Grease Rag is this Thursday, July 7th!
(This event takes place the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month)
The Group Ride is on! Meet at the West River Road entrance to the Greenway at 6pm. We will end up at Sunrise Cyclery (901 W. Lake St. at Bryant Ave.) around 7, and wrenching goes until 9. Sound off if you’re coming!
July 7th marks Grease Rag's TWO YEAR birthday! It all started with Erin Durkee, a previous employee at Sunrise. She wanted to share her knowledge and love of bicycles with other rad people. But, it has continued to grow because of YOU! We've spent two years learning how to fix our bikes, going on rides, and making new friends.
Thank you so much for supporting Grease Rag! We wouldn't be here without you.
Coming up July 21-24 is the Bicycle Film Festival! On Thursday, July 21, we are going to join the group ride meeting up at Gold Medal Park at 5pm. One of the films Thrusday is Dudey Free Zone: Women's and Transgender Bike Spaces that features Grease Rag, Sibley Bike Depot, and many other awesome organizations. Join us! More details coming soon.
Carishina is quichua for "a woman little able doing housechores" or basically a tomboy. While in Ecuador I organized an all women's alley-cat called the Carishina Race, organized through the collective Carishina en Bici. My friend Xavi - who organizes Bike Polo Ecuador (and has an awesome blog) made a sweet promo video for one of the races that I recently rediscovered. I've been thinking a lot about the Carishinas recently because they have been organizing some rad events with lots of women showing up that I'm hoping to write more about. For now check out this sweet video of a friend riding around Quito, Ecuador.
I know that this funny post on the Surly blog is aimed at questions asked on bike forums like mplsbikelove.com, but I think there are a couple of gems that apply to a little something I like to call "bike shame".
Have you ever heard someone say, "My bike is old and no good," or "I don't have the right gear/ bike," or "My bike is ugly"?
Nothing makes me feel worse than hearing someone admit to bike shame! Your bike is awesome! Even if it shifts a little funny (bring it to Grease Rag and fix it yourself) or if the paint is chipped (character!) or you get flat tires sometimes (everyone does) or your brakes squeal (Grease Rag)... your bike is a powerful self-propelled metal machine that can take you places. It is NOT too old, ugly, or uncool.
Your bike is good enough, your bike is fast enough, and doggone it, you love your bicycle!
And... if you really don't like your bike, modify it or trade it in for something you DO like. Read More
From Velo News:
French cycling legend Jeannie Longo easily beat riders half her age to claim her fourth consecutive time trial title at the French national championships on Thursday.
It was 52-year-old Longo’s 58th French national championship title including track and road cycling.
My favorite part about this story is not that Jeannie Longo won her fourth(!) consecutive(!) time trial title at the French national championships(!), or that she is 52(!), or that this is her 58th(!) title.
My favorite part is that she crushed the competition by 42 seconds.
Jeannie Longo, you are too bad ass for a photo finish.