Tuesday, May 30, 2017

FAB May/June Newsletter

Summer is upon us and there's no shortage of reasons to enjoy being outside. We hope you'll join us on some FAB rides and don't forget, Tour Sioux Falls is coming.

123 Youth Skills and Ice Cream Ride

Hey kids! Grab your bikes, friends, and parents, and come to a free and fun bicycle skills and safety event hosted by Falls Area Bicyclists and SD EMS for Children.

Bring your helmet if you have one or SD EMS will have helmets for you can keep if you need one. Certified bicycling instructors will give a short discussion and there will be a fun obstacle course set up to test your skills.

We'll practice what we've learned with a fun family ride to B&G Milkyway. Ice cream treats compliments of FAB. Meet at Explorer Elementary School at noon on May 27th.

Tour Sioux Falls Coming June 24th

Tour Sioux Falls is only a month away. Be sure to get registered for the biggest family cycling event of the season. Ride with the family to rest stations set up around our wonderful trail or add some extra road miles with our annual FABRAD ride. FAB members receive a discount when registering.

Tour Sioux Falls will start and end at Cherry Rock Park.
Get registered here: https://goo.gl/42diwg

FAB Overnight with RASDAK

Come ride with FAB and head out to meet RASDAK as they roll from Salem into Sioux Falls. We'll leave Sioux Falls Friday June 9th (Departure time and location TBA) and ride about 50 miles to Salem. We'll spend the evening enjoying the RASDAK festivities and camp with the group. The next morning, we ride back to Sioux Falls with the entire tour. It's sure to be a party!

It's only $40.00 to register for a single day of RASDAK, so this is a great opportunity to try out bicycle touring. Your registration covers camping and a day of riding with RASDAK.

Calendar of Events

Thursday Evenings - FAST Trail Building
Falls Area Singletrack is building more trail this summer and needs your help. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details and locations through the summer.
More Info: https://goo.gl/aa1NXJ

May 24, June 7 & 21 - FAB Wandering Wednesday South
Road ride starting at Harmodon Park at 6:00pm
More Info: https://goo.gl/CyPb1J

May 25 - Thursday Ladies & Liv Cooperative Ride
Women's ride and social meets at 6:00pm at The Attic.
More Info: https://goo.gl/9pp6l3

May 27 - Saturday Coffee Shop Ride
Ten mile urban ride starting at 9:00am at Dunn Brothers on Arrowhead Parkway.
More Info: https://goo.gl/zqdpZX

May 27 - FAB 123 Youth Skills and Ice Cream Ride
Family bicycle safety and ice cream ride. Noon at Harrisburg Explorer Elementary.
More Info: https://goo.gl/kL7y4H

May 27 - 29 Bikepacking 101 with a Packraft
Bikepacking trip to Ponca State Park, NE. Starting at 10am from Two Wheeler Dealer.
More Info: https://goo.gl/hwi4TG

May 30, June 13 & 27 - Spoke-n-Sport Trail and Brats Ride
Singletrack ride leaving from Spoke-n-Sport at 7:15pm.
More Info: https://goo.gl/FE0V4I

May 31, June 14 & 28 FAB Wandering Wednesday North
Road ride meeting at Beef 'o Bradys at the Sanford Sports Complex at 6:00pm.

June  2 - FAST Members Ride
Singletrack riding at Leaders Park
More Info: https://goo.gl/H3iSeK

June 3 - Wellness on Wheels
Bicycle event and ride in Sioux Center IA.
More Info: https://goo.gl/HLiqVX

June 3 - Spoke-n-Sport June Gravel Ride
Meets at Spoke-n-Sport at 9:00am for a 20-30 mile gravel grinder.
More Info: https://goo.gl/M0xCjs

June 3 - 7 - Kokopelli Trail Baryak Bikepacking Trip
More Info: https://goo.gl/fvggq4

June 3 - 10 - RASDAK - Ride Across South Dakota
More Info: https://goo.gl/O5YKi3

June 3 & 17 - Fix a Flat & Ask A Mechanic
Maintenance class at Spoke-n-Sport
More Info: https://goo.gl/FE0V4I

