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

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