So last weekend Mobilians on Bikes, the local bicycle users’ group, hosted the Nice Rack Ride. The Nice Rack Ride was a bike crawl to 4 pubs that provide bike racks for its customers. Not many businesses in Mobile provide customer parking for those who choose to arrive by bike. The lack of safe, secure bike parking comes up regularly in surveys that reveal the inhibitors to cycling. No one wants to get their bike stolen or ruined and good bike parking can be a big encouragement for folks to visit a place via bike.
The ride was also a fun way to show that a person can do a lot of social stuff using bike transportation. It’s a fun way to get around and the riders that night certainly found that out. I was pleasantly surprised we had several newbies in the group. The new folks were very energetic and had great attitudes, a wonderful addition to the veterans in the group. Here are some pictures as we get ready to leave from a neighborhood coffee shop that, of course, has a bike rack. There were 26 people in total.
Several members got dressed up and showed that you can look good on a bike in the middle of summer here in Mobile. Yeah, everyone was perspiring a little bit but nothing 10 minutes in air condition couldn’t handle.
The group hit up a diversity of bars, one mexican bar, one corporate bar, one gay bar, and one irish bar. I bet most people had never been to all of these bars and so at least one was new to them. Most folks got food and drinks at the first stop, the Ok Bicycle Shop and Taqueria. The Taqueria has a very nice back patio that exudes a cool atmosphere once the sun goes down. The margaritas and mojitos are great there.
After the Taqueria, we cruised down to the Royal Street Tavern. I had never been to this spot before and I was thoroughly impressed. The piano player was good and the drinks were well priced. And best of all is that the bar is attached to a hotel so bar guests can go up to an 8th floor balcony to chill out outside and get some great views. This bar/lounge will definitely be on my radar the next time I’m going out.
After the Royal St. Tavern we rode to Gabriel’s which is a local gay bar that offers a bike rack for its guests. The folks at Gabriel’s were very nice and we had a blast there. They allow smoking inside so I was a bit worried I wouldn’t like it. But luckily there were hardly any smoking guests so the air was fine. Most folks stayed inside but they do have a nice back deck.
After Gabriel’s we hit up my neighborhood favorite, Callaghan’s Irish Pub. A customer recently purchased a bike rack for Callaghan’s so luckily we were able to add them to the list. It’s a great local watering hole truly deserving of a bike rack.
It was great night on bikes and we will do it again. Everyone in the group imbibed responsibly and so the night was a fun and safe one. A big thanks goes out to the bars that provide customers a bike rack. Way to go!