Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
What a beautiful weekend for riding. Mrs. Cyclerides and I took advantage of it by visiting Hacienda for the first day of their free breakfast on the patio. It's hard to pass up free food. Then it was on to AZ Thunder with the other hundreds of riders for the free food and Pets Portrait day. Then by Easyriders/Billet and to Charleston's on the patio for a late lunch. After that was a spin through North Scottsdale and Cave Creek. It was so nice we were inventing reasons to stay out.
You might notice that the newsletter is coming a little early this week and will be somewhat abbreviated on commentary. There is a good reason for that. Many of you asked what I do for a living. I have had people ask me if all I do is ride every day, or if I was independently wealthy, or even if I was retired. Unfortunately none of those are true. I just use every available moment I can find in between my real job to keep the site fresh, informative and interesting. It has taken an incredible amount of time to keep it to the standards that I require but I have enjoyed it very much. And I hope you have too.
What is that real job? About 5 years ago I developed a product called Hat Saver. Simply put, I wear a lot of baseball type caps and got tired of ruining them with sweat stains after wearing them 3 or 4 times. So I set out to put an end to that forever. After a year of R&D to come up with the perfect formula and application, Hat Saver was born in January of 1998. Since that time the product has gained popularity nationwide and has been featured in many National publications. I have done several radio and TV interviews about the product and last November it was the Editor's Pick for Holiday Gift Ideas in Golf Magazine. After 5 years of knocking on the door I have finally gotten the break that I have been working for.
Wednesday I will be traveling to West Chester, Pennsylvania to make my debut appearance on the QVC Morning Show Thursday, November 7th. It has been over 5 months of intense work to get accepted on the show, but we have now sent them 5000 two packs of Hat Saver that is sitting in their warehouse waiting to be sold. I will have 8 minutes with the host on air to sell out the entire amount at $14.50 each. Needless to say, I am very anxious about this appearance in front of a potential 50 Million viewers and am hoping it goes well. For those of you that would like to tune in, (or maybe even purchase that perfect stocking stuffer) it will be the QVC Morning Show (Channel 74) that runs from 5 am - 7 am Arizona time. I don't have the exact time right now but we are expecting to be on within the first 1/2 hour of the show. I will be posting the exact time on the front page of the site on Wednesday afternoon when I find out. If you will be at work at that time, you can watch it on the internet at http://www.qvc.com/videostream/vid_linear.html.
For those of you that have an idea that you have come up with that is still in the back of your mind, now is the time to Go For It. Although it has seemed like much longer to me, it has only been 5 years to get to this point. Hopefully the next 5 will be even more productive. Thanks to all for your support. I'll let you know how it went in next week's letter.
The Wild Hare Wednesday Bike Night. All of you that used to go to Chuy's, this is your new place on the East side of town. This is a new bike night for the East side of town at a really nice location. Stop by and take a look, you will be impressed. It is called The Wild Hare located at 4910 W. Ray Rd. That is the NE Corner of Ray Rd. and Rural Rd. This is a really nice place with a very large outdoor patio. The inside has just been remodeled to double the seating along with adding a DJ, pool tables and games. The Wild Hare has a broad menu including 20 different appetizers, salads, wings, 17 different sandwiches, chicken, filet mignon, burgers and desserts including strawberry cheese cake. There will be food and drink specials that will run during bike night from 6 PM till close. This will all start on Wednesday, August 14th. I will have an information page on the event calendar that will give you all the details. Stop by and take a look, I'm sure you will like what you see. Info: 480-897-6200.
New! New! New! Jetz Americana Thursday Bike Night. The new Jetz Bike Night Long Sleeve T-Shirts are in. Stop by, you might even get one thrown your way. The cheeseburger I had last week again was excellent. Great bike parking right outside the patio that is now lighted. Stop by this week and see for yourself. Jetz is a Super Nice Restaurant located in North Scottsdale 1 block South of Shea on Scottsdale Rd. behind the California Pizza Kitchen. They have a beautiful interior with flat screen TV's to watch your favorite teams or a large bar to lounge at with your friends. Jetz also has a large patio with an outdoor bar right next to where you will be parking your bikes. Thursday also happens to be ladies night at Jetz. Happy hour is 4-7pm with 1/2 price drinks and $4.95 appetizer menu. From 7:00PM till close there will be $2.00 domestic pint drafts. Ladies will then enjoy $3.00 drinks all night long. Bike night is all night till close. This is one nice place to go for dinner or hang out on the patio and watch the bikes roll by. Stop by and take a look. You will be impressed. Bikes are always welcome. Take a look at Jetz Saturday food and drink specials and the Sunday Brunch and the Bloody Mary bar with over 75 items. Click here to see the pictures of where you will be going and all of the information.
