I showed up at the T&P train station park and ride this morning and met with Paul (Doohickie, Beginning Bicycle Commuting, The Mixte Gallery ) . We were expecting to meet with maybe five or six riders for our the first BABBLE Social Ride (by the way BABBLE stands for Bicycling Authors, Bloggers, Bold-Face Liars, and Exaggerators). When the train pulled into the station I met up with Steve (DFW Point-to-Point), Reed (Chip Seal), and Dick David (Suburban Assault). Chris (Pondero) made the trip from Sanger. What surprised me was the contingent of Dallas fixed gear riders that showed up. Unfortunately Chandra (GreenComotion) missed the first train, but eventually met up with the group at La Familia. We ended up with an eclectic mix of about seventeen riders ready to enjoy the picture perfect weather. I've got to say, we had a great time and we met some truly cool people!
Here's some of the group before the start. It was a little chilly but it didn't take long for everybody to start peeling off their jackets.
I love to see people riding with their kids.
The youngest member of the group.
Nice vintage Miyata. For some reason I didn't get a photo of a 70's Peugeot with a riser stem and flat bar. That was a neat bike.
Chris' Carradice equipped Rivendell.
I was hoping that we'd have a recumbent in the group.
Electra cruiser with an 3 speed Nexus hub.
One of the few photos I took of the actual ride.
The guys at Panther City Bikes were a little surprised when we showed up. The shop was a big hit with the fixed gear group. Even though it was a little early in the day some members of the group took advantage of the free Rahr's beer on tap at the shop.
Testing out the trike.
The group made a quick stop at Colonel's Bicycles before heading out to the Trinity Trails.
Headed north on the TT to lunch at La Familia.
Chandra was waiting for us at the restaurant.
When we arrived at the Water Gardens, this group was taking photos for a quinceanera.
The end of the ride. Some of the group headed over to the Flying Saucer for their fall beer festival.