Happy Monday, Slow Rollers, perfect day for our free and inclusive Grease Pole Ride!

Thanks to Pucho’s Social Club for inviting us back to Olivencia Community Center as they prepare for their 49th annual Grease Pole Festival on July 20th-22nd, a family-friendly celebration of Puerto Rican culture complete with food, music, dance, kids rides, and the amazing grease pole competition that draws teams of Crisco-covered climbers from around the region.

Olivencia Center profile

Tonight’s 10-mile roundtrip route includes two inclines between neighborhoods Emslie, Lovejoy, Kaisertown, Babcock and Hydraulics along major streets Swan, Jefferson, William, Ogden, Clinton, Fillmore and Seneca, guided by our trained squad of more than 100 volunteers. Two “mass-up” stops allow for regrouping while community stakeholders inform riders of history, events and issues in the immediate area, with the African Heritage Food Co-op Kiddie Kickstand crew selling drinks and snacks for $1 cash.

Tonight’s mass-up speakers are Lovejoy Pastor Al Robinson and Kaisertown Buffalo blogger and business owner Lisa Menchetti.

Stakeholder Spotlight on Pastor Al Robinson

We’ll return to the Olivencia Center for an outdoor afterparty with food from Niagara Café, Chiavetta’s & Carbone’s Pizza; drinks from Resurgence Brewing Company, Golden Cup Coffee, Tuk Tea Company, Bootleg Bucha and a full bar inside the center; music from DJ Sike and fellowship.

Car parking in downtown Buffalo is plentiful – please respect the neighborhood and refrain from parking on residential streets. 

All riders be sure to check your ABCs – Air-Brakes-Chain – and see our SAG crew (Support and Gear) for any pre-ride basic maintenance.

See below for the Slow Roll Code of Conduct and a pre-ride checklist, get on your bikes and join us!