Jones Grill Bike Night in Phoenix on Thursday nights. The evening riding weather is perfect, Casey Jones
will be packed as it always is from here on. You can always
count on 100+ bikes here. Ride in for what I call the Best
Cheesesteak Sandwich in town. This thing melts in your mouth. They have 3 new pool tables, darts and foosball.
Located in the Mervyns Shopping Center on the SE corner of 43rd Ave. and Thunderbird Rd. Casey Jones is a great
place for a bike night featuring a large outdoor seating and over 150 people inside. And for those of you that
want to watch a sporting event they have 50 TV's scattered throughout the restaurant connected to satellite to
get any game you can think of. They have a full menu for lunch, dinner and a Happy Hour from 11:00AM - 7:00PM and
a reverse happy hour from 10:00PM - 12:00 Midnight. $1.75 domestic drafts. There are always a lot of bikes showing
up for bike night at Casey Jones Thursday night. Join them for open mic night on Wednesdays. Sunday.
The Bike Night At The Billet Bar. The Billet Bar with the Paradise Patio are by far the place to be for Bike Night on the East Side. The Billet is ALWAYS packed with bikes on Bike Night. 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. Keep an eye on your prized possession (your motorcycle) on the monitors. 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 right next to Easyriders on 3752 N. Scottsdale Rd. Check it out this Thursday night and all weekend long. Info: at 480-941-1876.
There are now 2 Sunday stops with live entertainment and food and drink specials!
Sunday, November 10th - "Combo Deluxe".
This Sunday ride by Fandango ride by and see an Arizona Favorite Combo Deluxe. The GD Roadshow will be playing from 1:00PM - 5:00PM. Gina and Annette would like to show their long time support of motorcyclists enthusiasts by celebrating Bike Day every Sunday with live music from 1pm-5pm along with lunch and drink specials from noon-6pm. Fandango is located at 6032 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. There is also live music on Friday and Saturday night. More info at 480-595-5633.Here is the band lineup for the rest of the month:
November 17th - The GD Roadshow makes an encore appearance!
November 24th - Combo Deluxe closes out the month.
Sunday, November 10th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's
Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday is . If you are looking for a short ride (only 60 miles from I-17 & Loop 101) this weekend with some good food and entertainment, this is it. They also have a great ice cream parlor. I am giving the 5 spokes award for the best chocolate milkshakes I have had in a long, long time. These things are awesome. Hailey's Grill is located just 60 miles from the Loop 101 and I-17 at 10434 S. Hwy 69 right next door to the Harley-Davidson shop in Mayer, AZ. This is a fun ride for some great food and entertainment. For more information call 928-632-4448. Here is the upcoming schedule of bands.
November 10th - TBA, November 17th - Kenny Love and the Rockefellers, November 23rd- Turkey Collection. Bring in a turkey and get a free brunch buffet. Starts 11:00. Rhondavous plays from 12-4pm. November 24th - Cruise Day at Hailey's. View classic cars and cruisers, vettes, etc. Rhondavous from 1-5pm. December 1st - TBA, December 7th - Cruise Day with Rhondavous., December 8th- TBA. December 15th - Combo Deluxe, December 22nd - Rhondavous, December 29th - Rhondavous, January 1st - Combo
Free Breakfast To The First 100 Riders EVERY Saturday and Sunday at Hacienda Harley. Isn't it great to be a rider? Just because you ride you are getting free breakfast. That's right, the first 100 riders that come by Hacienda Harley on Saturday and Sunday for the month of November will get a free breakfast of Bacon, Eggs, Pancakes, Juice, Coffee and other breakfast items. Hacienda has added tables with umbrellas on the South patio of the dealership and will be cooking breakfast right out on the grill. Just plan your morning ride by the dealership, eat breakfast and head out on your ride. You can park on the South side of the dealership right next to the patio. The hours are Saturday's 8:00am - 11:00am, Sunday's 9:00am - 11:00am. Hacienda Harley-Davidson is located at 15600 N. Hayden Rd. in North Scottsdale. Stop by and give it a try. What do you have to lose? Click the above link for pictures of the patio and details.
