We found this in our inbox and felt it worthy of posting here! Ride for a great cause on April 27 – in Darkness to Light’s first Glow Ride.
Hi Friends, Family, Acquaintances, Cyclists, Triathletes, and Bike Advocates!!!
Dust off your bicycle, grab some glow lights, and take spin around the town in the dark! This is free and fun for all ages. Please see flyer or email below for further information! Feel free to forward this event email to others.
WHEN: Friday, April 27th, Meet at 8:30 – Ride from 9:00-9:30
WHERE : The fountain at Marion Square, After party at Leaf at 9:30
WHY: To celebrate National Child Abuse Prevention Month,
Darkness to Light is hosting Charleston’s first Glow Ride!
We’re calling all Charleston cyclists to deck out their bikes with the brightest, most vivid, neon lights they own to light up the dark against child abuse. Just think of the tackiest Christmas lights you’ve ever seen, but bike style. Affordabike will be donating a prize to the “most pimped out ride.”
Leaf will be hosting an after party at 9:30 featuring 44 North Huckleberry
Vodka and lemonade specials for all of the participants. The ride and the after party will be free, but donations are recommended. Don't forget to look your best and chic.
For more information call: (843)965-5444 or visit D2L.org
Yes, we know it’s a bit early to start thinking about Halloween, but we can’t help ourselves because we are going to a cool Downtown Halloween party on October 29, that includes a pedestrian and bicycle parade around the Cannonborough/Elliotborough neighborhood, a party in the park, music, a pie contest, food trucks and more. Plus, it’s fun to have an excuse to shop for a costume on Ebay and Etsy.
So here’s an idea for any ladies who will be arriving by bicycle. What if we all try to replicate these gorgeous vintage bicycle posters?
Last night we had our very first Charleston Cycle Chic fashion show at the Bicycle Brewhaha – celebrating progress we’ve made toward making Charleston more bike-friendly. Hundreds of people showed up on a beautiful Charleston night as the sun set over the Harbor and a breeze blew off the water. We imbibed, we ate, we danced, we played, we bike-poloed and we rode the runway.
In Charleston, Cycle Chic is not only about pretty people on pretty bikes, it’s about being joyful, exuberant YOU on two wheels. So here some photos from our event last night (and we are kicking ourselves for not doing a video!) Thanks to all our amazing participants! The song in this slideshow is one we discovered in creating a soundtrack for the show. Kudos out to Coco Love Alcorn for her fun and cheeky song “I Got a Bicycle”.
This is an open ‘casting’ call for all our Charleston Cycle Chic-sters to be in an upcoming Cycle Chic fashion show as part of a big fun party called The Bike Brew Haha. We are seeking 20 participants – men and women, young and old with great bikes and a lively spirit. Here are the details:
What: The Bike Brew Haha – a party to celebrate the progress we’ve made toward a more bike-friendly Charleston. There will be music, beer, our local food trucks, bike polo, a bicycle fashion show, a spectacular view and more…
Where: The Maritime Center in Downtown Charleston
When: September 8, 2011 6PM-9:30PM
How: To apply to be a part of the fashion show, take a photo of you, your bike and the outfit you would wear and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org before August 27. Ladies – we encourage you to look lovely, and men – how about being dapper? But most of all be yourselves. This fashion show is all about the bike so make your ride look great and feel free to accessorize. We prefer bikes from local bicycle shops since we try to support our local businesses. Unless you have to you can get or rent a bike from sports authority. Look for deals and coupon codes online.
Your time commitment is minimal since all you have to do is respond to a few emails, then show up (on your bikes) to the party at 5PM for a dress rehearsal and stay on to have fun! In return, you’ll get one drink ticket, a free Charleston Moves t-shirt and some great photos of you.
Send the following to email@example.com
- Your Full Name
- Contact Email and Phone
- Bicycle type and where purchased. For example, a Biria Bike from Affordabike.
- A color photo of you on your bike.
It’s embarrassing to admit that we didn’t know about this blog until today. We know the person, have met her several times, follow her on Twitter, even saw her loading up her bike at the grocery store the other day.
But had not read her blog. Shame shame.
So here’s a shout out to a brave and beautiful woman, who gave up her car in favor of the bike, who rides with style and grace, and is pretty funny too. Read her blog now. High Heels and Two Wheels.
Erin, will you be our new mascot? Pretty please?
