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Abita Brew Ride this Sunday, September 2!

BentLovers, BrewLovers and Friends!

Our first Abita Brew Ride is this Sunday, September 2! We are riding the shady Tammany Trace, which runs through Abita Springs, LA. We are looking for all of our RideSouth customers to get out on this Labor Day weekend to enjoy the Tammany Trace AND the Abita Brewery! In fact, if you show up at 2:00 PM at the Abita Brewery, riding a cool RideSouth bike you purchased from us, AND have on a RideSouth shirt from any of our numerous events in the past, we will buy you a brew! At 2:30 we will ease down the Trace towards Slidell and enjoy the Sunday afternoon. On Monday, Labor Day, we plan to ride some more from our hotel in Covington, but the schedule is not prearranged.

We hope you can make this event and bring your friends! What a great way to relax from our work and play on our bikes! Remember to wear your RideSouth shirt, ride your RideSouth bike you purchased from us and we will help you relax with a free beer . . . our way of saying Thank You for supporting our shop!

We will have our long running (almost 20 years) Rise & Shine Bread Ride this Saturday at 7:30 AM from the RideSouth shop. Please launch from the shop as sometimes we take another route and do not go to Kroger. We will have fresh, hot oat bran bread after the ride, as usual!

We have a few kayaks left until our next shipment in October! There are great new products from Hobie this year you will want to see! We also have a huge inventory of used recumbent bicycles that need a new home! Get your deals on these bikes while we have them!

Link to ABITA BREWERY. not the pub!


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Abita Brew Ride: Labor Day Weekend

Abita Brew Ride: Sunday September 2

Abita Springs is located on the beautiful Tammany Trace in Louisiana. This Labor Day weekend we are traveling to the area to ride and sample the brews at the Abita Visitors Brewery! If you show up riding a RideSouth bike and wearing a RideSouth tee shirt or jersey from any of our past events, we will buy you a brew! Just be at the Abita Brewery at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 2 wearing your RideSouth colors and have one on us! After the meet and greet, we will ride towards Slidell and back. We will plan a meeting spot and time on Monday morning, Labor Day, to ride some more on the Trace. Lane & I will be traveling in our car and staying in Covington at the Southern Hotel. Your travel and accommodations are up to you. Come join us for a great event, some good brews and great fellowship!



American Winter

American Winter

As temperatures climb across the Planet, tomorrow, Wednesday, July 18, we will have a slight reprieve! A front slides South and will bring us cooler weather. We plan to take advantage of this and ride up the Natchez Trace at 7:00 AM from the Overlook. Bring your riding buddies and join us for the launch! Personally, I plan to make my birthday miles and be back in the shop to open at 1:00 PM. Your mileage may vary, but it will be a good day to enjoy the Trace!

We would like to thank Rich Winter, of Verve Magazine, for an excellent article on our shop. You can find a digital copy of the article here https://www.vervesouth.com. Rich is an excellent writer and we hope you enjoy the article and photos. You might just be in one! Thanks to all of our customers for helping Rich see that RideSouth is “The Way to Ride!” We hope to have copies in the shop soon!

On an additional note, we have placed an order for more Hobie Kayaks. If you have interest in one that is not on our floor, please call TODAY to secure the boat of your dreams in the upcoming shipment next week!

Thank you!

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Kayak and High Racer Sale!

BentLovers and Friends

With trikes becoming more popular, we are putting our extensive inventory of High Racer recumbent bikes on sale! We have used and new models to choose from. We are also offering sale prices on all kayaks on the floor, including some Hobie models! Sale prices end this week, so plan to visit our store in your pick-up and take away a great vehicle for the road, or the water!

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Most of us want more of it. We soup up our bikes, or soup up our engines, to accomplish more speed. We make our clothes and our bodies as aerodynamically slick as possible. Anything that is not absolutely necessary for survival, we leave at home to save a few grams of weight.

All of the above measures are necessary for more speed. There is no way around it. And, of course, speed is a relative term. One rider’s end goal may be another rider’s starting point. And those speed goals vary all over, from day to day, and often from minute to minute.

