Cyclerides.com Weekly Update
6/22/05
 

Greetings Riders,
 
Well, it's getting to be that time of year when the thermometer is going higher than the speedometer will go. But as the old saying goes, "it is a dry heat" and that has pretty much been the case thus far. For those of you that make pizzas for a living, walking outside in the middle of the afternoon in Phoenix might be a welcome relief compared to opening that oven. But for the rest of us and for those of you that have not experienced 115 degrees of dry heat, it is about the same as that blast of heat when you open the oven door.  
 
So what do we do as motorcycle riders when we want to beat the heat? We ride up North where it is only 85-95 degrees, depending on where you are going. Ahh...a very sound idea on paper isn't it? The bad news is you have to come back home sometime. And if it is in the late afternoon, you will find the teeth of the 115 degree monster is waiting for you on the 140 degree asphalt. And if you get caught in a nice little traffic jam on I-17 coming back into town, it can make for a very ugly situation if you are sitting out there on the highway, not moving, overheating by the minute, wondering who came up with this ill-timed idea. It won't take you long to realize that this idea was hatched in the cool confines of your own home not giving credence to how hot that road can really be when the outdoor ambient temperature is 115 degrees, the asphalt and a boiling point and the sun shining down on your head. I for one am guilty of underestimating this EVERY year. But it usually only takes once for me to learn my lesson.
 
What we have done is planned our trip home to reach the 4000 foot level at about the time the sun is setting. That way when you do finally reach the Valley it will still be hot but not combined with the sun shining down on you and bouncing off of the asphalt. There is no good plan for riding back into 110+ degree heat after experiencing the cooler weather all day, but it is the best we have found to make things a little better on the arrival and still having a good day of riding in higher country. The bottom line is, be sure and carry extra water this time of year. Riding in this heat combined with the heat from the road, will dehydrate you very rapidly. There have been times that it is a stretch to go much more than 25 miles without drinking some water. If you find yourself starting to get dizzy or can't focus as well, it is probably the start of dehydration. Pull over and re-hydrate right away. It doesn't take long to get to you.
 
Due to the heat there are not many events planned for the next few weeks. But if you want to get out for a short ride around town and hang out in some air conditioning at a Dealership, this Saturday you can go by Buddy Stubb's for some free food and drinks. Or you can try some of the weekend bike days on the Rides and Events calendar on www.cyclerides.com. See the details below.
 
But looking forward a few months I am excited to announce that there is a very big event coming to the Phoenix area in November of this year. Orange County Choppers will be bringing their latest creations and an ALL NEW show featuring Paul Sr., Paul Jr., Mikey and other OCC favorites that will kick off the OCC In America tour right here in Arizona. The venue that will house the event is tremendous and has never hosted a motorcycle event like this before. You will love it. Stay tuned for the next couple of weeks as I will be releasing details of the event and where to order tickets. This is the one you will not want to miss.
 


 

This Week's Bike Night Events 
 
Tuesday 

Copper State Cycles Two Wheeled Tuesday. Who knew that north Scottsdale's newest bike night was such a great place to hang out. Last nights motorcycle trivia contest was a huge success, and the winner really enjoyed the grand prize. Join Copper State Cycles and K O'Donnell's this Tuesday for a great time on the mist cooled patio. Enjoy $2 Bud drafts, Happy hour pricing on appetizers or a great meal from the full menu. Come see the new 2005 Red Horse Customs on display and visit with your friends. K O'Donnell's American Bar & Grill (formerly Uno's Pizza) located in the north Scottsdale area at 14850 N. Northsight, just of of the 101 & Raintree. Every Tuesday night from 7:00pm until...... 61" TV's and music on the mist cooled patio! Reserved parking in plain view for all bikes. For more information call 480-596-6820. 

Wednesday 

Hooters at 1-17 and Bell Rd. Wednesday Bike Night. Hooters at I-17 and Bell will be hosting a new Bike Night every Wednesday night from 6pm - 9pm. They will feature a "Ride In" Bike Show with weekly prizes for 1st - 3rd. And then, the third Wednesday of every month we will crown the Bike of the Month with a Grand Prize and will also be featured on Cyclerides.com as the "Bike of the Week". We will have $2 Bud, Bud Light, and Mich Ultra bottles. There will be 20% off of all food and merchandise when you ride in on your bike. Stop by for loads of Raffle Prizes. There will be VIP Motorcycle Parking and you will be greeted at the front door by a Hooter's Girl waiting to give you your raffle ticket. Hooter's is located in the Bell Canyon Shopping Center at 2834 W. Bell Rd., West of I-17 on Bell Rd. 602-375-0000.  

Thursday Night

Thursday Night features 4 Bike Nights all over the Valley.

Here is one for those of you in the far East Valley!
Hooters Mesa Thursday Bike Night. Hooters in Mesa located at 6730 E. Superstition Springs Blvd. will host a Bike Night every Thursday night from 6-9 pm. If you haven't seen this Hooters yet you will have to stop by and take a look. This is one of the nicest locations that they have. Hooters will $2.00 Corona's and 20% off of food and merchandise if you ride your bike in. Stop by for raffles prizes every Thursday Night with Big Raffle prizes the first Thursday of every month. For more information call 480-396-9396.

