Exploring the World on Two Wheels

I just wrapped up a week of cycling through The Netherlands and can say, without a doubt, the bike is the way to travel. There’s something so liberating about waking up (even a little sore and tired from the day before) and knowing that you can just get on the bike and go. No trains to catch, no schedules to adhere to–just a map and, in the case of The Netherlands, a series of intricate bike highways that lend their own special touch to any adventure.

We started in the often overlooked city of The Hague (Den Haag). It’s in the south of Holland and is easily accessible by ferry from England. Our rough itinerary looked something like this:

Day 1: Ride from The Hague to Rotterdam and back (about 30 miles round trip)

Day 2: Ride from The Hague to Amsterdam (42 miles one way)

Day 3: Rest day

Day 4: Ride from Amsterdam to Bloemendaal Ann Zee (aka The Beach!) and back (about 30 miles round trip)

Day 5: Ride from Amsterdam to The Hague (42 miles one way)

It sounds like a lot of riding, but when you consider that we took our time and spent most of our day pedaling along the canal, enjoying the scenery and sampling coffee shops as we went, it really is quite accessible.

So, how do you make something like this a reality? Well, it starts by getting comfortable on the bike (here’s a great post about finding the confidence to ride) and picking someplace that is bike-friendly and easy to navigate. Enter Holland. Just as a fun fact, there are more bikes than people in Holland and cycling really does rule. They offer protected bike lanes, specialized “cyclist only” stop lights and crossing signals and the hierarchy goes something like “cyclists, pedestrians, cars”.

Once you’re feeling good on the bike, the question of training comes into play. Luckily for us in the Midwest, The Netherlands is basically flat. We’re talking, really, really flat. All of the riding up and down the hills of downtown KC and through some of the windier flats just outside of the city really come in handy. While I did train right before this trip by putting in some miles on the bike, I was by no means in full “go mode”. I rode casually and kept a good general level of fitness and had no real problems keeping up with my cycling partner or enjoying the riding and the scenery.

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The next thing to keep in mind that a basic sense of bike maintenance comes in handy. We were very lucky in that we had no technical problems on our rides but flat tires happen to the best of us and taking a small tool kit along with you is highly recommended. I always carry tire irons for changing a tire, an extra tube, a small hand pump and a patch kit for repairing flats in the event that I don’t have a tube. Having a few allen wrenches on hand is also good but in my experience it’s rare that you’ll end up dismantling your bike on the side of a road unless you’re putting down some really serious miles but, always good to be safe than sorry. I tuck all of this in my jersey pocket and usually forget about it.

In my case, I had an extra safeguard–instead of hauling my bike overseas (something I really, really, really don’t recommend), I rented one from this awesome place in The Hague. It cost me about 120 bucks for the week and included the bike, a helmet and a heavy-duty lock. So long as we were within the city, they could come and rescue us and fix any flat tires or bikes issues for free. All we had to do was call. If we were outside of the city, they would find the nearest bike shop for us and talk us through the directions for getting there.  While we never had to use their services, it was nice knowing that someone had our backs while we were out exploring. You’ll find this kind of service at most places that you rent from–remember to shop around and don’t settle until you’re happy.

Whether you’re exploring your own city or the streets of another country, getting out in the fresh air and seeing the world from the back of a bicycle is a liberating experience. It’s fun, it gets you moving and there’s just nothing quite as satisfying as looking at a map and saying ” I rode there!”.

About Larissa Uredi
Born and raised in Denver, CO Larissa moved to Kansas City for college in 2001 and has spent the last 14 years exploring the Midwest, working in and with the bustling KC Arts Community as a jewelry designer and fine artist as well as watching the city grow and change over the years. An active cyclist, climber, runner and general “adventurer” KC provides a great home base for many of her outdoor adventures and wanderings. She currently lives in Westport and will be spending the next several months traveling around Europe and sharing her stories from the road.

Getting Up the Confidence to Ride

Are you a woman who wants to ride more confidently? Check out our Women-only Confident City Cycling course, being offered August 5, 12, and 19. Register here.

By Leanne Breiby

I’d had it. I was done turning down friends’ requests to join in on bike rides, missing out on Critical Mass, and feeling like a hypocrite driving my car to bike friendly events like New Belgium’s Clips and Better Block KC.

