Bicycle Babe

"It does not matter how slow you go so long as you do not stop." -Wisdom of Confucius

BE BOLD. BE PROUD.

From a Walmart mountain bike, to an All-Pro 3 Speed from the 60s, now Im racing a KHS. Speed, leisure, commuting, and bike love.

Im artistic and sideways and shit xP on Twitpic



thefilthy50:

The second annual Filthy 50 is scheduled for Sunday, October 12th 2014 and we couldn’t be more excited!  Seriously, how could we NOT do this again?  In fact, I NEED to do this again.  After tying up last year’s filthy ends, I began noticing that something in me was lost.  I’m happy to say that I found that something this winter on Minneapolis’ famed Midtown Greenway. As a friend and I rode past one another in the dark on our snowy commutes home, we connected the most solid low five. That low five meant a lot to me, as I immediately associated it with the feeling of greeting each of last year’s riders as they crossed the Filthy 50 finish line. So, what I am saying here is that I need more low fives…from you, yes you.  And since October 12th is a ways off, I might hit you up on tomorrow morning’s snowy commute if we find ourselves riding past one another, so don’t be shy. 

We will be posting more frequent updates in the months to come regarding the opening of registration for The Filthy 50.  We will also be as announcing the details of something we are calling, “This Filthy World”, which is a mini-series of gravel events which will take place on some familiar, and some unfamiliar gravel throughout our great state. 

Last, but certainly not least, thanks to our friend Adam Morgan for joining us last October and filming The Filthy 50 and for putting together the footage and making this amazing video!  Also, thanks to our Canadian friends of The Constantines for the permission to use their song “Draw Us Lines” as the soundtrack for a look back on an incredible day.  Thank you.

Kind Regards, Trenton  

BIKE FRIENDS! COME JOIN ME IN MINNESOTA AND SHRED SOME BEAUTIFUL, DIRTY GRAVEL!!!

I’m perpetually bummed that “feminist killjoy” won’t fit on my knuckles. I would rep that so harrrd.

cyclocosm:

Borut Bozic push gif dump. Pretty sure that little head nod before the Pantani graffiti is him calling for the assist. No problem with that on my end.

(via bicyclesarethebest)

Laura Kling aka Low

One of my favorites and has such a way with words!

A super positive, inspirational, and motivating WTF (women/ trans/ femme) who plays a huge role in the organizing and running of Grease Rag events. 

"I live in Minneapolis, and I ride to work, I ride to play, and I ride my bike everyday that I can. I’ve been attending Grease Rag since July, 2009, and I’m happy to be a part of this positive group of WTF cyclists."

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You take a step out the door into full sunshine without a cloud in the sky, shove some lilacs in your shirt, and the flag is whipping in your favor, so you throw your braid to the side and think to yourself… “I make these padded underpants look good.”

So two weeks later, I’ve finally gathered my thoughts enough to write my recap of my Almanzo experience.

Over the winter the guy I was dating kept talking about wanting to ride Almanzo with me, as well as all of my friends in the bike community talking about the ride and getting ready to send their postcards in January. I had no idea what this ride was or what I’d be getting myself into, but I sent in a postcard anyways, just so I’d have the opportunity. I was on the roster!

-If you don’t know about the Almanzo 100, here are a few links:

So after riding my first century a month prior to Almanzo, despite the things people were saying, I felt pretty confident that I could finish it. 

After having a few problems gripping gravel on my first ride I went out and acquired some gravel tires….that I then procrastinated putting on my bike until the day before Almanzo. And just my luck I didn’t have enough clearance for them. In my head we were thinking the tires I had on my bike were bigger than they were and that the gravel tires would be only a size up. We were wrong. 3 sizes up! So said “Meh I’ll ride my slicks.”

We set out to Spring Valley to camp the night before the race. It was a great night of camping until the sleeping, the temperatures none of us were prepared for, dropping down below/around freezing. It kicked up a bit of my remnant childhood asthma. That made my next day a bit more difficult than it otherwise would have been, but there were other obstacles that effected me more.

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taeblog:

"Horses back!"

Almanzo 100 2014

dirtyspeed:

Riding with the horses at Almanzo 2014. Photo taken by Sveta Kovalchuk

So two weeks later, I’ve finally gathered my thoughts enough to write my recap of my Almanzo experience along with a few other things I’ve been up to. 

Over the winter the guy I was dating kept talking about wanting to ride Almanzo with me, as well as all of my friends in the bike community talking about the ride and getting ready to send their postcards in January. I had no idea what this ride was or what I’d be getting myself into, but I sent in a postcard anyways, just so I’d have the opportunity. I was on the roster!

Months went by and suddenly Almanzo was approaching. I had only ever ridden 80 miles at a time so my friend Bob suggested we do a century on Easter, 1 month before Almanzo. He made the cues and I followed. The night before our century I wasn’t prepared with food, I had no idea where we were going, or what kind of roads/trails we would be taking. I grabbed my KHS that morning and road over to his house very unprepared. 

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Almanzo100

I haven’t posted all too much on here lately, let alone anything personal…

but IM ON IT!

Posts will be up shortly. I’ve spent a lot more time on my bike recently.