Hooters at Arrowhead Bike Night. Continues Giveaways and Raffles. Ride by and join in on the fun! Hooters will host a Bike Night every Thursday at the Hooters at Arrowhead located just 1 block S. of Bell on 83rd Ave. Stop by for some great food and Hooters Hospitality. There will be 20% off menu items, $2.00 Corona Thursdays and plenty of parking next to the outdoor patio. Stop by for some giveaways and raffles from Hooters and Arrowhead Harley as well as great wings and fun at Hooters. Click Here to see Pictures and all the detailed information.

Casey Jones Grill Bike Night. A valley favorite bike night for over 3 years. Ride in and sit out on the patio 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 bottles and $2.00 Jacks. 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. You can always count on lots of bikes here.

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 right next to Genesis Custom Cycles 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  

Cave Creek Roadhouse Bike Weekend. Take a ride and stop by the Hottest New Restaurant/Bar in Cave Creek where every weekend will be Bike Weekend. There is plenty of motorcycle parking right out front. I have mentioned this place before and now it has finally opened to rave reviews. CCR is located on Cave Creek Rd. in the heart of Cave Creek directly across from Harold's. It is a restaurant and bar that focuses on a broad menu of good food and has a large bar for socializing with your riding pals for a good time. It is built to look like something out of the 1800's, but it is brand new. Stop by this weekend for lunch, dinner or just to have a drink and take a look at the place. I can tell you that their hamburgers and steak fries are exceptional. Mrs. C. had the swordfish and said it was very good.
Live Music Every Weekend:
Friday:
Live Music with "The Wild Angels Band" 9pm - 1:30am
Saturday Night: Live Music with "Rondavous" 9pm - 1:30am
Sunday: Live Music with "Rondavous" 3pm - 7pm
Click here for the Cave Creek Roadhouse website.  480-575-3098

Sunday

Sugar Daddy's Blues Biker Sunday Brunch.
Now is the perfect weather to be sitting out on the Sugar Daddy's patio, listening to Live Music while dining from the Brunch Menu. This Sunday: Hans Olson, 10am - 2pm. Paris James, 2pm-5pm.
And Sunday Brunch Just Got Better! You now have 3 options to choose from.
Option #1:
Eggs Benedict Ė Grilled English muffins, smoked ham, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Served with your chose of fresh fruit or crispy potatoes. ($8) or
Sugarís Pancakes Ė You wonít eat pancakes anywhere else. Buttermilk pancakes served with butter and syrup. ($5)
Option #2: Canít decide what to eat? How about an All-You-Can-Eat buffet for ONLY $12.
Option #3: Order off our regular menu.
Our 5,000 sq. ft. temperature controlled patio has six air conditioning units, misters, and plenty of shade. Sugar Daddy's patio, food and entertainment is becoming a regular Sunday stop. If you haven't tried it yet, give them a try. Complimentary coffee is now served. Make Sugar Daddy's Blues your stop on your ride down Scottsdale Rd. for
Brunch or Lunch from 10am - 4pm. Enjoy live music from 10am - 2pm Or maybe just relax on the patio with your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful weather and watch the bikes roll down Scottsdale Rd.  Click here to see the awesome pictures and details of Sugar Daddy's located at 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. between Indian School and Thomas on the West side of the road. Stop by and check it out. A great place to hang out. Plenty of Bike Parking. If you have suggestions, email them at sugardaddysaz@aol.com . 480-970-6556.

Events This Week 

Saturday, June 25th
Buddy Stubb's "Hogs and Dogs". Looking for a good reason to get out on the bike for a while and end with other riders where there is free food and air conditioning? Here is your destination. This Saturday from 11am - 2pm ride by Buddy Stubb's for free BBQ, Soft Drinks, Bikini Hog Wash, Pool Tournament and a Motorcycle Museum tour at 1:30pm hosted by Buddy Stubbs. Pool Tournament begins at 11am, sign up starts at 10am. Bikini Bike was from 11am - 2pm. Discounts and Specials in all departments. Door Prize giveaways. Stop by this weekend at Buddy Stubb's, located at 13401 N. Cave Creek Rd. in Phoenix, AZ. 602-971-3400. 

Extras 

I have had this 60 second video commercial in the newsletter before. But it showed up again in my inbox and I just can't seem to get enough of it. This is a very good salute to our troops. Take another look. It will remind you what we owe these Men and Women. It is only 1.7mb. Click Here for video.
 
Ever had those things you see that make you go Hmmmm?
Here are a few that might ring a bell:
 
*If money doesn't grow on trees then why do banks have branches?
*Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
*Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
*Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet soup?
*Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out!"
*If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
*If a deaf person has to go to court, is it still called a hearing?
*Is Disney World the only people trap operated by a mouse?
*Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride; he sticks his head out the window?
*How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
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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