Last Minute Info to Know

If you haven’t read our helpful info blog post from earlier this week, please do so now.

Here are some last-minute details that you should know:

Weather: We’ve been watching the forecast and we can conclude two things: It will be chilly and there’s a chance of rain. Please come prepared for the worst.  Remember, the event goes on rain or shine.

Loew Park conditions: Because of all of the rain over the last week, Loew Park may be a muddy mess.  We’ll look at setting up in a drier location if field conditions are indeed poor.

We’ve had beautiful weather the last three years, and participants have been able to  sit in the grass and relax prior to the raffle.  That may not be the case this year, so you may want to bring a seat if you can.

Prizes: We’ll have around 60 prizes valued at a minimum of $20.  The prize list is still changing and probably will not be final until a couple hours before the raffle, so sorry we cannot post it online in advance!

Expedited Registration: If you can, please print this form, fill it out, and bring it to the park. It’s good for you and it helps us out, too.

Stay tuned for additional last-minute details.


Helpful info for Pedal for Prizes 2014

It’s been a busy spring for us, but we’re ready for everyone to have a great time at our fifth annual Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes on Saturday, May 17.

Here’s some helpful information for you:

Rain or Shine: The event happens on Saturday regardless of the weather.  Right now, the forecast is calling for a chance of rain and temps in the high 50’s, but we all know that that can change! Prepare for the weather!  

Expedite your registration by downloading and completing our release form, which can be downloaded here.  Bring it with you on Saturday and save yourself from having to wait in a long line.

Pedal t-shirts available: We’ll have t-shirts available for a minimum donation of $15.  They’re American Apparel poly-cotton mix, available in unisex and women’s styles. This will be one of the only times you can get a t-shirt. All proceeds are put back into the event.

Registration: Registration begins at 11am.  We’ve increased the amount of time for participants to try to reach all twenty destinations at an enjoyable pace. We will register participants up until 2pm.

Pedal for Prizes is completely free and open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels.

At Loew Park, you’ll sign a release form and receive a map of twenty destinations and a punch card.  Cyclists are free to go on their way to as many destinations as they’d like in any order.  Stay at destinations as long as you’d like.

We will have volunteer extraordinaire Paul Lopez on hand to assist you with light repairs to your bike.

We reserve the right to request you bring your bicycle to the registration table.

If you’re driving your bike to the event, Loew Park has a limited number of parking spaces.  However, there plenty of on-street places to park.  We just ask everyone to please be respectful to our Old Brooklyn neighbors.

Cheating: Pedal for Prizes is meant to be a fun event done by bicycle. We have no tolerance for people who use other means of transportation (i.e. motor vehicle) to travel to destinations.  Participants found to be using forms of transportation other than a bicycle will have their punch cards revoked and will be barred from participating in the raffle.

If you observe instances of cheating, please report it to us immediately.  Merchants and people staffing our destinations will be keeping an eye out for foul play as well.

What to bring: Your bike, helmet, and a lock.  We advise everyone to practice bicycle safety, including obeying local traffic laws.  Helmets are strongly encouraged, but not required.

You may also want to bring money to spend on lunch, a snack, or a drink out in the neighborhood…or a Pedal t-shirt!

You might also want to bring a chair, since we cannot provide seating for everyone at Loew Park leading up to and during the raffle.

A few local businesses are sponsoring backpacks at Pedal for Prizes, so make sure you get yours.

Destinations: Half of the destinations are completely new, while the other half have been featured sometime in one of our previous four events. This year’s event will have twenty destinations.  You won’t know the destinations until you register at Loew Park.

We provide you a map and addresses of destinations at which you’ll have your card stamped.  Some participants have had success using GPS in the past.

Destinations will stop punching cards at 2:45pm.  Return to Loew Park by 3pm and exchange your punch card for raffle tickets.

Raffle: We will be raffling approximately six bikes, as well as many other prizes.  We won’t have a final list until a day or two before the event, as we are receiving and packaging prizes up until the last minute.

Help us move the raffle along by returning punctually and dropping your tickets in the bins of the prizes you’d like to win.

Please remain patient during the raffle and help others be patient as well.  Your cooperation will help it go quickly and smoothly, which everyone would like.


Cyclists raise $2,000 in food at 2nd Annual Cranksgiving

Cyclists raise $2,000 in food at 2nd Annual Cranksgiving

Over 50 cyclists raised more than $2,000 in food for disadvantaged families this holiday season! Check it out!

Pedal for Prizes is elated to partner with Bike Cleveland to coordinate the event annually.


