Saturday, October 17, 2009

Excellent ride!

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.

Steve's frankenbike.

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.

Update: Paul has the list of names, email addresses, and blog/ Twitter info for everybody that attended today. We'll both be posting that info soon.


  1. I don't know blog etiquette, so simply say "NO!" if this goes against it. Would it be possible to obtain full size photos of Rose? If I were to repost them anywhere you would receive full photo credit of course.

    It was a pleasure meeting and riding with everyone today.

    aka Rose's Dad :)

  2. No problem at all. I'll email them to you. It was good to have you and Rose out there with us today. I hope your ride back to the park & ride was easy.

  3. Yes, it was an excellent ride. Thanks to you and Paul for getting it organized. I'm wondering now what might be next.

  4. Looks like it was a great ride. There were some sweet bikes! Thanks for the photos.

  5. Chris-Somebody mentioned doing the next ride in Dallas or somewhere else in the Metroplex near a train station. Maybe we could do one during the Christmas season.

    Big Oak-For such a small group there was a nice variety of bikes. We had a good time.

  6. Great post, Myles. Thanks for all the hard work!

    It was so nice to finally meet you and the rest of the gang.

    Peace :)

  7. That was a pretty eclectic bunch. Wish I could have been there.

  8. Chandra-Hey, it was definitely a group effort. I'm glad you had the opportunity to do some riding around Fort Worth.

    Jon-You're going to have to make a trip to Texas and ride with us sometime.

  9. It was a great ride! Hope to see you guys round Dallas (or back in your part of town) soon!


  10. Alicia-It was great to meet you guys. You'll be hearing from us the next time we plan a group ride. Thanks for riding with us.

  11. Looks like a good time was had by all! I'm slowly making my way around the blog posts about this ride, it's cool to read about it from so many different perspectives.

  12. Apertome-When practically everybody riding is a blogger you get things covered from all angles.

    Hey, I need your email address, I couldn't find it on your blog.

  13. Awesome ride and a great time. It was nice to meet all you guys. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  14. Thanks Eric, let me know if you ever need anything in Fort Worth. Take care.

  15. Great ride with a great goup of people. Glad i could tag along.

  16. chrlie-We were glad to have you. Hopefully the same group will show for our next ride.