June 5 - School's Out Ice Cream Cycle
Spoke-n-Sport sponsored family ride.
More Info: https://goo.gl/W0KMqU

June 9-10 - FAB Overnight to Salem with RASDAK
Ride with FAB to Salem to meet RASDAK.
More Info: https://goo.gl/M5oFPg

June 12 - Moon and Starz Ride
A mix of trail and urban riding in the moonlight. Starts at 8:00pm at Two Wheeler Dealer.
More Info: https://goo.gl/hs23cm

June 17 - Tri County Tour and Do the DuBicycle event in Beresford.
More Info: https://goo.gl/ROvIV3

June 24 - Tour Sioux Falls
Don't miss this one!
Get Registered: https://goo.gl/42diwg

Whew, that's a lot of riding in the next month. Get out there and enjoy it!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Bike to Work Week 2017

Click here to download a printable poster.

Bike to Work Week - May 15 through May 19, 2017

Choose a healthy, safe, and amazing way to work by riding your bike! Join the hundreds of people in Sioux Falls who have already discovered the joy that is commuting to work by bicycle. It's a great way to start your day energized and ready for anything!

Falls Area Bicyclists are excited to bring you 2017 Bike to Work Week! We've partnered with our local bike stores, several local businesses, and the League of American Bicyclists to give you chances to win prizes, freebies and discounts for riding to local cafes and coffee shops, and a chance to take home the Bike to Work Trophy for your employer.

Pledge to Ride and Register for Prizes!

Starting in May, stop by any of our three bike shops and register your commitment to ride to work at least once during the event and get entered in drawings for gift cards and prizes! For extra chances to win, be sure to register at all three shops; Spoke-n-Sport, Two Wheeler Dealer, and Harlan's Bike and Tour.

You can also pledge to ride right here for an additional chance to win! Fill out this form.

Ride for Your Employer 

Join the National Bike Challenge and start recording all your rides in May. Join your company's Strava club to earn points for your employer. (If your company does not have a Strava Club set up, click here for instructions). The winning workplace with the most points recorded by May 19th at the Wrap-Up Party will take home the Traveling Trophy!

Stop at an Energizer Station and get Rewarded! 

We've lined up several Energizer Stations this year where you can score a free cup of coffee, enjoy a discounted treat, and even save on an after work refreshment. Unless noted below, all the Energizer Station's promotions are available during normal business hours for each establishment.

Bagel Boy, Ride in anytime during the week and get a free fountain drink or coffee with any purchase.

Coffea Roasterie - Available all week and all three Coffea locations, get free coffee when you stop by on your bicycle.

Co-Op Natural Foods - Stop by on your bicycle and the Co-op will reward you with your choice of two items. Choose from coffee, tea, cookie or fruit!

Flyboy Donuts - Free glazed donut with any purchase for those who ride by Flyboy on thier way to work.

First Lutheran Church - Bike Thru Prayer - 6:30am-8:30am, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Stop for a prayer and pick up some breakfast snacks and coffee on your way to work.

Half Baked - On Friday, bicyclists receive a free mini-cupcake and Italian soda when you visit with your bike.

Harlan's Bike & Tour - Donuts and Coffee - Harlan's is providing a free breakfast on Tuesday May 16th from 7:00am to 10:00am. Be sure to ride by and thank them for their support of bicycling!

Koch Hazard Architects - Koch Hazard will be providing extra incentive to visit the Co-Op Energizer station with a free granola bar (while supplies last) and on Thursday & Friday morning score a free baked good at Queen City Bakery!

Queen City Bakery - Pedal by Queen City any day, except Tuesday, and you'll receive your choice of coffee drink free!

Scooter Coffee (85th and Minnesota Ave location only) - Ride by Scooters and receive a free drip coffee on your way to work.

