Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays To All!

All of us at GSB wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukah, and a Blessed Holiday Season.  (And, if you’re opening gifts, we hope one of those packages contains one of the things your little biking heart has been longing for.)  If like me you are giving gifts that keep on giving for a long time (bikes and bike stuff), remember to support our local bike retailers!  (Sandie) 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

If It's Warm Enough to Ski, It's Warm Enough To Bike!

Shorewoodians and GSB members Tom & Mara Kuhlman, winter bike commuting together to work downtown on the OLT. 

Oh so cool, and oh so stylish. 
Now that snow is on the ground, this gives you the chance to take what would otherwise be an unsafe, boring drive in your cold and polluting car, into an epic adventure!  As was indicated at the recent Riverwest symposium on winter bike commuting, whether you drive or you bike, when you first walk out of the house, guess what, it be cold!  But the good thing about bike commuting is 30 to 60 seconds later, you're biking and about that time, you're probably already warm.  Whereas if you're in your car, your car might take 5 to 10 minutes to warm up, you're completely unconnected to nature, and when you get to where you're going, you've probably got to trudge some distance from where you park, to where you work.  Guess what, you be cold again!  Not so the bike commuter, who arrives at work nice and warm (in fact, for the novice winter commuter, too much warmth is usually a greater problem than too much cold).  Upon arrival, the biker parks right next to the entrance, and walks in refreshed, healthy and ready for the day.  And snow on the ground in Milwaukee increases ambient light, so it's not near as dark out as it is when there is no snow on the ground, and you are biking home in the evening.  In short, biking is a better way to get to and from work, or the store, no matter what the temperature.  Booyah! (Sandie)

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Winter Biking, BOOYAH!

Tis the Season for some winter biking.  Why just drive to work, when you could make your commute into an epic adventure instead? "Neither snow nor rain nor sleet nor gloom of night stays these cyclists from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" It's good to see that despite the darkness and the cold, we're still seeing a goodly number of morning and evening bike commuters out on the OLT (including your GSB leaders, Doc Waters and J.Doc Pendleton).

If you are interested in getting the fully skinny on how fun and easy winter biking and commuting can be, consider attending the Get Your Cog On - Winter Biking Forum. Our friends at MKE Bike Collective hosting what should be a really cool event at the Riverwest Public House (just across the River, at 815 E Locust Street). Here are the details:
  • 6pm to 8pm- Winter Biking Forum
  • 9pm to 12am- Dance Party
  • $5 Cover Charge; includes Raffle Ticket to win a Bike
  • All benefits the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective
  • Come learn and share the wonders of winter biking and then dance your cogs off to celebrate another year of the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective!
Hope to see you there (though not necessarily see you dance).  Bike there or be square.  (Sandie)