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Let’s Go Ride a Bike: July to December

Trisha perfectly summarized the first six months of Let’s Go Ride a Bike. Here I look through the last six months, July to December 2009.

July 2009

In July Mr. Dottie and I went on a bike date to a French restaurant, Trisha biked with her brother in Indianapolis, and we advocating riding bikes to a rock show. Our female readers made their voices heard about cycling, Trisha fought the uphill battle, and I got hopping mad at honking drivers.

August 2009

I explored Chicago’s north lakefront trail and Trisha biked the Biltmore Estate. We demonstrated how to stay fresh during summer cycling, organized a Garden Party group ride in Nashville, and started a surprisingly lively conversation about how to signal a right turn. Safety was a running theme with discussions of security concerns and developing street smarts.

September 2009

I finally reviewed my Oma, it rained mushrooms in Nashville, Trisha and Oma had a summer fling, and we started our Vintage Style series. We took on the bike commuter stereotype and – again -the media’s gender gap analysis.

October 2009

October began with the world premier of our first how-to video, I met up with other female bike bloggers, and Trisha provided tips on cycling in the rain. The Bat met Elvis and Betty Foy played in leaves.

November 2009

Trisha received a Flik folding bike to try out and then got back to Bat. Mr. Dottie’s new bike Sir Raleigh joined the family, I got a new commute, we geared up for another winter of bike commuting, and mused on marketing bicycling.

December 2009

In December we enjoyed the spirit of Aloha with Trisha’s aunt. I experienced my first big snow ride of the season with the help of my studded tires and the Lakefront Trail.  Meanwhile, Trisha showed off her Basil panniers and continued the Vintage Style series.

That pretty much brings us current. This year of blogging has been amazing. Thank you so much for experiencing it all with us and helping to form a real community.  The lively discussions in the comment sections are the best parts of all these posts.

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New Site, Old Stories: A Look Back at Our First 6 Months

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.

January 2009
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.

February 2009
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.

March 2009
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.

April 2009
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!

May 2009
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.

June 2009
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!

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