Bike Fun Report: A recap of the 2016 Poky Pedals

The just completed fifth season of Bike Fun with Poky Pedaling Stevens Point again provided a variety of slow themed urban bicycle rides for the enjoyment of all Poky Pedalers. Before we all start preparing for the colder weather to come, let us review some highlights from all the Bike Fun shared with PPSP over the past several months. Continue reading

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Bike Fun Report: Maple Ride

Yesterday on a cloudy yet pleasantly cool day, nine Poky Pedalers shared Bike Fun on the Maple Ride. As always, the Maple Ride celebrated the onset of fall by seeking out streets named “Maple”, in whole or in part.

This year, the Maple Ride took a route through the village of Plover. Starting from Little Plover River Park, we took a route that skirted the west end of Springville Pond, after which we generally travelled southeast. Poky Pedalers enjoyed riding on calm streets through many lovely neighborhoods. Yet as we turned south on the Hoover Ave sidepath and crossed busy Plover Rd at a signal, we still had not encountered a single “Maple”. Continue reading

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Maple Ride on Saturday will close out the 2016 Bike Fun Calendar

Our final Poky Pedal of 2016 is coming up this Saturday. The Maple Ride will offer a bit of Bike Fun to celebrate our passage into the fall season.

The Maple Ride will meet on Saturday September 24 at 12:45 PM in Little Plover River Park near the tennis courts. As always, the Maple Ride is our annual opportunity to seek out streets named “Maple”, in whole or in part. This year, our route will take us on calm streets and non-motorized paths through scenic neighborhoods in Plover. Continue reading

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Bike Fun Report: Pokiest Pedaler in Stevens Point challenge and tournament

On Sunday, Point Area Bicycle Service held the third annual Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza. John Pawlak, the mastermind behind the BAE, told me that approximately 250 people participated. Adventurers rode around Stevens Point for about three hours looking for checkpoints and objects that allowed their teams to accumulate points. The finish destination was at Lakeside Bar, where an after-party with food, beverages, and live music awaited the Adventurers. Continue reading

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Are you the Pokiest Pedaler in Stevens Point? Prove it on Sunday during the Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza

The 3rd annual Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza organized by John Pawlak of Point Area Bicycle Service is taking place this Sunday. PPSP is collaborating with PABS on the BAE by organizing one small piece of this event: the Pokiest Pedaler in Stevens Point challenge and tournament.

Sunday will provide a massive amount of Bike Fun. I will first give an overview of what the BAE is all about before giving a few details about the Pokiest Pedaler in Stevens Point challenge and tournament. Continue reading

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Bike Fun Report: Poky Pizza Pedal

After an overcast and damp morning, conditions Wednesday became downright pleasant for our Poky Pizza Pedal. Eight Poky Pedalers shared pizza-themed Bike Fun as blue sky gradually emerged from between the clouds.

We met at Point Area Bicycle Service where we learned about the Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza that PABS is putting on this Sunday. As part of that event, I will be staging the Pokiest Pedaler in Stevens Point challenge and tournament. Look for a blog post shortly to learn more about this upcoming event. Continue reading

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This Wednesday: Poky Pizza Pedal plus a chance to learn more about the upcoming Bicycle Adventure Extravaganza

[Weather update Tue 10 AM: It looks like the weather will cooperate for our Poky Pizza Pedal. The forecast for Wednesday indicates that any rain should end early in the day. After 5:30 PM, temperatures should be in the mid-70’s with mostly cloudy skies and less than a 20% chance of rain. Wednesday shapes up to be a nice evening for sharing Bike Fun.]

Poky Pedalers have another opportunity to share Bike Fun this Wednesday on the Poky Pizza Pedal. Combining two of everyone’s favorite things, bicycling and pizza, the popularity of these Poky Pedals should come as no surprise.

The Poky Pizza Pedal meets on Wednesday August 24 at 5:30 PM at Point Area Bicycle Service (1311 Strongs Ave in downtown Stevens Point). Veterans of past Poky Pizza Pedals should note that our meeting time is 15 minutes later. Continue reading

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Bike Fun Report: “P”-Street Bellringer Ride

This past Saturday, nine Poky Pedalers enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon riding through scenic neighborhoods while ding-dinging our bike bells on the “P”-Street Bellringer Ride. We had to wait a couple of weeks beyond the original schedule due to a personal health issue, so having a pretty day for our delayed Bike Fun was much appreciated.

The theme behind the “P”-Street Bellringer Ride was to chime a chorus of bike bells each time we rode upon a street whose name starts with the letter “P”. Over our 12-mile ride, we discovered that an unusually large number of street names in Stevens Point start with the letter “P”. Continue reading

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Experience bike-bell-ringing Bike Fun on the “P”-Street Bellringer Ride this Saturday

This Saturday, Poky Pedalers will be ding-dinging their bike bells all over Stevens Point on the “P”-Street Bellringer Ride. The first bellringer Poky Pedal was in 2013. Just like then, we’ll discover the pure Bike Fun of participating in a chorus of bike bells while riding through pleasant neighborhoods.

The “P”-Street Bellringer Ride will meet on Saturday August 6 at 12:45 PM in Iverson Park near the Green Circle gravel path. From there, we will ride a 12-mile loop at our usual slow pace on calm streets and non-motorized paths. At about the halfway point, we will have the option to stop for ice cream and other snacks. Continue reading

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“P”-Street Bellringer Ride postponed until Saturday August 6

After great consideration, I have decided to postpone the “P”-Street Bellringer Ride. Originally scheduled for this Saturday, this Poky Pedal will now take place two weeks later on Saturday August 6. We will still meet at 12:45 PM in Iverson Park near the Green Circle gravel path.

The reason for rescheduling is that I am dealing with a minor health issue that has shut me down for the past several days. Although it is not serious and has been steadily improving, I have had substantial difficulty doing much of anything besides resting in bed over this time. Even today, walking up and down a flight of stairs has been difficult.

It seems unreasonable to expect that in two days I’ll be able to spend a couple of hours robustly sharing Bike Fun on our Poky Pedal. In light of this, I would prefer to reschedule early than to be overly optimistic, only to discover hours before we meet that I am still unable to comfortably ride a bicycle. Continue reading

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