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For More of Last Year's Thin Blue Line Ride, click here Thin Blue Line Ride 2010

In This Week's Issue:

Lil' Weather

Some Events

New Bike Nite at Rack 'n Roll!

New Bike Nite at Stooges Pub & Grill!

An Area Tradition: Quaker Steak & Lube Bike Nites

Free Thinking with Fancy Free

Hollywood's Helplines

Loose Talk with Jon


Look for much more at

The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of March 28-April 4, 2011

Monday 48 rain, Tuesday 61 m-sunny, Wednesday 57 rain/thunder, Thursday 58 showers, Friday 64 showers, Saturday 66 m-sunny, Sunday 68 m-sunny, Monday 69 p-cloudy (as per on Monday 3/28/11)




The Carolina Rider welcomes new Sponsor, Rack 'n Roll in Rock Hill!

Troy and the gang at Rack 'n Roll will have BIKE NITES on Thursdays

beginning March 31st

They plan to have live music, vendors, specials

- Put 'em on your list to check out -.

Located behind The Money on Cherry Road across from Winthrop University




The Carolina Rider welcomes new Sponsor, Stooges Pub & Grub in Mint Hill, NC!

Jerry at Stooges Pub & Grub

in Mint Hill, NC on Hwy 27 just off 485

will be cranking up BIKE NITEs on Tuesday nights beginning April 5th.

AJ, the Stooges beautiful spokesmodel, will be there to welcome you and take pictures with you on your bike.

Look for Bike Nite specials and fun.



They're a Charlotte Area tradition......

....with new things up their sleeves!

This year with a new twist: every month they'll have a bikini contest and this year they will have 2 beautiful bike washers at The Lube. Come meet the QS&L Bike Wash Gals and get your bike cleaned up at the same time!


Anybody riding today?

As I write this, Jon "Footloose" is heading toward WBT radio studies to be cheer on John Ranier of The Forever Blue Foundation about their upcoming Thin Blue Line Ride this Saturday. Jon's in a car; not on a bike. Yesterday these 2 guys were interviewed on WBTV morning news. The original intent was to interview them in the parking lot on their bikes. Those plans got nixed. They were in cars. Not exactly a rider's dream weather.

Just as soon as Spring arrived last week and we had a giant delicious taste of it plus even some Summer-like days, we've been dumped back into the cold-rainys of Winter and nobody wants to be on their bike. (No...not 100% true. Yes, some of you do want to ride when it's cold and wet.. And I absolutely bow to you and cheer you on from the warm indoor sidelines!)

The weather forecast is pretty grim for the next several days but I'm reading hope and light at the end of the line... Saturday's Thin Blue Line, that is!

Saturday shows SUN and high sixties and the devoted organizers of The Thin Blue Line Ride will truly appreciate that! John Ranier says this kind of week is pretty much what they've experienced for the last couple of years....cooler and rain leading up to the day of the ride and the ride day itself bringin' it back to warmer and dry. Let's all cross fingers for the same this year!!.... For pics of last years Thin Bloe Line Ride click here. Thin Blue Line Ride 2010

And say, while you're stuck indoors, go ahead and pre-register for Saturday's ride!

And speaking of big rides on the horizon.... Keith Larson's Ride for the Kids is on April 30th. Keith dropped us an email this week and shared the following: "Please note that this time our special ride 'honoree' that we'll be making a contribution to - in addition to our usual benefactors the Zach Ramsey Children's Cancer Fund and the March Forth with Hope Foundation - is six year old Jordan Jemsek.  She has adult leukemia and recently had a bone marrow transplant. We helped promote a bone marrow registry drive for her recently."

We goofed last week and left out the links to this little I'm repeating it again for anyone who'd like to share their favs.... And thanks so much to those of you who emailed me with your responses. I'll be sharing all next week......


Favorite Curves?

Most Scenic Byways and Highways?

Most exciting Ride?

Fun Destination?

