Corn, Sweat and Beers – RAGBRAI 2014

Team Fur Bandit has returned from an amazing adventure in Iowa. Ten team members set out from Rockford on Saturday, July 19 with their GPS set for the western shores of Iowa to participate the world famous Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). Seven days and over 450 miles of corn, sweat, and beers later, a tired, tanned and proud crew arrived triumphantly home.

Beginning in Rock Valley, Iowa and travelling through forty two mostly rural communities, we ended in Guttenberg, Iowa on the banks of the Mississippi. The team encountered everything from vehicle meltdowns to driving rains and 40 mph crosswinds, endless rows of corn and small towns where every yard displayed a welcome sign or a smiling waving resident. We met new friends and reconnected with old ones too. We ate heavenly pork chops and camped out behind city halls and funeral homes. We overcame a lack of sleep to power through 70 mile days. Memories were made and many personal goals were accomplished. It was truly the experience of a life time.

We will be posting pictures and road stories in the days to come, as soon as we catch up on some much needed sleep.

2014 Furryville Ride for Charity

Furryville 2014The snow and ice is starting to melt and spring is in the air! The Fourth Annual Furryville Ride for Charity is just around the corner on April 26, 2014 at 10 a.m.

****REGISTER TODAY ON ACTIVE.COM****

This 25-mile bicycle ride is a group ride. The pack leaves from Kegel Harley Davidson at 7125 Harrison Avenue in Rockford, heading north on Perryville Road and turning back south after looping the Swanson Road roundabout.

There will be various rest stops along the way, including some surprise goodies from local businesses (TO BE ANNOUNCED)! A portion of the proceeds will be donated The Fish-Abled Foundation.

An after party will be at Jax Pub at 4160 North Perryville Road. Pizza will be provided with the purchase of a beverage. Details at the pub.

We have three ways for you to be involved:

1. Ride: If you want to ride, you can register online at Active.com or in person at Coachman’s Body Shop (1232 Shappert Drive in Machesney Park, IL) during normal business hours. Early registration is $35. Registration the day of the ride is $40.

2. Give: If you want to give, donate April 26 at the start/ finish line at Kegel Harley Davidson (7125 Harrison Avenue in Rockford) from 9 a.m until the cyclists return. Checks only. Make checks payable to The Fish-Abled Foundation. All donations are tax deductible. Representatives from The Fish-Abled Foundation will also be on site.

3. Sponsor a Team Fur Bandit rider with a donation of $40. You’ll fill out a registration form and check the sponsor box. You can sponsor a team member or a local cyclist that otherwise couldn’t afford to ride. Cheer cyclists on as they depart and keep that warm and fuzzy feeling in return.

The route:
Furryville 2013

Furryville route map

Starting at Kegel Harley Davidson (7125 Harrison Avenue in Rockford)

  • Straight across Harrison Avenue on South Mall Drive
  • Right on South Bell School Road
  • Left on Mill Road
  • Right on South Perryville Road
  • Loop the roundabout at Swanson Road
  • South on North Perryville Road
  • Left on Mill Road
  • Right on South Bell School Road
  • Left on South Mall Drive
  • Return to Kegel Harley Davidson
While the team will take steps to make this as safe as possible for all riders, there is an inherent risk to riding a bicycle. Riders in our events assume all risks. We encourage all riders to come prepared to deal with the anticipated conditions and wear appropriate safety gear.

Call DJ at (815) 683-TFB1 (8321) Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with questions or for more information. If you know someone who would enjoy a ride like this or has a giving heart, please invite them to this event.

Furryville 2014

Team Fur Bandit’s 2014 Furryville Ride for Charity will benefit The Fish-Abled Foundation.

Fourth Annual Tour de Frost

Tour de Frost 2013Team Fur Bandit presents the Fourth Annual Tour de Frost, a 25-mile bicycle ride for charity, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. Join us as we raise money and gather warm clothes for the Rockford Rescue Mission.

We have three ways for you to be involved:

1. Ride: If you want to ride, you can register in early online at Active.com or in person at Coachman’s Body Shop (1232 Shappert Drive in Machesney Park, IL) during normal business hours. Early registration is $35. Registration the day of is $40.

2. Give: If you want to give, donate Dec. 7 at the start/finish line at Hancock Fabrics (5836 East State Street in Rockford) beginning at 10 a.m. until the cyclists return from the ride (1 or 2 p.m.). Checks and clothing only. Make checks payable to Rockford Rescue Mission. All donations are tax deductible. We will also collecting warm clothes, coats, hats, gloves, etc.
3. Sponsor a Team Fur Bandit rider with a donation of $35. You’ll fill out a registration form and check the sponsor box. You can sponsor a team member or a local cyclist that otherwise couldn’t afford to ride. Receive a Team Fur Bandit supporters button the day of the race, cheer cyclists on as they depart and keep that warm and fuzzy feeling in return.
The route:
Tour de Frost route map

Tour de Frost route map

Starting at Hancock Fabrics (5836 East State Street in Rockford)

  • Right on East State Street
  • Left on Fairview Avenue
  • Right on Charles Street
  • Left on East State Street
  • Right on North Main Street
  • Right on Bauer Parkway (Toll bridge)
  • Continue on Harlem Road
  • Right on North Perryville Road
  • Right on Garrett Lane
  • Left on North Trainer Road
  • Right on East State Street
  • Right into parking lot at Hancock Fabrics

Q: “Why the furry bikes in December?”

