I love this photo of Flavor Cycle’s delivery couriers. Keep holding it down in Milwaukee, kids!Read More
So, last year Cupcake put together an amazing guide to #bikewinter that, if you haven’t read by now, you should follow this post with immediately.
In the meantime, though, and with ice fresh on the ground from last night’s snow-and-freeze, I wanted to put some suggestions out there for some folks who might want to power through this bizarro Disney on Ice shit that they’ve gotten themselves into, particularly if you’re new to winter riding. This post was specifically written for people I know who are riding their first winter, so it’ll likely be a refresher for experienced riders.
Disclosure: My winter bike is a 43cm 80s chromoly frame Nishiki road bike with 27” gatorskins. I don’t know its exact weight, but it isn’t a massive lugged steel frame. So, if you ride a very heavy bike, or a mountain bike, or have special winter tires—feel free to share your hot tips in the comments if you feel they differ. Or how they changed your winter riding life if you want folks to come to your side. (This stubborn girl still ain’t getting studded winter tires.)
Here we go…Read More
Two weeks ago, a guy on a Divvy bike passed me in the bike lane and I was like you go, sir, that is impressive! After today’s Divvy bike ride with Tiny Fix’s tallest (me) and smallest (Lauren), I am far more impressed, because hot damn it is hard to go fast on a Divvy.
We went to see if the bikes would fit us both:Read More
I’m pretty sure we can all relate to this comic by Khale McHurst. I’m long past my pretty pretty mixte-riding princess days, but I’m pretty sure my mental filter that has me looking like I’m starring in a Rapha ad at all times is wildly inaccurate.Read More
Bikes in Babeland, the USA’s biggest race for female and transgendered cyclists, is this weekend in Minneapolis, which means one lucky (and fast, and badass) babe will be sporting this sick prize bag from Trash Bags. Pre-registration is only open until tomorrow, so what are you waiting for?
6-6:45 PM: Gold Medal Park Meet & Greet (2nd St & 11th Ave S)
6:45-8:30 PM: Roll Out & Ride our easy pace, no drop ride with stops, beverages & fun.
9-9:45 PM: End at Matthews Park (2318 29th Ave S) for Snacks, Beverages & Fun. We’ll provide Pizza for our WTF PBW Crew & We’ll have some fun with our Allies. Skol Liquors is right by the park for those interested in purchasing beverages.
9:45 PM: Roll Out to Bike Smut 7: The Porny Express in Minneapolis! at the Bedlam for a night of Bike Porn like you’ve never seen.
3:00 PM: Day-of Registration at Powderhorn Park (3400 15th Ave. S), on the northside baseball fields.
3:30 PM: Optional “Alleycat Tutorial” chat with Lee Penn, Babes 4 winner. Tips on routing, racing, and having a good time! Meet near the registration tables.
5:00 PM: Race starts.
8:00 PM: Cutoff for manifest turn in.Read More
Though the weather may make you think otherwise, break out your knee socks, because cyclocross season is officially underway! Relay Cross, the season opener, happened a couple of weeks ago, and from what I hear, was a blast. I wish I could have been there, but I’m in Boston, where people are equally crazy for cyclocross.
What is cyclocross?
Cyclocross (or cx) is a division of bicycle racing that incorporates aspects of road and mountain biking, and takes place on a closed course which contains different types of terrain. A typical course can take place on grass, dirt, gravel, sand, and mud. There are obstacles that may require you to dismount your bike and carry it, such as barriers, stairs, and steep hills that are too difficult and slow to ride. Cx bikes are similar to road bikes with wider knobbier tires and cantilever or disc brakes. Unlike road cycling, where riders stay in groups to take advantage of drafting, the emphasis in cyclocross is on bike handling and aerobic endurance.Read More