Photo by John Greenfield
Cupcake (the girl who is writing this and also is in that dorky photo up there) did an interview with long time friend of Tiny Fix John Greenfield. There’s lots of um, cursing, and made up phrases, and details on the Tiny Fix Ace Race.Read More
I’ve been planning the Tiny Fix Ace Race on Saturday for months, and I’ve noticed that whenever I encourage a friend who rides bikes but doesn’t participate in races to do the Ace Race, they get shy and start making excuses.
I get it. You’re nervous. Maybe:
- you’ve never done a race before
- you’re not that crazy fast, a little more tortoise than hare
- you stop at reds and yield to cars and you’re not comfortable flouting traffic conventions to win some bullshit race
- you ride a commuter bike, it’s heavy, it’s harder for you to get around than people on a zippier stallion
- you don’t like trying things for the first time in front of other people
Darling, you’re the reason we’re doing this race. Tiny Fix is made up of petite women. We’ve experience being kind of laughed off when we tried to participate in things. We deliberately engineered this event so that anyone who rides bikes in the city would feel comfortable participating and have a ton of fun.
No one’s going to make fun of your janky whip. You have two whole hours to ride a very easy loop. No matter how fast you go, you have a chance to win one of the top prizes if you collect the best poker hand.
Show up at the North&Kedzie corner of Humboldt Park at 3pm this Saturday, May 26th. Hand us $5 and we’ll give you a manifest detailing the 5 checkpoints you have to collect cards at and a spokecard; plus, at the BBQ Party Checkpoint, you get one beer & a mushroom burger.
I’m running the numbers on the Poker Run component of the Tiny Fix Ace Race and seriously, it’s going to be a pretty short route unless you get hopelessly lost and somehow find yourself lashing your bike to a raft of lashed-together refuse to traverse the Chicago River.
Five checkpoints, all on the northwest side of the city and fairly close to each other. Well under 10 miles, especially if you pick the most efficient route between the checkpoints.
Turn your manifest in at the end of the race, rest up for two hours, and get ready for the awards and afterparty at Bonny’s (2417 N Milwaukee).
If, after all this pleading, you won’t come out for the race, come out and support our sponsor Bonny’s at the afterparty. They’re opening 2 hours early for us because one of the owners, my buddy Andy, just loves bikes, and wants to support the community. Come give that love back. It’ll be nice to be at Bonny’s early in the evening with all your friend’s instead of at 3pm when it’s up to Fire Code limits in sweaty, beer-sticky human refuse, right?
Please RSVP for the Tiny Fix Ace Race on Facebook and more importantly, come out to participate.Read More