I recently read this article in the Star Tribune about a St. Paul woman, Cindy Colon. I was really inspired by her training plan, her accomplishments, and her attitude!
When Cindy Colon found her dream bike in the summer of 2011, it didn't take long to go from an occasional rider to a serious cyclist: Over a 40-day period this summer, she rode to New York. When she got back to St. Paul, she set a new goal: add 5 miles a week to her longest ride until she could ride 100 miles in a day. She scratched that goal off her list last month. Next up? A 200-mile ride on summer solstice next June.
The long haul "I had an old Schwinn and I loved riding it so much I wanted a better bike. I went with a buddy to a bike shop and found a Surly Long Haul Trucker that fit me (I'm 5 feet 1). I loved it. That was the middle of last July. Then I happened to read a book -- 'Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride' -- about this woman who went on this amazing bike trip in the 1890s. She had three kids and had never ridden a bike, and she got sponsorships to go ride around the world, and I thought, if that woman can do it, I can do it."
Read more about her take on panniers, pie, and living in the present.
Every fourth Monday we are having a Grease Rag open shop night for women and transgender cyclists at the new SPOKES center in the Seward neighborhood. The space is large, and we are working with a really competent and beautiful team of facilitators and mechanics.
Join us on Monday, November 26, 7-9pm!
Located near the Light Rail Trail on East 22nd Street: 1915 East 22nd St.
The next SPOKES Grease Rag will be Monday, December 17, 7-9pm. (This is NOT a fourth Monday!)
Sabo Bridge reopening Monday, November 19
Although temporary closures may be necessary for painting, lighting and screen installation, the Sabo Bridge re-opens today!
From the City of Minneapolis website:
The work included installing and retrofitting diaphragm plates on the bridge’s pylon, including the plate that fractured and caused a pair of suspension cables to break loose. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., an engineering firm hired to find the cause of the fracture, concluded in June that wind-induced cable vibrations caused fatigue cracking in the diaphragm plates resulting in two cable connections fracturing. The retrofitted and replaced plates are designed to withstand fatigue that caused the cracking.
In addition to fixing the diaphragm plates, crews have replaced both cables that broke loose. They’ve also installed monitoring equipment to make sure the repairs are all working properly.
Give to the Max Day
Today is Give to the Max Day, sponsored by GiveMN.org. Launched in 2009, GiveMN's goal is to use technology to increase giving in Minnesota, and they have succeeded in facilitating over $48 million in donations to 6,100 Minnesota nonprofits. Donate to your favorite charity or nonprofit, and they might match your donation or win extra monetary incentives from GiveMN.org.
There are a lot of worthy causes out there*, but I wanted to highlight some of the bike-related nonprofits that you might consider supporting today. Who did I miss? Let me know in the comments.
Bonus: If you like a good data visualization... check out this real-time donation map! Read More
Grease Rag is this Thursday, November 15th!
(This event takes place the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month)
Sunrise Cyclery has moved to a NEW LOCATION (2901 Blaisdell Ave.)!
Group rides have concluded until next season!
Grease Rag NE will be December 11th.
Grease Rag wants you to know...
Sunrise Cyclery has MOVED! Visit us at the new location for a work day on 11/15. This Grease Rag will help us set up the Sunrise space, there will not be facilities for working on your bikes this week. Regular Grease Rag will resume December 6. Come and help us organize and spruce up the place- We could use your help!
Biggest thank you's to everyone that attended and volunteered at our Fourth Annual Winter Skill Share. Recaps are coming up, stay tuned.
Still lots of time to volunteer with Free Bikes 4 Kidz! I (Low) will be volunteering Saturday, 11/17, and it would be cool to get a group together. Let me know if you'd like to join.
Cranksgiving 2012 is a charity alley cat to benefit a local food shelf. A great way to ride for others! 11/18