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Spearfish celebrates Bike to Work Week

May 14, 2019

SPEARFISH — Grab your helmet and hit the road on your bicycle, as it’s the 10th annual Spearfish Bike to Work Week.

With a variety of events and activities planned, organizers hope to encourage people to ride their bicycles.

“We’re excited for our 10th annual Bike to Work Week … that’s kind of a milestone,” said John Williams, board member of makeSPACE (Spearfish Partnership for Arts, Cycling, and Equity), a community-based organization that utilizes arts, cycling, and equity as tools for all people to enjoy a just, healthy, and creative life.

Tonight at 5:30 p.m., there is a beginner mountain bike ride hosted by ShredWorthy for the “Women, Trans, Femme Ride,” leaving from makeSPACE, located at 517 W. Jackson Blvd., in the former All Star Travelers Inn. Check out the organization’s Facebook page for route details and what to bring.

On Tuesday, the Alley Cat Scavenger Hunt starts at 6 p.m., beginning at makeSPACE and ending at Killian’s Food and Drink. Participants will follow clues around town via bicycle, and there are prizes.

On Wednesday, there are two group ride options. There will be a group gravel ride leaving at 5:30 p.m. from Rushmore Bikes in downtown Spearfish, with a group leaving at 6 p.m. from Two Wheeler Dealer to take a road ride up Spearfish Canyon to Bridal Veil Falls. Participants are asked to bring water and dress for the weather.

On Thursday, there are open shop hours at makeSPACE, when participants can fix their bicycles, learn from volunteer mechanics, and check out the new workshop space for the former bicycle co-op.

Friday is National Bike to Work Day, with free lunch provided for bicycle commuters at noon at Two Wheeler Dealer.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a Women, Trans, Femme Derailleur Adjustments Workshop, which will focus on making necessary adjustments to derailleurs before riders hit the trail, as well as offer tips about what riders can do when they’re on the trail. Participants should bring their bicycles.

Also on Saturday is the Tweed Poker Ride at 4 p.m., leaving from makeSPACE. Riders will stop at all three breweries in town, and the ride ends at Killian’s. Participants should dress their best, thinking along the lines of the 1920s, and there are prizes for the best tweed attire.

“I’m super excited about the tweed ride, as always,” Williams said, describing the opportunity to dress up and see friends and enjoy local craft beer as a highlight of the year. “Good local, fun atmosphere.”

Freewill donations are accepted during the events, and all donations support programming at makeSPACE. Williams encouraged people to stop in to check out the new space and learn more about the programming available there. For more information, visit makespacesd.org.

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