Monday, May 4, 2009

Here We Go! Welcome!

Bicycles are transformative objects. They have helped liberate women at the end of the 19th century, provided affordable transportation for millions of people around the world for the last 150 years and opened vistas of exploration and fun for generations
of children. Currently, great efforts are being made to provide bicycles for AIDS workers in Africa, tsunami survivors in Asia and underprivileged children in the U.S.

Those are big changes- a bicycle ambulance in Zimbabwe can be the difference between life and death. But bicycles can bring small changes to any life lived, anywhere in the world. Riding a bike makes us aware of the weather, demands that we pay attention to all our senses, requires co-operation with others on the road, challenges our understanding of our bodies and pushes our self imposed physical limits.

This blog is about these changes and how even small shifts in perspective that can come from bicycle riding can lead to big changes in how we see the world, how we live in it. Changes in our impact on the earth, or even just noticing how nice it is to have the wind in your hair. Sometimes, all it takes to have you change your career or go back to school or meet your neighbor for the first time, is a good bike ride!

We look forward to sharing our stories, and even more, to hearing yours! Please, please, please send us your bike of change and life stories! Why do you ride? Where has riding taken you? How do you tackle the challenges of where you live to keep riding? Did you meet your spouse on a bike? Did you use one to get away after sneaking out of the house at night? Share your adventure with the rest of us.

26 comments:

  1. Great blog! There are a lot of bike blogs around, but it's great to see one about the rider, not just the gear:)

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  2. Thanks! We look forward to hearing from you in the future!

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  3. This is so great - Adrienne and meli together! How did I miss the entire first week of this new blog?? Adrienne, I'm so glad you now have a bike blog to call "home". I love reading your comments and guest posts all around the bike blog world and can't wait to see what you have in store for us here.

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  4. Having loved reading your individual blogs from the otherside of the atlantic, it has been both interesting and informative. Its heart warming to realise that the 'cycle family' is a global one, where similar views and aspirations are shared. I would love the opportunity to contribute articles to your blog, and think the concept is both generous and enlightening.Being a bit of a techniphobe can you advise me on the best way of doing this. :ie e mail link etc

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  5. Phillip- We want your contributions!! We have an email

    cylrab@gmail.com

    The link is not up yet because Meli and I have been a bit crazy, lately (lets start a blog!). However, the above address will work.

    Also, if you are a Flickr user, you can submit photos, with story attached, to the Flickr group

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/1131848@N22/

    We are, indeed a global family! Welcome : )

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  6. I have E mailed you an article

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  7. thanks everyone. we are very excited and happy to collab together in bringing stories and bicycles together, both locally and globally.

    ♥Ride on, everyone
    xo/meli

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  8. I just stumbled on this blog, it's great. I am a 42 year old SAHM to a 17 month old son. I decided to quit my job to raise my son. What a wonderful decision I made. Now, my next big change is getting us out of the car. I hate it. I just put a deposit on an Azor-Oma today and look forward to having it in the next few weeks. I can't wait. Looking forward to seeing where bicycling takes us. I feel like a kid again. I look forward to watching and reading your blog.
    best, melissa

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  9. Melissa- We are happy you found us! We would love to see pictures! Maybe you could write us a little story about getting started with the bike (BTW, Love the Azor!!! You will, too!).

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  10. I just found your blog and have been thoroughly enjoying it. We are trying to promote the fun part of riding here in Boulder, Co, as well. Boulder is a big biking town but more spandex than Dutch bikes.

    At any rate, thanks for the updates, photos and great info!

    -Jennifer Roberts

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  11. Good to have you around, Jennifer! We look forward to seeing you around the blog!
    Boulder is a place I would like to visit, one day : )

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  12. Please keep an eye out for my stolen bike it was stolen at 9:00 am on Valencia St between Clinton Park and 14 th in San Francisco.
    Its a Schwinn Voyager all chrome with
    vintage campy group and brooks dk brown professional with copper rivets. Posted an ad on craigslist if anyone goes to a flea market please please let me know it is my transportation to work and I built it every component.
    Thank you
    burmesetwo@gmail.com

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  13. Hey Ade and Mel, thanks for using my pic as your photo of the week, I'm highly honoured.

