Special Ride: Diverged
Saturday, April 26th, 2014 AND Sunday, April 27th, 2014
A slideshow of photos we took (or were emailed from participants) from the Diverged weekend is up! Thanks to all who came and rode Diverged with us and Honey Bikes!
Created with flickr slideshow.
Update! Here’s the final route – http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4550162
UPDATE: Diverged is now running both days this weekend. Breakfast at 9am, ride at 10am. The same three speed groups are still offered on both days. It looks like rain on Saturday, so we want to offer you the chance to ride either day!
- The route will be available for download for your GPS the night before the ride. Follow carefully and watch even more carefully for passing pedestrians, cars and countless other unexpected twists, turns and obstacles.
- There are multiple turn-back spots – the route doesn’t go too far from Lexington Center (though it will hit trails you’ve likely never been on before). So don’t worry about the length or time of the ride.
- There will be two food stops along the way.
- Multiple speed groups will be on the road. There will be a group that will likely be going your pace. The fastest group will be riding 17+ mph on the road and ~12mph when off-road. The slowest group will be riding ~14mph on the road and 7 mph on the trails.
- Fenders may be required. Check back a few days before the ride – it depends upon trail conditions.
The Ride Studio Cafe is hosting a very special early spring ride! Honey Bikes is putting the route together in order to highlight two of Honey’s most interesting bikes: The All Roads and the Winterando.
Ride: Diverged Ride. About 70k of pavement, gravel, dirt, and rocks. About 35k unpaved. Some singletrack, too. We expect the ride to take between 3 to 4.5 hours
When: Saturday, April 26 at 10 am AND Sunday, April 27th at 10am
Where: Departing from Ride Studio Cafe.
Why: Honey Ride! All bikes welcome – with some required modifications – see below.
How: On randonee bikes – or modified cyclocross bikes – see details below.
The ride’s name - Diverged – comes from Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken. Because on this ride, we’re taking all the roads and trails. We’re fortunate to have bikes, rather than being on foot, so divergence is a good word. Because this ride is a bit unusual we have a few special bike requirements.
- 28c tires, minimum size. If you don’t have 28c or wider, you’ll be riding alone after you get a flat. Since it looks like mud, we’re suggesting knobby tires like the Schwalbe Racing Ralphs (33mm) or Clement MXP (also 33mm). Watch Twitter for up-to-the moment recommendations as we near the weekend.
- Spare tube or two – with all the tools required to fix a flat – or two.
- Fenders – at least a rear fender. Because it’s likely to be wet and muddy.
- Basic tool kit: Self sufficiency is the phrase of the day. The group will wait for you if you have a mechanical – in fact we’ll even help – but you don’t want people waiting trail-side too long on a chilly morning.
If you don’t have one or more of these items, you’ll want to get them at the Ride Studio Cafe before that Saturday morning.
Honey Rides are Fun
Because Honey is hosting this ride there’ll be two special happenings – at least:
- Honey Bikes Special Offer: Exclusively for Diverged Ride participants, with the purchase of any Honey, through the end of April your choice of either:
- Free Labor on a set of hand-built wheels, valued at $140
- 50% off custom painted fenders, valued at $175
Honey-Centric Pre-Ride Breakfast – on the house at the Studio starting at 9am *BOTH* days:
- Honey with biscuits and butter
- Honey, bananas, and almond butter on sourdough bread
- Honeyed oatmeal
- Honey cappuccino
This ride offers an extremely diverse set of terrain. On the one hand, Honey has ridden the entire route on a 23c road bike and had a blast. On the other hand, a few have ridden the route on a fully decked out cyclocross bike – knobbies and all – and felt that a mountain bike might have been nice. So, this ride has it all, a bit of technical handling all the way to multiple kilometer stretches of paved road. Bring your 28c+ tired bike and you will have a blast.
Rain or shine, we’ll be smiling through the entire ride.
If you’d like to join the ride, please RSVP in advance – we’ll save a biscuit for you!