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Link Love

CycleStuff, Father Christmas Doesn’t Do Drops. A father-daughter chat on a bike ride.
Self-Deprecation and the Female Cyclist. Machines for Freedom writes about why women cyclists put themselves down and how it can affect their riding.
Ironjen and Muskrat, Our Walk in the Woods. A formerly D.C.-based couple who also ride bikes are tackling the Appalachian Trail this year. They just made it through Georgia.

Shadow heart and Quickbeam

Do What You Love? Urban Adventure League considers the way his work at a hostel in Portland has changed over the years in light of the emergence of alternate forms of lodging, and ponders what’s next.
Semi-Rad shares 11 Truths About Riding Bicycles.
Ghost Bikes. Mashable remembers riders we’ve lost.

Link Love

The Written Ride, Voices In My Head. “In fact, there is a constant stream of little, flitting thoughts running through my head that really don’t amount to much at the end of the day. It is kind of like a dream state where the mind runs free and is not held accountable for its thoughts. Honestly, it is one of the great things about cycling.”
ARTCRANK @ Antennae. “Charles Youel, creator of ARTCRANK, recently came to Antenna to talk about his wildly successful poster show about bicycles.”
Tin Lizzie Rides Again, Into the Woods. “The implications of children not knowing the outdoors are well documented; you only need to spend a bit of time on the Children & Nature website to see some proof. But beyond the individual development of nature play, there is a greater concern that children who have no connection to nature will grow into adults who see no value in national parks, state parks and local green space.”
The Bicycle Story, Lauren Trout: The One Woman Show at Saila Bicycles. “There’s something appropriate about a relatively unknown frame builder working under the name Saila (that’s alias spelled backwards). But though she’s not a household name, Lauren Trout’s got nearly a decade of experience under her belt building some of the world’s nicest titanium bikes.”
Stoychev Randonneuring, 2015 Fleche Report. Team “Not Lost Yet.” “I then heard a strange clicking noise. As if something was rubbing against the fender. Before you know it, I heard a loud bang. Flat tire 5 miles into my 240 mile ride!”

Link Love

I used to do a “Link Love” every so often. This feature is simply sharing some of the posts or articles I’ve recently read that I think might be enjoyed by Chasing Mailboxes readers.

Today I brought Link Love back with the gems that follow:

Endless Velo Love, Transportative Bicycle. “Bicycles are an interesting machine. They have the power to transport physically, emotionally and mentally. Such simple contraptions, yet if open to the experiences, utilizing one regularly can provide an overall sense of well-being.”
Tales From the Sharrows, Rides 4/6 mice. “At the cost of ten minutes (no cost, really) I went out of the way to see things I wouldn’t normally see and at the cost of ten minutes later in the day, I went back, but a different way still. Because I could. Bicycle commuting makes things possible.”
Bike Like Crazy, Not Without a Fight. “Winter, though, never surrenders. Today it summoned all the strength it could to cover the countryside in snow, knowing that the effort is in vain.”

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Friday Link Love: Long Ride Edition

Happy Friday, everyone. We’ve made it through another week. Go team.

It’s been quite a while since I did a Friday Link Love post, but this week I’m bringing it back. Without further ado, here are some of the good things I’ve been reading of late.

Tour Divide

While I can never imagine riding the Tour Divide, I have a fascination with the event. This year, two riders who previously completed the Tour Divide on single bikes endeavored it on a tandem. Caroline, the stoker, wrote a fantastic post about what riding the Divide is like on a tandem. See it here on kurt’s going nuts…

In addition, the first female finisher and new female record holder of the Tour Divide, Eszter Horanyi, wrote about the gear she used for the adventure. Eszter’s writeup is on Gooney Riders.

‘Tis the 1200K Season

It may not be a PBP year, but randonneurs are still out riding 1200Ks and some are even sharing the tales of their journeys.

Shenandoah 1200K: Wisconsin randonneur Dan D. headed out east earlier this year for the Shenandoah 1200K. Being that the Shenandoah 1200 happens so close to home, I read his report with interest. Read all about the ride on his blog, Dan’s Rando Adventures.

Cascade 1200K: The Road Pixie, who I met last year at PBP and I believe calls Minnesota home, returned to Washington state to take on the always challenging Cascade 1200K. This year’s edition involved rain and cool temps and some personal issues with asthma, but the Road Pixie persevered through it all. Find her story on her Road Pixie blog.

Colorado High Country 1200K: Dave C., of Massachusetts, traveled out to Louisville, Colorado, with hopes of completing his first 1200K. He gives a full account of the Colorado High Country 1200K, as well as the highs and lows of a multi-day randonneuring event on his blog, Velocio.

That wraps up this weekend’s recommendations. I guarantee you will read a post or two and then be gripped by a desire to run out the door and hop on your bike. Enjoy!

Link Love Monday: Spring has Sprung Edition

Hope you escaped outdoors to enjoy some of the amazing weekend weather. Yowza! Welcome Spring!

Felkerino amid the Cherry Blossoms on Hains Point

I’ve been doing a little blog catch-up reading and found some good things to share. I couldn’t wait until Friday so they’re going up today. Please enjoy.