Pedal 2013 is a success!

Thanks to everyone who attended Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes last Saturday.  We consider it to be a huge success and the best in our four years of coordinating the event.

While we’re still wrapping up this year’s event, watch for a recap of Pedal for Prizes and more info about possible upcoming events from us.

In the meantime, please check out our list of sponsors, destinations, prize donors, and volunteers.


2013 Prize List – UPDATED!

Here’s a tentative list of prizes that we’ll be raffling off at Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes this Saturday, May 18. Prizes are listed in no particular order.  Please note the list of prizes and prize packages are subject to change anytime between now and raffle time.

1 – Torker U-District bike, donated by Neighborhood Connections and sold at discount by Joy Machines Bike Shop

2 – Jamis Commuter bike, donated by Neighborhood Connections and sold at discount by Joy Machines Bike Shop

3- Trek 820 women’s bike, donated by Neighborhood Connections and sold at discount by Eddy’s Bike Shop

4 – Trek 820 men’s bike, donated by Neighborhood Connections and sold at discount by Eddy’s Bike Shop

5 – Raleigh boys bike, donated by Neighborhood Connections and sold at discount by Century Cycles

6 – Giant girls bike, donated by Neighborhood Connections and sold at discount by Century Cycles

7 – Mountain bike, donated by Village Bicycle Co-op

8 – Mountain bike, donated by Village Bicycle Co-op

9 – Boys bike, donated by Simpler Times Vintage Bicycle Gallery

10 – Yehuda Moon & the Kickstand Cyclery five-volume book set, donated by Yehuda Moon & the Kickstand Cycler & Joy Machines bike tune-up, donated by Joy Machines Bike Shop & Day Pass and Bike Rental at Cleveland Velodrome ($25 value), donated by Cleveland Velodrome

11 – Vampire-themed gift basket with signed book “The Descendant,” bottle of pinot noir wine, vampire perfume, and vampire chocolates, donated by Old Brooklyn Author Kelley Grealis (ADULTS ONLY)

12 – $50 Ambiance, the Store for Lovers Gift certificate, donated by Ambiance, the Store for Lovers (ADULTS ONLY)

13 – $50 Ambiance, the Store for Lovers Gift certificate, donated by Ambiance, the Store for Lovers (ADULTS ONLY)

14 – YMCA gift basket w/ six-month Downtown Y membership, two MOV bands, two t-shirts, and “A Walk in the Park” book, donated by Greater Cleveland YMCA & Day Pass and Bike Rental at Cleveland Velodrome ($25 value), donated by Cleveland Velodrome

15 – Spongebob Bikini Bottom Undersea Party Lego set, donated by Lindy McCartney

16 – Spongebob Flying Dutchman and Heroic Heroes of the Deep Lego set, donated by Lindy McCartney

17 – Steelyard Commons Home Depot $50 gift card, donated by Steelyard Commons

18 – Steelyard Commons Marshall’s $50 gift card, donated by Steelyard Commons

19 – Steelyard Commons Target $50 gift card, donated by Steelyard Commons

20 – Steelyard Commons Wal-Mart $50 gift card, donated by Steelyard Commons

21- Pair of Cleveland Indians tickets to your choice of 19 games, donated by Cleveland Indians & Four tickets to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, donated by Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

22 – Pair of Cleveland Indians tickets to your choice of 19 games, donated by Cleveland Indians & Four tickets to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, donated by Cleveland Metroparks

23 – Pair of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tickets, pair of MOCA tickets, and pair of Cleveland Museum of Art Pompeii exhibit tickets, donated by PNC Bank & Pair of tickets to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, donated by Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

24 – Pair of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame tickets, Pair of MOCA tickets, and pair of Cleveland Museum of Art Pompeii exhibit tickets, donated by PNC Bank & Pair of tickets to Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, donated by Cleveland Metroparks

25 – Bike Cleveland t-shirt and membership, donated by Bike Cleveland & Blazing Saddle bike tune-up, donated by Blazing Saddle Cycle & Day Pass and Bike Rental at Cleveland Velodrome ($25 value), donated by Cleveland Velodrome

26 – Bike Cleveland t-shirt and membership, donated by Bike Cleveland & Joy Machines bike tune-up, donated by Joy Machines Bike Shop & Day Pass and Bike Rental at Cleveland Velodrome ($25 value), donated by Cleveland Velodrome

27 –  $100 Honey Hut Ice Cream gift basket, donated by Honey Hut Ice Cream

28 – $100 Honey Hut Ice Cream gift basket, donated by Honey Hut Ice Cream

29 – ALL things for you. $75 gift certificate and platter, donated by ALL things for you.

