Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
11/28/07
 

Greetings Riders,
Well, you know what they say about "the best laid plans". They sometimes go awry.
That is kind of what I am feeling right now as I look at the weather report for this Saturday, the day of the Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids Ride. Everywhere you look, the forecast is for rain on Friday and Saturday, lots of it. But as always, when things aren't looking that good, you try to find that one ray of hope that could be your saving grace. In this instance, it is the Accuweather.com forecast. In the past, this has been one of the best weather forecasts that I can find. You can drill down to hourly forecasts with this service, which I have done. And if they are correct, the rain is supposed to stop by 3am Saturday morning, just in time for it to dry out a little bit so that we can get our gifts delivered to the kids. We will follow the original plan.

But, if Accuweather is not as accurate as I hope it is, and it is pouring down rain, there will still be 100 kids at Westgate hoping for some Christmas presents. So we have come up with a contingency plan to keep the kids dry, the riders dry and allow the riders and/or car drivers to still participate in the event and deliver their toys to the kids. We now have a Plan A and Plan B, 

So if it is raining and you don't want to ride, that is fine. Don't bail out on the event, the kids will still be there, the show will go on and we will need the toys. Just hop in the car, come on over and enjoy the show, then have lunch at the new Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville after the event.
 
Plan A: The original plan if it is NOT raining Saturday morning.
When: Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Where: Downtown Glendale, 58th Dr. and Glenn Ave. Dickens Caroler's will perform from 9am - 10:30am.
Time: Lineup 8am - 11am. Ride Leaves at 11am.
Ending: Westgate City Center at the Dancing Fountains, 93rd Ave. and Glendale Ave. First 200 bikes will park on Coyote Blvd. next to the Fountains.
Activity: 100 Homeless Kids from Pappas Schools will be there to receive your gifts. 30 minutes of entertainment on stage including a Children's Choir, a Juggler Act and Elvis making a return visit to the Toy Ride before the kids get their gifts.
What to Bring: Unwrapped gifts for boys and girls ages 6-12 and $5 donation to be used to pay for costs of the event and buy clothes for the kids.
Extras: The Kids will be waiting for us to arrive at Westgate. You may bring candy to throw to the kids as you ride by.
Click Here for Map
 
Plan B: If it IS raining Saturday morning. We still need your toys!
The activities will remain the same at the end, but it will be under cover at the Renaissance Hotel at Westgate.
When:
Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Where: The Covered Parking Structure attached to the new Renaissance Hotel located in the Westgate City Center at 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. in Glendale. 2 blocks South of 95th Ave. and Glendale, just East of the Loop 101. Click Here for Map. Enter the structure from Coyotes Blvd.
Time: Arrive by 11:00am. The entertainment will start at 11:15am. 
Activity: 100 Homeless Kids from Pappas Schools will be there to receive your gifts. There will be a stage set up with 30 minutes of entertainment on stage including a Children's Choir, a Juggler Act and Elvis making a return visit to the Toy Ride before the kids get their gifts.
What to Bring: Unwrapped gifts for boys and girls ages 6-12 and $5 donation to be used to pay for costs of the event and remainder will be used to buy clothes for the kids. Click Here for pictures of the shopping from last year.
Click Here for Map
 
All restaurants in Westgate will be open after the event including the new Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and Fox Sports Grill. Food may be available by the fountains weather permitting.   

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When To Stop For Riders On Side of Road Update!
Take The Poll
 

I had a lot of response to the letter last week about when to stop for a rider on the side of the road. If you didn't read that letter, Click Here to Read and get up to speed. I'm sure you can relate.
 
The concern I had was that there are a lot of reasons that riders stop on the side of the road these days. And usually it isn't because of a bike that has broken. So to save other riders the time of stopping or turning around to help someone that is just checking voice mail, I thought that there could be a Standardized method of letting other riders know for sure when help is needed. A lot of you mentioned the placing of a helmet a few feet from the bike. That is a good idea, but in Arizona not everyone wears a helmet. Another suggestion that a lot of people use is giving a thumbs up or down as you approach the bike on the side of the road. That is a good one IF the other rider is looking at you. If not, you still don't know for sure if he needs help.
 
My idea was that if you are stranded and need help, to have a yellow ribbon, cloth, bandanna or any piece of cloth tied to your outside handlebar. This would signal to other riders that you do in fact need assistance of some kind and would not require a response from the rider. This would take all of the guess work out of it for approaching riders. I am including a poll that I would like for everyone to participate in.
It asks the question:
Which of the choices below should be the standard for letting other riders know that you need help?
1.  Tie Yellow Ribbon or Cloth to Outside Handlebar

2.  Thumbs Up/Down

3.  Other
 
If we get a good consensus, I will take the initiative to get the word out to the riding community via all means of media to let all riders know what will be the standardized signal of needing roadside assistance on a motorcycle. If the choice is a yellow ribbon, Cyclerides.com will provide the first 2000 ribbons to be distributed throughout the valley motorcycle shops.
 
