QotD: What are your fitness goals? What is helping or preventing you from accomplishing them?
My friend Finn pointed out that the bikey types of San Francisco often dress as though they're going on A! Serious! Trek! when they're really just commuting cross-town. I try to keep a fashionable edge while having a safe ride. Most people give a gal in a skirt more room to move on a bike than they do most bikers. Fair? Maybe not. Adorable? For sure.
Safety Third! Wear your helmet. Unless you don't.
Truth: I don't always wear my helmet if I'm only going a few blocks (sorry, Mom!) but having a helmet like this one from Nutcase is fun and functional. Plus, they say "I Love My Brain" on the back. Thanks mucho to Arsie for the heads up on these rad brain-pans.
Portability: Bringing your shiz.
It's good to ride with friends. Make sure they're safe, secure, happy, and have snacks. Especially in an awesome Timbuk2 bag that I was given to dog/road-test.
I made a homemade basket rig from a Goodwill basket and belts, that doesn't quite work without supporting brackets. Still futzing with this.
so I just added the flower to the handlebars, along with my Jellibell.
and got a different bike basket/purse. It's a basket! It's a purse! Photo and awesomeness courtesy of Boneshaker Bags:
Hawt! A study in microclimates.
Here's a way to bike in a dress or in nice jeans in SF: WEAR LAYERS. Arm warmers. Leg warmers. Awesome socks. Anything that can be pushed around, pushed down, taken off, or re-adjusted for the voyage from fog to sun.
Gloves courtesy of one of our amazing TypePad bloggers.
Don't let everyone look up your name and address.
Wise words. I use a headband and a safety pin to keep summer dresses from flying up around my ears.
Just go ride. It doesn't matter if you think you're crap at biking. I know I'm crap at biking. I love it anyway. Just ride.