Wednesday, March 28, 2018

March News

FAB March News - Spring is coming, get ready to ride.

A Note From Our President

This past week was remarkable to me as I observed what I think was an unprecedented level of engagement in our beautiful bicycling community by our riders. Early in the week Art and David went to Washington, D.C. and participated in the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit. At the same time Jodi and I sat with a few local riders in a room full of people participating in DTSF, Inc’s Community Matters event. Art and David talked bicycling and FAB with Senator Thune & Senator Rounds and Representative Noem. I was able to sit on a panel at the Community Matters event as the FAB President and sometimes bend the conversation toward how riding a bicycle fits into the agenda of a strong town, a strong community.

Progress is incremental and organic and it is happening.

By the way, have you seen “Bikes May Use Full Lane” signs on 22nd St, 49th St, Minnesota and Cliff Aves?

Michael Christensen
President, Falls Area Bicyclists

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Support FAB’s advocacy efforts and have fun riding your bike with a Falls Area Bicyclists membership. We can't support the Sioux Falls bicycling community without your support!

Pi(e) Day Ride - 3-14
March 14, 6:05 pm - Parking lot behind 605 Running Company

Join FAB for an easy Wednesday evening ride to pie in celebration of Pi Day. We’ll start at 6:05 from the parking lot behind 605 Running Company.

#80in18 March Challenge
March 24, 9:00 am - Bagel Boy on Minnesota Ave

Let’s ride in search of featured parks in the Park and Rec’s challenge to visit all 80 Sioux Falls Parks in 2018. This ride will be 20-30 miles at a moderate pace. It will include a stop for lunch or snacks at the halfway mark.

30 Days of Biking Kick-off Ride
March 31, 9:00 am leaving from Flyboy Donuts

Start off a full season of riding with the 30 Days of Biking Challenge. We’ll partner with our joyful community of bicyclists on this fun 10-mile ride through the streets of Sioux Falls. There’s sure to be rewards if you show up. Keep an eye out for more details.

Calendar of Events
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March 12 - Harlan’s Tubeless 101
Instructional Class at Harlan’s

March 13 - FAB March Board Meeting
Our members are invited to attend board meetings.

March 13 - SNS Ride to Fernson of 8th
Social and community building ride downtown

March 14 - FAB Pi(e) Day Ride or Run
We’ve partnered with 605 Running Co for a fun way to celebrate Pi Day. Come ride (or run) and eat!

March 17 - How to Get Started Bike Packing and Camp Stove Cookery Ride
Meet our friend Andrew at Spoke-n-Sport to get an into to bike camping.

March 20, April 3, 17 - Spoke-n-Sport Brat Ride
Bi-weekly night ride on trails and city streets, post-ride refreshments and brats.

March 23, April 6, 20 - Fat-tire Friday at Harlan’s
Bi-weekly evening ride to Leaders and other places with post-ride refreshments.

March 23 - Liv Women’s Fix-a-Flat Class
Women’s class at Spoke-n-Sport.

March 24 - FAB March #80in18 Challenge
We’ll search out this month’s featured parks. 20-30 miles

March 24 - Advance your Knowledge: Garmin
Informative gear series at Spoke-n-Sport

March 26 - Harlan’s Tire Changing & What Pump Works Best
Brush up your skills with this helpful class at Harlan’s

March 29 & April 26 - Moon & Stars Ride
Fun evening ride around Sioux Falls with post-ride refreshments. Leaves from Two Wheeler Dealer

March 29 - Ride with the Sun
Light & Motion demo ride at Spoke-n-Sport

March 31 - FAB 30 Days of Biking Kickoff Ride
Community event to get the riding season started! Meet at Flyboy Donuts by 9:00am.
Watch our calendar for details.

April 7 - Bikepacking to Palisades
The informal Wandering Wieners group is bikepacking to the Palisades this weekend. This is open to everyone, but it is a self-supported trip.
April 10 - Sioux Falls Election Day
We encourage you to ride to the polls and consider candidates position on transportation and bicycles.

