Thursday, March 3, 2011


Yeah, that is a whole lot of accronyms for you....but the simplest way to say that Please BE KIND to cyclists (PBKTC) was very excited to be at this year's North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) that took place in Austin last weekend.
The 7th NAHBS took place at the Austin Convention center from February 25 to 27
and remains the largest and most important gathering of custom bicycle builders
anywhere in the world. It features all conceivable types of bikes:
some dazzlingly beautiful, some you thought might have been impossible to
build...some very funtional, and others that are simply classics of their
The event was a fantastic opportunity for Please BE KIND to Cyclists (PBKTC) to get involved and promote themselves to the cycling audience in attendance. There was a total of almost 7,500 people who checked out the show last weekend and over 100 media representatives.

PBKTC added over 300 more sign ups to our cause and we are so pleased with the support.

It was so much fun to spend the weekend with cycling minded people, sharing stories and our love for the bike. Although it was one incredible weekend, out founder, Al Bastidas, experienced something not so wonderful on his ride home from the show on Saturday night.

As he turned right onto Dawson Road heading South, the sound of tires screeching came from behind him. Something didn't feel right, so Al took his defensive cycling tactics to mind and turned into a driveway to get off the road. The screams from the passengers and antics of the driver made it apparent that the people in this vehicle were under the influence. The truck came within inches of the curb and had Al not veered off the road, he could have been another cycling statistic.

Cycling at night can be dangerous and Al has the following suggestions to keep you safe:
  • Try not to ride in poorly lit areas at night.
  • Make sure people can see you.
  • Communicate to a friend/loved one the time you are leaving and when you expect to reach your destination...and the route you plan to take.
  • If something doesn't feel right, get off the road.
  • Stay safe, be alert, and stay one step ahead.

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