What are you doing this weekend?
I'm heading up to Madison Wisconsin for the millionth annual Bike-O-Rama at the Alliant Energy Center this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. While I will be spending my time demonstrating the oldest bike brand in the world (the one with a very recognizable signature green color), thousands of people will be test riding bikes and shopping for parts, clothing, and accessories.
In addition to great early season deals, attendees will have the chance to meet with representatives from a variety of organizations that can introduce them to some incredible Wisconsin rides going on throughout the cycling season. It's well worth the drive (or a ride on the Megabus) to discover one of the best Midwestern states for bicycling.
If you can't make it to Madison, I highly recommend taking your bike into your favorite local shop for a preseason tune-up. It's going to be sixty degrees all next week - spring might be coming early this year and you'll want your bike ready to go!
This weekend will also be a great time to buy - the bike shops have spent all winter building bikes and stocking shelves with the coolest new products, just waiting for the spring weather to remind you how much you've missed getting outside.
If you're up for it, you might also consider heading to Equinox in Highland Park for Sunday's Sweating for Tiny Hearts indoor cardio fundraiser. Proceeds benefit Saving Tiny Hearts, a 100% volunteer-run non-profit that raises seed money for research into congenital heart disorders for wee ones. If you can't stop in and sweat, consider sponsoring an athlete or making a donation.
As always, our friends at the chainlink offer a calendar of events for city cyclists. This weekend includes tonight's Bike Winter Fashion Show and your choice of a bike tour of Jefferson Park or an opportunity to discuss active transportation with Representative Kelly Cassidy on Saturday.
Now, on to some other interesting stuff;
Take the Thirty Days of Biking Pledge. First of all - relax - you still have 22 days to plan for this. It's pretty self-explanatory. You make a pledge to yourself (and some guys you've never met in Minneapolis) to ride your bike every single day in April. Read their story and see if you're up to the challenge.
Celebrating Amazing Women in Cycling. Yesterday was International Women's Day and the Adventure Cycling Association celebrated with a post about some very remarkable cyclists who also happen to be women.
Here's a reminder of just how far women cyclists have come in the last 117 years... (Thanks for reminding us of this great post, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition)
Copenhagenize.com shares some humorous, thought-provoking cycling videos about our car addiction (even if we can't understand the words, the message is pretty clear). I also found a very funny video parodying the urban bike culture that might serve as a counter to the car addiction videos (counter-counter-culture?). Unfortunately, it's NSFV, so you'll have to visit the blog's Facebook fan page to watch it. While you're there...
Spring is almost here! Keep riding and be safe!
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