Will Cycle for Charity is a group of St. Louis Area cyclists who donate their skills and time to raise money for local charity organizations through cycling events.

Cranksgiving 2009 Results!

he 4th Annual Cranksgiving in St. Louis smashed records again this year. St. Louis can say for another year that we have the largest Cranksgiving ride. This year almost 340 riders rode either a 5, 8 or 25 mile route to collect over 3400 items for Food Outreach.  To top it off, we took a $500 donation from Big Shark and invested in some great shirts, to produce a check for almost $1000 for Food Outreach as well. At 40 cents a can that’s another 2500 cans of food.

-A huge Thanks goes out to every one who braved the bad weather forecasts.
-A large thanks to Bicycle Works for the help and passing the torch.
-Big Shark for providing pre-ride mechanical check-ups.
-Trailnet for SAG and loaning us the portable bike racks.
-Thanks to Thurman’s Grill for hosting our pre-party and raising $200 for BicycleWorks.
-The Atomic Cowboy for hosting the event and printing the posters.

And a special thanks to the ever growing group of volunteers who helped us pull off another great Cranksgiving.

Did someone say photos? Check out Will Cycle for Charity and BicycleWorks flickr sites

Cranksgiving Weather Report

Cranksgiving is tomorrow so I hope everyone is ready to ride. I just watched the weather report for tomorrow and it looks like the rain that they’ve been predicting is going to fall to the north and west of the city. We should only have cooler weather and cloudy skies tomorrow. The event is still on so be prepared to ride!



Cranksgiving 2009!

It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing colors, animals are starting to hibernate, and Saint Louis is gearing up for the Saint Louis Bicycle Works 4th annual Cranksgiving Food Drive!! Saint Louis currently has the country’s largest Cranksgiving Ride. Last year we had around 300 riders and this year we’re shooting for even more. If you haven’t been to Cranksgiving, here’s the run down:

-Everyone meets at a set location (this year it’s The Atomic Cowboy)

-Participants are given a shopping list of possible items to buy (These are normally canned or dry goods)

-Maps of the route are handed out and participants start the ride. The route is marked.

-Each of the stops on the route is a Grocery store. Participants are asked to pick up a dollar or two worth of items per stop as they see fit. Normally riders average a total of 10 to 20 dollars over the course of the ride.

-Riders finish the route and end up back at the Cowboy where the canned and dry goods are collected and we all have dinner and drinks together! A good time is had by all.

Our friends at The Atomic Cowboy have really gone all out for us. Bicycle parking after the event will be in the courtyard on racks provided by Trailnet, so no worries about having to find a place outside to lock up. They have also paid for all of the beautiful posters and fliers that you will start seeing around town after this weekend.

Also, our other friends at Big Shark have agreed help this year by donating money to help us with the event. They will also be providing quick mechanical support at the event. We’re not asking them to completely rebuild your bike for you, but if you show up and your bike needs a bit of adjusting, Big Shark has you covered.

The ride this year will be free. We’ll have a limited number of spoke cards and Cranksgiving t-shirts for sale at the event.

Keep your eye on our website and  the STL BicycleWorks website. We’ll be posting more information about the event as we get closer.

Ride safe and see you at the event!


A typical shopping will have a dozen or two items, and maybe set back the riders $10-20. It’s a terrific way to kick off the holiday season and be out on your bike, doing something good with the community alongside your fellow cyclists. Plus, it’s an early start on burning off all the calories you’ll be inhaling during November and Decemb