Tuesday, December 15, 2009


It's Holiday time, which means you might be a little sick of hanging out with your overbearing and football obsessed family. Well, if this be you, then we have the perfect event to ease your pain...

HOLIDAY PARTY AT BICI!!!! which gives (me at least) a great excuse to get out of awkward family time ("Sorry Grandma, I have a really important function I need to be back for") and get your drink on!

Some proposed activities include:

  • Revival of Sunday night skids
  • Return of the Crit around Rhodes Park
  • Christmas Cookies
  • Holiday Appropriate Beverages
  • Alan gettin' down to #radiorap
  • Hip Hop Dance Party
All, some, or none of things will be happening so you'll just have to show up and find out!

BYOB folks, we ain't got no monies round here.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Shop Hours

Hi All!

We're now running our shop from 6-8 for the forseeable future. If this makes you unhappy, leave a comment or email one of us (anna elisa alan OR info @ bicicoop.org)

Happy biking, and come see us at BAMACROSS this Sunday at Sloss Furnaces! Madness, Cowbells, Brent kickin out the jams, Tailgaiting, and Good People beer. Why the hell wouldn't you be there?!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Critical Mass!

Friday, Oct 30 7pm Bici HQ. Will be dark so bring lights.


See you then.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bici Coop Jerseys!

Our buddy and designer Paul Halupka just finished up the first official Bici Coop jersey design. We are really excited about it and want you guys to be a part of it. We are taking pre orders to help fund their production and will be selling whatever other ones we can get made on the first run at the shop. The cost to you is $75. We will have short cut zippers for the ladies and full zip for the guys. Message alan {at} bicicoop {dot} org for details and ordering.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Upcoming Bici Events

We have a ton going on, so I figured we should let you know and get it on your calendars fast. Fall is here, which means bike season is in full swing. With weather like this, driving seems just...wrong. So, get on your bike and ride! Bike have issues from summer riding? Is it dusty in the basement? Bring it in and let us help you get it running again.

Bici Events:

Saturday Oct. 3: The Show at Woodlawn Bike Valet. Come out and support local art, neighborhood revitalization and enjoy the crisp fall night. You ride, we watch your bike...everyone wins!

Saturday Oct 10: Bici Work Day! We need to clean out and clean up. We need your help. running the shop is hard work and we are a bit backed up with bikes that need stripping, benches that need building and parts organization. Oh, and a bit of gardening. 2pm-till? Pizza provided. Food and Fun. Please let us know if you can help! and please please help...

November 7-8: Moss Rock Festival. We will be there preaching the Gospel of Bici. come say hi.

Nov. 14: Food Summit 2009. We will be leading a Bike Tour of some Community Gardens in Birmingham. What better way to see them than on the back of a bike? Sign up to participate.


It is so hopeful to see this many events including bikes and the community!

Oh, and don't forget about BAMACROSS! Bici has a Cross Racing team this year that we are excited about. Hope to see you at the races.

One more thing: Alan and Sam are riding in this years Ride for Wishes this weekend. We wish them the best and are proud of them. They raised money, trained and are traveling this weekend to make it happen. If you would like to donate, shoot Alan an email at alan@bicicoop.org

See everyone on the roads and around town.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bike Valet at The Show at Woodlawn

Bici will be providing Bike Valet at Birmingham Art Collectives The Show at Woodlawn. We are excited to be involved with such an event in our city. "The Birmingham Art Collective works to help artists, designers, photographers, writers, musicians, actors, and other creatives in Birmingham promote themselves and their work." (from their website)

This show will be a chance to introduce people to Woodlawn, a neighborhood in our dear city.

Providing Bike Valet is encouraging people to get to know that neighborhood in a way that you just can't get in a car.

How does it work?

You ride your bike to the show, bring us your bike, get a ticket...that's it! We keep your bike safe and you get to bypass the parking hassle and do a good thing at the same time. You will be able to ride right up to the door! How can you turn that down?

What's that...you want the details? Well, ok:

October 3rd, 2009

5-10pm (we will be there from 4:30 to 10:30 taking and valeting bikes)

Woodrow Hall
5504 1st Avenue North | Birmingham, Alabama 35212 (click address for map)

Awesome Art from some wonderful Bici friends, and many others. Truly, a night to better get to know your city and the talented folks in it.

Please ride your bike. It would mean so much to us. If you plan to buy some art, we will figure out a way to get it to you, Promise. Let's make this our biggest Bike Valet event ever!!

