This past Monday I had the opportunity to attend most of the 2014 Colorado Bicycle Summit. Unfortunately, I missed the morning speakers which included CO Governor, John Hickenlooper, and an old friend from DC, Andy Clark of the Bike League. I’m hoping that 303 Cycling will do a recap of these speeches so I can pass them along to you!
Key Highlights at the Colorado Bicycle Summit:
Safe Routes to School Act for Continued Funding
Getting More Women Riding Breakout Session
The amount of amazing women doing extraordinary things for cycling in Colorado is overwhelming. The next step is for all of us to come together to make a deeper impact. Look for a survey and more action around this soon!
Putting many faces with names from email and Twitter was pretty important for me. As a pretty new resident of Colorado I still don’t have my footing in the cycling scene so socializing and getting to know more people was key.
Tomorrow, Monday February 10th, you’ll be able to find me most the day at the 2014 Colorado Bicycle Summit most of tomorrow, including a moderator of the break out session “Getting More Women Riding.” I hope to report back with a recap of what is happening in Colorado Bike Advocacy and ways we can all work together to get more women riding in our wonderful state!
What is the Colorado Bicycle Summit about?
- Learn best practices for making change happen at the city, county and state levels
- Learn about bicycle-related issues for the 2014 Colorado Legislative Session
- Spend the morning at the State Capitol, with access to state legislators
- Network with bicyclists of all flavors at the Summit Happy Hour
- Bicycling advocates and industry leaders
- On- and off-road recreational cyclists and commuters
- Elected officials and agency staff
- Anyone who wants to learn about making bicycling better in our state
Walking to my office on Pearl Street in Boulder, CO the other day, I did a double take. This bike has so many clear call outs of awesomeness, how many can you spot (click to enlarge image)?
SoulPancake presents: Evelyn Stevens: Why We Play
Meet Evelyn Stevens. Olympian, World Champion, and one of the greatest female cyclists competing in the professional world today. What separates her though from those she races against is her extraordinary escape from the confines of her former life in a Wall Street cubicle and meteoric rise to the top of her sport.
I need to confess, I haven’t been riding my bike as you can probably tell from the lack of updates and Strava achievements. In the cold and dark I’ve been turning to running and exploring the trails near my home. While this isn’t ideal for a content on a cycling specific site it is ideal for my happiness. My 2014 goals include no bike races for the first time in many years but instead to explore more and become a more rounded athlete.
How are you staying motivated and moving during these cold spells that keep hitting? Are you hitting the gym or maybe braver than I and suiting up for a bike ride? Perhaps you are smart and on the trainer in your basement pushing those watts around as your sweat hits the ground.
Tell us, what are you doing?
During the past month of mad scrambles to get presents and my new routine of walking the streets of Boulder, Colorado, past boutique’s and chains I have become jaded.
I believe my feelings changed around the time American Express started pushing “Small Business Saturday” the day after Black Friday several years ago. If you really are a small business owner, there is a chance you don’t even accept American Express because of the raised fee’s the card brings. Small Business Saturday should be sponsored by the US Treasury to promote the exchange of paper bills and metal coins, not plastic that costs the small business more margin (think 3% of the maybe 30% that the merchant may be netting.)
Back to my original thoughts.
I’m a proud gold card carrying Starbucks customer. Daily, I walk past many cute little coffee shops in Boulder, Colorado, on my way to the office in the morning. I have tried three over the past month, a couple of them numerous times, and it has been a 50/50 split of leaving with happiness. Maybe I have high expectations but to me a local business should deliver me an equal, or maybe even better, experience of the chain next store. I’ll happily pay a bit more for this. The coffee should taste equal or better, the atmosphere should be welcoming.
Here have been my experiences at these local coffee shops
- My credit card was accidentally charged twice
- My drink order was forgotten
- The staff treated me like I didn’t belong (no smile, no exchange of pleasantries)
- Twice, I have walked away with an amazing cup of coffee but all other times my Keurig produces equal quality
Get to the point
This venting is not to ridicule the local coffee houses of Boulder but to prove a point that buying local does not mean that you should be settling.
