Category Archives: Errandonnee

The End of the Errandonnee Era

To quote Bike Like Crazy, it’s the end of the the Errandonnee era– for 2015, that is.

Don’t be too sad, though. Spring is on its way, errands go on, and we’ll be back next year.

Many thanks to all the errandeurs (and errundeur) who inspired me over the last 12 days and brought it all to life.


If you were unable to complete 12 errands in 12 days, but managed significant progress, please consider submitting for an honorable mention!

Paperwork is due around March 24. Please let me know if you would like a patch for your Errandonnee efforts (four dollars, no more no less. Outside the USA, five PayPal dollars does the trick).

I hope to put together a couple of highlight posts so we’ll just see how that homework assignment goes. And I will be announcing the finishers and honorable mentions sometime next week!


Errandonnee 2015 Blog Highlights and Blogroll!

Four days and change remain for those on a quest to complete the 2015 Errandonnee. On March 17, the Errandonnee is over and you can cry into green beers and return to your regularly scheduled errand programming.

You will also be able to pedal down memory lane when the Errandonnee is said and done with the posts, tweets, and pictures from this year’s participants. Here are the errandeurs I know who are blogging:

  • She loves winter riding in upstate New York. None other than Bri of Bike Like Crazy.
  • He’s back again. The inimitable Jimmy Phoenix of Life in the Cycle Lane.
  • That front basket was installed for a good reason– Northwoods Trekker in Minnesota.
  • Representing Canada, it’s PhysicsGirl on the Loose. She can’t get enough of the Errandonnee!
  • He said the Errandonnee would help inspire him to ride. Dan in Iowa blogs his progress on Nothing Adventured.
  • Annie Bikes in Vermont sheds no tears over the loss of the Errandonnee night ride requirement, but she still does lots of errands during the daylight hours.
  • Getting it done in California, Sister Leigh Viticus dresses as a drag nun (that’s new for this challenge) and has a very cute pup.
  • Five errands to go for Kel. Go Kel!
  • Town Mouse coins the term “errandisaster,” but is still in the running for official Errandonnee completion.
  • Former king of the errandisaster, Rootchopper of #BikeDC is making this year’s challenge look easy.
  • A different bike for every errand? Believe it, because Randy and Nova’s Bicycle Scrapbook has done seven trips and I see seven different bikes.
  • Errandonnee? Errundonnee? Why not one of each? That’s what’s happening on The View from the Crosswalk out of Washington state. Good stuff.
  • I love her photos. Sarah Rice of #BikeDC returns for another Chasing Mailboxes challenge.
  • She rides her bike most places, brings it inside when she can, and has already had to walk around in her socks– Lynne’s Mostly-Cycling Blog around Portland, Oregon.
  • Judith is an avid randonneur, and she rides for transportation, too. Find her and her pink Brompton at The Brevet Bird.
  • Pittsburgh always represents and this year is no different. Red Riding is back for another round of the Errandonnee, with her yellow Surly with those delicious front panniers.
  • She’s already taken baby Han Solo for a ride in the Millenium Falcon… by bike. What could be next for No Spandex Required?
  • Family Ride in Seattle, Washington, is making full use of her Surly Straggler, with the basket on the front and the sharp Swift Industries panniers on the back.
  • Fareway grocery store and Ingersoll Avenue can mean only one thing– another Errandonnee in Iowa, this one by Riding the Mindway.
  • Can’t believe I almost forgot him, but Type 2 Clydesdale Cyclist (also an original coffeeneur) is back for another Errandonnee. Perfect attendance for all Chasing Mailboxes challenges, I believe.
  • Martin is Cycling 365 Days, and some of them are being spent doing the Errandonnee!
  • Vélovoice may be a little late to the game, but she’s well on her way to Errandonnee success.

I’ll add to the blogroll as people post about their Errandonnee experiences.

Las Bicicletas, Surly LHT in DC

In the meantime, if I’ve missed you (which I never mean to do but seems to happen each year), please let me know and I’ll revise this post!

You can also meet and share with other errandeurs by joining the Errandonnee Facebook group, posting on Twitter or Instagram using the #errandonnee hashtag, or through the Errandonnee 2015 flickr group that Rootchopper is managing.

Still plenty of time left. Four-plus days. You can do it!

Errandonnee 2015 Update: Best Year Yet?

As I write, there is warmth in the air and light in the sky here in D.C. Lots of people were out and about this weekend, not only to celebrate the warm weather and the arrival of Daylight Savings, but to make inroads on their Errandonnee quests!

If you haven’t started the Errandonnee, it’s not too late. You have until the clock strikes midnight on March 16 in your area to complete 12 errands and ride a total of 30 miles in the process.

Are you on the fence about participating? I think you should go for it!

The rules essentially come down to this: 12 errands, 12 days, 30 miles, take a picture as you go, do a variety of errands on your bike. Or, you can also do an Errundonnee, which one of the writers on The View From the Crosswalk is in the midst of completing.