So, how do we motivate ourselves to accomplish more speed? And why? Is the common reason ” To keep up with the group” an obtainable goal even? After all, the ” group” is just individuals going the same way. And individuals, by our nature, have our own comfortable speed that can vary with conditions and how much sleep we had the night before. Why is it that some days we want, we need, to put the pedal to the metal and go faster, and some days we just have trouble going at all?

Training for an event can be motivation to accomplish more speed. Riding “base miles” is one way of increasing endurance and to be ready to perform. Doing intervals is an excellent way of increasing your speed. An interval is a period when you are maxing out your effort, followed by a period of decreased effort, or recovery. Try a few intervals on your next ride and see how you feel the rest of the day. Work on increasing the max time and decreasing the recovery time for maximum benefit.

How we feel at the end of the day is most important. Competition with others, or with ourselves is inevitable. We set achievable goals and work toward them. That competition is what ultimately drives us to be better. Whether it is better than the next rider, or just better than we were the last time we rode is immaterial. Not everyone lists speed as their goal, but no one has ever asked us how to go slower!

Event extension and SALE!

Trike-A-Rama X-Tension

BentLovers & Friends

We had such a good response to this year’s Trike-A-Rama, that we are extending the event on May 19 and May 20! Since Mother Earth chose to cry a bit on Earth Day, we will try again to ride the Longleaf Trace on Sunday, the 20th. We will do the Trike-Around at PineLake on Saturday, if there is interest. Otherwise, we will ride the Bay Area, or cross the Spillway into Ridgeland. We hope to gather folks interested in the NOBX for a training ride on the Longleaf or the Natchez Trace, too. This might be a good time to plan for the Natchez or Bust X-Treme in November and get some miles in!

We have a huge stock of trikes and bikes in stock! All of our new and used two wheel recumbent bikes are on sale! We even have a couple of personal models we will offer! Don’t miss out on these! There are new and used Hobie Kayaks on the floor that need a new home! The new Hobie Compass is only $1949! Come check out all of our kayaks, starting from $400 on Evoke kayaks! The weather is here for outdoor fun! Let us help you get the most out of your time on the trail, or the water!

RideSouth . . . The Way to Ride!

Trike-A-Rama 2018 Agenda

Hello TrikeLovers and Friends!

We are excited to plan our second Trike-A-Rama for you! Here is an agenda of the weekend activities:

Friday, April 20, 6:00 PM: We will have a social at the shop with good food, beer, wine and fun! If there is interest, a little table tennis tournament might be fun, so wear your tennis shoes!

Saturday, April 21, 8:00 AM: We will organize a ride around the beautiful, Pelahatchie Bay and Fannin area for most folks. We encourage everyone to decorate their trike to celebrate Earth Day! The official Earth Day is Sunday and you can use your decorations on that ride, also!

Also on Saturday morning, for folks wanting to go fast, we will transport trikes to Pine Lake Church for another fun Trike-Around! We will do a few laps around the 1 mile loop with a timing set-up to record your best times! Here is a partial list of times from last year. Can we do better??

Trike-around Times

May 27 2017 Best times

Billy Owen 2:17
Jim Snider 2:36
Louis Reno 2:43
John Crews 2:45
Matt Brown 2:48
David Read 2:57
Ivan Redford 3:25
Wanda Redford 3:38

Sunday, April 22, 8:00 AM: The RideSouth bus and trailer will depart to Sumrall, MS to launch on the fabulous LongLeaf Trace at 10:00 AM. Folks can head to scenic Llama Land and turn around to head for Hattiesburg for lunch. Faster riders can go into Prentiss and try to beat the rest of the group to Hattiesburg! After all have refueled in Hattiesburg, we will make our way back to the bus to reflect on a great weekend of riding and fellowship on the way back to the shop. What better way to celebrate our home . . . the Earth!

Happy Earth Day!