Leanne Breiby's Bike from Revolve KC, at the Central Library

Leanne Breiby’s Bike from Revolve KC, at the Central Library

So, on a 70-degree day in February, I bought a refurbished retro cruiser from RevolveKC and joined a couple friends for a ride. It was fantastic. Invigorating. Freeing. I felt like a kid again. But, I was also terrified. Riding through downtown is a completely different experience compared to my childhood rides in suburban Olathe. What were the rules of the road? What, no riding on the sidewalk?! Are the hand signals I learned in third grade still relevant?

After a quick Google search, I found BikeWalkKC’s Confident City Cycling Class and promptly signed up.

I’m so glad I did. The three, three-hour sessions were full of helpful tips to help me become a bike-savvy downtown resident. It combined classroom presentations, discussions, group rides and even interactive maintenance training. While I believe that anyone who is hesitant to strap on a helmet and pedal from A to B should take the class (it’s technically free; BikeWalkKC just asks for a donation), here are some key things I learned:

STAY OFF THE SIDEWALK. Despite what your suburban parents may have preached, the sidewalk is not the safest place to ride. (At least not for grown-ups.) First, in many parts of the city it’s technically illegal. Second, cars often cross over sidewalks as they pull in and out of driveways, and drivers may not be engaged enough to notice a cyclist in their path. (No one wants to end up like Stacy from Wayne’s World.) And, of course, pedestrians have the right of way, and they are often very unpredictable. There’s usually not room for a bike and a person, and you’ll feel like a giant jerk if you hit a kid or grandma.

TAKE THE LANE. This is a biggie. While Kansas City is making strides toward becoming a more bike-friendly city, there are many streets that can’t safely accommodate a car and a bike in the same lane. While my first instinct as an admittedly slow rider is to stay to the far right, practically riding in the gutter so a car can pass me, I learned this is not the safest bet. Cyclists should be in the middle of the lane, so cars aren’t tempted to squeeze by. It’s also worth noting that riding too far to the right might force you to drive over glass or other gutter hazards, and you’ll likely encounter parked cars, which brings me to my next point…

MIND THE DOOR ZONE. The door zone is the area next to a car where a cyclist may be in danger of getting hit by or hitting a car door, typically when a car is parked along a street. It almost seems comical when I picture the scenario in my head (a la Wayne’s World Stacy, again), but in reality, it’s a perilous position to be in, and I’m sure I wouldn’t be laughing if I nailed a Prius going full speed.

SCAN. Scanning is essentially the cyclist’s version of “look both ways before you cross the street.” It sounds simple, and it really is, but you can’t do it enough. If you’re changing lanes or approaching an intersection, check out what’s around you. Is the driver next to you looking at her phone while eating a sandwich? Is the driver behind you approaching at an unsafe speed? Scan and you’ll know whether or not you should speed up and make that turn or wait until the guy shaving on his morning commute passes.

HAND SIGNALS. Yes, the hand signals I learned in elementary school still apply, but now they’re even easier to remember. Slowing down? Bend your elbow 90 degrees and point your hand down. Need to turn left? Stick your left hand straight out. Need to turn right? Stick out your right hand. The once-taught right-turn signal with your left arm bent, pointing upwards isn’t technically wrong, but it’s a lot easier for drivers to understand the more obvious left/right hand pointing.

An added bonus in taking the Confident City Cycling Class is that I’m now a much more bike-friendly driver. When I park on the street, I now check for passing bikes before I open my car door, and I change lanes completely in order to pass a cyclist. I’m also much more sympathetic to slower riders, because most of the time I’m struggling to climb all of the downtown hills!

Normalizing Fitness in Kansas City

By Katie Young

B-Cycle extras 5In our culture, we hear the word “fitness” thrown around everywhere. It’s on the cover of just about every magazine. It’s the word that draws you into athletic stores, and spits you out with ridiculously expensive Nike shoes and matching neon leggings. It’s the word that sits on many of our to-do lists, but we can never quite cross it off. There is a reason for this.

Fitness doesn’t just happen. You can’t buy it, and you definitely aren’t born with it. Fad diets don’t pave the path to it, and neither will the workout videos that you buy, but never watch. Fitness is something that, if it isn’t a priority, will constantly loom over you, negatively impacting your confidence and your health. At BikeWalkKC, we hope to normalize fitness, and incorporate it into the Kansas City culture. With new bike paths and sidewalks being built constantly, and the expansion of our B-cycle rentals throughout the metro area, we are well on our way to making this vision a reality.

