17th Redbones Annual Bike Party & Benefit

Last night’s 17th Annual Redbones Annual Bike Party & Benefit was a great time. It’s crazy to think that I’ve known about this cycling community benefit in Somerville, Massachusetts, for its entire existence and I had never been. It took the acquisition of a Boston area company (Sterling Machine) to get the Hub back on my radar and it feels like I never left.

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The 2-3 hour drives have been a bit tiresome, but the Beantown vibe has been great, especially with the Bruins on a roll and the Red Sox playing better than expected. There is nothing more entertaining than  Boston sports radio.

 

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After work yesterday, I drove over to Somerville and parked on Mass Ave. I had my Seven Tsunami in the back of my Subaru Outback. I was changing from work clothes into something more suited to a block party, when a driver attempted to parallel park in the open spot in front of me. I’m not bashful about my own parallel parking skills. If it was an Olympic sport, I don’t doubt my chances at taking home the gold. The other driver had enough Somerville resident parking stickers to assure her credibility, but her bumper said, “hack rookie.”

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She bumped me once. Then she bumped me twice. Then I got out of the car, walked over to her window, and leaned in. I startled her when I asked, “What are you doing?” I got a blank stare. I said, “You bumped me.” She said, “I didn’t know you were in the car.” I said, “Why does that matter?” She said, “That’s what bumpers are for.” I said, “Maybe your bumper, but not mine.” My car isn’t a year old! I said, “All you had to do was ask for help.” She asked me to back up. I obliged, then guided her into her spot. I believe in the Scout slogan, “Do a good turn daily.” I also believe in karma.

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She got out and retreated down the sidewalk. I took photographic proof should my bumper fall off at a later date. Her bumper looked like it had been in a war zone.

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Anyway, I couldn’t show up at a bike benefit in a car, so I pulled my bike out and rode the four blocks to Redbones in Davis Square. The street was alive with activity. Now Redbones is not exactly suited for vegans. So, I opted for the a la carte menu of beer and nothing else. I grabbed dinner later in the night at the neighboring Diesel Cafe.

 

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I had the valet park my bike and spent a couple of hours mingling with new and old friends. The benefit was primarily for MassBike and NEMBA, of which Horst Engineering, Thread Rolling Inc., and Sterling Machine are strong supporters.

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The entertainment by the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Brass Band was fantastic. They got the crowd all fired up before the big raffle. Nothing beats a Monday night party complete with a beer garden and LOTS of bikes. Several sponsors had booths and there was a lot to take in. Redbones has been a strong supporter of the biking community for a long time. I didn’t score any of the great raffle prizes, but my contribution went to a good cause!

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I’m pretty sure I’ll find a reason to return for the 18th and I’ll bring the family with me to dance along.

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