Welcome back RHOMBUS riders!
It’s time for another season of social cycling! We’re mixing it up a bit this year. We’ll be meeting at our usual spot on Saturday mornings at 9:30. But, with a few exceptions, that’s the only plan we’ve made. Each ride will be decided by those who are in attendance. Maybe a majority of people are feeling really energetic – then we’ll go to the end of the Shubie Park trail. Maybe everyone’s a little low energy and it’s supposed to rain soon – then perhaps it’s the Dartmouth waterfront trail.
Where we go afterwards will also be decided by the group rather than planned ahead. If everyone’s really hungry, maybe it’s a Ma Belle’s day. Maybe people just want some coffee and buttery croissants – then it’s off to Two if by Sea.
Our first ride is on the Victoria Day long weekend (so you’ll have lots of time to recover if needed). We do have a plan for this ride – we’ll be biking to and around some of Lake Banook. You can RSVP via the Facebook event or just add it to your calendar.
We hope to see you on Saturday mornings.
With a whopping 37% of the vote (by 8 people, if you were wondering), the winning brunch option is… Coastal Cafe!
- If you haven’t already RSVP via Facebook or e-mail so we know who is coming.
- Need a ride? Post it to the Facebook event wall or e-mail us to see if we can connect you with someone.
- Can you offer a ride? See above.
- Aim to be there for 10 a.m.
- Sit. Eat. Converse. Laugh.
“Rain date:” Since the weather looks good and we’re not riding, the only consideration we have for cancelling is the space itself. Coastal is a small and popular space; if we are looking at a 45-minute wait for a table for us all, we will have to decide, as a group, where we are going instead.
That’s why it’s important that we know you’re coming and that you arrive as close to 10 as possible. We need to know names and numbers of people so that we get enough seats and so that we don’t leave you behind if we have to go somewhere else. If we do have to go somewhere else, we will post to the Facebook page. We won’t be leaving at 10:01 but better safe than sorry.
See you there!
To cap off our (often rained out) 2012 season, we’re going to have our first-ever RHOMBrunch this Saturday, October 27th. Riding is not required, you can drive, walk, fly, pogo stick, however you want to get there.
Where is “there?” We’ll get to that in just a moment. The time is 10 a.m. The guest is you! Whether you’ve only ridden once, are there every week or just want to meet people to talk about joining next year, you’re more than welcome to come. We would ask that you RSVP via the Facebook event (or by e-mail) so we have an accurate gauge of how many people to expect. After all, first person there has to snag the right-sized table.
Well, that’s up to you! We need you to vote in the poll below (by Friday night, please) to indicate where we’ll go.
Updated: September 21
The Get Out Halifax Ride scheduled for Saturday, September 22nd has been re-scheduled to Saturday, October 13.
For the RHOMBUS ride on Saturday, September 22, we will join Get Out Halifax for a ride of the BLT Trail.
The ride will begin at Lakeside Drive in Lakeside Industrial Park next to the Coca Cola Plant at 9 a.m. You can find out more about the trail at the HRM Web site.
The ride will end with brunch at the Bike & Bean,
Due to a forecast which calls for 100% possibility of precipitation and an expected rainfall of 20 mm this evening, our Pride Ride has been cancelled.
Our next scheduled ride is Saturday, August 11th.
Note: Slight change in plans for post-ride; now fully family-friendly & 100% free.
Join RHOMBUS for a Pride Ride! In honour of Halifax Pride, we’re having a special mid-week ride on Tuesday, July 24th.
The plan: Riders will meet at Ferry Terminal Park (adjacent to Alderney Landing) – look for the cyclists with the rainbow flag.
We will head out just after 6:30 so anyone catching the ferry has time to find us.
We’ll be riding from Alderney to Shubie park, exploring the park a bit and then heading back downtown.
Once downtown, we will have either an outdoor picnic or indoor party (to be decided by the group). If you’re interested in donating a food item, send an e-mail to email@example.com or post it to the Facebook event wall.
Our route consists of a mix of street riding, paved trails and wooden paths. The ride is not difficult and will be just over an hour with a break at the midpoint.
Cyclists of all ages and families are invited to participate in the ride!
You can RSVP via Facebook.
Please note: in case of rain the Facebook event and our Facebook page would be updated by 5 p.m. with a “go or no go” decision.
There will be no rain date but we encourage you to join us on our next scheduled ride.
Hey RHOMBUS Riders!
Just wanted to post a quick update that RHOMBUS is going strong into its second year but there have been several changes of which you should be aware:
- No more mid-week rides at Point Pleasant Park – the attendance was too low for the effort required.
- Our rides on Saturdays will now rotate from short/easy up to long/difficult as each month progresses and then re-starts.
- We ditched the Twitter account. And…
- We’re ditching the mailing list too.Stay informed through our schedule and Facebook page.
Our Saturday rides will continue to happen most weekends, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Ferry Terminal Park. Note that we don’t have any rides planned for long weekends (or Pride weekend).
We hope to see you some Saturday morning!
So apparently when you have a blog, you need to update it more than once a year…
Time to get your bike out of storage and get ready for some trail riding!
We will follow our usual format: meet, bike, cafe.
For our first ride of 2012, RHOMBUS will be meeting at Sullivan’s Pond and doing a brief route around Lake Banook. We’re keeping this to a brief ride (~30 minutes) as part of our “spring training.” If you haven’t been before, look for the rainbow flag.
Following the ride, we’ll hit up one of the local cafes.
What’s in store for 2012? Much the same as last year – Saturday morning bike rides (and the occasional special event). We’re scaling back a bit; no more mailing list, no more Twitter. Even this blog may be heading out the door. More details later.
On Tuesday, July 19th, RHOMBUS rides with pride as part of Halifax Pride Week.
We meet in the Tower Road Parking lot at 7 – look for the rainbow flag and a group of mix-matched wannabe cyclists. After a brisk bell-ringing, sometimes musical, always laughter-inducing ride through the park, we will head to South Park Street for coffee and conversation.
That’s where one lucky participant will win a prize package donated by Uncommon Grounds!
You can RSVP on Facebook, too!
About this ride:
- Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
- Terrain: mostly gravel trails, some street riding, several inclines
- Estimated ride time: 45 minutes
- Meeting point: Tower Road Parking Lot at 7 p.m.
- Post-ride: Uncommon Grounds (1030 South Park St.)
- Tip: Do NOT park your car in Lower Parking Lot, Section B – this closes at 8 p.m. and your car will be locked in overnight.
- Rain date: July 26th
RHOMBUS is having a special ride; extra long and with a picnic at the midpoint!
The plan: Meet at Alderney Landing at 9:30 a.m. We’ll start doing our route up to Shubie. However, when we hit our usual stopping point (the Dartmouth Crossing connector) we’ll keep going. We’ll eventually hit the end of the trail. We’re estimating that our first leg will finish around 11. That’s when we’ll stop and unpack our lunches.
After enjoying some delicious snacks and conversation, we’ll pack up and head back downtown to enjoy some post-ride desserts and coffee. We’ll decide our cafe by popular decision that morning.
Ride: Waterfront to Waverly
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Terrain: Streets, paved trails, gravel trails
Estimated ride time: ~180 minutes