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Work2Bike!

Posted: June 2nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Bicycles, Madison, Photography | Comments Off on Work2Bike!

Lovely Susan B. Anthony (1896) quote from the San Francisco Chronicle’s sfgate.com

“I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can’t get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

Madison Bike to Work Week starts June 6th with Ride the Drive 2010 v. 2.0, Some very cool art and music opportunities associated. See their FB event site with one of my photos (*uncreditted* errrhem!) for details.

Key events worth noting:

Thursday, June 10th, 7 – 9 a.m.
Planet Bike’s Bacon on the Bike Path
Join us for famous and free Nueske’s bacon, coffee, bakery & bike repair. Capital City Trail at Broom St.

Thursday, June 10th, 5 – 9 p.m.
Bike Night at Monty’s Blue Plate Diner
Half the parking lot will be transformed into bicycling paradise with free bike checkups by Revolution Cycles, and free tastings from Just Coffee Cooperative and Sassy Cow Creamery. Monty’s will grill burgers and veggie burgers in the lot. 2089 Atwood Avenue.

Friday, June 11th, 4:30 p.m.
Bike-In Party
Join the Bike Fed and Planet Bike in celebrating the end of Bike to Work Week at Tenney Park.

And speaking of bike mechanics, don’t trust yours! Recently published Bike Teching shenanigans make me nervous!

  1. Tie ordinary steel nut to thread. Tape inside friend’s seatpost. Noisy
  2. Cut small slit in friend’s tube. Insert child’s jinglebell, patch up, inflate and replace on bike. Irritating.
  3. Drop ball bearings through pressure holes in friend’s head tube. Mean.
  4. Place unpeeled banana inside friend’s tire, inflate tube around it and replace on bike. Messy
  5. Completely fill friend’s tube with water, replace on bike. Heavy.

PLEASE NOTE: the above list continually refers to “friend.”  None of these tech tips are ever applied to enemies. But I did hear a story once of a bike mechanic that stuffed some tourer asshat’s seat post with rotten cottage cheese and sent them on their merry way. Work2Bike indeed! BWAAA!

On a brighter note, my bike touring last weekend stumbled upon some fabulous Wisconsin roadside architecture in Black River. James Tellen Woodland Sculpture Garden is a Kohler Foundation preservation, a true gem. Find it on purpose, it is worth the effort. Bike wandering is the best! (Whoah! Kohler needs a new photographer. hint!)

I love this husband and wife scene with the drunk, dropped six pack and snigger!

Now, step away from the computer, and go for a bike ride!


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