Life on Two Wheels: Revisited

Josie Smith, writer of the Life on Two Wheels blog, first interviewed me in May of 2015 about my reasons for riding, my personal inspiration and my thoughts on women’s cycling in Los Angeles and in general terms. So much has changed since then (SO MUCH!) and I was glad she came back around to do an update interview. Many of my thoughts have changed, really become more personal because of injuries and health related to cycling, so I had a different view on how I find my inspiration and motivation nowadays.

I’ve been struggling with how to talk about my struggles. At first, I didn’t want to depress other cyclists by discussing the darker side of our sport – the crashes, the injuries, the traumas – but now I realize that it’s good to share, both for me and for a reader who shares my feelings. I’ll try to cover an abbreviated version of what’s happened since I last checked in on the website and dive further in depth on the aspects that can be more relatable.

But I am still biking! And I still believe that biking has given me more than it has taken away. We do know that biking can be dangerous, but it can still be rewarding and give life great meaning and hope.

With that said, you can read the entire Revisited interview here to get an idea of what has been going on the past year.



How Does That Happen?

How does time fly by THAT quickly? I know we all say that, but really, it’s already going to be 2016 in a few weeks. I haven’t updated the blog since 2014. I suppose that’s how blogs roll, though.

We only had a few #bikebrunchLA brunches this year. It was a combination of volunteering lots at the Bicycle Kitchen, growing S.W.A.T and leading weekly rides, and changing jobs and starting a beautiful new relationship. These things + sleep = a whole year flown by.

I’ll post a quick recap of our 2015 brunches and the routes we took. We ventured far this year and found new brunchers to join us on the ride. I am almost unable to come up with more brunch locations and longer rides to get there because you all have gotten so strong! Ideas and suggestions are very. very welcome.

Here’s to a new year of #bikebrunchLA and to more riding and learning!

W/T/F Bike Brunch LA Gets Cozy By The Fireside

We’ll be fireside on the patio of a great Los Feliz restaurant for our final bike brunch of 2014. It’s been running for a little over a year now and this is a terrific send-off to the year and kick-off to a bigger and better and brunchier year to come!

You can check out the MessHall brunch menu here. We’ll be meeting at the Silver Lake Triangle at 10:00am and riding by 10:30am. The Triangle is where Griffith Park Blvd meets Sunset Blvd in Sunset Junction. Bring your lock! We’ll be bike parking around the perimeter of the restaurant on Vermont and Los Feliz. We should be at the restaurant by 11:00am/11:15am in case you need to meet us there.

Sunday December 14 – see you then!

A little coverage on #bikebrunchLA

It’s nice to see the news has spread and women are positive about the events! A few mentions here or there to note:

Amazon on a Bicycle noted us as a Women’s Cycling Resource!

Josie from Life on Two Wheels interviewed me so I had a great chance to mention Bike Brunch!

Nona from Birdwheel made it to the very first brunch and was excited to see it happen in LA!

Here’s to bigger and better brunching in LA in 2015 🙂

Bike Bits for Sale!



I’m making room for 2 humans, 2 felines, and 6 bikes soon (where is that apartment??) and am letting go of some great bike products and parts that you might want. Priced to go, and hopefully to homes that will love them as dearly as I have. Pictures and info below. Email brakingthelimits(at)gmail(dot)com for details and purchase. As soon as it’s purchased, it comes down from the site. I hope you enjoy!

UPDATE as of 9/25/14 – There will be two GREAT bikes getting posted soon!

UPDATE as of 9/29/14 – BIKES FOR SALE! 🙂 (Lord help me, my pictures do nothing justice)

UPDATE as of 11/7/14 – Bikes still available. Wheels and track bike are newly added!

UPDATE as of 11/13/14 – Fuji track bike is sold 😦

UPDATE as of 12/11/14 – Everything is SOLD. Thank you!



Timbuk2 Bullit Pannier SOLD
Blue & Black
Condition: Excellent (all I ever did was carry this bag by hand to the school library actually)
Where you can find it for more details:
Price: $30



Linus “The Sac” Pannier  SOLD
Blue & Yellow
 Condition: Good (the yellow bottom is a bit dirty on the corners but can be washed_
Info here:
Good review here:
Price: $20 (strap included)



Giant handlebars NOT AVAILABLE
Narrow size for women – about a 38 width
Clamping size – 31.8
 From a brand new Giant bike I just acquired. Took them off for wider bars because of cyclocross. These bars are so light and perfect for us with smaller frame bodies.
Price: $15



XS-size cycling gloves SOLD
Never been touched
They fit a small hand like mine, but I already 5 pairs (eek!)
Price: $10



Fulcrum RED WIND clincher wheelset – $800 SOLD

Fulcrum website (newer wheel displayed but same specs):

Carbon wheels with aluminum brake surface, complete with Shimano Ultegra 10-speed cassette that I added on. Raced these wheels under 10 times in my infamous race career. Vittoria Open Corsa tires. The package comes with the wheel bags and a spare Fulcrum freehub for your own cassette. I bought these in 2012 and since they were one of the expensive wheels I have ever bought you better believe I treated these things like gold.  Ask me anything. Specs are not worth repeating since the website above really nails it, ya know? I’m not a specs gal, I’m a spokes gal. GET IT?

