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March W/T/F Bike Brunch

Sunday, March 23rd @ 10:30am to Gjelina Take Away

Meet: 10am / Ride: 10:30am

Planned by the awesome Brianna, from The Sister Sledge blog:

In the spirit of Crash Marathon we will be riding from the East Side to the West Side for brunch. This is not for the faint of heart, but you will work up an appetite. The ride is approximately 15 miles one way.

We’ll be meeting the The Bicycle Kitchen/La Bicicocina in East Hollywood. They run a really great night on Mondays for Women/Trans/Femme only, creating a safe space for us to learn how to fix our bikes and swap knowledge. Check it out some Monday if you can.

Our route will take us through Hollywood along Fountain, through West Hollywood, the residential part of Beverly Hills and then down along the Ballona Creek Bike Path. We plan to stop by Menotti’s for a cup o’ joe, since it is a fellow cyclist’s new shop, on our way to Gjelina.

If anyone would like to volunteer to meet us at Gjelina with a vehicle that has a bike rack for those who would like to do half of the ride please send an email to the address below. You can also catch the Gold Line from Culver City, if you would prefer to digest brunch on a mode of transportation other than your bicycle.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP TO: brakingthelimits@gmail.com so we can make a reservation in advance!
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#WOMENTALKBIKES

This month, Bike Talk, a KPFK and KillRadio.org podcast, hosted 9 amazing women to discuss women and biking. I was thrilled and honored to be included in this podcast. We discussed issues from safety to cat-calling and everything in between. The group consisted of ride leaders, social justice leaders, and community leaders – read everyone’s short bio on the website. I feel each of these women is forging a new LA that is equal, fair, safe and enjoyed by bicycle.

Give a listen to the podcast here. It’s not long but it’s well worth it.

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January W/T/F Bike Brunch LA

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We’re setting the tone for another year of pedaling ahead of us with our first bike brunch of the month. This month we’re going to ride over to Auntie Em’s Kitchen in Eagle Rock for some (almost) home-cooked comfort food. Don’t be afraid of the yummy calories we’ll consume, you’ve got a whole year of fun rides ahead of you!

This time we’ll be meeting the The Bicycle Kitchen/La Bicicocina in East Hollywood. They run a really great night on Mondays for Women/Trans/Femme only, creating a safe space for us to learn how to fix our bikes and swap knowledge. Check it out some Monday if you can. Our route will take us through Atwater Village into Eagle Rock, showing off the new bike lanes on Glendale Blvd.

Also want to give credit to Brianna, new bruncher and new Angeleno, for helping to jumpstart the energy and planning for this year’s W/T/F Bike Brunch. She’s a behind-the-scenes gem of a friend who should be recognized for her efforts. You can get to know her better through her website The Sister Sledge or meet her on January 26th.

Email me to RSVP – brakingthelimits(at)gmail(dot)com!

Extra special thanks to Nicole for creating the artwork. Check her out at Taliisman.

Extra special thanks to Nicole for creating the artwork. Check her out at Taliisman.

W/T/F Bike-In Movie Night co-hosted with Bicycle Bitchen

For the start of fall (end of fall?), let’s celebrate female power in biking with a tribute of movies on the big screen. OK, big wall. The Bicycle Kitchen’s Bicycle Bitchen night is co-hosting with me a bike-in movie night showcasing 4 shorts and films featuring female power!

November 16 starting at 5:30PM at the Bicycle Kitchen, 4429 Fountain Ave at Virgil Ave.

Let’s make it a sweets and treats POTLUCK! We’ll have popcorn and spiced apple punch (spiked perhaps?). Bring your blankets and chairs. Plenty of bike parking.

MOVIE LINEUP:

Bike love, the story about a girl and her love for her bike. Shot around Los Angeles and featuring an active member of the Angelopes and MR. Directed by Rick Darge.

