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Articles on events that are going on around Albany.

650 Riders Cycle the Erie Canal

The 2017 ride ended on July 16 for which some closing scenes appear below.

Mark your calendar for Parks & Trails NY 20th anniversary edition of the Cycle the Erie Canal tour.  It leaves Buffalo on Sunday, July 8, 2018 and arrives in Albany eight days later on Sunday, July 15.  See more about 2018 at https://www.ptny.org/events/annual-bike-tour    Registration opens January 2018.

To get an idea of each day’s opportunity, see the maps and cue sheets from 2017.

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Cranksgiving 11/18/17

Link – https://www.facebook.com/events/128978647873699/

This ride is a lot of fun – don’t miss it!

See mesg from Jay, your leader, and sign up info below.

Cranksgiving 11-18-17

YOU MUST REGISTER deerintheheadlights@rocketmail.com

Tis that time of year again! Racing/riding our bikes to have fun and do something good for our community. Here is the ad copy for Cranksgiving, featured below. Can I have lots of RSVP’s and can you help me spread the word by posting Cranksgiving XI anywhere fellow riders may see it. There will be manifest and maps, take home spoke cards and goodies from J and Stacy to say thanks for playing!! Thank you all for considering to come out and playing. Details are below!

Here is the info on Cranksgiving! Please feel free to forward this to everyone who might be interested. Thank you. This is the official media write up.

About “A charity race for freedom from want”. Saturday November 18th @ 7pm.

Need more incentive? More information? This is the eleventh Albany Cranksgiving (obviously with the XI). So, even more the reason to make it out this weekend! This “event” 100% DIRECTLY benefits the Homeless Action Network of Albany.

How does it work? You meet other like minded cyclists that want to give back & help the community. You get a manifest (a small shopping list). Every cyclist gets a different manifest. Some will be riding to the same grocery store, but for different items. You lock your bike. Find and purchase the items from the list. Then ride to the next store for other items on your manifest (keep your receipts so we know you didn’t do a one-stop-shop). And even if you do – your UCI license will not get pulled! Continue this until thoroughly cooked! Think of it as speed-grocery-shopping by bike. Some people ride fast, and can’t shop. Or get stuck behind a dozen people buying cases of beer (my excuse for being slow). Point being, there’s no points. There’s only one winner, and that’s the people HAC help. That warm feeling you get as you’re loading a volunteer’s car full of food? That’s second place, which means you still podium-ed! YEAH YOU! Your mom will be proud! And you can tell her you made new friends too! And your non-riding significant other won’t be mad, because you’re helping others, even though you’re out “riding around”. Awesome!

“How can I play?!” Easy, meet at the monument in Washington Park (by Henry Johnson & State) at 6:30pm. Manifests will be handed out. Depart at 7:00 pm. IT’S FREE! But you’ll be purchasing about $20 of groceries. Plus any money for food and drinks afterwards – you did burn some calories! It should last about two hours, so check with your parents on the curfew thing, AND DRESS WARM! Remember what mom says about fingers & toes & your head.

What else? Your bike (obviously). $20 in cash or plastic. A bag/backpack to carry everything. A lock, unless you like walking back with bags of groceries. Lights/blinkies, helmet, and COMMON SENSE are ALWAYS recommended. And a caring attitude and a sense of fun help. No UCI officials. No entry fee.. You can have bar ends. Any tire width is legal. No governing body. We’re gonna ride bikes and feed people, and have fun doing it!

Need more incentive?

  1. Buy more than what’s on your manifest & impress everyone with your hauling abilities….
  2. Show up late, and still beat people with a 15-20 minute lead… seems to happen each year.
  3. Hope that J and Stacy show up with a big bag of goodies, and you ride home with something you didn’t realize you wanted (bonus!). Goodies guaranteed!
  4. Super cool spoke card to give your bike that extra flair!
  5. Finish a good night of riding with some hot pizza & a well deserved beverage.
  6. Do something new! Easy enough.

Pre-registration via email to J at Deerintheheadlights@rocketmail.com is encouraged for planning purposes. Dear god help me make a better guess at how many of these spoke cards I gotta make.

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Bike the Branches Ride in Living Color

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Heading Out from Arbor Hill ~ 9/16/17

 

 

 

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The Big Sweep


 

 

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Waiting for the Riders

At Delaware Branch …

 

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The Full Ride Assembles at Delaware Branch

 

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On the Hackett Blvd. Path

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Lots of Families

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Determination

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Albany’s Finest

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The Finish at Pine Hills

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Trusty Escorts from APD

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A Beautiful Day in Albany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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South End Run, Ride, Walk – 9/30

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[Two-way, pop-up cycle track on planned route for the South End Bike Link]

South End Run, Ride, Walk – Honoring Qazir Sutherland – Sat, 9/30/2017

This event is related to on-going efforts to build a South End Bikeway Link to connect the Albany County Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail to the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail at the Albany Riverfront Park.

Start time: 10:00 am – Ezra Prentice Homes, 625 South Pearl Street

  • Registration: 10:00
  • Opening Remarks: 10:30
  • Walk Step-off: 11:00

Activities Include: Complete Streets and CDPHP Cycle! BikeShare Pop-Up, DJ, Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Healthy Living Tips, and more…

Walk Partners: Qazir Sutherland’s Family, A Village, Capital District YMCA, Ezra Prentice Tennant Assoc., Albany Housing Authority, Albany Center Gallery, Grand Street Art Gallery.

Sponsored By: City of Albany, Albany County Department of Health, and Capital Roots, with participation by Albany Bicycle Coalition

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Ramble in Troy – A Great Day

The Schedule

L: Jim registers the Mayor

R: Transport Troy is more than bicycles

“Ride Leader for Life” organizes the ride

 

I need one of those …

Parks & Trails NY and the City of Troy set up a Bikeway, a protected bile lane/cycle track, and a bile lane to show what can be done.

Forget your bicycle?  No problem!

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