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Upcoming Bikes and Beers Events in 2019

Upcoming Bikes and Beers Events in 2019

Summer is best when paired with two of our favorite things: bikes and brews, which is why the national Bikes & Beers events that we sponsor are so great. Each biking event lets you choose between a 15-mile and a 30-mile bike ride, which you get to enjoy with all of your fellow cycling beer-enthusiasts. After your ride (which has pitstops for snacks along the way), you’ll make your way back to the hosting brewery where you get to enjoy your well-deserved two free beers. But that’s not where things end. While you’re sipping, the breweries will also have live music, food, and a raffle where you can win anything from a Hollywood Racks bike rack to a new bike. 

You’ll get a free raffle ticket just for biking your heart out and enjoying a great summertime cycle. If you want to buy more tickets, you can feel good knowing that the proceeds benefit different local cycling charities that set out to improve laws, infrastructure, and policies in your city. Make sure you register soon, we don’t want you to miss out!

Here are all of the upcoming biking events from Bikes & Beers! 


Chico Sierra Nevada September 7, 2019

This is the third year that Chico is hosting the event, and it’s going to be bigger than ever. Before you take off on your ride, you’ll get to enjoy free High Brew coffee and pastries so you’re ready to cruise. 

San Diego Societe Brewing Company November 16, 2019 

Of course, the bike ride around San Diego is the main highlight of this event, but once you’re done, the food trucks will be a welcomed treat. Well, that and the two beers.


Freeport Maine Beer Company September 21, 2019

This is our first foray into Maine, and we are as excited as ever! You’ll get to see the beautiful coastal town of Freeport on your ride and then settle in for a live band when it’s all done.


Laurel Jailbreak Brewing Company August 10, 2019

If you’ve been waiting patiently for us to finally make our way to Maryland, your wish is our command! Checking out Jailbreak’s fantastic space is one thing, but doing it after a great bike ride is an experience you don’t want to miss. 


Kalamazoo Bell’s August 24, 2019

Sure you could crack open a Two Hearted Ale while relaxing on your patio, but that’s nowhere close to the experience you’ll have enjoying it alongside all of the other bikers at Kalamazoo’s third annual event. Sweat, sip, and be merry. 


Hampton Smuttynose Brewing Company July 20, 2019

We’re so glad that the state of New Hampshire is welcoming us for the first time, and we are sure it won’t be the last. With live music, food trucks, and that coveted new bike ready to be won by one lucky attendee, you can’t miss out. 


Mills River Sierra Nevada September 28, 2019

We had the best time at the Sierra Nevada brewery last year, so we just had to make our way back this year. Not only do you get to enjoy cruising around Mills River and two refreshing brews after you’re done, the proceeds go to Conserving Carolina, so you can feel even better about your day. 


Cincinnati Rhinegeist Brewery September 14, 2019

Everyone who’s been to Rhinegeist Brewery knows that they have the best beers, so if you weren’t already convinced to take on a quick 30-mile bike ride, you better be now. You even get to take home a pint glass with our logo, so you’ll always remember Cincinnati’s first annual Bikes & Beers event. 

Columbus Brewdog October 5, 2019

If biking in the glaring sun isn’t your cup of tea, this October event (hello, autumn breeze!) was made for you. You’ll find plenty of bikers who love beer just as much as you, but make sure you also bring your friends for the ultimate fall day out!


Parkesburg Victory Brewing Company July 13, 2019

If 30 miles wasn’t quite enough to wet your whistle, don’t you even fret — we added a 45-mile route to this event! The charity of the day is the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, so you can cruise easily knowing you’re helping bikers just like you. 

Philadelphia Yards Brewing Company October 12, 2019

This has been one of our longest-running events, and we’re coming back for our sixth year! If you’ve been wanting to explore Yards Brewing Company, you might as well go on a 15-, 30-, or 45-mile ride first.


Columbia Doko Meadows Park October 26, 2019

You lucky South Carolinians don’t even know how good you have it — this even features three different breweries all coming together for the best fall party! Take a refreshing 15- or 30-mile ride and then settle in for the rest of the day. 


Nashville Yazoo Brewery August 3, 2019 

Thanks for the warm welcome, Nashville! Our first annual ride at Yazoo Brewery is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on. And with the event supporting Walk Bike Nashville, you might as well stock up on those raffle tickets. 


Richmond Stone Brewing Co. October 19, 2019

Featuring free High Brew coffee and pastries to start your day, snack pit stops during your ride, and beers and food trucks at the end, you’ll be feeling fresh all day long. Plus, you get to take home that sweet pint glass and Bikes & Beers koozie, so what are you waiting for?

Which breweries and rides are you most excited about? We want to hear what you think! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more summer biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter. For these summer bike adventures and more, make sure your car is fully outfitted and ready to take on the challenge with one of our favorite bike racks.
How to Get Your Bike Summer Ready

How to Get Your Bike Summer Ready

After a long, dreary winter, we’re all on the same page: the second the sun comes out, it’s time to get back to outdoor adventuring. Whether you kept trekking all winter or you’re pulling your wheels out of storage for the first time in months, now is a great time to make sure your bike is ready for safe and comfortable rides all summer long. It might feel like an overwhelming task, but we’ve compiled the main checkpoints to ensure your bike is ready for summer!

Clean things up

First things first, it’s time to shine her up! This is best done with soft brushes, rags, and a bucket of soapy water — using a hose can force water into spots where it can end up causing damage. Scrub down your bike from top to bottom, making sure you get rid of all of the built-up dirt, dust, and salt. Once everything is looking good, take a look around for any rust. This is the easiest time to spot rusted chains and bolts so you can get them replaced before you start cruising. 

