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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fun with Friends

There are plenty of groups to help you explore Oklahoma City. By bike or foot, these groups will keep you moving. The Oklahoma City Land Runners, a group of local running enthusiasts, hold weekly training sessions all over town. From the Boathouse district to Lake Hefner, Mitch Park and more, the Land Runners explore Oklahoma City on foot each week. While memberships are available; anyone can run for free with this group.

The Oklahoma Bicycle Society also holds weekly rides for all skill levels. Don’t be afraid to join the group. They have a “no-drop” policy, meaning that no matter what your speed, someone will stay by your side to make sure your ride is enjoyable (and that you don’t take a wrong turn). Their weekly donut rides give a brief introduction to the group. True adventure seekers can join the OKC hiking and outdoor fun meetup. This group explores Oklahoma through thrill-seeking hikes and multiple other outdoor adventures.

By foot, bike or wheel, fall is a wonderful time to get out and explore all the beauty our state holds.

cycling, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Trails Without Tribulations

Caloi Supra 2008

You see that thing over there in the corner, gathering dust? All of lithe, delicately engineered lines of chain, rubber, gears and a formerly shiny steel (or aluminum or carbon fiber) frame? Yep, that’s your long-neglected mountain bike, and now that fall is almost upon us, it’s calling you to put some air in the tires, some grease on the chain and go for a ride.

Sure, you should wear a helmet, and yes, shorts with ample padding in the buttocks area are just about a necessity. But it’s hard to find a more exhilarating hobby that doesn’t involve something illegal is quite so accessible. Here in Oklahoma City, in addition to the paved trails system you’ve heard so much about, there are also plenty of places to put the “mountain” back into a mountain bike ride (or something akin, at any rate). There are trails to discover from Edmond to Norman of varying levels of difficulty, and recently Continental Resources gave $175,000 to help expand the trail system and add other fitness amenities at the Bluff Creek trail.

If you want to get out of the metro and explore a little bit on two wheels (perhaps as part of a weekend camping adventure), the Oklahoma Earthbike Fellowship has a nifty map, and our friends over at Travel OK have some more ideas for you. We think it’s high time for you to shake the dust off and get some time in the saddle of your trusty steel steed.

cycling, mountain biking, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

But Wait, There’s More!

Now that we’ve got your adrenaline pumping from all the adventure right here in OKC, we know you can’t wait to get to the Boathouse District and experience some of it firsthand. With RIVERSPORT Adventure Passes, you can experience the most exciting attractions on the Oklahoma River – The SandRidge Sky Trail and SandRidge Sky Zip, the Rumble Drop and the Youth Zone – plus kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, dragon boating, wall climbing, cycling and more.

You can purchase day passes or one-hour experiences online or in the Welcome Center in the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. Choose your own adventure, and have fun!

[Image by Georgia Read courtesy of RIVERSPORT Adventures]

cycling, family-friendly, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pedal Power

Show off your green side by leaving your parking and traffic worries behind and hopping on a two-wheeled, man-powered, moving machine (aka a bicycle). Still have no clue what we’re talking about? SPOKIES! Spokies is OKC’s official bike share program. You can check out a bike seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., from any of seven kiosks located around downtown. And as an extra special gift to you during Earth Month (April), Spokies is giving away free memberships. Whoa, Nelly! That is awesome. So save your green and be greener by hopping on a Spokie and taking a spin around downtown.

cycling, downtown, fitness, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Free for All

Who doesn’t enjoy some playtime? Even if you’re a grown-up, there are plenty of ways to recreate here in Greater Oklahoma City. And if you find yourself pinching pennies, that’s A-OK because we’re about to lay down some FREE-as-can-be options for you.

Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park
Ranked in the top 10 skateparks in the U.S., the action park is divided into two areas – a flow course with bowl combinations and a street course with ledges and handrails.

City Parks
Did you know that there are more than 100 public parks are located across the city? True story. Check one (or many) out.

Downtown Community Basketball Court
Located on the southwest corner of Hudson Avenue and Reno Avenue in Downtown, the court is open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Disc Golf
FORE! Head over to one of three disc golf parks in Oklahoma City and play 18 holes of flying fun.

Mountain Biking & Hiking Trails
Are you a biking and hiking enthusiast? The Bluff Creek Trail is a single loop of more than 2.5 miles with tight turns around trees and some moderately difficult terrain. The Lake Stanley Draper Trail has three connecting loops that can be ridden consecutively for a distance of 12 miles, with three color-coded loops that vary in difficulty.

Walking Paths
In the mood for a stroll? Get moving on one of the many trails and walking paths around town.

basketball, bmx, cycling, family-friendly, fitness, free, outdoor recreation, parks, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Think Outside the Heart-Shaped Box

Valentine’s Day isn’t all chocolates, jewelry and flowers. Functional, everyday gifts can be just as thoughtful as the traditional gestures. Here’s just a sampling of ideas.

Eyewear may be a necessity for some, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a treat. Frames by Mykita or Thom Browne or Garrett Leight are no ordinary purchase. Package them with a Makr Black Optical leather sleeve to keep your specs in good condition for many a Valentine’s Days to come.

You and your Valentine can coast the Downtown streets or pedal one of OKC’s bike trails on a set of bikes from Schlegel Bicycles. No experience is needed to enjoy a bike from Schlegel; their staff will help you pick one for your style and experience level.

Down the street from Schlegel, Plenty Mercantile offers a variety of thoughtful artisan gifts. Their quirky little hardware keychain pictured above lets someone know that you’re nuts about them. Plenty’s selection of lovely greeting cards will help you find a clever way to say Happy Valentine’s Day too.

Schlegel Bicycles - 900 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, schlegelbicycles.com
Plenty Mercantile - 807 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, plentymercantile.com
Black Optical - 5820 N Classen Blvd #2, Oklahoma City, OK 73118,
blackoptical.com

cycling, outdoor recreation, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Be a Biker Babe (or Boy)

Looking to do a little two-wheeling in your spare time? Dust off your bicycle and grab your helmet because OKC is filled with great trails and treks for you to wheel yourself along. Here are just a few ways for you to peddle away some free time.

RIVERSPORT Ride
Every Wednesday, you can join riders of all ages and experience levels at the Chesapeake Boathouse for a 5- or 10-mile ride on the Oklahoma River Trails. Don’t worry if you’re not a super speedy pro. The group has a strict “no drop” policy to make sure no one gets left behind. And if you come 30 minutes early, you can get pre-ride bike fittings and mini-clinics from Schlegel Bicycles on topics including road safety, how to change a flat, proper gear shifting and more.

Bert Cooper Trail
Formerly known as the Lake Hefner Trails, this loop is filled with 9.1 miles of spiffy spinning and is great for bike enthusiasts who prefer a nice flat ride with a view.

Bluff Creek Trail
Looking for more of an off-road adventure? We’ve got just the trail for you. The Bluff Creek Trail is a single loop with tight turns and pulse pumping challenges. At 3.5 miles you’ll get in plenty of exhilaration without ending totally tuckered out.

Spokies
Are you more of an urban adventurer? Spokies are just what you need. If you don't have a bike, Spokies still lets you have fun on two wheels. You can check out a bike seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. (fees vary), and all you have to do is return your bike to one of six downtown kiosks. Easy as pie.

cycling, family-friendly, free, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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