Critical Lass June 2013 ride report

Critical Lass June 2013 ride report

Thanks to all who came out, despite the drizzle, for yesterday’s Critical Lass ride! Here are a few candid shots I took at the beginning of the ride. Sorry, no group photos this time. My husband was out of town, so we chose a short, level route in the neighborhoods surrounding the university – then cut it even shorter when my littlest on his single-speed kid bike had clearly had enough. Oh, parenting. At least my eldest was a trooper….

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Planning our first Edmonton Kidical Mass

Planning our first Edmonton Kidical Mass

We’ve been talking among our circle about organizing a Kidical Mass ride in Edmonton for ages now, and decided that this is the year it’s going to happen! Our planning team includes me and Angel, and our friends Karen (who might not be able to come to this one since she’ll be caring for a newborn, but will be a regular in the future) and Erin (who has just moved here, and was an enthusiastic participant at Victoria’s Kidical Mass events). Kidical…

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Bikeology Festival!

Bikeology Festival!

Passing on an announcement from the fabulous organizers of Edmonton’s bike month: Bikeology Festival – June 1-30 Bikeology is a mobile festival for the bike-curious and the seasoned rider. During June you can go to any number of cycling events, at various locations throughout the city.  We welcome, encourage, nurture and celebrate cyclists with a regular menu of our own themed events, AND we support a growing number of unique and eclectic, one-off, cycle-oriented happenings all month long. The options are endless,…

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Meet Remy (a mid-1980s Vietnamese Miyata commuter bicycle)

Meet Remy (a mid-1980s Vietnamese Miyata commuter bicycle)

Look what we picked up via Kijiji: The previous owners brought it home from their travels in Vietnam. It’s a single-speed steel-frame Miyata Remy with a Thai Binh headbadge and lots of parts stamped made-in-Japan. There’s a frame lock (with key!), a kickstand, front basket, rear rack, a National (Made In Japan) bottle generator headlamp on a braze-on, a Karasawa drum brake, and 26-inch wheels. The frame is enough shorter than the standard North American bike that the previous owners…

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Spring At Last: April and May in Edmonton

Spring At Last: April and May in Edmonton

  During April, I spent a lot of time supervising my 7- and 9-year-olds as they rode up and down our cul-de-sac getting used to their new-to-them bikes from local not-quite-little bike shop United Cycle (they had both outgrown their previous rides). Dom (above) has a Norco ZX-80 steel-frame mountain bike. It has 20-inch wheels, a hand brake, and a rear coaster brake. Audrey (below) has a Norco Groove with 24-inch wheels,  an 18-speed derailleur setup with twist shifters, and hand…

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Critical Lass video shoot

Critical Lass video shoot

We had a gorgeous, windy night for our Make Something Edmonton video shoot on Wednesday night, and a fabulous group of seven riders (and an enthusiastic passenger). Yvonne, Aaron, and their assistant made the process so fun and painless, and everyone enjoyed themselves thoroughly. The video will be out sometime in June. We met at the SitNChill bench at the south end of High Level Bridge, rode across the west side of the bridge (and really struggled a little with…

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Critical Lass: Cyclofemme and ride announcements

Critical Lass: Cyclofemme and ride announcements

On Sunday, May 12th, we rode together: Well, to be more accurate, they rode. I am recovering from a miserable virus that’s left my lungs achy and my throat raw, and my kids and husband are ill too. So, I only met the group at Bike Bottleneck to hand out the Cyclofemme tattoos and snap this photo. Karen is 8 months pregnant, and a total badass. Erin is riding a sweet Extracycle conversion with front and rear seats for her…

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Test Ride: the Bobbin Shopper

Test Ride: the Bobbin Shopper

Yesterday I was lucky to be able to try the new Bobbin Shopper, thanks to my favorite LBS RedBike. I rode it around for about 20 minutes in the neighborhood around the U of A, and stopped on the path on Saskatchewan Drive for some quick iPhonography. You should also check out the more detailed review by Lovely Bicycle! – but I thought I’d share my observations. It’s fun to ride! A comparison with a Raleigh Twenty is inescapable, because…

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Bike Seats for Bigger Kids, part 3: the Bobike Junior+

Bike Seats for Bigger Kids, part 3: the Bobike Junior+

Trudy, a 1972 Raleigh-built Phillips 3-speed, as found. For the last two years, we have been using a Bobike Junior+ child seat on the back of Trudy (a ’72 Phillips 3-speed) to carry my son Dominic on longer rides. It has worked wonderfully for us, allowed us to take longer rides we otherwise wouldn’t have been able to do, and Dom (ages 5 to 7) has been thrilled with it, but we don’t have many photos of it in use…

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Our ‘best-of’ list: most viewed and most commented posts of the last 4 years

Our ‘best-of’ list: most viewed and most commented posts of the last 4 years

Before we shut down the old website, I thought I’d take a look at the stats and list our most popular and most commented-on posts. We averaged between 2500 and 5000 pageviews per month, depending on what we’d written about, and had a total of over 108K views between Oct 2009 and March 2013 , with the majority of views from the major English-speaking countries (no surprise) plus Germany, Russia, France, and the Netherlands.  That blows my mind, considering we…

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