Here's an opportunity to join a weekly group ride for cyclists of all levels, offered by the Bike Bistro (one of BWL's supporter organizations) as a way of building cycling fellowship. Great way to enjoy SWFL and to meet fellow cyclists. Let us know if other bike shops or organizations are offering similar ride opportunities, and we'll share them with our network.
The Bean Team meets at 5 p.m. each Thursday at Bike Bistro, 20351 Summerlin Road, #114, in Sanibel Beach Place along Summerlin Road in south Fort Myers. The routes change weekly to keep it fresh and rides are divided by skill level for a comfortable group outing. While there is no charge to join the Bean Team, anyone who purchases a custom Bean Team jersey will receive a special discount on accessories and apparel.
"We want to be a part of building cycling fellowship," said Bike Bistro owner Steve Martin. "The Bean Team allows for friendships to develop among those who enjoy the outdoors and cycling."
Group rides should be enjoyable and safe. They are typically the most visible members of the cycling community, which means there is a tremendous effect on cycling advocacy. To have safety within the group, have clear communication. As the Bean Team ride leader, Griffith will ensure novice riders are safe with ride training that will outline proper protocol.
"Chris will help you get the most out of being a part of the Bean Team, no matter what your speed," Martin said.
The Bike Bistro is a full-service neighborhood shop with a selection of exclusive bicycle and apparel names, as well as worry-free bike rentals. From one-speed beach bikes to premium carbon road bikes, Bike Bistro will have a perfect fit for any style rider to rent or own. The shop carries bicycles made in the United States such as Chicago-based Heritage or Minnesota-based Handsome Cycles.
The art of riding comes full circle at Bike Bistro with renowned contributing artist Taliah Lempert and jewelry designed by Nancy Martin-McKay, who uses bicycle parts as inspiration for her pieces. Lempert, whose work hangs in New York galleries, also creates novelty coloring books, note and postcards — all available at Bike Bistro.
Discover if you are a Caff (20 or more MPH) or Decaff (20 or less MPH) by joining the Bean Team, a group of cyclists who share a love for two wheels. Find the Bike Bistro at 20351 Summerlin Road in Unit 114 – between Publix grocery store and GatorBites restaurant.
"We look forward to meeting you there," said Bean Team leader Griffith.
— Bike Bistro hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call the Bike Bistro at 479-1999 or visit thebikebistro.net.