Painless in Flowood is the theme for the Recumbent Rally and Convention to be held in Flowood, Mississippi on May 1, 2015. Please check out our special video invitation:
The RideSouth shop will be closed from noon Wednesday through Friday this week. We plan to be open Saturday morning for an after Christmas bread ride. Join us and check out our cool toys that Santa couldn’t fit down your chimney! Invest in your health with some great new kayaks and bicycles just received! We have a few of the Evoke Fishing models for less than you would think!
If you are going to be riding on our cool new bike lanes over the holidays, check out our Bike Lane Decisions comments and video on our YouTube channel. Here is a link from our website. We think it is worth thinking about to help avoid injuries for all users:
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!
As this day begins, we snapped a few photos to give you an idea of what we face today. RideSouth has twice the inventory we have had in Decembers past. We have over forty recumbent trikes and many used bikes and trikes. We have the most popular recumbent bikes in the world and some that are on the way to challenging all others. We have a velomobile, or two, and more coming.
We have excellent cruiser bikes that are better than the once popular Townies we introduced to our area over sixteen years ago. Marin and Fuji make some awesome, light bikes that you have to try to believe as well as some great mountain bikes. We have Masi full carbon road bikes on sale.
We have brand new Hobie Kayaks of every model, even the new Pro Angler Tandem. We have numerous last year’s kayaks at greatly reduced prices and quite a few used kayaks that are in excellent condition. We have kayaks from Evoke and Sundolphin on order, that are a better value, and less expensive, than any other kayak you can find.
There is much more in store, including kid’s bikes, commuter bikes, hybrids and special needs bikes. Also, we have stocked up on shoes, helmets, lights and pedals, all excellent Christmas gifts. Gift certificates are also available.
We would like to take a few days off for Christmas, so we have a week for you to put a wrap on your RideSouth present to your loved ones, or yourself. We will do everything in our power to make your Christmas, indeed, a Good Morning!
“Oh Happy Day!” Ride Saturday!
Join us in a celebration ride Saturday morning at 8:00 AM from the RideSouth shop! We will make the SMOOTH transition onto the newly completed, Old Fannin Road BIKE LANE, and have a Happy Day tour of the Fannin area!
We will be back at the shop by 10:00 to load up your new (or used!) kayak, bicycle or trailer purchase! Since we plan to be visiting family next week, we are ready to clear out our huge inventory to make room for exciting new products NOW!!
We already have some new bike demos for you to try, and more coming daily. Models from the new Hobies, Evoke and Sun Dolphin lines will be arriving soon and you need to reserve your kayak or SUP (stand-up paddle board) Christmas gift now! Some models are priced as low as $399! That’s right, RideSouth quality and service, at online prices!
For at least a couple of years, we have anticipated this day! Old Fannin Road has now grown from a rural, two-lane road (with a drive-in movie theater), to a well controlled, five-lane connector, super automobile and bike way! Two, five-foot bike lanes now supplement the five lanes of auto traffic, to allow safe bicycle travel for thousands of families living in the Reservoir area to businesses, restaurants and recreation hotspots!
So join us for the “Happy Day” ride on Saturday! We will have fresh, oat bran bread in the oven, and a good compliment of fresh ideas and adventures for you to consider! Temperatures will be in the mid 50′s with plenty of November sunshine for the ride. A happy day to ride and kayak indeed!
We will be closed Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Here is our most recent newsletter showing some exciting changes at RideSouth . . . enjoy!
Lately, there have been a number of things in the news that might cause extra concern for some, maybe a little fear even. Deadly viruses seek new hosts, terrorists continue to go berserk and dangerous drivers act criminally.
Reactions, or pro-actions, to these concerning conditions and situations vary. Being a business person, we choose to be proactive about business concerns we might have. For example, we realize it can be scary for folks to leave our shop and enter Old Fannin Road, on a bike or even in a car! The two-year road construction project on Old Fannin has given us concerns about our business, for sure.
