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August 5, 2009

This is my bike

By Elisa | 10 Comments »

This is the first in a series of profiles of Birmingham Cyclists of all shapes, sizes and riding habits.  I want to highlight and celebrate those of us who brave it all and ride in Birmingham.  I have quite a few people who have agreed to be part of this, so I hope you will enjoy it.  Each week will be a new rider in a variety of profile formats, from stories to Q&A, etc.  World-meet Birmingham!

First brave subject is a new friend of mine.  We belong to the same Community Group through church and let me tell you folks, she makes a mean dessert.  Say hello to Stacey

Stacey Foshee
Age 29
Currently in Nursing School
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1.  What kind of bike do you ride?  Is there a story behind that? I ride a Fuji Absolute 3.0.  Her name is Gabriella, I named her after an Avett Brothers song, and she’s a road/path hybrid.  I had been looking on Craigslist for a gently used bike, but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for.  A friend that I was visiting in Oxford, MS took me to the local bike shop, Active Oxford.  When we pulled up, Gabby was sitting in the window and I fell in love.  She was exactly what I had been looking for.  I instantly loved her color.  I took her for a spin in the parking lot and was sold.
2.  When did you start riding? I loved to ride bikes when I was growing up, but just in the past year I reconnected with a friend that lives in Oxford, MS.  Oxford is a such a bike friendly town that I always felt left out when I would visit.  Everyone would ride bikes instead of driving, talk about bikes, build new bikes, etc.  One weekend we went on a ride and I had forgotten how much I loved it.
3.  What is your favorite aspect of riding in Birmingham? My favorite aspect of riding in Birmingham would have to be the varied terrain.  Where ever I may ride, there are always several climbs involved.  I used to dread it and there are still plenty of hills that intimidate me, but it’s made me a much stronger rider.
4. What are the things you would like to change about riding in Bham? I would love if Birmingham had extensive bike lanes throughout the city and into the suburbs.  Riding in traffic still stresses me out.  It’s amazing how much more relaxed I am if I ride in a city that has bike lanes.  Earlier this summer I drove through  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  After stopping in a local bike shop, I found out that Albuquerque had an extensive bike path/lane system throughout the city.  I was able to go for a ride and after my ride, I had a new appreciation for bike lanes.  Its amazing the peace that 3-5 extra feet of asphalt will give you.
5.  Why do you ride? I ride because it takes me to another place.  I feel organic and self sufficient when I ride.  I don’t have to pay for gas or insurance, I honestly earn every mile I pedal and find such freedom in that.  I know that I’m doing a good thing for the environment and for myself.
Thanks for playing Stacey!  A girl who names her bike after a song?  That I can behind.  Oh, and check out the cute skirt!
Stay tuned for another profile next week.
Live in Birmingham?  Let us profile you.  Send an email to elisa@bikeskirt.com.
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Comments

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  1. On August 5th, 2009 jon caradies said:

    This is a brilliant idea! Profiling everyday folks, I mean
    we are all heros right?
    Right on Stacey and kudos Elisa!

    Jon

  2. On August 5th, 2009 stephen sansom said:

    What up Stacey, great to see you on one of my favorite blogs! Amen on bike lanes — we just moved to carrboro, nc and they’re everywhere an encouragement to ditch the four tires for a skinnier two! Hope you’re well (and say hey to Stephen for me)!

  3. On August 5th, 2009 stephen sansom said:

    What up Stacey, great to see you on one of my favorite blogs! Amen on bike lanes — we just moved to carrboro, nc and they’re everywhere an encouragement to ditch the four tires for a skinnier two! Hope you’re well (and say hey to Stephen for me)!

    Great call on the personal interviews – how awesome!

  4. On August 5th, 2009 Beany said:

    Love it! Looking forward to more.

  5. On August 5th, 2009 wle said:

    stacey!
    looking good
    nice color on that bike too
    like you said

    wle

  6. On August 5th, 2009 Anna said:

    awww stephen i didn’t even know you read our little blog!

    and yay stacy! bike friends!

    !!!

  7. On August 5th, 2009 Richard said:

    Okay, so this blog gets better every time I visit. This is a great idea and I agree that Oxford, MS is a great little bike town.

  8. On August 5th, 2009 T. Scott Carlisle said:

    If you want your very own bike portrait come to pepper place market (Birmingham) this Saturday mroning and drop by the Almalatina.org photobooth I’ll be running from 9 to 11. I’ll try and make you look as good as Stacy. Plus you can crank your own smoothie over at the Bici Coop bike blender.

  9. On August 6th, 2009 Elisam said:

    Thanks everyone! I am looking forward to our new feature. It is fun to highlight and get to know cyclists

  10. On November 17th, 2009 tandem bikes said:

    your bike has a good color and I agree that Oxford, MS is a great little bike town.

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