Monday, December 26, 2011

Bamboo Bikes

I've been hearing little whispers, and my desire to constantly reduce my impact on the enviro. made me wonder...Bamboo Bikes? Really?

Actually, they are pretty cool. You can even use them touring, which is awesome since we tend to always think that metal is structurally superior, not the case when it comes to bikes! Bamboo is also super renewable material, grows fast, is often considered a weed, so why not?! Its light, and super slick, check out a few websites of companies that are pumping these bad boys out!


Bamboo Bike Studio (they are really cool, listened to a podcast bout them, you get to build it and get real intimate with your bike!)

Calfree Design (california based, now these are sexy bikes!)

Perhaps someday I will have a bamboo day! Someday...until that day I will just keep dreaming!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Attack of the Christmas Spirit!

No I have not had a bike accident (knock on wood), its just Christmas! But don't worry, just because its starting to get cold, and there is but a dusting of snow on the ground, I keep rolling. Unfortunately, Bessy had to be put away, while Gertrude has been brought out. Gertrude is my winter bike, although she is not nearly as slick and fancy as Bessy, she is tough and rugged and ready to get dirty. Shes already facing sticky brakes and the gear shifters are freezing. I took her to Recycle Cycles (a local bike co-op in Kitchener...if you live in Kitchener you should check it out, its pretty awesome!!) and a dude said this problem is common in the winter, hence why lots of people have fixies (1 speed/gear bikes) for winter bikes. So, Gertrude it rolling, shes slow, but she does the trick!

So, now your probably wondering why I am still typing updates for this blog, considering the bike adventures are temporarily over, and the Otesha Project tour ended almost 2 months ago, well I will tell you! Adventures always seem to happen with a bike near by, and as my life continues I want to explore it with my bike and get more people to find there biking bones too! Beyond this, my Otesha experience continues and will get even more intense! This January I am moving to Ottawa for 4 months to work for the Otesha Project organizing, planning, and making the tour this coming May and June in the Maritimes AWESOME! Also, I will be going on this tour, so more excitement, drama, and angst to come!

So, stay tuned for more adventures with bikes. Sometimes there intense, sometime there humorous, and sometimes the adventures are!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Squished Peanut Butter

Two days ago I finally found a place in Victoria that sold bulk peanut butter, however before that I was without the pb for days. Those of you that know me, know I LOVE my pb, so it was intense. But anyhow, I finally found this small health food store on Government Street that sold it. So I brought my tiny little yogurt container and filled'er up, 98 cents later I was one happy beaver.

Even more perfect?! My container fit perfectly in my water bottle holder on my bike. So off I went to meet my friend for hanging and adventuring. After she took to around Beacon Hill park, climbing cliffs my shoes weren't made for we went to get some veggies for the stir-fry we were going to make. Biking along and I hear a "Bam...Crunch"...whow what was that?! "NOOO MY PEANUT BUTTER!!!". Slam on the brakes, back up, pick up the container, it looks okay, a little was lost (due to me RUNNING OVER THE CONTAINER) but it stayed strong. So lick off the edge and away we go again! Oh peanut butter. I hope the squirrels enjoy the treat we left on the street.

Random story, but I thought you would enjoy.

My current bike challenge? I leave to go back home tomorrow and I am trying to figure out how to ship Bessy. It looks like an expensive endeavor. I don't know where to get a bike box. And to take her on WestJet, unlike AirCanada, costs $50! Bahhh....oh Bessy!