Inspired by Randonnuering as well as our love of maps, cue-sheets, history, colloquial nuance and regional vernacular, Brovet is a Guide Book to American Permanents (Predetermined routes and rides—each permanent has been chosen for its intrinsic character, historical relevance and ride qualities.) about self-reliance to the point of absurdity, cycling from A-to-B and corn-dogging.*
You don’t need much to BROVET, a bike and a bag and some snacks. And, maybe a map and some lights, and something reflective. To be honest we don’t event know what a BROVET is. The point is, you probably do not need to buy anything to go for a bike ride like this. But if you do, now or in the future, you might want to consider buying a Raleigh Bicycle. They ride good. But, more importantly, they gave us the money that made this project possible. Also, for this or any other kind of bike riding we reccomend a high-vis helmet like the Giro Aeon for example. It’s dope and it’s yellow and it’s the way to go randonneuring without looking like a randonerd – we love randonerds! – but style is not something they’re concerned with or good at; they’re good at drinking chocolate milk and drafting and laminating meticulous lists and instructions. And, one more think. You’re going to need a light, like for example as in i.e. the Light and Motion Seca 1400.
*Corn-Dogging (v.) mid-2000s, Appalachian-American, coined by Cole Maness. Figurative – the act of wasting (valuable) resources such as riding time, daylight, money, comfort zone(s), etc., in the pursuit of curious and/or seemingly pointless, regionally specific endeavors, e.g. swimming in a swimming hole, sitting on a decommissioned Sherman Tank cum War War II Monument such that the barrel appears to be your overly-large penis, listening to a taxidermist play the banjo and harmonica in a barn in West Virginia, throwing rocks at road signs for target practice and sport and possibly money, stopping at the Pendleton Round-Up (a rodeo in Pendleton, Oregon) in the middle of a 150-mile ride to eat/share the world’s largest corn dog.
The completion of a Brovet results in a route-specific patch.
“Do the ride, earn the patch.”