    Love from your self proclaimed UK correspondant

    XxxxXXxxxx

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  14. Im so glad to have found your blog! I remember seeing your comments on Copenhagen Cycle Chic - and thinking what great insight you have!

    Keep up the great work :)

    xo,
    eva//èvoluer

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  15. We are happy to have you here, Eva! The bicycle community is global which is such a fantastic thing.

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  16. the interwebs bringing us (including us 4 here at the blog) together sharing a same passion on wheels, is fantastico :D

    happy to have you all
    xxo.m

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  17. Cool site! Everyone can ride - and everyone should!

    I wanted share a project that I'm working on with you guys. Thought you might like it…

    Here is the link to our Kickstater (great site!) page - http://kck.st/c09uOF

    Especcially :

    http://www.dayonepublications.com/Bicycle_Portraits/Stephanie_Baker.html
    http://www.dayonepublications.com/Bicycle_Portraits/Louisa_and_Johanna_Mokoaqo.html
    http://www.dayonepublications.com/Bicycle_Portraits/Mike_Fortuin.html

    Hope you like! Spread the word!

    Stan.

    Stan Engelbrecht
    Director / Photographer
    Day One Publishing, South Africa
    +27(0)82 928 6586
    dayone@me.com
    silencebegan (Skype)
    /bicycleportrait (Twitter)
    www.dayonepublications.com
    www.bicyclepotraits.co.za

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  18. Cool site! Everyone can ride - and everyone should!

    I wanted share a project that I'm working on with you guys. Thought you might like it…

    Here is the link to our Kickstater (great site!) page - http://kck.st/c09uOF

    Especcially :

    http://www.dayonepublications.com/Bicycle_Portraits/Stephanie_Baker.html
    http://www.dayonepublications.com/Bicycle_Portraits/Louisa_and_Johanna_Mokoaqo.html
    http://www.dayonepublications.com/Bicycle_Portraits/Mike_Fortuin.html

    Hope you like! Spread the word!

    Stan.

    Stan Engelbrecht
    Director / Photographer
    Day One Publishing, South Africa
    +27(0)82 928 6586
    dayone@me.com
    silencebegan (Skype)
    /bicycleportrait (Twitter)
    www.dayonepublications.com
    www.bicyclepotraits.co.za

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  19. I love your bike blog! I just started one about city cycling and cycling in Denver.

    lodolanes.com

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  20. I love this blog! I just moved to Amsterdam (originally from California) where the Dutch biking culture is HUGE. I'm intimidated by the number of bikes here (way more than people) but am learning to adapt to this wonderful mode of transportation. I wish there were more of it at home. Thanks for spreading the word!

    You can see my awkward/funny experiences as a California girl trying to adjust to the Dutch way of life on my blog! www.GlocalGirl.com

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  21. Wow! Very inspiring and informative (not in a boring way :-)) Thanks for doing it!

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  22. thank you all for such nice comments, it is the conversations and the multiple + various walks of life (rides of bikes!?) that keeps us going.
    many thanks for stopping by!! =)))

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  23. Hi! I love your blog. It's really motivational for me to keep learning. Having never ridden a bike I became discouraged last summer when (at 23 years old) I kept falling off and freaking out about traffic. Although I still freak out sometimes, this blog just keeps me riding. Thanks!

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  24. Yasmin- Glad to know we can help! If you are still feeling intimidated, find a group to ride with a few times through the places you are most frightened of. Being with a group, even just two other riders, can really boost your confidence and help you get past the fear! Thanks for reading us!

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  25. I think this is great. Can I share this on my "how to change your life " blog?

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