Thank you to everyone who helped with or particpated in last week's Sweet Summertime Alley Cat fundraiser p/b Oaks and Spokes! Full of fun times in the company of 71 cool cats who registered, this event was a great success. With your help, we were able to raise just over $1,000 towards upfront race costs— a significant step in the right direction towards our first $5,000 milestone. This first fundraising target will allow us to secure our first criterium location in downtown Clayton, NC (planned May/June 2024). As part of our fundraising efforts, we've crafted this conveniently fancy one-time donate button:
We also have this conveniently titled "Donate" page
and this fancy new subscription tier called "Support"
One day (read: Clayton Criterium in May/June 2024) we'll have something more tangible to thank you with. As we continue to grow, we thank you with our continued "Free" newsletter + virtual high fives.
... and this new "Calendars" page with all the best local cycling calendars we know of, including three of our own:
- Raleigh Crit Racing - all the criteriums within 150(ish) miles of Raleigh
- Raleigh Group Rides - all the recurring rides around Raleigh(ish)
- Free Bike Calendar - our companion to this Free Newsletter
Thanks again 💕
June 3, 2023 is World Bicycle Day
They said so, them, the United Nations: https://www.un.org/en/observances/bicycle-day
Short Track is like a crit on mountain bikes, right?
Don't miss the final night of BHB's Short Track series at Spring Hill in Raleigh, NC! Racing on Thursday June 8, 2023 starts at 6 PM from 2212 Dorsett Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603 and make sure to tell Todd you heard it on RaleighCrit.com 😉
and now ... free bike stuff:
TLC For Bikes
Monthly Repair Class
When: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Wednesday, June 7th, 2023
Where: TLC For Bikes at 8480 Honeycutt Rd #126, Raleigh, NC 27615
This happens every first Wednesday of the month!
Bring a bike and Gary Smith will be there to help you work on what you need to learn, on the bike you brought.
Raleigh Community Kickstand
Community Bike Repair Day
When: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 10th, 2023
Where: Oak City Cares at 1430 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
RCK host a repair event at OCC every 2nd Saturday of the month!
The Raleigh Community Kickstand (RCK) is an all-volunteer, non-profit community bicycle cooperative project located in Raleigh, NC and established in 2017. They work closely with Oak City Cares (OCC), a homeless resource center located south of downtown, to provide bike repairs and teach maintenance skills to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They also work with the city, local cycling shops, cycling non-profits, and other organizations and individuals to collect resources and skills focused on addressing a need in our community— safe, reliable, self-sufficient transportation.
Their motto is simple: fix, teach, give. They fix/replace brakes, clean chains/drivetrains, tune shifters, fix flats, and make other minor adjustments. In addition, the group accepts donated bikes, which they repair and donate to members of the OCC community to provide safe and reliable transportation.
This is an excellent opportunity for experienced bike mechanics to lend a hand and make a positive impact in the community. Please note that this event is not for bike servicing or repairs of participants' personal bikes; it is focused on helping Raleigh Community Kickstand and Oak City Cares' client base.
While bringing your own tools and repair stands is not necessary, it is encouraged. Let's work together to make a difference!
Learn more at https://oakcitycares.org/
and even more at https://raleighcommunitykickstand.org
Oak City Cycling
Free Basic Maintenance Class (Sign up!)
When: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM on Wednesday, June 14th, 2023
Where: Oak City Cycling at 707 N Person St, Raleigh, NC 27604
This happens every second Wednesday of the month!
Attendance is limited, please only sign up if you plan to attend. Sign up here:
Learn these things:
- Basic bike anatomy
- How to change a flat
- How to clean & lubricate your chain
These are typically the only topics covered in this class. If you'd like to learn more, keep an eye out for their Intermediate Maintenance Class (also free!).
WHAT TO BRING: Bring a bike! You'll get to practice changing out a tube & chain maintenance during class. If you can't get it here, no worries! A bike will be provided for you.
If you sign up and cannot attend, PLEASE let them know. Space is limited and someone else can take your spot!
Learn more at http://www.oakcitycycling.com