The Invasion of the Tourists has been moved to Saturday, April 17th! I need more time to line up some great sponsors (prizes!) and make a dang flyer. yeah great, i gotta try to draw again, that’ll be entertaining… and on with the blurry photos and rambling…
This conch cruiser roadie was caught locked up in front of Louie’s Backyard. Ohhh what a beauty! I really dig the isle style on this bicycle. The frame almost looks too nice with that awesome tropical blue paint. Flipped handlebars and a basket too. Dang. Hotness….
Ape hanger handlebars…. with bar ends!…. and a towing ball ready for business on the rear end. Only in Key West.
Pollard and I locked up our bicycles at the racks on Front Street next to the boardwalk and docks and gangplanks and whatnot. There were A LOT of bikes locked up whilst their riders were happyhouring or maybe out on sunset cruises: a beautiful sight. This shot presented itself and caught my fancy. A few weeks later I realized the bicycle with the sticker is owned by Chris at Melo Velo.
I spotted a healthy stack of low sided plastic crates curbside on trash night a few weeks ago and scooped them up with an awed quickness. Why did someone toss these out!?!?! And how has nobody taken them yet!? Lucky timing for me. These are my favorite style and they work really well mounted to a rack over the rear wheel. All I had on me for fixin’s was a bungee cord which kinda helped get my booty home, but still made for an awkward and somewhat sketchy ride on the fixie. All in a night’s work. I have already given 5 away. Three went to someone for use composting, its a really great design for keeping air circulating and stuff doing things.
I really wish i remembered this gentleman’s name. He arrived at the shop with his seat mounted to a wooden dowel on his bicycle because he needed a new seat post! The dowel was his only available alternative to walking. Well done!
As awesomely great as that story was, it was only a small part of the story of a man and his bicycle. Many years ago, his mother gave him money to buy a suit. And did he listen? No he didn’t! ! No, he went out and spent the money on a brand new bicycle! And still rides it to this day. His words were something like, “If i had bought that suit, it’d be long gone by now, but I still have my bicycle.”
Ain’t life grand!?
I caught this bicycle a few weeks ago while riding to The Bottle Cap for a few drinks. I’ve never seen such a combination of handlebars and bar ends. I wonder if the rider is super super super duper tall!?!? Its mos def a Conch Cruiser with the obligatory basket, fender and handcuffs for a bike lock; though its strangely pretty much rust free! Whateva, its all good. Ride on!
A large group of cyclists from the Soldier Ride passed through Key West a few weeks ago. Max and I put a note on the door, locked up the shop and walked down the block to Eaton Street to greet and cheer everyone arriving on quite an array of two and three wheeled cycles. The Soldier Ride is a rehabilitative cycling event organized with the Wounded Warrior Project, who are working to ensure quality healthcare is accessible throughout the transition from active duty service member to veteran status and continues for the duration of the warrior’s life.
This particular trip, January 13th to 17th, began in Miami and traveled through the scenic keys. There are rides all over the United States with 9 multi-day trips planned for next year. These are the only photos I took as I was working and couldn’t make it to the closing ceremony at the USS Mohawk, but the Soldier Ride Blog has much more information and better photos!
Great ride y’all, good on ya!
Its mad fun riding with Dave on the penny. He’s developed a great feel for the bike now and is super comfortable riding fast and dippin’ through the streets. Or trackstanding at red lights. Or just bouncing up and down down like a fool on the seat.
I took this shot last week riding along the border of the cemetery enroute to somewhere or no where, i don’t remember.
Just another day in Key West. Cats riding zebras. purrrrrrr…….
Rusty Conch Cruisers or crazy fixies…this is a bicycling town! I really liked the furry handcuffs, very important to prevent chaffing and scratching the paint job.
The Amycat got a flat after breakfast of catnip and mimosas but we got her purrring again soon!
Luckily this massive Santa in the Meadows was friendly!
The Bicycle Action Committee of Key West sponsored two tours and I made it out to the second tour on December 23rd and had a great time. I was running late and the dang thing started on time so i caught everyone just as they were leaving. I had my mini-boombox but didn’t have time to load the same mix of mostly punk and reggae Christmas cover songs onto the mini ipod as I used in a past Holiday Ride in a land much, much farther north and cold, so the best i could do was a tropical mix.
We started off with at least 60 or 70 people, many of which were dressed up or had decorated bicycles…awesome! We rode around Old Town and volunteers helped cork intersections when red lights threatened to separate the group; much like a smooth running critical mass ride. There was lots of laughter, caroling, libations and general shenanigans. I look forward to next year’s rides!
Not Mr. Hanky, but the other Christmas Pooh!
The obligatory group shot when we stopped at Bayview Park. Unfortunately, we lost over half the group here when it was announced the ride would continue into New Town for another hour and a half. WHAT!?! This announcement should have helped grow the group as there was plenty of time to still join us! Ohh well, the remaining riders continued on and had a great time.
The owners of this house ran out as we passed by singing and dinging our bike bells. I gave them a candy cane.
As promised, blurry and out of focus! Sorry Clinton, but thanks for leading the ride!
Doggys are often along for the ride here in Key West.
Why stop with lights only on the house? Might as well decorate your boat too! Well done!
Please check out the website Conch Republic Cyclist for more photos and information from the ride and cycling on the island!
This has been a common sight the last few days. Scott rides the chopper he built. Dave has been rocking the pennyfarthing everywhere; which is cool, because it makes a great bike rack when not moving! I have the boring fixie with a basket and Christmas lights.
Its August, its hot, the sun is intense…lets have an alleycat! Awesome idea!
Many thanks to Paradise Tattoo, Help Yourself, Fixed Gears, Bad Boy Burritos and Conch Traders for helping out with prizes and checkpoints. Also special thanks to Don’s Place, the last checkpoint/afterparty for the hook-ups!
The race began at the White Street Pier.
“Get ink at Paradise Tattoo 627 Duval” and Bucco was the guest artist!
“drink the fresh, organic goodness they give you at 829 Fleming Street” which, of course is Help Yourself. Tampa Joe chugging a shot of almost frozen organic juice as Charlie and Robbie watch.
“have fun under the Palm Avenue Bridge” Nobody knew which side of the bridge Ray was waiting at with his sharpee.
Goodfellow stopped in the middle of the bridge, over the water, to check to see where the checkpoint was and then carried his freakin’ bike down the side rather than ride all the way around and saved some precious time.
Brielle was not only first, not only on a mountain bike, not only riding on knobbies, but was almost 5 minutes ahead of 2ed place! She won new cruiser tires and a floor pump.
Everyone post race showing off their tatoos from the checkpoint at Paradise Tattoo. Thanks again to don’s place for hooking us up and showing love.
more photos and shenanigans after the jump…click below!
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