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Come see The Big Ride!

Words from our Sponsors

Lil' Weather

Bike Wash Girlzz

Free Thinking with Fancy Free

Hollywood Helplines

Join the Fun: Become part of The Carolina Rider Creative Team!

Loose Talk with Jon


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If you see The Big Ride going down the street,




and we'll pull over and give you a t-shirt!


The Carolina Rider's Bus, THE BIG RIDE, will make an appearance at the following upcoming events....


This Week:

Wednesday, June 29 - Quaker Steak & Lube Bike Nite and Bikini Contest!!!


In the Near Future:

July 16 - American Cycleworks "I Remember Click" Poker Run

July 23 - Mad Dog Custom Cycles Open House with music by The Wiggle Wagons!

July 24 - Coyote Joe's Poker Run








The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of June 27-July 5, 2011

Monday 92 iso-t-storms, Tuesday 92 strong t-storms, Wednesday 89 p-cloudy, Thursday 88 p-cloudy, Friday 90 p-cloudy, Saturday 95 sunny, Sunday 93 iso-t-storms, Monday 91 scattered t-storms, Tuesday 92 m-sunny (as per on Monday 6/27/11)


Bike Wash Girlzzz

Every Wednesday at The Lube!

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!






The Morning Ride

"What I want out of each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area"

(Marshal Samuel Gerard as played by Tommy Lee Jones in "The Fugitive")


Hit the road on my little V-Star this morning. Needed to shake out the cobwebs and find a bit of inspiration out there. Never fails to do the trick. A few backroads later I felt like I could sit down here without feeling too antsy to get outside again!

When I'm on country roads, (which by now, you've figured out, I'm drawn to!,) I'm torn between the feel of the bike and road and the varied scenes around me. It's all candy to my eyes and ears. This morning I could hear Tommy Lee Jones in my head as I passed "every farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse, and doghouse" and was loving every backyard of old cars and frontyard of picket fencing!

Sometimes the ride is the roar of the motor and blasting through the air. Sometimes it's a slow rumble taking in the sights and smells.

Great morning ride.....



Our Readers Share....


So last week I threw out this little "Quick Survey" about road tunes and here's what came back....

Allan wrote: "The best rode tunes is Leonard Skynard, Marshall Tucker, and The Outlaws ... not this new country stuff"


Kurt in Kings Mountain shared the following: "Fancy, I ride a 2005 Road Glide. 99% of the time I listen to the radio blaring out 50's to 90's songs of any and all tenures. I love to listen to music. When I pull in for gas or a pit stop people stare at me. At first I thought it was I was ugly and fat. Then I finally realized not everyone appreciates loud music so I try to turn it down when stopping. The stupid radio is suppose to do it by itself ... but ... I or my friend have never figured that one out even reading the manual!"



Some event flyers that have come my way....





Be Bold ... Be Courageous .. share your stuff!

I received an email last week from Sharon Dye. In her words, "It was hard for me to get up the nerve to write you." .. but she did and she shared a bit of her own story and why there's a benefit ride for her in July. (see flyer above)

Please, take a few minutes and read Sharon's Story ... especially you women riders because you'll find something you can surely understand there......a story of how another woman fell in love with riding....and then her life took her in a different direction. Thanks, Sharon, for getting up the nerve!

Know what? ... you have something to share too....something. Perhaps it's not a full written story about you and your bike. Maybe it's a photo or just one sentence about your favorite Carolina ride. Could be you have something that other readers of The Carolina Rider and The Carolina Rider Scene want to read, hear, and see. Could be. So, let this be my encouragement to you to be bold and courageous and to share your stuff!

Write me today......or tomorrow works too!


Tomorrow's forecast looks a little ride-challenging if it goes the way they're saying ... "strong thunderstorms." But the weekend looks pretty good for a hot holiday weekend...especially if you have some water to jump into. Enjoy your 4th of July!

And look for this mini-mag a day later as we'll be enjoying the fireworks and watermelon......

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

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


"If you don't know how to do any of these steps, invest in a manual

... or bring it here or to another reputable bike shop."


When doing a service on your Harley, be sure to check the primary chain adjustment. If the chain is too loose, it will hit the inside of the primary. If it's too tight, it will put too much load on the bearings. On late model HD's - '06 and later Dyna and '07 and up all other Harley's, they have an automatic chain tensioner. These are great and can be retrofitted to early models. There are several aftermarket ones and yes, Harley makes one.


Clutch adjustment is also key for a long-lasting clutch. On my bike, my clutches are 11 years old with 77,000 miles on them and I have yet to change the clutch plates ... and I am not gentle on clutches! Make sure you adjust the clutch to spec.


Often overlooked is tires.... especially if you have saddlebags! Check the air pressure and tread gaps. Also check for small cracks caused by dry rot. If you see problems with your tires, change them. You only have 2 keeping you upright, and there's only the one of you .. so don't take chances. And ...while you're looking at your tires, be sure and check your brake pads and drive belt.

These are just some of the things checked out in a service. If you don't know how to do any of these steps, invest in a manual .. or bring it here or to another reputable bike shop.

See ya on the road!



Got a question for Hollywood? Ask him! or go by his shop....






One of those This and That Days


This week The Big Ride will again be at Quaker Steak and Lube in Concord....and this week is time for their monthly BIKINI CONTEST! Come join in or watch.....


Last week The Big Ride and I went to Stooges and had a good time. Read about it online.


This came to me over the weekend....good news...and good work CBA!

Motorcycle-Only Checkpoints Banned: The Governor on Friday signed H 381 - CHECKING STATION PATTERN SELECTION - into law as SL2011-216.  This bill provides that a vehicle checkpoint pattern designated by a law enforcement agency shall not be based on a particular vehicle type, but may designate any type of commercial motor vehicle and provides that the provisions of the bill do not restrict any other type of checkpoint or roadblock which is otherwise lawful.  This bill was actively supported by CBA/ABATE of NC


See you soon....make sure you check out The Big Ride schedule above!


Ride Safe and Keep The Shiney Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton



Mad Dog Custom Cycles

Ride Like A Pro


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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






Motorcycle Maps








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