Biketober in Bike Angeles

I’ve missed L.A. bike life tons since I’ve been away. This Biketober there are a million awesome events happening in Bike Angeles.

Tour de Fat is returning to L.A. this Saturday, 11 to 5. New Belgium’s bikes and beer festival has already hit San Francisco and leap-frogged us for San Diego; now it’s our turn to play.

Come for the costumed bike parade; stay for the music, beer and shenanigans. Bike parade starts at 11. Proceeds from the event will go to the Bike Kitchen, C.I.C.L.E. and LACBC.

CicLAvia on Sunday, 10 to 3. The third edition of CicLavia will feature spurs that branch out from the original route from last year’s inaugural event. These added areas include El Pueblo/Olvera Street and parts of South L.A.

The first two events drew out scores of people, many of whom experienced their communities for what could be considered the first time. CicLAvia is part of a paradigm shift in not only how the city views bikes, but a shift in how the city engages and even notices the community around them, shift from experiencing the streets and surroundings from within the insulated interior of a car to spending a Sunday afternoon actually being in the streets and using your own body to move around, and feel the weather and smell the city and hear the people and be a part of it. And here in Los Angeles – where 10 million bodies squirm and shuffle across the urban sprawl – it’s nice to think that people might actually want to get to know each other. Midnight Ridazz has been doing this for years.

This year CicLAvia will also branch out to City Hall and the OccupyLA demonstration and will have a bike repair station here and at other points along the route. See the full route here.

And later this month we’ll have:

Wolfpack Hustle Midnight Drag Race on October 15. Singlespeed men’s and women’s division drag race (most likely 1,000 feet), location TBA. Prizes from TakeOverLA.

The day prior, the L.A. City Council will honor the Wolfpack Bikes vs. Jet race at City Hall, 9:30-11a.m.

And for those of us who can never get enough polo, a trip to San Francisco is due for the annual Ball Whacker’s Ball Halloween tournament. For the last two years, the San Francisco bike polo club has hosted one of the most fun tournaments of the year. This year L.A. Bike Polo can rejoice in getting to go to this awesome tournament and Choppercabras. Which is awesome, because we’re ready for some Choppbercabras-style brutality and destruction.

The Choppercabras 11th Annual Halloween Ride: Medieval Mayhem is on October 30th. Get ready to bleed.

Also, Midnight Dinazz is on the horizon, too, I believe….

Happy Biketober!!

P.S. L.A. Beer Week kicks off October 10th! Go here for a list of participants, including the Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood, Ladyface Alehouse in Calabassas, and Mohawk Bend in Echo Park; along with Scoops (Guinness ice cream! Guinness ice cream! Guinness ice cream!).

The highlight of Beer Week in L.A.? I would have to say it will be the Beer Float Showdown at the Eagle Rock Brewery on Saturday, Oct. 15.  All the beer floats are collaborations by local chefs and breweries, including Firestone, Ladyface, and Smog City Brewing. Tickets for the event are $35. You know, the way to a woman’s heart is through beer floats…


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