So, to be proactive, we are offering a REALLY SCARY SALE, right up to Halloween!! We are discounting ALL 2014 bikes and kayaks! Some prices are right down to, or below our cost! That is scary for us, but good for you! We also have used bikes and kayaks that need to go, so make us an offer! We HAVE to make room for 32 new kayaks and more new trikes coming in the next two weeks!
Now, we are sure business will pick up when the road work is finished. We feel confident that cycling activity will increase exponentially when folks soon see the new bike lanes appear on the road, adjacent to our shop. To deal with some of the other concerns, we wash our hands after greeting every customer, and we are diligent about observation and protection. When riding, or driving, we are extra careful about the many distracted drivers out there. That’s how we choose to handle scary situations in our small world.
Outside, there is a huge, wonderful world (outside of your cell phone!) waiting to be noticed and experienced! All of the senses can be engaged on a bike, or in a kayak! Riding and paddling is therapeutic on every level! So we urge you to take some action now, not from fear, but to have fun! View your world as a positive place and you will enjoy it more . . . we are positive!
Look for the scary witch hanging in the shop! HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Ask us about a special ride this weekend and join us for Saturday Bread Rides beginning at 8:00 AM (for ALL levels)!
RideSouth . . . The Way to Ride!
A simple, low cost solution:
ALL VEHICLES MUST HAVE
DRIVING LIGHTS ON
AT ALL TIMES
Simply install this sign on the existing sign posts for the Natchez Trace at every entrance. This would REQUIRE that automobiles, recreational vehicles AND bicycles have white lights on the front and red lights on the back IN THE DAYTIME! Visibility will increase and accident rates will drop. This is a NO COST change for cars and a minimal cost for cyclists . . . and cheap insurance. Combo light kits that are visible for MILES in the BRIGHT SUNSHINE are available for less than $90. New batteries last all day and can be recharged with a computer. The few dollars for the signs can be recovered by citations given to offenders by Park Rangers!
We cycle and drive on the Natchez Trace weekly. The shadows make it difficult to see dark cars and dark jerseys, even with our rear-view mirrors. It seems folks will continue to drive and wear what they want, regardless of safety concerns. At least, a dark cyclist with good lights can still be seen by other vehicles. Also, driving with LIGHTS ON helps the motorist be aware that safety is a major concern on this fantastic asset we have in Mississippi and Tennessee called the Natchez Trace!
Ever try answering the traditional question “How are you?”, with the simple phrase “Better, thank you.”? Most of the time that answer solicits a follow-up question like “Have you been sick?” The status quo being, well, the way it is, has been ingrained in us as normal, regular and routine. But, we have to ask ourselves occasionally is that really what we want . . . or can we get better?
Can our diet improve? Can we try different foods for an extended time and see if we are better? Can our exercise regimen be better? Can we try different sports or activities, and get better? How about our parenting skills? Can we perform better for our kids, spouses and our aging parents? And of course, our attitude. Can we approach every situation with a better attitude?
So, if you have addressed the all important, “Why?”, concerning your existence, then a next logical approach could be how to be better, we think. Of course, some may think they are good enough. Hard to argue the point with some. But we are enlightened when we see folks attempting to do, and be better all the time in every aspect of their lives.
At RideSouth, we strive to be better every day at helping our customers know about different ways to enjoy the outdoors more. We plan and implement events to motivate folks to participate in activities and better enjoy fellowship and fun experiences together. We seek out better products, and improvements for products and services we have.
We invite you to come to our shop and take home a new kayak or bicycle! We think you will be the better for it!
RideSouth . . . The Way to Ride
Yesterday, we left early to try and beat the heat for a pre-ride to Vicksburg and a route mapping for the upcoming Recumbent Rally in May. Hey! Look at me! (short video) Sure, Doug Morgan’s reflective vest and bright lights show up well at night, but the bright colors and lights also work well in the bright sunshine and shadows!
So, when we ride the Trace and barely see cyclists in dark colors, it begs the question. Why? Of course, the reds and blues look good on the design screen, and on the dummies in the ads, but why would any safety minded designer use these colors for jerseys to wear out in the distracted public? They appear black in the distance and in the shadows! When your lights fail, you are invisible!
