LGRAB Learning Experiences: Week 1 Roundup

So far, LGRAB Summer Games Part II is off to a great start. We’ve had at least one person perform every task already! From carrying groceries to test-riding a Pashley or a Trek Belleville, our awesome readers are finding fun and creative ways to learn more about cycling. Without further ado, le round-up:

  • Perform a maintenance task — big or small!

Missy had to tune up her bike before competing in her first triathlon last weekend. Scott from Two Sixteen put together an amazing bar tape tutorial. Dave from Portlandize gave handsome Bertrand a bath, and Biking Toronto talked about restoring a vintage bike.

  • Decorate your bike

Two creative ideas here: Sumeha’s Ugly Pad, which I find pretty cute!

And customized wine-cork valve caps from 416 Cycle Style.

  • Read a book about cycling

Morty at Slow Bike Madison dug into The Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne, while Carolyn picked up The Art of Urban Cycling by Richard Hurst. Watch for our suggested bicycle reading list, coming soon.

  • Carry a load on your bike — groceries, etc.

Seeing the different things everyone carries by bike is so much fun. Smallest load: Margaret’s Frozen Yogurt (hey, a load is relative, I suppose!). Biggest potential? Scott’s modified trailer, which was ready to haul fence posts.  Dave and Patrina at Portlandize went to the farmer’s market, and Carice even carried flowers. (Miss Sarah has your water!) And one of you showed us how much you carry on your normal commute. We’re still waiting for the cargo bike brigade to weigh in—show us what you’ve got! :)

  • Test ride a different type of bike than you normally ride

This one brought us our first reader video submission: check out Sumehra and her sister test-riding a Pashley! Verdict: “This is the best bike ever.”

Meanwhile, Samantha rode a Bakfiets and Monty gave the Trek Belleville a spin.

What events will you be completing in this round? Don’t forget to email us with the details.

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11 thoughts on “LGRAB Learning Experiences: Week 1 Roundup

  1. Dave says:

    The Bicycle Diaries wasn’t me :) (though I would be interested in reading it)

    My wife should have a decorating entry before too long :) We’re contemplating options :)

    Great entries so far!

  2. cycler says:

    I’m gonna ride fixed! Lookout world! I promise to start with a bike with a brake. I’m not planning on getting any tattoos or extra piercings :)

    Also the Boston Retro wheelmen is planning a demo on wheel truing at our meeting this weekend.
    I’m trying to read Bicycle Diaries since I bought the book at David Byrne’s appearance here, but it’s been slow sailing.

  3. Carolyn I. says:

    Did you list all the events done by people this week, or because so many people are submitting, just a recap of some of them? I read the book but I also cleaned the bike chain this week. :) So I did 2 events this week. No worries..just was curious.

    It’s great to see so many participants!

  4. Miss Sarah says:

    Does my great madsen failure count as cargo bike action? I’ve been apprehensive about carrying heavy things in there ever since. I fail!

  5. Dottie says:

    So much fun to see all the bike activities! You all are awesome.

    For those who are participating but do not have blogs, I’ll be posting a special round up for all of your entries so far. Soon. Just a bit overwhelming at the moment.

  6. anna says:

    Unfortunately I haven’t done anything for the second part yet. But I just ordered a book about cycling in Vienna. I hope it arrives in time :).

  7. Though I am not usually a fan of pink, I love the soft-pink roadbike with the polka dot toptube pad! Nicely done, that one.

    • Sumehra says:

      Thanks! Actually the bike is red, and the top tube pad is red with white dots… but the photo makes it look a little dusty-red/pink-ish. ps–love your blog!

  8. Lady Vélo says:

    “Best bike ever” – that really made me smile!

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