I remember the first time I saw a fixed gear bicycle. It was 2003 in Berlin, and the kid had had it for a week and had already been in like six accidents. No brakes? I thought he was nuts.
But now the movement's pretty much universal, and here in Miami this Saturday, the movement is giving back. Rydel Deed of Miami Fixed Gear and Tony Blazejack are hosting the first annual Miami Cranksgiving to benefit the Camillus House.
Meet at Government Center (101 NW First Street, Miami) at 2 p.m. to register. At 2:30 p.m., the bike (doesn't need to be fixed--all styles welcome) race begins. Riders will stop at selected grocery store checkpoints along the roughly 17-mile course to purchase non-perishable food items from a checklist. The ten dollars you bring goes to buy the food, so 100% of your participation is helping to feed the homeless during the holidays.
FYI: A bike lock and a bag/basket are mandatory.
For more information, go to the Miami Bike Scene blog or the event Facebook page.