Spoke-n-Sport - Friday Breakfast Bash - On Friday May 19th, Celebrate National Bike to Work Day with crepes and breakfast treats from Spoke-n-Sport. Stop by on your bike between 7:00am and 10:00am and enjoy a free breakfast!

Two Wheeler Dealer - Mid-Week Grill Party - Mark the half-way point with a free hump day lunch courtesy of Two Wheeler Dealer. TWD will grilling burgers and brats between Noon and 1:30pm Wednesday May 17th.

WoodGrain Brewing Co. - Tuesday through Friday during Bike to Work Week be sure to ride over to Woodgrain after work for $1.00 off taps!

Click the image to download schedule.

View the Interactive Map

All the Energizer Stations locations and suggested routes through Sioux Falls are available on this interactive map.

Get Social & Encourage Friends

Post your ride to social media and encourage your friends and co-workers to join you. We'll be randomly rewarding riders who post pictures of their bike at work or at one of our Energizer Stations! Also, look for a fun photo contest from the Facebook group, Sioux Falls Bicycle Photos.

Join a Group Ride!

Monday - May 15th at 8:00pm - Moon & Starz Ride - Meet at Two Wheeler Dealer for a little trail and singletrack in the moonlight. Stay for refreshments provided by TWD at Starz.

Tuesday - May 16th at 7:00pm - Spoke-n-Sport Brat Ride - Meet at SNS and then head to Leaders Park for some singletrack excitement. Return to SNS and we'll grill up some brats and share our adventures.

Wednesday - May 17th at 7:00pm - Ride of Silence - Meet at Fawick Park (Statue of David). We'll slowly and silently roll through downtown in remembrance of our fellow cyclists who have been injured or killed on the streets of Sioux Falls and around the world.

Thursday - May 18th at 6:00pm - Sioux Falls Taco Ride - Meet at Frank Olson Park on the east side of Sioux Falls. This rolling party wanders low volume urban streets on its search for a hot taco joint. Upwards of 100 cyclists attend, don't miss out.

Wrap-Up Party - Friday May 19th!

Come to WoodGrain Brewing Company any time after 5:00pm on Friday May 19th and celebrate with your fellow bike commuters. We'll do prize drawings and award the Bike to Work Traveling Trophy!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March 2017 News

The days are getting longer and it's starting to feel like spring! Hopefully your ride is all tuned up and ready for the riding season. But you don't need to wait for the perfect spring day, check out all the reasons to get out and ride right now in our calendar below.

30 Days of Biking

April 1st kicks off the 30 Days of Biking Challenge. FAB challenges you to make the pledge to ride your bike every day in April. It doesn't matter where or how far you ride, just get out there every day. Join the community of joyful bicyclists here: https://goo.gl/i3qFf1

There are special kickoff and wrap up rides too. See the calendar below.

Bike Friendly Businesses

Sioux Falls currently has four bike friendly businesses. FAB would love to help your employer become the 5th! Our volunteers are available to consult with local businesses to help them become certified with the League of American Bicyclists. If you believe your employer should become bike friendly, contact president@clubfab.org, we're happy to help.

Walk Run Ride Challenge for Center of Hope

Support the great work Center of Hope provides Sioux Falls through their bicycle ministry by taking the Walk Run Ride Challenge. Record your rides (or runs and walks) this summer and compete for prizes.
More Info: https://goo.gl/bt9qpu

May is Bike Month

FAB is working hard on events for Bike Month including Bike to Work Week and the Bike to Work Week Challenge, our spring meeting, and our Bike Month Kickoff ride. More details will be coming soon.

Upcoming Events

March 21. April 4 & 18 - Tuesday Night Brat Ride - Spoke-n-Sport, 7:00pm - Mountain bikes and Sioux Falls singletrack with Brats
More Info: https://goo.gl/FE0V4I

March 25 - Tail(wind) of Two Cities Century Ride - The Sioux City group is planning a tailwind ride from or to Sioux Falls and Sioux City. You're invited to ride 100 miles with the wind.
More Info: https://goo.gl/qDvLwr

March 25 - Ode to Gravel and Pancake Parfaits - Gravel ride to Marion SD.
More Info: https://goo.gl/ZgGYEh

March 31 - April 9 - Great American Bike Fest - Two Wheeler Dealer
More Info: https://goo.gl/hs23cm

April 1 - 30 - Make the pledge: 30 Days of Biking - https://goo.gl/i3qFf1

April 1 - Walk Run Ride Challenge for Center of Hope - This summer, record your rides, walks, or runs and compete for prizes while supporting the Center of Hope.