Georgena Terry: The Movie
Amanda Zackem’s documentary about Terry, the woman who founded Terry bicycles and revolutionized the women’s biking industry by creating a frame specific to a woman’s body.

Brokeback Mountain Bikes
Starring Glenys del Marvellous and Jacqui Twister this is the story of two cowgirls who ride their folding bikes through the wild west and fall into the naughty tent, boots and all!

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2010934/

Racing Is Life: The Beryl Burton Story
For those that have heard the name but know very little about Beryl Burton, Beryl was a no nonsense Yorkshire tomboy who won the RTTC Best All Rounder 25 years in a row from 1959 until 1983. She was 7 times world champion in the 3,000 metre pursuit and on the road – all while being a mother and holding down jobs on fruit farms in West Yorkshire.

June Bike Brunch

It’s back after a hiatus! Happy to welcome summer to LA and what spells summer better than a PICNIC! I’ll be teaching a workshop on the morning of June 29 with the Dorothy Wong at Red5 Yellow7 that is called How To Bike in LA Traffic: Street Riding. You can RSVP at the Facebook page here. It’s part of a 2-workshop series on the topic. So join the classroom discussion event on the Thursday before. Red5 Yellow7 is an art space connected to the Orange 20 bike shop in East Hollywood and run by Nona Varnado, writer of the The Bird Wheel blog.

anyWAY, we’ll be starting the short bike ride to the picnic from the Red5 Yellow7/Orange 20 corner on Heliotrope and Melrose, one block west of Vermont. We’ll depart at 12:00pm and head on a simple 5-mile route to the Silver Lake Meadow, the newly created lawn connected to the Silver Lake Reservoir. Closest to the end of the meadow, heading north up Silver Lake Blvd and toward the corner of Armstrong and Silver Lake Blvd, will be a tall blue beach umbrella set up. That marks our spot. I’ll be bringing mimosas, pastries and sweets. Please bring whatever you’d like! I’ll have cups, silverware and plates for us too. It should be a beautiful afternoon!

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March Bike Brunch!

This year is already flying by us! Spring is in the air all over this fine city. I sure hope that March doesn’t bring any lion-like rain on a normally lamb-like Sunday. That lamb-like Sunday being March 24th of course, the date for the next W/T/F Bike Brunch.

In honor of the old CicLAvia route downtown, heck just in honor of yummy food, let’s pedal our way down to Mercado La Paloma. If you’ve never heard of the space, it’s a converted garment factory-cum-gathering space. Several restaurants have stalls located within and there are neat little shops, too. You may be familiar with Jonathan Gold’s ravings over Ricardo Zapate and Mo-Chica Restaurant perhaps? Well, Zapate began with a stall in Mercado and still keeps it running. Yeah, now we’re on to something. GOOD FOOD!

There is something for everyone at Mercado, and it’s a bit more lunch-y than brunch-y so we’re starting the ride at 10:30am instead of the usual 10am. So maybe have a snack before you hop on your bike. But the ride will be fun, easy route through Silver Lake into downtown, along the tall sparkling buildings and by the parks. The meetup spot is the Sunset Triangle Plaza on Sunset at the end of Griffith Park Blvd. It’s the new (and green!) pedestrian plaza/parklet where the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market is held. Email me to RSVP – brakingthelimits(at)gmail(dot)com!

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Brunching in Burbank Along the Sunny River Path

Eat your heart out, east coast. Today we enjoyed a 70 degree sunny, clear blue sky as we rode a few miles along the LA River Path into Burbank for brunch. We followed the beginnings of a network of bike lanes and sharrows in Burbank to our restaurant, Sweetsalt Foods, on Riverside Drive. It was about an 18-mile ride round trip. Burbank has recently approved both a bicycle master plan and a city general plan (for development and growth) and will soon be seeing better alternative transportation infrastructure that will make riding there even better. Might today’s group also suggest to the city smoother roadways and improved road conditions? Somewhere along those roads I hit a bump that gave me a snake bite (punctured tube from it pinching the two sides of the rim inside the tire). Not fun to walk out of the restaurant to, but luckily last December’s bike workshop brushed me up on my flat tire skills!

