Ride Project: Diverged Ride

February 3, 2013

in Rides, Semiotics of a Ride

Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow WoodThe Ride Studio Cafe is hosting another early spring ride!  This adventure is a bit different from anything we’ve previously conjured.  Honey Bikes is putting the route together in order to highlight tow of Honey’s most interesting bikes:  The Winterando and the All Roads.  This ride is tailored specifically for these two bikes – and that means that a lot of bikes may not be too happy on this route.

Ride:  Diverged Ride.  About 70k of pavement, gravel, dirt, and rocks.  About 35k unpaved.  Some singletrack, too.  We expect the ride to take between 3-4.5 hours

When:  Saturday, April 6 at 10:00 am

Where:  Departing from Ride Studio Cafe

Why:  Honey Ride!  All bikes welcome – with some required modifications – see below.

How:  On randonee bikes – or modified cyclocross bikes – see details below.

Honey Bikes Winterando - Ready to Ride

The ride’s name – Diverged – comes from Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken.  Because on this ride, we’re taking all the roads and trails.  We’re fortunate to have bikes, rather than being on foot, so divergence is a good word.  Because this ride is a bit unusual we have a few special bike requirements.

Maybe a Bit of Ice for Good Measure

Maybe a Bit of Ice for Good Measure

Bike Requirements

  • 28c tires, minimum size.  If you don’t have 28c or wider, you’ll be riding alone after you get a flat.
  • Spare tube or two – with all the tools required to fix a flat – or two.
  • Fenders – at least a rear fender.  Because it’s likely to be wet at this time of year.
  • Basic tool kit:  Self sufficiency is the phrase of the day.  The group will wait for you if you have a mechanical – in fact we’ll even help – but you don’t want people waiting trail-side too long on a chilly morning.

If you don’t have one or more of these items, you’ll want to get them at the Ride Studio Cafe before that Saturday morning.

Honey Rides are Fun

Because Honey is hosting this ride there’ll be two special happenings – at least:

  • Honey Bikes Special Offer:  Exclusively for Diverged Ride participants, with the purchase of any Honey, through the end of April your choice of either:
    • Free Labor on a set of hand-built wheels, valued at $140
    • 50% offcustom painted fenders, valued at $175
    • Free Limited Edition“Honey Seeker” t-shirt along with a Limited Edition Honey cycling cap made in North American, valued at $120
  • Honey-Centric Pre-Ride Breakfast – on the house at the Studio starting at 9am:
    • Honey with biscuits with butter
    • Honey, bananas, and almond butter on sourdough bread
    • Honeyed Greek yogurt
    • Honeyed oatmeal
    • Honey cappuccino

Honey Bikes Winterando - Wet Lion

The Ride

This ride offers an extremely diverse set of terrain.  On the one hand, Honey has ridden the entire route on a 23c road bike and had a blast.  On the other hand, a few have ridden the route on a fully decked out cyclocross bike – knobbies and all – and felt that a mountain bike might have been nice.  So, this ride has it all, a bit of technical handling all the way to multiple kilometer stretches of paved road.  Bring your 28c+ tired bike and you will have a blast.

Rain or shine, we’ll be smiling through the entire ride.

If you’d like to join the ride, please let us know – we’ll save a biscuit for you!

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