Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fear and Loathing in Atl

(I totally stole that post name from Alan, who came in one night and said "I am calling my next blog post Fear and Loathing in Atlanta!"...thanks A)

Want to see how Alan and I spent last weekend? go here and check out the awesome photo set. (or view below, whatevs)

Just today I was thinking about how much I missed the community of last weekend. I can't wait until we have that in Birmingham. All in due time, all in due time...

*thanks to Sopo and Sopofaceman for the awesome shots

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bici shout-outs

A quick shout out to everyone we met this weekend at bike!bike!. It was a privilege to spend a weekend with great, like-minded people. We met so many interesting, kind, crazy, fun and authentic folks. Riding with all of you was a blast, and we can't wait to do it again.

Special thanks to the crew at Sopo. You housed us, fed us (thanks to Food Not Bombs Atlanta) and taught us a TON. Your shop is an inspiration. As a bonus, you guys are all cool as hell.

If anyone is in the Birmingham area, hit us up. We'll ride the mean streets, drink some beer and dance our asses off! You always have a couch or floor to crash on here in the Dirty South.

See you soon, spreading the bike love!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Bike! Bike! report. Day One (and a half)

Well, today was Day one of bikebike SE. Yesterday Alan and I arrived and met some really cool folks, had dinner with a friend, rode around ATL a bit, and hung out at Sopo bike co-op. It was an exhausting day, to say the least.

Today, however, we started with the workshops. Wow. Between the 2 of us, we have learned how to set up a shop, structuring our organization and working with the mainstream media. That doesn't even take into account all of the contacts we have made and stories of successful and disastrous shops. I think we will come back with a much better idea of how to set ourselves up and get started.

One day in and I realize that we are very organized and ahead of the game on that, BUT we have a lot to learn and hash out as well. Daunting, yes, but exciting as well. I am ready to get back to Birmingham, full of knowledge (and some new riding skills...ATL is a bit different from Birmingham!), ideas and support from folks around the country, and get this thing started!

The best part has been meeting new, like minded folks and hearing their stories. Bike Co-ops that started out of cars, ones that have been around for 5 years and all the people who started them. The support system we are setting up this weekend is priceless and I know it is going to be a lifesaver as we continue. Sitting around eating vegan food and talking about bikes after a sunny ride through the neighborhood...if I ever wondered why we are embarking on this, that reminds me. Because being on a bike is my favorite place to be and I want others to know that feeling.

Stay tuned for a full report on Day 2. Hopefully Alan will take some photos for us to post as well.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Early Registration

Hey kids,
Want to register early for the Valentines Heartbrakes Prom alleycat and save the hassle of late registation? Shoot an email to info{at}bicicoop{dot}org and we will get you all signed up. Details to come, but trust want in. Alan has been working his ass off to get some SICK prizes.

We also need volunteers. What better way to spend your Valentines Day than hanging out with a bunch of awesome folks, listening to good music and helping get the Bici Co-op started? Let us know if you can volunteer by sending us an email or commenting here. we need you!

Remember, this is a team event. Sign up with your Prom 'date'. No date, no problem...there will be a stag category where we will set you up.