Babes Bike Boston 2 Recap

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Photo: Martinas Andrius

The second year of Babes Bike Boston was the best yet, and we as the organizing team could not be more proud to see all you babely sharks come out to participate in this years event. Thank you to everyone for diving deep into the ocean with us!

 

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Photo: Martinas Andrius

In total 84 babes came out to ride, and we are so proud to see this event grow and reflect the growth of Femmechanics in the past year. This event would not be possible without the amazing community that Femmechanics has built in two short years of existence!

This years sharks discovered hidden creatures on a bridge, chased a shark in a park, smashed the system, fished for positive thoughts, took 2 different kinds of sealfies, wrote lune poems, drew sea creatures on bikes, signed petitions for bike infrastructure, and found holes in tubes (while blindfolded!). A huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped make all these check points possible, and to our volunteers taking photos and at the finishline!

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Overall Podium

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Rookie Podium! Photo: Chris Leung

We also want to give a huge thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make this event possible. We are so grateful to our community of bike brands, local businesses, shops, and more who support the FTW (femme/trans/women) bike community. Please support them, because they support you! Thank you All-City, Surly, Banjo Brothers, Kryptonite, Craft, Bern, Ferris Wheels, Trash Bags, Pike Powdercoating, Bella Luna, Bikes Not Bombs, Red Bones, Boston Organics and AlFreshCo.

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BOYCOTT BRASS Photo: Chris Leung 

A very special thank you to El Pelon and PBR for being foundational sponsors of this event and helping to make our after-party at POP Allston such a bumping party.

We’d also like to give some special shout-outs to Ellen Bechtel for making the AMAZING artwork this year, and for inspiring us with your ocean vision. Also a huge thanks to Boycott Brass for playing at our after-party and serenading us with those amazing 90s jams.

Spoke Card - Blue Hancock Shark

Check out the facebook album for more awesome photos.

Thank you and with much gratitude –

Your Babes Organizing Team

Brittany, Jasmine, Jess and Charlotte

 

Complete Manifests of Race:

1 Michelle 1st Overall
2 Marie 2nd Overall
3 Pocket (Sarah) 3rd Overall
4 Heather 1st Fixed
5 Leandra  
6 Chelsea  
7 Sandy  
8 Erica  
9 Natalie  
10 Ellen  
11 Karlie 1st Rookie
12 Courtney 2nd Rookie
13 Stacey 3rd Rookie
14 Jesse  
15 Paulina  
16 Robert  
17 Sofia  
18 Lynda  
19 Ashley  
20 Ruthy  
21 Aleta  
22 Amelia  
23 Rebecca  
24 Claire  
25 Julie  
26 Lindsey  
27 Jenny  
28 Megan  
29 Madeline  
30 Rebecca  
31 Marlene  
32 Bryn (?)  
33 Anne  
34 Carolyn  
35 Jess  
36 Michelle  
37 Judith 1st Out of Town
38 Kate DFL (complete)

 

 

Femmechanics Picnic

unnamedFemmechanics is going on a picnic!

We’ll meet at the Mass Ave bridge on the Boston side of the Paul Dudley White path, and enjoy a scenic leisurely ride along the Charles to Brighton where we’ll feast on our delicious goodies. After we’ll ride around into Harvard square for some soft serve.

Bring your favorite sandwich (or whatever you’d like to eat) and something (side dish, dessert, beverage) to share.

  • WHO: All femme and/or trans and/or women cyclists invited!
  • WHAT: A casual bike picnic ~9 miles from our starting point in Boston to Harvard Square.
  • WHEN: Saturday June 25th at 12pm
  • WHERE: Meet on the Paul Dudley White Path right below the Mass Ave Bridge on the Boston side.  See the star on the map below!Screen Shot 2016-06-01 at 8.36.23 AM
  • WHY: Cause Picnics are fun!  And bikes and food are awesome.

No need to RSVP, just show up ready to ride at 12pm!  Invite your friends to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/613119492183777/

Camping at Cape Ann!

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Join the Femmechanics crew for our first camping trip of 2016!  We will head out to Cape Ann on Saturday June 11th, spend the night and then return to Boston on Sunday June 12th.

We’ll have two route options, 35 miles and 11 miles.  Both starting in Boston and ending at the glorious Cape Ann campsite in Gloucester!

Want to join us?  We have a maximum number of 20 campers, so sign up today!

Some more deets:

  • This is an event for ALL femmes, trans folks, and/or women, regardless of how much experience or gear you have, or how many rides you’ve done. You’ll do awesome things, go on a gorgeous ride, and meet amazing folks.
  • Exact meet-up details will be shared closer to the event to registered campers, but on Saturday the 35 mile route will meet up at 9:00am and the 11 mile route will meet at 10am.
  • The Sunday return trip will have cue cards so that anyone needing to return at a certain time can make their way back themselves.  But, we will do our best to organize small groups to ride back together on Sunday morning.
  • You must sign up ahead of time at http://goo.gl/forms/HUrxz1Z8fbUcsIgd2  There are only 20 slots, so sign up today!
  • You’ll have to carry your own gear, so think small and light.  But we can share gear, please post on the Facebook event if you have/need any gear!
  • We ask for a sliding scale donation between $5 and $15, but if you need financial assistance let us know. Details on paying are on the signup form
  • Dinner, desserts, and breakfast will be provided by Femmechanics. As always, all dietary restrictions are catered to, tell us more on the sign up form!
  • This is a NO-DROP ride!  So don’t hesitate to sign up if you’ve never gone bike camping before, this is your longest ride, or you just started riding again, this IS the ride for you!

Grrrease Time now at Broadway Bicycle!

Last week we hosted our first Grrrease Time at Broadway Bicycle and it was a great success! THANKS to everyone who came out and to Broadway for hosting.

We’ll be there towards the end of every month from 6:30-8:30pm. The exact day will change so be sure to check our blog, Facebook, or Instagram for specifics. We are thrilled to be back on the north side of the river and hope to see more FTW folks from Cambridge and Somerville.

There were plenty of space and stands for everyone who came to work on projects and also to overhear and learn from projects that were happening around them. Broadway Bike’s mechanic, Kate, was on hand to offer her expertise and troubleshoot with those who needed.  There was a lot of general maintenance, cleaning, and chain work as people tried to reverse the impacts of winter and road salt, prepared for longer rides, and were thinking of cycling again with the promise of warmer weather. We also had people working on derailleurs and brakes, building bikes, and fixing flats.

We can’t wait for the next Grrrease Time at Broadway Bicycle in May!

 

 

Bike-In Movie!

10391513_1690028464601641_2358034794972399234_nWe’re hosting a super secret film screening! Hope you and your FTW friends can come. Here are some secret hints if you are savvy enough to research and want to know more secret details: We’ll be watching a movie about a Saudi girl who signs onto a Koran recitation competition as a way to raise money to buy a bicycle.

Thursday March 31st, 7pm at the Somerville Bike Kitchen: 339 Summer St. Somerville, MA 02144

*As a reminder this event is for FTW (femme and/or trans* and/or women).