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Bike Camping: To Beans Creek From the Spoke Easy

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  This past weekend the Spoke Easy crew set out to put together a route from the shop on Elizabeth Ave in Charlotte to a little piece of land in northern Pisgah National Forest. The property is proposed to become an adventure cycling destination and the crew thought it would be fitting to connect this remote location by bike with the urban center of the city.  The goal was to create a route that could be done in three days, self supported and fun. The path included pavement, gravel forest service roads and a bit of jeep trail. The perfect combination for cross bikes. Day...

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Happy National Beer Day!

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Happy National Beer Day!

On this day, in 1933, Americans celebrated their renewed ability to legally purchase and consume alcoholic beverages after 13 years of prohibition.  The American Prohibition cultivated the rise of speakeasies around the country. Though speakeasies were synonymous with criminal activity, they arguably catalyzed small beginnings of change around progressive movements along the lines of gender equality and racial integration. Whether you were a standard bootlegger or a famous stage actress, running a speakeasy was equal parts risky and a potentially lucrative venture. Being on the other side of the law gave every speakeasy owner a dangerous, but level, playing field. "Black and...

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Warm Days, Cold Nights

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The Spoke EasyWarm Days, Cold NightsThe Craft of the Spring Layer I will not delve too deep into how to layer or what layers do as that has been well outlined here. Although, the this article was written in winter with cold in mind, the principles hold up in spring as well. We have reached that special time of year where it’s pleasant to have a patio lunch-beer midday in a tee shirt, but as soon as the sun drops, temps slip all the way back to near freezing. If you don’t plan well (as I often haven’t), you are...

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The Spoke Easy Mechanic Classes

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Do you wish that you had the knowledge and skills to wrench on your own bicycle? We got you. Our first class at The Spoke Easy University starts October 19! To ensure that every student has a place to work and get dirty, there are only 6 spots in our first class. Admission starts today, and it is first come, first serve. This course is a thorough introduction of Bicycle Maintenance. Get to know the details of different bicycle parts and how the parts work together while working on your bicycle. Price: $50 for 6 weeks of Instruction, a Park...

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"The Warriors" Themed Ride and Gold Sprints Party

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CAN YOU DIG IT!   "The Warriors" Themed Ride and Gold Sprints Party, Presented by The Spoke Easy and Permanent Vacation   Calling all Bicycle Crews!, Rally your team and meet at The Spoke Easy on Oct 16 for a "citywide meeting of the local heavy sets!"   Teams of 2-4. $25 per team for an super fun time! You must come up with your own "Crew" with costumes and your back story. NO WARRIORS COSTUMES. Come on, be creative! Select your crew's War Chief.   The top eight "Crews" will war it out on the Goldsprints Stage at The...

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