It doesn’t take much to make small changes to your daily routine. For some, that might mean taking the stairs instead of the elevator. For others, that might mean bringing a lunch instead of eating out every day. What matters is the effort, and every person is different. Biking can be just one more of those little changes that makes all the difference. Start out small and work your way up. Bike to the drug store occasionally, and then maybe take a trip to the grocery store on your bike. Before you know it, you will be biking everywhere and loving every minute of it! There is something to be said about the sense of SWTS Danny-Lizzie-Angie 5accomplishment associated with biking or walking to a destination.

Unlike vehicles, which can alienate you from your surroundings, bicycles allow you to see your neighborhood from an entirely new perspective. Biking adds depth to your day, and gives you the satisfaction of reaching your destination by your own effort. Biking is also a great form of exercise. It burns calories, tones muscle, and increases your aerobic capacity. Most importantly, however, when you implement biking into your daily routine, you are implementing the lifestyle that comes with it: health, wellness, and longevity.

It’s time to change Kansas City for the better. We strive to make Kansas City a safer, friendlier city for bikers and walkers, and hope that you will take advantage of the opportunities that we are working to supply. Remember to start small and work your way up. Once you’re biking everywhere, though, we promise that you’ll never go back!


katieAbout Katie: I began running as a sophomore in high school: seven years ago. Two half marathons and one marathon later, I am excited to notice more and more runners on Kansas City sidewalks, sharing my love for health and fitness. I recently graduated from Georgetown University in May with my Bachelor’s in English. As I begin my career exploration, I am thrilled to be involved with BikeWalkKC’s mission to normalize active lifestyles in the Kansas City area. 

B-cycling in KC: A ride through Kansas City parks

This post originally appeared on the VisitKC website, by our spokespeople blogger Ellen Schwartze.


bike_share1Downtown KC: another American concrete jungle, right? Not so! Downtown has several beautiful green spaces tucked between the busy streets and tall buildings. The next time you’re looking for a picnic spot, scenic view or downtown oasis, look no further than these parks, found on the BikeShare B-Outside parks tour.
I started at one of the most popular bikeshare stations, 3rd & Grand in the River Market. Since this is a choose-your-own-adventure tour, I’ll give you some options to get to the first stop, Berkley Riverfront Park. Option 1: bike across the Grand St. Viaduct (5 minutes) — be prepared to share the road! Option 2: bike a couple blocks up 2nd Street to the Town of bike_share4Kansas pedestrian bridge (10 minutes), walk the bike down the bridge and stairs to the path. (Pro tip: there is an elevator but it isn’t always on.) The park is decked out with paths, picnic tables and excellent views of the Missouri River and its bridges, including the Hannibal train bridge and the Broadway, Heart of America and Kit Bond bridges.

After frolicking — and frolicking is a must — head back the way you came and point your trusty steed westward to Case Park. Again, you have a couple options: Option 1: ride to the 8th & Broadway bike share station then walk up the stairs at 8th & Washington, or Option 2: go straight to the park by conquering the hill on 7th Street. Case Park views stretch to the horizons: to the north, the downtown airport (sit for a moment during the week and you’ll catch a few take-offs), and to the west, the river, West Bottoms and Kansas City, Kansas. The park also has a playground for the kiddos and tables and grills for weekend cook-outs.

Next, pick up a bike from 10th and Washington and turn into the downtown business district for two more parks. Oppenstein Brothers Park at 12th & Walnut (5 minutes) offers a shaded break from the weekday grind. Be sure to investigate the Star Disk, which displays seasonal constellations when you line up the month and day.

Four bbike_share6locks away is one of my favorite parks in KC, Ilus W. Davis Park (3 minutes). It stretches two city blocks between the courthouse and City Hall, with a beautiful water feature and reflecting pool in the southern block. It’s great for people watching in during the week, too. Plop down on the grass and consider all the fun you’re having and all the hard work people are doing in the high rises around you.

For your final leg, head due south to one of the most famous views of the KC skyline from Penn Valley Park, home of the Liberty Memorial. Drop off the bike at the Union Station kiosk (15 minutes) and then spend an afternoon exploring the park grounds — it’s huge! If you brought Fido, keep walking south to the off-leash dog park. If you’re a history buff, the WWI National Museum is not to be missed.

And, since you’ve reached the end of your journey, be sure to treat yourself at Parisi Coffee, Pierpont’s or Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Union Station!