On the path heading north to Burbank from Atwater Village.

On the path heading north to Burbank from Atwater Village.

February Bike Brunch group

Flat tires are never convenient but easily (and quickly) can be changed to get back on the road.

Flat tires are never convenient but easily (and quickly) can be changed to get back on the road.

 

Guest Post: Suzanne from La Bella Preme Cycling Event

This June, women from all over the region are taking part in Le Bella Preme cycling challenge, a ride of with three distances for riders of any skill. I first met Raelynn at the Women’s Bike Summit in Long Beach last year and believe in her spirit to get any and every woman on a bike and feeling confidant and empowered for it. Today’s guest post is from Suzanne M., a fundraiser and participant for La Bella Preme. If you decide to join the challenge, come find me there!

JOIN ME (AND MY NEW BIKE) FOR LA BELLA PREME!

I just registered for a cycling event. More specifically, I just registered for La Bella Preme Women’s Cycling Challenge. Here’s the thing though: I don’t own a bike. I know how to ride one, I just don’t own one. And even though I’ve run several marathons over the last few years, this will be my very first cycling event. Ever. But that’s okay at La Bella Preme.

On June 1, 2013, women of all cycling abilities will toe the starting line together at La Bella Preme’s inaugural event in Malibu, California. (Do cyclists even say “Toe the starting line” or do they say “Wheel the starting line”? I guess I’ll find out when I become a cyclist). La Bella Preme was designed for women cyclists, by women cyclists, and welcomes beginners and pros alike.

Riding right alongside me at La Bella Preme will be Sue Fish, a pioneering female motocross racer and cyclist who was recently inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.  With a nickname like “The Flying Fish”, Sue is not someone I would typically have any business riding against. But that’s the thing at La Bella Preme – I’m not riding against Sue, I’m riding with Sue. In addition to challenges that level the playing field and give me a flying chance to beat the Flying Fish, cycling professionals like Sue and her B4T9 Women’s Cycling teammates, Jill Gass and RaeLynn Milley, will be on hand to mentor novice riders like me.

As if that wasn’t enough to convince me to register, the event starts and ends at Triunfu Creek Vineyards in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains. Instead of eating stale bagels and washing them down with tiny cups of sports drink while being rushed out of the post-race area as I’ve experienced at countless marathons, we will celebrate and be celebrated after a long day of riding at La Bella Preme.  We will change into clean clothes and relax in real chairs while enjoying good food, fine wine and the company of new friends.

So how did a non-cyclist like me (or rather a “soon-to-be cyclist” like me) hear about La Bella Preme? I heard about it at work. It’s an Event 360 produced event and we are partnering with local non-profits. La Bella Preme participants have the opportunity to fundraise on behalf of I Am That Girl, Little Bellas and Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County; three organizations that are making a difference in the lives of young girls across the country and around the world.

Now you’re probably starting to understand why I signed up for La Bella Preme without even thinking about the fact that I don’t own a bike. Making new friends, making a difference, getting some exercise and following all of that up with good food, fine wine and camaraderie sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday (or, really, any day). You, too, can register by clicking here. My new bike and I will see you in Malibu on June 1, 2013. .

Suzanne Mooney is a Fundraising Consultant at Event 360. Please send her a note at smooney@event360.com.

Suzanne M.

A few months ago I wasn’t a cyclist, but I am now. I bought my first road bike on Friday, January 18, 2013, and I can’t wait to participate in La Bella Preme Women’s Cycling Challenge. I’ve been a runner for years but when I attended Interbike in September, I met some incredible women and found myself becoming increasingly interested in cycling. Now I have a bike, I’m a cyclist and I’m excited about participating in my first event.