I am not posting this video because Lucette Gilbert is a "little old lady" on a bike. I'm posting this video because she is a woman that rides her bike for fun and transportation, and because I like her attitude!
"People say, 'Oh you're still biking,' which I find offensive. When I can't bike anymore, my body will tell me. But my body keeps telling me, 'Go for it! Good for you!'"
Bicycles can free you! (At any age.)
There's a new Facebook group of women that mountain bike together called Singletrack Sistahs.
First ride at Theo is April 9 at 4p!
First ride at Hillside is April 10 at 6!
2012 all-girl group rides:
(beginning this spring)
Mon's 3:30-4-ish at Theo
Tues's 6 pm at Hillside
Wed's 6 p.m. at Elm Creek
Thurs's 9:30 am at Elm Creek
Sue described the group for me:
We're a mountain biking group for chicks of all kinds who either ride dirt or want to learn how. We're starting some group rides this spring anyone can jump in on. Mountain biking is pretty different from regular riding in terms of technique etc, and having the right bike makes it much easier/more comfortable too. If anyone wants to join our group you are very welcome, and if anyone has any questions about getting started mountain biking I'd be happy to answer them. You can message me. :) See you out there hopefully!
This. On repeat.
"We're looking so fierce, so use caution on the road, oh, use caution on the road..."
Lowrah asked a wonderful question during Grease Rag introductions last week: what are you proud of (and it doesn't have to be bike-related)?
It's much easier to answer the question "what are you not proud of?" There are a lot of media images that tell us our bodies, our clothing, and our actions are wrong. There are attitudes from others that say "girls" aren't strong and can't fix bikes. There are also internal voices: I'm not proud of X, Y, and Z events from my recent life, of A, B, and C that didn't get done, or choices D, E, and F. Pause. Stop. Think. It's easy to get caught up in the bad things. I know there are things that I'm proud of, so it's time to remind myself of what they are.
I'm taking on another challenge during 30 Days of Biking. I'm going to write down, somewhere, something that I'm proud of (I'm defining "proud" as "something I feel good about"). It doesn't have to be from that day. It doesn't have to be bike-related. And it's ok if all I want to write down is "I'm proud that I rode my bike today."
I'm proud of the wheel I built at Grease Rag last week, with lots of instruction and help from Jamie. Even moreso, I'm proud to be a member of such a wonderful community. I love you, Grease Rag! What are you proud of?
It's that time of year again. April is coming, and that means it's time for 30 Days of Biking!
I'll just repeat most of what I said last year:
There’s a fun event coming up that originated in the Twin Cities but has now gone global. April has 30 days, so clearly it’s time for 30 Days of Biking.
The premise is simple. From their website,
The only rule for 30 Days of Biking is that you bike every day for 30 days–around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you–then share your adventures online.
Keep up with them on Twitter or spread the word your own way. I did this last September [September 2010] and it was a good motivation to get on my bike, even on the reluctant days when I just rode around the block. Once I was out on my bike, “around the block” didn’t quite multiply into “multi-mile ride,” but it did often become a trip around three or four blocks. So there. I don’t tweet (although I enjoy reading Feminist Hulk’s Twitter) and I won’t put you through daily blog updates, but I will be riding along and I’ll go on a group ride with anyone interested (not limited to “Super Official Scheduled Rides,” picnics optional).
Register here and check out the events page. WFT-friendly Queer Bike Gang (the organizers of Cirque du So Gay) will be sponsoring the Short Shorts Ride to ARTCRANK on April 14. Or maybe something else spins your wheels. Whatever it is, just ride!
Short Shorts Ride
Saturday, April 14 @ 5:00 P.M.
Who wears short shorts? YOU. And even if you didn't before, now you have a reason. QBG & 30 Days wanna see your ass in shorts. Short shorts. The shortest shorts possible. Make that the most tightest and brightest shorts as well. We want to see a parade of colorful canopies on your butt cheeks throughout the streets of the Twins. This slow-paced ride will end at ARTCRANK!