Here’s a pic of her courtesy of MNN
We came across this homage to girls on bikes courtesy of Copenhagen Cycle Chic. It’s impossible to look this breezy in a car. Watch and enjoy!
The men are just killin’ it lately in the Charleston Cycle Chic-dom. Check out Mr. Gidick in this photo provided by Hunter McRae on a bicycle provided by our very own Affordabike. It’s the perfect combo of Charleston new and Charleston old and classy style all the way around.
P.S. We are loving those Biria bikes. Ladies and gents, find yourself one.
We caught this gent out and about the other day, and wanted to give him a shout out for lookin’ so fine, on so chic a ride outfitted for the work-a-day. Stephan, we love your style, and particularly your springtime orange tie. I had an opportunity to chat with Stephan for a little while. It turns out he's a professional house cleaner and works for house cleaning agency called Maid Easy. His passion is to make houses undirty! We love it when a man knows how to get down and dirty :) He was also nice enough to give our readers and opportunity to try out the service for 20% off if you use the coupon code CHARLESTONCHIC! So drop that broom and head on over to tryupkeep.com to book your cleaning appointment right away and tell them the Charleston Chic sent you! I haven't had the opportunity to try them out yet but I've already booked an appointment. I'll let y'all know how it goes.
We came across this great letter from 1999, published in the Post & Courier and written by a tenacious woman named Mindy Spar. Read it and be inspired! (For the full text go to the P&C archives)
I want to ride my bicycle
BY Mindy Spar
The Post and Courier
Anyone who owns a car in this town knows that driving around here can be a headache. With all the one-way streets, pedestrians who don`t look where they are going, carriage drivers who don`t pull over when they are supposed to and tour buses that drive zero miles per hour, getting where you are going can be tough…..
I bought a bicycle about a year or so ago with intentions of riding it to work. Somehow, I kept finding excuse after excuse not to. First I didn`t want to ride home in the dark. Then when it stayed light later, I decided it was too hot. Then I couldn`t figure out a comfortable way to ride in a dress. Then I realized I had way too much stuff to schlep around and I couldn`t possibly carry it all on a bike. Then I kept hearing story after story of people`s bikes being stolen, and I figured my bike would be much safer if I didn`t use it.
After the bus incident, I decided to get real and put all of the excuses away. I spent the weekend gearing up: I bought a basket to carry my stuff in, bought a super-duper lock to protect my bike, I found some bicycle shorts to wear under my dress, and I decided to pull my hair back in a ponytail and to not be afraid of a little sweat.
D-day (or should I say B-day, as in bike day) dawned on Monday. I woke up early in anticipation. Every few minutes I checked the sky, but, alas, there were no rain clouds in sight. I pulled on my shorts, tied back my hair, secured my belongings in my basket, and off I went.
It was exhilarating. Even with the heat there was a bit of a breeze, and it felt great to be in the open air.
Usually, I drove the same route to work every morning, so I decided to weave through the back streets on my bike. I noticed new details on houses I`d seen a thousand times; the interesting way a porch curved on one house, the leaded glass windows on another, the latticed gate to a garden at yet another. I marveled at the amount of restoration and renovation that is being done in the downtown neighborhoods.
Before I knew it, I was at my destination. I was amazed that it took the same amount of time as driving had. And I felt great, albeit very sweaty. I was clearheaded and empowered to tackle the day.
Now, I ride to work every day. Instead of wishing for storm clouds, I dread them. (One day I had to drive to work and I appreciated my bicycle all the more; by the time I negotiated the traffic and bad drivers, I was a stress case before my work day had even begun.)
I vary my route and try to discover new things daily. I also watch the progress of the renovations and am excited by the new vitality in some of our older neighborhoods.
If I had only known what a great way this was to start the day, I would have thrown off those tired excuses ages ago. Granted, my sitbone and my legs were a little sore for a while, and my co-workers have had to deal with my outdoorsy odor, but those little inconveniences pale in comparison to the overall benefits.
Those benefits are endless; a chance to get some exercise, discover new things, clear the mind and body of stress, and do a little bit for the environment.
But the biggest benefit of all is, I feel as if I`ve given myself a gift. A gift of permission to take a few minutes every day to do something beneficial for myself. This is something in this hectic, rush-rush world we too often forget to do. Try it and see what a difference it makes.
For the new year Charleston Cycle Chic decided to have fun with Picnik. This is our statement for 2011. Do ya feel it?