Cocktail Party Ride! and other bike events

There are so many fun Chicago bike events coming up, they definitely deserve their own post. Calendars ready? Here we go…

  • Tuesday, November 9 – Bike Fashion panel hosted by the Chicago Cycling Club at the Active Trans office. 6:30-8:00 p.m. I will be a panelist.
  • Sunday, November 14 – LGRAB’s Third Chicago Cocktail Party Ride! Co-hosted by John Greenfield. Leaving from the Wicker Park Fountain at 3:00 p.m. Dress fancy – all are welcome!
  • Friday, November 19 – Thought You Knew calendar gala-gallery launch party at the COOP. (<– check out TYK, it’s an awesome project!!!)
  • Saturday, November 20 – The 2010 Chicago Sadie Hawkins Style Ride. 12 p.m. starting at The Blue Frog. Registration is required and you must have a partner.
  • Monday, November 29 – Biking the Boulevards premier with Geoffrey Baer. 7:30 p.m. on WTTW Chicago Public Television.
  • Saturday, December 4 – Active Trans’ Bike Town Bash. 7-11 p.m. at Dank Haus in Lincoln Square.

See you there!

(Especially the Cocktail Party Ride!!  Okay?  Okay!)

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6 thoughts on “Cocktail Party Ride! and other bike events

  1. Jim Phillips says:

    Wow! I am very impressed with all the cycling activities in Chicago. Sounds like great fun. Wish I were there!!

    best,

    JimP

  2. Simply Bike says:

    That’s it! I’m getting back on the Megabus and heading your way! I hope that guest room is still empty for the rest of the month :)

    Sounds fabulous, especially the cocktail ride, and I look forward to the pictorial narration of some of these. And good luck this evening! The panel sounds so interesting, I would have loved to attend something like that. I would love to hear about it afterwards!

  3. E A says:

    Awesome!
    Hard to keep up with all these events… but I’m trying. ;-)

  4. Trying not to be a hater... says:

    Do you find TYK to be incredibly objectifying and sexist? Their site header is a group of disembodied legs…

    I’m really trying hard to get behind their mission statement “Frustrated with being pegged as either mechanically savvy but asexual, or cute but inept with their bikes, the TyK Ladies PinUp Calendar showcases the dual nature of being a woman,” and to accept the pinup style for what it is, but I still find this project to be unsettling. Last year’s design was a large color photo of the pinup “fantasy” shot, with some really tiny black and white “reality” shots of the women without makeup. I guess the sexy pinup identity is a bigger part of the “dual nature of being a woman”.

    I do give them props for donating $ to womens health, but I unfortunately take issue with the sexy objectification they’re using to raise funds.

    I’m trying not to be a hater, but g’damn that is some ethnic objectification: http://thoughtyouknew.us/new/ladies-2011/miss-april/ In last year’s calendar the only Asian woman they had was carrying a spear in the jungle. =

    I do, however, totally love this photo, and I think it is really powerful: http://thoughtyouknew.us/new/ladies-2011/miss-february/ She’s lookin’ hot and capable without objectifying her cleavage, a naughty pose, or a skin-tight dress with open-laced sides.

    Thanks for letting me share my thoughts here.

    • Dottie says:

      Hi, sorry for taking so long to respond. I was not ignoring you, just needed to find the time and opportunity.

      Your point is valid and I can see how you and others could find the campaign sexist. Personally, I do not find it sexist. Part of the reason, I’m sure, is that I know the woman who creates the calendar and some of the women who have posed for it. I know that they come from a feminist and non-exploitative place. One thing to consider is that the women who started the calendar did so as a response to their experience in the bike community, where they felt that their femininity was stripped from them. As if they could not be both womanly and bicyclists.

      I think the fact that they have the b&w everyday shots is a great asset to the calendar and I’m not bothered by the fact that the everyday shot is smaller. Also, the fact that they give all proceeds to the Chicago Women’s Health Center (which is awesome, I’ve been there) says a lot about their intentions.

      Finally, although I usually have a knee-jerk reaction to disembodied legs (or any other female body part) in this context I do not find it offensive. Bicyclists have awesome legs, both men and women. Incidentally, this year there will also be a pin-up TyK calendar featuring men. And I don’t think that merely showing off one’s cleavage is equal to objectifying one’s cleavage. The human body is beautiful and I see nothing inherently wrong in emphasizing that beauty.

      Regarding the cultural depictions (making women of color “exotic” as you suggest) I do not know enough about that to state an opinion here. Your description makes me think it may be a problem, but I have not looked at all of the pictures to make a judgment, nor have I talked to the women featured to get their opinion or input on the styling.

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