Email me if you need help figuring out the best route from your house. elisa@bicicoop.org

We will hopefully be posting suggested routes this week.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Critical Mass Friday at 7! 9/25

It is here again. Critical Mass time! We have been getting a great crowd each month...let's keep it up. Same as last month. Roll out from Bici at 7. Since it is getting dark early, we need to roll out on time. Feel free to gather at the shop around 6:45.

Friday 9/25
Bici Cooperative (1211 28th Street South suite G2)
Leaderless, fun ride!

Oh, and check out Sidewalk Film Festival this weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Alabama bike laws

We get lots of questions about what the laws for Bicycles in the State of Alabama are. In order to help everyone, here they are. Please read them carefully and ride safely.

It is kind of long, but I didn't want to leave any out!

Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles.

Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this chapter, except as to special regulations in this article and except as to those provisions of this chapter which by their nature can have no application.
(Acts 1980, No. 80-434, p. 604, §12-102.)

Riding on bicycles.

(a) A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.

(b) No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.
(Acts 1980, No. 80-434, p. 604, §12-103.)

Clinging to vehicles.

No person riding upon any bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
(Acts 1980, No. 80-434, p. 604, §12-104.)

Riding on roadways and bicycle paths.

(a) Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

(b) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.

(c) Wherever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.
(Acts 1980, No. 80-434, p. 604, §12-105.)

Carrying articles.

No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the driver from keeping at least one hand upon the handlebars.

Lamps and other equipment on bicycles.

(a) Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the department which shall be visible from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to the red reflector.

(b) Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
(Acts 1980, No. 80-434, p. 604, §12-107.)

Violations of article as misdemeanor; responsibility of parent or guardian; applicability of article.

(a) It is a misdemeanor for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this article.

(b) The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this chapter.

(c) These regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any highway or upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles subject to those exceptions stated herein.

Bicycle Safety laws


As used in this article, the following words shall have the following meanings:

(1) BICYCLE. A human-powered vehicle with two wheels in tandem design to transport by the act of pedaling one or more persons seated on one or more saddle seats on its frame. "Bicycle" includes, but is not limited to, a human-powered vehicle designed to transport by the act of pedaling which has more than two wheels when the vehicle is used on a public roadway, public bicycle path, or other public road or right-of-way, but does not include a tricycle.

(2) OPERATOR. A person who travels on a bicycle seated on a saddle seat from which that person is intended to and can pedal the bicycle.

(3) OTHER PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY. Any right-of-way other than a public roadway or public bicycle path that is under the jurisdiction and control of the state or a local political subdivision thereof.

(4) PASSENGER. Any person who travels on a bicycle in any manner except as an operator.

(5) PROTECTIVE BICYCLE HELMET. A piece of headgear which meets or exceeds the impact standard for protective bicycle helmets set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or the Snell Memorial Foundation, or which is otherwise approved by the Alabama Department of Public Safety.

(6) PUBLIC BICYCLE PATH. A right-of-way under the jurisdiction and control of the state, or a local political subdivision thereof, for use primarily by bicyclists and pedestrians.

(7) PUBLIC ROADWAY. A right-of-way under the jurisdiction and control of the state or a local political subdivision thereof for use primarily by motor vehicular traffic.

(8) RESTRAINING SEAT. A seat separate from the saddle seat of the operator of the bicycle or a bicycle trailer or similar product that is fastened securely to the frame of the bicycle and is adequately equipped to restrain the passenger in the seat and protect the passenger from the moving parts of the bicycle.

(9) TRICYCLE. A three-wheeled human-powered vehicle designed for use by a child under the age of six.
(Acts 1995, No. 95-198, p. 306, §2.)

The purpose of this article is to reduce the incidence of disability and death resulting from injuries incurred in bicycling accidents by requiring that, while riding on a bicycle on public roadways, public bicycle paths, or other public rights-of-way, all operators and passengers who are under 16 years of age to wear approved protective bicycle helmets, and by requiring that all bicycle passengers who weigh less than 40 pounds or are less than 40 inches in height be seated in separate restraining seats.

Unlawful for person to use bicycle under certain conditions.

It is unlawful for any person to use a bicycle on a public roadway, public bicycle path, other public rights-of-way, state, city, or county public park under any one of the following conditions:

(1) For any person under the age of 16 years to operate or be a passenger on a bicycle unless at all times the person wears a protective bicycle helmet of good fit, fastened securely upon the head with the straps of the helmet.

