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No “Can You See Us NOW?” this year

After 5 years of putting on one of the most unique and fun, safe cycling advocacy rides, Duke City Wheelmen had to take a break this year.  With faltering participation and running in the red, we just couldn’t manage the costs of the ride this year.

DCW can accept donations through United Way, PayPal, cash or check.  If you want the ride back in 2016, you will have to speak with a donation!my ghostContact me through the website if you have any questions about making a donation.

Jennifer

Gotta preregister to claim yours!

Ghost Bike Refurbish Day May 30, 2015

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We’ll send teams out with at least one Duke City Wheelmen member, someone with experienced working with ghost bikes.
Message me here, from the website, or our Facebook page for more information!

Can’t come, but want to help?  Use our PayPal donation button to help pay for flowers!
Donations can also be dropped off at Trek Superstore.
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Jennifer Buntz
President, Duke City Wheelmen

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2nd Annual Early Season Bike Swap! February 28, 2015

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Please help us make this event as successful as possible by passing this information on to people you know who might be interested.  The success of this event is directly tied to furthering Duke City Wheelmen’s outreach efforts, including what we do at Noon Day Ministries.

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To see what we do at Noon Day, come visit with us this coming Friday, February 20 between 9 am and 12:00pm.
Find out about Noon Day  and their new location, 2400 Second Street • Albuquerque, NM 87102
Duke City Wheelmen will be there, working on bikes and installing lights all morning.  A special event on 2/20 will be the presentation of a donated, refurbished bike to a long-time recipient of DCW bike related services at Noon Day.
DCW has been working on bikes at Noon Day since July of 2013!
We’ll accept donations at Noon Day on February 20th too.
Donated items may be used directly to support Noon Day clients or sold at the 2nd Annual Early Season Bike Swap to support the purchase of needed supplies.
All donations are Tax Deductible.

 

Get your Cycling Gear in Order!

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Great SUCCESS! with Early Season Bike Swap

0201140954peepsWith several hundred people in attendance, many items were sold.  The day, aided by Mimmo Espresso coffee, was a great opportunity to talk with old friends and make new ones.  People were socializing, catching-up and making cycling plans for the spring.

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But we shouldn’t forget that the first purpose of putting this event on for DCW was to raise money for the work we do at Noon Day Ministries, fixing bikes and making them safer, for homeless or near-homeless bicycle riders.

To that end, we raised $440.00 from bicycle sales fees and table space rentals.

Big “Thank you” to some special supporters of the ESBS scalo bikesmithScalo Veloce Cycling Team & Bike Smith

Thanks everyone who came out.

Mike Humphries, Trek Superstore Manager, was happy with the event too and we are already making plans for next year!

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Paseo del Norte/I-25 interchange reconstruction project

Members of the Greater Albuquerquer Bicycle Advisory Committee and Duke City Wheelmen have been speaking up with their concerns over the way that bike/ped facilities are being incorporated into this project.  Jennifer Buntz, Steve Mathias and Scott Hale were at the November 18 City Council meeting to share our concerns with the Councilors.  We spoke during the General Public Comment period, agenda item #9 which starts at about 51 minutes and our collective exchange with the Councilors lasts about 20 minutes. 

Click here:  November 18 City Council Meeting

Look for more details here soon.  This project may or may not result in a better situation for motor vehicles, but in its current form it will not be a good thing for cyclists.

Get out there & Ride Your Bike!

Events of Duke City Wheelmen start in April, on the 13th with the first of six bike handling skills clinics.  The skills presented are of special use if you are at all interested in group rides and/or doing bicycle races, but they are useful every time you ride.  Check out the whole story here: Criterium Skills Clinics.

As the skills clinics continue (4/13, 4/27, 5/12, 5/18, 6/1, 6/1) we are planning a special recognition of the women who come out for the clinic on May 12th in conjunction with Cyclo Femme’s “We Ride Together.”  This day, Mother’s Day, is being recognized as a time when women can come together, ride a bicycle and celebrate all that women add to the world.

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On June 15 DCW is assisting Scalo Veloce who is hosting a bicycle race, a Criterium   If you have never seen this kind of race, come out and see what it is all about.  Racing starts at 8 am and continues to about 2 pm.

If you are interested in trying your wheels in an event like this, the Criterium Skills Clinics will get you ready.

The criterium at Wilson Stadium will have beginner categories for men and women.  Juniors will also have their own race.

 

In July, during the long 4th of July weekend, there will be a timed version of a bicycle tour, a Gran Fondo, with its start/finish in scenic Taos, NM.  Traveling the South Enchanted Circle, this ride will enchant you.  There are three distances to choose from.  People who register can also access a discounted training plan tailored to their distance to help them prepare.

September will bring us “Can You See Us NOW?” on September 29th.

We will be starting this 5th Annual bicycle ride and rally an hour earlier, at 3 pm this year.  In honor of HELMETSFROMJAVI “Helmets from Javi” is a helmet drive for children that honors Javier Garcia.

Because of this new partnership, we wanted to have more time at the park for food and music from porter draw.

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So, plan on joining us between 1 and 2:30 pm for registration so you are ready to roll at 3:00pm.  This will again be a slow parade ride down Route 66 (Central Ave.) with police escort.

This year, we are encouraging all ghost riders to join us!

 

On October 5, 2013 the Gila Monster Challenge Gran Fondo will take place in the Silver City area.  This ride will wind its way through spectacular southwestern NM mountains and valleys.  With four distances to choose from, everyone can find their challenge.

Bicycle Repair Day

November 14 will be Duke City Wheelmen Foundation’s 5th time to help Noon Day Ministries clients with their main form of transportation, their bicycles.  We install front and rear blinky lights, give out other safety gear including Albuquerque bike maps and mechanics from the Trek Superstore give their bikes some basic maintenance.