It was labor day weekend and I had spent the afternoon cruising around on my bike to various clothing boutiques downtown looking for something acceptable to wear to LAUNCH.
As I passed by City Bike Works on K Street a glimmering white and chrome beauty caught my eye. They were having a big sale so I stopped for a closer look.
She was white, with brown accents, hammered metal fenders, and three speeds; which is really all you need in Sacramento. The sales woman asked if I wanted to give her a test ride and I surely did – and within that ride around the block I fell in love.
The model was a new urban design from Schwinn, called Cream. The men’s version is called Coffee. The style is a throw back to the vintage Schwinns I love so much and they are only available in bike shops (not big box stores). The price point was perfect for me, under $500.
So after a lot of research and about 24 hours of deliberation we decided to get it for my birthday present.
Since I’ve been on a big Joss Whedon this summer (watching Dollhouse, Buffy and Agents of Shield) and she has a big S on her seat I named her Serenity. It’s also how I feel when I’m on a bike.
For my birthday I rode her to the park and we watched Wreck It Ralph with friends.
As I embarked on the quest to acquire a city/commuter/hybrid bike I had a lot of ideas about what I wanted. Step-through, european style, fenders and racks are a must, up-right… a pretty color.
However, after attending the Bikes, Brauts and Beers event at Mulvaney’s on Tuesday and chatting with a couple very knowledgeable bike friends I realized how little I really know about attaining a good bike.
On the ride home my friend Brian let me right his beautiful, custom-built, commuter bike – just to see what a good bike could do.
It felt like flying. Getting up to speed after a stop was effortless and my legs extended just the right amount when pedaling.
Brian explained he found an older road bike frame and built it up from there, after all was said and done the bike cost around $3,000 – and that’s how I felt riding it… no, I felt better than $3k… it was more like a million bucks!
Here we are, nearing the end of Bike Month and apart from a few short weekend rides and one ride to work, I barely rode at all!
I’m very disappointed in myself.
I fully intended to ride more, but the one time last week I tried bike to work the wind was unbearable and my back tire was doing something funky. I’m thinking about breaking down and buying a lighter, new, city bike. Maybe a Public Bike or the Giant Via. We’ll see. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
So, alas – this Bike month was an epic failure for Velodious.
Just because May is bike month doesn’t mean we can keep biking all summer. And just because I basically failed at biking this month doesn’t mean I can’t join my fellow bike-fans at Mulvaney’s for a celebration of Bikes, Brats and Beer.
Here’s the facebook event description: Come Celebrate another successful Bike Month this Tuesday. Free bike tune ups & helmet fitting, $2 pints of New Helvetia beer and $4 brats from the sausage shack. And learn about the “Gear Up” bike ride that Mssr. Schenirer and Cabaldon are organizing. 40 Mile fun ride down the Delta to benefit kids on both sides of the river.
It is May first, which marks the start of a month long celebration of two-wheeled-man-powered-transportation! I must admit I’ve yet to bike to work, the wind warnings and after work activities have kept my in my car this week. My hope is to be able to bike out Friday. However, that shouldn’t stop any of you from enjoying the many wonderful bike events taking place around our great city this month.
Here’s the official round up of stats, bike friendly business and events from the Midtown Business Association!
The Midtown Business Association (MBA) kicked off “May is Bike Month” by announcing Midtown as the region’s first Bicycle-Friendly Business District with many businesses hosting events or providing discounts to customers who bicycle in.
“As a long-time bike rider, I’m proud to serve as Co-Chair for this year’s May is Bike Month,” said Elizabeth Studebaker, executive director of the MBA. “Midtown is known for being bike-friendly, and studies show that a community’s walkability and bikeability contribute to a high quality of life. I hope everyone will use the month of May as an opportunity to hop on a bike and enjoy the wonderful Sacramento weather.”
Now in its eighth year, May is Bike Month is a regional campaign to promote cycling, as well as provide resources and support to the biking community. Residents can pledge miles, view participating businesses and utilize a bicycle trip planner at MayIsBikeMonth.com. Coordinated by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and the region’s transportation management organizations, this year’s regional goal is to log two million miles.
Today bicycling manufacturing is a $6 billion national industry, but the economic benefits associated with riding extend far beyond that number. (Advocacy Advance)
The nation’s 60 million annual recreational bicyclists spend $46.9 billion on meals, transportation, lodging, gifts and entertainment.
One study estimates that the spillover effects of all bicycling-related activities could be as large as $133 billion, supporting 1.1 million jobs and generating $17.7 billion in federal, state, and local taxes.
The average commuter saves $10 each day by commuting round trip on a bike versus driving. (PeopleForBikes.org)
Three hours of riding/week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent. (PeopleForBikes.org)
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, transportation is the leading source (approximately 30 percent) of climate pollution. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), short trips (under three miles, which is a 15-20 minute bike ride) represent nearly half of all trips, but cars are the dominant mode of travel. If we decrease the amount of time spent in our cars, we will reduce traffic congestion and improve our air.
Once again the Sacramento Valley is teaming with exciting cycling activities to partake in.
So let’s get to it!
April 28th, Sutter’s Landing Beach, 1 p.m. – Sunday Bike and Pizza Worship
This Sunday enjoy a leisurely ride along the river, Starting at Sutter’s Landing beach, the Sunday Bike and Pizza Worship starts rolling at 1 p.m. There will be kayaks on bike and then I’m assuming in the water. Their event page doesn’t have much of an explanation of this event, but it still looks like tons of fun. Check out this awesome bike trailer set-up for the kayaks!
On Saturday, May 4th we have two history themed bike rides, both starting at the Old City Cemetery.
Sacramentans have always worked AND played hard. They enjoyed the great outdoors, boxed, played ball, and raced every vehicle and animal you can imagine. Bike valet service provided by SABA. Meetup for the Jane’s ride and hear about the Capitol City Wheelman and their efforts to build usable roads. Baseball historian and author of Gold On the Diamond: Sacramento’s Great Baseball Players 1886 to 1976, Alan O’Connor, will be at the event and you can pick up his book at Time Tested Books.
“SOCA President William Burg leads a group bike ride along several of Sacramento’s vanished streetcar routes, starting from the Old City Cemetery main entrance. We will ride through Southside Park, Richmond Grove, Poverty Ridge and Newton Booth, with a stop at Temple Coffee and Revolution Wines for a quick beverage. Then we’ll bike north into Midtown, ending Downtown at 10th & K Street for lunch at Pizza Rock or your downtown destination of choice. (read more)“
I’ve done a history with Mr. Burg and it was fascinating!