Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
"The Best Of 2002"
12/31/02

 
Greetings Riders,
 
Well, here we are at the last day of 2002. My Oh My, How Time Flies! The older I get, the faster the years go by. Doesn't seem fair does it? When I was young and had all kinds of time, the days and years seem to take forever. Now that I'm at the apex of my lifetime, the years are going ever faster. Go figure. But that's OK, without days gone by you can have no memories. Being a motorcycle rider it almost seems like we have an unfair advantage when it comes to building memories. Every day we fire up our motorcycles and head out on the open road, we are filling out another deposit slip for our memory bank of life. And the more you ride, the more experiences you have to share with others. Something I am fortunate enough to do on a weekly basis.
 
I know this past year has been full of memories for me. As I looked back through my newsletter stories it has been one interesting and eventful year. So for those of you that have been taking the newsletter for the past year I will walk you down the memory lane of life with Cyclerides.com. For those that have just started getting the letter, this will be an opportunity to catch up. To save space in this newsletter I will give you the highlight of the story and then you can click the link to read the whole story. So if you need something to do in those idle times, save this email and read these stories at you leisure. I will also post this page in the Archives section on the site.

"Best Stories Of 2002" 

12/5/01 - This one actually happened late last year, but it is such a classic that I wanted to include it. I had a couple of weeks in a row where birds must have had a APB out on me. Read the account of the "Bird Bombers".
 
2/5/02 - Some of you might remember my story about when I got the request from Mrs. Cyclerides during the Superbowl to make a quick trip to the mall to pick up some "Mini Muffin Cups". Seems like a simple task, but I decided to take the bike and make it a little more difficult. Read how 166 Muffin Cups became Road Kill.
 
2/12/02 - Ever been to Costco? You will definitely appreciate this story. See how my mind interprets a simple trip to Costco to buy a motorcycle jack. For everyone who has been there, you will enjoy this one.
 
3/6/02 - Everyone has their war stories about riding in inclement weather. This one is about my trip back from Tucson without the proper riding attire and in very undesirable conditions.
 
4/9/02 - Remember the story about the Sun Screen? This is hilarious. I got some sunscreen from my daughter that could have also doubled as a glue stick. See how this affected my ride to Chandler. And then read the follow up from the next week.
 
4/24/02 - This one I will never forget. Read about me giving my daughter her first riding lesson on a motorcycle. With me on the back!! I apologized to Mrs. Cyclerides for all the bad things I did while she was riding behind me.
 
6/12/02 - This is story that made the rounds and even got published in Full Throttle Magazine. Ever been confused about how to wave, when to wave or who to wave at? I cleared all of that up for you in my story titled "The Wave".
 
6/19/02 - Ever been frustrated trying to find 10 items in a grocery store? If you don't make many trips to the store it can be a real time consuming effort just to pick up a few things. Read about my trip to the store.
 
7/31/02 - For those of you that want to take a trip down memory lane. I did a story about the old Then Came Bronson TV show from the 70's complete with video and music. If you are a nostalgia buff, check it out.
 
9/4/02 - This is from the Misery Loves Company department. Ever done something really stupid on your motorcycle that was really embarrassing? Well, I've done it too. Read how I pulled a classic dumb move.
 
10/2/02 - Been shopping with your spouse lately? Read about it from a Man's perspective.
 
10/30/02 - Ever had that little voice in your head tell you what you should be doing, only to totally ignore it and wished you had listened? Here is my account of riding and not listening to my little voice.
 
11/27/02 - Strapping a turkey onto the back of a bike for a turkey run. Sounds easy enough doesn't it. Find out what happens when things don't go as planned.
 
12/4/02 - As an avid rider I tend to compare everything to riding a motorcycle. See how I connect that to getting on the roof to trim a tree.
 
Mrs. Cyclerides and I would like to thank everyone for your support over the past year. It has been fun for us and I hope it has been useful for you. We really enjoy all the feedback via email and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting you personally along the way. So be sure and say hi if we see you us at an event. Because of all of you sharing this with your riding friends, the Cyclerides newsletter family has grown from 3000 to now over 4500 avid readers over the last year. As you can tell, this helps increase the attendance at the rides and events and makes them more exciting. Thanks for your support and being a part of our extended family, we look forward to another fun year in 2003.
May God Bless us all every time we hop on our motorcycles this year and head out to experience our next future memory.
 
I look forward to seeing you at the City of Heroes Memorial Run this Saturday. 

Wednesday 

New Year's Eve at The Hideaway. It's been One Heck of Year, But its Time to Show It The Door & Bring in a New ONE !!! Come on over to The HIDEAWAY & Bring it in Right! We'll have Champagne & All the Trimmings to Bring in the New Year! So join All your Friends & Bring in the New Year @ The HIDEAWAY! You can also enjoy one of the hottest spots in Cave Creek for motorcyclists every weekend. Be a part of the Porch Posse at The Hideaway. Stop by for one of their great burgers and shop and Rainforest Leathers while you are there.  Don't Forget, Every Day is Bike Day at the Hideaway. "There are no strangers here, just friends you haven't met yet! "
6746 E. Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek, AZ. 480-595-0358
The Hideaway Schedule for January:
January 11th: The Bourget Bike Show and Bikini Bike Wash. Come out and see an awesome display of motorcycles.
January 25th: The Ramjet Racing Bike and Performance Parts Expo. Check out the latest in parts and accessories.
January 26th: Superbowl Party at the Hideaway. Food and Drink Specials.

