On a very cold Saturday evening, a group of fun-loving city cyclists came together for a midwinter celebration at local Chicago shop, Dutch Bike Co. A time to recharge batteries, talk with cool people and drink lots of wine out of a cargo bike. :)
Among the cool people there (I wish I’d taken even more pictures!) was Janet, a writer and illustrator who rides an Oma and blogs at Tuttle Tattle.
And Steve, who just returned from a whirlwind European trip, including stops in Amsterdam and Copenhagen. You can read about his trip at Steven Can Plan.
The array of bikes parked outside was beautiful, including this Madsen owned by Ashley of new blog One Less Minivan.
Between chatting and sipping, I had time to gawk at all the cool stuff, including Po Campo’s new prototype laptop pannier made by local ladies, Maria and Emily.
Also on display, Dutch seat covers and Yepp kid seats.
And these amazing navy blue and green Brooks saddles. Has anyone seen colored leather saddles like these before? I’m intrigued!
I’m lucky to have such great local bike shops in Chicago. A good local shop can become a meeting place for like-minded folk and help create a feeling of real community, even in a big city. This celebration was all about socializing, talking to old friends and meeting new ones. Such opportunities are rare. Usually in the bike community, every event is organized around either recreation, like a group ride, or advocacy work. I think merely talking with other people who “get it” is an effective, subtle form of advocacy, and a fun recreation to boot.
I encourage everyone, wherever you may live, to approach your local bike shop about hosting a similar celebration. Get the ball rolling in your own community!
(Dutch Bike Co. is a sponsor of LGRAB. It’s also my local bike shop, which I’ve been writing about since long before we had sponsors.)