Sunday, December 6, 2009

Black Kids on Bikes Freedom Ride

I was really happy to be invited to the Black Kids on Bikes' Freedom Ride last Sunday. I was not able to ride with them but I was able to stop by their meeting location to take some photos. I find that it is a bit of a challenge to find other black people on bikes who are not wearing spandex. I think I've photographed less than five. Though there was one spandex sighting at the ride most of the people were totally dressed in normal clothes. I wish that there were more women on the ride. But it was still more than I usually see. The majority of bikes there were fixie, road, and mountain type bikes. Sadly there were no city bikes there. I think that if I were to ride with them I would have to get the mixte ready to roll (anyone want to meet me at Bicycle Kitchen?). Also as a newbie cyclist who really loathes the idea of perspiration, watching them take off looked super fast and it sounded like they were going really far. They say that it is a ride for everyone and no one will be left behind, but I think I might feel bad for holding them up.

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You remember Dre and his violet Bianchi from this photo. He has more than one shirt that coordinates with his bike. Also he has two blue wheels with green spokes now not just the rear.

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What a smile.

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Pedro is one of the ride organizers.

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Bike tank and scarf coordination.

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So Happy to see someone in a skirt with fab boots! And she was on a Mixte!

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I think that the idea behind this ride is really great. Not regularly seeing people who look like you doing a thing kinda makes it seem like you shouldn't do it or even can't. It is awesome to see that everyone can use bikes for transportation.

4 comments:

  1. this makes me super happy. I cheer at my screen whenever I see a blogger catch a person of color doing their thing on a bike b/c it seems to be a rare catch. xoxo We'll keep on keeping on.

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  2. These pics and this story are awesome!!! All right LA!

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  3. I used to fence and I play the oboe so I've gotten to used to participating in things where I don't see a lot of other black people. I'm pretty much satisfied with seeing any minorities in an orchestra or on a bike.

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  4. Oh, as for those feelings that maybe you shouldn't or can't ride your bike for transportation, check out this post about Buffalo Soldiers trying out the "new" safety bike in 1897.

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