Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ladies who bike to lunch

Last Sunday the Planner Guy and I, with our respective sports related injuries, biked to the natatorium at NAU for a 50 minute water running session.  Such grueling activity naturally requires a nutrious meal afterward, which we enjoyed, along with some local brew, at The Lumberyard.

Robin and one of the truly coolest bikes in town.
As we walked in I was surprised to be recognized by Robin, a local bikey fashionista and SRAB reader, lunching with her bike lady friends on the "terrace" under the just right Northern Arizona sun.  At first I thought they were saying hello to Bob since he works in a somewhat high profile job and, well, he's cute.  I look at Bob who tells me that, no, they are greeting me!  I don't get recognized from this blog that much but when it does happened I'm both immediately flattered and slightly embarrassed.  Please, God, don't let me say anything stupid. 

The new Ladies Who Lunch!

When I first started thinking about writing a blog (at Bob's encouragement) the first barrier I needed to overcome was the idea that nobody could possibly be interested in anything I had to say.  I was brand new to transportation cycling but wanted to share what I was learning in hopes my words and pictures might give another woman the peculiar notion of trying something outside the mainstream.  Bob reminded me of this during our lunch and remarked at how I excited I am when people tell me that they enjoy reading SRAB and that seeing the photos of bicycles, Daisy in her bike basket and people using their bikes in their everyday life motivated to give bike commuting a try.  In addition, several of them lit up as they told me about their own experiences in blogging about their respective passions.  He sounded a little envious as he remarked about how women in the blogosphere seem to support each other on-line and in person.  One of Robin's friends, Elizabeth, told me that she's blogging about her experiences at local cultural events at her blog The Flagstaff Culture Connection.  And true to Bob's observation she is also interested in meeting up with other local female bloggers for ideas and inspiration.

You gotta wear shades.
One possible bike event might be Robin's suggestion of a womens' summer ride.  I think she suggested a Mod Squad theme?  I'm all for any reason to dress up like Peggy Lipton, so Robin, drop me a line if you want help getting the word out!

From Basil.  It snaps easily and securely on to your bike rack.
Speaking of style, Robin carries her stuff around our little mountain town in this very adorable pannier from Basil.  Love Basil everything!  As you can see it coordinates perfectly with her pink one-of-a-kind mountain bike turned commuter. 

Fueling my obsession with Kenya bags . . .
Elizabeth could easily be a world traveler just off Amtrak with her natural fiber Kenya (I assume it to be Kenyan) bag.  Also roomy enough for not only wallet, cell and cosmetic bag but also a book, a cardigan, a bottle of wine and a large take-out gyro sandwich.  Not a bike specific bag (neither are any of my Coach bags), she's training it on her porteur rack with a bungee cord.  This bag reminds me that I really need to renew my passport!

In closing, I'd like to thank everyone who visits this blog, especially those women who are encouraged to work bicycling into their daily lives.  It's not always easy to do something that falls a bit outside societal expectations but every time you're out there pedaling on a cold morning with a smile on your face you are serving as a model for other women to dare to try something different.  So on Sunday outside The Lumberyard, we parted after a brief round of photos.  Robin and her friends biked off for coffee, and most certainly the making of plans.  No ladies who lunch were they; I'd prefer to think of them as women of influence.


Unknown said...

Hi, I enjoy your fun blog. I just read about your short sale of your home. My nephew did a short sale in Arizona, but I am not sure how it works. I think the bank agrees to let you sell for less than what you owe? Once the sale goes through are you free of the debt?
Nothing in life is predictable. Ours was going along fine, and then our youngest daughter had a serious medical issue. Fortunately we have good health insurance, but even with that we paid $12,000 out of pocket last year and are averaging $1800 a month this year (not just medical, but we also are paying for private tutors and someone to drive her to tutors while we are at work, she is a high school junior).
One thing I learned from this experience is in planning for retirement in the future assume you will have to pay the max out of pocket co-pay.
I am 53, same as my husband. We have both worked long term for large corporations. Even with saving for years, we won't have enough to ever retire. I see our generation working part-time until we physically can no longer do it.
Bike commuting is a great way to save $ and it is wonderful for your health. I hope you continue with your blog.
Lynne in MD

She Rides a Bike said...

Lynn, that is pretty much how short sales work. We lose our original investment but don't owe anything. Of course whatever you have on a credit card or other debt is still yours to repay. You are right about retirement. Don't see it happening but then again, I saw something like this coming a long time ago. I'm sorry about your daughter's health and your story is why I support a national healthcare system. I know it means higher taxes but I'd rather invest in healthcare than bling like 40 inch flat screen TVs and large cars. Bike commuting is definitely a money saver and has lots of other benefits, including teaching me what I can do when I have to.

Sam said...

Oh! I so love this.

You do inspire me tremendously because you're one of the few...and I have to say it...older women who excudes class and style. It drives me up the wall when I see women older than me dressing some like teenagers or 20 somethings and I'm not getting younger...I need role models. I want to know how to dress my age and look classy and elegant. And you do it with aplomb!

She Rides a Bike said...

Thx so much Sam. I think the secret of getting older is to do it with grace and a healthy amount of acceptance. What choice do we have about getting old? I don't follow celebrity culture but it really saddens me to see actresses my age going to extreme measures to make themselves look perpetually 27. They aren't fooling anyone and eventually wind up resembling The Joker (check any picture of Laura Bush and her always smiling mouth for a visual reference). I'm not advocating letting yourself go and becoming a frumpy old woman in a housecoat but for heaven's sake - who looks happier? Heather Locklear desperately trying to keep up with her 13 year old daughter or Lauren Hutton who doesn't seem to give a fig about her wrinkles and having a few age spots visible on her hands in a gigantic JCrew poster? If Jamie Lee Curtis, Diane Keaton and Lauren Hutton can work in the entertainment industry and manage to be okay with getting older then I can too.i

disabledcyclist said...

It's not just women who enjoy your writtings on cycling everyday,some of us big hairy straight guys do too :p (OK,I'm only 5'9" and 160-ish pounds,but I digress,LOL).

"When I first started thinking about writing a blog (at Bob's encouragement) the first barrier I needed to overcome was the idea that nobody could possibly be interested in anything I had to say."

I think that's a mythe that all of u share the fear,or at least,apprehension,of (I know I certainly do/did). Wat keeps me writting on any sort of regularity though is like you,I have a passion for riding and it spills over my wife,not a rider or writter,certainly gets bored with hearng bikes all the time,it has to be let out somewhere,hahaha! :p),and I just wirte what I like..."this world's full of i-net accessed people,SOMEbody will read my stuff" I remind myself.

Good post,it put a smile onmy face reading about meeting others that share the love :)

The Disabled Cyclist

She Rides a Bike said...

Thx DisabledCyclist: It's good to know I can keep the hairy male audience entertained, if only by my bewildering female obsessions (at least Bob finds bewildering a great deal of the time).

The thing I always forget about my humble opinion is that it's not particularly unique to me. I throw my thoughts, feeling and questions out there and often find plenty of other people are thinking the same things or have shared similar experiences. Even if your thing isn't transportation cycling, each of us have our passion. For my mom it is gardening, for my mother-in-law it's quilting, for Bob is experiments in the kitchen, for my friend Darcy, apparently it is the life her aquarium and microbrew. Each have a lot to share on those topics and their passion for them can energizes others to learn something new or simply inspire to devote oneself wholeheartedly to its exploration.

disabledcyclist said...

Very well said :) I suppose my biggest passions would be (in order) my family,my God (I's SUPPOSED to be the other way around,I digress...),and bicycling,of ANY kind ;)

The DC

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