(2) For any person to operate a bicycle with a passenger who weighs less than 40 pounds or is less than 40 inches in height unless the passenger is properly seated in and adequately secured in a restraining seat.

(3) For any parent or legal guardian of a person under the age of 16 years to knowingly permit the person to operate or be a passenger on a bicycle in violation of subdivision (1) or (2).

Now you know! So make sure to get that front light and rear reflector...it's the law!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Bici takes on Atl!

Well folks, in just a few hours we leave for Atlanta, where we will be competing in FM24, a 24 relay hour race put on by Faster Mustache! We are scared, excited, scared and stoked. Somehow we managed to have 2 teams representing the Magic City...The Bici Coop Dapper Lads (Alan, Jesse, Sam, Bob, Matthew) and the The Bici Coop SexyFun (Elisa, Anna, Kate, Brooke, Patrick, Tommy).

Food is packed, tents are rented and lycra is washed. We are ready to hang out, meet new people, ride our butts off and have a ton of fun.

Want to see how we are doing? Check out the race tracker, where you can watch us in real time to see how we are stacking up. Considering there are Pro racers competing, we are not expecting to see any big wins...but you never know!

follow us on Twitter as well to see how we are doing! http://twitter.com/bicicoop

Photos and round up to follow. wish us luck. If you are in Atl, come by and say hello!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Shop closed for Labor Day!

We are taking tonight of to celebrate not working! Enjoy your night, find something fun to do, but don't come looking for us.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Work day cancelled - rain enemy #1 to co-op!

The rain makes it difficult for us to work both outside and inside because we have a bit of a flooding problem in the back room. Thus, we're postponing our manual labor fun - maybe for next weekend. We'll updated when we fix a date!

Here's hoping you find something nice & dry to occupy yourself today.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Critical mass this Friday!

Oops for got about critical mass!
But, this Friday, we'll be at the shop (1211 28th st s) hanging out. Be ready to ride out at 7. Slow pace, no set route, etc etc. Unfortunately, no circular bikes either.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Work Day this Sunday at 2:00!

This Sunday we're going to put down the wrenches and chain whips in favor of hammers and shovels, and work on beautifying Bici's shop! We have a garden mess happening outside that we hope to clear out, a bench that needs building, and a back room of doom. Come one come all and help us get this stuff done! We'll provide food stuffs and post work libations.

Sunday, August 30, 2:00 - 7:00 @ Bici HQ. Bring your tools!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Big Thanks and Big Love

Well the Flirty 30 was equal parts exciting, horrifying, unbelievable, fun, draining, and drunken. Congrats to all the winners and thanks to everyone who came out to race and/or party. I especially want to thank those few brave men who came out with their skirts and showed us ladies what it's all about. Also, thanks to all our fabulous sponsors: Green Guru, Recycled Accessories, Headset, Crestwood Coffee Company, Banjo Brothers, Some New Trend, Chrome, and Bikeskirt. And a big thanks to PBR for supporting the Sunday Night Skid, who then shared their beer-rific leftovers with us. Hooray!

For those of you who don't know, Rebecca Barton got in an accident while racing and ended up with a serious head injury. She is still in critical condition at the hospital, so please keep her in your thoughts. We all hope for a speedy and complete recovery. Unfortunately, she wasn't wearing a helmet. We've decided to make helmets mandatory for all future events; I just wish that it wasn't an accident that prompted us to make such a rule.

Please wear your helmet folks!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Volunteers needed for Flirty 30 Alleycat this Saturday!

We have the prizes, we have the stops, we have the racers, and we have tons of FREE PBR!
It's going to be a hell of a party, that's for sure.
But one thing we don't have is enough volunteers to run the stops! If you'd like to help out, then given Alan a shout: alan@bicicoop.org

Thanks and see you all on Saturday!

Oh! And...


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Flirty 30 alleycat not sexist anymore

Hey Guys! Been grumbling and complaining about being left out of our next alleycat? Well distress no longer. We have decided to create a special category for ya to race with only one little hitch - you have to wear a skirt!
To the thrift you must go...that is unless you already have one ; )

Thanks to all our sponsors; we're forever grateful for your generosity!

flirty 30

Monday, August 3, 2009

A chance to help out

This is from Birmingham's infamous DirtDog and his cycling group email. If you can come out and help, please do. I can't imagine life without a bike, and don't think anyone else should.


