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Join Femmechanics for our 3rd Annual BABES BIKE BOSTON ALLEYCAT!

BBB is an alleycat for FTW (femme and/or trans and/or women) riders of all biking abilities!

We’ll meet at Paul Revere Park – registration at 2pm, start at 4pm.

This year we’ll be throwing something a little different at you! Instead of racing to whoever crosses the finish line first, this year’s event will reward a cunning, smart route in addition to speed and grit. We’ll have a long list of tasks and checkpoint locations worth a variety of points.

Every person must cross the finish line by 6:30. Whoever has collected the most points will be the winner!

$5 – $10 suggested donation as a fundraiser for Femmechanics

The ride will end at Smith Playground in Allston at the bike polo court. As long as weather permits, we will have a fun outdoor party to celebrate the best day of the year! Don’t worry. We have a rain plan ; )

Check out the Facebook event for more info!

Thank you to our generous sponsors. Support them because they support you.

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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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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.

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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)

 

 

Spring Organizing Meeting

The organizing meeting was AWESOME last week. Thanks everyone who came out and ate snacks and participating in spring scheming. Thank you Pavement Coffee House in Fenway for hosting us!

Here are the notes. If you couldn’t attend, but are interested in joining any of the subcommittees discussed – please email femmechanics@gmail.com and we’ll connect you to the right committee chair.

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Grrrease Time at Hub Cancelled tonight!

Sorry for the last minute notice but Grrrease Time at Hub is cancelled tonight (11/18)! There will also be no December Grrrease Time at Hub (Hub closes for the end of the year holidays). But it will be back and awesome as ever in 2016!

Don’t worry though – you can still work on your bike at Grrrease Times at Commonwheels Bicycle Co-Op the 1st Sunday of the Month, or at Bikes Not Bombs the 2nd Monday of the month.

Flat Fix Class at Quad Bikes!

Fixing Flats 101, Wednesday Nov. 11, 7:30-9pm
Quad Bikes, 51 Shepard St, Cambridge

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This class, run in partnership with Femmechanics, is primarily for femme, trans, and/or women (FTW) cyclists who are interested in learning some basics about their bikes. We’ll do an overview about how the different parts of bikes work, demonstrate how to change a flat, and have time for you to do some hands-on practice. After that, we’ll do a little open shop time*, so feel free to bring your bike by and we’ll do our best to help everyone. Skill sharing is encouraged!

The class will run on a sliding scale, from $0-$15, with proceeds going to pay for the Quad Bikes mechanics staffing the class. If you’re interested in attending, please sign up by emailing classes@quadbikes.org. First come, first served, and the class will be limited to 15 people.

*Shop time will be included in the class, but you’ll have to buy any parts you need.

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