28 miles since last post
I took a little holiday vacation from b(ike)loggin’, but I’m still at it. These past few days here in Denver have been absolutely beautiful with temps up in the 50s and sunshine abounding, and that forecast continues through next week. (Best. Climate. Ever.)
I’m not sure that you all know the story of how I came to write this blog. Long story short, the Tour de Fat rolled into town and compelled me to sign over the title to my car in exchange for a sweet Black Sheep Bike.
But I wasn’t the only one who made this commitment in 2011. The first brave car-for-bike swapper, Steve from Durham, has been pedaling since June. Onto Chris in Nashville, Dave in Chicago, Mark in Minneapolis, Katarina in Milwaukee, Matt in Boise, Jim in Fort Collins, then me, the Denverite, in September. Westward Ho to Susannah in San Francisco, Alison in San Diego, Jessica in Los Angeles, Nicole in Tempe and, finally, Mike in Austin. There are 13 of us in total. (Links to their blogs are down below, under “Fellow Car-4-Bike Swappers”)
It’s incredible having solidarity with 12 other folks on the same mission — and on the same bike. We’ve formed a Facebook group (I think all but two of us are on there), where we can swap ideas about bike improvements, Black Sheep maintenance, essential gear and gadgets, and so on. It’s also a place we share pictures of our victories and discoveries, articles of a Right On, Ride On nature and foment a meetup/summer ride.
Recently, we discussed how we were managing holiday shopping on a bike. Most of us took advantage of shipping, shopping locally and multiple trips. Also, a lot of us have sweeties that drive, and we hopped in the car with them to pick up trees and other holiday sundries. Now that the gift-giving holidays have passed, it’s clear that once again we have all prevailed.