We could really use some help from local cyclists next Friday, August 7th. At the Lakeshore Foundation, we'll be helping U.S. Veterans that lost their sight in the service enjoy riding a bike again. This is an event called Operation Night Vision, and Steve Fair helps out every year. He's really short on volunteers this time and if any of you are willing to take a day to help out, we'd be eternally grateful.

We're looking for both strong riders willing to captain tandem bikes and also for people willing to assist the veterans as needed with getting on and off the bikes. Its an all day event, but there are two shifts (9-12 and 1-4) if you can't stay all day. Any time you are willing to give is greatly appreciated.

If you're interested or know someone that would be, please let me know! Its an incredible experience and one neither you or the soldiers will soon forget.........

Stacy Traffanstedt

Friday, July 31, 2009

Critical Mass is Tonight...unless it's raining

It is time again for critical mass! We'll meet up at Bici HQ (1211 28th St s) and ride out around 7. Grill party afterward - byob/m/veggies. HOWEVER, if it's raining then we probably won't be there. You can still show up and ride if you want!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Bici invades Pepper Place

As summer continues, and the weather gets warmer, we start wanting a cool refreshing smoothie to keep our temperatures down, don't you?

Well, starting this Saturday and continuing on until Oct 10, Bici will be partnering with Jones Valley Urban Farm to blend your breakfast at Pepper Place Farmers Market!

Come by anytime between 7-12, follow the steps outlined in our groovy new poster (thanks TSC!) and pedal your breakfast. What better way to start the day? Peaches, blueberries and strawberries are all in season...yummy. You buy some fruit from one of the many farmers, we provide the yogurt and ice, you provide the power and voila! (Oh, and it's FREE...although donations are always welcome)

See you Saturday!

Monday, July 6, 2009

So much going on this coming weekend!

First we have the Atlanta crew, with a fun filled weekend! No Brakes is having their 2nd Anniversary Race & Party on Friday, July 10.
On Saturday there's a pro velo race at the Dick Lane Velodrome, should be awesome to watch. Then on Sunday there's another velo race, this time for messengers and city bikers, with Cyclehawk's velocity. Winners get a free trip to Tokyo!

Pensacola Alley in Pensacola, Fl is also having a fun filled weekend, with their Blue Angels Alleycat. Looks like a whole lotta good times, and the beach too!
Finally, here in Birmingham we have a couple of things that you really should attend. If you haven't heard yet, our dear beloved Bottletree Cafe is in a financial pickle, and needs YOUR sweet lovin' to help them out! Saturday night they are having a free show to help business, so get yo booty over there and buy some drinks! Yours truly will be there rocking out (or something similar) with Andy's Tea Party.
Sunday night is the first of many events with The Sunday Night Skid! Every other Sunday our dear pals Matthew and John are going to be running the show with sprints and bike games. They are also doing some sort of point system, but you'll have to go to their site to get info on that.
Leave a comment if you'll be attending any of these events, or if you're looking to carpool!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Sunday Night Sprints are back.

Two buddies of the shop, Matthew Barton and John Sloan, have brought back Sunday Night Sprints. They even started a blog. Follow them for more info.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Cyclists are Birmingham (and so are you!)

Hey kids!

As part of our mission to create a community in Birmingham, we are carrying some select local goods. One that we are really excited about are the iambham T-shirts. Andrew is a really cool guy and supporter of Bici.

Come by and get yo self one of these. Be as cool as Vulcan (and me...I have one that i wear as soon as it is clean each week!).

$15 with a % of proceeds helping Bici. woot woot. looking good AND doing good. win win.

see you soon.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Critical Mass this Friday!

Hey everybody, this Friday, the 26th, is the next critical mass so come on down to the shop and ride with us!
At 6:00 pm we will start things off right @ Bici HQ with a cooler and grill - byob/meat
At 7:00 pm it will be time to hop on our bikes and ride with wild abandon down the streets of the Magic City, drivers beware
After that...who knows?!

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A big Bici Thank you

Thanks to everyone who came out to our 1st Annual Bici Garden Party Race and Party at Jones Valley Urban Farm. It was a wonderful success! We had a surprising and encouraging turnout.

Thanks to our sponsors: Rojo, Primavera Coffee, Action Wipes, Jones Valley, Some New Trend and Banjo Brothers.

Special thanks also to all the folks who volunteered. This event could not have happened without you out there at the stops, marking manifests and cheering on the racers.

