Discovering Brooks Saddles

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Post Holiday Bike Ride

We went out for a nice post-holiday bike ride today. It was overcast and cold, but we bundled up and stayed relatively warm and dry. Stops included Nana’s to feed her puppies (we’re pupsitting while she’s out of town), the coffee shop for pastries and hot cocoa, and the grocery store for lunch fixings. It was a fun time.

This was also the maiden voyage of our new Civia Loring. This one is our personal bike. We had a Loring on loan for review earlier this year and liked it so much we vowed to eventually add one to the stable as our primary cargo/grocery hauler. Besides being a capable workhorse, it’s also a fun and surprisingly nimble bike to ride unloaded. Many thanks to Rick at Gold Country Cyclery for getting us all set-up!

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday! —Alan & Michael

Bike Blogs by Women

According to the 2009 Women and Social Media Study by BlogHer, iVillage and Compass Partners, 22.7 million women read blogs, 12 million post to blogs, and 8 million publish blogs. We don’t know what percentage of those are members of the bike blogging community, but some of our favorite bike blogs are written by women, and the number of bike blogs written by women seems to be increasing at a rapid rate. Following are just a few of our favorite bike blogs written by women; please add your favorites in the comments below this post. (And, please accept our apologies if we missed your blog!)

2009 Women and Social Media Study [PDF] →

Santa’s Little Helper

Bike-Friendly Cafe in Oakland

The Actual Cafe in Oakland, CA offers indoor bike parking for its patrons; the back wall has a rack that accommodates 20 bicycles. They also provide free use of a tire pump and tools for quick repairs. From the Actual Cafe website:

At Actual, we like bikes. A lot. We’re not sure they’re going to solve all the problems of the world, but we’re pretty sure they won’t make ‘em worse. Oh, and don’t get us wrong: we think you’re sexy even when you don’t ride your bikes – but we’re positive that you’re even sexier when you do.

So, we made space for bikes. Inside the Cafe. So you can roll your bike in out of the cold, hard world and have it keep you company while you drink your coffee or eat your lunch. Don’t be embarrassed if you’re not on a vintage track bike, or a one-of-a-kind Italian gold-plated number, or some featherweight aerospace kinda thing. Your rusty old Huffy is beautiful. Trust us.

Actual Cafe

Ira Ryan Eye Candy

Click the image to see some porteur and city bike eye candy from Ira Ryan.

Ira Ryan Cycles


 
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