If you want to share your progress, here’s where the Errandonnee is being talked about:

  • Instagram: Use the hashtag #errandonnee
  • Facebook: I created an Errandonnee Facebook group. Submit a request to join, and I will add you.
  • Twitter: As with Instagram, use the #errandonnee hashtag to highlight your errands.
  • Flickr: A 2015 Errandonnee group exists for those who like to post on Flickr. Thanks, Rootchopper!
  • Blogosphere: Blogroll coming this week. In the meantime, please let me know if you’re blogging. You can tag your post with Errandonnee and use a Pingback (linking to the original Errandonnee post in your post).
Categories clarification:

Work or Volunteering: If you are a full-time student, you may count your ride to school in the “Work or Volunteering” category. If you are transporting a child to his or her school by bike, you may also consider this “Work or Volunteering” (it would also fit under “Personal Business,” too).

Category revision comments: One of the reasons the Errandonnee categories were changed this year was because people felt they should be broader, to allow for all types of errands, whether you are single, not single, urban, small town, retired, family biking, etcetera.

Also, some noted that many of the categories were store/consumption-oriented. I hope you find that many of these updated categories will allow you to complete an Errandonnee without feeling like you have to buy stuff. If you want to buy stuff, that’s totally fine, too.

Finally, people really seem to like the “You Carried WHAT on Your Bike?!” and I plan to do a special post about that sometime this week or so (blog time can be very elastic). If you have any photos you’d like to share for this category, please send them my way.

As before, I’m interested in your feedback about the categories and rules so if you see where any changes could be made to improve the challenge, please let me know.

Rules clarifications:
  • Does your bike have to be in your Errandonnee photo? No, but you do have to describe it in your final submission so at least one photo of your bike would be nice.
  • Do you have to take a picture while your Errandonnee is in progress? Ideally, yes. However, the point of the photo is to basically show us that you actually did the errand you said you did. And because sharing the photos is rather fun. That said, here is an example from None the Jess who found a creative way to show her outing, post-errand.
  • Can I do an Errundonnee, like Mark in The View from the Crosswalk? Sure!
The Errandonnee Lookbook

That takes care of all the bureaucratic updates. Now for some photos of what errands people have been up to. These are all pulled from Instagram. Updates from other outlets coming soon!

Thanks to everyone who continues to imbue the Errandonnee with a sense of humor,  creativity, and joy.


The Errandonnee Starts Now!

By the time this post reaches you, the Errandonnee will have officially begun. You may be just waking up. You may already be out riding.

I’m not going to hazard any guesses about what the weather is doing as you read this. It’s March, and winter has a mind of its own.

tropical snowman

Errands wait for no one– past a certain point, that is– and neither does the Errandonnee.

I’ve put together a visual pep talk for you, from prior year errandeurs’ Instagram photos.














It all starts today– March 5 through March 16.

@MrTinDC on the CaBi during a snow day
@MrTinDC on the CaBi during a snow day

You. Can. Do. It.

Winter Challenge: The 2015 Errandonnee

Hey winter, you’re not the boss of me. It’s time for a March challenge designed for the utility cyclist with errands to do, even during cold winter days– the Errandonnee!


The tweet version of the Errandonnee is:

Errandonnee: Complete 12 errands in 12 days and ride a total of 30 miles by bike between March 5-16, 2015.
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Errandonnee 2015 Preview

Errandonnee fans and scenesters! Cold and snow are here, and soon the Errandonnee will also join us.

Save the Dates: March 5 – March 16, 2015
12 days.
12 errands.
30 total miles.

Complete rules to follow in a couple weeks. The rulemaking panel is currently in negotiations to reduce them from 50 to a more manageable number.

In the meantime, here is a preview of the UPDATED Errandonnee categories to help put you in the Errandonnee mood. They have been revised based on previous participants’ feedback.

The intention behind these changes is to broaden the categories as well as update them to suit the diverse errand-drive life of errandeurs everywhere.

1. Personal Care
2. Personal Business
3. You carried WHAT on your bike?! (Thanks to Rachel C. for this suggestion!)
4. Arts and Entertainment
5. Non-Store Errand
6. Social Call (includes restaurants, coffee, and other social activities)
7. Work
8. Store (includes bike shop, grocery store, etc. You know, a store)
9. Wild Card (surprise me!)

Imagine the grand errandonneuring times that await us! Just a few more weeks.

Errandonnee Finishers Announced!

Surly LHT in springtime

Welcome to springtime, dear readers. At least, I hope spring has truly arrived. The flowers believe it’s here so that’s nice. Achoo!

Finally, the homologation has been completed (with a minimum of side effects) and it’s time to announce the Errandonnee finishers.

Continue reading Errandonnee Finishers Announced!

Errandonnee Rewind: @retrotwenty in Medway, Massachusetts

Before I announce the ultimate list of errandonneurs, I’m featuring @RetroTwenty‘s (Ted) excellent guest post of his Errandonnee. @RetroTwenty is a rider out of Massachusetts, a state with four Errandonnee finishers (good job, Massachusetts!).

As you will see in his post, Ted is fairly adept at securing bike parking, no matter where he might be. Here is his story:

I finally completed one of your challenges! I first heard of your blog during last year’s Errandonnee, which I tried but failed. I had the mileage, but not the number of errands – but I had fun, and I was hooked on both the challenges, and your blog.

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