We had folks from all over the city and some fellas from Atlanta come out to ride and race. A large group did a fun ride around the city and threw seed bombs in an attempt to spread some Bike Love to areas that need some beauty and life. Mt.St.Mtn played and really rocked our faces off. Jones Valley had the bike blender out and some fantastic Bellinis were pedaled to creation. The Keg was tapped, the food was eaten and all was well.


1st place-Stewart Haddock of Atlanta
2nd Place- Jason Barker of Birmingham
3rd Place-Chris Schwartz of Atlanta

The race was incredible. The racers had to get to the 9th floor of a parking deck, navigate a gay pride parade (unplanned!) and find an obscure building downtown. There were 3 flats but no injuries. A good night indeed.

Stay tuned for the next Alleycat. Bike Skirt may be sponsoring...so you never know what will happen!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

Volunteers needed for this weekend.

We are having an event this weekend at Jones Valley Urban Farm and we need volunteers to help us setup, work race check points and cleanup after the party is done. Who is down? We need 12. First 12 to respond get into the event for free. Hit us up at info at bicicoop dot org. thanks!

Bike Valet

Thanks to everyone who came out and biked to Brewfest this year. Our first Bike Valet was a success! Hopefully this is the start of something good in Birmingham.

Thanks to our volunteers...we couldn't have done it without you.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

How does it feel to be in last place? Sort of terrible, actually.

I was reading the latest post over on lets go ride a bike and, after reading about Trish's disappointment over Tennessee's low ranking on the League of American Bicyclists list state's bike friendliness, I decided I would check Alabama's.  I knew it would be low, but I certainly didn't expect that we would be in the very last spot.  Number 50; seriously harsh!

I guess it's time for Alan, Elisa, and I to change that...ALL HAIL BICI!

(Cross-posted from BikeSkirt)

Monday, June 1, 2009

Brewfest Bike Bus Routes!

Okay everyone, here are the bike bus routes that we will be leading to the Brewfest this Saturday.

So at 2:15 we will be departing from the Botanical Gardens. Here is the route.

By 2:30 the Botanical Gardens group should be at the Bici HQ at 1211 28th St South to pick up Brewfesters from that location. At that point they will continue to Sloss.

In addition to the Over the Mountain-Southside/Highland ride there will be a group leaving from Crestwood Coffee at 2:45. WE STILL NEED A LEADER FOR THIS RIDE! If you are comfortable leading this ride please email me at alan {at} bicicoop {dot} org. This is the route:

Hope to see you there!

Bike love,


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Free the Hops! Share the Road!

Last night, Anna and I biked to the Free the Hops meeting (side note: never, EVER bike down Valley Ave!) to propose Bike Valet at Magic City Brewfest.

It literally took about 30 seconds to convince them to get on board. The idea of making Brewfest a completely green event is exciting and we are happy to be a part of it. They gave us primo parking location...right next to the entrance. We are hoping to get a good buzz going about this and show that Birmingham is not as backwards and behind as most people think!

What is Bike Valet?
Like Car Valet or coat check! You ride up (we will also be posting routes and having group rides to the event), drop off your bike, we give you a ticket...you drink and be merry while we make sure your 2 wheeled friend stays safe and cozy. At the end, show us your ticket, we give you back your ride. You go home feeling happy and good about doing something good for Mother Nature (can't speak for your liver!)

Why Bike Valet?
Have you tried to park down there? Yeah, it is bad. Plus, you get to enjoy the scenery and park for free (donations welcome!), knowing your bike is safe and secure. Can you say that about your car? nope.

What is Free the Hops?
Alabama has a stupid law that limits beer sold to be 6% alcohol by volume or below, which prevents us from getting delicious "craft" or "gourmet" beers. Free the Hops has been lobbying to change the law for a number of years. We're on pins and needles right now because the bill has passed the senate, but we're waiting on the Governors signature for the law to be changed. He has until Monday night I think so fingers crossed!

Why are you doing this?
To be kind to our earth, promote cycling and hopefully set a precedent in Birmingham for other large events. Bike Valet is the future!!!

How do I get there?
More info to come, with routes from various locations as well as meeting places for group rides there.

