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Another Reason Why the Bay Area Rocks: Bike-tastic!

August 26, 2010

The Bay Area has always been known as a hub (ha!) of bike culture and the coming weeks offer up a bevy of events to drive – or maybe bike – home that association.

While the idea of touring with a band might seem exciting and foreign to us stationary folk, Ben Sollee is taking it one step further. On his Ditch the Van Tour 2010, Ben and his band are biking across the country to bring their sweet sounds to you. The quartet started their long ride last week in San Diego and will end it in October in Kentucky, Sollee’s home state. Check out a video of last years tour here. You can catch them this weekend at the Rickshaw Bags Warehouse in Dogpatch.
Show Saturday at 5pm, $10, all ages.

For some East Bay bike-lovin’, hit up Hoodstock/Bikestock next weekend. Bikes4Life, Bay Area Bikes and Montano Velo are coming together to host a day-long all-ages extravaganza of DJs, bands, events and raffles. Free admission, suggested donation. 7th and Peralta in Oakland. Check out the facebook invite for more details.

Are bikes and books are your thing? Swing by my new favorite bookstore – Diesel – for a reading and discussion of bike historian David Herlihy’s latest, The Lost Cyclist. The Lost Cyclist explores the adventures and disappearance of Frank Lenz, a high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist. Herlihy’s reading is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 12 at 3 pm. More info here.

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