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RHOMBUS Rides: July 2nd

Are you going to be in town on Canada Day weekend? Looking for fun things to do?

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

Interested? If you’re on Facebook, you can RSVP. Details are also available on our Schedule. Otherwise, just show up that morning!

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Critical Mass – June 2011

Critical MassHave you heard about Critical Mass?
No?
Oh.

Well,  it’s a monthly bike ride in Halifax. With no purpose. Other than to ride your bike. In public. And everyone’s welcome!

So we’re going to give it a go on Friday, June 24th. And we’d like you to join us!

The ride starts at 6 at Victoria Park. From what we’re told, there are a lot of people attending. So how will you know us? We’re all going to wear red (and we encourage you to do so as well) and we’ll have our logo as stickers over our hearts. So look for the group of red shirts!

The ride should be leisurely as people of all ages are welcome.

If it’s popular, we may do this all again in July and August.

Canada Day Weekend 2011

It might only be June 1st, but let’s look ahead to July 1st, shall we?

This will be our second long weekend since we started. But the weather will probably be nicer and lots of people go away for Canada Day weekend.

So, we have to determine if we should have a ride? If so, what kind of ride?

Please take a moment to vote in the poll below. We’ll post the final decision a week or two before Canada Day.

HRM Bike Week

HRM Bike Week

May 27 - June 5, 2011

HRM Bike “Week” is here! Why the quotation marks? Well, the “week” is 10 days!

What can you look forward to during the next little while? Lots of cycling related events across the city (including some unofficial ones). Here are some highlights of upcoming cycling events:

You can get a full list of official HRM Bike Week events at http://www.halifax.ca/bikeweek.
Oh, and there’s free stuff. No, really!

SPECIAL OFFERS ALL WEEK, May 27 to June 5, 2011

Present your helmet to qualify

Metro Transit Logo Metro Transit Ferries Ride your bike and ride for free on both Metro Transit Harbour Ferries!

HRM Rec Logo

Cole HarbourRecreation Ride your bike to an HRM Recreation program offered in Cole Harbour and down the Eastern Shore and present your helmet to be entered in a draw for a free recreation program.

Local Jo Logo

Local Jo Café & Market
2959 Oxford Street, Halifax
20% off espresso-based drinks

Two If By Sea Logo

Two If By Sea
66 Ochterloney Street, Dartmouth
20% off drinks

JavaBlend Logo

Java Blend
6027 North Street, Halifax

20% off drinks

Bike and Bean Logo

Train Station Bike and Bean
5401 St. Margaret’s Bay Road (on St. Margaret’s Bay Trail)
10% off coffee and bike rentals

Our logo winner!

With 60% of the final vote, our winner is Option 3:

Saturday Rides, April 30 – May 28

We’ve posted our Saturday rides for the next month! We’ll be doing the Dartmouth Harbourwalk Trail every Saturday until the end of May. After each ride, we’ll try somewhere different for coffee/tea.

Check it out on our Google calendar: https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=rhombus2011%40gmail.com&ctz=America/Halifax

Logo Survivor – Round 2

After almost a full week of voting, we’ve eliminated three potential logos for RHOMBUS. Thee remain.  Cast your vote before Saturday morning. The poll is open to all but only one vote each!

Logo Survivor – Round 1

Our member Laurie created a variety of potential logos for RHOMBUS. So we’re putting it out there: which logo wears it best?

We’ll keep the poll open until this coming weekend. Then the top three will be posted for Round 2 and the final victor will be decided!

RHOMBUS rides!

Hey there!
If you’re getting this, hopefully you’re interested  in joining a group for LGBTQ* mountain biking in some trail rides this summer. Well, we’re proud to announce our plans for the summer.
  • Who? We had a planning meeting and decided on the name RHOMBUS, an acronym for Rainbow Halifax Off-road Mountain Bike Users Society.
  • What? A purely recreational off-road/trail biking club. Essentially, we’ll all meet, ride for a bit and then go for a coffee afterward.
  • When? We’re thinking two times a week; one Saturday morning ride and a weeknight (probably Tuesday).
  • Where? Saturday morning rides are going to be at Shubie Park in Dartmouth. Our weeknight ride will be at Point Pleasant Park.
  • Why? Fun!
  • How much? There aren’t many operating costs but we are encouraging all members donate $5. That money can be spent on special events (such as a season-ending party or, if we opt to, registration fees for the Pride parade).
Our first (introductory) ride is Saturday, April 16th at 9:30. This will be a light ride, starting at the Alderney Ferry Terminal and riding the Dartmouth Harbourwalk trail to the Woodside Ferry Terminal. Then, we turn around, head back and grab a bite to eat or coffee (maybe Two if by Sea?). We’re budgeting two hours for the entire event (including post-ride coffee).

So are you interested? If so, please send an e-mail to rhombus2011@gmail.com to join the mailing list. You can also check out our:

Kirk Furlotte (on behalf of RHOMBUS)

Welcome to RHOMBUS

What is RHOMBUS?

It’s the Rainbow Halifax Off-road Mountain Bike Users Society: a recreational trail and off-road cycling for Halifax’s LGBTQ* community.

We’ll be releasing more details in the coming weeks; including our first ride. Want to learn more? Join our mailing list by sending an email to rhombus2011@gmail.com.