On a cool September night a group of 50 bicyclists journeyed from The Chat Room on Magnolia Avenue to The Gingman on Camp Bowie Blvd.
Most refreshed themselves with cold beer, and then the group rode to Zio’s Bar back on Magnolia. The riders went from bicycles to bar stools again finishing the ride.
This is the typical Sunday for the Fort Worth group known as the Night Riders, who like to mix bicycling with beer. The group typically hits two bars on Sundays and rides further on Wednesdays.
“We like to go to bars that are welcoming and encourage us to show up or offer us specials or tolerate a bunch of awesome dirty cyclists,” said Mark Troxler, one of the founding fathers of the Night Riders.
“We are good for bars on a slow night,” said Troxler.
Anyone, who is 21 years old and knows how to ride a bicycle, can join the Night Riders, said Troxler.
If you don’t have a bike you can always use the B-cycle program for bike sharing in Fort Worth, explained Monique Faye Ramirez, a frequent Night Rider.
“The B-cycle is great because I can bring my friends to ride with me, even when they don’t have a bicycle themselves,” said Ramirez.
The Fort Worth Department of Transportation’s bike sharing program has been growing since it began in April 2013.
Bike sharing is a network of bike share docking stations located within a few blocks of one another throughout Central Fort Worth.
On Sundays people can come and the B-cycle share program is free for The Night Riders, said Troxler.
“I have been riding with The Night Riders for two and a half years,” said Emily Burch, 2014 Texas Wesleyan graduate and Night Rider.
“I enjoy beer and the people, said Burch. “I actually met my boyfriend here.”
Nice weather will bring out between 20 to 50 people per night during the summer time, Troxler said.
Troxler called for all Texas Wesleyan students 21 and up to come join the group.
“If you haven’t ridden a bike in a while, don’t worry, it’s just like riding a bike,” Troxler said . “Grab a bike share and ride in a group over to us.”
“Riding at night in a group is a different dynamic from riding by yourself, you need to practice,” said Troxler.
Riding bikes at night in a group can be a different experience. The Nightriders ride in tight groups on the streets.
The Night Riders have several rules including headlights and taillights must be attached to your bike. Also riders should bring a spare tube and any tools they may need.
The entire list is on The Night Riders facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/FortWorthNightRiders