This year we tried something new. We wanted to encourage more people to get on their bikes again so we started a social ride on Tuesday nights called Spin & Sip. We posted the rides on our social media channels and it took on a life of it's own. The concept was simple. We met on the patio at Pedal Chic bike shop and then rode the Swamp Rabbit Trail. At first we did not go that far, but no one was left behind. It was BYOB & B (beverages and bikes) and we rented bikes to those that did not have their own ... yet!
We asked our riders to share their thoughts on what these group rides have meant to them and here is what they had to say in our Facebook group.
"What this group means to me is life! A new chapter with some new great friends. I felt myself starting to go into a depression so I bought a bike. Within the first week I showed up at Spin & Sip not knowing a soul but felt welcomed from the start. This group made my year. I am so thankful God directed me to it. It means the world to me and I can't wait till next year!!! Love you guys. . CJ"
"Riding with the girls was so much fun! It was so cool to sit and sip afterwards! It is so great to be a part of this wonderful group! Everyone looks after each other.Can't wait to ride again soon! Hope we can still ride together some Saturdays!Thanks Pedal Chics for some wonderful memories! "
"After a two year "hiatus", evry mile gave me a new confidence. Very theraputic."
What did we learn from our first season of this very special ride? If you start it they will ride! Looking forward to our next season. We ride again in March 2013!