Sunday, September 20, 2015

Tour de Brew - Lost and Founders


As they say, all good things must come to an end and for the Tour de Brew LNK rides, Thursday was that end for this year. I'm really loving the new digs, very spacious but man that yellow lighting is horrible for photos... lots of color balance editing, lots and lots of adjusting but I suppose being a beer warehouse they aren't too concerned with good photography lighting.


Ed was pretty excited for the ride.


Had most of the usual group show up for the ride and even a few new faces.


After a few beers and cookies at Cycle Works it was time to head down to the Empyrean Brewing Co. warehouse on 8th and L St. for food, beer, live music and the always popular raffle.


There were tandems.



Fat Bikes.


Cross bikes.


Regular mountain bikes.


Guys without helmets, heading the wrong direction.



Girls without helmets, heading the right way.


And even a jogger that had learned the art of levitation!



With the new changes there was no need to find a place to eat in between, so it was straight through the Haymarket to Empyrean.


For a little bit of this, they call these BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos, second time I've ever had them and both times they were delicious.


Plus a little bit of this, yes that is thick cut bacon on a stick...



It was delicious and a popular choice but then again, how do you mess up bacon?


Always a line, no matter what time you went to get food... Sips & Suds also was out there selling brats and potato salad, both were really good but the potato salad was pretty phenomenal. Must have been too busy engulfing it because I failed to get a picture of the brat or the potato salad.


It is a brew ride so of course there was beer, you could either opt for a some suds from Founders or from Empyrean.


The band was live, as advertised and always better than a dead band, no vocals just instruments but they still rocked it even without someone singing.


The space was huge, probably twice the size of the previous Empyrean location we were using but even with all that space it filled up pretty fast.


Just a few pictures of the crew and some random pics of the festivities.











I did mention that there was beer at this event didn't I? Ok, good, didn't want anyone confused.




The warehouse from the outside, it was a perfect evening for the ride and a bunch of folks came down to participate.


What party would be complete without something a little creepy and a party foul, noticed this basketball hoop behind our group after we had been there a bit... looks like something the clown from Stephen King's IT would use for a little scary clown pickup game. Who's got next?


I suppose on the bright side, when you're floor is cement a dropped beer isn't that big of a deal... when it's in a warehouse full of beer it's more of a non event. Get a hose!


Seems like after a few beers and some good food, time just flies and it seemed like only a few minutes after we got there it was raffle time already.


This month the donations went to the Lincoln Animal Ambassadors, it's a really cool organization that helps animals and animal owners down on their luck. This night we were able to raise $2050 for the organization, not too shabby Lincoln.


Callin numbers ain't easy, looks a bit hot also... someone get that man a beer STAT!


Had a few winners in our group, Jamie won a Tour de Brew LNK t-shirt.


Vince also won a t-shirt but his was one of those limited addition upside down shirts, some guys have all the luck.


Michaela always seems to win something good at these, tonight was no exception and walked away with a $25 gift card to Lazlo's.


My usual luck held true, even managed to end up with an extra ticket... not that it did any good because not a one of them was a winner.


With the usual raffle out of the way, it was time to raffle off the Surly Pugsley single speed Fat Bike.


The winner would go home with the bike but the Child Advocacy Center was the real winner as the recipient of the raffle ticket earnings at a cool sum of $4000.

After all was said and done, the beer was drank, the food was ate, the rides were ridden, the bicycle was given away and the curtain closed on the Tour de Brew LNK for the 2015 season a grand total of almost $17,000 was raised for local charities. Not bad, not bad at all. Kudos to the Lincoln bicycling community and to everyone else who came out and rode one, two or all of the rides this year, without your participation and donations none of this would have been possible. Pat yourselves on the back, you all deserve it.

I for one cannot wait for the 2016 Tour de Brew LNK rides to pick up where the 2015 rides left off... I am also looking forward to the second annual Tour de Brrrr to roll out sometime this winter, I asked about it but there hasn't been a date set yet... so, if you happen to stop into Moran's Liquor Works sometime between now and the time it's announced, maybe just put a friendly bug in their collective ear about it. The squeaky wheel might get the grease but the persistent, craft beer loving cyclist who makes sure the Baums don't forget gets a great Tour de Brrrrr.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

SmNDFBR - Malcolm


First official Saturday Morning No Drop Fat Bike Ride was this morning and it was a beautiful one with temps in the 50's at 9 am and highs not much above 70 all day.



Everyone started the ride in double layers, long sleeves or light jackets and as a bonus with the Huskers being away this week we even had unimpeded access to the downtown area.


We weaved our way though town and out to SW 27th to get ready for a few gravel miles, with the rains on Friday, Wilderness Park was a no go today. Bunch of new train cars being built out at the Kawasaki plant, always good to see them busy and helping the local economy.


Met a fellow gravel rider coming back into town as we were heading out and he confirmed for us that the gravel was in good shape.


Good group for today's ride, 6 of us in total.




The dude at Kawasaki wasn't lying, the gravel was in great shape, just enough moisture to keep the dust to a minimum but dry enough to make it fast and hard.


Gravel is serious business...



Well, maybe more for some than it is for others.


Butt(s)... I suppose everyone enjoys riding in their own way.


As we always do when we are out this way, we made a stop at the Malcolm General Store for some refueling.


If you haven't made it out to one of these rides, you really should as they are a ton of fun and there is a really good core of riders that make up the rides and we try not to take them too serious. Jamie found some candy cigarettes and things got a bit goofy from there and we decided to make the most of her find... I didn't realize they still made them to be honest. Don't try this at home with real cigarettes kids... smoking is bad for your health, a really nasty habit and you're all smarter than that.


For a little extra fun, I know my idea of fun is a bit weird, I decided to take the original photo above and make it look a little bit more olde timey because, you know, I'm sure cyclist probably rode with cigarettes dangling out of their mouths in the 1800s.


There must have been some decent wind accompanying the rains yesterday because there were a few downed trees in the roadway.


Made a new friend in Malcolm today, he wanted to come along for the rest of the ride and didn't easily let go. I think it was having a hard time trying to figure out what color it should be to better blend in with the gray of the shoe, neither the brown nor the green was really helping.




The Praying Mantis wasn't the only friend we made today, these guys seemed really interested in what was riding by on the road next to their field and came right up to the fence to say hi... the longer we were there the more of them that started to show up, I think they were hoping we had something to eat but alas we had nothing horse friendly.





The winds were low, the temps were mild and the colors are definitely changing, autumn is just around the corner and it's one of the best times of the year to be out on a bike. Come out and join us for one before it gets too cold, it's advertised as a fat bike ride but you don't need to have one to ride; we accept tires of any diameter or thickness.