Easter weekend bike ride

Easter weekend bike ride

April is a tough month to ride in Edmonton, but I’m going to give 30 Days Of Biking another whirl. Unfortunately right now the roads in my neighborhood look like this: … and the bottom of my driveway looks like this:   …and I don’t have a winter bike yet, and studded tires won’t fit under the fenders of my Raleigh-built 3-speed lovelies. The roads inside my neighborhood will look like this until they melt. Many sidewalks are not much…

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Our new logo

Our new logo

You guys YOU GUYS! I had an idea to get stamps and hand-make a logo for our blog, and when I went on Etsy to look for a loop-frame bicycle stamp, I found this instead: It’s PERFECT. So of course, the idea of making it ourselves made no sense at all anymore. The talented designer who created it is swapping the bubbles for hearts, using a different (less girly) colour combo, and changing the fonts for us. I am so…

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Feminism, Women Only Rides, & Critical Lass

Feminism, Women Only Rides, & Critical Lass

As an organizer of social bike rides for women, I have mixed feelings about the way they are perceived by nonparticipants. I’ve commented on the unhelpfulness of some critiques of cycle chic before, pointing out that the cycle chic movement itself isn’t sexist, so much as that it’s vulnerable to being co-opted by the sexism and commercialism of our society. The latest post from bike blog land that has me thinking about this, is instead critiquing the emphasis on a particular…

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Announcing a few little changes

Announcing a few little changes

As you know, people and blogs change over time. Often, bloggers just stop writing and start a new blog as their interests shift; sometimes their blog grows and changes with them instead. We are aiming for the latter. We’ve always felt that the best way we could make change with this blog was by just documenting our lives. If I can repack a bottom bracket, anyone can (although you might prefer to get someone else to do it for you)….

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Critical Lass Edmonton: October

Critical Lass Edmonton: October

DIY street seating at our rendezvous point. I’m not sure if it’s that October is busy, or that people had forgotten, but our turnout was unusually low today. (Related: anyone know what Facebook did with the thing that lets you send an event reminder email? Is it gone?) Karen and her Linus Dutchie. Love those boots. Turned out I had dressed too warmly, based on the morning’s cooler weather. I also discovered on my ride that Miss Trudy, who I…

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A tale of two street fairs

A tale of two street fairs

Part 1:  San Francisco’s Mission District In May, I went to San Francisco for a business trip. I booked a Sunday morning flight, so that I could have the afternoon free for fun. With great luck, I was able to join Hum of the City and her family to the Mission District Street Fair. We’d only “met” via twitter and blog comments before and it was a delight to meet her in person. Fun fact – we’re both in the…

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Critical Lass Edmonton: Highlands

Critical Lass Edmonton: Highlands

We had a gorgeous day for a ride yesterday, 20-ish and sunny with a crisp breeze.Unfortunately great weather and short notice meant not many people came out. Oh well, their loss! Karen wore a beautiful vintage pencil skirt and a summery shirt from a local boutique.  I wore my new-to-me vintage polka-dot accordion-pleated skirt with sailor stripes, antique bakelite bangles, and a Tibetan beeswax amber necklace. Our route to the Highlands: across High Level Bridge and down the bike path…

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Isaak Kornelsen Deserved Better.

Isaak Kornelsen Deserved Better.

Video from the beautiful Critical Mass memorial Ride For Isaak by Andriko Lozowy, via YouTube. Others have written much more eloquently than I can manage about the tragic, horrifying death of 21-year-old Isaak Kornelsen, who lost his life while cycling on Whyte Avenue in late August, and the infrastructure deficit that put him in danger. I refer you to their posts: Mourning A Fellow Cyclist and Riding For Isaak on Breaking Chains and Taking Lanes (with links to news reports and other blog…

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Critical Lass Edmonton reminder

Critical Lass Edmonton reminder

It’s that time again! We’ll be meeting on Saturday, September 8th, at 1pm at the Bike Bottleneck. This time our destination is the beautiful Highlands neighborhood of Edmonton. The forecast is *gorgeous* (26C and sunny) and our ride will likely take in some of the trails rimming the river valley. If you do Facebook, the event page is at: https://www.facebook.com/events/421383921253166/ and we’re discussing our route options there. Update: We are adding an October CL date! Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 13th….

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My New Neighborhood

My New Neighborhood

As I’ve mentioned before, my past six months have been absorbed with house hunting and moving. Our new neighborhood is next-door to our old one, still in the southwestern suburbs of the city; we wanted to keep the kids in the same school, and we like the area’s New Urbanist plan, which really does work as intended to make the subdivisions more walkable/bikeable (well, when the streets aren’t covered in snow, anyway).  So why move? We needed a floor plan that works better for…

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