Trike-A-Rama 2018

Trike-A-Rama 2018 April 20-22

We will have our Trike-A-Rama this year on Earth Day Weekend! The three-day event was a big hit last year! We plan a social on Friday evening at the shop, a special Saturday Ride and the main event, a Longleaf Trace Tour on Sunday, Earth Day! We have the bus ready to take all of you AND your trikes to Sumrall on Sunday to save on gas! The social will be at 6:00 PM Friday, the Saturday Ride will be at 8:00 AM and the bus departure on Sunday will be at 12:00 Noon (or earlier if requested by all!) Of course, all Earthlings are welcome! Come join us and do something nice for our Earth!

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As our friends in the SouthEast face extreme flooding and coastal storms, our friends in the SouthWest face record heat, and our friends up north face record cold, we at RideSouth are still open for business! In fact, as we continue to cook our planet, we are cooking up some extreme deals until the weather gets to an old normal again . . . for a while.

We will have two tables set up with accessories marked down 40%, or more! As you grab a box full of bargains, we will place ten new items on the table EVERYDAY! We plan to have the first batch priced and ready for you Saturday, February 10. Take advantage of some great deals on quality accessories that you can use. We will also have some used items including a large stash of tires on the tables.

We have put out a few messages on the Natchez or Bust Extreme (NOBX). We are working on all the planning necessary to make this an epic adventure. You can keep up-to-date on our website www.ridesouthevents.com. We need more riders willing to make history in November! Yes, it will take some work, but the reward will be worth it! Our first Training Ride will be March 3. The average distance for each rider between 90 minute rest periods will be 28 miles. The more riders we have, the easier the 28 miles will be for each rider!

We are also working on a date for the Trike-A-Rama again this year. If you have a suggestion, please respond to this e-mail. It was a great 3-day event last year!

Remember, extreme is the new normal in most things these days. Those that learn to tackle these extremes head-on will have a better chance of surviving! We plan to be in that group, do you?

RideSouth . . . The Way to Ride!

Cycling . . . a right or a priveledge?

Riding a bicycle on streets and most highways is a right most all of us have. Conversely, driving a motor vehicle on those same byways is a privilege that can be removed. This distinction deserves some thought from cyclists and motorists alike.

First of all, let’s get past the obvious “dead right” comments and state that any right can be abused; so caution and intelligence should rule when any right is exercised. We have the right to free speech, but mouth off at the wrong time and see where that gets you!

Driving a motor vehicle requires a license. There are certain requirements that must be met and maintained to continue to have that privilege. Unfortunately, caution and intelligence can be lacking here as well. Consider all the dangerous, distracted drivers!

The repercussions of abusing your right to ride a bicycle on streets and highways are generally not as severe as abusing one’s privilege of operating a motor vehicle dangerously. One can do a great deal more damage with a two-ton loaded weapon moving at any speed than with a relatively lightweight bicycle and rider.

The conversation gets more interesting when you consider the accident in San Francisco when a cyclist plowed into a pedestrian, killing a 70-year man who was crossing the street. The cyclist was charged with vehicular manslaughter, convicted and given community service requirements as a sentence. This is the first case of such a ruling, ever!

Now every cyclist is guilty of blowing through residential stop signs and many will run a red light or two, usually hurting no one. And, there are thousands of cases where privileged, reckless motorists have injured, or killed cyclists who were properly exercising their rights. There is some irony that most of these motorists are not prosecuted, or even charged with wrong doing, and the one case of a cyclist causing a death is dealt with using swift justice!

So, should cyclists have a license? Should reckless drivers be charged and convicted? Is it ok to drive distracted? Who should have privileges and who should have rights? Maybe all we cyclists can do is remind those motorists who question our use of “their” roadway that we have that right, and driving on “our” roadway is a privilege to them . . . and they should not abuse it.

Of course, as responsible cyclists, we should slow or stop at stop signs and never run red lights. Always use caution on the roads, be visible and ride as if you are invisible! Yes, it is our right to ride a bicycle almost anywhere . . . and we should consider it a privilege.