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One of the handful of phrases a bunch of us learned last night at the ’2 Wheels & Heels’ Columbus Ladies Night. Last night, I organized this month’s ’2 Wheels’ event at Paradise Garage. A handful of ladies have brought up how much they would love to learn more about their bikes. So, with winter surely upon us, why not learn the basics about your bike so that you can be prepared and as safe as possible.
Emily and Sara of Paradise Garage were pumped to educate these women. Immediately, when I walked into the shop, I felt comfortable and welcomed as I always do at Paradise. Women of all ages and backgrounds started showing up and the ‘meet and greet’ hour began. Right around seven, twelve of us women went into the back repair area where chairs and pairs of tire levers were laid out for all of us. The backroom setup was immediately inviting and it made me even more eager for the education session to begin.
The 1.5 hr session went through everything from PSI pressure, to brake pads, to chain lube, frayed cables, to learning how to fix a flat. Fantastic questions were asked throughout the entire session. I would look around and see women taking notes and being completely focused on what Emily or Sara were saying.
After the session, the girls changed a few flats and realized how easy it is to take the back wheel off if you have your chain in the smallest ring It was such an empowering evening for everyone and again, SUCH a comfortable and inviting environment. If all bike shops provided this type of comfortable and relaxed feel, women feeling intimidated when in bike shops would be minuscule.
Last night was another absolute pleasure. Enjoy these incredible and empowering pictures.
Be safe and keep riding.
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Posted in 2 Wheels & Heels, Artistic, beauty, bicycling, Columbus, Cycling, Downtown, Downtown Columbus, Education, Livable, Paradise Garage, Short North, women, tagged 2 Wheels & Heels, Artistic, beauty, bicycling, cbus, chic, cycling, Downtown Columbus, feminine, Livable, slow bicycle movement, women on November 26, 2012 |
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So, the weather has been a bit of a roller coaster for us. I personally love it that its mid – high 50′s during these months. It makes winter less ‘meh’ for me. Every year I think I say, ‘I need to move’ and each year its been staying milder and milder so we’ll see.
Anywho, through out the awesome rides we’ve done, I’ve asked a handful of ladies if they’d appreciate a ‘basic mechanics’ class and each of them RAVED. So, before winter DOES hit (if it does), I thought it would be swell to hold a little class for ladies to get to know their bicycles a little more. Like I always say ‘knowledge is power.’
This Wed. we’ll convene at the lovely Paradise Garage in the Short North where I asked a couple of my favorite bicycle ladies to teach the ladies a thing or two. We’ll meet at our usual time – 6pm at Paradise Garage. You can bring your bike or not. There is a parking lot just South of Paradise Garage as well.
If you have any questions, shoot me an email. My email address is found under the ‘About’ tab of my blog.
Be safe and keep riding!
New air pumps have been installed at certain bike shelters around Cbus. I LOVE it.
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Posted in 2 Wheels & Heels, beauty, bicycling, Columbus, communities, Connect the Core, Cycling, Downtown, Downtown Columbus, Education, Franklinton, Hilltop, Infrastructure, Livable, Safety, slow bicycle movement, women, tagged 2 Wheels & Heels, beauty, bicycling, bikes, cbus, chic, cycling, Downtown Columbus, Education, Hilltop, Livable, safety, separated bike lanes, slow bicycle movement, women on October 29, 2012 |
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Its been three weeks since my last confession. Oops, I mean post Sorry ya’ll. I’ve been uber busy with three big projects and a handful of little ones. I can’t help but to have my hands in as much possible – all things bikes.
One of those little projects is, beside my monthly ’2 Wheels & Heels’ ladies ride, I thought it would be really beneficial to organize intimate rides with ladies that can make it, and experience current infrastructure that’s already laid on ground.
For a couple years now, I continue to reinforce to our city engineers that when bicycle infrastructure is designed, they need to keep in mind – women and children. If you design a street with women and children in mind, they will ride it and so will everyone else. If you do not, then the street needs to be redone until this can happen. City streets are viewed as ‘safe’ when you have families, women, and children safely riding in them – with big smiles on their faces.
My first intimate ride was the Hilltop Bike Lanes. I ride these all the time b/c my schools are located in the Frankliton and Hilltop area.
I received great feedback from the eight ladies that rode with me. Signage in the intersections of the entrance / exit ramps by the freeways, better guidance from bike lane to sharrows, green paint usage, etc. Eight ladies that ride when they can. No professionals in planning, bicycle advocacy, engineering – just eight of the many ladies I’ve come to know that love to ride and want our streets to be safer and equipped with better / more smartly designed infrastructure. Some of these women have kids and while they themselves would ride some of the infrastructure in some places, they would never bring their kids to ride on some of these streets. We need to change that.
We need to have streets designed for EVERYONE in mind. Our next ride will be Tamarack Circle and the infrastructure that’s been recently built there. If you’re interested in partaking, write a comment or send me an email. My email address is under the ‘About’ tab of my blog.
I thank the ladies that participated in this ride and look forward to the next ride with another VERY useful and open discussion.
Be safe and keep riding.
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