The news itself has diverted attention away from the virus. There can only be one theme for this week’s round up, and I don’t think you need a bunch of words from me to go with it. Before anyone says anything about keeping politics out of bikes, this isn’t politics, it’s human rights. And anyway you probably stopped reading anything I write long ago if you’re not into politics and bikes.
Learn To Ride Again
Specialized has been much better than many brands at featuring greater diversity in its adverts. And this recent one is about the potential for e-bikes to help get people out of their cars. Good stuff.
Another advert, but it’s pretty cool. Those early days of track racing were pretty wild and make for good tales. If you want to learn more about Major Taylor, here’s a podcast.
Why Cycling Media Matters
Serious viewing now – two black cyclists talking over their experiences, and encouraging people to take steps to make change happen, even if you’re scared you’ll get it wrong.
Racing at Revelstoke and having your bike fixed by Hannah Bergemann. I’m not sure Brooklyn Bell needs the alter ego to be any cooler.
Rising From The Ashes
This movie is available on a limited number of streaming platforms, but if you can find a way to watch it I imagine the room will feel very dusty.
Do Better Together
Ayesha McGowan aims to be the first female African-American pro road cyclist and also runs the website A Quick Brown Fox which has a bunch of useful resources on it. I especially like zine on the ‘How to change a puncture’. She doesn’t just ride roads, and she has very very cool bikey tattoos. Amanda might be able to pull tattoos like that off. I’m 41 next week, I should probably lower my fan-girling sights to wearing the same glasses.
Regular readers should anticipate wild swings between excitement and anxiety over the coming weeks, as there is big (good) news: BK has booked his flight. By my calculations, you have five more weeks until the airport denouement rom-com ending of this series. If we don’t make it through the following two week quarantine, I might let you know.
Catch up with the love under lockdown Diversion Diary:
- Week 11 – Little Details and Small Acts of Kindness
- Week 10 – Indulging In Nostalgia
- Week 9 – Green Shoots and Hopeful Hippies
- Week 8 – Solace In Solitude
- Week 7 – Fantasy Futures and Lockdown Dreams
- Week 6 – Making the Most of Lockdown
- Week 5 – Vintage Bike Finds
- Week 4 – Silver Linings and Simple Pleasures
- Week 3 – Making Connections and Breaking Wind
- Week 2 – How to Find Silence In a Virtual World
- Week 1- Alone During Corona Virus Lockdown