Learning the art of framebuilding

By Julie Pedalinojpedalino, framebuilder and bike mechanic


It’s early morning and I’m alone in a quiet bike shop. The rasping sound of a file against metal is my companion, shavings of brass fall gently to the floor as I shape a fillet that forms a joint between two steel tubes.  I can pass hours this way, coaxing the simple raw materials of steel and brazing rod to come together into something magical:  a bicycle frame.

That’s no hyperbole by the way, I truly believe that bicycles have magic stitched up in them.  I know this from personal experience – a direct revelation from my bike that has completely transformed my life in the most astounding ways.  The simple act of riding has brought me community, health, confidence, and uncovered within me a wellspring of passion for the art and science of creating, building, and maintaining bikes.

jpedalinoLast fall, my bike lead me on adventure to become acquainted with the generous and gifted folks at Velo+ in Lenexa, KS.  The more I rode my bike, the more I wanted to know, and what began an occasional stop at the shop for service or parts (not to mention some of the best fresh roasted coffee in town!) grew into a wrenching apprenticeship with the shop mechanics, David and Tim.  As I learned, the veils of mystery surrounding all things bike began to part and I discovered how satisfying and empowering it is to understand, fix, and assemble.

I also began to realize how much opportunity there is for self expression through bikes.  I was fascinated by the ever expanding array of components – all made with different styles, materials, colors and offering unlimited potential to customize a bike for any riding style.  It was only a matter of time until my obsession progressed to the ultimate customization – a handmade bicycle frame.  The fates were on my side, because not only does Velo+ staff mechanics with encyclopedic knowledge and skill, but the owner, Vincent Rodriguez, is a custom steel framebuilder.

Vincent kindly agreed to share the trade with me and now I find myself in an unbelievably fortunate position as an apprentice of steel framebuilding, as well as continuing with my mechanic training.  I am still very much a novice to be sure, but as I work on my frames I’m convinced that I have found my true calling in life as a framebuilder; the most exciting aspect of which is to have the ability to create and share a thing of magic… a bicycle.

Although handmade frames are certainly rising in popularity, there are only a handful of  women builders working in the field.  Gender equality is a complex issue to be sure, but perhaps I have access to a bit more bike magic than my male counterparts. It would be a great joy to serve as source of inspiration for other lady makers, riders, and dreamers out there. And maybe, just maybe, that inspiration will be the gentle push that starts another person on her own bicycle adventure of transformation.


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The Revival of The New Woman and The Bicycle Revolution

dbe8117b6cdea0ce4d479a8779397865The Tweed Ride is happening next month, where Kansas Citians dress up in late 19th century style clothing and ride bicycles through historical neighborhoods around the city. As a woman cyclist, I feel a sense of affinity with the suffragettes of this time period, the bicycle being such a powerful tool in the emancipation of women. “The New Woman” was a term used in that era to describe the modern female who broke free from convention and played a more active role in society and the workforce.

Susan B Anthony, wrote:  “Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world.”  These words are just as relevant today.

With so many issues on the horizon regarding health, social and environmental concerns, cycling is a sure way to help mitigate these societal shortcomings. When we ride, not only are we enjoying ourselves in the outdoors with the wind in our hair, but we are setting an example and creating change.

arts-graphics-2008_1185915a-2The bicycle was a symbol of women’s independence in a male dominated society. It provided freedom from the Victorian Era restrictive style of clothing. The physical demand of riding a bike was cause to cast off the corset and shorten the length of dresses. The bicycle released her from the confinements of extreme modesty. The traditional forced hourglass image became passé and dress options evolved to allow for breathing and leg movement became more pragmatic and ideal. This physical freedom inevitably liberated the female spirit.

“Success in life depends as much upon a vigorous and healthy body as upon a clear and active mind.” ~ Elsa von Blumen, 1880’s American bike racer

There’s definitely something beautiful and empowering being witness to a woman on a bicycle, its no wonder I get the most compliments when I’m riding. Of course, like every situation, along with the good, comes the bad. Careful with those choice of words guys because strong independent women won’t stand to be degraded and will put you in your place.

Check out the women’s bicycling workshop tonight at UMKC.

Here’s a fun clip to bring out the feminist in us all.

BikeMS: As told by Disney

On Sept. 13-14, I and thousands of my newest bikey friends completed BikeMS, the annual, national  fundraiser for the National MS Society. Being the child of the 90s that I am, I thought the best way to relate my ride to you would be through Disney songs.