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. 

Thursday

Jetz Americana Thursday Bike NightThis bike night is growing fastGreat bike parking right outside the patio that is now lighted. Stop by this week and see for yourself. Jetz is a Very 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. Happy hour is 4-7pm with 1/2 price drinks and $4.95 appetizer menu. From 7:00PM till close there will be BURGER & BEER $7.95 (½ lb of Certified Angus Beef and a domestic pint or bottle), DOMESTIC BOTTLES $3, JACK DANIELS $4. 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.

Casey 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 lots of 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. 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 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. 

Sundays

There are now 2 Sunday stops with live entertainment and food and drink specials! 

Sunday, January 5th- "Combo Deluxe". 
This Sunday ride by Fandango   Combo Deluxe 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:
January 12th: The GD Road Show. Join Duane and George from Mogollon as they perform as a Duo.
January 19th: The GD Road Show. Duane and George from Mogollon are back as they perform as a Duo.
January 26th: The return of an Arizona favorite Combo Deluxe.

Sunday, January 5th
Hailey's Live Entertainment Sunday's - January 1st - Combo Deluxe. This Weekend - "Joker's Wild".   Hailey's is continuing their live entertainment every Sunday. This Sunday enjoy the Arizona favorite Rhondavous from 1:00-5:00pm. New Years Day stop by for Combo Deluxe from 1:00-5:00pm. 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.

This Week 

Saturday, January 4th, 2003

I am really looking forward to this one! This is a well organized and fun ride. The first major run of 2003. The City of Heroes Memorial RunThis run is sure to kick off the new year with a big crowd. Over 1000 riders rode last year. This ride benefits the City of Heroes Memorial Fund and families of fallen Officers and Fire Fighters.  Escorted 50 mile interstate ride from Childress Automall to the 2003 Arizona International Auto Show. The ride is now an official part of the Auto Show. Parking will be provided on the street next to the Civic Center. Ride end party at Cooperstown. First 600 receive t-shirt and pin. Sign-in 8-10 am at Childress Automall, 23rd Ave. and Camelback. Ride leaves at 10:15am. $20 single/$35 couple. Vendors, entertainment at the start of the ride, continental breakfast and entry into the Auto Show are included. Phoenix, AZ 800.284.2548. Don't forget the Big Ride End Party at Cooperstown. You will see bags over the parking meters, but that is for us to park in. Look for the models that will be selling 50/50 tickets for the drawing at 10:00 AM. See ya there. 

This ride is sponsored by: Rusty Childress of Childress Auto Mall, the Local Firefighters Unions and P.L.E.A. Proceeds from this ride benefits the 100 Club. Since the 100 club was formed 33 years ago, immediate cash benefits have been provided to deserving families of more than one hundred police officers, corrections officers and firefighters who gave their lives for their community. The money from this ride will be used to build a memorial for firefighter Bret Tarver who lost his life fighting a fire in March of 2000. The memorial will be placed at the Bret Tarver Elementary School on 51st Ave. N. of Indian School. 

I did a video for this ride that features an introduction to the ride by Scott Pasmore of 3TV, a very passionate interview with Bob Kahn, Asst. Chief with the Phoenix Fire Department who knew Bret Tarver very well, Rusty Childress at the site of the Marc Atkinson bronze from last years ride and an International Superstar as our special guest closes out the video. Can you guess who this is? Viewing this will give you a much better understanding as to what you will be riding for on January 4th, I'm sure you enjoy. Sign in will be at Childress Auto Mall, 23rd Ave. and Camelback from 8-10am. There will be a 50 mile ride ending at the Arizona International Auto Show at the Civic Center. Show entry is included with your donation. Ride end party is at Cooperstown. This is going to be a big ride. I look forward to seeing you there. The video is programmed for both 56K dialup users and Hi Speed connections. So if you are using dialup, you can still watch it. Download time for 56k is about 8 minutes. Click Here To See The Video. 

Extras 

With the new year also comes the time to get your motorcycle ready for the spring riding season. Custom Performance is offering a Performance Evaluation that includes a Dyno Run, Inspection and Lube, Oil and Filter for only $79.95. And while you are there, you can order parts from their full service parts counter at a 10% discount. Stop by and see the Custom Performance new full service motorcycle shop at 21601 N. 3rd Avenue in Phoenix. They are located just 1 block South of Deer Valley Rd. on 3rd Avenue. For more information call 623-879-8488. 

FYI, If for some reason your Cyclerides.com Weekly Update does not make it to your inbox. It is always posted on the front page of www.cyclerides.com every Wednesday afternoon. 

Can't get out and ride? Now you can Day Dream for a while? Take a look at 9 original videos from Cyclerides.com. You can take a ride to Canyon Lake, look at former Bikes of the Week or ride along on a Toy Run. Click here for the Videos Page or click the Video Button on www.cyclerides.com . Most of the videos are programmed for Broadband and 56K connections. If you have clicked on some of my recent videos and you got sound and no video, or it didn't play at all, it might be because you need the newest Windows Media Player. CLICK HERE to download that new player.
 

As for me this weekend, we will be attending the City of Heroes Memorial Run. Looks like great weather for the ride. I will be there for photos and video. Look forward to seeing you all there.
 

Until Next Week,
Blessings and Safe Riding To All,
 

Barry Caraway
"The Road Is Yours - Take The Ride"
www.cyclerides.com
info@cyclerides.com
 

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