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In This Issue:




Lil' Weather


Free Thinking with Fancy Free


Stealth's Custom Corner


Are you Ready for Toy Rides?


Loose Talk with Jon



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The Little Weather Quickie for the Week of November 6-13, 2012

Tuesday 49 few showers, Wednesday 54 m-cloudy, Thursday 60 p-cloudy, Friday 64 sunny, Saturday 67 sunny, Sunday 67 m-sunny, Monday 69 cloudy, Tuesday 64 am clouds (as per on Tuesday 11/06/12)





Writing about Bikes

and the Riders who LOVE Them!

We're so fortunate to have an ever-growing assortment of diversely-talented writers now contributing to The Carolina Rider! And as this year moves toward its ending, I am seeing some really cool light up ahead for 2013 .. fresh ideas and perspectives, renewed energy for our website and for this weekly rag. Just last month Big Mike with The Bike Exchange hopped on board with a monthly bike build column. Sandy Reece joined us several months back sharing her point of view as a lady rider. While she started out helping to get the word out about this year's Motor Maids convention in The Carolinas, we are most happy she's continuing on as regular columnist of The Carolina Rider. Also new to our pages this year, Golden Carper began sharing his adventures through word and video with us. Drawn naturally to sharing the rides of his life, his relatable stories make ya wanna get out there!

We're additionally grateful that The Litigator, (GatorBites,) Stealth, (Stealth's Custom Corner,) and Jane, (For the Bling of it,) have all been generously contributing with their own monthly and periodic columns for well into a couple years now and I look forward to what each of them has to bring to the mix each time I see an email from any of them in my Inbox! Jane has provided us with a follow-up article from last week's story about her husband's crash. Please take a moment to read this poignant personal tale which now includes the story of Sunday's benefit ride. Last but greatly appreciated in our list of contributing writers, hats off to Blastoff, (NC Legislative Affairs!) He's been a bit quiet lately but I just gave him a little nudge and we'll hear from him very soon I'm sure. In fact, look below for a special request from him for the Gaston County Toy Run. As for what's up in NC legislative affairs, Blastoff explains that the wheels of NC gov aren't turning out much right now ...but you and I both know that won't always be the case!

Is it Time for you to Write?

We have enjoyed some great writings this year and there's more coming! I look forward to sharing a new writer with you next week. He's got a uniquely salty style that will add a nice punch to the banquet of flavors we continue to develop as The Carolina Rider ripens like tasty wine and cheese!

So, what about you? Are you interested in cooking up something for this grassroots publication? As Editor, it is my intention to give voice to YOUR RIDE. So get out your pens and paper ... or, fire up your computer and TELL YOUR STORY! You don't have to be a regular columnist (altho we might just be tickled to have you!) In fact you can just be a one-timer but do give it a try if you feel so inclined.

What to tell? Write about why your ride, where you ride. Describe your favorite destinations and routes, use word-images to illustrate your experiences on two wheels and with those you ride with. There are events to write about and those reports are valuable and needed too so send those in to me and don't forget to include photos! .... but what about sharing your personal adventures and telling your stories? We're called The Carolina Rider - and, unless you're reading this because you have nothing better to do, I'm guessing you ARE just that: The Carolina Rider!

Toy Runs?!

Consider it a holiday gift to you ... an opportunity to post your TOY RUN flyer in The Carolina Rider Scene! While we usually request that our logo be on event flyers published here (-showing that we are an active marketing partner of your event,) I'm providing space in this weekly e-Magazine to show off the Holiday Spirit that runs strong and true in the annual Toy Runs around our Carolinas! Check out the special section below and get in touch with me if you have one we need to know about.

The Carolina Rider crew and The BIG RIDE Bus are already scheduled to give out holiday cheer at the Gaston County Toy Run and the Charlotte CBA Toys for Tots Ride this year ... but we "may" have space on our calendar for one more onsite appearance so don't hesitate to ask.......

Blastoff and the Gaston County CBA sent us this request

... and please note that he's willing to come to you to get the goods!

