The Square Lake Film Festival is coming up on Saturday the 15th! Not only is this exciting because it's a really big biking event, the group ride out on Saturday morning is probably the first long ride for many people. Before you leave your house on Saturday morning, or any morning for that matter, and ride off into the sunrise or sunset, here are some things that you should probably always have on you whether you're riding 2 miles or 200 miles.
This list is based on what I personally carry in my bag or have in the past wished I had when the time came to fix a flat on the side of the road.
Here we go again! I have the movie '2 Seconds' and we're ready to go!
Meet for ride at Sunrise Cyclery @7pm
7:45pm Get out your wrenches!
9pm or after dark- "2 Seconds" in either the parking lot on the projector OR inside on the big screen TV.
See you there!
Our next event is in 2 days!
Thursday the 23rd we will meet at Sunrise at 7pm, take a short ride and at 7:45pm get down to fixing some bikes. There was great turn-out last time and we all had fun, so I'm looking forward to the next one.
Since Jamie is out of town, biking across Iowa with the older generation, we will not be able to have a movie after 9pm unless I get a volunteer. The next best thing is to have mojitos (I'll bring the mint and rum!) at someone's place and have a discussion forum (which will then be posted on greaseragmpls.wordpress.com). Any takers?
Men are absolutely invited to discussion- they probably have many interesting things to contribute andthings to learn about, too!
Please comment with different mechanical questions you have and we'll starting writing the how-tos! I will also start posting the occasional informative depending on what I think is relevant. Contributors wanted!
Why would we need a forum just for women who bike? I think before we think of anything else we need to really think about that question. What is it that makes biking different for women than men? What is it that makes biking so different for individual women?
We all have such variable reasons for biking. Someone just needs to get from point A to B and someone else wants to take long leisurely rides a few times a week, and others want to bomb around the city. Either way, any one who rides a bicycle at some point finds it necessary to take care of their bike, buy equiptment, and feel confident when they are riding. For women, the experiences surrounding these seemingly mundane concerns can be quite complicated. Thus, we need a forum to discuss and come together to increase our understanding of bicycling needs in all of their diverse forms.
Why only women, you say? If anyone out there is like me, I had never held a wrench until well into my first summer of biking. I'd grown up able to cook a meal for 8 people like it was easy but not used to tools, mechanics, understanding balance or how to keep myself safe on the road. I feel like I never had the chance to really bike due to my own family's culture and a lot of fear about letting a young girl go out alone on her bike. I also didn't have male friends or anyone female who had the adventurous and independent spirit it takes to get on a bike and test the limits. I think this is a pretty common experience!
But once I got on my first bike, my good old Raleigh Rapide with the bent fork and terrible seat, I felt so strong and enjoyed going so fast! And as I determined what I could fix on the bike myself and started finding people who could help me and were into bikes it became a way of life. I also noticed that going to mechanics was intimidating and a lot of times I felt stupid for getting things fixed that I knew I should do myself but just didn't know anything about. I also noticed that most of my friends who were really into biking were dudes.
In the past couple of years, though, there has been such a rapid increase in not only bicycle traffic in general, but especially women on bikes that I think it is past time to come together and think about how our needs are different as cyclists in terms of why we bike, what our expectations are and how we feel about biking.