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This past Wednesday, our monthly ‘2 Wheels & Heels’ ride took place.  We met up at the fantastic Brother’s Drake Meadery where if you haven’t been – get your arse there and they just built a patio equipped with nicely, welded bike racks.  They are ‘everything’ bikes over there and some of the most amazing and inspiring people that I’m happy to call friends.

THIRTY women showed up, dressed in the everyday comforts from their closet.  I met so many new and lovely women that my heart was over-flowing.  We rode a little over seven miles and next months route, we’ll push to ten.  Olivera from Wholly Craft graciously donated a gift card to one lucky lady – ‘thank you, Olivera.’  I’m thinking Pattycake Bakery was a big highlight.  Three of the lady riders currently work for Pattycake and when we showed up, they had the most adorable ‘heels and wheels’ shaped and decorated cookies, EVER!  Once we got our sugar, we rode through the beautiful neighborhoods in Clintonville and eventually ended back at Brother’s Drake.

‘This ride gives me the confidence to get out on the roads more and ride.’  That was a quote from a woman who couldn’t stop thanking me.  It was humbled.  ‘I’ve been waiting for a group ride like this.’   That was another comment.  Aside from the amazing vision of bicycling ahead and then stopping, turning around and looking at thirty beautiful women riding behind me, the best part of the evening was the non-stop smiling.  As you’ll see from the pictures below, women were smiling and laughing and  giving high-fives the whole time.

This ride isn’t just about the clothing, although the continued reinforcement that clothing shouldn’t be such a barrier in the manner that it has become here in America does help.  If we continue to address that riding a bike can be as normal as getting in your car then the decision of ‘choosing’ to use your bike will become less and less of a thought out process and more of a growing habit.  This ride opens up conversations about proper and safe riding.  Being an LCI, I encourage these women to ask questions about their uncertainties when riding.  I plan on showing them basic mechanics of their bikes, certain information to obtain should an accident ever happen, commuting tips and techniques and much more.  Knowledge is power and that leads to confidence when riding.

Also, as of this passed week, this group has now expanded to seven cities total:  Cleveland, Columbus, Austin, Chicago, Minneapolis, Colorado Springs, and Victoria, B.C.

For anyone reading this who doesn’t have a Facebook account, I’ll keep you up to date with the upcoming ‘2 Wheels & Heels’ rides via this blog, or you can email me at the contact email I put in the ‘About’ section of my blog.

To all the ladies from this past Wednesdays ride – YOU ROCK!

Keep riding.

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For all the non-facebook users, here are the details for the upcoming ‘2 Wheels’ Ride.  Hope you can join us.  We’ve all ready exceeded the number of ladies from last month and the RSVP’s continue to roll in (pun, intended :))

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It’s coming up on ‘our’ time to ride, ladies. We had a fantastic and fabulous time last month, let’s see how many more ladies will join us. Forward to this to potential lady friends interested in bike riding and meeting other like-minded women. I have a great ride / route picked out for us. Let’s hope the weather is as amazing as it was during our last ride. Remember, this is a slow ride, meant to attract and engage more women. Forward this to all your lady friends who enjoy the Slow Bike Movement 🙂

6 – 645 – The Brother’s Drake. The amazing Brother’s Drake has a brand new patio, just waiting for us. They’ll have happy hour specials awaiting our arrival.

645 –745(ish) –Hop on our bicycles and head towards the Clintonville area where we will end at Pattycake Bakery to indulge in some pretty fancy and special treats – JUST FOR US 🙂 I may even have a little something from Wholly Craft to raffle off to one lucky lady 🙂

800 – 9 We’ll make our way back towards the Brother’s Drake, weaving through some of the pretty Clintonville neighborhoods.



Keep riding!

The photos above are from one of my favorite bike photography blogs:  downtownfrombehind.  AMAZE!


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