30 – Fred’s Breads $40 gift basket, donated by Fred’s Breads & $10 gift certificate to The Shack, donated by The Shack

31 – Two Dairy Queen cakes ($60 value), donated by Old Brooklyn Dairy Queen

32 – $120 East 4th Street gift basket, donated by Corner Alley & Flannery’s

33 – Five yoga class pass and sauna session, donated by The Studio Cleveland

34- Massage gift basket including hour-long Thai massage, donated by Jackie Sliva, Bodywork Culture

35 – Something Fishy starter tank kit, donated by Something Fishy & Kids haircut, donated by Top of the Line Barber Shop & $10 gift certificate to The Shack, donated by The Shack

36 – Two videotape transfer certificate ($40 value), donated by Familyography & $10 gift certificate to The Shack, donated by The Shack

37 – Two videotape transfer gift certificate ($40 value), donated by Familyography & $10 gift certificate to South Hills Hardware, donated by South Hills Hardware

38 – $50 KeyBank gift card, donated by Steelyard Commons KeyBank

39 – Men’s haircut, donated by Top of the Line Barber Shop & $20 Dina’s Pizza & Pub gift certificate, donated by Dina’s Pizza & Pub

40 – Women’s haircut, donated by Top of the Line Barber Shop & $25 Outback Steak House, donated by Express Employment

41 – $25 Fridrich’s Bike Shop gift certificate, donated by Ameriflag & Blazing Saddle Cycle bike tune-up, donated by Blazing Saddle Cycle & Day Pass and Bike Rental at Cleveland Velodrome ($25 value), donated by Cleveland Velodrome

42 – $25 Fridrich’s Bike Shop gift certificate, donated by Ameriflag & $25 Outback Steak House, donated by Express Employment & Day Pass and Bike Rental at Cleveland Velodrome ($25 value), donated by Cleveland Velodrome

43 – Bike Cleveland t-shirt and bike light, donated by Bike Cleveland & $25 Fridrich’s Bike Shop gift certificate, donated by Ameriflag & Day Pass and Bike Rental at Cleveland Velodrome ($25 value), donated by Cleveland Velodrome

44 – Pair of Cleveland Indians tickets to August 7 game vs. Detroit Tigers ($100 value), donated by COSE

45 – Pair of Cleveland Indians tickets to July 11 game vs. Toronto Blue Jays ($100 value), donated by COSE

46 – Pair of Cleveland Indians tickets to August 10 game vs. LA Angels ($100 value), donated by COSE

47 – Steam engine model kit ($50 value), donated by Trading Post

48 – Jibaro Gourmet Food Truck gift certificate for a pizza ($25 value), donated by Jibaro Gourmet Food Truck & Day Pass and Bike Rental at Cleveland Velodrome ($25 value) & $10 South Hills Hardware gift certificate, donated by South Hills Hardware

49 – “The Son Reigns on My Parade…All the Time” book by Joe Cannon and rain gauge, donated by Former Old Brooklyn Councilman Joe Cannon & $10 South Hills Hardware gift certificate, donated by South Hills Hardware

50 – $25 gift certificate to Old Brooklyn Greenhouse, donated by Old Brooklyn Greenhouse & $25 gift certificate to Drink. Bar & Grill, donated by Drink. Bar & Grill

51 – Auto Rally Clock, donated by Detroit Auto Parts & $10 South Hills Hardware gift certificate, donated by South Hills Hardware

52 – Two $25 US Bank gift cards, donated by US Bank

53 – Gift basket with gift certificates to Gus’s Family Restaurant and Cleveland Greek Festival, bottle of wine, and more, donated Gus’s Family Restaurant

54 – Gift basket with gift certificates to Gus’s Family Restaurant and Cleveland Greek Festival, bottle of wine, and more, donated Gus’s Family Restaurant

55 – $25 Fridrich’s Bike Shop gift certificate, donated by Ameriflag & Day Pass and Bike Rental at Cleveland Velodrome ($25 value), donated by Cleveland Velodrome

56 – 60-minute Swedish Massage (valued at $60), donated by Mommy Bump Massage

57 – $50 gift certificate to Drink. Bar & Grill, donated by Drink. Bar & Grill

58 – Wagner Power Paint Roller ($50 value), donated by Old Brooklyn Paint & Hardware & $10 gift certificate to South Hills Hardware, donated by South Hills Hardware

59 – Jim Ptacek vintage bicycle print, donated by Jim Ptacek & $25 gift certificate to Old Brooklyn Greenhouse, donated by Old Brooklyn Greenhouse

60 – Jim Ptacek vintage bicycle print, donated by Jim Ptacek & $25 gift certificate to Drink. Bar & Grill, donated by Drink. Bar & Grill

61 – Jim Ptacek vintage pedal car print, donated by Jim Ptacek & Jibaro Gourmet Food Truck gift certificate for a pizza ($25 value), donated by Jibaro Gourmet Food Truck


Helpful Info for Pedal ’13

We’re looking forward to Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes this Saturday, May 18.  Hope you are as well!