Click Here to take the poll. Please forward this to all of your riding pals and groups so that we can get a good consensus on what everyone would like to use as a standard. Cut and paste this section into an email or just forward the newsletter. Thank you for your participation. If you would like to see the current results, Click Here. 

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This Week's Bike Night Events 

Tuesday Nights 

Chandler Harley-Davidson Two Wheeled Tuesdays.
Take a ride on a Tuesday Night to the Chandler HD Bike Night at the Tilted Kilt
. Bike night is every Tuesday night with food and drink specials, but Chandler Harley will be doing a special with live music the first Tuesday of every month. Enter drawing to win door prizes and gift certificates. For November, look forward to another special night at the Kilt. There will be Raffles, Vendors, Bike Competition, Portable Dyno Competition. Watch next week for weekly event specials. Bike night hosted at the Tilted Kilt in Tempe located at 660 W. Warner Rd. 

Thursday Night 

NEW!!
Chester's Harley-Davidson Hooters & Harleys Thursday Bike Night. Join Chester's Harley-Davidson as they start their new Bike Night at Mesa Hooters located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. Just South of U.S. 60 on Superstition Springs Dr. Live Music by Tin Weasel from 7-9pm, Jagger Girls from 6:30-8:30pm, Specials, 1/2 off appetizers. Raffles and Games. Biker Punch Cards. Ride from the dealerships at 5:30pm. Chester's HD is located at 922 S. Country Club in Mesa. For more information call 480-894-0404. 

The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. Voted "BEST BIKER BAR IN PHOENIX" by New Times. There is no better place to watch all the Bikes ride down Scottsdale road than from The Billet Bar Patio. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes Every Day. Stop by and take a look at the New Flamed Booths on the Paradise Patio. The new bars front and rear provide spacious seating, fresh air atmosphere, perfect temperature and courteous staff. The food is amazing and always the latest in cold libations await. You can sit at the back bar and watch your favorite TV on any of the seven big inch televisions. Play pool, listen to the latest music and socialize. The front patio seats over 75 people and is perfect for people watching on Scottsdale Rd. The Billet Bar is located on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876. Click Here for the New Billet Bar Page with pictures. 

Every Saturday and Sunday 

Harold's Cave Creek Corral Bike WeekendsThis is the patio that we have all been waiting for in Cave Creek. The new 4000 Sq. Ft. patio at Harold's is finally finished complete with misters, TV's and an outdoor bar. There is plenty of room to put some tables together and hang out with your riding group for breakfast, lunch or the cold beverage of your choice. 
Saturday: Every Saturday Patio Party 12-5. 50% off appetizers (under $10). Drink Specials, $2.00 Bud / Bud light Bottles, $3.00 16oz Bud / Bud Light Aluminum Bottles & Widmer Hefeweizen Pints. $3.00 Margaritas, Sunrise, etc.. (new cuervo flavors; lime, orange, & pineapple)
Sunday: Every Sunday. All you can eat Breakfast Buffet $8.99 (from 8am - Noon). Live Music from 2-6.
Sunday's are SERVICE INDUSTRY DAY (from 8am to close). Are you in the Service Industry. Golf, Hotel, Restaurant, etc. Show us your check stub & receive 20% off your entire bill because we appreciate all that you do.
(not valid on already discounted items) 
You can also choose from their full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu every day of the week. Plenty of new motorcycle parking right in front of the patio. A great destination patio for your weekend rides. Harold's is located at 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd., in Cave Creek. 480-488-1906.
There are still no tickets being given for DB violations. Just continue to keep the noise down as much as possible when riding through Carefree. 

Every Sunday

NEW!
The Popular Sugar Daddy's Sunday Biker Brunch. Voted Best Brunch in Phoenix New Times 2006. Sugar Daddy's is under new ownership and is undergoing a half million dollar makeover. The outdoor patio is being completely upgraded with new granite table tops and will be available for the new $9.00 all you can eat brunch. Sundays from 10am - 4pm. Live Music from 10am - 2pm.

Enjoy the patio with $2 mimosa's, $4 Skye Bloody Mary's.
Buffet includes: French Toast, Fruit, Eggs Benedict, Potatoes, Rice Veggies, Salad, Pasta Salad, Chicken Marsala, Biscuits and Gravy and much more. Sugar Daddy's is located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. 480-970-6556. 

Next Week 

Saturday, December 1st.
We are only 3 days away from the 
Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids Ride that will take place on Saturday, December 1st. If you haven't done this ride before, don't miss the most entertaining Toy Ride in the Valley! This year we are staging in Downtown Glendale at Murphy Park where there will be a performance by the Arizona Dickens Carolers. Coffee, Donuts and Water will be available. We will then be taking a short ride to Westgate City Center where there will be 100 homeless kids from Pappas schools waiting for us to arrive with presents. We will feed them, entertain them and let them play in the snow that Westgate is bringing in for the kids while they wait for us to arrive. We will have a stage set up for about 30 minutes of entertainment for the riders and kids including the Children's Choir, Jugglers, etc. before allowing them to all get any 3 presents that they desire. This is really a fun sight to see as this is the only gifts that some of these children will get for Christmas and they are really excited. Past years for this ride have been a lot of fun and I am currently working to finalize entertainment for the day. Click Here for the Flyer. Please pass this around to your riding groups. It is really special to see how these kids react when the riders bring in the toys, and for some, it is the only Christmas present they will get. Click Here for the video of last year. 

