Happy New Year, and welcome to the brand-new Let’s Go Ride a Bike! Dottie and I have been burning the midnight oil (literally, if you note the time of this post!) to launch it today, on our first “blogaversary.” Walk with us down memory lane as we recall some of our finer moments.
On New Year’s Day, 2009, Dottie took me up on my offer to co-write Let’s Go Ride a Bike as a way to share our commuting experience with family and friends. We introduced ourselves (and our bikes) to the blogosphere and were off and running. In our first month, Dottie had her bike stolen and I test-rode a Dahon folding bike. We took turns talking about why biking is better, the Dotties went car-free, and Mr. Dottie submitted a guest story.
Proving once again that those who do not learn from the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them, Pinkie went missing on Super Bowl weekend. I eased the pain with a vintage mixte, Le Peug, and announced the purchase of my Batavus Entrada Spirit. Dottie bought her Nutcase, and I had my first snow riding experience during a trip to Chicago.
Notable posts this month include Dottie’s internet-famous cocktail party ride, and her purchase of the be-yew-tiful Betty Foy. I discovered one more reason to wear a helmet and spent $0 on gas — the first and last time such a thing occurred.
I rode part of the Chief Ladiga Trail with my parents. Dottie and I were profiled on Bike Commuters.com just before tweeting our way across Europe–or at least, through London and St. Petersburg. Betty Foy came home to Dottie. And, oh yeah–I finally got to ride my Batavus!
Dottie and Oma rode in their first Tweed Ride. Smurfette found a new home with Melissa. We commemorated a year of commuting with a dive into the Dottie/Trisha email archives. The Batavus made it stateside and got her first scratch, and the Dotties biked the drive.
This month, Dottie discovered Nashville by bike and secured an exclusive interview with Gram Bev. We talked about the best skirts for cycling, helped organize a cocktail ride with John Greenfield of Vote with Your Feet (I still dream about that Abici!), and skewered the media’s shallow exploration of why women don’t cycle.
Coming up next: our last six months. Funny, it seems impossible that we’ve been blogging a whole year already, but looking through the archives, it seems equally impossible that all these memorable events have happened in just a year’s time. Thanks for coming along for the ride in 2009!