April 1 - Kickoff Ride for 30 Days Challenge & Saturday Coffee Shop Ride - Flyboy Donuts 9:00am - A 30 day bike challenge should start with pastries, right?
More Info:https://goo.gl/GVwRrL

April 1 & 15 - Fix a Flat and Ask a Mechanic Workshop - Spoke-n-Sport 10:00am

April 4 - Movie: Raising From Ashes - Inspiring Story of the Rwandan National Cycling Team. Meet a coach for the team after the movie. USF Zbornik Hall 7:00pm
More Info:https://goo.gl/9zJ3lJ

April 6 - LIV Women's Open House - Spoke-n-Sport at 6:00pm
More Info: https://goo.gl/FE0V4I

April 11 - Moon and Starz Ride - Trail ride leaving from Two Wheeler Dealer at 7:00pm with refreshments at Starz afterwards.

April 22 - Dirty Dog - Vermillion - 11:00am - 4:00pm - Up to four person teams, all sharing the same bike, race laps around the Clay County Fairgrounds. More Info: https://goo.gl/JgmMSH

April 30 - 30 Days of Biking Wrap-up Ride - Even if you didn't ride every day in April, come out to the westside Coffea at 3:00pm for a trail ride and refreshments.

Keep on Pedaling!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 2017 News

(Winter Bike to Work Day Photo Credit: John Shelso)

Is this the start of spring? We hope you've been riding in this great weather! There's lots of opportunities to ride with your cycling friends. Check out all the upcoming events below.

Winter Bike to Work Day

We had a great turn out for Winter Bike to Work Day on Friday February 10th. Around 40 winter commuters checked into one of our Energizer Stations, and over 60 photos were submitted to the photo contest on Sioux Falls Bicycle Photos. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Check out some photos: https://goo.gl/l9VMDb

FAB Pi Day Ride

March 14 (3-14, get it?) Come ride with us and the runners at 605 Running Company as we help raise money for the Children's Home Society for new shoes for the kids. We'll ride for about an hour and then pie!

A $10.00 suggested donation, or $5.00 if you bring a pie to share (pizza pie, fruit pie, cream pie etc.) Meet at 605 Running Company, ride starts at 6:05pm.

We're happy to announce South Dakota EMS for Children will be bringing a couple of kids bikes to donate to the CHS kids as well.

More info on our event page: https://goo.gl/RiSUl8

FAB Overnight with RASDAK

Come ride a day of RASDAK with FAB! We'll leave Sioux Falls on Friday June 9th and ride to Salem. Spend the night with RASDAK and then ride back to Sioux Falls on Saturday June 10th with the entire tour group. It's sure to be a party.

One day RASDAK registration is only $40.00. Get registered and come ride with FAB as we support RASDAK.

More info on our event page: https://goo.gl/0mH592

New Membership Cards

Have you received your membership card for 2017? We've added a handy QR code feature that will allow you to register for FAB events in a snap! Just show your card and you're registered. There's no forms to fill out or waivers to sign.

You should have received your card via email when your renewed or joined. If not, send an email to president@cubfab.org and we'll resend.

If you haven't renewed for 2017, you still can: https://goo.gl/AhxluP


February 21, March 7 & 21 - Spoke-n-Sport Brat Ride
More Info: https://goo.gl/FE0V4I

February 23 & 27 - Ride with Larry Movie Viewing - Two opportunities to view the film. 6:00pm at Beef 'o Bradys at Sanford Sports Complex.