What: Cyclerides.com Toys To Kids Ride
When: Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Where: Downtown Glendale, 58th Dr. and Glenn Ave. Dickens Caroler's will perform from 9am - 10:30am.
Time: Lineup 8am - 11am. Ride Leaves at 11am.
Ending: Westgate City Center, 93rd Ave. and Glendale Ave.
Activity: 100 Homeless Kids from Pappas Schools will be there to receive your gifts. 30 minutes of entertainment on stage before the kids get their gifts. Snow will be brought in for the kids. Bring gifts for boys and girls ages 6-12.
Refreshments: Food and Drink will be available at Westgate.
After Ride: The band has been cancelled after the ride.
 

Plan B: If it IS raining Saturday morning. We still need your toys!
The activities will remain the same at the end, but it will be under cover at the Renaissance Hotel at Westgate.
When:
Saturday, December 1st, 2007
Where: The Covered Parking Structure attached to the new Renaissance Hotel located in the Westgate City Center at 9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. in Glendale. 2 blocks South of 95th Ave. and Glendale, just East of the Loop 101. Click Here for Map. Enter the structure from Coyotes Blvd.
Time: Arrive by 11:00am. The entertainment will start at 11:15am. 
Activity: 100 Homeless Kids from Pappas Schools will be there to receive your gifts. There will be a stage set up with 30 minutes of entertainment on stage including a Children's Choir, a Juggler Act and Elvis making a return visit to the Toy Ride before the kids get their gifts.
What to Bring: Unwrapped gifts for boys and girls ages 6-12 and $5 donation to be used to pay for costs of the event and remainder will be used to buy clothes for the kids. Click Here for pictures of the shopping from last year.
Click Here for Map
 

Saturday, December 1st
4th Annual Mesa Police Department Safety Expo at Mesa Marketplace. Escorted Ride to the Expo! Registration begins at Chesterís at 7:30 a.m. and leaves Chesterís Harley Davidson at 10 am. The Expo Event takes place at the Mesa Marketplace from 10 am Ė 3:30 pm. The cost to ride is $10 per person, 5 canned food items or a $10 unwrapped toy. Lots of displays and activities for the kids and riders. Proceeds from registration will benefit the 100 Club, United Food Bank and Santa Cops. Click Here for the flyer and all of the details.
 
Saturday, December 1st
Ride for a Cause. Ride for a fallen rider Adam Ruelas involved in a serious accident riding his motorcycle to work. Registration at Detour Bar and Grill, 6403 W. Chandler Blvd. Registration 9:30-10:30am. $25 per bike, $10 per passenger. See flyer for complete details.
 
Sunday, December 2nd
35th Annual Kicks For Kids. This ride is now sponsored and organized by Star of Phoenix Chapter 113 & The Army Reserve NCO Council. Donation: One unwrapped toy of $5 minimum value. Sign in from 8am to 10am at the F.O.P. Lodge #2 located at Sweetwater and 19th Ave. in Phoenix. The route is South on 19th Ave. to Cactus, West on Cactus to I-17, South to Grant, East to 7th Ave. for refreshments, presentations and toy drop off. Breakfast available for purchase at the F.O.P. Lodge. Drill Team Performance at run start. Refreshments served at end location. Prizes available for best decorated bike, etc. Click Here for all details. 

Next Week 

Sunday, December 9th
5th Annual Poker Run Benefiting Arizona Action For Foster Children. Sign in 9:30am - 11:30am at the Rusty Spur Saloon located at 7245 E. Main St. in Scottsdale, AZ. Last card pickup at 6pm. $20 single and $25 couple includes T-Shirt for the rider, $10 for passenger shirt, 1 free raffle ticket each and 1 free poker hand each. Best Hand $50 and worst hand $50. For more information call 480-425-7787. 

Extras 

This one is for the Baby Boomers out there, which is most of us. It is pretty funny but some of it is a little too true. I'm sure you will get a kick out of this one. Click Here to View.
 
Oh my Gosh! I laughed out loud at this one, several times. This is a bad case of air sickness. And the pilot wasn't helping the cause. Click Here to View.
 
This is a great video with music showing the weightlessness of items and people in the Space Shuttle. Very fun to watch. Click Here to View.
 

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I look forward to seeing all that can make this Saturday on the Cyclerides.com Toys to Kids Ride. It will be a fun time as always. Thanks for your participation.

 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All, 

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours -  Take The Ride"

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