Spring has Sprung

A friend and I went out for a ride this morning, and it was my first long(ish) ride since probably October/November. In case you haven’t heard, we had a bit of a rough winter here in the northeast (the only place on the entire GLOBE where it was colder than average this winter). The last 2-3 weeks we’ve had nice days here and there, but they’ve always fallen on weekdays or weekend days when I had to work. But not today! To start the season we rode out to Ride Studio Cafe for a coffee and back. About 30 miles, which was perfect for a first ride. We started at 7:30 and it was about 34F out and was about 39F by the end. I rode in knickers, a wicking base layer and my rain jacket. Only my toes were cold, but other than that it was just about perfect.


I know I’m probably optimistic in thinking this is truly the beginning of spring, but damn it felt good to get out riding after this winter.


Friday Link Love

One of the organizers of the forum, Florian Lorenz, wrote up “9 Lessons from the World Bike Forum” – I especially like #4 “Women are Taking the Lead in Bike Advocacy.” This list summarizes a lot of the most salient lessons of the forum for me as well, and definitely worth checking out. Also check out “The European Silence at the World Bike Forum” (you can use google translate to read it) as well – I think it helps to contexualize the forum. I LOVE that the World Bike Forum comes from South America – as Jaime Ortiz would say – we don’t need a world full of Denmarks. Each place is going to address sustainable mobility with place-based solutions.

Machines for Freedom featured a GREAT interview with Ayesha McGowan about her goal of becoming the first African American female professional road cyclist in the US. It is super inspiring, and an important read for any of us who work around equity in biking. After reading her interview, you should also check out her blog ‘A Quick Brown Fox: On a mission to add color and numbers to women’s cycling!

The Femmechanics blog is beginning to host content other than just posting upcoming activities! Woo! Kate posted up some excellent Spring Riding Tips that you should def check out.

I think that’s all folks.

Friday Link Love

It’s been about FOREVER since I wrote a Friday Link Love. So here we go:

My friend, and bike organizing badass, Laura presented at the Women Bike Forum and wrote up a storify about their experience presenting on the panel ‘Advocacy through a Gender Lens‘ presenting on Grease Rag’s work, and especially focusing on trans* inclusion within gendered bike spaces. So rad! Definitely check it out.

Unfortunately there was also some ugly backlash to their comments about trans* inclusion in traditionally defined ‘womens’ bike spaces. Self-identified feminists tweeted that including trans* and non-gender conforming folks voices undermined women’s oppression. But to separate one form of oppression from another only acts as way of trying to divide us, and obscures that all forms of oppression are linked.

In other news, I came across a book from the early 1900s called ‘Bicycling for Ladies‘ with hints as to the art of wheeling – advice to beginners – dress – care of the bicycle-mechanics – training – exercise, etc. etc. THIS IS SO COOL. Badass turn of the century ladies talking about bike mechanics and wrenching! I’ve only briefly looked through it, but you can bet that I will be posting more about this book as I make my way through it.

And lastly, rad video of the women’s track team in Minneapolis Koochella.

Monday Morning Jamz

Remember that time I thought I could still blog while traveling for a month? Yea. Me too. LOL. Sorry about that. It’s been a crazy month, and I’m still in sleep recovery mode. I’m back stateside and will begin catching on documenting this last month in the coming week. For now, start your monday morning with these chill jamz.

New Mr. Do Video of Twin Cities Bike Polo

Mr. Do came out with a new video of the recently renamed Twin Cities Bike Polo club, and they’re amazing indoor polo space.

I think this video is one of the best I’ve seen at capturing the spirit of polo. I like it because it captures the spirit of a club as opposed to a tournament. Of course tournaments are awesome, and an important part of polo, but your club is who you hang out with every week – your club is your polo identity.