We're not pointing any fingers here, folks, but Boiseans could use their bikes more often. Regular exercise and a balanced diet are the bifecta of health, physical hardiness and beauty, and as much as Boiseans love the great outdoors, it couldn't hurt to love them a little more by jumping on those bikes.
That's why there's Boise Bike Week, running from Monday, May 13, through Saturday, May 18. Bike-themed events, from workshops to community rides to education programs, pepper every day of the two-wheeled celebration.
Start off Bike Week with the first group ride of the week, the Twilight Ride, Monday, May 13, at 6 p.m. The ride gets going at Joyride Cycles in Hyde Park and meanders through Boise's North End before finishing at Sun Ray Cafe for pizza, drink specials and tunes by local band Stoneseed. The ride lasts 45 minutes and a signed waiver (available online) and helmet are required.
If mountain biking excites you but you could use some pointers on being a better single-track rider, join the Southwest Mountain Biking Association for a mountain biking intro and skills ride starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Camel's Back Park.
If you're curious about keeping your bike in clean and working order, try the bicycle maintenance class at Boise Bicycle Project Tuesday, May 14, starting at 7 p.m. There, you'll learn the importance of regular professional tune-ups, as well as the basics of lubing chains, tightening brakes and keeping moving and sensitive parts clear of debris and grime.
Helmets are required for all events, so be sure to protect that noggin'. For a full schedule of events running through the end of Bike Week—including the blowout block party—check the event website.