Mile 0: “Be Prepared” (The Lion King). Ok, so the song talks about being prepared for the Hamlet-esque overthrow of a lion’s kingdom, but the title is nothing to snub your nose at. Before you ride 140 miles, you should be prepared. A lot goes into that: putting the miles on your bike, getting a proper tune-up, figuring out what food you need to eat before, during and after a long ride, making sure you have sunscreen.

Mile 1: “You Can Fly” (Peter Pan). The first miles are beautiful. You’re happy! Your muscles are ready! Those hills are nothing! The wind is in your hair!

Mile 35: “Just Keep Swimming” (Finding Nemo). There are, after all, more than 100 miles to go. At some point you have to knuckle down and just keep pedaling. You’ll make it up the hills, and you’ll have lots of fun on the way down, too!

Mile 70: “Fixer-Upper” (Frozen). It’s possible that my chain hadn’t been oiled in a while. Thank goodness that each rest stop of the ride has mechanics from local bike shops ready and able to care for your bike’s needs. Fix a flat, tighten a screw or ask anything else. They’ll be willing to help.

Mile 110: “Just Around the Riverbend” (Pocahontas). The middle part of each day’s ride wound up being lots of hills. I would think it’s the last one, but the next one would be waiting for me at the bottom. I came upon a turn which I was sure was hiding a big climb around it. But it wasn’t, and I laughed a little because if that isn’t a metaphor for life, I don’t know what is. You can’t tell what’s around the riverbend, so don’t worry about it.

Mile 120: “Bibbidi-Bobbidy-Boo” (Cinderella). Because Biofreeze is MAGIC I TELL YOU.

Mile 140: “I Can Go the Distance” (Hercules). The whole point of BikeMS can be summed up with the line from this song, “I know every mile / will be worth my while.” Every person involved with making BikeMS a success is grateful for every rider. Anytime I would thank volunteers for being awake at some ungodly hour, just to serve me trail mix and PB&Js, they wouldn’t miss a beat in thanking me back. They know better than I do what a difference the donations to the National MS Society make in the lives of people with MS.

Skin care for Cyclists and Gearing Up for the Cold

As healing as it is to be out riding in the natural world, as an esthetician I am aware of how the elements can effect the skin of a cyclist. I’m definitely not one to condone indoor cycling so I’m going to address some of those skin care needs so you can keep your largest organ happy on the saddle all year ‘round in the great outdoors.

1. Moisturize. The wind and cold a cyclist comes into contact with can cause the skin to become dry, dehydrated, and cracked, so it’s important to keep the skin extremely moisturized.

  • The first step to keeping the skin hydrated is to drink lots of water.
  • You’ll want a good moisturizer to put on the skin as well. Oils for the face and body are quite popular right now and are great for winter since skin has a tendency to get dry in the colder months. However if your skin is feeling particularly oily, water base moisturizers are the way to go.
  • Silicone based products are really great for areas exposed to the wind because they create a protective barrier over the skin to seal in moisture and prevent water loss, perfect for the winter winds.
  • Chamois cream, a rich moisturizer for the bum prevents chaffing and saddle sores.

IMG_5270In the colder months I like to protect the skin on my face with this UA balaclava. It’s nice because it has a drop chin so you can easily pull it down below the chin or around the neck when in and out of places.  You’ll also want to protect the eyes with goggles or non-prescription big lens glasses.

2.  Get your wax on. Forgo razor burn, bumps, and breakouts that make chaffing worse and give me a call to get those hair-ridden body parts waxed. Hair that is waxed grows in much slower, as opposed to shaving, which means less maintenance in your shower regimen. Waxing regularly also thins and softens hair, resulting in silky smooth skin, making your rides oh, so aero.  Just remember to exfoliate, which brings me to my next point.

3. Exfoliate. This is going to remove dead surface cells that can trap hair under the skin causing ingrown hairs i.e., saddle sores. Exfoliating is important everywhere on the body but especially in the groin area where the skin is sensitive, hair is dense and the friction is in full swing whilst pedaling a bicycle. Removing dead surface cells also keeps your skin looking young and healthy. Its best to use physical exfoliants, such as sugar and salt scrubs as well as chemical exfoliants, using acids and enzymes that will continue to work for you throughout the day.

4. Benzoyl Peroxide.  If you should happen to develop a saddle sore, treat it right away. Keep it clean and dry and apply 10% Benzoyl Peroxide/Acne treatment twice daily until it has subsided.