B I K E S !

2012 Giant TCX  W – $900 (Full price is $1,950) SOLD

Original link here

Story: I got hit by a car. I became afraid of cars. I decided to try cyclocross to get my confidence, strength, and smile back. Strength yes, but I have to face that I don’t quite get the hang of riding off-road. And I miss the road, a lot. So I want to buy a Giant road bike. Why? Cause Giant is awesome! But that means I need to sell this bike. I bought it in excellent condition from a friend who works at Giant in Ventura, and I am selling in excellent condition, with even better parts. Race ready, fun ready.

Deets: It’s an XS. I’m 5’4″ and it was purrrfect. The original parts are SRAM rival groupset, Kenda 700×32 tires, 36/48 chainrings, and a Giant Connect stem. I added a bigger SRAM cassette for easier climbing (from a 28 to a 32), 44 handlebars but am selling the original 38 handlebars with it, and upgraded you to TRP CX8.4 mini-v brakes (awesome!!!). Because of the bigger cassette, I upgraded to the SRAM Apex derailleur to shift smoothly. I can throw in my Crank Bros Candy pedals to sweeten the deal. And you can keep the Profile Design water bottle cage, though if you’re going to race you won’t need it.


1984  Peugeot Chambord Women’s Mixte – $500 NOT AVAILABLE

Pretty neat Peugeot verification here

Details: I bought this stunning beauty 2 years ago off craigslist. Guy kinda knew what he had but didn’t have the energy or patience to restore it. I DID. I removed every part and scrubbed it with a toothbrush to restore sheen, remove and stop rust, remove dirt and make it all pretty and working again. Original everything, except Bontrager tires, special edition (!!!) purple Brooks Colt saddle to match the Brooks purple leather bar tape on the original handlebars. Original fenders, brakes, kickstand and rack. Well, the rack is original to me when I bought it but maybe not the actual bike. Paint all original and rusting should have stopped because of my care. I upgraded the brake levers to Velo Orange, the amazeballs silver cable housing from Velo Orange, and the sweet ass pedals, also from Velo Orange. You want that rear bike light? It’s yours! The bell and drink holder not included. I also upgraded you to a bar end shifter. Oooh baby. I worked on this bad boy for 6 months to get it to the awesomeness that it is. It does break my heart to sell it, but that effing car that hit me left me a snapped road bike that is a level more important than riding this beauty to get groceries. So you benefit. And boy do you!


2012 Fuji Classic track bike – $300

Read more specs here:

49cm frame in great shape. Upgraded to Origin8 48 chainring, Deda Pista 40 width track drops, Cannondale 110 stem, Mavic Ellipses wheels, and an amazing Fizik Vesta saddle that is worth a lot and in amazing shape (hardly ridden at all!). Front and rear brakes available, with levers. Sweet ass pedals not included.


W/T/F Bike Brunch + Cycling Clothing Swap

Do you have cycling jerseys piling up in your drawers? Are you thinking about trying out a cycling clothing brand but don’t know how their sizing really fits? Have you been pedaling lots lately and a jersey is too big now? Buy something online and it’s not quite right? Bring it to the clothing swap!

For August, we’ll be having brunch at my house and while we eat we can shop each others’ cycling clothes. A clothing swap has no rules except to give a good item of clothing a second life for free. We’ll set up some racks for jerseys, socks, arm warmers, old (but in good condition) helmets, and anything else cycling related (parts, caps, products) that you feel needs a good home with a fellow rider. If you have brand new or vintage pieces to sell, I can make a separate section for it.

For food, I’ll have most provided, but if you’d like to bring a special dish or a beverage to share, please do. No ride planned for this month, but I encourage carpooling or bike train-ing here. Plenty of safe bike parking at the house.

10:00AM – 2:00PM
Email to RSVP for location details


July 2014 photo-4

I love bikes. And I love racing bikes. I’m not necessarily good at it, but that’s why I enjoy watching those who are!

I got into road and crit racing last year. When I did, I really, really got into it. It brought me to challenge myself physically and mentally, more than I ever knew was capable. To educate myself on racing – technique, tips, strategy – I started following women’s professional racing.

I was dumbstruck at the inequity between genders in the sport. Here are bright, natural talents who put heart into racing for the pure love of it yet they rarely get compensated or reach households who are interested in watching. Then I looked around at my local races here in SoCal. The disparity is evident here, too.

This year alone, we’re making strides both locally and internationally on respecting and growing women’s cycling. On this podcast we’ll talk about the landmark decision to bring women’s racing back to Le Tour de France (yes, a return!), local race series Wolfpack Hustle’s influence on women’s racing, major players drawing media attention to the sport’s inequity, and muse about why more women aren’t racing.

And the most exciting part is getting to answer your questions and discuss your topics. Tweet me using #womentalkbikes to @brakingthelimit or comment below before June 29 to be a part of the conversation!