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February 23, 2012

Goodbye, friends

By Elisa | 15 Comments »

All good things must come to an end. Anna and I, after much discussion and thinking, have decided that Bike Skirt is one such thing. We have LOVED doing this, but feel our time is over.

Why? A million reasons, but mainly we feel that the bike blog world has grown so much in the last few years that there are now plenty of strong women out there, riding bikes and telling their stories. After 3+ years, we don’t have much more to add to the discussion and more enjoy hearing what other bloggers have to say. Also, these days we prefer to just ride, and not worry so much about taking photos or waxing poetically about potholes (It doesn’t help that we were each others favorite riding partners, and our distance means that riding is just not as blog-worthy!).

Thank you so much for all of your support and love. I can say with all honesty that when we first starting riding, it was this community that helped us keep going – helping to figure out what to wear in rain, heat and cold; decide which pedals to chose; which bike(s) to consider; how to commute over a mountain; how to handle being girls in a boys club…I could go on. You people were our biggest cheerleaders and, more often than not, more supportive than people in our backyard (luckily, that has changed and both Bham and NOLA have thriving cycling community!). We can’t thank you enough.

Don’t fret, Anna and I will still be riding. We may not see you here, but we will see you on the roads. Anna will attempt to blog more at the Bici Cooperative site, so if you’re really curious about what they have going on in the ‘ham, check it out.

For a complete list of ladies bike blogs, check out Let’s Go Ride A Bike (who I feel like are our bike blog sisters!)’s list. Those ladies did the work for us. We will be reading and cheering everyone on in their journeys!

Bike Love!

December 28, 2011

Merry Merry in New Orleans

By Elisa | Comments Off

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Last weekend I rode downtown to catch the Christmas Parade with some friends. I am not sure why I was so surprised to find out that a Christmas parade in New Orleans involves hip hop music and beads and cups being thrown, but it was a lovely surprise.

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The traffic was atrocious, so riding was just perfect. My favorite part? Riding home with tons of beads around my neck and toys and cups on my rear rack and no one blinking an eye.

Merry Christmas from New Orleans, y’all!

December 20, 2011

How to dress for a New Orleans winter

By Elisa | 5 Comments »

How do you know what to wear when you leave the house and it is 45 degrees and it quickly warms to 75? Tip #1: never put away your summer clothes. 2 nights ago the heat was on, now the AC is going. Sigh. If I didn’t love it, I would hate it!

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I wear layers. On this day, I wore a lightweight denim dress over leggings and boots. Added a warm cardigan for the ride in. When the weather warmed, I lost the cardi and the leggings and was good to go (I can never remember to take the ‘after’ photo)!

**************************************************************************************The dress is longer than it looks here, I promise! Layers are the answer to all of my current wardrobe weather issues. You?

December 12, 2011

Sloss Cross Video

By Anna | Comments Off

 

 

 

Photo by Scott Thigpen – at the beginning of the race approaching the stairs. The terror is visible in my eyes.

Sloss Furnaces is an amazingly picturesque historic site with roots going back to the founding of Birmingham. We are very lucky to be able to race there during our cyclocross series; I think it’s my favorite venue! Although I’m not doing at all well this year, I upped my category to the Women’s 1/2/3 for this race because of our series rules. I like to tell myself that getting top 10 in 1/2/3s is something to brag about, even if it was 9th out of 9. Le sigh.

Mary Lou Davis, along with Kim Cross as the racer, created a brilliant video of the Sloss race that highlights both the beauty of the venue and the awesomeness that is cyclocross in Alabama. The race footage is from the race I was in, but I was so far behind Kim that I’m nowhere to be seen. Imagine me struggling somewhere in there if you so wish.

December 7, 2011

Deep Custom Short Film

By Anna | Comments Off

Erik Noren of Peacock Groove is the subject of a short documentary called Deep Custom. It will be showing this coming Monday at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. Here’s the trailer!

The full film will be available the following Tuesday on Vimeo so stay tuned. The production looks excellent, and based on my experience with Erik, it’s sure to entertain!

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