How can I help?
We need volunteers to help us. We have no idea how many bikes to expect. If you can help (PLEASE!) either night, shoot Anna an email at anna@bicicoop.org

Stay tuned for more details!

check back for more info.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

DOT article on bike safety

This is from todays post on Life in the Fast Lane, the blog kept by the Department of Transportation (DOT):
May 20, 2009
Bicycling is only healthy when you ride safely

It's clear that bicycling is good for the environment...when it takes vehicles off the road. It's also clear that bicycling is good for your health...when you practice safety.

May is National Bike Safety Month. As this Administration works to develop environmentally-sound transportation options, making our streets more bike-friendly is high on the list. Our roads and communities must be built to allow people to get around safely outside of their cars, on bike or on foot.

But, as more people take to bicycling, that idea can only be sound when drivers and cyclists help each other share the roads safely.

Motorists should:

Recognize that bicyclists have a right to ride on the roadway;
Stay alert and keep distractions to a minimum;
Make a complete visual check for bicyclists before entering or leaving a lane of traffic.

But, bicyclists have an obligation as well. They should:

Ride on the roadway, rather than on sidewalks;
Follow the same rules of the road as other vehicles;
Wear a bicycle helmet every time you ride;
Make yourself visible, day and night.

Please take the time to visit the content-rich Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center and the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Best practices for bicycle safety can also be found on the League of American Bicyclists and Bicycle Safe sites. The International Bicycle Fund has a great list of bike safety resources.

We all know about "defensive driving." But, bicyclists are vulnerable and exposed in a way that motorists simply are not. While we are working to improve conditions for bicyclists on the roadways, let's, please, remember the culture we've created over the last 100 years will not welcome bikes overnight. In the meantime, during National Bike Safety Month and throughout the year, I urge you to "bike defensively."

What do you think? I think that any emphasis on biking from the DOT is good, although I do see some errors in this (keep distractions to a minimum?? really...what about avoid distractions).

What are your thoughts?

Speaking of bike Safety, hope you can join the Ride of Silence tonight in Birmingham. Leaves Homewood Cycles at 7pm. This is a ride to remember those who have been killed on bikes and to raise awareness.

stay safe and ride hard

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

National Bike to Work Day after work drinkie at J. Clyde!

We're hoping to see some familiar faces at Bike to Work Day on Friday; it's going to be great fun!  After work, we hope you'll ride over to the J. Clyde tavern on Cobb Lane to hang and get your drink on.  We're going to try and get there by 7 at the latest, but show up whenever you get off work or at whatever time is convenient - this is going to be a very relaxed form with no official start or end.  I'm heading over tonight to speak with an owner about getting some drink specials, so wish me luck!

UPDATE! Specials from the Clyde:
$2 Leinenkugal Classic Amber
$3 SweetWater Georgia Brown
$3 Fuller's ESB
$3 Fordham Helles
We will also tap a Terrapin Rye Cask Condition Ale $8 Imperial pint (20 oz.) or $5 1/2 Imperial pint (10 oz.). When you purchase a cask order Fried Green Tomatoes for $3.

Monday, May 11, 2009

There is a memorial ride for cyclists who have injured or killed on public roads coming up on Wednesday May 20th. The ride leaves the lot of the homewood cycles promptly at 7pm. So get there early and bring a helmet.

Volunteer and Mechanic meeting

Hey Kids, want to help? Already helping? Either way, we need you to come to this meeting.

Thursday, May 14
8pm, Bici HQ
(1211 28th Street South G2)
Behind Rhodes park

We will go over what we need, how to help, what a typical Bici shift looks like, etc

See you soon

bike love

Bike to Work Day

This Friday, May 15 is Bike to Work Day. I hope you all will chose the 2 wheeled steed as your transportation that day.

Does your bike need a little tune-up? come in this week, Monday and Thursday and get it ready to go!

There are also events in town Friday. We are working on getting some happy hours specials for cyclists during happy hour and will keep you posted. Stay tuned.

In the morning, I am planning to participate in the event below. Hope to see you there! meets in 5 Points at 7am for a ride through downtown. Come out and show the city that we exist and we need some infrastructure!

see you.