Saw an article by the American Motorcycle Association, "America's 15 Best Motorcycling Roads," (which, of course, included The Blue Ridge Parkway) and it set me wondering.... What would we all choose as The Carolina's Best?

Ok, then, riders, let's see what comes up!

Vote for your favorites...


List ONE in each category.......they can be the same road/area in more than one category but JUST ONE submission in each category, ok? Answers cover BOTH STATES........





(For "Destination Ride," in other words, this would be a ride that leads to a place for fun, food, or spirits...your answer would be the town or area of the states and the name of the destination place like a restaurant/bar, resort, or other)

I'll gather and tally results and report back on votes next week!



You know, "they" say (whoever "they" are!,) that if you can't do something right, don't do anything at all. Well, that's not always true. Sometimes you just gotta do as much as you can to get some good things cranked and started down the road toward "right!" And so it was with our website and e-mag. We're not perfect - admittedly so. We have from the beginning just attempted to make a difference and work toward excellence. And we DO work toward excellence!

And so today we reveal a NEW LOGO for The Carolina Rider. Still named CARL and still along the same design line but looking less like a girl rider and with a shift in colors. We like it! Thanks to Lil Tommy of Ace Custom Tattoo, CARL has a new look. Lil Tommy, a rider himself, sat with me on the porch of Ace one warm Winter day to sketch out a revision and we're thankful for his time and creativity!

Just know that CARL.2011 might not be the same as CARL.2012 or further down the road. We evolving toward excellence!

My bike's in the shop. One of those sunny days a week back enticed me to rearrange my busy mess of a schedule and get out and ride. I made it maybe 3 miles before issues emerged. While I'm anxious for Derek to call and say come 'n get her, I guess he can keep her till the sun shines again .....

Have a safe and happy week!

"Go on now, squeeze out every drop of sweetness on your ride today!"
Fancy Free, Site Editor

I'm on Facebook ... "friend me!"


Ride Safe

Spring is finally here and the motorcycles are out everywhere. Already I have had several friends and acquaintences in motorcycle accidents because of careless drivers. My friend Dale was hit from behind on his Road King by a young girl who was texting instead of paying attention to the road ahead. She hit him in the rear and sent him flying and left him and his motorcyle mangled. Did she get arrested you ask? No, she didn't even tell her parents until they figured it out. Dale survived luckily.

Visibility on a motorcycle is minimal at best. Loud pipes do save lives...if they can't see you, well they can at least hear you coming. And with all the new very bright LED's for turn signals and tail lights, these offer good visibility. New brighter headlights with xenon bulbs are also very helpful to make sure you are visible. And air horns are a good advantage to get another vehicle's attention before they pull out in front of you.

I've always disliked the different colored lights that you put under the tank to decorate your bike, but the older I get, the more I want to be seen by other drivers. Now, I'm not suggesting reflective vests or helmet stickers!!....I'm just saying that it's better to be SEEN than to be "viewed!"

Ride on!





A Busy Weekend....

OK, It's time. Clear your calendar for the Thin Blue Line Ride.

In fact, it's going to be a very busy weekend. Above, FancyFree mentioned our new CARL.2011. Well, we've got something else new to show off: Friday night at McKoy's first bike nite, we will unveil The Carolina Rider bus, "The Big Ride!" Come by and register for a free two-person two-night stay at Skyline Village Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Saturday the Thin Blue Line ride leaves Cox's Harley-Davidson at 11:30 (don't be late) for a police escorted ride to Harley-Davidson of Charlotte and then, for me, on Sunday I will be teaching an experienced rider class for Rider's Edge at Harley-Davidson of Charlotte.

So, when you see me, please be sure to say hello!

Ride Safe and Keep The Shiney Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton


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SkyLine Inn






Motorcycle Maps




Mad Dog Custom Cycles


Ride Like A Pro



Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte







SkyLine Inn






Motorcycle Maps




Mad Dog Custom Cycles


Ride Like A Pro



Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte







SkyLine Inn

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