A: We want people to have awareness about the effects of our cold climate on people who are less fortunate. We will endure any weather conditions that are possible in December for this cause.

While the team will take steps to make this as safe as possible for all riders, there is an inherent risk to riding a bicycle. Riders in our events assume all risks. We encourage all riders to come prepared to deal with the weather and wear appropriate safety gear.

Call DJ at (815) 683-TFB1 (8321) Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with questions or for more information. If you know someone who would enjoy a ride like this or has a giving heart, please invite them to this event.

For more conversation about this event, check back at our Facebook event page.
Thanks for your support!
Tour de Frost 2013

Tour de Frost 2013

2013 Furryville Ride for Charity

Dog with bikeMark your calendars! The Third Annual Furryville Ride for Charity is just around the corner on April 27, 2013 at 10 a.m.

****REGISTER TODAY ON ACTIVE.COM****

This 25-mile bicycle ride is a group ride. The pack leaves from Kegel Harley Davidson at 7125 Harrison Avenue in Rockford, heading north on Perryville Road and turning back south after looping the Swanson Road roundabout.

There will be various rest stops along the way, including some surprise goodies from local businesses (TO BE ANNOUNCED)! A portion of the proceeds will be donated PAWS Humane Society of Rockford.

Breakfast is available at The P’s Restaurant (on the same property as Kegel Harley Davidson) at 7 a.m. the morning of the ride. Mention FURRYVILLE for a discount, and P’s will also donate a percentage to PAWS Humane Society. Details at the restaurant. An after party will be at Jax Pub at 4160 North Perryville Road. Pizza will be provided with the purchase of a beverage. Details at the pub.

We have three ways for you to be involved:

1. Ride: If you want to ride, you can pre-register online at Active.com or in person at Coachman’s Body Shop (1232 Shappert Drive in Machesney Park, IL) during normal business hours. Pre-registration is $35. Registration the day of is $40.

2. Give: If you want to give, donate April 27 at the start/ finish line at Kegel Harley Davidson (7125 Harrison Avenue in Rockford) from 9 a.m until the cyclists return. Checks only. Make checks payable to PAWS Humane Society. All donations are tax deductible. PAWS Humane Society will also be on site.

3. Sponsor a Team Fur Bandit rider with a donation of $40. You’ll fill out a registration form and check the sponsor box. You can sponsor a team member or a local cyclist that otherwise couldn’t afford to ride. Cheer cyclists on as they depart and keep that warm and fuzzy feeling in return.

The route:

Furryville 2013

Furryville route map

Starting at Kegel Harley Davidson (7125 Harrison Avenue in Rockford)

  • Straight across Harrison Avenue on South Mall Drive
  • Right on South Bell School Road
  • Left on Mill Road
  • Right on South Perryville Road
  • Loop the roundabout at Swanson Road
  • South on North Perryville Road
  • Left on Mill Road
  • Right on South Bell School Road
  • Left on South Mall Drive
  • Return to Kegel Harley Davidson

While the team will take steps to make this as safe as possible for all riders, there is an inherent risk to riding a bicycle. Riders in our events assume all risks. We encourage all riders to come prepared to deal with the anticipated conditions and wear appropriate safety gear.

Call DJ at (815) 683-TFB1 (8321) Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with questions or for more information. If you know someone who would enjoy a ride like this or has a giving heart, please invite them to this event.

2013 Furryville Ride for Charity

Team Fur Bandit’s 2013 Furryville Ride for Charity will benefit PAWS Humane Society of Rockford.

For more conversation about this event, check back at our Facebook event page.

2012 Tour de Frost results

Third Annual Tour de Frost

Third Annual Tour de Frost

Well, it took us long enough but the Third Annual Tour de Frost ride followup is finally here. If you joined us on the ride, you don’t need us to tell you that this was by far the best year yet.

Let’s start out with the weather. Not exactly frosty! Temps reached into the 50s, making it the least frosty Tour de Frost ever!

Team members got to the starting site hours early to make sure everything was ready to go. The Rockford Rescue Mission provided a trailer for clothing donations, stationed directly behind the registration table.

The ride started out just as the previous two rides did. The crowd of riders gathered in front of Hancock Fabrics on East State Street. This year, the crowd was better than ever!

Riders line up for the start of the Third Annual Tour de Frost. Photo by Greg FarnhamRiders line up for the start of the Third Annual Tour de Frost. Photo by Greg Farnham

Riders line up for the start of the Third Annual Tour de Frost. Photo by Greg Farnham

All sorts of riders on all sorts of bikes participated this year.

Photo by Greg Farnham

Photo by Greg Farnham

Riders pulled out onto East State Street following a lead vehicle and sandwiched in by a chase vehicle. The group rode as a pack, generating many stares and laughs from passing motorists.

For the first time, we had an official rest stop at the Burpee Museum of Natural History courtesy of the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Riders take in hot beverages and grab a snack in front of the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Photo by Greg Farnham

Riders take in hot beverages and grab a snack in front of the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Photo by Greg Farnham

One of the best parts about the ride is that it was rather uneventful. No major breakdowns, crashes or any other negative. It was smooth sailing.


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The ride concluded in the traditional fashion. Grabbing a little bit to eat and drink at Oscar’s Pub & Grill.

Of course, the best part is presenting the final check to the Rockford Rescue Mission.

We’d like to thank all of those that participated, either through riding, sponsorship or donation. You are a tremendous help to both the team and the Rockford Rescue Mission.