Lube the chain

After brushing off the chain (you can use an old toothbrush for this), it’s time to add some lubricant to keep things riding smoothly. After relubricating the chain, make sure you wipe off all of the excess lubricant, as too much can actually lead to your chain collecting dirt faster. 

Check all cables and brakes

In terms of safe riding, this is one of the most important steps. Test out your brakes to ensure they engage evenly and without any hiccups. And since everything is clean, this is also the best time to examine all of the cables for knicks or frays, as well as make sure they aren’t stretched. If you find any issues, replace the cables or brake pads right away. 

Pump your tires

After long months of extreme temperature fluctuation, your tires are probably in rough shape. Make sure that you pump them up to keep you cruising easily and to make sure you don’t damage the wheels. 

Test your gears

Make sure that all of the gears are in good shape by taking a quick spin around your block, shifting through each gear to see that they don’t skip. 

Full tune-up

Transitioning between seasons is a great time to take your bike in for a full tune-up. If you don’t have a go-to bike shop, here are some great spots near you. Then you can skip all of the above steps, and all you need to do is load your bike up on your Hollywood Bike Racks and you’ll be cruising in the sun no time. 

Now that your bike is ready for summer cruising, make sure you follow us on Facebook and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter for more biking tips, inspiration, and trip ideas. For all of your summer bike adventures, make sure your car is fully outfitted and ready to take on the challenge with one of our favorite bike racks. Check out our Fit Guide to find the ideal bike rack for your vehicle.
Best day trips for biking out of Los Angeles, CA

Best day trips for biking out of Los Angeles, CA

Best day trips for biking out of Los Angeles, CA

We love city living just as much as the next person, but when it comes to fulfilling our need for nature, our bikes deserve to cruise down more than just another crowded street. When you’re looking for adventure but don’t want to use up precious vacation days, try out one of these easy biking day trips from Los Angeles. You’ll feel like you’re in a different world and all it takes is loading up your bike on your car, packing up snacks and water, and slathering on your SPF, of course.

Topanga State Park

This is one of our top bike trips from Los Angeles because it’s only 20 miles away, and includes some coastal drive time to top things off. With 29 miles of bike trails, you’ll be set for a day full of adventure. This park has a mixture of difficulty levels, but most of them fall in the middle of the spectrum, so be ready for some challenge. Make sure you check out Backbone Trail — with a 1,953-foot ascent, you’ll end up with breathtaking views of the ocean, mountains, and downtown Los Angeles.  

Angeles National Forest

If you’re looking for more trail options than you know what to do with, Angeles National Forest is going to be a dream. Even though it’s just 27 miles outside of the city, you’ll find 299 miles of trails, with 34 of them being easy, 60 being medium, and 6 being difficult. As far as true biking challenges go, El Prieto Trail will not leave you disappointed.

Aliso and Wood Canyons

Located just 50 miles south of Los Angeles, this is a spot that you can head to with relatively little planning ahead, while still feeling like you made a trip out of it. They have over 20 miles of trails, with a good selection of easy, medium, and difficult bike rides. One of the must-ride trails is Meadows Trail. Even though it’s only 1.7 miles, there are so many twists and turns that it’ll be a great ride from start to finish.

Los Padres National Forest

If you’re looking for a longer road trip and a real change of scenery, Los Padres National Forest will be an easy choice, found 70 miles north of Los Angeles. While you’re there, you might as well make a stop in Santa Barbara (and grab some grub) and add some beach time to your lineup to celebrate a good ride. This forest also is great for the amount of mountain bike rides it offers, with 218 miles of trails and a healthy mix of levels. For those looking for a more leisurely time, North Pinos View is an easy trail with only a 34-foot ascent and a gorgeous viewpoint at the end.

Whether you make it your summer goal to check every trail off of the list, or you’re just looking to make a quick day trip, we want to hear what you think! Find us on Facebook and Instagram, and then get more summer biking tips and inspiration by signing up for our newsletter. For this summer bike adventure and more, make sure your car is fully outfitted and ready to take on the challenge with one of our favorite bike racks
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Introducing the Destination Rack

Introducing the Destination Rack

Looking for a lightweight bike rack for a hitch mount for your truck or SUV? Look no further than our newest bike rack, the Destination Bike Rack. Perfect for outings with friends, the Destination Bike Rack can fit up to four bikes and folds up easily when not in use for safer driving and hassle-free use.

What size wheels are applicable for the small wheel holder?

What size wheels are applicable for the small wheel holder?

What size wheels are applicable for the small wheel holder?

All bicycle wheels that are smaller than 20” outside diameter require small wheel holders to effectively reduce the functional length of the Sport & Trail riders wheel/tire holders.

How is a recumbent spec Sport Rider different from a standard Sport Rider?

How is a recumbent spec Sport Rider different from a standard Sport Rider?

How is a recumbent spec Sport Rider different from a standard Sport Rider?

a. The wheel/tire holder support tubes are longer to support the longer wheelbase on most recumbents (up to 72”).

b. The wheel/tire holders are set further away from the support tubes (4” additional on each side) to provide room for the wider seats/saddles on most recumbents.

c. Because the wheel/tire holders are set further out, the padded hooks also extend an additional 4” on either side.

d. These recumbent rack differences are applicable to both the HR1000Y-R and HR1450Y-R racks.