Sue, organizer of the Singletrack Sistahs group (mountain biking group for women), keeps a blog called Suelandia. Sue is a metal artist and created a gorgeous "mystical trail guardian" for public enjoyment at her local mountain biking trail. I love the sculpture, and the photos of the build and installation on her website are more than worth clicking through. Amazing!
My original idea was to create a sort of trail faerie, like a magical wood nymph, who would preside over the park. Another volunteer gave me some concrete antlers from an old deer statue over there, and my idea began to evolve into a little more formidable presence. I liked the idea of a mystical trail guardian, but wanted her to be more bad-ass than a faerie. I could see her in my mind.
Happy birthday, Jamie!
Jamie McDonald is the owner of Sunrise Cyclery and has been supporting Grease Rag since the beginning, July 2009. Here's to a lot more fun and a lot more 'Rags... See you Thursday!
A recent post on Taking the Lane by Elly Blue got me thinking about "tooting your own horn."
A topic that kept coming up again and again is that when we are in male-dominated industries — like bicycling — we do not always feel free to express ourselves. We talked about different approaches to changing that, and I brought up the Portland Society, the nonprofit alliance I helped found of professional women who are passionate about bicycling. Our monthly breakfast meetings are geared towards professional development and expert speakers, but that the really life-changing part is the beginning when we go around the room and introduce ourselves — we ask everyone to also “toot your own horn,” each participant telling the group something we’ve done in the last month that we’re proud of.
Click through to read the whole story, but I like the concept of talking about something you're proud of in a group of women. It might start out awkward and shy, but I like that it can bring confidence and self-assurance.
We asked this question recently for one of our go-around questions, and Jen really enjoyed it.
What are you proud of? Toot-toot in the comments!
I think the young woman in this video deserves a million high-fives!
I've written a little about fear before, but I'm curious about how you process and deal with your fears.
When you're at the top of a 40' ski jump about to rocket down the slope, what do you say to yourself? "I got it. I can do this. Let's go." Or, "Don't be such a weenie. Everyone is looking at you. Don't screw this up!"
I'm always trying to figure out when "I'm scared! Just go faster!!" is better than, "This is scary... better take it easy." Things that scare me are unfamiliar roads with heavy traffic, less-than-perfect road surfaces, riding next to or behind someone I don't fully trust, and landing on my top tube. To name a few.
I'm feeling a little afraid to try new things at the Bad Ass Skills Clinic with Mark, but I will definitely show up and give it a go!
What scares you and how do you cope?
Why should you learn bad ass skills? The more control you have over your bike, the more bad ass you are. I don't even know how to bunny hop, so I'm super excited about this opportunity.
Mark is a mechanic at Sunrise Cyclery, and a touring BMX professional that has been competing in BMX competitions for 40+ years, and instructing for over a decade. He assures me that there will be something for all skill and comfort levels. You won't be pressured to do Mark's favorite trick if all you want to do is practice your track-standing balance. But if you want to try busting fat skids, GO FOR IT!
Mark told me that he is motivated to constantly learn new tricks because they are FUN. It also makes you a safer rider and increases your comfort level with your bike. Not to mention new skills mean new adventures! That curb will no longer stand in your way, and that ramp might start calling your name.
Sunday, June 3, meet at the Dunwoody College parking lot, we will start at noon and go until 2 or 3, depending on what people want.
Please RSVP to the Facebook invite!
Mark is prepared to teach us all sorts of bad ass things, but here's a list of skills we might cover...
- Track-stand/ balance
- Bunny Hop
- Mystery Skill/ WTF's choice!
Bring a sturdy bike. Really any bike you are comfortable on will work, but you probably don't want to bring a cruiser. Fatter tires will be easiest. Make sure you have platform pedals (not clipless) on your bike, and please wear any safety gear that you need.
Disclaimer: Be bad ass at your own risk. We are not liable for any boo boos!
See you there, BAs!