Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Chatsworth Holiday Parade

Join us for our Second Annual entry in the Chatsworth Holiday Parade, as the “TRAILER TRIKES”, as we cycle for 2.5 miles on Devonshire Boulevard in Chatsworth entertaining the locals and inspiring new riders. The ride is Sunday, December 12, 2010, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Bring your other Trailer Trike friends. All trikes are welcome, and if you have a trailer for your trike, all the better!

Meet at Matt Weintraub’s House in Chatsworth at 10:15 a.m. for decorating in Holiday Theme. This year has the additional parade theme of “Candyland” so you can use that as your decorating motif as well as the usual Holiday theme. You can also wear a holiday cap if you have one, but DO NOT DRESS AS SANTA. THERE IS ONLY ONE SANTA, PROVIDED BY THE KIWANIS CLUB. But be in the holiday spirit. Got some lights?

We recommend bringing a trailer for your Trike with your favorite animal in it (stuffed or real), as our entry name is: TRAILER TRIKES. Last year we were a real hit with a couple dogs and kids in various trailers. So this is a reprise of 2009.


We will meet at Matt’s house, decorate our TRIKES, and then cycle to the parade starting point. Departure from Matt’s house to the parade will be at 11:15a.m. Check-in must be before noon or we lose our spot in the parade.

Parade “step-off” starts promptly at 1pm, but it depends on where in the line-up we are located as to when we start the parade. Step off can be up to an hour later, so bring lunch food and water, although there will be some vendors open in the area. Porta-potty’s are available as well.

Cycling in the parade can take as long as an hour, and then we cycle an additional 20 minutes back to Matt’s House afterwards. So plan your schedule accordingly.

Parade route: Devonshire, from Topanga Canyon to Mason. In Chatsworth

Return route: Chatsworth Street (one block north of Devonshire) to Valley Circle, to Andora.

Estimated schedule:

10:15am – arrive at Matt’s House and decorate

11:15am – depart for parade

11:30am – parade arrival and check-in. Topanga Canyon and Devonshire

11:45am – find place in line

12-1pm – eat lunch and socialize. Continue decorating. Find Andy Gump

1:00pm – parade starts, military flyover

3:00pm – parade ends for last entry/float

3:00pm – cycle back to Matt’s House

3:20pm – load trikes into cars and depart.

*note – we may be done SUBSTANTIALLY earlier if we step off early (before 2pm). The above assumes we are last, but we have never stepped off later than 1:40pm. It takes about an hour for the parade and an additional 20 minutes to ride back to Matt’s house. So end time depends on our position in the line-up. We could theoretically be done and back to Matt’s house by 2:30pm

Matt’s Info:

9747 Andora Avenue

Chatsworth, CA 91311

Closest cross streets: Lassen and Valley Circle

Matt’s Cell: (626) 807-0545

Matt’s Home: (818) 773-9314

Call on his cell for best response

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bent Up Cycles is Moving!

After 6 1/2 years on Balboa Blvd., Bent Up Cycles is moving. Our new address is 11522 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, California, 91601. (on Google Maps, it is the Lawn Mower shop). The new building offers us many advantages over our Balboa location.

First, it is larger. With 3500 square feet of space, we will move Carbent HPV production in-house and still have more space than our old shop. It is also an empty shell, so we can set up the premises to meet our specific needs (yes, there will still be a sitting area and we will be expanding the kitchen). Our goal is to set up a wall-mounted big screen TV for presentations, movie nights and such. We will also have more space to run a variety of clinics.

The new location is easier to access. We will be 1/4 mile off of the 170 Freeway, and four blocks from the Orange Line/Red Line center in North Hollywood. Burbank is a "mellow" street compared to Balboa, making the shop easier to find.

The new shop has great access to cycling. The quiet neighborhood behind the shop is ideal for short test rides any time of the week. The Orange Line bike lane is three blocks away for extended test rides. Finally, we are close to Griffith Park for more scenic shop rides (there is also great cycling up on Mulholland to the south, and in the Foothills to the north).

Finally, the shop is close to the North Hollywood Arts District ("NoHo"). NoHo features many restaurants, theater and such. Let's face it, it's a bit more of a destination location than the Van Nuys airport! :)

Construction is going on right now, and we will be moving in over the Thanksgiving weekend. We are open at the current shop through next Wednesday. We intend to re-open for business on Wednesday, December 1st, in the new shop. We will be closed for business all of Thanksgiving weekend, as well as Tuesday, Nov. 30th.

We look forward to seeing you in our new shop! We will set up an open house in the near future, and let everyone know the time and date. In the meantime, thank you for your continued support over the years. We are confident that this new location will allow us to serve you better. Happy holidays!