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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7 thoughts on “Let’s Go Ride a Bike: July to December

  1. I love the picture of the biking garden party–i think that is such a wonderful idea (and something i would so love to do in 2010).
    i have been missing my bike while i’ve been home in california and i can’t wait to get back to it!
    by the way, i love the new blog format–gorgeous and so professional!

  2. anna says:

    Very stylish new site! I’m looking forward to visit regularly again!

    Lovely review too :).

  3. Trisha says:

    I love that pic of Betty Foy with the leaf! Agreed, it’s been an amazing year, and summing it up was a blast, wasn’t it? Cheers to 2010 and beyond!

  4. I love the new website and am pleased that you both are so geared up to commence another year of bike commuting and inspiring writing. Keep up the great work.

  5. sara says:

    Happy 2010, Dottie & Trisha. Your new site looks great, great, great. I am excited to see what the new year and the new site will bring. Cheers!

  6. Step-Through says:

    Thanks so much for the recap. I started reading your blog in September, so I had missed a lot. I’ve flipped through the archives but, for instance, had not seen the July post on women and bicycling. It echoes many of the things I’ve heard – needing better equipment for cargo and children, realizing that you can wear your regular clothes, learning that your own presence helps tame traffic. Hopefully, the real stories from you two and the other women out there will start to change perceptions.

  7. Academichic says:

    Hey you two,

    great review of the year past – your site is continuously awesome and I’m so glad to be a regular reader! I LOVE the look of this new page, it’s wonderful and it’s been duly updated on our blogroll.

    Keep up the wonderful work! S.

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