Saturday, November 9th
2nd Annual Veterans Care Rally. Free to Participate. Stop by and see the Motorcycles, Hot Rods, Street Rods, Collector Cars, Trucks, and Whatever. This is a gathering to help our nations Veterans. New Item Donations of Soap, Socks, Underwear, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Combs/Brushes, Toiletry Items, Razors, Hand Cream, Mouthwash, Shaving Gel, and Non-perishable food items. The first 50 people to register and donate will receive Raffle Tickets, Free T-Shirt and Dash Plaque to show your support. The event is in conjunction with the Annual Honeywell Employees Veterans Network Care Drive. It takes place at The Honeywell Parking Lot at 5353 W. Bell Rd. from 8:00am to 3:00pm. For more information call 602-436-5511.
Saturday, November 9th
4th Annual Sunset Riders and Friends Car, Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet. Proceeds to benefit the Arizona chapter of the Lupus Foundation. Event takes place at Castles N Coasters at I-17 and Dunlap in the West Parking lot near Best Buy at Metro Center Mall. Event from 10am - 3pm. Click link above for all information.
Saturday, November 9th
2nd Annual Veterans Day Poker Run. This poker run starts at Arizona Joe's in Apache Junction and loops around through Florence and back to Arizona Joe's. Ride sponsored by the Vietnam Vets and Legacy Vets M/C. Ride cost is $15.00 single and $25.00 couple. Ride pins to the first 250, Door Prizes, 50/50, Live Music. Click above link for more information.
Saturday, November 9th
5th Annual Cave Creek Crawl.
Hosted by Phoenix District MMA. With a $200 high hand and $100 low hand, plus 50/50s, raffles, an auction, live music by Crossfire, and vendors. Admission gets you a meal, a T shirt for the first 100, and ride pins for the first 200 participants. $15 per person. Sign up from 8 to 10 am at the Iron Horse Corral, 1730 East Cortez, Phoenix (2 streets south of Cactus, just off Cave Creek on the west side). Last stop at Harold's Corral in Cave Creek.
Sunday, November 10th
Wings Of Phoenix Motorcycle Turkey Run. Sign in at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson from 8:00am - 10:00am. $15.00 per person. Poker Run, Lunch, Door Prizes, 50/50, Bike Games. Awards include Poker Hands 1st and 2nd, Worst. Field Events 1st and 2nd place, oldest female rider, oldest male rider and largest club in attendance. Click link for more details.
Sunday, November 10th
18th Annual Verde Valley Toy Run. Registration 10:00am at Fry's parking lot in Cottonwood at Hwy 260 & 89A. Ride ends at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood 12:30-6pm. Everyone Welcome. Live Music, Dinner, Auction, Raffles, Bike Show, Car Show, Awards, Vendors, 50/50 Drawing and Much More. $15 minimum sponsorship & New Unwrapped Toy per person entitles rider to all of the above activities. The run benefits local low-income children. More information call Rose at 928-634-5640.
November 8th - 10th
Rocky Point Rally. 3 day event in Rocky Point. Click the link for all the information.
November 12th and 13th
Dale Keesee and the Dream Machine III will be at the Hacienda Customs shop, 15750 N. Northsight Blvd Tuesday, November 12th from 9:00am - 6:00pm and Wednesday, November 13th 9:00am - 6:00pm. Dale Keesee's long love affair with drag racing began in the 1960's. During the next decade he set three world records in his 1957 Chevrolet for elapsed time (E.T.) and Miles Per hour (MPH). In the 1980's Dale traded his '57 for a 1967 Camaro in which he won numerous events across the country. In St. Louis, Missouri he was again entered in the record books for MPH.
Still, Dale wanted to go event faster. This never-ending need for speed took him to a new level with the creation of the Dream Machine III scheduled to debut in 2002. this jet-powered funny car has 1957 Chevy styling on a modern Chevrolet body. Nicknamed "Old Glory", this patriotic are is beautifully painted in red, white and blue and is dedicated in memory of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Dale plans on showing off the car in exhibition runs at all Super Chevy events in the 2002 show season. For more information call 480-905-1903.
Definitely Click Here To See The Picture of the car.
