We had a fantastic time at the Madison CycloFemme ride. There were 35 riders at the event total. Not bad for our very first one! The event coinciding with Mother’s Day always seems to be a gamble as far as attendance, but we were glad to see over half of the actual RSVP’d women attend.
The weather was in the low to mid 40’s and a bit chilly, but we made it all 18 miles with no issues! Lots of riders were new to the group environment, but seemed to enjoy themselves. It puts smiles on our faces thinking that we have given these women a chance to experience cycling in a fun and social environment.
CycloFemme will hopefully open the door to more events like this and maybe even a recurring Sunday morning monthly ride. We want to thank all the women who came out to the event. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and we hope to see you in the future!
A HUGE thank you goes out to the Froth House and their staff for hosting us. We also want to thank Saris Cycling Group for donating a parking rack for us to use at the event as well as a Bones 3 rack for the raffle. Thank you’s go out to Hoo Ha Ride Glide, Team Luna Chix, and to everyone who helped promote the event.
Last, but not least, we have to thank CycloFemme and Girl Bike Love for creating such an amazing movement to try and get more women on bikes. We’re grateful for the effort and the inspiration.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the women (who are mamas) in our lives and go ride a bike!
We’ve recently become a supporter of Cats Tongue towels! They are the ultimate degreasing wipes to help keep your bike not only looking shiny and clean, but also running like a champ. Their name is based off the texture of the wipe, which gives them their scrubbing power! For every purchase made, Cat’s Tongue donates a portion of their proceeds to help support the funding of cancer research and to provide better patient care via the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
We really love companies who give back to their communities or support great causes, so please check them out. Tom and Deanna are some hardworking folks, who come out to support all the big cross races and cycling events that take place around the country. If you ever see them handing out samples at an event, stop and say hi!
There’s some new stuff coming down the pipelines, we’re working on some hat designs with Cognition Caps here in Madison. Hopefully we’ll have those available soon, as we love, love, love what Kelly & Lyle do! The design for the online store is also being worked on. The official launch date is TBA, but stay tuned as we’ll have some really great items available.
Over this past weekend we spent some time in Chicago. It was pretty apparent that commuter-ship and cycling has increased since the last few times we’ve visited. It’s nice to see neighborhoods like Andersonville, Lakeview, and Wrigleyville embracing cyclists with a plethora of bike routes/lanes. The level of pedestrian/cycling traffic in those areas has allowed for some really great small businesses to flourish. We’re currently planning a bike related trip for the early summer for some riding on the Lake Shore Path and a picnic on the lake with friends. A big to do for any cyclist traveling to the wind city!
One of the most fun finds on our getaway was the famous Puppet Bike in Andersonville. Always a great source of entertainment when strolling the streets of little Sweden!