So we didn't exactly plan to award a prize for Best Dressed Couple at the most recent San Francisco Tweed Ride. But when Kelly Morgen and Christian Utzman showed up in their coordinating red, white and navy blue ensemble, ride organizer Charlie Flaherty immediately saw the potential and pronounced them winners,...
Posts tagged: San Francisco Bike Party
What happens when you get a bunch of bike nerds to clean up for a swanky party? Turns out, they clean up good! San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's Winterfest, an annual fundraiser for the non-profit, is kinda like Bike Prom for local bike advocates. It's the same people you see all the time, except dressed to impress.
As a regular dress-to-impresser, I get a thrill seeing my bike buddies trade the hi-viz for some high(er) fashion. So I rented a fancy flash for my DSLR and did my best Bill Cunningham impression.
SFBC Volunteer Bekki with Frank Chan, Operations Director at SFBC
These are a few of my favorite moments from Winterfest, but I didn't have space for all of them. Check out the rest of my party pics on the Bike Pretty Facebook page.
l-to-r: Eric Tuvel, Program and Design Manager; Margaret McCarthy, Volunteer Coordinator; Bonnie Walton, Event Planner
The dancefloor was totally cray. Bike nerds know how to shake it.
Winterfest Volunteers David Ginsburg and Caroline Kessler. Clearly David is a pattern mix-master.
The amazing prizes of the Winterfest Bike Raffle
Winterfest Volunteers John Collins and Kristin Polock. Too. Effing. Adorable. I'm dying for her peacock and rose print frock.
Cute couple alert: San Francisco Bicycle Coalition members Charles Morgan and Mauricio Albrizzio
San Francisco and bicycle-themed art up for silent auction
Joanna, a new member of the SFBC. She was inspired to join after living (and biking) in Berlin.
Madeleine Savit of Folks for Polk is black and white and red all over.
Molly Bacon of 2 Wheels 2 Feet, a bicycle street style blog.
See the rest of my party photos here.
There have been so many occasions where I have had to explain that bicycle fashion is more than just lycra based uniforms with obnoxious logos.
What you are doing gives me hope that the image of cycling for women (and men) can be more broad than the aforementioned stereotypical attire.
I have always been drawn to the idea of living in San Francisco but I have no idea what it would be like out there. Can you give me an idea of what your life is like out there?
Thank you so much for your sweet note. One of the most rewarding things to come out of this blog is that I feel like I’m now part of a larger community that sees cycling beyond the lycra and logos.
I always have a great time when I’m on my bike and I want to show the world how fun it can be. Hopefully we can inspire more people to ride. Especially people that don’t relate to the road warrior image.
San Francisco is absolutely my favorite city. I’ve lived in a lot of amazing places: Honolulu, Portland, Nashville, New York City, Florence, and Milan. But I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. In my mind it’s The City.
To answer your question, here are 7 reasons why I love San Francisco:
3) It’s beautiful. Not in the same way that Chicago is architecturally stunning, but there are so many unexpected vistas that delight. You’ll be walking up a hill, turn around and be smacked in face with the gorgeousness of the view.
4) It’s full of weirdos. There are a lot of reasons for this. San Francisco’s well-known counter culture was made famous by the Beat Poets and the Summer of Love. Today this aspect of the city is mostly symbolic. But it’s a powerful symbol that still draws people by the thousands in search of a way of life beyond the mainstream.
5) The vibrant LGBT presence. Most people in the city recognize queer as a totally normal way to live and love. Pride Weekend isn’t even called Gay Pride (or LGBT Pride) anymore. It’s just However-You-Want-To-Let-Your-Freak-Flag-Fly Pride Mass Party centered around the Castro.
6) San Francisco is a city of strivers. People move here in search of new opportunities, greater social freedoms, and a lifestyle balanced between city and nature. And while you have to work hard to stay here (it’s expensive!), the rewards are awesome. This means that people don’t take the great life they find here for granted.
7) The positive vibes. Around here, it's a pretty big faux pas to complain about your life. I experienced some culture shock when I moved to the East Coast for college and found that complaints were considered standard small talk.
In San Francisco, if you’re not working to improve your situation (or the lives of others), people don’t want to just hear about what sucks. San Francisco has even turned our perpetual fog blanket into a lovable mascot named Karl.
This is just the tip of the iceberg-of-my-love-for-San-Francisco. In fact, the city means so much to me and my fiancé that we’re getting married in San Francisco’s City Hall this October. It’s one of the most beautiful buildings in the city and true palace of the people. San Francisco is the city that brought us together and a constant source of inspiration. Of course it's part of our special day.
For more on what makes SF great keep reading Bike Pretty.
Don't believe me? Go ahead and put it on. Just know that you've been warned.
Disclaimer: I'm not responsible for any saddle discomfort after you've danced your ass off.
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So for BikeHandsome's Bicycle Birthday Party we built a system with a little more oomph.
DJ Bike Pretty spins at almost every SF Bike Party. Leave a comment and let me know if there is something you'd like to hear!
SF Bike Party on National Wear Red Day
San Francisco's Bike Party is celebrating National Wear Red Day this Friday! On Friday February 1st we are gathering at Fort Mason Green at 7:30 pm. Check out the planned route. Although the twists & turns might change the night of, I already know what I'm going to wear. But check this out:
Hot on the heels of SF Bike Party's outfit inspiration post, I've pulled
twenty-plus a few more red-hot looks that you can mine for ideas. If you're in the Bay Area, I hope that you can join us on Friday at 7:30. DJ Bike Pretty'll be spinning, along with a bunch of other awesome music bikes. Follow me & SF Bike Party on Twitter for more updates. And get red-day to bike par-tay! (couldn't resist!)
Music bikes are always welcome to SF Bike Party.
Don't get mad and start seeing red! Roll past conflict.