Grand Valley Bike month in Grand Junction is going to be huge this year.

It's no secret that biking is one of the favorite pastimes in the Grand Valley, but it's hard to believe we have been celebrating bike month now for 10 years. That being the case, there is going to be an entire month dedicated to bike enthusiasts filled with events and activities. If you are a biker, you don't want to miss out. And if you aren't a biker yet, this might convince you to join the club. Be sure and follow Mobile Mesa County for more information about Grand Valley Bike Month.

Bike to Work Day

Wednesday, May 5 is Grand Valley Bike to Work Day. Depending on where you live, not everyone can participate in this one, but those that do will have the chance to win a local gift card. To enter, just submit a photo entry by 6pm on Wednesday on social media and use #GVBikeMonth. You can also email your photo entry to bikemonth@mesacounty.us.

Something Special in Fruita

Bikers in Fruita can join City Manager Mike Bennet and Mayor Joel Kincaid for a morning ride on May 5. Just meet at the Fruita Civic Center by 6:30am, and then enjoy a breakfast burrito after the ride provided by Family Health West.

Bike to Business Discounts

Several businesses are offering discounts to bikers who visit on their bike during the month.

  • Kiln Coffee - 50% off Drinks - May 5
  • Perdita's Coffee - 50% off Drinks - May 5
  • Kannah Creek Brewery - Buy an appetizer, get a pint of beer - May 5
  • Edgewater Brewery = Buy an appetizer get a pint of beer - May 5
  • Monumental Beer Works - Boy one, get one, (First round only) All Month
  • Main Street Bagels - 20% off Drip Coffee - All Month
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Bicycle Resource Fair

On Saturday, May 1 there will be a special event at the Mesa County Libraries Central Branch from 10am-2pm. The event features bicycle resources and information, bike commuting tips, safe routes to school, bike safety, health and training tips, proper helmet fitting, and more.

Handlebars For Health

On Saturday, May 22 from 10am-2pm visit Colorado Discover Ability for free health screenings, CDA Adaptive Bikes, swag, prizes, resources, and info. You might even want to go ahead and take a ride on the Riverfront Trail after the event.

Community Bike Night

On Thursday, May 27, biker families are invited to the JC Penney parking lot from 4pm-7pm for a bike rodeo, proper helmet fitting, safety tips, and local resources. A big bonus at this event is the presence of food trucks.

Ride Challenge

Challenge #1 is to try and get as many miles as you can during the month in any of three categories....Transportation, Fun & Fitness, or Bike with Kids. There will be prizes for the top three riders in each category.

Challenge #2 is about biking on consecutive days and building a biking habit. Bikers who ride a minimum of 5 days in a row will be entered into a random drawing.

Selfie Challenge

Ride your bike and take photos for a chance to win prizes. Try out some new routes and trails. There is also a Skills Selfie Challenge where you submit photos as you complete three specific skills including proper helmet fitting, hand signals, bike skills park, bike chain cleaning, what's in your pack, front-wheel lift, fixing a flat tire, trackstand, and riding downhill/drops. Email photos to bikemonth@mesacounty.us or tag Mobile Mesa County on social media with #GVBikemonth.

Group Rides

If you need someone to ride, why not join a group. Three group rides are scheduled during the month on May 5 and May, and a Costume Ride on May 15.

Fruita Scavenger Hunt

A self-guided scavenger hunt is happening May 14-15 in downtown Fruita. Follow the directions on the form from Fruita Parks and Recreation. Snap a photo of each clue and submit entries.

Grand Valley Bike Month is definitely going to be a fun month for the biker community in the Grand Valley. I would issue a word of caution to be extra alert for bikers out on the road. Let's work hard to keep everybody safe.

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