The 2022 Coffeeneuring Challenge has come to an end, and here are my results. This is my second time documenting my rides by video.
Last year, I used the Coffeeneuring Challenge as an opportunity to video-document some typical bike rides in my community. You can see a summary of that year’s effort here. For this round, I picked up the GoPro again but took a slightly different approach. Instead of hosting on YouTube, I used TikTok (and mirrored the videos on Instagram).
I don’t have any strong preference to any platform, but so far TikTok has been the best at connecting my videos with like-minded bicycle riders. I had to get used to trimming the footage down into bite-size lengths, but that also seemed like a good exercise for distilling their most valuable parts. In the end, I believe these are much better than my videos from last year.
|Ride #||Date||Total milage||Location||Video|
|1||October 8||3.9 miles||Midtown Coffee||Watch on TikTok|
|2||October 9||6 miles||Iron Bank Coffee||Watch on TikTok|
|3||October 19||6.4 miles||Starbucks||Watch on TikTok|
|4||October 22||6.3 miles||Fountain City Coffee||Watch on TikTok|
|5||November 1||3 miles||Parker's Pantry||Watch on TikTok|
|6||November 6||3.9 miles||Burger King||Watch on TikTok|
|7||November 12||3 miles||Lakebottom Park||Watch on TikTok|
I tried to include a diverse group of locations and routes. This mostly consisted of hip, photogenic cafés, but also some decidedly un-cool chains like Burger King. Biking and hot beverages don’t exist in a bubble, after all. We should be able to bike anywhere in our communities.
You can see more about each individual ride in their respective videos (if you don’t mind dealing with TikTok’s interface). My objective was to convey what it’s like to ride to each of these places. Hopefully, people who don’t ride much outside of bike paths can see these trips as new possibilities.
As always, it was a pleasure to see other bicyclists share their Coffeeneuring trips on social media. One of the best parts of this challenge is the (virtual) camaraderie as we all get out and celebrate our rides.
A special thanks is owed to the Coffeeneuring organizers. And I look forward to next year!