The Gaston County Toy Run For Kids is coming on pretty fast. We NEED coats, gloves, sweaters, shoes, boots, etc. Any cold weather clothing you are no longer in need of is still very much needed by so very many children here in Gaston County. I will pick up any items you can donate. The run is the 1st Saturday of December. I would like to have any donations at least one week in advance so we can sort by size, etc. These are children living amongst us who need us to help. Please. Thanks, Bill Starnes, 704-747-1450

Ahh, holiday Toy Runs!

I can hear the sound of jingle bells on Harley boots now!


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

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


This Dyna Switchback is one bad "Gangsta." Chris Lane purchased The Gangsta from a local dealership. Most guys will ride their new bikes a few miles just to break them in before they customize them. Some guys do it a little at a time, a new part or upgrade here and there. Well let me tell you, Chris is not one of those guys! Chris rode The Gangsta straight off the show room floor to Mad Dog Custom Cycles in Lake Wylie and told Derrick, Martha, and the crew to work their magic on his new bike. Chris had some ideas about what he wanted and Mad Dog expanded on them.

Like I said, The Gangsta is one bad machine. The bike sports top shelf equipment front to rear. The wheels are from Southern Wheels Inc. and are as nice as any I have ever seen. Chris even swapped out the new tires for "NEWER" Metzlers. The Battistini footpegs give the bike a tough look and speaking of tough looking, that BDL 2.5" open belt drive from Performance Machine is as tough as it gets!

If you take a close look at The Gangsta there are a lot of details to see - like the rear chain drive, the RSD air cleaner, the tank emblems and those cool lights in the saddlebags. Those Gimp Ape Hangers give the bike that just right stance.

So I was ready to sit down and put this feature together and my phone rings and it is Chris, excited and boiling over with enthusiasm; he tells me to hold the feature, he says he has something to show me. I stop and go meet Chris and the engine now has Panhead top cover and some bad ass push rod covers. So, if you are looking at the photos and are thinking I slipped photos of 2 different bikes in on you, well there are before and after photos.... a few more online now!

Chris is a guy who never stops on his bike and like many of us, our bikes are never really finished. After we shot the photos of pan covers, as I was walking away I heard Chris say, "Hey, in a couple of weeks I am hiding all my control cables and I am adding all Performance machine controls. You want to wait and snap some more photos then?!" And the beat goes on...!

By the way, I asked Chris why he named his bike The Gangsta and he told me that we all have a little gangster in us! Ain't that the truth! Chris and his wife Lisa are BIG dog lovers like myself and Vicki so that makes them alright in my book!


Bike Show 2013 for American Pit Bull Foundation

By the way speaking of dogs, this is in the very early stages but I am planning a bike show in 2013 for The American Pit Bull Foundation whose goal is to educate the public concerning this breed.  If any of you would like to volunteer we need: a venue, sponsors, bike show judges and we need you to support this event. Want to help? Hit me up by clicking my email address on the banner with my sign off below ... and stay tuned for more info!


PS: As soon as I hit the last key on my keyboard, my phone rang and guess who it was? That's right, of course it was Chris, telling me he had just added accented lower legs to THE GANGSTA'S front end. And the beat never stops! Like I said, some bikes are NEVER finished!





Our friend Tommy Fowler sent us this ....





















WOW, y'all must REALLY like calendars!!!

Last week I asked if anyone wanted a free calendar and boy, my email box was on fire.... Are you just in need of getting your appointments straight for 2013 or does it have anything to do with teaser shots like the one below?

Well, to those of you who have sent in your requests, expect them in the mail in the next 2 weeks. We'll begin handing them out next week

But if you are impatient like me and want your calendar before they hit the streets, make sure you send me a request for a free calendar. Do it now!!!

Call to Bike Builders!

Remember, I want to hear from all builders in the two Carolinas and see about shooting one of your creations at your shop for the 2014 calendar. That means lots of good exposure so send me an email and let's talk about it!


Ride Safe and Keep The Shiny Side Up,

Jon "Footloose" Pendleton




Cox H-D




Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro



Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte

SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro




Cox H-D






Harley-Davdison of Charlotte




SkyLine Inn


Ride Like A Pro

Cox H-D





Harley-Davdison of Charlotte


SkyLine Inn

Ride Like A Pro















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