March’s women-who-bike brunch was small and cozy, thanks to some last minute location scheduling on my part, but at least having fewer people made it much easier to carry on a conversation. I had a great time hanging out with some of my favorite cycling mamas and a recent transplant to Chicago from Austin.
The scene: Wishbone
Lauren and Mimosa!
Jennifer and Ash
Me and Betty
Ash and her Madsen
The next brunch on April 3rd is already set to be another big one. If you’re in the Chicago area and are interested in attending, email me at LGRAB@letsgorideabike.com for the location details. The brunch is always the first Sunday of the month, so put it on your calendar.
In other news, I left my bike at home yesterday because the forecast called for thunderstorms and severe hail. Guess what? No thunder, no hail. I was tricked into taking the L train! Boo.
The women-who-bike brunch continues to grow each month, to my great delight. The fourth official brunch last Sunday was the biggest yet, with 20 women attending. This was after 6 people sent their condolences due to the inches of fresh falling snow that greeted us in the morning. Quite a few of us, including me, opted for public transportation due to the weather, but the important part was gathering together and talking with cool women, no matter how we traveled on that particular day.
By the time sunny spring rolls around, we’re going to change things up and start having pot luck picnics. We’ll have to: no restaurant will be able to contain us!
The brunch location: Ann Sather
Our table of 20
Martha and Chicargo Bike
Danielle and Megan
Famous Ann Sather Cinnamon Rolls
After interesting, intelligent, silly and fun conversation and many huge cinnamon rolls, it was time to unlock our bikes, talk some more and eventually disperse until next month.
Megan unlocks her bike
Sara and Danielle (the latter 9 months pregnant and riding her Christiana Trike!)
I’m eagerly looking forward to the next brunch already. We’ll have to meet up for a happy hour in the meantime. :)
The next women-who-bike brunch will take place on Sunday, March 6. If you would like to be on the email list for the time and location, please email me at LGRAB [at] letsgorideabike [dot] com. The more the merrier!
I also created a group on The Chainlink so we can more easily communicate among each other and continue spreading the word.
My third women-who-bike brunch was the biggest yet, with nearly 20 women gathering together on a freezing Sunday morning to enjoy each other’s company and $3 mimosas. I love these brunches for the opportunity to sit down and have great conversations with so many smart, fun women. Next we’ll expand to happy hours, in the spring we’ll start some group rides and from there we’ll take over the world.
Samantha, Kate, Megan, Martha, Lauren, Sara, Sarah
Eight women braved the streets after Saturday’s snow storm and rode to the second women-who-bike brunch at Handlebar in Wicker Park. After brunch we headed en masse to the Renegade Holiday Craft Fair, where we bumped into a couple of women separately who were familiar with the brunch event (Megan and Kristine, hope to see you next time).
How does one dress for winter cycling in Chicago? With style!
Sarah and Lauren
Kate and Sara
The group was a mix of experienced and new winter riders. While the temperature has not dropped to wintry depths yet, if anyone road a bike this weekend in Chicago, that person now knows what winter riding is like.
One of the attendees, Lauren, said, “I think I have officially convinced myself that winter biking isn’t all that bad — especially when a delightful brunch is the destination.” That’s what I like to hear!
The next brunch will be Sunday, January 9, and thereafter on the first Sunday of the month. If you would like to be included, email LGRAB [at] letsgorideabike [dot] com. If you’re not in Chicago, considering organizing a get-together in your town.
The Chicago women-who-bike brunch will take place the first Sunday of every month (except January’s will be the second Sunday to accommodate the new year holiday). The next brunch will be this Sunday, December 5.
If you would like to be included on the mailing list for the details, please email me at LGRAB [at] letsgorideabike [dot] com. If you asked to be included before but did not receive the message I sent yesterday, please send me another email. I did not purposely leave anyone out.