5. Embrocation.  This is a liniament that includes warming agents such as capsicum from peppers to increase circulation and warm the skin.  I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s on the list. Check it out.  Embrocation works better on hairless skin, yet another reason to get your wax on.

6. Clean skin. This seems obvious enough. Keep the skin clean to prevent infection and irritation. Always have wet wipes on hand to freshen up.  Also, soaking 10 minutes in a warm bath will soothe muscles and detoxify the body.

7. Massage oils.  This will help soften the muscles and work out any knots while simultaneously rehydrating the skin, making it feel better.

8. Sun Protection.  Get your vitamin D but don’t get burned. The sun is something fierce and in large amounts it can wreak havoc on your skin, causing skin cancer and premature aging of the skin

  • Eating a diet rich in colorful whole foods will help give your skin natural skin protection from the sun’s rays. Click here for more info.
  • Clothing is going to be your best form of external protection against UV radiation. Check out the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.
  • Sunscreen. Wear at least a SPF 15 on exposed skin and reapply every 2 hours. For ladies, SPF cosmetics are a double win.
  • If a sunburn gets the best of you, get out the aloe vera.

All the Cool Kids Ride Bikes

IMG_0523I have two children ages 6 and 12 that I’ve watched grow into expert cyclists,  so I’ve made a list of
reasons bicycle commuting is good for the kiddos.

1. It’s fun.

2.  Cycling can teach a young child coordination and balance

3. Bicycle ownership teaches kids how to care for something, including maintenance and mechanics.

4. Heart disease is the leading killer of Americans. The recent epidemic of childhood obesity means that kids are more likely to become a statistic later on in life. A fun form of exercise, biking keeps kids moving and prevents the early onset of unnecessary weight gain. For those who think cycling is too dangerous for children, the health risks of not riding a bike could be just as deadly. Safety in numbers!

IMG_0727 5. Cycling teaches children independence. For older children a bicycle is a freedom machine, getting them to the library, ceramics studio, violin lessons, the grocery store to grab a snack (or some needed ingredients for dinner) all by themselves.

6. Being outside and learning to properly dress for the elements tunes children into the seasonal changes. This creates an appreciation of the natural world and an awareness of our environmental responsibility.

7. Cycling the streets teaches kids about road safety and prepares them if or when they start driving, plus they’ll be more aware of other pedestrians and cyclists once they’re operating a vehicle.

 

Here is some recommended gear for the young cyclist:

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  • Child Trailers. I cannot speak highly enough about Burley trailers. You need something safe and durable and Burley is the best. For the infant or young child that isn’t ready to hold on, the Burley bee is the place to start. You can usually find a good Burley trailer on craigslist.
  • Helmet. Personally, I prefer the Bern Unlimited helmets with their patented Zip Mold technology. The company makes all sport head protection so the helmets not only meet bicycle helmet standards but skate and ski standards as well. The Nino / Nina helmet for children meet the CPSC and European CEN bicycle helmet standards.
  • Bicycle with training wheels. Any small 12 inch wheel bicycle will do. There are bicycles without pedals (or training wheels) too, these are really helpful so that children can kick along and learn how to balance. However you can opt to just simply take off the pedals until they’re ready to put them back on.

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  • Trailercycle. This is a one wheel bicycle tandem piece that attaches to an adult bicycle so that young cyclists can ride along safely behind at your speed. Again, I’ve found Burley to be the best in bicycle trailers. The Burley Kazoo attaches to their rear rack instead of the seat post (like their counterparts) which makes for a more stable ride. The Kazoo also weighs less than other models making your job easier and more enjoyable.

Women’s Solidarity Ride — August 30, 2014

“I am a woman who is free to ride a bicycle.”

That’s a pretty amazing statement — one made more amazing when I learned about the Solidarity Ride taking place around the world this Saturday. It’s an international event to show support for the Afghanistan Women’s Cycling team.

All you have to do to participate is RIDE! Take to your wheels in solidarity with the Afghan women that dare to ride, and remember the women that dared to ride before who paved the way for independent mobility and freedom for women around the world.

If you have the time and the friend list to accomplish it, you can organize an event and email info@mountain2mountain.org. If not, just get out and ride! Tag any photos with #solidarityride2014 on social media to add your voice to the conversation.

(Shout-out to Springfield and Willard, Missouri for already being on the list!!)