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Bikehugger's SXSW Ride and BBQ

March 09, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Uncategorized

BikeHugger SXSW Barbecue Ride - El ChilitoSXSW is ‘South by Southwest‘ - the annual interactive (web, mobile, internet, etc.), film, and music festival that takes over Austin for a week or two every March. is a website we’ve mentioned before, after they helped popularize our our efforts. According to their website, they are:

…bike culture blogged. As a group blog, with different voices, we cover diverse topics, but all focused on bikes.

Well, they had planned a big bike ride and barbecue down here at ‘South by’ (pronounced ‘south bye’), and it was….great success!

At the Bike Hugger BBQ, there was a capacity crowd that ate all the food, drink all the beer, had a good time, and won prizes from our sponsors. We counted 300 people. 30 cyclists showed up for the Urban Ride on a beautiful Spring day. I made it just in time for the BBQ, but missed the ride, after being stuck in Memphis.

Thanks Austin and SXSW.

ATXBS blog was there, too (I think ‘ATX’ is just a nickname for Austin - a conjugation of ‘Austin’ and ‘Texas’.). It was great meeting Jason and the ATXBS crew, and Byron and the BikeHugger crew.

I missed the beginning of the ride, but managed to beat them to The Blanton Museum of Art (which didn’t have bike racks). No bike racks, but the folks inside were very nice. The Texas State History Museum also did not have bike racks - I’d originally stopped there, thinking it was the Blanton Museum. I definitely plan on calling the city about getting bike racks in both locations.

We cruised for some dinner a bit later on (just beer for me, thanks) - we went to El Chilito - a very cool joint. Again, no bike racks, but the place was so cool I could almost forgive them. I’ll find a way to ask them to install a bike rack, anyways. :)

I’m typing this post from a new cafe I discovered along the way (another benefit of riding vs. driving) - Clementine Coffee Bar. No bike rack here, either - I’ll ask someone about it Bike rack off to the side! :) It definitely seems we need to have a systematic way of contacting business owners and expressing our desire to get bicycle racks.

The picture is taken outside of El Chilito. The guy with the cool bike is Jason, of ATXBS blog fame.

Thanks to BikeHugger for organizing this event, and to everyone for making it such a fun event.

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