08 October, 2014

Life Is An Adventure, Just Ride

Life could be compared to bicycle riding. It's an adventure, there are many obstacles to your destination, sometimes you have to pedal harder, make quick and hard decisions, have lot's of patience but arrive a bit sweaty and on time. Recently, my partner and I made a hard decision about our future in NYC and arrived at a dream we've been working up since we started dating. Our priorities have changed drastically since we decided to get out of the NYC real estate market and we feel at peace about it, I would even say excited! As a millennial just entering my early thirties, I can tell you that there are a lot of fears I have about the housing market and future employment opportunities for many my age. Working in data research allows me to get seriously involved  in outcomes research and although an outlook of investment could secure a great outcome, the fear that another crises could happen in my life, to me, lingers. The point is to live simply, debt free, and be healthy, body and mind. As months of frustrated searches, endless open houses, and debates passed we decided to throw in the towel and reevaluate what we really want. And what we found is that dream.

For years now, we've designed, researched, and saved for a quiet life in a green and luscious environment where we could garden, bike, hike, work and live a healthy sustainable life. City living for us will be history and in the next few months, I will sell my bike, pack my belongings, and say goodbye to New York for a grand adventure elsewhere. I'll still be around to share life's adventures, maybe just not the same way anymore. 

And just like arriving to a destination on bike, I think we've arrived at something we've been longing for deeply. We've pedaled, made those hard decisions and arrived a bit tired but relieved because this is the adventure we've been dreaming of. 

02 October, 2014

Back From England

Hi folks, I'm back from England and back to blogging. It was a whirlwind of a time perusing around London taking in gorgeous scenery and fresh air. London reminded me a lot of San Francisco, perhaps it was the weather and pace of the city, whatever it is I felt incredibly happy and at home to be there. Some of our time was spent south in Kent where our family resides. My first impressions of course was a Jane Austin description of country life, the scent, the pace, the beauty of misty covered country hills, including the combination of family, friendly familiarities, good food, good weather, and good conversation, all contributed to the best holiday I had in a while.

Notably, I loved everything about cycling in London. From public bike pumps, Boris bikes, massive bike storage (hello Waterloo station) to lycra wearing commuters, it's serious business there. I did find it gratifying that road bikes, lycra, and neon colors were a strong code of commuting by bike and I found it contributed to a commute that's very much like the Tour de France in London. Those streets are hardcore, so yeah, I commend you and can't wait to be back for another round of good fun and cycling in London. (for pictures, check out Instagram)

And now I'm back in NYC, perhaps not for long. Things here are going to start to look a little different. Major lifestyle changes will happen and I'll be prepping for the challenge of taking on a major life project. For now, I'll be writing, sorting out ideas, planning a life of adventure and staying inspired in the meantime.

17 September, 2014

The Entire Wheel

It's no wonder that walking or riding your bike to work benefits your body and mind over driving. Most of us bloggers have been saying this for years, but a recent UK study has been all over the media giving the data behind this finding and it's got people talking. Last night I posted a little note to my bike on Twitter, pretty much explaining what my bike means to me. Yes, it gives me the health benefits, and yes, I have been singing Beyonce's Flawless on my bike numerous times, and of course I am happier when I'm on my bike, it's really all I think about! The benefits are so great but will this study make any difference in how we design or plan our cities for cycling and walking? I don't know but it's something to consider in how we advocate for bicycle and walking safety in our neighborhoods.

I've been inspired by the recent Twitter chat lately on #IBIKEBECAUSE. Happiness on a bike comes in many forms, and a lot of times, the form of a woman's smile while biking. We are definitely relevant to this whole conversation about the whole wheel, of health, of biking, and happiness. Sharing our reasons and our stories inspires us as a community when we share the same voice and that's where our power for transformation lies. And I really just want to point out, that it also includes our entitlement to feeling safe from harassment when we walk and ride too. There is a lot to be said but to get you part of the conversation, check out this article and photos of Women Who Shatter The Stereotype Af What A Real Biker Looks Like. It's provoking and thoughtful but nonetheless uniting. Perhaps, it will also inspire you to share on the hashtag #IBIKEBECAUSE.

15 September, 2014

Fall Cycling Tips

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The weather in New York is starting to feel a bit like fall. Although it makes for lovely bicycling, it started to make me think ahead about preparing for darker days and cooler rides. So in all preparation for fall, start grabbing your things to prepare for cooler weather rides and remember that a freshly tuned up bike, helmet, and bike lights are essential for safety on the road as it starts to get darker earlier. 

Ready to get your fall sweaters, reflective gear, and boots together? Consider these roundup links and tips a friendly reminder to cycle safely and warmer while you cool into fall.To start off, know what your Fall Cycling Essentials are: a freshly tuned up bike, helmet, bike lights, and other bits to boot.

Bike lights are important for visibility and safety. And it's the law. Cateye makes some of the best I have used to date.

Be noticeable. Reflective gear is a bonus for commuters who need that visibility during rush hour. I've always been a fan of this bicycle helmet bow, little reflective bird pin, and Iva Jean's two way reflective vest.

Dress for cooler days. That means your mornings are going to chill up a bit so wear a light weight, zip up, wind and rain proof jacket that allows ventilation. 

On colder days it may be hard for your fingers to pull breaks and adjust gears, take along some bike gloves that allow you to move your fingers but won't overly heat up your hands. Here are some other cool reasons bike gloves are useful.

Arm and leg warmers are great added insulation for colder rides and they add a bonus for functional fashion. Wearing the right shoe wear is also great to keep your lower extremities warm, check out some of these cute boots from Modcloth.

Also, just a little helpful hint: as the cold starts to settle in, your skin will start to dry. Keep hydrated and moisturized. Here are some tips from Refinery 29 to help you get in the know with fall skin care.

12 September, 2014

Bike Things To Know

a beach cottage
Happy Friday! I'm excited to get this weekend and next week over cause that means London and Paris for me the following week. That's right, my adventures are heading overseas! Very excited but back down to earth, I recently expressed how I wanted to keep sharing information and adventures with you, so here I am attempting to do what I know best, consume and share information. Although fall is starting to cool things down a little, there are a lot of great things happening and being written, so here is what you need to know...

NYC was named the top U.S. bicycle friendly city by Bicycle Magazine. Now, if they could bring some of those bike lanes to Brooklyn.

#FutureBike and #WomenTalkBikes feed on Twitter has been great to read, lots of insight from the ladies. 

If you're interested in knowing more about organizing women's rides etc., check out this podcast by Pedal Love. There are some other great #womentalkbikes podcast, click here for more.

Fall is starting to cool off summer afternoons and the sun is going down earlier, get the low-down on bicycle lights and the law.

Exactly my thoughts about the bicycle industry and the women's cycling revolution; it won't pinkified.