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    That Saturday we went on a Sunday ride.... the NOVA Mini Makers Faire in Reston at a high school. Sunny when we left, snowing when we returned!

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    How many different things can you make out of a used bicycle tire?

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    Food trucks were excellent.

    Funny thing was I got to be volunteer bike valet. The amount of "temporary parking" we set up was about the same that already exists permanently in front of any Arlington High School. Safe routes to school + bike parking = good.

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    Every time we finish a saturday ride, the kids always say "more, more." This weekend, we gave them "more." Inspired by DIRT's century ride "KILL BILL," we headed to North Arlington. Hills. Lots of them. Crossed Chain Bridge, and did some more Hills. Lots of them. Got lost and asked someone the way to the CCT. She said, "oh, just go up that hill." The boys audibly winced! Made it over to the CCT and got a good nice long hill down to el rio. Crashed the VASA Ride party, and cycled over to Crystal City. 24 miles in total. And... the volunteer ride leaders... WE WON!!! At the end of this ride, the kids looked like worn out puppies!

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    4/5/14 Wakefield / Accotink ride

    Bikenetic Bikes loans their bus to Phoenix Bikes, how awesome is that?


    RCannon100 riding a titanium singlespeed mountain bike, how awesome is that? (borrowed from Jeff)





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    Vincent totally getting it done in Wakefield Park



    Ride Marshalls with the Mostest Jeff and Vincent



    Phoenix kid totally getting it done over the jump



    Vincent totally NOT getting it done over the jump, taking the weanie way around


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    Default Earn a Bike This Summer

    This weekend we biked to the Teen Summer Fair at Washington & Lee.

    Which brings up an important thought. As you ponder what to do with the young'ns this summer besides leaving them to goof off on WasteBook - think about the Phoenix Earn-a-Bike program. 25 hours of volunteer time at the shop and the kids earn a bike. And what do they get out of this experience?

    * Tear bikes all the way down, and build them all the way back up again. Learn solid bike mechanic skills.
    * Small business skills, learning to work with customers, respond to orders, and general on the job training. A good nugget to put on the resume.
    * They get to pick a bike, build it, and earn it!

    And ~ of course ~ they get to go wandering through the trails of northern virginia.

    It is a drop-in program. It can be done any time, started any time, completed in any length. Could be a good program to fill in some empty spots in the schedule.

    There might be a camping trip this summer (but I am not sure and that is tentative). There may also be a Phoenix Century in August.

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    In this edition of "As the Phoenix Saturday Ride Turns," we explored the ancient conundrum: "is it art?" The ride took us to Penrose Square where some zebra blocks were suppose to be echo chambers. Than we journeyed to the Arlington Arts Center where Apple Computer had an art installation on the front lawn. We wandered down east to Ross's Land, and explored whether it was the Death Star or the Dark Star installation. Our quest for finding true art was proving futile, so finally Henry posed for a glam shot with visiting Philly shop mechanic Taylor:

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