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Smell Ya Later, Tiny Fix

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If you’ve noticed that it’s been all weeds and crickets around here at Tiny Fix lately, you’re not the only one. I’ve often been frustrated when blogs stop updating regularly without explanation, so I wanted to let our readership what’s been going on with Tiny Fix, and with me, personally.

Tiny Fix still exists! We post links we find interesting frequently on our Facebook page, our Twitter is still active, and our nine members will continue to post bike-related articles as inspiration strikes.

Events and posts may become less frequent, however. The reason behind this are myriad. Only two people showed up to our last alleycat. I have personally become less involved with the bike scene. And, as the member of Tiny Fix who used to make sure that we had at least one post a week and that all alleycats that I heard about were posted, I no longer have an interest in maintaining that posting schedule.

I know, I’m a jerk. I still love riding my bike! I still have u-locks tattooed between my shoulders! But I honestly have written mostly everything I have to write about bikes, and biking. I’m moving onto other projects that I find more fulfilling, either because they’re new to me and hence more interesting, or because they pay me.

I will continue posting on Tiny Fix as inspiration strikes, and so will our other members (who are awesome and rad and better writers than me). In the meantime, please check out the other resources I have gathered below.

Always Yours in Scummy Bike Punkdom,

Cupcake

INTERESTED IN WHAT CUPCAKE’S BEEN WRITING RECENTLY (INSTEAD OF TINY FIX?)

Store Brand Soda: If you like the way I rounded up events and commented on culture within Chicago’s bike scene, you may enjoy reading me do the same thing for Chicago’s DIY punk scene. It’s a blur of basement shows, in-stores, all ages dance parties, sweaty jean vests, leather jackets, 7″s and cassette tapes someone dubbed in their bedroom. I’m really excited about writing for it in the way that I used to be for Tiny Fix, and I really think you should check it out.

I Have Tourette Syndrome and CBiT Changed My Life: A long form, incredibly personal article about my struggle to live a healthy life with the neurological disorder Tourette Syndrome.

I Used Clothing As Armor But Now I’m Using It To Express Myself: An article for xoJane about how my anxiety and gender identity have impacted how I dress myself.

Check Out These Diverse Punk Bands I’ve Rounded Up Just For You: A beginner’s primer on the importance of QTPOC representation in punk, as well as a ton of recommendations for really awesome bands that don’t fit the “three or four straight white cis dudes” mold.

MISS CUPCAKE’S BIKE WRITING? REVISIT HER MOST POPULAR ARTICLES

Don’t Bike Like A Dickweed: 10 Rules for New Cyclists

The Gender Candy Store: Biking While Genderqueer

A #BikeWinter Outfit, Layer by Layer (Slightly NSFWish)

The Epic Tiny Fix Guide to #BikeWinter

If My Dumb Ass Can Bike in Winter, So Can You

Talent and What You Think is Pretty Have Nothing to Do with Each Other

Cupcake’s Fixed Gear Jamis Sputnik Bike Check

The Chicken Fried Guide: Opinions on Chicago’s Fried Chicken

Transformative Justice: Reforming Policing & Incarceration in Chicago

#BikeWinter Checklist: Should I Ride Today?

My First Bike Crash; or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Bombing Hills

WANT TO KEEP ON TOP OF THE MIDWEST BIKE SCENE? CHECK OUT

Facebook: Not the most helpful answer, I know, but this is where I found out about 99% of the alleycats I used to post about. You have to do the work yourself now. Bummer.

Bike Jerks: Mostly MPLS-based events like Bandit Cross, Track or Treat (which is coming up!) etc

Chicago Cuttin Crew: The pink-kitted racers behind Messenger Prom, Chicago Cuttin Crew Classic, Chicago CMWC, etc

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