Beginning next week, we will putting all bikes and kayaks on sale! This will be an unprecedented sale at our shop! We will be making deals until Thanksgiving. The shop will be closed this Saturday, November 12 for a family wedding in Alabama. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS SALE!
Yesterday, we put together our first America’s Choice Ride on the LongLeaf Trace. We coupled the Birthday Challenge concept with a conversation about the upcoming Presidential Election in one event. Here are some pics from the event:
Riders were asked to choose a colored ribbon representing the person they would like as president, and display it on their mirror. The four choices were red, blue, yellow and green, for Republican, Democratic, Libertarian or Green parties, respectfully. We offered information on the four party platforms also. More on the results later.
Then, we challenged riders to begin riding toward Hattiesburg, from Sumrall. The general idea for the day was to ride your age, in kilometers, and discuss your voting choices with fellow riders. This seemed to be a good balance of energies. We think most folks met their challenge and some exceeded theirs!
The weather was picture-perfect and it was fun to trike the trace with customers and friends. The group I was with decided to go all the way to downtown Hattiesburg to explore the newest extension of the trace. It was fun seeing the tailgaters, and smelling the food cooking for the Southern/Charlotte football game. I think they had fun watching our long line of recumbents as well. We made our way to the train depot and tried to crash a wedding reception, but were directed off the train platform by an armed guard. No worries, as the line of wedding guests seemed to still enjoy our procession as well as we enjoyed theirs.
Too bad everyone didn’t make it downtown, as that was one of the many highlights of the day for this rider. But there were many highlights. The bus ride from the RideSouth shop, the excellent food from Chick-fil-A, the sense of community and support from everyone, all together made the event. Riders told me they achieved their personal best ride, and what a great day to do it on! Everything went well except for one flat on Slidell Jim’s recumbent bike/with side car. Friends helped to retrieve him and his dog Charly to the lunch area, where both seemed good natured about it.
Another highlight for me was to discover so many supporters for the Green Party. It has been my personal experience that once properly introduced, most folks really like Jill’s policies and platform. Too bad the corporate media has worked very hard to avoid that proper introduction! Even so, there were about as many green ribbons given out at the start as red ribbons. There were a few yellow ribbons and one blue ribbon asked for. Some folks showed up after the start and did not get a ribbon. Some did not want to indicate their choice for president.
Meet Jill here:Meet Jill Stein
In summary, the America’s Choice Ride was the most meaningful event we have ever organized . . . my personal best. The personal achievements, the local sense of community witnessed throughout the day, and the far-reaching and all-important consequence of our actions for our country, and our planet, coupled with some great fellowship, made the day awesome! Thank you to all that participated!
To heal America and achieve Democracy will require that we all find our personal best. I want my grandchildren to have the opportunity to have grandchildren of their own. War, hate, or ignoring the two, will not get it done.
America’s Choice Ride – November 5, 2016 – Longleaf Trace
Those of you who remember our Birthday Challenge Rides on the Longleaf Trace will want to come out and participate in our first, and maybe our last, America’s Choice Ride on the fabulous Longleaf Trace on November 5! We plan to launch from Sumrall at 10:00 AM on the Saturday before our historical presidential election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
We hope to challenge you to ride your age in miles, or kilometers, like the old Birthday Challenge rides, but with a new wrinkle. We hope to challenge you to represent your choice for President as well! We will have Jill, Gary, Donald and Hillary ribbons representing the four candidates in the 2016 Presidential race. So if you are proud of who you want to vote FOR, decorate yourselves and your trikes accordingly! If you want to keep it a secret, we respect that too!
So, the question is, are you up to it? Of course the miles, or kilometers, will be hard to do for some of us, but are you up to a civilized discussion about the future of our country, and our planet? That may be the hardest part, but at least we can burn off the nervous energy on our trikes, or bikes! Just as we have four presidential candidates, we will have four divisions for the ride. A fast trike division, a slow trike division, a fast bike division and a slow bike division should just about include everyone!
Ride the RideSouth bus to Sumrall and enjoy Chick-fil-A minis and fruit on the way! We will also have sandwiches and drinks after the ride for you to refuel on. The bus will leave the shop at 8:00 AM, so please arrive early to pack your bikes. We plan to pull the trailer so we can accommodate your trikes or bikes. If you prefer, you can meet us in Sumrall at the trail entrance for a 10:00 AM launch. Like America, this ride is open to everyone who can behave! There is no formal charge for the ride, but please let us know if you plan to participate so we can plan accordingly!
We will be attending the Recumbent Cycle Convention in Ohio this week! We hope to find you some great new rides to consider there! Please note that the shop will be closed Thursday, October 6 through Saturday, October 8. We will return and be open for business on Monday, October 10 at 1:00 PM. Please visit us then and see what we brought back for you!
HOT SALE & OTHER NEWS!!!
Hot enough for you? The Greenwood ride last Saturday hosted almost 1000 riders facing the 100 degree heat in the Mississippi Delta! It was great to see many of our customers and friends at the rest stops. There were recumbent bikes and trikes everywhere! We saw four Greenspeed Aero prototypes and more Greenspeed Magnums than we could count. Catrike and Bacchetta were well represented as well. Most of the rest stops were well attended and stocked when we went through, and the organizers did a good job of supporting the huge crowd.
It appears the heat is here to stay for a while. So, we are enticing you to come to RideSouth during the month of August for our first ever SUMMER HEAT SALE! Watch the mercury rise and take a dollar off for every degree the temperature rises to that day! Save up to $100 OFF EVERY BIKE OR KAYAK IN STOCK! We will run this hot sale through AUGUST 15, 2016. This will include the wildly popular Hobie Eclipse stand up PEDAL boards AND the HOBIE MIRAGE and PADDLE KAYAKS IN STOCK!
