Sunday, May 30, 2010

1st Annual Jacksonville Bicycle Casino Information

We know that you have all been waiting for it, and here it is. The 1st Annual Jacksonville Bicycle Casino.

Bicycle Casino
Saturday, November 20, 2010
9 A.M. – 5 P.M. Rain or Shine
Jacksonville End of the Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail
1810 Imeson Road 
Jacksonville, FL 32210

A Fun, Free Event for the Whole Family

Bring your bicycles and hang out for a whole day of nothing else. You are welcome to bring your own tent and set up a booth to show off your bikes, talent, or company’s craft of any kind. There will be a designated bicycle show area for you to show off your unique and just plain loved bikes.

Festivities include:
·       Bicycle Parade
·       Bicycle Safety and Maintenance Education Classes
·       Music
·       Games (including the famous blind-folded tire change)

Parking and Camping (either by tent or camper) will be available free of charge. Hotels are less than one mile away at I-295 and Commonwealth.

For more information or to setup a company booth, contact:

Charlie Fetzer

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Traffic Skills 101: Bike MS Edition 2010

Now that the Tour de Cure is over, it is time to begin training for the next local two day bike event. The MS-150 is going to be October 3-4, 2010 this year. Luckily, so that your training, and actual ride, for the MS-150 is safe your FBA First Coast Chapter Director and NFBC President, Jeff Hohlstein, is providing a special Bike MS Traffic Skills 101 Course. It is recommended for all Bike MS riders and team captains, and any cyclists of any skill level.
  • WHAT: This class os specifically designed for endurance road cyclists that typically do the Bike MS. It covers traffic law, bike equipment, becoming a more confident bicylist by riding your bike like a motor vehicle, and asserting your right to the road. You'll learn injury prevention, crash avoidance through on bike skill practice, and do a group ride that includes optional pace line training. A Student Manual will be included also. This is a League of American Bicyclists certified course.
  • WHEN: Class is one day: Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 7:45am to 4:15pm.
  • WHERE: LakeShore Bicycles & Fitness, 2108 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32210.
  • COST: General registration is $35.00. Members of Bike MS ride teams receive a special group rate of $30.00.
  • BRING: Bicycle, helmet, sunglasses, water and/or sports drink, lunch or lunch money (Subway Sandwiches). We'll furnish coffee and donuts upon arrival. The morning session will be in the classroom, while the afternoon session will be on the bike. There will be an opportunity to change into cycling clothing before the on-bike activities will begin. Road, mountain, and hybrid bicycles will all be suitable.
  • REGISTRATION CLOSES: June 8, 2010. You will receive preclass materials to study and an open book exam to be completed before class.
  • TO REGISTER CONTACT: Jodi Hohlstein, 904.291.8664, or email at for confirmation of date and complete registration packet. Register early since class size is limited to 17 students.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

A Great Honor

We would like to announce a special title given to LakeShore Bicycles & Fitness. As said in a press release, the Florida Bicycle Association (FBA), has named LakeShore Bicycles & Fitness the Florida Bicycle Store Advocate of the Year. The award was given on May 12, 2010, and will be recieved on May 18, 2010 at the NFBC meetingThe local branch of the FBA has done a series of Traffic Skills 101 classes in the store, including one that will be held on June 12, 2010. Not only does the FBA deserve a great thank you, but you do too. We could not do it without you and all of the various and very supportive cycling groups and organizations throughout Northeast Florida. LakeShore Bicycles & Fitness has been referred to as "the great one since '61" because we have been the leader in local bike stores since 1961. Everyone, please remember to have a great and safe National Bicycle Month.

Monday, May 3, 2010

National Bike Month 2010

Bike Month this year is packed! All of these events have at least been mentioned on our Facebook Page once, except for the Cargo Bike Picnic (thank you Bike Jax for the information). Also, all of these events are free and open to the public.

Location: Three Layers Cafe
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Date: May 8

Join Ready 2 Ride Bike Tours and SPAR as we leisurely make our way through the historic district, enjoying the interesting history, unique architecture, and beautiful tree canopy along the way.
Bring your own bike and ride for free, or rent one for $25. Meet at Three Layers Cafe: 1602 Walnut Street. 32206. (corner of 6th &   Walnut).

Time: 2:00 pm-2:30 pm
Date: May 16

Time: 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Date: May 17
This will be one of three bike clinics for you to get ready for Bike To Work Day. The other two will be at Champion Cycling in Arlington, 904-724-4922, and Mandarin 904-262-5744 at the same times. For more information, please come into the store, call us at 904-388-0612, or email us at We hope to see you there.

     4. Ride of Silence
Time: 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
Date: May 19
Join cyclists worldwide in a silent, slow paced ride (max.12 m.p.h.) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling in public roadways.
Cyclists wil take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured. Although cyclists have the legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of cyclists themselves.
The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks it's cyclists to ride no faster than 12 m.p.h. and remain silent during the ride. There are no sponsors and no registration fees. The ride, which is held during bike safety month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police, and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also to show respect for those who have been injured and killed.

     5. Bike To Work Day
Location: In information below
Time: In information below
Date: May 21
Give it a try! Biking to work and school takes some planning and effort, but once you get the hang of it you’ll like it. Organized group rides to downtown will depart from 3 locations in Jacksonville; Arlington, Mandarin, and Westside. Group rides will depart at 7:00 AM and arrive downtown at Hemming Plaza for a 7:30 – 8:00 AM continental breakfast. Each group will be accompanied by members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, and will include a bicycle shop van to transport riders’ belongings. No assistance is provided for return home trip.
Three free bicycle commuting workshops will be held Monday May 17 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at local bike shop locations. Champion Cycling will host work shops in Arlington, 904-724-4922, and Mandarin 904-262-5744. Lakeshore Bicycles & Fitness, 904-388-0612, will host a Westside clinic. All bicycle commuter workshops are free and open to the public.
For those riders interested in acquiring their (BOB) bicycles on buses permit, they are no longer required. Please visit JTA website for video instruction to use Bicycles on Buses.

ARLINGTON 7:05 AM Contact person: Jim McDonald 904-724-4922
Food Lion Shopping Center on Arlington Rd, north of the Arlington Expressway across from Champion Cycling
Route: West on Arlington Expressway Service Rd: south on Cesery Blvd; merging to University Blvd: West on Atlantic Blvd: north on Kings
Ave: west on Prudential Dr: north on Hendricks Ave West on Gulf Life Dr: over Acosta Bridge: east on Water St: north on Hogan to Hemming Plaza.

SOUTHSIDE 6:50 AM Contact person: Phil Foreman 904-982-4380
Mandarin K-Mart at the intersection of San Jose Blvd and Old St Augustine Rd
Route: North on San Jose Blvd: north on Hendricks Ave: west on Gulf Life Dr: over Acosta Bridge: east on Water St: north on Hogan to Hemming Plaza.

WESTSIDE 7:10 AM Contact person: Charlie Fetzer from LakeShore Bicycles & Fitness: 904-716-7364
Publix Shopping Center next to Roosevelt Mall
Route: North on St Johns Ave: west on King St: north on Riverside Ave: east on Water St: north on Hogan to Hemming Plaza.

     6. Cargo Bike Picnic
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: May 23
For more information visit the website by clicking link in title.

Almost forgot, Tour de Cure is May 22, 2010. We will be there for repairs.