife, farm and domestic animals in the Northwest NJ area. The ride starts at 9:00 am, and starts and finishes at Marty’s Reliable Cycle of Hackettstown.  The route is a 40-mile road loop best suited for road bikes, with 2,000 total feet of climbing and a halfway aid station/rest stop at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. Beautiful scenery, rolling hills, and more cows, horses, goats and alpacas along this rural ride than cars — bears and bald eagles have been known to make an appearance too!  Registration is a $20 donation per rider, with all of the proceeds go to the Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. Riders will be provided cue sheets, and road markings will be posted at intersections. Contact Megan at Marty’s of Hackettstown at megan@martysreliable.comor 908-852-1650 with any questions.


Wednesday, April 24

Marty’s Bike and Brew Mountain Bike Ride is a mountain bike ride that leaves from the Marty’s Reliable Cycle Hackettstownstore on Wednesdays at 6:00 pmsharp. The shop closes at 5:00 on Wednesday so the employees can go on the ride. There will be intermediate and expert paced rides. The ride will go through Stephens State Park, Saxton Falls and Deer Park. The ride will be awesome, mostly because Megan Schmidt and Mikey Shank will be guiding you. After the ride everyone is welcome to gather up at Bea McNally’s for brews and food!

 FREE Bike Maintenance Basics classes at Paramus REI from 7:00-8:30 pm.  In this informative presentation you’ll learn how to properly lube a chain, fix a flat tire in record time, and make other minor adjustments to your bike. No experience is necessary and the class is free, but space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.


Friday, April 26

Join Morristown’s Community Bicycle Ride, a friendly ride that EVERYONE can do. Meet up at 6:15 pm at Morristown Town Hall – the ride takes off at 6:30 pm.  After the ride, everyone (even those who didn’t ride off the upcoming calories) is invited to mix and mingle with other friendly folks and start off the sunny season right with some homemade ice cream at South Street Creamery for the Bike and Walk Morristown Ice Cream Social, beginning at 7:15 pm.


Saturday, April 27

Join Bike and Walk Morristown at the Sidebar in Morristown for their spring membership drive and first ever Bikes.Bands.Beer event. This party includes music by three fantastic bands: local favorites Eyeswan and Brydgrass, and coming in all the way from Nyack, Srch Party, who was recently featured on WFMU’s Long Rally with Scott McDowell. Each ticket includes a coupon for one of the Sidebar’s great craft beers on draft, and there will be an amazing silent auction. This is also a perfect time to become a member if you haven’t already! General tickets are $15 in advance (including the beer coupon), and $20 at the door. Want to skip the membership line at the party? Get a BikeWalkTown Membership ticket now, get the beer and a year-long individual membership for $35. Tickets on sale now at Brown Paper Tickets. As always, BWM thanks their generous sponsors for believing that Morristown would benefit from more bikes, bands and beers together in one place: James O’Rourke Physical Therapy, New Jersey Roller Derby, and Be Well.

Sunday, April 28

 Hands-On Intermediate Bike Maintenance class at Paramus REI  will teach you all about your bike parts, basic repair techniques and when you need to seek professional repair help. Topics include cable systems and adjustments to your brakes and deraileurs. To keep the class interactive, seats are limited to 6. Participants are encouraged to bring their own bike to practice on.  Class starts at 11:00 am, and continues through 3:00 pm.  As always, space is very limited, so pre-register now at REI.com.

Ringwood Trail Maintenance – Meet at Lot C at 9:00 AM

Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and snacks. Tools will be provided. Steady rain cancels
If you have enjoyed any of the trails in Ringwood this is your chance to give back and make the trails better.
Click Here to see what a day of trail maintenance looks like.
Get Outside and Enjoy the Ride

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