February 25, March 4, 11, 18 - Saturday Morning Spin at Spoke-n-Sport - 8:00amMore Info: https://goo.gl/FE0V4I

February 25 - Saturday Coffee Shop Ride - 9:00am Josiah's - Fun urban ride!
More info: https://goo.gl/apJXJF

February 28 - Indoor Spin & Yoga for Women - Spoke-n-Sport 6:00pm
More Info: https://goo.gl/FE0V4I

March 4 - Coffee Outside - Gravel ride to Palisades - Brew coffee, tea, or cocoa, and return

March 4 & 18 - Flat Repair Class 10:00am at Spoke-n-Sport
More Info: 
More Info: https://goo.gl/FE0V4I

March 12 - FAST Bike and Outdoor Gear Swap - Holiday Inn City Center
More info: https://goo.gl/TD6Dsv

March 13 - Moon & Starz Ride - 7:00pm Two Wheeler Dealer
More info: https://goo.gl/hs23cm

March 14 - FAB Pi Day Ride - 6:05pm at 605 Running Company - We team up with the runners to help purchase shoes for Children's Home Society.

March 31 - FABulous Five Friday - Save the date, more info coming soon.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 2017 News

What a great start to the year! Thanks to everyone who came out to our Winter Extravaganza at the Hilton Garden Inn. What a great evening! If you missed the fun year in review video, here's a link to enjoy it on YouTube: https://goo.gl/PqJmyE

Winter Bike to Work Day

February 10th is Winter Bike to Work Day. Several Sioux Falls cyclists continue commuting through the winter. Ever wish you were one of them? Here's a chance to give it a try with support from the cycling community!

FAB has lined up two energizer stations to reward you for your awesomeness. Stop on your bike at either Queen City Bakery downtown, or Flyboy Donuts at The Bridges at 57th any time on February 10th, and you'll received a free treat and beverage of your choice courtesy of FAB!

Whether you're a seasoned commuter or if it's just your first winter ride, share your experiences on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter using the hashtags #clubfabsfsd and #winterbiketowork
More info: https://goo.gl/jwkTey

Renew Your FAB Membership

Have you taken a moment to renew your FAB membership? FAB is a volunteer organization so your membership dollars go directly to making cycling better through advocacy, education, and events.
Renew here: https://goo.gl/AhxluP

Upcoming Events

January 21 - Media One Funski Fatbike Race - 8:15am Great Bear - Cyclocross style race on the ski slopes and bunny hill at Great Bear.
More info: 

Saturdays in January & February - Saturday Morning Spin - 8am at Spoke-n-Sport
More info: 

January 24, February 7 & 21 - Tuesday Night Brat Ride - 7:15pm at Spoke-n-Sport - Mountain bikes, singletrack, and brats.
More info: 

January 28 - Saturday Coffee Shop Ride - 9am Bagel Boy on Minnesota Ave. Urban ride, 10 miles at an easy pace.

January 31 & February 28 - Indoor Spin and Yoga for Women - 6pm at Spoke-n-SportMore info: https://goo.gl/FE0V4I 

February 9 - Moon and Starz Ride - Full moon trail ride in and around Yankton Trails with a refreshment stop at Starz - 7:00pm Two Wheeler Dealer

February 10 - Winter Bike to Work Day - Yes, it's ok to ride your bike to work in February.

February 11 - FAB Wine, Cupcakes & Bikes - Take your bike on a date to Prairie Berry East Bank and Oh My Cupcakes. Easy pace, around 10 miles on bike trail and low volume streets. 1pm Farm Field Park near canoe launch at Western & 57th St..
More info

Have an idea for a ride or event? Contact David, our Ride Director, at rides@clubfab.org.

Enjoy the season and keep on pedaling!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December News & Winter Meeting


Happy holiday riding! Are you finding time with your bicycle this winter? Whether you've discovered the joys of fatbikes, winter helmets, and goggles; or you've snuggled in with your trainer and Zwift; we hope you're still finding time in the saddle. There's still tons of opportunities to ride in December and January!