  • Biking in Heels, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, just happened to be walking by as Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington was getting under way. Perfect timing! This ride starts in Massachusetts and ends in D.C. for the National Bike Summit. Our own #bike DC commuter and Surly Troll owner, Pete Beers (Pedro Gringo), is participating in the ride, and he appears in one of her photos. Like I said, perfect timing!
  • Tales from the Sharrows shared a few ideas about behavior to consider while commuting. I’m on board with all of them, though I’m still mulling over his comment about the overuse of bullet points. What? I love bullet points!
  • Will Bike for Change (or Pie) recently blogged about the failings of Street Smart, a pedestrian and cyclist safety campaign in the D.C. area. Good stuff here.
  • A helpful piece from Commute Orlando about how and where to cycle when trucks are in your midst.
  • Sue Macy, the author of author of Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flats Tires Along the Way), is the keynote speaker at the National Women Cycling Forum in D.C. on March 20. I wish I could attend, but I’m hoping to attend the reception at Busboys and Poets. See you there?
  • Photographer Gregg Bleakney recently had some of his aerial cycling photo work published in Paved magazine. (Some of you might remember Gregg from The Daily Randonneur Randonneur Photo Contest.) Super cool shots.

I don’t know about where you live, but the commutes in the District are a little bananas lately. Breathe deeply, take time to smell the flowers (achoo!), and ride safe!

Link Love: No Time to Waste Edition

Hi, everybody. Great day out there today in D.C. The moon keeps showing its cheery crescent self and the stars peer brightly, even downtown.

Felkerino pedals past the Kennedy Center

Found some good stuff to share with you, too.

  • Check your bone density, but don’t freak out. Randoboy writes about a recent trip to the doctor and the adverse effect endurance cycling can have on bones. He’s still pursuing his bliss, though.
  • More haircuts! Porta-John impressed me with his 11-destinations outing this past weekend. That’s a lot of stops! I was additionally excited to see he a haircut in the mix. And on a sidenote, what is all the fuss about Downton Abbey?
  • Pugsley World Championships. Oh yeah, and guess where they took place? Decorah, Iowa. Photos of the event here.
  • Too hot (or cold) to ride? Capital Bikeshare stats man JDAntos is at it again with another post about CaBi’s usage and its relationship to temperature. Good stuff coming out of this blog, and I don’t just say that because he’s also doing the Utilitaire 12!
  • Day at the museum. Speaking of the Utilitaire 12, shebicycles recently crafted a beautiful post of a recent visit to a museum.
  • A little more history for you. An 1891 love song on the topic of bike racing. Excellent illustrations on the back cover of the piece, too. Thanks to Rambling Rider for finding this one.
  • Cycling and fear. Some good analysis about what keeps people from adopting bikes as a form of transport from Girls and Bicycles.
  • Eyebombing. I thought it was all about yarnbombing these days, but apparently eyebombing is finding a place on the urban landscape, too.

That’s all from Chasing Mailboxes D.C. headquarters. Have a great weekend, all!

Link Love: Another Day in Paradise Edition

What fantastic weather this week. Made for some lovely night riding. The sliver of moon illuminated while you could still see its fullness in shadow, suspended over the Lincoln Memorial on a clear night? Stunning. I only took a photo with my mind cam so you’ll have to trust me on how gorgeous the scene was.

It's really the geese who run this town.

Things worth checking out on the interweb this week:
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Link Love: To Be Inspired Edition

I blinked my eyes and the now the weekend is upon us. I like weeks like that.

Hope all is well with all of you. I’ve been spending some evening hours perusing the utilitaire posts. Thanks to everybody who is taking the time to write up and tweet their trips. They make for such fun reads!

Valentine's Day Card from Satsuma Press

That’s not all I’ve been doing. I read a few other bike-related posts and took in a couple videos I think you’ll like:

  • PBP 2011 Video. For those of you who have not yet seen the official video of Paris-Brest-Paris, campyonly put a copy up on YouTube for your enjoyment.
  • Make your Life Awesome. This post about 100 People Doing Extraordinary Things provided hours of inspired reading. I didn’t see any randonneurs on the list, but it does note some athletic endeavors.
  • Sew Your Own Bike Accessories. 2wheelerme decided she wanted some accessories for her cycling. Rather than purchasing them at a store, she has started sewing hats, caps, and sunglasses cases to use on the bike.
  • Bike- and Pedestrian-Friendly Cities. The Mineta Transportation Institute of San José State University recently issued a study analyzing what cities can do to better integrate bike and pedestrian traffic. Based in part on case studies, interviews, and surveys, you can read the full shebang or choose the summary version.
  • An Alternative to #FridayCoffeeClub. Is #FridayCoffeeClub too early for you? Pedal ‘n Purl is coordinating a couple of evening get togethers for the #bikeDC crowd and wants to know if you can attend.
  • I can do that. Wait. No, I can’t. Mickael Dupont took a vintage step-through bike and turned it into an agile stunt machine. I was especially taken with his forward flips off the bike. I wish I could do that. I would really impress people at my office.

Looking forward to finishing the work week and heading for the country. Hope you can get outside, too. Good weekend, all!