Take advantage of this special HOT SALE on all new and used bikes, kayaks and stand-up boards in the store. We are including all trikes and velomobiles, too! Check out special trikes from GREENSPEED, CATRIKE, HASE, HP VELOTECHNIK, MIRAGE and others. We have MASI and MARIN road, hybrid and mountain bikes that are ready to ride! Even a kid’s road bike by FUJI with 24 inch tires! SO BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK IN THIS WEEK and SAVE up to $100 on your land or water transport vehicle of choice while we still have it! Pick a hot day and save more! We think that is the best way to really BEAT THE HEAT and discover RideSouth IS THE WAY TO RIDE!
Most lasting relationships seem to work better this way, we think. Doing your own thing most of the time, and occasionally coming together to reach a common goal. The common goal this weekend was to celebrate our independence . . . see how that full circle works!
It was great seeing our new friends, and friends dating back to when we started RideSouth almost eighteen years ago! Bikes, and some folks, were decorated with red, white, and blue along with their great flashing lights. All the numerous recumbent riders we saw were decorated with smiles, as well. Not so much for most of the upright riders seen on the beautiful St. Tammany Trace! Maybe they were curious as to why we outnumbered them on these two days!
Most of the large group of riders got in more than seventy miles for Sunday and Monday rides. The only fault of the Trace is that it has too many places to stop, it seems. There are so many eating and drinking places to stop at along the wide, shady trail that you just need more time to enjoy it all! Even though a speed limit sign is posted in places, we saw ample rabbits along the way to chase, and plenty of open trail to do it on!
We encountered one speeding roadie rabbit and made a new friend, and a believer in the speed of the trikes. At a water stop, he wanted to know more and we obliged him, of course! Turns out, roadie Frank was a Brit and knew more about our Independence Day than we did! Guess the Brits have studied us a bit lately! Hope to see Frank in the RideSouth shop sometime soon!
Our first experience riding the St. Tammany Trace was a good one. Everyone felt completely comfortable riding alone, or in a group. You can relax through the many quiet areas, have a brew or snack in many different areas, or blow out the cobwebs and chase a rabbit or two on the long flats. Basically, it is a great place to ride by yourself or with a group. Isn’t that what recumbent riding is all about . . . being independent together?
RideSouth . . . The Way to Ride!
BentLovers and Friends
Independence Day Rides (Revised Launch Spot)
Thanks to everyone for the information on the St. Tammany Trace! This should be a great weekend! Here are the RideSouth plans thus far:
The RS bus will leave the RS shop around 10:00 AM on Sunday so we can get some more miles Sunday afternoon. We think that translates to launching from the Covington Trail Head around 2:00. We are very flexible about the rest of the afternoon and will follow the lead of you local folks about where to ride/eat/drink, etc. for the rest of the day!
On Monday, we plan to launch from the Covington Trail Head again, this time at 7:30 AM sharp. That way if you plan to meet us along the Trace you will know the approximate time. Many of us plan to tour the length of the Trace and return in the afternoon for a 2:00 checkout. We can eat along the way or after the ride, depending on the group preference.
For our customers in Jackson, if you would like to take the bus, please arrive at 9:30 AM on Sunday morning so we can pack your bike. Let us know on Saturday if you plan to make it and we will have some flags for your bike! Happy Independence Day!
The RideSouth shop will be closed tomorrow at 11:00 AM. We are traveling out of town for a family wedding. We will be open at 1:00 on Monday June 27. Hope to see you then!
We will have our first shipment of the awesome Hobie Eclipse stand-up PEDAL board on display next week! You need to be the first to get yours! Come by early next week as these boards will disappear in a few days, we think!
More choices . . .
Today, many folks seem unsure of their perceived choices. The two, well publicized styles have too many issues. In fact, a majority of people dislike either style so much that they might choose to not even participate!
Yes, peer pressure is a very powerful force to keep you in the pace line of mainstream thinking. But is it really thinking, or just reacting? Someone pointed out that thinking is the hardest work a person can do . . . that is why most people don’t!
However, the forward thinkers are beginning to discover alternatives. They are looking past the stereotypes and liking what they see. They are seeing their future in a different way. A safe, comfortable way that is truly sustainable and green. That is, growing and life giving green.
So, are you up for a little thinking work? Are you ready to open your mind and consider the alternatives? If you are, we think you will find some excellent, politically correct choices you can live with whether you are riding a bike or saving a planet! You might even have some fun along the way!
This weekend, May 28, we will begin our long-standing Bread Rides at 7:30 AM on Saturday. Come out and join us for a great time!
We have a few sale kayaks left, so if you are looking for deals, now is the time! Memorial Day weekend is here and the weather is getting hot. Cool off in the water with a kayak!
The RideSouth BikePark is now open for test rides on all of our machines! Come and try it out! We had a great opening ceremony that was well attended and fun! Thank you Flowood Chamber of Commerce!
We are getting in a few more of the prototypes for the GreenSpeed Aero. If you are on the waiting list, you need to visit us soon! The production models will come out in August, we think! Also on the floor is a GT-20 sample for you to test ride. This will be a great compliment to the Magnum for a lot of riders. It will go into production in August as well.
We have a full suspension HP Scorpion that is an awesome ride for someone wanting suspension. Soon we will have the Catrike Dumont, their first entry into the full suspension arena. This will be a popular bike for sure!
There are many new and used two wheel recumbents that need a new home! Please come out and check them out! We rode our Bacchetta this week and still love it! There is even a bike with no chain for you to consider! No mess, no fuss, full suspension.
We will be open all day Saturday and part of the day on Monday, by appointment. So, come by in the next couple of days for your summer recreational pleasure vehicles! We will be looking for you!!