We’ve put together some helpful information for participants.  We welcome any questions you may have and will do our absolute best to respond to them in the days leading up to the event.

Rain or Shine: The event happens on Saturday regardless of the weather.  Right now, the forecast is calling for sun and temps in the lower 70’s with a very low chance of rain.

Registration: Registration begins at 11am.  We’ve increased the amount of time for participants to try to reach all twenty destinations at an enjoyable pace. We will register participants up until 2pm.

Pedal for Prizes is completely free and open to cyclists of all ages and skill levels.

At Loew Park, you’ll sign a release form and receive a map of twenty-two destinations and a punch card.  Cyclists are free to go on their way to as many destinations as they’d like in any order.

We will have volunteer extraordinaire Paul Lopez on hand to assist you with light repairs to your bike.

We reserve the right to request you bring your bicycle to the registration table.

If you’re driving your bike to the event, Loew Park has a limited number of parking spaces.  However, there plenty of on-street places to park.  We just ask everyone to please be respectful to our Old Brooklyn neighbors.

Cheating: Pedal for Prizes is meant to be a fun event done by bicycle. We have no tolerance for people who use other means of transportation (i.e. motor vehicle) to travel to destinations.  Participants found to be using forms of transportation other than a bicycle will have their punch cards revoked and will be barred from participating in the raffle.

If you observe instances of cheating, please report it to us immediately.  Merchants and people staffing our destinations will be keeping an eye out for foul play as well.

What to bring: Your bike, helmet, and a lock.  We advise everyone to practice bicycle safety, including obeying local traffic laws.  Helmets are strongly encouraged, but not required.

You may also want to bring money to spend on lunch, a snack, or a drink out in the neighborhood.  We’ll have food trucks at Loew Park, which will have a variety of items at a cost.

You might also want to bring a chair, since we cannot provide seating for everyone at Loew Park leading up to and during the raffle.

Speed Exterminating and Ameriflag are once again providing Pedal for Prizes water bottles while supplies are available.  We will do our best to keep water available.

Prepare for the weather!  Bring and wear sunblock.

Destinations: About half of the destinations participating in this year’s Pedal for Prizes are new to the event, while the other half have been featured in one or more of the previous three events. This year’s event will have twenty destinations.  You won’t know the destinations until you register at Loew Park.

We provide you a map and addresses of destinations at which you’ll have your card stamped.  Some participants have had success using GPS in the past.

Destinations will stop punching cards at 2:45pm.  Return to Loew Park by 3pm and exchange your punch card for raffle tickets.

Raffle: Slightly different from last year’s event is that we are anticipating having fewer prizes of greater value.  While we had close to eighty prizes the previous two years, we should have around fifty to help speed up the raffle.  This is in response to feedback we have received since the last Pedal for Prizes.  Check back later this week for a full list of prizes you can win.  We have been posting prizes on the Pedal for Prizes Facebook.

We will be raffling at minimum four bikes and at most eight.

Help us move the raffle along by returning punctually and dropping your tickets in the bins of the prizes you’d like to win.

Please remain patient during the raffle and help others be patient as well.  Your cooperation will help it go quickly and smoothly, which everyone would like.


Pedal ’13: What will be different?

You may see some very slight differences in this year’s Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes.  Here’s what you can expect the event on Saturday, May 18:

- Registration: We’re opening registration a little earlier at 11:00 AM to give cyclists more time to explore the destinations and the Old Brooklyn neighborhood without feeling the need to rush.

- Destinations: Some of our favorite businesses and landmarks will return as destinations this year, as well as some new ones.

- Prizes: We’ll have more bicycles being raffled than ever before! Watch our blog and social media for updates about what kinds of bikes you can win. We’ll have more info on prizes in the near future.

- Pop UP Pearl: Pop UP Pearl will not be happening the same day and time as Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes.  It instead has been rescheduled for later in the summer.


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