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Aug. 17 Bike Expo features new rides

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 | Posted by
Ahmed Johnston performing flatland BMX tricks at last year's bike expo (photo by Bob Stender)

Ahmed Johnston performing flatland BMX tricks at last year’s bike expo. (photo by Bob Stender)

There will be plenty of opportunities for participants to ride bikes at this year’s free Sonoma County Bicycle Expo, held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, in downtown Santa Rosa.

Ride along with bicycle makers through Annadel State Park or along the Joe Rodota Trail; join the Biker Chicks’ ride; ride time trials on tiny bikes or learn the rules of the road as Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition throws its fifth free Bike Expo.

“I’m excited about how interactive it will be this year,” said Aileen  Carroll, the Coalition’s outreach director.

Riders will meet at the Expo at 10 a.m. for the Annadel and Joe Rodota Trail rides organized by Northern California-based Meet Your Maker. The Annadel group will follow the same route as Bike Monkey’s grueling XC race a day earlier.

Vintage and used cranks, chainrings, and handlebars from last year's bike swap. (photo by Bob Stender)

Vintage and used cranks, chainrings, and handlebars from last year’s bike swap. (photo by Bob Stender)

Women of all ages can meet the Biker Chicks at 9 a.m., starting at Prince Gateway Park,  199 Santa Rosa Ave. 

At 1 p.m., families can join the KIDical Mass ride, a 3-mile, educational ride that teaches road safety.

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Janelle Black competes in the Cargo Bike Race last year. (photo by Bob Stender)

Adults also will have a chance to be kids again, riding tiny bikes modified for adults in the Pixie Bike Time Trial.

Stunt cyclists will ride the Whiskeydrome, a 30-foot, banked velodrome, and the Hubbub Club will provide music. Plenty of food and beverage booths will also be on site.

The expo will include bike-themed carnival games and rides. The Bikemobile will be on hand to provide free tune-ups for kids’ bikes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and medical professionals with the Bike Coalition’s VeloMed ambulance will hand out free helmets to qualilfying youth.

Carroll said opportunities exist for participants of all ages and experience levels to hop on a bike and experience some cycling fun. “There’s something for everyone.”

The expo is held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, on Fifth Street between B Street and Mendocino Avenue. Visit sonomacountybikeexpo.com for more details.

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Ann Hutchinson is our Santa Rosa correspondent.
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