April 14 - Spoke-n-Sport Flat Repair Class

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

FAB Winter Meeting & 2018 Bike Summit

Join Falls Area Bicyclists and RASDak for a huge kickoff to bicycling in 2018!

Come early to visit with advocacy groups, bike vendors, and representatives from regional rides and organizations. The earlier you arrive the better chance you'll have to win prizes! Stay late and enjoy live music and social time with your fellow riders.

5:00pm - 6:30pm - Visit with local bike shops, advocacy groups, and regional ride events in our Bike Expo.

6:00pm - 6:30pm - FAB Annual Meeting - FAB members are encouraged to attend this portion of the evening to install new board members, answer member questions, and conduct other business.

6:30pm - Get Ready for 2018! - Get Connected with FAB & the RASDak Route Announcement - Falls Area Bicyclists will share highlights from 2017 and hint at exciting things for 2018. RASDak will follow with their route announcement. Be the first to know!

7:30pm - Live Music and Social

About Falls Area Bicyclists - The mission of Falls Area Bicyclists is to promote bicycling in all of its forms and skill levels including transportation, recreation, fitness, sport, and social interaction. FAB is supported by our members, we encourage you become active in your local bicycle organization.

About RASDak (Ride Across South Dakota) - The annual cycling adventure that spans the beautiful state of South Dakota! RASDak is a non-profit organization, all proceeds for our annual ride are returned to the communities we visit to improve cycling and promote bicycle tourism. Come ride with us in 2018!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Elmwood Forest CX

It's cyclocross season!On Sunday, October 22nd, come out for a fun afternoon of racing and bikes at Elmwood Park. Bring the kids for the kids races! 

Wanna give CX a try? Have some fun with the "Run What You Brung Expo!"

All races just $10 when you register on-line. ($15 day of the race).
Kids race is free to all kids 9 and under.

Racing starts at 12:00pm.
12:00 - Combined Beginners (Cat 4/5) 30 minute race
1:00 - "Kids Race" (Ages 0-9) 1-2 laps
1:45 - Combined Juniors (Ages 10-17) 20 minute race
2:30 - Combined Cat 1/2/3/4 45 minute race
Then we'll tear down the barriers and hit the main event!
3:30 - Run What you Brung Expo! Anybody and Bike

Register here for Combined Beginners (Cat 4/5), Juniors, and Combined Cat 1/2/3/4:

Run What You Brung registration:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

FAB August & September News


The summer isn't over yet. There are so many great opportunities to get out and ride with old and new friends. We hope to ride with you soon!


We are pleased to announce the list of board nominations for 2018. The following will be officially elected at our Fall Meeting and will begin their term in January.

Nominated for President, Michael Christensen. Michael has been a long time advocate for bicycling at both the local and state level to improve bicycling laws and increase bicycle safety and education. As a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor, Michael has spent countless hours training many cyclists to become comfortable and safe on our streets and highways.

Nominated for Vice President, Jodi Erickson. Many of you may know Jodi as one of the main organizers of RASDAK (Ride Across South Dakota). Jodi's skill in bicycle event planning and her infectious joy for riding has resulted in many new people becoming regular bicyclists.

Nominated for Secretary, Kerrie Vilhauer. As the Ambassador for the Liv bicycle brand through Spoke-n-Sport, Kerrie has been very active in getting women and children involved in bicycling. She has led several women specific rides including overnight bikepacking adventures.

Nominated for Communication Director, Art Holden. Art has been serving out the term vacated by Dona Schallenkamp. With this nomination, he will begin a fresh term of his own.

Sunday, August 20

Come for a fun Sunday evening urban ride through the streets of Sioux Falls! We'll ride to a local pizza joint, then ride on in search of pie and dessert. We'll finish with a final stop for refreshments.

This is a no drop ride with experienced bicyclists riding at both the beginning and end of the group. Pace will be moderate at about 10-12mph. Total distance approx 15 miles and will be ridden on low volume residential and collector streets. Learn more:

Sunday, August 13

Come along on our monthly Sundae Funday family ice cream ride! Sunday evenings are a very pleasant time for a family ride on low traffic streets and the trail system in Sioux Falls.

