Hello everyone! It’s Pedalpalooza time here in Portland and I’ve been so busy out having fun that I forgot to bring it up. You can go to the Pedalpalooza website to see the 200+ events or grab a current issue of the Portland Mercury for a printed copy.
There are a lot of options for all skill level and I’ll be leading the big girl ride during the last week of the event.
Anyway, I’m off to have more fun. But Portland get your butt outside and ride and if your reading from anywhere else maybe you can do some of these kinds or rides where you live.
I don’t often write about my personal life but I thought some of my recent observations might be interesting. The bike date is a common sight here in Portland; especially since the weather has gotten so nice. What could be more wonderful than riding along with someone at a cadence that suggests you have not a care in the world. The sight of a bike date has always made me smile and I always loved going with my sweetheart up the Springwater or out for dinner and a beer.
I had grown so used to riding with my former sweetheart that I forgot how awkward a bike date can be. Spending years riding with the same person often even in the same gear like riding a tandem thats been cut in half. Riding with new people is fun but sometimes trying on the nerves.
The trick with a bike date is taking it easy. Take side street and spend lots of time side by side. If your riding with someone new you also want to make sure your communicate which way your turning and other simple things like that. Your getting to know each other. Unless otherwise stated a bike date is not a race this it is completely unacceptable to “drop” (leave them in the dust) your date.
With the basics out of the way I wanted to mention one of my recent experiences:
I am pretty much a daily rider. I ride to the store, to school, to work and just about anywhere else for business or pleasure. I am pretty open about that, when I meet people bikes usually comes up in the conversation.
I met a nice young man at a house show and we exchanged phone numbers. He called me later and asked me out on the classic bike adventure date. Ride somewhere you’ve never been together and see what happens on the way. He met me near my house and when and we headed to Fubonn riding up Clinton Street. It turns out his bike was in serious disrepair. His front tire pressure was so low he was nearly on the rim and he only had 2 working gears on his 10 speed. This was fine but as soon as I realized this all I wanted to do way go home and fix his bike since he was struggling needlessly. He didn’t want to take me up on my offer so we continued on. His communication skills where poor often taking a turn without warning (a couple times across busy streets) and we would become separated while I waited for cars. I knew he didn’t ride very often but his lack of consideration was a turn-off. So weather true or not I have decided that the way people ride on a bike date is a symbol of their general attitude. If a man is kind and considerate on a bike date he is most likely that way the rest of the time. If he is brash, stubborn and ill prepare he is most likely this way off a bike.
Food for thought during your next bike date.
Looks like I can add the pedalpalooza ride whenever I want. So ladies what do you think would be better a weekend ride or a weekday ride in the evening. I would be inclined to make it a weekday evening but It’s not for me it’s for everyone. Maybe I could do one of each. Hum, I’ll chat it up tonight and see but give me some feedback ladies. Thank you so much for encouraging me.
Oh and should this be women only or co-ed? I was thinking keeping it all girl would add to the comfort but it seems a little mean to tell the big guys they have to get their own ride.
I was thinking it could be really fun to have a chubby/fat/curvy girl ride as part of pedalpolooza. Easy ride share tips tricks etc. Anyway to anyone who reads this send some feed back my way. I already proposed it I would just like to know if there is interest for a ride or some sort of workshop.
I just got home from school and what do I find in my inbox? A lovely video (PSA) from London. It’s a little sappy but I’m happy it exists.
Ok, after talking to my partner in crime we decided a wiki would be the way to go. I don’t want to skirt around the issue that it is a wiki for fat people on bikes to share knowledge specific to weight and cycling. I was thinking of calling it “fat girls on bikes” or “fat girls for bikes” but I don’t want to neglect fat men from the forum.
I suppose the info is the same for the most part. It could be directed towards women but have a men’s section. Yes I like that, I thing we know there are a few less things for women than men out there. My knowledge is centered around being a woman and those of future co-conspirators would be as well.
Things to discuss:
Choosing the right bike or parts
Plus sized clothing
respect from your local shop.
Citybikes workers cooperative will be hosting 4 FREE workshops in February!
All workshops are from 6-8pm at the Citybikes Annex, located at 734 SE Ankeny (one block south of E Burnside).
call to pre-register at 503.239.6951
Sunday, February 17th: The Big Rider
This workshop is tailored for larger riders. Which components should i use? What bike companies make well fitting, plus size clothing? and much more!
I just wanted to put the word out again.