Friday, May 1, 2015

Bike Month!

Durham Celebrates Bike Month!

Bike Month will be celebrated in Durham throughout the month of May.  Through group rides, cyclist socials, giveaways, workshops, and other events, Bike Month provides opportunities for all Durhamites to learn more about safely bicycling in their community.

The history of Bike Month dates back to 1956 and is intended to raise awareness and promote safety for all road users.  National Bike Month is promoted by the League of American Bicyclists, and activities are celebrated in local communities nationwide.  The City of Durham has participated in National Bike Month for several years and has had great success in promoting bicycling as a safe and viable method for commuting and recreating. 

Bicycling is rapidly gaining popularity as a method of transportation and recreation in Durham and nationwide.  Events such as National Bike Month promote safety and educate motorists and cyclists alike about safety and mutual respect.

Bull City Bike Fest at Solite Park
Saturday May 2
9:00am - 12:00pm
Activities include pump track demos, rides on the ATT with the Duke and UNC cycling teams, a Kids Parade (open to the public), Gateway Trail rides and pump track challenges.  Information booths will be present from many local cycling groups. The event takes place at Solite Park in Durham.  Sponsored by Durham Parks & Recreation and Performance Bike 

2015 Bike Month Kick-off
Thursday May 7
5:00pm - 7:30pm
Kick-off Bike Month in style at the American Tobacco Campus! Join us for speakers, giveaways and a family-friendly ride down the Tobacco Trail. Sponsored by GoSmart, Durham BPAC & Bike Durham.

Bike Durham Big Spoon Ride
Saturday May 9
A 23-mile Big Spoon loop out the Tobacco Trail around to the SoDu Farmers Market and back into downtown. The ride meets at Durham Central Park.  The pace will be relaxed. Sponsored by Big Spoon Roasters & Bike Durham. 

Seven Stars Cycles Bike-to-Work Week Social
Monday May 11
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Join us for a post-work social at Bull McCabes (427 W Main St in downtown) to kick off bike-to-work week. Sponsored by Seven Stars Cycles and Durham BPAC.

Bike to Work Day Pit Stops
Friday May 15
7:00am - 9:00am
Stop by to grab light breakfast refreshments and bicycle commuting information and hang out with other bike commuters on your way to work. There will be two Pit Stop locations:  359 Blackwell Street at Diamond View III Courtyard (near the “Snorting Bull” at Durham Bulls Athletic Park) and the Bryan Center at Duke.  Sponsored by GoSmart, Duke University, Durham BPAC and Bike Durham.

Wheels at Westover
Saturday May 16
12:00pm - 3:00pm
Join the Watts Hospital Hillandale Neighborhood for a celebration of bikes that includes safety skills, tips, a fix-it station, an opportunity to donate unused bikes, and information from local bicycle and bike-friendly groups. The event will take place at Westover Park in Durham.  Sponsored by the Watts Hospital Hillandale Neighborhood Association

South Durham Cyclists’ Social
Monday May 18
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Drop off the American Tobacco Trail at mile marker 5.75 and join us for free food and giveaways. The event takes place at 58Fifty Bistro, 5850 Fayetteville Road in Durham.  Sponsored by Bike Durham and Durham BPAC.

Ride of Silence
Wednesday May 20
Ride 5 miles in silence to honor cyclists who’ve been killed or injured while riding their bicycle. The event takes place at Research Triangle Park—see website for more details.  Sponsored by Bike Durham and the Durham MSFITS.

Bike Durham Cyclists Workshops
Wednesday May 13, 20 & 27
Join Bike Durham Wednesdays in May for three free workshops for cyclists.  All events will take place at Bull City Coworking, 112 S. Duke Street.  Sponsored by Bike Durham.
Workshop topics:
·      Bike Commuting 101- the Basics - May 13
·      Bike Commuting 201 - Route Planning and Inclement Weather - May 20
·      Understanding the Law and Liability - May 27

Monday, November 10, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Bike Friendly Durham

This past Monday Steve Clark, Bicycle Friendly Community Specialist with the League of American Bicyclists, visited Durham (currently a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community). As part of this visit we had the privilege of joining Steve for a group bike ride with representatives from Bike Durham, the East Coast Greenway AllianceDurham Community Trail WatchDowntown Durham Inc., the Durham City Transportation Dept.Duke University, the Durham Bike Co-Op, the Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and City Councilman Steve Schewel for a hands-on technical assessment of Durham’s bicycle infrastructure. Following the ride, Steve made a public presentation ( to discuss best practices from across the country and provide feedback on how Durham can improve upon its bicycling infrastructure and culture. Durham has lots of room for that improvement, and lots of people interested in working towards it. Thanks @bfc_Steve for your time and insight.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Waaay Back In June...

A while back one of our best customers was selected by New Belgium Brewing to swap her car (and a years worth of driving) for a bike at the New Belgium Tour de Fat. We built her up a custom Straggler from the folks over at Surly. This is what it looks like.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Some of you may have heard of a little thing called the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. Many of you probably have not. To some in the bicycle industry it is a big deal, and it's held annually in a different city each year. This year it's happening in Charlotte so (here's where you need to pay attention) we're going to go check it out. Which means the shop will be closed Friday and Saturday. If you like bikes you should come on out. Friend Of The Shop and Charlotte local Dicky has written a little guide to his hometown. See you there, or Tuesday. Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

"Life Is Like Riding A Bicycle..."

Who are we to argue with Albert Einstein? If you've been to the shop recently you know we're moving, if not then you need to stop by more often and have a beer with us (or get your bike fixed). This will be our last week in the Holland Building basement, on Tuesday March Fourth (!) we'll be operating out of our new and forever home around the corner at 104 West Parrish St. Sewing aficionados everywhere will  recognize this address as being that of the wonderful Sew Crafty, but don't worry they just moved upstairs to the second floor. Our new storefront at the corner of Parrish and Orange will include such amenities as a door that can be opened from the outside, a window and lights. Oh, and plumbing. We're also strategically located in the middle of a triangle formed by Scratch Baking to our north, Loaf Bakery and the new kid coffee shop/bar on the block Intrepid Life to the west, and Monuts and Bull City Burger and Brewery on the same street to our east. Thankfully, we can still see the Parlour from where we are, too. Pretty sweet.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


We may or may not be open the next day or two, check our social medias for the latestish.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Happy Saturnalia!

12/21 is the last day we'll be open for ... a while. Like all the way until January 7th. As we bid adieu to ol' twentythirteen we leave you with these suggestions to keep yourselves entertained this xmas. See you next year!