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Saturday marked the 32nd Annual Festivus Ride here in Columbus, Ohio.  It was cold as hell but we did it.  I was very happy about this event for a couple reasons:  First – I’ve been so UNholiday as there are so many people grieving.  My heart just continues to break for the families in CT as I think of them, everyday.  This holiday is the first holiday that I’ve really REALIZED that its ‘people’ that mean the absolute most to me.  I don’t want ‘things.’  I want people who make me feel good to surround me and love me.  Festivus did just this.  Second – the sun joined us for our ride.  We began once again at Goodale Park and slowly made our way to Hal n Als.  Festive bicycles decorated and wonderful outfits were worn.  Me – I rocked Velour.  I brought back the ‘Italian Mall Walker.’

We ended at Hal n Als and warmed up before hitting the outdoors to participate in the ever popular – HUFFY TOSS.  The fire pit was roaring and Tatoheads Food Truck kept our belly’s full.

Inside, we had an ugly sweater contest followed by mad postings on the Grievance board and if you stayed later into the evening, a few of us had our own little dance party.

Thank you to ALL who came out and joined us.  Thanks to Hal n Als and Tatoheads for booze and noms.

See you all next year!

Enjoy the photos and Happy Holidays.

Be safe and keep riding.


















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I felt that Saturday’s Huffy Toss deemed itself worthy enough to where it deserves its own post.

Grab the popcorn b/c these pictures are HILARS!

This WAS Jim Ganahl:


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Yesterday was our 32nd Festivus Ride.  Not really, but it was pretty awesome.  We had folks meet us at Goodale Park where about 80 of us weaved the detours and construction of downtown Columbus and dammit, we looked good!  Our bikes were dressed to impress.  We had the tandem keg bike fit with our Festivus Pole guiding our way to our destination of Hal n Als where takers tested their ‘Feats of Strength.’  It was cold and brisk but the Huffy Toss was a sight to see.  The fabulously, festive and decorated bicycles were lit up with lights, faux tinsel, santa heads and holly.  The ugly sweaters were….  well, ugly as hell.  And lastly, gals and guys tested their mind and upper arm strength when holding out filled pitchers of water.  This test of strength was to see how long a person could hold the filled pitcher of water the longest and without bending their arms.  There were some determined participants!  The grievance board was filled by the end of the night, Frank Costanza stayed busy being photo’d and Jim Ganahl’s head was sadly dismembered from his body during the Huffy Toss Competition.  I’d say, it was a Festivus Success!  Enjoy the photos:


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Standing around after our 2nd successful Tweed Ride back in October, a couple of us were thinking, ‘what’s next?’  I said, ‘we need to do some kind of awesome Holiday Ride.’  Then someone said ‘Festivus’ and there you have it.  Standing around, drinking Mead from the awesome Brother’s Drake Meadery, the Columbus Festivus Ride was birthed.

We have over 120 saying ‘yes’ to our first Festivus where we hope this pops off and becomes THE ‘Winterfest’ Ride that folks look forward to here in Cbus.  Get those gloves, ugly sweaters, scarfs and holiday bike decor ready for a night of FUN.

We’re asking everyone to bring a few canned goods or 1 jar of peanut butter as we will be donating all of the goods to Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

Bike parking is YOUR discretion so BRING.YOUR.LOCKS.  You’ll be locking up to anything that’s stationary 🙂

As we make our way from Goodale to Hal n Als, down on Parsons, we WILL ride by the RULES OF THE ROAD.

Frank Costanza  is making a special guest appearance and you’ll be able to have your photo taken with him!

Hal n Als will have Yuengling specials.  We’ll have white elephant gifts for winners of each Feats of Strength.  We’ll have a megaphone to maintain sarcasm.  And I believe we’ll have  a couple outdoor heaters to keep ya’ll toasty.

Last but not least… it’ll be a FULL MOON!

We look forward to seeing ya’ll on Saturday!


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Myself and my two fellow comrades, Emily and Andrew have been slowly organizing what is looking to turn out to be an awesome Holiday Ride.  We want this first Holiday Festivus Ride to be a smashing success so that it becomes ‘THE’ Annual Holiday Ride that everyone looks forward to.  Local neighborhood bar and bicycling magnet – Hal n Als, eagerly accepted my proposal of being the destination where we will have our ‘Airing of the grievances’ followed by ‘Feats of Strength’ and copious amounts of drinking merriment.

We are encouraging all participants to bring a couple canned goods and/or a jar of peanut butter.  All of the goods will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.  This will be a wacky and ridiculous experience not to be missed.

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