Trail Ends

Recently I took a ride from Columbia City to Factoria, in South Bellevue. I headed out there to plan routes for a bike class that Morgan and I were to teach later in the week. (The…

Appropriate Foot Wear

Working Theory of Workable Working Bikes My main criteria for a workable transportation bike setup (bike, accessories, clothes, luggage, all that fun stuff) is basically this: Can I live my life, exactly as I want to,…

Mama Oil, Cargo Biker!

Mama Rode Wheelio! The Oil family is riding around North Capitol Hill. Climbing up Interlaken on a lark, scoping the fern porn. Just Riding Around. Mama points out the playground at Stevens Elementary and Little insists…

Critical Mass Turns 20

Happy Birthday, Critical Mass! Everyone’s favorite organized global coincidence turned the big two-oh on Friday. I’ve already written a little about why I love Critical Mass. (Expect that to continue, I just made it a category…

Kidical Mass and Bike Works at the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade

Every year Bike Works participates in a wonderful tradition in Columbia City, the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade. I love this parade! It is a cultural and community gathering that brings together high-stepping drill teams, urban farmers,…

Masses, Kidical and Critical

Group rides are the best! Little Oil and her Papa love riding with friends. Strangers ain’t bad, neither. As I’ve mentioned before, I love Critical Mass. I had a several year streak there where I don’t…

Bastille Day! C’est Magnifique!

In case you don’t already know, (I didn’t) Bastille Day is like a French Independence Day, but without Bill Paxton or aliens or fireworks or anything, just a remembrance of rebels arming themselves for violent monarchal…

Independence Day Cargo Bike Ride!

On Interdependence Day, the Family Oil celebrated in style, with an Independent-of-Nonhuman-Powered-Transportation Day! On this momentous day, Mama Oil, Little Oil and I celebrated our eventual independence from nap schedules! Little Oil is pretty attached to…

Little Oil’s Second Critical Mass

Hi, Nice People! Last night Little Oil and I took part in that most wonderful tradition, the monthly coincidence that is Critical Mass! Critical Mass is the purest democracy, the autonmous-est temporary autonomous zone, the most…

Weekly Daily Ride Journal Roundup #3

Hey, Little Oil, Over the weekend, two weeks ago we: got some apples ate the apples said, “Hi!” to our friends, the workers at the Capitol Hill light rail station and amazing giant tunnel. they said,…