Recap: RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, May 6, 2015 06:19pm | Post a Comment

Bike riders and pedestrians alike came out our second annual RIDE ON! Bike Day at Amoeba, which took place Sunday afternoon in the backlot of Amoeba Hollywood.

More than $500 in raffle tickets, prize wheel donations and memberships were raised for local bicycle advocacy group Los Angeles County Bike Coalition, who handled bike valet services for the day and signed up new members.

Attendees lined up for vegan jackfruit tacos and BBQ sandwiches from Pure Luck, coffee from Bicycle Coffee, free tangerines from the Hollywood Farmers Market, free lemonade from Hubert’s Lemonade, free treats from KIND Healthy Snacks and free ice cream from our friend, Ice Cream Ian. And Oh! Snap Studios joined the fun taking free pics of attendees. The good folks from Rotelli Cyclery were also on hand with their bespoke bike gear and answering bike questions and giving tune-up advice to attendees.

Dave Gatzen showed up dressed head-to-toe in bike attire, including socks with bicycles on them and a tie-dyed shirt with the Four Horsemen on bikes. Gatzen, a member of LACBC since it started in 1998, said he uses his bike more for transportation than fun and that it was his first time at Bike Day.

For others, it was their first day at Amoeba entirely. Allie Chu and Lauren Free stopped in at Amoeba after eating at Tender Greens and headed to the backlot for free ice cream. Cody Updegrave said he moved to L.A. just two weeks ago and wandered into Amoeba today for the first time, adding that he was lured to the backlot by the free ice cream.

Others were Amoeba regulars who came to see what Bike Day was all about. Roy Rawson, Jaden Wolf and Fin Ortega had fun taking pictures at the Oh Snap! Studios photo booth. Rawson said he rides bikes both for transportation and for fun, and that he shops at Amoeba “when I have the money.”

Sam and Moraima Randazzo were at Bike Day for the second time, though this was the first time they rode their bikes to the event. Sam said he picked up records by Queens of the Stone Age and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., while Moraima won a hat, shirt and Bern keychain during Bike Trivia with Coolassmike Bowers, who asked questions such as how tall the tallest rideable bike in the world is (the answer: 21.5 feet, ridden by Richie Trimble during last year’s CicLAvia). Mike runs, where he provides bikes/locks/helmets/lights to foster families, and is a cycling advocate and cycling community personality.

Raffle winners were stoked to win everything from the limited-edition Sole bike (congrats, Craig!) to a one month supply of KIND bars, granola and a T-shirt (Derek below holding his goodies) to Converse $75 gift cards, Bern helmets and more.

Amoeba was proud to support LACBC’s efforts to make L.A. a safe and enjoyable place to ride, and we’re excited to support their upcoming LA RIVER RIDE on June 28 in Griffith Park—see you there!

Thanks to our friends at KCRW and LA Weekly for their ongoing support of our Bike Day events and to all who attended. We’ll see you next year. RIDE ON!

derek kind bars amoeba bike day

See more pics from the day here.


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