We'll leave Prairie West Branch Library at 6:30pm and ride to Stensland Family Farms Ice Cream using the city's bike routes, mostly residential streets and trail. This is an 8 mile round trip ride. Learn more:

Sunday, September 10

The FAB water stop is returning to help our runner friends in the Sioux Falls Marathon / Half Marathon! We could really use some volunteer help. Can you give us a couple of hours Sunday morning September 10th? It's a fun time with great people. You could even ride your bike to the water stop! More details:


FAB has been asked for volunteers to help with the South Dakota Senior Games time trials,  5K   10K  and  20K . Racers start every 30 seconds. The event is on Friday morning September 8th at Minnehaha County Park on the south shore of Wall Lake. Check in and warm ups start at 8AM. Could you help out? Contact Howard Bich, Director South Dakota Senior Games,

CALENDAR OF EVENTSComplete Calendar:

Thursdays - Thursday Ladies - Women's group meets at The Attic Bar & Grill at 6:00pm for road and trail rides.
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August 9, 23, September 6, 20 - Wandering Wednesday North - A 25 mile road ride leaving from Will's Training Table at the Sanford Sports Complex at 6pm.
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August 11, 25, September 8, 22 - Fat Tire Friday - Singletrack and trail rides leaving from Harlan's Bike and Tour.
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August 11, 25 - FAB Starlight Ride - Fun family ride leaving from the Statue of David riding the trail south to Dairy Queen.
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August 12 - Tour de Brew - Urban pub ride in Sioux Falls benefiting the Livestrong Foundation.
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August 13 - Rugged Growler - 100K or 60K Ultra Cross race on single track and gravel roads around Canton to benefit Falls Area Singletrack.
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August 13 - FAB Sundae Funday - Sunday evening family ride from Prairie West Library to Stensland Dairy.
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August 14 - Bike Maintenance 101 - 6:30pm at Two Wheeler Dealer.
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August 14 - Moon & Starz Ride - Relaxed trail and urban ride leaving from Two Wheeler Dealer and ending at Starz for refreshments.
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August 15 - SNS to Fernson on 8th - Another fun urban community building ride starting at Spoke-n-Sport and ending at Fernson on 8th.
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August 16, 30, September 13, 27  - FAB Wandering Wednesday South - A 25 mile road ride starting at Harmondon Park at 6:00pm.
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August 17 - Spoke-n-Sport Family Gravel Ride - Get the kids out on this fun kid paced gravel grinder.
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August 18 - 20 - Tour de Corn - Bike festival in Mitchell featuring many different road and single track riding opportunities.
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August 18-20 - Cuyuna Lakes MTB Adventure - Spoke-n-Sport led adventure trip for singletrack in Minnesota.
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August 19 - Riverfest - FAB provides free bike parking during this fun Sioux Falls event. Leave the car at home!

August 20 - FAB Pizza, Pie & Pedals - Fun 15 mile adventure looking for pizza followed by a ride to dessert, and finally after-ride refreshments.
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August 22 - How to Travel Series Presents Bike Packing! - Some awesome FAB ladies are talking about their bike travel adventures at the Great Outdoor Store.
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August 22, September 5, 19 - Spoke-n-Sport Brat Ride - Fun Tuesday evening singletrack and trail rides starting from SNS.
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September 5 - FAB Board Meeting - Members are welcome. 7:00pm at Woodgrain Brewing.

September 8 - South Dakota Senior Games - Time Trials at Wall Lake.
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September 9 - Margarita Ride - Annual ride hosted by our friends in Vermillion.
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September 9 - Liv Women's intro to Cyclocross - Learn the skills to have fun with cyclocross racing.
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September 9 -10 - Bikepacking 101 to Missouri River - Bikepacking overnight leaving from Two Wheeler Dealer.
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September 16 - Smart Cycling Class - Learn confidence and safety in this highly recommended class held at Spoke-n-Sport.
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September 21 - Taco Ride - Last chance to ride for tacos in 2017.
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October 1 - FAB Tweed Ride - Ladies and gents, save the date and get your best Sunday steed and attire ready to roll.