Tiny Tire Tweed Ride – Phoenix Spokes People, Brompton Mafia, PortaPedal Bike and Tempe Bicycle Action Group – Phoenix, Tempe and Mesa – 12.13.2015

 

“Don your dapperest tweed for our multi-city, multi-modal tiny tire extravaganza! Bromptons, Moultons, and all other small-wheel bicycles are welcome as we explore the valley using our bikes and lightrail! We’ll meet at Civic Space Park, go for a short ride for drinks, then hop on the train for Tempe! There, we will enjoy a short ride, stop for some libations or dinner, and hop a train to Mesa. We want to pack the train with our small-wheel bikes!”

As soon as I saw this event posted on Facebook I knew I was in. I love the idea of traveling throughout the Valley on bike and light-rail for libations, and, although I don’t own a tiny tire bicycle I am “small wheel curious.”

First a million thanks to PortaPedal Bike for lending me a Bromptom bike for this ride. Even though all bikes were welcomed, I really wanted to get my hands on a tiny-wheeled bike. Al and Tom over at PortaPedal helped me find the best fit and I had a great time checking out the shop. If you are "small wheel curious" head over to PortaPedal. They carry Bromptoms, Moultons and small-wheeled cargo bike the Friday Haul-a-Day.

First a million thanks to PortaPedal Bike for lending me a Brompton demo for this ride. Even though all bikes were welcomed, I really wanted to get my hands on a tiny-wheeled bike. Al, Donna and Tom over at PortaPedal helped me find the best fit and I had a great time checking out the shop. If you are “small wheel curious” head over to PortaPedal. They carry Bromptons, Moultons and small-wheeled Cargo Bike Friday Haul-a-Day among others. Thank you Al!

Photo credit: Al ___. Picking up a Brompton on the Big Dummy... that was rad!

Photo credit: Al Capello. Picking up a Brompton on the Big Dummy… that was rad!

Mandatory panda shot. #cargocult

Mandatory panda shot. #cargocult

Tempe peeps rolling out to Phoenix where the tour will take off from.

Photo credit: unknown. Tempe rolling out to the meeting point in Phoenix’s Civic Space Park.

Phoenix: Civic Space Park

The PHX peeps rolling in.

The PHX peeps rolling in.

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The Brompton Mafia

The Brompton Mafia

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Ready to roll!

Ready to roll!

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Phoenix: Rose & Crown Pub

This isn't a Brompton Mafia butt-sniffing ritual. This is everyone folding their bikes! This is what you do with a Brompton, you fold and unfold all day! No bike-lock necessary because you can take your bike with you anywhere.

This isn’t a Brompton Mafia butt-sniffing ritual. This is everyone folding their bikes. This is what you do with a Brompton, you fold and unfold all day. No bike-lock necessary because you can take your bike with you anywhere.

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And then everyone forms a cute Brompton compilation. Here we created a Brompton garden. These people are too adorable.

And then everyone gets their Bromptons together because it’s just too cute.

Pilsner Urquell and chips.

Pilsner Urquell and chips. This was good.

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And then we had to haul-ass to the light-rail. These little bikes are surprisingly fast! Going through Phoenix on the Brompton was a blast. Everything was super-crowded because the Suns game was ending, but it's so easy to maneuver on a little bike.

And then we had to haul-ass to the light-rail. These bikes are surprisingly fast! Going through Phoenix on the Brompton was a blast. Everything was very busy because the Suns game was letting out, but it was so easy to maneuver the crowds on this little bike.

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Al the business man.

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Tempe: Priest Dr. and Washington St. Light-Rail Station

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More Tempe people joined us across the bridge.

More Tempe people joined us across the bridge.

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Tempe: Pedal Haus Brewery

More bike folding!

More bike folding!

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And more bike huddling. This one is pretty great for real though. That is a lot of Bromptons! Love all the colors.

And more bike huddling. This one is actually pretty great though. That is a lot of Bromptons! Love all the colors.

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Kölsch

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And then it was just five of us heading off to Mesa.

And then it was just five of us heading off to Mesa.

First time taking the light-rail to Mesa!! First time going to Mesa for some of us. I've been to Mesa before but never at night. I was pretty excited to check it out.

First time taking the light-rail to Mesa!! First time going to Mesa for some of us.

Mesa: Main St.

Mesa is pretty dead on a Sunday night, but very pretty. Lots of art and lights.

Mesa is pretty dead on a Sunday night, but very pretty. Lots of art and lights.

Mesa: Desert Eagle Brewery Tap Room

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Guzy giving a Brompton-folding-show to some of the patrons.

Guzy giving a Brompton-folding-show to some of the patrons. They can’t get enough of the Guz.

Main Street Blonde Ale and popcorn. Hella good!

Main Street Blonde Ale and popcorn. Hella good!

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This may have been my favorite stop. The beers were finally kicking in, very casual vibe and great service. Good talks with good peoples.

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The coolest shop in Mesa is for lease.

The coolest shop in Mesa is for lease.

We decided to skip the light-rail and ride to our destinations instead. Guzy was like a crackhead on that Brompton.

We skipped the light-rail and rode to our destinations. Guzy is Turbo ____.

Who had the most fun? This guy! Lol! Chris is awesome. Check out his stuff at Beer, Beards & Bicycles.

Who had the most fun? This guy! Lol! Cris is awesome. Check out his stuff at Beer, Beards & Bicycles.