Biking Palm Springs

Biking Palm Springs

We’re spoiling ourselves and spending the week at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Spring. Our time is split between getting around town on two wheels and sipping cocktails poolside.

Our ride to the Workshop Kitchen and Bar last night was a super easy bike on the city wide loop and dinner did not disappoint. With so many places to rent bikes and hotels, like the Ace, with free bikes for visitor use – Palm Springs is a biker’s dream vacation.

Image via Laurent Imagery.

 

Bike Art by Pia Bramley

Bike Art by Pia Bramley

Bike Art – Girl Gang by UK artist, Pia Bramley.

 

Women’s Bike Resources and Rides

Biking with Friends Conde Nast Traveler Amsterdam

Many of us have heard of the “willing but wary” or have friends that want to start biking, but just don’t know how to get started. I was asked to write about resources, rides and reads available for women that want to bike for the Walk Score Blog – something I’d been wanting to do for some time. See below for a short excerpt.

Books on Women Biking

The first thing I would do is order Elly Blue’s Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation, a comprehensive look at street smarts, bike shopping, dressing professionally, and carrying groceries and children. Other great reads include Women on Wheels by April Streeter and Heels on Wheels: A Lady’s Guide to Owning and Riding a Bike by Katie Dailey. These books may provide you with the tips and tools that allow you to bike more often and to more destinations.

Women-Only Biking Events & Organizations

We’re also seeing more women’s bike organizations pop up across the nation.

  • April Streeter started the Portland-based Women on Wheels all-inclusive group that hosts rides, workshops and social events on biking.
  • We Bike NYC is an all-women and trans organization that was started to provide a safe space for women to ride together regardless of skill, speed and riding style.
  • Washington Area Bicyclist Association is starting Women & Bicycles this spring, an outreach and education program geared to get more women on bikes.

Read the full article on the Walk Score Blog to find more women’s bike events, organizations and online resources. Image via Conde Nast Traveler.

 

My Wonderful Bike Partner by Katarina Soskic

Wonderful Bike Partner by Katarina Soskic

This is taken from a lovely photo story of a girl and her bike, “My Wonderful Bike Partner” by Katarina Soskic. Taken in Berlin, this story reminds me of my time in the city (one of my favorite in the world) and makes me wish it were just a lit bit warmer here in Seattle.

 

Handlebar Bag by Mercy & Ruth

Mercy and Ruth Handlebar Bag

Founded by sisters, Sunshine and Natalie, Mercy and Ruth offers “carry-some” handlebar bags that are perfect for bike to bar (or brunch). Available at Eleanor’s NYC, $64.