There have been many comments over the years when I link to JensonUSA or any online retailer to buy a product that I’m not showing love for local bike shops. While I have the softest place in my heart saved for local bike shops with out the name “Trek” or “Giant” in their name, I also have a higher level of standards for these shops. Being a local bike shop does not mean you have arrogance about you, your mechanics are too good for hybrids and your bathrooms reek. Being a local shop means you need to be better, work longer hours, and have higher standards. If you can’t deliver that, then I will take my money elsewhere and recommend for others to go somewhere I know they will be treated well like REI or JensonUSA.
As the world of consumerism changes, I don’t believe Amazon is the devil or the end of local businesses. I believe local businesses need to step up the service, the quality and they will be happily rewarded.
This past summer Raleigh Bikes released photos and spec of their 2014 cyclocross line, including the RX 1.0 Women’s bike. The bike didn’t change too much other than paint and some small part upgrades. I was excited about the bike (mainly due to the paint job and price) for women and thought it would be a perfect do-all bike for my better half. So here we are doing a second review of the women’s RX 1.0!
This second review of the Raleigh RX 1.0, in the 2014 model, is to look at it as an all purpose bike. This is how most women are looking to purchase a cross bike in this price range as a do all, fun finder. There could be road rides, green-ways, Rail to Trails, commuting, baby hauling and maybe a cyclocross race thrown in there to say you did it.
A refresher of spec and pricing can be found here. The original review over here.
This weekend, Nov 9 & 10th
Juliana Bicycles Hiring
Juliana Bicycles, a women’s specific mountain bike brand, is looking for a Brand Manager
Quick Start Cyclocross Training
Have you been bit by the cyclocross bug? This quick start plan will get you in better shape for the late season successes!
Bicycle infrastructure creates more jobs per million dollars spent than any other kind of transportation
A Winter of Cyclists
The story of a group of Colorado cyclists who challenged each other to commute by bike, at least 52 times, during the cold, dark, and snowy months.
The beginning of October I lined up for my second cyclocross race in Colorado. The Boulder Cup at Valmont Bike Park was easily one of my top 3 cx courses ever ridden. Unfortunately, going into the last lap I lost traction on a bridge and wiped out. Quickly dusting myself off I hopped on the bike and bridged the gap on the girl that had been on my wheel and now was 15 seconds ahead. Finishing the race, not in last place, I checked over my appendages and realized the road rash would hurt but I seemed to be okay.
24 hours later my left knee wasn’t bending and by the evening (36 hours later) I couldn’t bear weight without pain. A doctor’s appointment booked, and later an MRI. The end result of this minor crash was a miss-tracking patella and a small tear on the cartilage behind my patella. It could have been much worse and 3 weeks later I am feeling back to 80%.
Shift in Priorities
Often in life, it is when your heart breaks, or you crash you bike that we really take a count of priorities and needs in life.
The mission of this site is to empower women in cycling. I don’t plan on straying away from this but I do plan on empowering myself a bit more. Becoming a more balanced individual, going back to school and maybe even attempting cross fit!
I love riding my bike
Chances are that you are reading my blog (thank you) because you too love to ride your bike. As I shift things around, reorganize and create my content calendar for this site my reminder for all of us is that to slow down and enjoy the ride. Spending the money to have the lightest bike, power meters, or even to put a number on your bike isn’t required. Slowing down with a smile to other cyclists and maybe even giving back to the sport we all love.
My plan is to slim down my herd of bikes, buy less carbon and focus more on the adventure than the destination. I hope you’ll join me.
A shop in Richmond, VA is taking a stand on safety by pulling on the heart strings of drivers.
Carytown Bicycle currently has a run of jersey’s with the tagline line “I am Someone’s Somebody” for dad’s, mom’s, daughter’s and son’s. The hope is that as we are passed by automobiles the driver’s remember that we are human and an injury or death will matter.
View more or order online at Carytown Bicycle Company.