South Bay news round-up

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Scraps and bits and pieces & stuff …

  1. Lokalmotor Diego Binatena is having a pop-up for his clothing company, Base Cartel, on Saturday, December 17th at haleARTS. Diego has created the first apparel brand to source influence from the cycling lifestyle and apply these ideas to mainstream products. At the pop-up you can see Base Cartel’s first streetwear collection, a hybrid of casual wear and cycling wear, incorporating satin bomber jackets and canvas joggers with downhill jerseys and Base Cartel’s exclusive cycling socks. The event is hosted at an art gallery and will only be selling 15 items per piece. Beer and non-alcoholic drinks will be served. Time: Saturday 5:00-9:00 PM, Date: December 17, Location: HaleARTS, 2443 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405, Contact: sales@basecartel.com or (310) 866-1334.
  2. SCNCA still doesn’t have its racing calendar posted for 2017. NorCal’s has been up for months.
  3. Leg-breaking Flog Ride starts back up December 22.  The ride is in its third year and offers the interval training you can’t get anywhere else. The ride runs every Thursday through August or until everyone gives up, whichever comes first!
  4. Annual Grinch Ride (suspended last Christmas due to my falling-off-bicycle incident) takes place from the Manhattan Beach Pier at 6:00 AM sharp, Christmas Day. This ride is for Christmas-haters, Jews, Muslims, atheists, parents who want to get in a quick pedal before the family opens presents, and anyone who wants to start the day with something other than an ode to senseless consumerism in the name of a diabetic elf. Route goes up PCH to Trancas. Back in time to unwrap your underwear and socks.
  5. ‘Tis the season to get sober. If you’re a drunk cyclist, this is one of the toughest times of the year, aside from winter, spring, summer, and fall, to restrain your drinking and “cut back.” Hint: if you’re really a drunk, you can’t “cut back.” Don’t wait for the New Year and the catastrophes of the holiday season to make your resolution. Do it now.
  6. Every year the Velo Allegro bike club and Greater YMCA of Long Beach to donate bikes to an entire Third Grade class. Pretty wonderful stuff and it will put a smile on your face!

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