Monday May 4, 2009

For more information contact:
Tom Maxwell, Regional Planning Commission, 205-264-8445
Barbara Gower, Birmingham Bicycle Club, 205-790-6487

Birmingham Bike-to-Work Day 2009 Event
Friday May 15, 7:00 a.m.
May is National Bike Month! The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work Week
from May 11-15. Bike-to-Work Day is on Friday, May 15 at 7:00 a.m. A bicycle commuter convoy
will depart from the fountain at Five Points South (Birmingham’s Southside). The group will ride a 6-
mile route throughout Birmingham’s City Center to tour ongoing and future downtown revitalization
projects and to raise cycling awareness. The ride will terminate between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. at the
Center for Regional Planning and Design, 1731 1st Avenue North, where there will be a photo
opportunity, news media, cold drinks, and distribution of giveaway items for all participants. For
complete route information visit the Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization’s website:

The event is sponsored by the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham with support
from the Birmingham Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Birmingham Bicycle Club, Vulcan
Triathletes, Jefferson County Department of Health, Alabama Partners for Clean Air and
CommuteSmart Birmingham.

Citizens throughout America participate in this annual initiative by conducting group rides to highlight
the benefits of cycling as a viable mode of transportation and means of regular exercise for better
health. Taking your bike to work instead of the car improves regional air quality by reducing vehicular
emissions and can result in weight loss, stress reduction and improve cardio-vascular function. Biking to
work makes for good use of commute time and reduces costly fuel consumption for many Americans.
For metro Birmingham it makes more sense than ever! The League has set up an event website
providing information on events all across the nation: www.bikemonth.com

bike love.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Shop Open

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Grand Opening party! It was a raging success.

The shop is now open!

Hours: M/TH 6-9
Sat. 1-5

Memberships available now:

$80 yearly
$50 student (with valid student id)
$60 6 month membership

come by and fill out a embership form to join! We need members in order to keep it running smoothly. See our Membership Drive post for the benefits of joining.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Membership Drive!!

Hello friends! A question we are often asked is "How can I become a member of Bici?" Well, fret no more, tonight I answer that question.


1. How much does it cost? $80 per year
2. What do I get? A wicked awesome membership card. Oh, AND unlimited use of our tools and mechanics. You only pay for parts. Crazy, I know! Did I mention that we have members only nights? Third Thursday of every month is just for you guys! You are also supporting a really great thing in Birmingham.
3. How do I pay? Get us some cash money or write a check. We take both. One day soon we will have a Paypal account and you will be able to pay that way.
4. What don't I get? Us bothering you about money (like NPR...who we love, btw).

If you can't afford the $80, holler at us. We can probably work something out. We need committed volunteers. Nothing is free, but no one will be turned away for monetary reasons.

If you are interested in becoming a member, come by the shop. Answer some questions (so we can remember that you paid!) and you are golden. We can also start taking memberships on Friday night.

Who will be the first member? How cool would it be to be THAT person?


bike love

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bicycling for Transportation and Health

My pal April sent me this article from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about a study out of Portland earlier today.  I thought it was so great that I wanted to share it with you all.

The aim of the study was to see how people utilize their bikes, and to determine whether biking for transportation is a feasible way of achieving the recommended amount of physical activity.  Basically, the researchers put GPS tracking devices on bikes and tracked the number of miles that were rode over a seven day period. They found that 60% of riders were active even more than recommended, and the participants rode mostly for utilitarian purposes rather than for exercise.  
They also found that the majority of riders utilized bike lanes and separate paths, and that this type of infrastructure is an important element for riders.  From the article: "This study underscores active living can be achieved for adults through routine cycling for transport if the environment is supportive".

Hear that Birmingham? Wondering why we're so fat? One explanation: WE NEED A SUPPORTIVE BIKING ENVIRONMENT!

You can find a link to the RWJF article here, and the full journal article here.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Working hard and trying not to get electrocuted!

We had another workday last night, and now have a kickin' bench for you all to work on. The shop is almost ready folks; we look forward to seeing you all there this coming friday for our grand opening bash!

*wes, now that I've taken your picture you owe us some of that membership moolah*

Friday, April 24, 2009


that's right kids. anna, elisa, and i have been working round the clock on getting the shop ready for our may 1st grand opening. special thanks to terry jacks at non stop art, the guys at cahaba cycles, banjo brothers, DTMT, and our good friends at primavera coffee roasters. Also thanks to all the folks who came in to help us finish build out.

the race format is a relay. each racer will circle a highland ave loop (starting and ending at the bici shop). we will probably have heats of three teams, timing each teams' time and the team with the best time wins. pretty simple. we will have some music inside the shop, as well as giving tours, taking donations, and sipping on brewskies. that being said this event is BYOB for those that are of age.

if you have any old bikes, tools, storage shelves, or money you don't really want we promise we will put them to use so bring 'em down.