We don’t blame the cyclists all the time, because some of these jerseys were earned, but we should hold the jersey designers accountable. There are plenty of patterns and designs that can be based on the high-vis lime green or yellow background. And, if just one accident, or life is spared . . .
Recently, the Little Mountain ride was held near Kosiusko to honor Dr. Holdiness, who had been a customer of ours. Like Gary, thousands of cyclists have ridden on the Natchez Trace almost daily because it is the safest and most scenic place to ride in the country! Here is a pic of Dr. Russell Rooks at the summit of that ride on his recumbent! Way to go, Russell! This is a GOOD story!
Now, we don’t profess to know all the answers. Heck, we don’t even know many of the questions! But, we do know that to survive, you have a better chance if you are as visible as you can be . . . and ride as if you are invisible! If you can distract the drivers from their distractions, just long enough for them to get around you safely, well, you have done your job.
If you choose to ride a recumbent, stay tuned for the Recumbent Rally and Convention to be based in Flowood, Mississippi May 1-9 2015! There will be sessions for all BentLovers to participate in! Put the dates on your calendar. We are almost ready to publish our events page for you to sign up on, so stay tuned, and stay safe!
Recumbent Rally and Convention Planning
The Rally Committee has done the hard work to set a date and a place! The dates of the Rally events are May 1-9, and the center of events is Flowood, Mississippi. While no date will be perfect for all, early May provides optimum weather and fewer holiday conflicts. Mississippi seems to be a center of recumbent activity for the entire Southeast, if not the entire USA, and the growth of cycling infrastructure is most prevalent in Flowood, Mississippi. So now the fun begins!
Here is a skeleton of the event agenda. We have been ambitious in planning events for everyone, so you will have some choices to make. We need help to implement all of these activities and we expect many of you will volunteer!
Friday, May 1:
Workshop Clinic at 3, Short Bay Ride at 4, Welcome Dinner at 7, including keynote speaker.
Saturday, May 2:
Metric Century from the RideSouth shop or Ridgeland Century from Ridgeland. Both rides include the scenic Natchez Trace, begin at 7 and have variable distances. Separate sign-up required for the Ridgeland Ride.
Trail Ride at 7:30, all on trails and lanes from the RideSouth shop. Variable distances from 10-30 miles.
3:00-4:30 PM; Speed trials on East Metro Parkway in downtown Flowood on new, wide bike lanes, little traffic, loops are 3.2 miles, rolling hills, one minute intervals, free frozen yogurt.
4:30-6:00 PM; Free test rides at RideSouth shop
7:00 PM; Recumbent Forum, accessible by bike lanes and trails, providing a variety of topics and panel discussions by leaders in the industry and law enforcement officials.
Sunday, May 3:
Begin ride to Vicksburg Military Park at 8:00 AM . . . or
Transport shuttle to Vicksburg Military Park at 9:00 AM . . .or
Transport shuttle to Prentiss to ride LongLeaf Trace
Picnic lunch in Vicksburg or Sumrall
Transport back to RideSouth shop at 3:00 PM from Vicksburg or Hattiesburg
Monday, May 4:
Transport leaves RideSouth for Natchez at 6:00 AM.
Begin Natchez Trace Tour from Natchez to Nashville (via the Tanglefoot Trail)
Transport back to Flowood Saturday, May 9 for Flowood Festival
Tour details and SAG to be arranged. Please let us know if you can help!
We need passionate recumbent riders, and friends, to volunteer for helping to make this Recumbent Rally and Convention a world class event! We are soliciting your feedback on assistance, forum topics, speakers, costs and events. We understand there are thousands of recumbent riders who may be interested in some, or all, of the events we will offer. This is a chance for us all to grow and learn from each other, and we are excited to be a part.
Please respond by e-mail to [email protected] and indicate how you would like to participate. We will put your address in a database for further updates on the event.
RideSouth Recumbents, LLC