Saturday, January 7th is set for our biggest party of the year! Come enjoy fine dining with your cycling friends at the Hilton Garden Inn on South Louise. Social time and vendor displays begin at 5:30pm with dinner at 7:00pm. Our winter program will follow dinner. Tickets are $25.00.
Get registered and purchase tickets herehttps://goo.gl/bt9omW
Facebook Event Page

We're looking for bicycle event photos for a special presentation at our winter meeting. Please share your photos from 2016. Here is an on-line folder where you may upload your photos: https://goo.gl/XFLc7b



Now is the time to renew for next year. Save yourself time at our winter meeting by renewing on-line. It's simple using our PayPal form. You do not need a PayPal account to renew on-line. We very much appreciate your support of FAB and bicycling in Sioux Falls!
Get started herehttps://goo.gl/AhxluP



We welcome Michael Bauers to the FAB board as our treasurer. Thank you Michael for your willingness to serve!

In 2017, three board positions will become available. We will need nominations for President, Vice President, and Secretary. Nominations for these positions are due by July.



December 16, 2016 - FAB Holiday Light Ride -  Enjoy the holiday season with a bike ride through the Winter Wonderland at Falls Park. We'll also take in the festive scenes along Phillips Ave, and depending on conditions, we'll also try to ride a few of the holiday lanes. Meet at 6:00pm at Pappy's, 9th and Phillips.

December 31st, 2016 - Saturday Coffee Shop Ride - What better way to end 2016 than a Coffee Shop Ride? It's an urban ride at a casual pace for about 10 miles. Ride for an hour and then enjoy coffee shop goodies with friends. Meet at 9:00am at Kaladis on Minnesota Ave.
More Info: https://goo.gl/QsUJ8z

January 1st, 2017 - 30th Annual New Year's Day Ride - Kick off 2017 right! Come ride with about 100 (or more!) cyclists in Spoke-N-Sport's Annual New Year's Day Ride. Registration starts at noon at Spoke-n-Sport.
More Info: https://goo.gl/C9IPdK

January 7th, 2017 - Frosty Frolics Fatbike Ride - Have some winter cycling fun with the Sioux Falls Parks Dept. and Falls Area Singletrack. A fatbike ride will leave Tomar Park at 1:00pm and ride to Falls Park with treats to follow.

January 7th, 2017 - FAB Winter Extravaganza - Our winter meeting, don't miss this!
Get Registered: https://goo.gl/bt9omW
Facebook Event: 

January 12, 2017 - RASDAK 2017 Route Announcement Party - Be the first to know the route for 2017's Ride Across South Dakota. Rasdak is celebrating it's 5th year! Come party with your fellow cyclists at the Icon Event Hall starting at 5:00pm.

February 10, 2017 - Winter Bike to Work Day - More and more cyclists are finding their way to work by bicycle in the winter. If you're not, here's a chance to give it a try. More details will be coming soon.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Apple Orchard Ride and Fall Meeting

The annual ride to the Apple Orchard is just days away. At this writing, it looks to be in the mid 40's at the start of the ride and almost 60 when we return to The Center of Hope. As always, FAB is picking up the tab for the refreshments at the Apple Orchard for anyone who rides their bicycle out there with us.

When we return to The Center of Hope, FAB is providing pizza and soda for FAB members. You can always join FAB at anytime at:


 We will have the ability to take payments and sign folks up just before the meeting at COH. We will have FAB bicycle stickers available. We will also have a limited supply of FAB jerseys, t-shirts, and water bottles for sale as well. If you are already a FAB member, the renewal season is upon us. Come out and ride with us, bring a friend, and renew your FAB membership on Saturday, Oct 8th

AGENDA- QUARTERLY MEETING OCTOBER 8, 2016 Noon- 1:30pm The Center of Hope


            Drivers Ed Instruction
            Smart Cycling Classes
            Tour Sioux Falls - Check Presentation to Falls Area Single Track
2017 BOARD – nomination and voting process for open positions
2017 Rides and goals-member input is welcome and encouraged*