November 16th and 17th
The Arizona Motorcycle Expo coming to town on November 16th and 17th. This is the first year for this event and they have attracted some of the top names in town and the vendor spots are completely sold out. I talked to the organizer of this event and it looks to be a top notch well run event. This is a high caliber manufacturers type expo. All of the top bike builders and suppliers will be there including Paul Yaffee, Surgical Steeds, Jim Nasi and many more. It is a very family oriented event with activities for the kids as well. So feel free to bring your kids along. You will see everything from Custom Motorcycles, Harley's, Quads, Custom Go-Peds, Display from Toy Junkies, Hourly Giveaways, Drawing for a Honda 250 Quad, a spectators chosen bike show and much more. This will be the type of Expo that if you are looking for manufacturer products for your bike or Christmas gifts this would be a place to come take a look. This is a show of what is new in motorcycling and accessories. Welcome to Phoenix. Click Here to see the list of vendors. Admission is $8.00 and children under 13 are free.
Sunday, November 17th
1st Annual Hard Rock Cafe Rock & Roll Poker Run To Benefit "Make A Wish". Every once in a while a couple of well known groups will get together for a charity ride. This time it is The Make A Wish Foundation and The Hard Rock Cafe getting together for a poker run. The run starts at The Make A Wish Foundation at the SE Corner of 7th St. and Northern in Phoenix. Registration from 10:00 AM till Noon. One of the poker run stops is the Arizona Motorcycle Expo. The ticket for the Expo is included in the cost of the ride. You will then end up just a block from there for the last stop at the Hard Rock Cafe located at 3 S. 2nd St. in Phoenix. Draw ANY card at the designated sponsor stops and then join up at the Hard Rock where there will be Live Music, 50/50, Raffles and an auction for several items including a ride in a Russian MIG Fighter Jet at 7:30 PM. Ride cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger that includes your ticket to the Arizona Motorcycle Expo. Ride pins are really cool and cost extra. Click here to see them.
Sunday, November 17th
5th Annual Chandler Custom Cycles Toys For Tots Ride. This is the 5th year for this run and it has become one of the Valley's Favorite Toy Runs. One of the neat things about this run is that you actually make a stop at the Child Crisis Center to visit with the kids and give them the toys. Since these shelters don't have national sponsors this is the most important time of the year for them to raise money. So these events really make a difference for them. $15.00 per person with toy, $20.00 per person without toy. All Registered Get A Free Ticket To The Arizona Motorcycle Expo as one of the stops. You will also get a Free Lunch, Live Music from the Noisemakers, 50/50 drawing, Lots of Door Prizes, Highest Hand Wins $250. Registration is from 9:00-10:30 registration at Chandler Custom Cycles located at 2775 N. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Sponsored by Chandler Custom Cycles and the Chandler Elks Lodge #2429. More information at 480-497-3573.
Check out the new video I titled "Soak Up The Sun". I took these shots a few weeks ago on the ride to Canyon Lake. It is 2 1/2 minutes long with the background music of Sheryl Crow's Soak Up The Sun. I think you will enjoy. I did 3 different sizes of the video. There is also one for those that have 56K dialup. You can reach the links from the front page of www.cyclerides.com .
The weather has cooled down and long sleeves are a must. The Cyclerides.com Long Sleeve white T-Shirts are
now available. They are high quality Hanes Beefy T's and feature the new logo small on the front and
a large on the back. The left sleeve says: "The Road Is Yours". The right sleeve says: "Take
The Ride". You can purchase them online for $15.00 plus shipping or pick one up off the rack at Arrowhead
Harley-Davidson. They have 8 shirts left in L and XL.
Click here to view the shirt on the Online Store.
You have seen the raffle bike for Arizona Bike Week before, but now it is bigger than ever. New for 2003 will be 3 chances to win. First Prize will be a 2002 Ford/Harley Davidson F-150 Supercrew pick-up. Second Prize a 2003 Harley Davidson Screaming Eagle Deuce. And third prize a 2003 Honda VTX 1800 V-Twin. A $1000.00 cash bonus will be awarded any prizewinner that is present at the drawing. The drawing will be held at 7:00PM, April 13, 2003 at Arizona Bike Week’s “Handlebar Saloon” in Westworld. Tickets are $20.00 each, tax deductible, and will be available throughout the valley until April 13, 2003. A schedule for upcoming ticket sales locations will be published in the next few days and updated periodically. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation of the United States has been the recipient of the raffle proceeds for the passed two years and will continue to head a list that this year will also include Arizona D.A.R.E. Programs. Look for the display at local bike events.
Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All
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