Creative ways to get in gear during National Bike Month

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It's Bike Month here in Sacramento, with special rides and events all across the county. Here are a few creative ways to help get yourself in gear.

Crocker Art Museum

May 3 Take an evening ride out to the Crocker Art Museum for a special screening of the 1979 movie Breaking Away. Written by Steve Tesich and directed by Peter Yates, this coming of age film tells the story of Dave, a teenager who dreams of becoming a professional cyclist in spite of his small town upbringing. Together with his friends, Dave is determined to win a race held by the local university, but things may not be as easy as they seem. Winning the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, the film continues to serve as an inspiration for aspiring riders. The Crocker will provide free bike valets for the movie-goers, who will also be the first few to receive a copy of the museum’s new “Tour d’Art” map that takes them on a tour of Sacramento’s 20 public artworks, including Jeff Koons’ Coloring Book #4 outside Golden 1 Center and Stephen Kaltenbach’s Peace on Capitol Mall. $12. 6:30 p.m. Crocker Art Museum. 216 O St. 916-808-7000.

May the Fourth Be With You Ride

May 4 You don’t need to be from a galaxy far, far away to boogie down at this month’s adults-only, Star Wars-themed meeting of Bike Party Sacramento. Don your Jedi robe and pilot yourself to the corner of 28th and C streets, the launching point for a lively 12-mile ride through McKinley Village and midtown. The itinerary won't be revealed until the day of the ride, but don’t forget to holster your lightsaber before heading out; the group will make two party stops, including the chance to "battle" your fellow riders, and mingle and dance to the funky tunes coming from a special music bike that’s decked out with a massive speaker system. Free. 7-11 p.m. 28th and C Streets.

Sac Brew Bike "Tour de Capitol" Charity Race Ride

May 6 Assemble your crew for the second annual Brew Bike Tour de Capitol, where teams of bikers work together to steer the 10-pedal vehicle around midtown and the Capitol during a two-mile course. A total of 10 teams will each race in a timed trial to help avoid collisions in downtown’s bustling streets. Riders can also bring their own beer or pick one up at the Sac Brew Bar—where the races commence—but do so strategically if your team is going for gold. The group with the fastest time will be crowned champion and all proceeds from the race will go toward the local charities of the top three finishers’ choice. $250 per team. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sac Brew Bike Bar. 1519 19th St. 916-952-7973.

Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues Bike Ride

May 27 No one will be singing the blues on this high energy ride for cyclists with all experience levels along the Johnny Cash Trail in Folsom. Through the course, which kicks off at the Historic Folsom Station, pre-registered riders can spot the ghost of a highwayman as they ride near the east gates of Folsom Prison, where the “Ring of Fire” artist famously performed in 1968, before passing the Robbers Ravine Bridge and arriving at the Johnny Cash Legacy Park for a complimentary Jamba Juice smoothie and a photo op with a cardboard cutout of the Man in Black himself. All riders are encouraged to wear black in honor of Cash. Free. 9-10:30 a.m. Historic Folsom Station. 921 Sutter St. Folsom. 916-355-7304.

For a complete list of May is Bike Month events, visit

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